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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Berkshire Force 12U Team Wins County Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:56PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, MASS. -- The Berkshire Force 12-and-under softball team jumped out to a five-run lead after two innings and held off Dalton for an 9-3 win in the Berkshire County Championship at the Doyle Complex.   Maddie Ladowski scattered six hits and struck out five to earn the win in the circle, and Abby Lummus went 2-for-4 with a triple and four runs scored as the Force won a four-team tournament that got under way on Wednesday.   The big blow came from Mia Alfonso, who delivered a bases clearing three-run single to make it 5-0 in the bottom of the second. But the Force got at least one hit from seven different players.   “This team, we’re really

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Governor Signs Re-Written Marijuana Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker signed updated marijuana regulations into law Friday.   Voters had passed the legalization of recreational use of marijuana in November and since then lawmakers have been reworking the law, which included a six-month delay. After negotiations between the House and Senate, the Legislature passed changes to the citizen's referendum on July 20, which was then signed on Friday.   "We appreciate the careful consideration the Legislature took to balance input from lawmakers, educators, public safety officials and public health professionals while honoring the will of the voters regarding the adult use of marijuana," Gov. Charlie

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Blue Rider Stables Appoints New Executive Director
02:38PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

EGREMONT, Mass. — Blue Rider Stables has promoted Stephanie Bergman to interim executive director.

Bergman has been with Blue Rider Stables for three years as operations manager. In this role, she created structures, policies and procedures that laid the foundation for significant organizational growth.  

Christine Sierau, co-founder and former executive director, will now focus exclusively on program delivery in her role as head riding instructor. Since 1992, Sierau has been developing Blue Rider Stables' programs and lessons, integrating the intuitive qualities of horses with her knowledge of body awareness, child development and the special needs of people with

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Berkshire Children and Families Taps New President and CEO
01:18PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Directors of Berkshire Children and Families has appointed Colleen White Holmes as president and CEO, beginning Aug. 7.

She assumes the position held by Carolyn Mower Burns, who died in November 2016. Berkshire Children and Families, with offices in Pittsfield and Hadley, is in its 130th year of providing support to children and families.

"From the moment I began learning about the work of Berkshire Children and Families, I had a good feeling," Holmes said. "The staff team is professional and caring, the children and families we serve are important and amazing, and the work is innovative and impactful. I couldn't be more proud and

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Red Lion Inn Grows Culinary Team
01:09PM / Friday, July 28, 2017

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — On the heels of a recent $1 million kitchen renovation, The Red Lion Inn welcomes new management and culinary talent to the historic Berkshires Inn with two strategic hires: Director of Food & Beverage Fabien Riviere and Sous Chef Jim Corcoran.

Riviere and Corcoran will work with Vice President of Culinary Development Brian Alberg to continue to evolve the inn's commitment to local sourcing and service excellence.

"The continued success of the Main Street Hospitality Catering, with projects like Seeds Market Café at Hancock Shaker Village, calls for bringing in additional expertise," said Sarah Eustis, CEO of Main Street Hospitality

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Adams-Cheshire 16U Softball Team Advances in County Tourney
09:24AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Adams-Cheshire Swat 16-and-under softball team defeated Great Barrington, 12-9, on Thursday in the Berkshire County Championship.   McKenzie Kupiec and Caitlyn Nicol combined for the win in the circle in a game played at Olympia Meadows.   Katherine McNeice led the Swat offense with a pair of hits.   ACS played strong defense early, but Great Barrington was able to string together hits and rally to draw close.   ACS will play at the Doyle Complex on Monday at 6 against the Berkshire Force in the tournament semi-finals.   Thursday’s scheduled final in the 12-and-under division between Dalton and the Berkshire Force was rescheduled

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BRPC Weighs in on State's Plan to Overhaul Land Use Regs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, July 28, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC supports the state's push to overhaul land use regulations. But, the specifics in the bills from the House and Senate have raised some concern.   For months, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's regional issues committee has been pouring over the details of the massive omnibus bills. Two bills are going through the legislative process now — one from the House and one from the Senate — with similar changes to zoning and other land use regulations.   "This topic of land use legislation in Massachusetts, this very antiquated state, has been a legislative topic for almost as long as I've been here," Executive

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Post 68 Juniors Fall in Elimination Game at State Tourney
11:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- The Post 68 Juniors Wednesday saw their run in the American Legion Baseball State Tournament come to an end on Wednesday with a 9-4 loss to Methuen.   Cedric Rose went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the loss, which also saw Carter Matthews go 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.   Hunter Potash and Joe Traversa split time on the hill.

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BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee Authority to Call Strike
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:16PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are willing to strike over what they say is chronic understaffing.   By Wednesday, more than two-thirds of nurses eligible to vote had said "yes" to give the bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike should it feel one is necessary. The vote was taken over two days, this week and last week. Should a strike be called, the hospital would have a 10-day notice.   "Berkshire Medical Center nurses are standing up together for our patients, our colleagues, and our community because we care," reads a statement from Alex Neary, co-chair of the local bargaining committee for

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Dalton 12Us Open County Tournament with Win
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:38PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Dalton 12-year-old softball team needed just five hits to score 17 runs Wednesday and advance past the Greylock Thunder in the Berkshire County tournament opener at Chamberlain Park.   Olivia Wehner went 2-for-3 with a double to lead Dalton’s offense, and Casey Wilson pitched a three-hitter in a game ended in the fifth inning.   On a night when the Thunder had trouble keeping the ball away from the basket, the battery of Wilson and Wehner was firing on all cylinders for Dalton, registering seven strikeouts and just one wild pitch.   “They did a good job today,” Dalton coach Jody DiMassimo said after his team's 17-3 win. “Our

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State Council to Address Aging Holding Pittsfield Listening Session
08:21PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charles Baker's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts will hold listening sessions to hear ideas about how to make the commonwealth the most livable state for people of all ages.    The council will meet in Pittsfield on Wednesday, Aug. 2, from 10 to noon at Elder Services of Berkshire County, 877 South St., Suite 4E.   Members are specifically looking for input on issues related to:  What factors make your community a great place to grow older? How can we support families that include one or more older adults? How can we promote more human connectedness (reduce loneliness, isolation) in communities? What are the top two

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Adams Pedal & Plod Road Race Returns for 34th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 athletes will be running and pedaling there way through Adams on Sunday for 22-mile Pedal and Plod Race.    The event returns for 34th year and organizers hope to attract even more bikers and runners this year. Some 90 two-person teams and another 40 individual "Iron Person" participated last year.    "We hope to attract more participants," organizer Carol Cushenette said. "We have done more marketing and added online registration."    Runners will start near the Town Common and run 4.4 miles to Lime, East and East Hoosac before returning; bikers will pedal a 22-mile loop through Adams and

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