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Busy Weekend for Local Collegians in Village Beautiful
iBerkshires.com Sports,
12:29AM / Monday, September 26, 2016
It was homecoming weekend of sorts for local graduates in Williamstown this weekend.   Cross country’s Purple Valley Classic and golf’s Williams Fall Invitational each attracted schools that feature Berkshire County alumni on their rosters.   At Taconic Golf Club, the Williams Fall Invitational included Salem State senior Chad Alibozek and an MCLA team that featured four locals.   Drury alumnus Matt Lawrence carded rounds of 83 and 85 to tie for 65th place in the field along with MCLA teammate Quinn McCormick. The pair were joined at the two-day event by Nick Bator (Drury), Josh Fortier (Pittsfield) and Liam Nolan (Pittsfield).   Salem State senior Alibozek

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Annual Fall Run Fundraiser Returns For 35th Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Sunday, September 25, 2016

Bikers make their way down Park Street for the annual Fall Run benefit for Shriners Children's Hospital. See more photos here.

ADAMS, Mass. — The rumble of engines echoed through Adams on Sunday morning as more than 1,000 motorcycles queued up at Bowe Field for the 60-mile Fall Run motorcycle ride.

Mike Roberts, owner of Custom City Cycle Shop and co-founder of the annual fundraiser, said although the 35 years marks a milestone for the run, it almost marked the end of Bike Night.

"The biggest issue we had this year was there was no Events Committee in Adams, they disbanded recently," he said. "They helped organize Bike Night and that was a big hit to

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Sfakianaki Helps MCLA Tennis Win Fifth Match
04:22PM / Sunday, September 25, 2016
JOHNSON, Vt.- The MCLA women's tennis team rallied from an early deficit to earn a hard fought 5-4 win over the Johnson State Badgers on Saturday.   The Trailblazers (5-3, 3-1 NAC) seemed in control after taking a pair of hard fought doubles matches. Mariza Sfakianaki paired with Brian Higgins to earn a point via an 8-6 win in the top doubles slot. Sarah Hachadourian teamed with Anna Despart to earn another point by an identical 8-6 margin while JSC (6-2)  took the third doubles point. MCLA held a slim 2-1 lead heading into the singles matches.   JSC quickly took the lead when Grace Page, Kali Covell, and Nicole Monick earned wins out of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th singles

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Q&A: Pownal Woman Conquers Appalachian Trail After Detour
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:06AM / Sunday, September 25, 2016

Hannah Cochran's 'weird selfie' atop of a sleety Mount Katahdin. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hannah Cochran is a hiker through and through, but she is not a "thru-hiker," not technically, at least not in her opinion.   Others would differ with the Pownal, Vt., resident and Mount Greylock Regional School graduate.   Cochran launched an attempt to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2014. But before she could complete the 2,190-mile trek from Georgia to Maine, she was sidetracked by the news that her father in Hancock was diagnosed and being treated for cancer.   Understandably, she decided to forego her dream and be with her family. But this summer,

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North Adams Recovery Event Hears Voices of Recovery, Pain
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rebecca Dodge, founder of the Have Hope Initiative, speaks about the struggles of addiction.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The goal of the annual recovery vigil has been to shine a light on a scourge that's affected families and communities across the nation: Addiction.

"I have kept my demons at bay for 13 years and six months," said Rebecca Dodge, recalling her fall into drug abuse in the early 2000s. But many of her friends haven't been as successful, she told the gathering Noel Field Athletic Complex for the Voices of Recovery event on Saturday afternoon.

Her friend, Hope Benoit, succumbed several years ago leading her to found the Have Hope Initiative. But just

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Buddy Walk Unites Families — And Athletes, Too, This Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:36PM / Saturday, September 24, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — The 10th annual Buddy Walk of the Berkshires was bigger than ever. And thanks to a high school sports scheduling quirk, its reach was a little broader than ever. 

The Saturday morning walk, organized by and for the support of Berkshire County families living with Down syndrome, drew about 1,000 participants who gathered at Craneville Elementary School for the annual walk up and down Main Street. 

That group included the girls soccer team from Westfield High, which had a game scheduled for 1 p.m. against Dalton's Wahconah Regional. Problem was, many of the girls on the Wahconah team are long-time Buddy Walkers, going back to their days as Craneville

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BRTA Considering New Loop Route for North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:24PM / Friday, September 23, 2016

Administrator Robert Malnati says he rides the bus when he can to see how things are working.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is considering a new loop in North Adams as a way to get its riders where they need to go in a faster and cost-neutral manner.

Dubbed "Route 65" for the moment, the loop as currently proposed would start and end at the Walmart Supercenter on Curran Highway every hour starting at 6:30 a.m. Route 1 from Walmart south would continue until 6:30 p.m.

The loop route would hit the Ocean State Job Lots plaza (turnaround), Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Main Street, two stops at Mohawk Forest, Berkshire Medical Center

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@theMarket: The Same Old Song
By Bill Schmick,
06:16PM / Friday, September 23, 2016

Investors have been waiting all year for that elusive interest rate hike promised by our central bank. September proved to be another false start. Once again, markets rallied on the news, the dollar fell, and investors were happy. So what's new?

As we have written so many times in the past, investors and markets are fixated on a Fed rate hike. Now everyone's attention is on December. Janet Yellen, the Fed chieftain, indicated that she could see at least one rate hike this year — if the data warrants it. The problem is the economic numbers are, at best, inconclusive.

Even the central bank, in this last go-around at the FOMC, lowered its forecast for the future, long-term,

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Adams' Fourth Annual Great Chair Auction Open For Bids
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Friday, September 23, 2016

Mazzucco says a few words before launching the auction. 

ADAMS, Mass. — From comic and cartoon characters to paeans to nature, this year's Great Chair Auction offering up some fantastical seating for enjoying — or just viewing.

The annual fundraiser for Youth Center Inc. commenced after an official ribbon cutting Wednesday at the former Simmons Furniture Store on Park Street.

Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco got to clip the ribbon before joining in on the Artists' Walk along Park Street, where many of the items for auction can be seen on display in store windows.

"This is a great event and I look forward to cutting the ribbon every year," Mazzucco

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North Adams Windsor Lake Panel Looking at Marketing, Packages
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Friday, September 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Windsor Lake Recreation Commission is hoping to come up with new marketing and camping packages that would attract visitors to what they feel is a hidden gem.

"We should be looking at the entire Windsor Lake complex," said Commissioner Nancy Bullett.

The idea is to integrate better the activities available at Windsor Lake and the city run Historic Valley Campground. Bullett pointed to the new playground at the lake, the recently installed volleyball court and disc golf course, and the trail system. "When we look at it as a whole, which is what we should be doing ... that's all part of the amenities piece that we're working

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The Independent Investor: The Impact of One Bad Apple
By Bill Schmick,
06:31PM / Thursday, September 22, 2016

For years, the mantra of Corporate America has been that they are drowning in government rules and regulations. Small business has echoed that refrain, as has Wall Street. The problem is that these same entities continually shoot themselves in the foot.

Over the last two weeks, thanks to Wells Fargo in the banking sector, and Mylan Labs in pharmaceuticals, Corporate America has once again reminded us of that business just can't be trusted. In the case of Wells Fargo, over 2 million fictitious customer accounts were opened over several years in order to meet sales goals.

Critics say Mylan Labs' 500 percent increase (since 2007) in the cost of a device called EpiPen that treats

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'Bridget Jones's Baby': Sweet, Cute and Crawls
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:25PM / Thursday, September 22, 2016

While the average gestation period for human women is nine months (280 days to be specific), it sure seems to take a lot longer in the sweet, cute but oh-so-slow moving "Bridget Jones's Baby."

Folks who just absolutely love this franchise, featuring Renée Zellweger's intrepid single gal, perhaps won't mind the ultra-dawdling exposition, wherein she takes inventory of her unmarried life thus far. As iterated by her properly British, office-seeking Mum, while still (accent on the still) unwed, she has a great job as a TV news producer, and a nice flat. But then there's the truth.

Tsk, tsk. Maybe things will take a turn for the romantically brighter which,

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