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Berkshire Humane Society Subaru Raffle Under Way
10:56AM / Monday, April 20, 2015
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tickets for Berkshire Humane Society’s annual Subaru Raffle are now on sale.

One person will win a 2015 Outback that comes with all the extras – a premium all-weather package which includes a remote car starter and heated seats, a canine package complete with a back seat barrier, a seven-year 100,000 mile extended warranty, and so much more.  The total value is more than $31,000.

Tickets are still $40 each or three tickets for $100. Tickets can be bought at BHS in Pittsfield or Purradise or Catwalk in Great Barrington. The winning ticket will be drawn Sunday, June 28, at Woofstock 2015. You do not need to be present to win.

All proceeds from the

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Pipeline Digging Could Yield Ancient Info
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
04:01PM / Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Previous pipeline projects have prompted archaeological digs that turned up evidence of earlier than estimated occupancy of the Berkshires. Images courtesy of UMASS-Amherst Archaeological Services.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Controversy has been boiling locally since last spring over Tennessee Gas Co.'s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project, a pipeline that would route fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to Dracut.

As towns in North and Central Berkshires have vetted the project, all manner of considerations have been debated — energy needs and costs, jobs, environmental impacts, safety concerns.

While clearly paling in scale to these issues, and hardly relevant to

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12:07PM / Sunday, April 19, 2015
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Monday, April 20, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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State Secretary Ash Preps Berkshire Leaders For Baker's Economic Plans
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Saturday, April 18, 2015
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Jay Ash, secretary of housing and economic development, gives the keynote speech at Friday's economic development luncheon. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The New England Patriots in the late 1990s were looking to move to Hartford, Conn.   At the time, Jay Ash was the economic director in Chelsea and he launched an effort to bring the team there instead.   He used his connections to set up a meeting with Patriots owner Robert Kraft and arrived with arms full of paperwork outlining a 60-acre site the organization could build a stadium. It was the ideal spot in the center of a highly populated area and close to public transit.   However, the site

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BFAIR Speaker Example in Overcoming Challenges
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:50PM / Friday, April 17, 2015
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John Anton has become an advocate for self-determination and legislative adviser for Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress. He spoke about his experience in living with Down syndrome at BFAIR's annual breakfast. See more photos here.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When John Anton was born in 1965, his mother was told he wouldn't ever throw a ball and probably wouldn't live past his teens.

Anton not only broke those low expectations, he's become a forceful advocate for self-determination for himself and others who have Down syndrome.

"Labels belong on jars, not people," Anton told the Berkshire Family and Individual Resources annual breakfast meeting on Friday

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Business, Education, Political Officials Eye Growth Of Innovation Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:17PM / Friday, April 17, 2015
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Front: Claire Christopherson of Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center, Jim Capistran of UMass, Monica Joslin of MCLA, William Mulholland of BCC. Back: Ross Goodman of the center for nanoscale science and technology, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, and state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Political, educational, and business leaders say the northeast is ready to grow a new economy based on science, technology, engineering, and math.   Berkshire County is just over an hour from one of the largest investments in the innovation economy ever in Global Foundaries, where more than 2,500 employees are developing and manufacturing semiconductors.   Officials

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Casting, Opening Dates Set for Shakespeare & Company’s 38th Season
10:39AM / Friday, April 17, 2015
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LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company has finalized casting for its 38th performance season and has released a complete schedule of opening night dates.

The announcement was made this week by Interim Artistic Directors Ariel Bock and Jonathan Croy, along with a positive report from Interim Managing Director Stephen D. Ball on the company's box office successes to date. Shakespeare & Company’s season opens on May 22 with "The How and The Why" by Sarah Treem.
 
“We have so much great work in store for our 38th season," Bock said. "Many of our shows are artist initiated, and it is especially gratifying to see these projects coming to

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Downing Named One of the 'Good Guys' by Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus
10:19AM / Friday, April 17, 2015
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BOSTON, Mass. – Sen. Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) was honored as one of the 2015 “Good Guys” as determined by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) during a ceremony in Boston.

"It is an honor to recognize Senator Downing at this year's Good Guys Awards," said MWPC Executive Director Samantha Washburn-Baronie. "Senator Downing is a champion for women and families across western Massachusetts, and he leads by promoting and encouraging women to participate in politics. We are thrilled to honor the amazing strides he has made to support women and families in Massachusetts."

The MWPC is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization

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Laurel Hill Scholarship Applications Accepted
10:04AM / Friday, April 17, 2015
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STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Laurel Hill Association of Stockbridge is currently accepting applications for a $2,000 college scholarship to be awarded at the Laurel Hill Day in August 2015.

Applicants must have completed one year of college, be a resident of Southern Berkshire County and should be enrolled in a field of study which promotes environmental and historical preservation, including conservation, environmental studies, architecture, plant sciences, land management, and forestry.  Previous applicants and recipients may apply.

Application forms may be requested by email at scholarship@laurelhillassociation.org. The deadline for submission is May 31.

 

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Baker's Western Mass Office Head Fields Berkshire Selectmen's Concerns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Friday, April 17, 2015
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Director of the governor's Western Massachusetts office Ryan Chamberland was the guest speaker on Thursday at the bi-annual Berkshire County Selectmen's Association dinner. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Lee Selectman David Consolati would love to take a bridge down and replace it with a new one in the exact same spot.    But, before he can do that, the town must spend a quarter of a million dollars in engineering and then perform a $60,000 environmental study, among many requirements, throughout a two-year process with the state.   He wants the state to essentially pre-package plans that need to only be adjusted by size of the bridge and shorten the approval

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