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Flynn, Post 68 Win American Legion Tournament Opener
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:02PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jake Flynn was on fire, and the Post 68 bats were red hot as the team opened sectional tournament play with a 12-1 win over Wilbraham on Pellerin Field at Clapp Park on Wednesday night.   Flynn cruised through five innings of work, allowing just one hit and striking out nine, and Ian Benoit launched a two-out, three-run double to right center to end the game via the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth.   Post 68 stays in the winner's bracket of the double-elimination phase of the tournament and will go to Greenfield on Thursday night.   Flynn was the story on Wednesday, not allowing a baserunner through the first three innings and retiring the side

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Greylock Thunder Goes 1-2 on First Day of Maryland Tourney
08:54PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
SALISBURY, Md. -- The Greylock Thunder 14-and-under softball team went 1-2 on Wednesday on the first day of the U.S. Specialty Sports Association nationals.   After a 5-1 loss to the South Jersey Maniacs in the Thunder's opener, the team bounced back to beat Pennsylvania's Harrison City Heat, 3-0.   Madi Puppolo allowed just three hits in a complete-game, five-inning shutout victory.   Puppolo also went 1-for-3 and scored the only run the Thunder needed in the top of the first, when it scored all three of its runs.   Ashley Bird and Kaylee Tatro each drove in a run in the rally.   In the Thunder's third game of the day, it dropped a narrow, 2-1 decision

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Elizabeth Warren to Host 30th Town Hall in Great Barrington
08:04PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be holding a town hall on Sunday, July 22, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.    This will be the senator's 30th town hall event since taking office in 2013.   The state's senior senator said she will take questions from the audience and discuss her work standing up for working families of Massachusetts against powerful corporate interests.    The event is free and open to the public and admission is first come, first served. No signs or posters will be allowed into the theater. The website for the event is here where those planning to attend can sign up or not, or

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Concerts at Tanglewood, Sevenars Are Not To Be Missed
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
02:48PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pianist Emanuel Ax will be at Tanglewood this weekend.

Tanglewood in Lenox is the place to be this week for unforgettable music. Why go? To experience the symphonic and solo concerto masterworks of Mozart, Sibelius and Aaron Copland in the Shed, as well as stirring, not-to-be-missed, stellar performances in Ozawa Hall. Fabulous guest artists – the masterful pianist Emanuel Ax, brilliant violinists Pamela Frank and Christian Tetzlaff and the phenomenal Emerson String Quartet – will take center stage.

For something uniquely special and just as eagerly anticipated, consider attending Sevenars Concerts in South Worthington, Ma., for an exhilarating program of cello/piano

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'Lempicka,' 'Anthracite Fields' Roll Into North County
By Grace Lichtenstein, Special to iBerkshires
02:09PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Our focus this week shifts to north county — Williamstown and North Adams. While that might require a bit of a drive for those coming from farther south, I believe it will be worth it as you discover a brand new musical and a masterwork that combines elements of folk, rock and classical.

 

Williamstown Theatre Festival

At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which always has treats in store, the world premiere of "Lempicka" opens its run Thursday, July 19, on the Main Stage, at the '62 Center on the campus of Williams College.

The music is by Matt Gould, with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer. It is inspired by the life of the artist "who transformed herself

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What Should You Do With an Inherited IRA?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn't be surprising if you inherited an IRA someday. But what should you do with it?

First of all, you'll need to be aware of some basic rules. If your parent, or anyone other than your spouse, leaves you a traditional IRA – one in which contributions are typically tax-deductible and earnings can grow tax-deferred – you can transfer the money into an "inherited IRA," from which you’ll need to take

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Baseball in the Berkshires Welcomes Pittsfield Suns on Monday Evening
02:36PM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall will host the Pittsfield Suns for an autograph session on Monday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.   Members of the Berkshires' Futures Collegiate Baseball League team will be at the mall's center court to greet fans and sign autographs.   Free team photos will be distributed for collecting signatures. And the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum will be open for fans to explore the exhibits and get autographs from retired players and special guests.

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Dos Santos Wins Juniors Golf Series Event by One Stroke
09:05PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Nathan Dos Santos edged Henry Sniezek in Monday's Berkshire County Juniors Golf Series event at Forest Park Country Club.   Dos Santos of Wahconah Country Club carded a 74 to earn a one-stroke win over Sniezek, who finished at 75 playing on his home course, in the 16-and-older division.   Forest Park's Derek Alibozek placed third with an 80, and Ryan Baran of Waubeeka Golf Links finished third at 82.   In the 14-15 division, Max Digrigoli of the Country Club of Pittsfield won with a 79.   The next three were tightly grouped together with Matthew Shields of Stockbridge Golf Club finishing second at 82. Rounding out the top four were Jack Fay (Links

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Candidate Gonzalez Promises To Keep Close Ties To Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:50PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

Jay Gonzalez met with voters at Dottie's on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, Jay Gonzalez took a number of trips to the Berkshires.   Patrick, who owns a home in Richmond, used to hold cabinet meetings here, bringing state secretaries from various parts of government together. Gonzalez doesn't see that same level of commitment from current Gov. Charlie Baker and the Needham Democrat says he'll make sure the Berkshires are a priority in Boston.   "I think I've been out here 10 times as a candidate. I don't know how many times the governor's been here but

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Biz Briefs: Williams College Study Says Kripalu Center Generates $64 Million in Economic Activity for Berkshires
03:41PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
Doing its part

A new study conducted by the Williams College Center for Creative Community Development has found the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a strong economic impact on the Berkshires, surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole. The report, authored by Williams College Economics Professor Stephan Sheppard, finds the Kripalu Center and its guests generate $64 million in total economic activity in Massachusetts annually, with about $56 million of it concentrated in Berkshire County. Meanwhile, the nonprofit wellness center located in Stockbridge generates $27 million in labor income thanks to its nearly 500 employees.

With the

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Painted Pianos on Display Across Berkshire County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

Keith Bona's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' installed at the front of the North Adams Public Library. The celestial theme ties in with the library's summer reading program.  ADAMS, Mass. — Big, beautiful and artfully crafted, the Painted Pianos began arriving at parks and libraries, galleries and restaurants on Monday.   It wasn't long before they attracted crowds who began tinkling the ivories.    The summerlong collaborative celebration of the Berkshire Summer of Music and famed conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday will be making music in the community beginning Wednesday through Aug. 25. The melding of visual arts and

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Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell
02:12PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
Adaptive collaboration

LOF, headquartered in Sandy Hook, Conn., will be holding two day long, specialized, skiing clinics for disabled and special needs children at the Boys and Girls Club's Camp Russell located on Richmond Pond in Richmond on Wednesday, July, and Wednesday July 25. This is the first time for such a program will take place in the Berkshires.

Founded in 1991 by Joel Zeisler, LOF is one of the largest and safest adaptive water ski programs in the country and helps participants develop skills, experience physical freedom and enjoy the sports of water skiing and water boarding utilizing special adaptive equipment such as the "sit ski." LOF is partnering with the

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