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Housing, Jobs and Transportation Top County Needs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:22AM / Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Congressman Richie Neal addresses the gathering on Friday at MCLA. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An individual in Berkshire County with a minimum wage job has to work 57 hours a week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.   If it's two parents with a child, they both need to be working full time and earning $14.41 an hour — $1.66 above the state minimum wage — to support their family.   There's a good chance they're renting because even though homeownership in the county is higher than the state average, in some areas, like Adams and North Adams, more than 40 percent of residents rent. Of those who rent, at least half are "rent burdened" because

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. Keil Did Tour in Afghanistan
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:24PM / Sunday, January 19, 2020

Keil served in the Marines from 2006 to 2010, including in Helmand Province in Afghanistan.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This week's featured veteran is a benchmark to his peers and to the younger generation because of his examples of class, integrity and humility.   Mitchell Keil served his country from 2006 to 2010 in the Marine Corps. A graduate of Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, he was sent to basic training at the famed Parris Island in South Carolina.    "After I graduated, I had two months before I went in. I had a chance to see my family and friends which was great. My parents signed the papers for my induction. If they didn't, I was

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@theMarket: Fed Stimulus Continues to Pump the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, January 17, 2020
When asked, the members of the Federal Reserve Board continue to argue that the almost $500 million they have pumped into the overnight repurchase market since September is not quantitative easing. The stock market disagrees.   "Not QE" is the term most often used by the Street in describing this fairly hefty expansion of the central bank's balance sheet. Because the purchases that the Fed is making are categorized as debt instruments that mature in 12 months or less, they escape the hard and fast definition of what the Fed labels as quantitative easing. QE is the purchase of longer-dated maturities of debt instruments, so the Fed is technically correct.   However,

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10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Returns in February
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, January 17, 2020

Mayor Linda Tyer tells how she used to tend a community garden at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The expanded 9th annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to cure those winter blues this February with a new emphasis on outdoor recreation.   Mayor Linda Tyer announced this year's festival events Thursday at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary along side Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath, Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner, and Becky Cushing of Mass Audubon as a way to recommit to the city's efforts to capitalize on its recreational economy.    "The art festival has amazing events and programs that give

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The Independent Investor: Can We Afford 4 More Years of Trade Wars?
By Bill Schmick,
08:02PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020
The Phase One trade deal with China was signed with a great deal of pomp and circumstance this week. While happy that trade tensions on both sides have been reduced, the vast majority of Wall Street players saw the deal as a win for China.   After almost three years of threats, bluster and on-again-off-again tariffs, we are right back where we were before Donald Trump was elected. Yes, China has agreed to purchase an additional $200 billion in U.S. goods over the next two years, but the trade deficit was always the wrong metric when comparing our overall trade with China.   Trade imbalances are caused by capital flows. Don't take my word for it, just ask any economist in the

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
04:48PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its fall 2019 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 73 students qualified for High Honors:

Massachusetts

Adams: Allison Armata, Rebekah Baker,

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'1917': Mistaken Destiny
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:32PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020
Anyone with half a brain knows that there's no such thing as a war movie … that there are only antiwar movies, of which director-writer Sam Mendes' "1917" is an iconic example. They also know that this harrowing, R-deserving delve into the bowels of humankind destroying each other with whatever new, technological device available to them, is a symptom of a species not yet civilized.   So of course, exiting the theater after receiving this booster shot of a reminder that thou shalt not kill, a cynically overwhelming shadow took center stage of my thoughts. Doubtless, all through this country, in hollows from hinterland to urban ghetto, and all through the

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Local Architect Appointed As Massachusetts Licensing Adviser to National Council
03:37PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kerry Bartini, the principal architect at Berkshire Design, was appointed to be the American Institute of Architects' Massachusetts licensing adviser to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards on Jan. 10.

In her new role, Bartini, who has been a licensing adviser since 2016, will continue to work directly with architectural licensing candidates, but will have more direct contact with AIA branches, firms and schools across the commonwealth, as well as the licensing board. Licensing advisers work with NCARB and are part of a community that helps foster licensing and certification.

"The path to licensure can sometimes be daunting,

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BHS, Williams College Collaborate on Retail Pharmacy on Spring Street
03:30PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and Williams College have announced the development of a new retail pharmacy in Williamstown, expanding access to prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and many other products, in close proximity to the Williams campus.

The new pharmacy, to be called the Williamstown Apothecary, will be located at 72 Spring St. in Williamstown, a property owned by the college.

The Williamstown Apothecary is scheduled to open in early spring, following the completion of renovations to the property being undertaken by Berkshire Health Systems and municipal permitting.

"Williams has been excited to work with BHS to bring pharmacy and related

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 20. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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New Partner Named at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig
12:41PM / Thursday, January 16, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Donovan O'Connor & Dodig has announced that attorney Marnie A. Clough has become a partner in the firm.

Clough joined the firm in 2011 after practicing in the Boston area for several years.    

A native of Adams, Clough received a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, with a double major in psychology and criminal justice from SUNY Albany in 2004 and juris doctorate degree from Suffolk University Law School in 2009. Clough has been recognized for six years running by SuperLawyers as a "rising star" in the area of Social Security disability.

In 2019 she was recognized as one of the area’s outstanding young professionals when

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Snow on the Way; Preview for Southern Vermont on Wednesday
Staff Reports,
07:41PM / Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Very slight chance for delays Thursday for Northern Berkshire towns, especially those in higher elevations. Bigger storm this weekend will start Saturday. https://t.co/i1mn9OQbNE

— Greylock Snow Day (@GreylockSnowDa1) January 16, 2020 The weather's been relatively mild since that short time in the deep freeze a couple weeks ago. That looks to end this weekend as a major storm system leaves a mess across the nation and shifts into New England and temperature begin to dip.    But before we get to Friday night we have to get through Wednesday. A storm moving to the north should miss most of the South Berkshire on Wednesday night but with a winter weather advisory posted

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