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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, 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 it is


MCLA Names School's First Men's Lax Coach
07:39PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Following last month's announcement of the addition of a men's lacrosse program to its varsity lineup, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Athletic Director Laura Mooney announced Monday the hiring of Kevin Pezanowski as the first men’s lax coach in school history.   Pezanowski brings more than 11 years of head coaching experience to MCLA. He comes to the College from Lyndon State University in Lyndon, Vt., where he served as the head men's lacrosse coach.   "Kevin's coaching experience and enthusiasm for developing student-athletes made him an ideal candidate for our head coach position," Mooney said. "I am


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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


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


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


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


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.


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


Yard Work by Dan Rolls Up 99 Points in Giorgi League Win
11:53AM / Monday, July 16, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kishawn Monroe and Shaq Ardrey scored 17 and 16, respectively, Sunday night to lead Yard Work by Dan to a 99-40 win over Moresi & Associates in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.   Keiland Cross scored 11 and grabbed seven boards, and three more players finished with 10 points for Yard Work by Dan.   Kevin Shaker scored 12 to lead Moresi, which got nine points and seven boards from Seth Shepard.   In Sunday’s other game, Fortitude Strength & Conditioning edged Brick Squad, 48-44.   Brandon Mauer scored 14, and Lucas Shatford added 11 for Fortitude.   Mitch Scase led Brick Squad with 19 points and eight rebounds.   Play


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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DiGenarro's Late Heroics Lift Bay State Girls Basketball Team to Gold Medal
10:03PM / Sunday, July 15, 2018
ROXBURY CROSSING, Mass. -- Drury's Brook DiGennaro scored her team's final five points in overtime, including a long 3-pointer with 4 seconds left, to lift the West girls basketball team to an 84-81 win over Metro in the gold medal game of the Bay State Games on Sunday.   DiGennaro, who scored seven of her team-high 27 in the last minute of OT, hit a late layup to tie the game, 81-81.   Then Wilbraham and Monson's A.J. Washington stole the ball and got it to Hampshire's Maddie Pond, who set up DiGennaro above the top of the key for an NBA-range 3-pointer.   Washingto finished with 16 points, and Pond scored 15.   The West squad had 15 3-pointers,


SteepleCats Fall to Sanford, Maine, at Joe Wolfe
09:04PM / Sunday, July 15, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Sunday’s North Adams SteepleCats game against Sanford, Maine, was a microcosm of the ‘Cats season so far this summer: a rough start, a rally in the middle and then more disappointment.   Sanford’s Brandon Lankford went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a pair of RBIs as the Mainers left North Adams with a 7-3 lead and a six-game lead in the loss column for the third and final playoff spot in the New England Collegiate Baseball League’s Northern Division.   If fifth-place North Adams is going to catch third-place Sanford for a post-season bid, the SteepleCats are going to have to win a lot of games and get a lot of help over the final


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