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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Gillette Carnival Returns to Berkshire Mall For 8th Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, May 03, 2019

The carnival has been at the Berkshire Mall for the last eight years. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Back in the 1940s, the Gillettes would set up and run carnivals all around Pontoosuc Lake.    Pittsfield brothers Jules, Art and Gene started up the Gillette Carnival in 1947 and it has grown to become a family affair. It takes the family throughout the Northeast during the summer but they always start the year at home.   "It was important coming back here. It is for two great organizations, Lanesborough Police Association and Stars of Hope," Jerry Gillette, who now owns the carnival his father had begun, said.   "And it is home for me. I'm from


Faith-based Organizations Honor National Day of Prayer in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Friday, May 03, 2019

Akilah Edgerton and Katelynn Miner say a prayer for those in government. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — God bless President Donald Trump and Mayor Linda Tyer.   Those two names aren't spoken in the same sentence often. But for those gathered outside City Hall on Thursday, the focus wasn't on what divides a community, a state, or a nation.   The focus is on what unites -- love, goodness, and faith.   Pastors of a number of local faith-based organizations led a crowd of about 50 in prayer, prayers for the government, for education, for businesses, for the media, the military, the church, and for families.   "Now I think, based on what's happened in


Wahconah's Caesar Rules AIC Record Books
10:51PM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
The 2019 season did not go the way anyone in the American International College men’s lacrosse program may have wanted.   But the program will not soon forget the contributions made by graduating senior Quinn Caesar.   Caesar, a graduate of Wahconah, wrapped up his collegiate career last month when the Yellowjackets ended an 0-16 campaign.   Look beyond those numbers, though, and you see an impressive story.   Caesar set a school record with 63 games played in four years and finished as AIC’s all-time leading scorers among midfielders with 56 goals, and he is eighth on the school’s scoring chart at his position with 79 points.   He scored his final


The Independent Investor: What You Need to Know (But Don't) About Buying an IPO
By Bill Schmick,
05:42PM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
An initial public offering of a stock, called an IPO, can be either a sucker's game or a chance for instant riches. Determining the outcome requires a great deal of work, knowledge, and luck. Most investors have none of the above when it comes to IPOs.   I want to share with you a recent conversation I had with a conservative client (a vegetarian and yoga teacher) on this subject.   "I want to buy some stock of this company that makes a vegetarian form of hamburgers. How do I do it?" she asked.   "Why do you want to buy it?" I asked, before explaining the mechanics of such a purchase.   "Well, it tastes really good, all my friends love them,


'Avengers: Endgame': What the World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:51AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
Y'know how I'm always looking for metaphors and clues in movies that might lead the way to saving our republic from the current rash of misanthropic evildoers? Y'know, those who would replace our democracy with autocracy for their own profit and narcissistic obsession. Well, someday I'm going to just review a movie. But this isn't that someday.   Nah, "Avengers: Endgame," a surprisingly entertaining, jaunty ride to vicarious liberty is simply too rich with the stuff of the Four Freedoms to be treated as just another superhero movie. It celebrates and brims with the very idea of righteousness, replete with an utterly contemptible villain too hateful and too


County Ambulance looks to Launch Post-Overdose Interventions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — County Ambulance is looking to launch a new post-overdose intervention program to help its patients connect with rehab and health services.   County Ambulance President Brian Andrews said the idea would be that emergency medical technicians and paramedics on staff will visit those who were transported by the service for an overdose within 24 to 72 hours and connect them with resources.   The hope is to take a bite out of the opioid problem, reduce the number of patients being transported, and improve the overall health of the community.   "Although some of the statistics recently that have come out are suggesting that deaths are down from

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Should You Borrow from Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:44PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019

If you work for a business that offers a 401(k) plan, consider yourself fortunate, because a 401(k), with its tax advantages and variety of investment options, is a great way to save for retirement. But what if you need to tap in to your plan before you retire? Is it a good idea to borrow from your 401(k)?

To begin with, you need to determine if a loan is even available. You can only borrow from your 401(k) if you're still working for the company that offers the plan, but even so, you'll have to check with your human resources area to determine if loans are allowed. If they are, you'll want to weigh the pros and cons before taking action.

On the "pro" side, it's


BCC Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
06:08PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's two-year nursing program is being accredited through 2023, bringing relief to the beleaguered program.    College officials were notified this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing program for the next four years. In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on the change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.   In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:04AM / Monday, April 29, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Grade 6

High Honors: Jeffrey Bourassa, Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl Hage, Ryley Schwarz and Alexandria Zustra.

Honors: Natasha Burnell, Efrem Chen, Caiden Davis, Allissa Davis, Evan Hilton, Jayda Kimok, Kaitlyn Milette, Ania O'Leary, Brooke Reynolds and Katelynne


Berkshires Beat: Children's Artwork Comes to SVMC
10:52AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
Children's artwork

The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Auxiliary welcomes an exhibit of artwork by local school children. This is 40th exhibit of student work.

The show includes pieces selected from works of more than 3,000 kindergarten through grade 12 students. More than 200 students' work represents each of the eight schools in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.  

The exhibit is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through June 6. In addition to the Corridor Gallery, the SVHC Auxiliary manages the Personal Emergency Response System operations and independent vendor sales. For information about joining the SVHC Auxiliary, visit the website or call 802-440-4024.




Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
10:32AM / Monday, April 29, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2019 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will use the funds to support the creation of a robotics classroom at Hoosac Valley Elementary School, including new equipment for its science facility.

BArT will create an


Mass MoCA Exhibited 273 Works by High School Students
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
Amanda Tobin, left, Laura Thompson and Phoebe Pepper at the announcement of artist grants to be awarded in Pepper's name. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Garrett Rhoads was inspired when he looked into a little box on a piano, wondering what it was.    The box held a spool of perforated paper to make the piano play.    "I knew what it was because I have seen them before," the Pine Cobble School eighth-grader said. "I just, I loved how it looked. And so I wanted to do something with it."   He unspooled the paper and liked the movement it made as it fluttered. So he created a waterfall of four pieces with an accent in the


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