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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Filson Undefeated in Oberlin Goal this Spring Sports,
04:20PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Oberlin College men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Cal Filson shows no sign of a sophomore slump.   The Mount Greylock graduate enters the week ranked 17th in the nation among Division III keepers with a .655 save percentage.   In his last two games for the 4-0 Yeoman, Filson backstopped the squad to a pair of overtime victories, stopping 15 shots in an 8-7 win over Thiel and eight in a 9-8 win over Mount Union.   Oberlin was scheduled to face La Roche College on Tuesday night.   Back in New England, Williamstown resident and Deerfield Academy grad David Hamilton has a record of 1-2 in goal in three starts for Trinity College this spring. The Bantams senior has turned aside


Baseball in the Berkshires Hosts 'Hot Stove Discussion' on Saturday
09:12PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- On Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m., Baseball in the Berkshires Museum in the Berkshire Mall will host a “Hot Stove League Baseball Discussion” hosted by our own Kevin Larkin.   Kevin writes a blog for Central New York Baseball, as well as for Legends on Deck where he is currently writing on his greatest baseball teams of different eras.   Come discuss any topic in baseball, such as: Have the Red Sox done enough in the off season to conquer the Evil Empire? Are baseball players better today than they were in your day?   Baseball in the Berkshires is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6. The museum is located across from


Fairview Receives 5-Stars for Overall Hospital Quality
02:39PM / Monday, March 12, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Fairview Hospital has been named a 5-Star Hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  

The star ratings - five stars being the top rating - relate to patients' experience of care. The ratings are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS) at more than 4000 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals across the country. The HCAPHPS summary star rating combines information about different aspects of patient's experience of care.

The HCAHPS survey focused on three topics: composite topics, individual topics and global topics encompassing measures including: nurse


Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum Hosts Student Exhibit 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
02:14PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
Freedom rings

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Norman Rockwell's "Four Freedoms," set to embark on an international tour, Norman Rockwell Museum is once again teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present an exhibit of student artwork, exploring what freedom means for a new generation. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms" is on view at the museum from March 16 through April 8.

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer and


Snowfall Predictions: Do You Want to Build A(nother) Snowman?
11:47AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside.

That's right, folks: The calendar says it's still winter, and so does Mother Nature, and she's planning on hitting us with another big snowstorm late Monday into Tuesday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 11 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday and is forecasting a total accumation of 6 to 12 inches across most of Berkshire County. Accuweather is warning that when all is said and done we could see 8 to 12 inches.

Our friends at WTEN put much of Northern Berkshire County into the 10- to 18-inch range, which is basically what WNYT is saying, too. WRGB seems to have the western half of Berkshire


CHP Accepting New Primary Care Patients in Pittsfield
11:22AM / Monday, March 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three primary care providers are now accepting new adult patients at CHP Neighborhood Health Center in Pittsfield.

Family nurse practitioner Rebecca Gamache is focused on health promotion and disease prevention, and she has a strong passion for holistic treatment options. Gamache received her undergraduate degree from UMass-Amherst and went on to earn her M.S. in nursing at Sage Graduate School in Troy, N.Y.  She is a Berkshire County native, and worked as a registered nurse at Berkshire Medical Center and Berkshire County ARC before becoming a primary care practitioner.

Dr. Richard Samale is board-certified in family medicine and brings a "whole


Three from County Win Age Groups at Regional Free Throw Contest
05:36PM / Sunday, March 11, 2018

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- On Saturday, nine Berkshire County competitors represented local councils from towns of Adams, Cheshire, Dalton, Pittsfield, Lenox and Lee competed at the Western Mass Regional Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship at St. Thomas the Apostle School.

Ahna Balcom of Council No. 103 from Pittsfield and Grace Julieano and Cliff Flynn of of Council 314 of Lenox each won their age group and will represent Berkshire County at the State Championship this year.

Emily Glasier of Cheshire, who represented Council No. 230 of Northern Berkshire, placed second in her division at the regional competition.

The state tournament will be held Saturday, April 14, at Anna Maria


Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, March 10, 2018

Jeffrey Thomas of Lever shares his lab experience with the students on Friday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges.   High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.   "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said.


North Adams Veterans Services Now Offering City Hall Food Pantry
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Saturday, March 10, 2018

'Scratch and dent' cans of fruit are among the donated items in the food pantry.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The jobs of local Veterans Agent Stephen Roy and his assistant, Tina Samson, just got a little bigger.

Lucky for them, so has the generosity of the Northern Berkshire community.

The Veterans Services office, located in North Adams City Hall, had been serving veterans in the towns of Williamstown, Adams, Clarksburg, Florida and Savoy in addition to vets living in the city itself. On March 1, the office's reach expanded to include the towns of Dalton, Lanesborough and Cheshire. That is why it has been a blessing for the office to be able to expand its cache of free

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none


'Death Wish': What this World Doesn't Need Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:19PM / Thursday, March 08, 2018
"Death Wish," essentially a reboot of its 1974 namesake starring Charles Bronson, is problematic at best. For gosh sakes, there's tons of fear, loathing and guns -- the deadly sum of which the world doesn't need, especially at this incendiary and anguishing juncture in our history.    But you can't blame MGM or director Eli Roth for the untimely release of this heir apparent to what became the standard of vigilante ethos. Considering the ceaseless conveyor belt of mass shootings bloodying our landscape, there is never a good time.   You watch and wince. The casual mention of an AR-15 when Bruce Willis' Dr. Paul Kersey makes inquiries at a gun shop


Family Services Expands Playgroups to Stockbridge Pinewoods Community
10:43PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Pinewoods community room hosts a playgroup offering creativity, literacy, socializatoin and STEM development, with activities from cooking, to outdoor play, on Wednesdays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Playgroups are open to Pinewoods families and any others in the nearby community; the group will be led by local educator and Community Health Programs playgroup leader Sue Ebitz.

Also at Pinewoods, on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Stockbridge Youth Librarian Jenney Maloy will host a pop-up library and story time at the community room.

Pinewoods children in preschool through middle school can sign up for library cards, check out


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