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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
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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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New Doctor Joins Community Health Programs
12:15PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Family practice physician Dr. Stephen A. Alsdorf has joined the primary care staff at Community Health Programs Great Barrington Health Center.

Most recently a physician with Family Practice Associates in Pittsfield, Dr. Alsdorf cares for children, teens and adults. He has special interest in sports medicine, preventive and wellness care, chronic disease management and mind-body medicine.

He is a 2002 graduate of the UMass Medical School and completed his internship and residency in the Boston area at Boston University Family Medicine Program Boston Medical Center and Codman Square Health Center. He earned his undergraduate degree at Carleton College, with

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Area Wrestlers Post Strong Showings at Bay State Games
12:01PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
BOSTON -- Three members of the Berkshire Wrestling Club earned bronze medals over the weekend at the Bay State Games.   Isiaha Hartman-Caesar, Zabion Powell and Michael LaFreniere each finished his competition with a win in the third-place match at the tournament.   A fourth competitor from the club, Deven Pekosz, also competed, wrestling in the 113-pound weight class.   At 120, LaFreniere went 4-0 in the wrestlebacks after losing his initial match in the main draw. He pinnned Samuel Wagner of the New Hampshire Lightning Wrestling Club at 1 minute, 43 seconds of their third-place bout.   At 145, Powell won twice in the main draw before dropping a decision in the

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Area Youngsters Earn Pistol Medals at Bay State Games
11:58AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
WOBURN, Mass. -- Jacob Stokes and Kate-Lynn Johnson of the American Legion Post 152 shooting team took home gold medals from the pistol competition at the Bay State Games over the weekend.   The team sent several competitors to the event.   Stokes won the in the basic supported position competition, where Lyla Kocsis took home a silver medal.   Johnson won gold in the standing supported position division.

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Lee Community Tennis Still Has Openings for Youth Camps
11:57AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
LEE, Mass. -- The Lee Community Tennis Association is offering an extended sign-up period for its team tennis programs for children ages 5 to 18.   All programs run through mid-August. Enrollments are open to all children in Berkshire County, and scholarships are available.   The USTA Junior Team Tennis camp runs for four more weeks. Players aged 18 and under practice Monday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Lee High School. The 14U and 10U practices are Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Practices are organized by the Lee CTA, which works with coaches from around Berkshire County, including girls Coach of the Year Norma Comalli and Miss Hall’s School coach Rich Butler.   Youth

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Elementary School Science Camp Held at Williams College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018

The professors keep things light and entertaining.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was storytime this past week at Williams College.   But the rising fifth- and sixth-graders at the college's Summer Science Lab were not being told stories. They were challenged to make up stories.   As part of the weeklong day camp, campers were assigned each night to think about a phenomenon observed in class and develop a "story" that might explain it.   On Thursday morning, the observation involved the mixing of a yellow liquid and a blue liquid to make a green one.   After talking with the three dozen youngsters sitting at lab tables in the college's

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High Demand Shown For Pittsfield's Needle Exchange Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Sunday, July 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The needle exchange program has collected more than 15,000 dirty needles in the first five months of this year.    According to Berkshire Health Systems Director of Infection Prevention and Control Michael Perreault, that shows the need for the disease prevention program is there.   "Going into this, I don't think was sure what the need was in our community. When I share this with my team at the hospital, this demonstrates that BMC made the right choice by moving forward with the program. Fifteen thousand is a lot of needles to take in, however, if we didn't collect those dirty needles, you have to wonder where these needles would

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West Girls Basketball Team Goes to 3-1 at Bay State Games
07:14PM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
ROXBURY CROSSING, Mass. -- The West girls basketball team split its games Saturday to go to 3-1 at the Bay State Games.   In the morning, the squad held off Coastal to earn a 71-66 win behind 17 points from Greenfield's Katie Haselton and 15 from Wilbraham and Monson's A.J. Washington.   Drury's Brook DiGennaro scored 11 in the win.   DiGennaro again put up double figures in an 83-72 loss to Central on Saturday afternoon.   Haselton and Chicopee Comp's Arianna Hasiuk led the way with 15 points apiece.   The West finsihes pool play on Sunday at noon against Metro before heading to the medal round.

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West Boys Lacrosse Wins Bay State Games Gold
11:29AM / Saturday, July 14, 2018
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Wahconah's Dart Jaggi scored a goal in the West team's 11-10, double-overtime win over Metro/Southeast in the Bay State Games boys lacrosse gold medal game.   The West went trough pool play with a 4-0 record before beating Metro/Southeast a second time in the tournament final.   The first time around, the West earned a 10-8 win.   Jaggi finished the tournament with eight goals. Hoosac Valley's Casey Meczywor scored six goals and added two assists.   The team also included Wahconah's Dayton Kozlowski and Monument Mountain's Walter Boyko.

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Emerging Trend of E-Bikes Comes to The Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:00AM / Saturday, July 14, 2018

A small electrically-powered motor is attached to the crank. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Bike and Board is finding a burgeoning market in e-bikes.   Electronic bicycles have been in existence for more than a decade but only recently has the technology begun to take hold in the Berkshires.   The bicycles are just like traditional bikes and made by traditional bike manufacturers. But they come with a small battery-powered motor attached to the crank to assist with the peddling.   "There are no throttles. You have to pedal to make them go. They are definitely different from a moped or a motorcycle or anything like that," Berkshire Bike and Board

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Women's Political Caucus Releases Endorsements for Election 2018
05:30PM / Friday, July 13, 2018
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee has endorsed a long list of women seeking local state political office across the state.   These endorsements come as more women are seeking the support of the MWPC, whose mission is to "recruit, train and elect" women to political office. This year's endorsements include races for state representative, state Senate and district attorney.   "We are pleased to endorse a group of terrific women candidates who are highly qualified and committed to making positive changes in districts across Massachusetts," said Laurie Martinelli, executive director, in a statement.

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