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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

St. Joe High Accredited, Approves Strategic Plan
02:54PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — St. Joseph Central High School has been accredited for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The recent acknowledgment by NEASC affirms the academic excellence of the diocesan high school's programs and offerings, said school officials. The self-evaluation process, which is also extended to public schools, sets specific criteria as it reviews all aspects of a school.

School Board President John O'Brien applauded the many individuals and their countless meetings involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of


Tractor Supply Paper Clover Drive Benefits 4-H
01:38PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, launches its 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign this week

Local Tractor Supply customers can purchase paper clovers between April 13 and April 24 for $1 or more during checkout. All funds raised will be used to support 4-H youth development program activities in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located.

 "We were so thrilled by the results of last year's Paper Clover Campaign, and with the help of our dedicated customers we hope to meet and exceed that goal this year," said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. "Partnering


Campaign Statement: Addressing the Heroin Crisis in Western Mass
By Adam Hinds, Guest Columnist
04:53PM / Monday, April 11, 2016

I recently attended the National Summit on Heroin in Atlanta, where President Obama announced new federal action to combat the epidemic. A week earlier, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed legislation intended to curb opioid use. These actions at the state and national level signal that we are moving from sounding the alarm on heroin addiction to practical steps aimed at turning the tide. Yet more needs to be done, especially in Western Massachusetts.

Getting ahead of this epidemic requires addressing it as a major public health crisis. We need a comprehensive, community approach that links law enforcement and the medical community with mental health professionals and accessible


Flood Insurance: What Berkshire County Homebuyers & Homeowners Need to Know
Presented by Greylock Insurance, SPONSORED CONTENT
04:54AM / Monday, April 11, 2016

While we love our rivers, lakes and waterfalls here in the Berkshires, they do make us much more susceptible to flood from heavy rains, ice jams, snowmelt, and more. Whether you own or are planning to buy a home, it's equally imperative that you understand property flood risks, your coverage options, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a flood catastrophe.

Sharon MacEachern, AVP, operations manager for Greylock Insurance, a Berkshire County based neighborhood agency, reminds us that the unexpected can happen anytime, anywhere.

"In the past decade we've witnessed the devastating effects of two major storm systems, Hurricane Katrina and, closer to home,

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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be Crucial to Your Future
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

It is a subject that most Baby Boomers want to ignore. Many of us are gambling on the hope that we won't need long-term care, or if we do, our medical insurance, Medicare, or, at worst, Medicaid will cover the cost. Think again.

In last week's column I outlined what long-term care insurance is all about and why you might want to consider purchasing some insurance against the possibility of avoiding economic disaster at an advanced age. Assuming you might be interested in this prospect, let's examine some of the ways and questions you need to ask in your search.

First, realize that long-term care insurance is complex. The insurance covers "assisted daily living

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'Hello, My Name Is Doris': Puts the Sex in Sexagenarian
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:53PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

In director Michael Showalter's "Hello, My Name Is Doris," Sally Field as the loveably quirky Doris Miller manages, in one fell swoop, to deliver a treatise on individualism, joie de vie, grace in aging and how to battle the challenge of unrequited love. It is a tour de force that entertainingly reminds what a national treasure this now older gal next door has become.

We meet the eccentric, 60-something lady on the sad occasion of her 91-year-old mother's funeral, and soon gather that the title character has spent the better part of her life devotedly caring for Mom. Commuting from Staten Island to her New York City accounting job in some non-descript new age company

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Pittsfield Man Charged in Break-in, Stealing Pickup Truck
07:52PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Pittsfield man has been arrested in connection with a break-in at a Stockbridge Road restaurant after leading police on a chase across several South County towns.

Chief William Walsh said the Great Barrington Police Department, working collaboratively with neighboring police, arrested the man on Wednesday.

Nathan P. Lopes, 22, of Tyler Street has been charged with:

• Breaking and entering into a building during the nighttime to commit a felony
• Larceny over $250
• Possession of a stolen vehicle

The arrest of Lopes is part of an ongoing investigation into break-ins and larcenies from several buildings and businesses in multiple


Berkshire Adult Baseball League Schedules Free Agent Tryouts
03:03PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

DALTON, Mass. -- Free agent tryouts for the 2016 season of the Berkshire Adult Baseball League will be Sunday, April 24, at 11 a.m. at the Dalton American Legion on Route 9

If you wish to play there are many openings on teams.

Please tell commissioner Lou Orazio at if you want to try out.


Berkshire Tidbits: Baby Animals, Say Cheese
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:59PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016
A wintry week of wine tastings and dinners, cooking classes, an annual food conference and the last indoor winter farmers' market of the season in downtown Pittsfield — in May it will move back outdoors to the Pittsfield Common. And lots of other tidbits.     The menu for the Haven Supper Club for the week of April 4 will be:   Chicken parmesan served with spaghetti and sautéed spinach Shrimp and vegetable curry with basmati rice Balsamic glazed meatloaf served with mashed potatoes green beans and mushrooms   Entrées come with soup or salad and cost $22 for one to three dinners ordered, $75 for four dinners ordered, $110 for six dinners, $200 for


Golf, Tennis Camp for Kids Offered Week of Spring Break
02:26PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

LEE, Mass. -- The Lee Tennis Community Association and eduKaytion Golf will combine to offer a Spring Break Tennis & Golf Academy from April 18 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for boys and girls 10 -14 years.

Each day’s session will take place at Greenock County Club and Cranwell Golf Resort & Spa and will include tennis instruction from 9 a.m. to noon, lunch at Fiddleheads Grills and golf instruction from 1 to 3 p.m.  Wilson Tan, PTR tennis professional, provides the tennis instruction and Kay McMahon, LPGA Teaching Hall of Famer, provides the golf instruction.

The cost for the week camp is $250 per junior.

Go to to register for the camp and to see full


Kitten Shower Held for BHS During April
01:17PM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Humane Society is expecting ... kittens, and lots of them!  So BHS is holding its second annual Kitten Shower though Saturday, April 30.

Although BHS has made great strides in decreasing the number the litters and homeless cats through its low-cost spaying and neutering programs, the shelter cared for almost 300 kittens during last year’s kitten season, which runs from spring through fall and sees the largest numbers of kittens born. To help prepare and care for this year’s litters, BHS is asking the community for donations for its annual Kitten Shower.

Suggested items include KMR (kitten replacement milk), Royal Canin Baby Cat Dry,


Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital Praised for LGBT Care
11:37AM / Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Berkshire Medical Center and Fairview Hospital both have been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

The findings were part of HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index 2016, a unique annual survey that encourages equal care for LGBT Americans by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBT patients, visitors and employees.

BMC and Fairview earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for


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