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    Tick control
    Should Massachusetts invest money and resources in a tick-control program?
    (Jenn Smith — The Berkshire Eagle)
    Bard College adult swimming program fills niche

    When Laura Lapachin began looking for swimming lessons for her two boys, she settled on a free program offered at Bard College at Simons Rock in Great Barrington.

    She found more than she bargained for.

    Lapachin, of Hudson, N.Y., realized that she herself had never had formal instruction. And that, she realized, has caused a hesitation to just jump into the water that has stayed with her into her adult years.

    So she decided to take advantage of the program for herself, too.

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    Pittsfield Police log for Friday, April 17 to Sunday, April 19

    Friday, April 17 6:01 a.m.: A report of a motor vehicle accident with injury at the intersection of Elm and East streets. Full Story
    (Gillian Jones — The Berkshire Eagle)
    Sweet surprises at Dottie's Coffee Lounge Cupcake Showdown

    PITTSFIELD >> Dozens of cupcake connoisseurs lined up North Street Sunday afternoon to sink their teeth into the mini-delectable goodies and decide which one was the best from throughout the Berkshires. Full Story
    (Matthew Sprague - The Berkshire Eagle)
    Runners of the Berkshires brave cold, rain and wind to finish 2015 Boston Marathon

    North Adams' Witter finishes 2 years after heart surgery; Lee's Kinnaman top local finisher
    After the winter that both Berkshire County and Massachusetts in general experienced, no local Boston Marathon runner was about to let an adverse condition or two stop them Monday. Full Story
    (Michael Dwyer — The Associated Press)
    Red Sox get 5 unearned runs in 7-1 win over Orioles

    BOSTON >> Justin Masterson benefited from five unearned runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 Monday in a soggy Patriots' Day game shortened by rain to 6 1/2 innings. Full Story
    Missing wedding ring plucked from dog doo, returned to owner

    SITKA, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska woman suspected her family's dog snatched her wedding ring, but she couldn't find proof — until the diamond-encrusted platinum band turned up months later at a local ball field. Full Story