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
(Stephanie Zollshan - The Berkshire Eagle)
Pittsfield's Ali Williamson is All-Eagle girls Alpine MVP

Generals junior claimed MIAA state championship in slalom
Sometime in early January, Ali Williamson said winning a state Alpine skiing championship wasn't on her radar screen. 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
Four towns to celebrate 250th anniversary together
PITTSFIELD >> A local celebration has gone international, as a world renowned Irish musician will play the Crowne Plaza at the most grand event commemorating the 250th anniversaries of Becket, Lanesborough, Richmond and Williamstown. 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