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'Victoria and Abdul': The Queen and I
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:18PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
Remember the first time you heard someone opine that "The rich get richer and the poor get more children?" You looked up from your playpen and thought, "Gee, that's not a very good starting point. Guess I'll have to grow up to be either rich or a social reformer, whatever that is?"   Thus, faced with that cynical, socioeconomic fact practically since birth, and having fought the good fight for one side or the other throughout a good portion of your life, a little ameliorative drama to ease the class warfare battle scars is always welcome. "Victoria and Abdul" provides it.   In this sweet, nicely filmed tale based on the actual relationship

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'Baseball and the Berkshires' Offers Special Events this Weekend
12:27PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will hold its next “Talkin’ Baseball” presentation on Saturday from noon to 1, when former minor league pitcher Peter Greenbush will be the guest speaker.   A North Adams native and former Colorado Rockies farm hand, Greenbush will be in the Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit to meet, greet, sign autographs and talk baseball with all attendees.   Baseball in the Berkshires, in conjunction with the Berkshire Mall’s Malloween event, is presenting "Batmania: A History of Baseball Bats," presented by Larry Moore, outreach educator from the National Baseball Hall of

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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said

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Roots Teen Center Hosting Halloween Fundraiser For One-Year Anniversary
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Roots teen center opened for business one year ago on Eagle Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When the Roots teen center's youth board of directors started to brainstorm a fundraiser for the month of October, the answer was as plain as ... well, as plain as the pumpkin on the porch.

A Halloween event, of course. And thus was born the idea for the inaugural youth-led fundraiser, a "Haunted Harvest Festival," an all-ages event to be held in downtown North Adams on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Events will begin at the teen center, located at 43 Eagle St., where people can get tickets for activities, raffles and contests for $1 each and then spread out at other

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Does Market Volatility Scare You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:05PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween is almost upon us. Of course, on Halloween night, you may see a parade of monsters, demons, Transformers and other frightening individuals stopping by your house, exercising their right to demand candy. Fortunately, their appearance will be unlikely to cause you unpleasant dreams.

But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets. One way to keep those fears at bay is to avoid certain impulsive moves, such as the following:

Avoid ducking out of the market. Consider this: In March 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at about 12,275 points. Exactly two years later, in the immediate aftermath of the

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Youth Lacrosse Team Wins Fall Tournament in N.Y.
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06:45AM / Tuesday, October 24, 2017
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- The 1X Lacrosse seventh- and eighth-grade travel team recently went 3-0 at the Shenendehowa Fall Brawl Lacrosse Tournament.   More than 85 players competed for the 1X program this fall.   "Our model is flexible, and just this past weekend we had players show up whose soccer or football season just ended," 1X director Jeff Stripp said. "We welcome those players with open arms as their fall season winds down."   Among the players from Berkshire County who competed at the Shenendehowa tournament are: Mount Greylock's Tate Kuster and Cam Taylor, Wahconah's Max Bolland and Sky Patti, Pittsfield's James Kastrinakis and Jack

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Berkshires Beat: SVMC Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events
02:13PM / Monday, October 23, 2017

Becoming aware: In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed each October, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., has scheduled two events designed to help area women lessen the effects of breast cancer on their lives.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., SVMC's Executive Chef Laura LaCroix will demonstrate how she swaps the less healthy ingredients and cooking methods in favorite recipes for healthier ones. Attendees will learn how they can apply these changes at home, give a health makeover to their family favorites, and cook in ways that prevent breast cancer, other cancers, and many other diseases affected by diet. Representatives from

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Farm & Table, Alchemy Initiative Team Up to Aid Farmers Markets
12:33PM / Monday, October 23, 2017

Teaming up: The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, in partnership with Berkshire Farm & Table and Alchemy Initiative, has been awarded a three-year capacity-building U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service Farmers Market Promotion Program grant in the aims to address the growing needs of 20 independent markets currently operating in the Berkshires. The project will build capacity, address market challenges, provide an ongoing support network to farmers market managers, increase customer volume and sales, and ultimately contribute to economic development in the region.

The Sustainable Berkshires Plan, developed in 2014, indicates that the resident demand for

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Whiteley, Genaway Making Impact as Freshmen on College Team
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04:27PM / Sunday, October 22, 2017
Taconic’s Anthony Whiteley and Wahconah’s Will Genaway are among their team’s leaders as freshmen at Endicott College this fall.   Whiteley is second on the team in rushing with 19.1 yards per game, and Genaway is second in receiving yards per game with 31.3 ypg for the 1-6 Gulls.   Whiteley scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run in a 31-26 loss to MIT earlier this month. A couple of weeks before, he had 100 all-purpose yards (67 receiving, 21 rushes, 12 kick returns) on his way to earning Commonwealth Coast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Week honors.   Genaway received the same award later last month after catching five passes for 74 yards,

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North/South Rail Group Narrowing Potential New York City Market
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:21AM / Sunday, October 22, 2017

The group includes representatives from various stakeholders in the county. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Who will actually use the possible New York-to-Pittsfield passenger rail?   That's the question the NYC/Berkshire Passenger Rail Working Group is now looking to answer. The group has been tasked by the Legislature to examine the possibility of a Cape Flyer-like model for passenger rail transit in the Berkshires. To understand the feasibility of expanding in that the north/south corridor, it must first know the market.   "We need something more targeted on people who are already coming here, expressed interest in coming here, or have a link to the area," Rail

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1Berkshire Releases Report on Attracting, Retaining Millennials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:30AM / Saturday, October 21, 2017

1Berkshire President and CEO Jonathan Butler says during the two years the BIG was ongoing, his organization made a conscious effort to keep the millennial generation in mind when launching programs.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a hole in the county's demographics. But there is also a clear path to fill it.   Studies, particularly one performed by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission in 2014, have outlined a significant population loss in the coming years, and a decline that is specifically defined among the 20- to 40-year-old age bracket.   That age group tends to move for college and stay away to start their careers and families. The county continues to

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'Professor Marston and the Wonder Women': La Différence to the Rescue
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:19PM / Friday, October 20, 2017
I was a terrible grammar school student. Bored out of my mind, I survived the droning lessons by drawing cars and baseball stadiums. It also didn't help that I was rather sleepy in class, the result of loving, liberal parents who allowed me to watch old movies on TV way past a growing boy's acceptable bedtime. The one exception to this unsatisfactory scholasticism was reading. I got straight A's.    But when the teacher asked me to tell the class why I was such a good reader and I answered "comic books," I was immediately shushed out of my First Amendment rights.   That's pretty much changed. Good teachers encourage kids to read, read, read, whatever

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