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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

BArT Seniors Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Half of the BART Charter Public School senior class are recipients of the John and Abigail Adams scholarship.

Recipients of these scholarships, upon acceptance, are entitled to attend any Massachusetts state school tuition-free for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

The recipients are Isaiah Albright, Ruth Bristol, Natalie Celebi, Thomas Cook, Dylan Dermody-Battaini, Joshua Donovan, Joshua Doubiago, Matthew Failla, Macie Fitch, Shanique Maloney, Braydon Peterson, Hannah Stringer, Caitlin Terpak and Abel Ward.

To be eligible, students must score at the advanced level on one of the three Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assesment System (MCAS) tests

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Pignatelli Honored As 'River Hero'
02:17PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and state Sen. Anne Gobi, chairs of the Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture, were honored as River Heroes on Wednesday evening at the Massachusetts Rivers Alliance annual dinner.

Pignatelli and Gobi, of Spencer, were responsible for the passage of a $2.4 billion Environmental Bond Bill, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in July that allocated $55 million in funds for river and wetland restoration programs across the commonwealth. In Pignatelli's own Fourth Berkshire District, he allocated $400,000 in funds for the upkeep and expansion of the W.E.B. DuBois river garden park and the

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Lenox Broker Installed as 2019 President of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors  
01:10PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Anne Meczywor, broker/associate at Roberts & Associates Realty Inc. in Lenox, has been installed as president of the 24,000-member Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019. 
Meczywor's term officially begins on January 1, 2019. 

As president, Meczywor will direct the internal and external activities of the association; preside at all meetings of the MAR Board of Directors and Executive Committee; represent the association at important meetings and business functions; and act as the official spokesperson for the association on issues related to the real estate industry and local

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Hinsdale Realtor Elected to Massachusetts Association of Realtors
01:05PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

HINSDALE, Mass. — Barbara Osborne, a Realtor at Bishop West Real Estate, has been elected Western Regional Representative for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019.

As regional representative for the Western region, Osborne will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She will meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance. She automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her election as a regional representative.

On the state level, Osborne was a

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Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires Welcomes New Trustee
01:00PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Peter F. Levin, a 50-year veteran of the investment management industry and both a Lenox and Cincinnati resident, has joined the Board of Trustees of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires.

Levin is the founder of and former CEO and chairman of Greystone Investment Management. He is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan School of Law. Levin is a chartered financial analyst and serves on the boards of several philanthropic foundations.

"Peter brings extensive investment experience and a philanthropic background to VIM.  He will be a great addition to our Board of Trustees," says Arthur Peisner, chairperson of the Board of

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Goodwill Taps New Director of Retail Operations
12:54PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont has announced that it has appointed Stephen Rotter as director of retail operations.

In his new position, Rotter will oversee Goodwill's donated goods and retail operations, working closely with Goodwill's leadership team to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy.

A native of Portland, Ore., Rotter holds a B.A. in business management and is a graduate of Western Oregon University and Western Governors University. Most recently Rotter was the direct store delivery operations specialist for Shaw's Supermarkets, with stores throughout New England. Previously he held management positions for

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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
12:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team
12:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of Sarah E. Gaffey as a mortgage and business development officer based in the North Adams branch.

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County.

"Sarah is the perfect fit for the Greylock family," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, senior vice president and chief lending officer with Greylock. "She has a keen understanding of mortgage lending and is known throughout the community for her exceptional customer service. We are thrilled that Sarah has

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018
11:15AM / Friday, December 07, 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iBerkshires.com. (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

The city of Pittsfield is offering free downtown parking for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas on Fridays Dec. 7, 14, 21, and 28. There will also be a week of free parking starting Dec. 17 through Dec. 21. Parking is always free in the evenings and weekends.

 

Holiday Events Thursday, Dec. 6

North Adams: The annual Angel of Hope Christmas Memorial will be held at the children's memorial park in

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The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's Military Win the Next War?
By Bill Schmick,
10:51AM / Friday, December 07, 2018
There was a time, not long ago, when most Americans would answer that question in the affirmative without much thought. It was one of those "truisms" that we didn't give much thought. But today, many experts are debating that answer.   Back in the day, after World War II, our military prowess, (aided by the development of the atomic bomb) was unquestioned throughout the world. Growing up, it was never a question of spending on defense for me, it was simply how much. Republicans wanted more, Democrats wanted less. Today, not only is the amount of spending crucial but also its predictability and even more importantly, what those billions are spent on.   The

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
10:20AM / Friday, December 07, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

Adams: The Adams Free Library Friends will host a Small Town Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the library. All FAFL clothing will be on sale at reduced prices.  Also available will be books, baked goods, Lottery Christmas Tree Raffle, 2019 Keepsake calendars, Christmas Cards and items from local vendors.

Pittsfield: Shire City Sanctuary hosts its annual Holiday Shindy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature more than 50 artisan vendors,

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State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, December 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rural towns can have unique challenges apart from their urban counterparts. And now the state is taking a closer look at these issues.    In 2015, the Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into problems and situations that smaller towns are grappling with.   On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.   "It will be the first time Massachusetts has really focused on rural areas," said Linda Dunlavy, the Franklin County representative on the commission.    Dunlavy said Secretary of Housing and

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