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Community Comes Together to Improve Russell Field

Corey Bishop, co-owner of Bishop West Real Estate, said after Atlantis Equipment donated and installed a backdrop fence on the softball field, he thought there was more to be done. "They bought the backdrop and I was standing out there while they were installing it," Bishop said. "I looked around and we had lights and a lit scoreboard but our buildings were deplorable. It was embarrassing."

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SABIC Leaves 'Bittersweet' Parting Gift To United Way

By the end of the year SABIC may be gone. But not forgotten. Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp.'s Innovative Plastics is leaving a legacy of philanthropy and community engagement behind with a parting gift of a $1 million endowment for the Berkshire United Way. The company has made major impacts in the city of Pittsfield over the years with donation to the Berkshire United Way, employees serving on boards and commissions, and volunteer efforts on a number of projects.

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Adams Community Bank Employees Complete New England School for Financial Studies

The New England School for Financial Studies is an intensive two-year program to broaden the skills in the areas of strategic thinking, leadership and decision making.

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Berkshire County Banker Completes ABA School of Bank Marketing and Management

The only national school of its kind, the program provides marketers, managers and specialists with an intensive education under the guidance and direction of faculty advisors comprised of distinguished marketing and banking professionals. Students develop strategies to promote new products and receive a solid foundation in marketing principles and management practices.

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Two Local Women Join Wild Oats Management Team

Sarah Thurston Housman, a native of Williamstown, was appointed as marketing manager and Shannon Toye, of North Adams, was hired as prepared foods manager.

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Racette Leads Drury Boys to Win

The Drury High boys and Central Radio earned wins Thursday in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League.

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Barrington Stage Names New Trustees

"I am thrilled to welcome three dynamic new board members to the Barrington Stage family. They will give our board and our organization a richer, deeper understanding of our Berkshire community and how we can serve it more effectively," said ​Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

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New Regional Coordinator for Healthier Living Workshops and Tobacco Treatment Tapped

Vermont Blueprint for Health offers many helpful workshops for patients that are struggling with chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, emphysema or COPD.

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Three Williams Faculty Receive Nelson Bushnell Prize

Andrea Barrett (English), Justin Crowe (political science), and Sarah Goh (chemistry) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell 20 Prize, an award given annually to faculty since 1995.

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Cranwell Welcomes New Executive Chef

In the past 20 years, he has accumulated more than 20 years of executive and sous chef experience at different resorts in the States and in England.

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Williams Science Camp Serves Youngsters, Collegians

Learning went both ways at Williams College's Summer Science Lab this month. "One of my interns said this morning, 'The kids were my teachers this week as well,' " lab director Stephen Bechtel said last week.

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Adams Movies Under the Stars Starts Friday

The town's Movies Under the Stars will return for the summer this Friday at the Visitors Center. Police Officer Gregory Charon, who also organizes Dana Labbee Summer Basketball, said that Movies Under the Stars will kick off this Friday with "Zootopia" at 7:30 p.m.

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Pokemon Go Players Asked Not to Block Cheshire Fire Station

The Cheshire Fire Department is asking players not to hang around the station after players have been found blocking doors with their vehicles. "We have had numerous incidents lately where we have gone to our station to respond to an emergency call and have found vehicles parked in front of our apparatus bay doors," the department posted on its Facebook page on Thursday.

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Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Endorses Farley-Bouvier

The Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus announced its endorsement of state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier for re-election.

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Olver Endorses Adam Hinds for State Senate Seat

Democratic state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver.

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'Ghostbusters': The Graces of Wraith

But while a sizable portion of the joy is also the sheer outlandishness of it all, it's the whimsical likeability factor of the main characters that ultimately puts it across. McCarthy, who has come into her own as a true original, is superb as the pushy entrepreneur of all gambles and ventures.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Gather-In Celebration, Farmers Markets

This Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7, the Berkshire branch of the NAACP, with the lead sponsorship of Greylock Federal Credit Union, hosts the free annual Gather-In Festival in Rev. Willard & Rosemary Durant Park, formerly Pitt Park, on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

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Hunt's Double-Double Leads Team to Giorgi League Win

Moresi & Associates/Mingo's and Frame All/Preite Oil each earned wins in the John Giorgi Summer Basketball League on Wednesday.

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SteepleCats Split Pair in Holyoke

The North Adams SteepleCats won, 8-3, to split a double-header on the road on Wednesday.

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Adams to Pursue Medical Marijuana Bylaw

Weed is weighing heavy on the minds of some town officials. Although the Selectmen unanimously voted Wednesday to request the Planning Board to draft a medical marijuana zoning bylaw, some members were hesitant to start the process. Selectman Joseph Nowak was not among them. He has been urging his colleagues to pursue a bylaw that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary.

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BRPC Hears Update To 'Last Mile' Broadband Plan

Finishing out the so-called "last mile" of broadband connectivity will take a flexible approach, giving towns an array of options to connect, according to Massachusetts Technology Collaborative implementation liaison Bill Ennen. Ennen was appointed to the role which serves as an middle man between the state's Massachusetts Broadband Initiative and individual towns in June at the same time former Pittsfield state Rep. Peter Larkin was appointed to chair the MBI board. The two are now heading t

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North Adams Housing Authority Dedicates New Patio

The North Adams Housing Authority opened its new patio on Wednesday with a brief dedication and a cookout. Named for longtime Housing Authority director William M. Boland, the fenced in area off the main lobby offers a benches and umbrella tables for residents who'd like to dine al fresco or just watch the world go by.

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Pittsfield Powers Past Westfield in Little League Playoffs

The Pittsfield American League All-Stars opened the Section 1 playoffs with a 'mercy rule' win on Wednesday.