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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:03PM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Caleb Kollmer capped the 46th Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament in style.

The Berkshire Bruins defenseman Sunday scored midway through the second overtime to give the hosts a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Avon, Conn., in the Bantam Division title game.

Seamus Hayes scored with just less than three minutes left in regulation to complete the Bruins’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit, and Nate Haley made two saves in the last 10 seconds of regulation to send the game to OT.

“Whenever you win the Kittredge, you get to look at the banner for a couple more years,” Bruins’ coach Rob Abel said. “A lot of these guys, this is their last

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BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

The classroom spaces have have much more natural light with the renovations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest.   Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been under way since the spring 2015.   The renovated Hawthorne Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Melville Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.   "We're looking late spring or early summer," Director of Facilities David Moran said of the entire project, which


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@theMarket: Quarterly Earnings Will Dictate Market's Direction Next Week
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

Fourth-quarter earnings results for the nation's corporations kicked-off this week. Investors will focus on those numbers as they wait for the really big show at the end of next week.

Our president-to-be will be inaugurated next Friday with all the usual fanfare. Investors and the markets usually ignore these displays of pomp and ceremony, but not this time. Whether it is the mercurial nature of our new president, or the fact that a lot is riding on how successful he will be out of the gate, the stock market is hanging on every word (or tweet) he makes.

Consider his press conference this week. To many, he did not say enough about his corporate tax cutting or spending plans. Traders


'La La Land': On the One Hand, and Then on the Other
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:43PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

I already knew I was somewhat of a dreamer, but my generally warm and starry-eyed acceptance of wunderkind writer-director Damien Chazelle's "La La Land," a throwback/homage to the nascent movie musicals of the 1930s, also confirms that I am a hopeless romantic. The curious idea to have Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling play the sort of aspiring showbiz kids Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell portrayed in vehicles like "42nd Street" (1933) won me over despite the film's unrealistic plotting and a minor litany of incongruities.

But then again, this is the movies, and just how much suspension of disbelief one is willing to assume is always in direct proportion to how much


Acitivities Planned for King Day of Service on Monday
01:53PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday will feature events and volunteer efforts across the county.

In North Adams, the Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes volunteers for its 24th annual Day of Service and celebratory lunch.

The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. There will be projects on-site and at more than 10 other sites around the area such as Goodwill and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA beginning at 9 a.m. Service tasks are suitable for all ages and abilities and include tasks such as painting, cleaning, organizing, building, winterizing, or sewing.

The free luncheon and


Flying Cloud Institute Appoints New Executive Director
01:49PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Maria Rundle has been appointed as the next executive director of the Flying Cloud Institute.

Rundle is currently the director of development at Gould Farm in Monterey, where she has worked since 2008. Initially managing the Childcare Program, Rundle was promoted to her current position in 2012 where she has raised a substantial portion of Gould Farm's annual budget. In addition, she just completed a four-year term on the School Committee of the Southern Berkshire Regional School District.

Prior to moving to Monterey, Rundle was an educator while getting her master's degree in Education from SUNY Binghamton. She spent three years after her college


Berkshire Design Staffer Receives Architectural License
01:23PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Design has announced that Kerry L. Bartini, AIA, earned her architectural license in December and is now a registered architect in Massachusetts.

Bartini has more than 14 years of experience in the architectural profession and her expertise encompasses design and project administration for residential and commercial architectural design projects.  

Bartini has been a member of the Berkshire Design team for more than five years. Her recent projects in collaboration with the Berkshire Design team include work on private residences throughout Berkshire County, as well as work on a new community building for Gould Farm in Monterey, the


William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty Welcomes Lenox Agent
01:11PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty has announced that Tonia L. Scalise, a top Broker in Pittsfield and surrounding areas, has joined the company and will be based in the firm'’s new Lenox brokerage.

Scalise is a recognized leader in real estate sales, nearing 30 years in the industry. Her high energy and passion for real estate have made her a favorite among long-standing clients and brokers throughout the Berkshires. After running her own brokerage firm for almost 10 years, Scalise will join William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, where she will offer  market exposure with a vast global reach and consistent advertising in


The Independent Investor: When Your Broker Doesn't Want You Anymore
By Bill Schmick,
05:18PM / Thursday, January 12, 2017

Across the nation, various financial institutions, affected by the new "fiduciary" rules issued by the Department of Labor, are making some tough decisions. Don't be surprised if your broker informs you they can no longer manage your company's 401 (k) or other defined contribution plan.

This happened to one of our clients just this week. The couples, both self-employed, had used one of the nation's largest brokers to house and manage their money purchase plans at their companies. A money purchase plan, for those who don't know, is like a pension plan where employees make contributions based on a percentage of annual earnings. This is standard stuff along with


Investment Tips for 'Millennials'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:50AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If you are a "millennial" – a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s – then you're still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so many years until you retire, you’ve got the luxury of putting time on your side as you save and plan for retirement.

Here are some suggestions for making the best use of that time:

* Invest early – and often. Even if you are at the very beginning of your career, make investing a priority. At first, you might only be able to contribute a small amount each month, but something is far better than nothing


All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:08AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Bill Rech had a simple message for his hockey team the first time it hit the ice.   “I told them, ‘Girls, look around. Do you remember the first time you ever took the ice when you were kids? Remember the smell of the rink? Remember walking on the bench and it was kind of scary? Look around you. Own this moment. This is the first time you’ve ever skated with no boys. This is your team, your organization,” Rech recalled recently. “This is your team. This is your opportunity to be girls.   “And they absolutely thrived on it. From there, the girls exploded.”   The explosion reverberating through local rinks this

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American Legion Riders Host Appreciation Event for Law Enforcement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:30PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Michael Lefebvre, founding president of the Riders, welcomes guests to the event in Dalton on Monday morning.

DALTON, Mass. — The American Legion Riders of Post 155 on Monday morning recognized the many police departments that ensure the safety of its two annual motorcycle rides.

The tradition started a few years ago, said Michael Lefebvre, Massachusetts founding president, as a way to recognize officers' help with traffic control, and to show an appreciation of their daily efforts to protect and serve.

"I think we should appreciate law enforcement, they do nothing but good for us," he said on Monday morning as the Riders prepared to present plaques and letters

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