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iBerkshiresTV Launches With Local News, Interviews

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Here at iBerkshires, we are always open to trying new things. After 19 years of providing local news to our readers, we know no everyone gets their news in the same manner. There are readers, there are listeners, and there are viewers. So, we're working on a potential new partnership with Clayson Creative to bring you a new way to get your news. We're introducing iBerkshiresTV. 
 
In this pilot episode, Jeff Snoonian is our host. He brings you all of our top headlines from the last two weeks. Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer was gracious enough to sit down with iBerkshires' Pittsfield Bureau Chief Andy McKeever to discuss her At Home in Pittsfield program. And we've got a business spotlight with Dave Nicholas from the Bounti-Fare and David Bissaillon from Smith Bros-McAndrews Insurance Agency, two lifelong Berkshire business owners who have a story to share about the importance of buying local.
 
Our hope is that we can make this a regular program. We will continue to tinker with not just this show but what else we can do with video as time goes on.
 
But first, send us your feedback to info@iberkshires.com. Is this something you'd watch regularly? What do you like about it and what do you think we should fix? If you are a local business that would like to be involved, contact our salesteam@iBerkshires.com about opportunities for advertising.
 
Without further ado, here's the first pilot of iBerkshiresTV:


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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence:  The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.  

An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and community production and executive producer of the program.  "Not only were we able to trace the parade back further than ever before, but to see how the parade has impacted Pittsfield, and how the community always seems to come together to make sure the parade happens is remarkable."

The Pittsfield Fourth of July parade experienced bumps in the road even back in the early 1800s - most notably, when Captain Joseph Merrick, a Federalist, excluded Democrats from the yearly post-parade gathering at his tavern in 1808.

The parade ran concurrently from at least 1801 until 1820. In 1821, Pittsfield’s spiritual leader Dr. Rev. Heman Humphrey, canceled the festivities so the day could be dedicated to God before resuming in 1822 after residents decided they wanted their parade.

"Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" premiered July 4 at 9:30 am on PCTV Access Pittsfield Channel 1301 and PCTV Select.  The program is available on-demand on PCTV Select, available on Roku and Apple TV, or online.

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