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Lenox, Wahconah Students Win Youth Art Expo
02:47PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lucy McMahon from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School took the top prize in the Youth Art Expo, sponsored by the countywide coaltion Face the Facts: Reduce Teen Pregnancy.

Art was submitted by local youth from Lenox Memorial Middle and High School, Lee Middle and High School, Wahconah High School, Miss Halls School, Taconic High School and Monument Mountain High School. The expo’s theme was, “Nine months from now, the only thing I am expecting is to be more …” Participating youth were asked to think about where they see themselves in nine months, and create an art piece which reflects that. Every participant submitted a piece that

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Biz Briefs: Technical Training Program Students Receive Certificate of Completion
02:05PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

Congratulations: Fourteen students recently received a certificate for completing the Berkshire Advanced Manufacturing Technical Training Program. The entry level training program, which ran from February to June, provides students with basic manufacturing and workforce readiness skills.

Each student received a Certificate of Completion from Berkshire Community College as well as a MACWIC Level 1 credential that verifies mastery of basic manufacturing skills such as math, blueprint reading, metrology, safety and work readiness. The work readiness component was facilitated by Goodwill Industries.  

The program was offered through a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of

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Berkshires Beat: A New Place For a Walk in the Woods
01:28PM / Monday, June 27, 2016

Take a hike: Members of Southwestern Vermont Health Care staff and their families completed work on a new 1.4-mile addition to the regional trail system on Saturday, June 18.

The trail is open to hikers and bikers and traverses SVHC’s Bennington Campus in Bennington, Vt. The entire community is invited to use the trail for outdoor recreation. Access points include Dewey Street in front of the hospital, Stark Street Playground, Monument Avenue Extension, and Frost Drive.


A fair time: Berkshire Youth Fair Books are available for youths 5-18 who want to enter the fair. Youths can print the fair books off the web or call the 4-H office at 413-448-8285 . Some will be automatically put

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North Adams Artist Finds Expression in Ancient Paper Craft
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
03:41PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The technique of paper quilling isn't a common one in the contemporary art world, but North Adams resident Lisa Nilsson embraced the antediluvian medium and elevated even beyond her contemporaries to her inventive and intricate — and almost obsessive — images that stretch the form to its limits.

Quilling is a hundreds-of-years-old paper craft that involves rolling strips of colored paper into formations to create images with a three-dimensional quality.

Nilsson had previously worked in the format of box assemblages, which allowed her to create in a variety of mediums and she was always on the lookout for something new to add. After becoming

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Berkshire Mountaineers AAU Team Goes 4-0 in Maine
04:29PM / Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Berkshire Mountaineers seventh grade AAU girls basketball team went 4-0 to win a recent tournament in Portland Maine.   The team is 19-4 with one more tournament left in its season.   The sixth/seventh-grade team includes: Delaney Babcock, Abby Bird, Rylie Bishop, Abby Hugger, Alyssa Garabedian, Jayden Johnson, Sharaya Keele, Averie McGrath, Kaylee Tatro, Grace Towler and Rylynn Witek.   The team is coached by Shaun McGrath and Jeff Johnson.

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@theMarket: Who Is Next?
By Bill Schmick,
07:59PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

 

The vote is in and all you have to do is look at world markets to discover the verdict. The citizens of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Chaos reigned for today but tomorrow may be a different story, at least for U.S. investors.

Do not panic. Most of my readers are heavily invested in the U.S. equity and bond markets. As such, the fallout from Brexit will be short-lived here at home as investors come to the realization that, for now, the United States is the only game in town. As I look at Friday morning's damage to our markets, I am impressed at how well we are doing compared to Europe. Essentially, all we have done is give back a week's speculative

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Main Street Hospitality Adds Business Development Director
03:21PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. —Main Street Hospitality Group has created a new strategic management role to help guide growth and engagement in the communities in which the hotel owner and manager operates.

MSHG owns and/or manages renowned properties throughout the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, including the Red Lion Inn, Hotel on North, Porches Inn at MASS MoCA and The Williams Inn.

Brian Butterworth, who has led the sales efforts for the company for nearly 14 years, will step into the newly created role of senior director of Business Development, Community and Industry Affairs, effective immediately.

"As Main Street Hospitality grows it is critical that we nurture and leverage

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Berkshire Food Festival Offers Up Tasty Fare on Sunday
02:46PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams will play host to the 14th annual Berkshire Food Festival on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

This year's Berkshire Food Festival is presented by 1230-AM WNAW and WUPE-FM and features the cuisine from numerous area restaurants and food vendors along with a selection of beer.  Some of the restaurants represented will be Boston Sea Foods, Bousquet Catering, Gramercy Bistro, Krispy Kone, Lickety Split, Mint Indian Lakeside Cuisine, Oh Crepe, Papa John's, Slick Willie's and The 413 Grill.

Attendees will also be treated to the live music between 1 and 3 p.m., along with a corn hole tournament and other entertainment,

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Laura Bush Tours Latest Restorations at The Mount
02:02PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — Former first lady Laura Bush and friends toured the recent restoration efforts at The Mount, the home of Edith Wharton and a National Historic Landmark, on Saturday, June 18.

Bush, who serves as the honorary chair of The Mount’s National Committee, was joined by Mount Trustee Chairman Dan Kasper, Executive Director Susan Wissler, and Facilities Director Ross Jolly, Lois Betts, Nancy Weiss, and Penny Slade-Sawyer.

The main focus of the tour was the recent repairs to the historic stable’s exterior, which had suffered severe deterioration. Bush and her friends were given a behind-the scenes tour by Jolly. This project was green-lighted last fall thanks to

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BCC’s Swimming Pool to Open Daily Starting June 25
01:35PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The swimming pool at Berkshire Community College will officially open for the season on Saturday, June 25, and will be open daily from noon to 5:45 p.m.

The pool, which is staffed by a certified lifeguard at all times and is handicapped accessible, is 3.5 to 8 feet deep and is approximately 70-feet-long. Male and female locker rooms, equipped with showers, are also available.  

BCC students and staff may use the pool and all of the other Paterson Field House amenities for free with a valid BCC ID.

Daily rates are $5 for individuals and $20 daily for families (five or more). Season rates are $75 for individuals and $200 for families.

For more information

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The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry.

Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or otherwise. The cost of coverage is based on your pet's age, health profile, breed and however much insurance you want to purchase.

You will pay a yearly premium, have a deductible, co-pays and a maximum cap on how much your insurance covers per year.

The best time to take out insurance is before your pet develops health problems. Learn from my mistakes. In my case, Titus our seven-year-old,

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'Finding Dory': It'll Find You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:23PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching "Finding Dory," the sequel to the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," it occurs that perhaps even children of John Birchers and Ku Klux Klan members exposed to the high-minded sentiments of this sugary tutorial in liberalism will leave the theater a bit more tolerant.

However, while colorful, intelligent and starring the witty articulations of Ellen DeGeneres as the winsome title fish, Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane's undersea metaphor could have better tickled its target audience's funny bone. I laughed more than the kids did.

Granted, my observations are anecdotal. Maybe it has something to do with cell phones and unconscious multitasking. But the mostly

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