Annoying Black Bears
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Hundreds happily take part in 26th annual Construct Walk for the Homeless

GREAT BARRINGTON -- With the exuberance of youth, Grant Scherling, 16, of Norfolk, Conn., was the first person to finish the 26th annual Construct Walk for the Homeless.

"Yeah, I ran it," he said. Hard to believe, as Scherling wasn't even winded when he got to the finish line of the 4-mile event, located at the offices of Construct, Inc. The starting line was at Ski Butternut.

Photo Gallery | 26th annual walk for Construct Inc.

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POLICE LOG
Pittsfield Police Log for Thursday, Oct. 17

Thursday, Oct. 17 1:49 a.m.: An emergency medical call is received from Sadler Avenue. Full Story
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Hundreds turn out for Paws for Possibilities walk to aid Riverbrook

STOCKBRIDGE -- Coco Chanel has a knack for putting people at ease.

Since arriving two years ago, the 5-year-old chocolate Newfoundland been best furry friend to women living at Riverbrook, an all-female residence for those with developmental disabilities. Coco's owner, Abbey Hanley, knew her canine companion was destined to become a therapy dog at Riverbrook after the pet's first visit there.

Photo Gallery | Paws for Possibilities Walk for Riverbrook Residence

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SPORTS
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Harriet Cuyler wins her division at the Head of the Charles regatta

Fourteen times, Harriet Cuyler of Pittsfield has put her single scull into the Charles River to compete in the Head of the Charles Regatta. Full Story
State rep. confident six local school districts to get joint grant by year's end
Possibly by Thanksgiving, six local school districts could land a $300,000 state grant, funding they could use to better educate their students through shared services, programs and administrators Lee and Lenox public schools, Richmond Consolidated School and Berkshire Hills, Farmington River and Southern Berkshire regional school districts recently filed a joint application with the governor's Full Story

 
 
COUNTY NOTES
Senior Bulletin Board

Elder Services of Berkshire County Elder Services offers resources and services for Berkshire seniors, including Meals on Wheels and senior group lunches, information & referral, case management, homemaker, personal care, grocery shopping, companionship, laundry service, money management, supportive housing, health insurance counseling (SHINE), caregiver services, Long Term Care Ombudsman Full Story
Convicted murderer sues state over prison porn ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A convicted murderer sentenced to more than a half-century behind bars is suing the state of Connecticut, saying its ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights. Full Story
Smithsonian aims to raise $1.5B to improve museums

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian Institution has embarked on a major campaign to raise $1.5 billion and increase private support for the world's largest museum and research complex to fund programs in history, science, art and culture. Full Story