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Do You Have a Business Succession Strategy?
10:34AM / Wednesday, June 05, 2019

If you own a business, you've always got plenty to think about: sales, marketing, employees, competition, industry trends, consumer preferences – the list goes on and on. It's easy to get so caught up in your work that you might not take time to think about retirement. But if and when that day arrives, you'll want to be prepared – which means you need a business succession plan.

And you will have to put considerable thought and effort in selecting such a plan, because you've got several choices. You could keep the business in your family. You could offer it to an employee or an outsider. You could design a plan that will take effect while you're alive or

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Pittsfield Girls Softball Hosting Two Big Tourneys this Month
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11:38AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Girls’ Softball Leaguel once again will be very busy over the next few weeks as dozens of teams descend upon the Doyle Softball Complex on Benedict Road for two separate softball tournaments.     “Battle in the Berkshires III” will take place from Friday, June 21, through Sunday, June 23, for divisions U14, U12, and U10. Following that tournament, PGS and the Doyle Complex will be hosting the Babe Ruth New England Super Regional Tournament from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30.  The tournament will feature all age divisions from U8 through U16.   In the “Battle of the Berkshires III”, the first

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Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens 'Store of the Future'
11:22AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019
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Carr Hardware, a family-owned Western Massachusetts business for more than 90 years, in conjunction with Benjamin Moore, has opened an all-new paint and decorating showcase store located at 358 Cooley Street, Five Town Plaza, in Springfield. The new store, Carr Paint, is a state-of-the-art "Store of the Future" collaboration with Benjamin Moore and will exclusively carry an expanded line of premium and professional grade Benjamin Moore products.

"We are truly proud to partner with Benjamin Moore and bring to Springfield a paint decorating center like no other in the market today. The store is specifically designed to serve the needs of local municipalities,

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Gray Raven Farm Moves to Center of Lanesborough
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Tuesday, June 04, 2019

The couple was going to move the store to New Ashford but customers asked them to stay in town. The are now leasing a storefront near the center of town. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Gray Raven Farm has moved its store to the center of town.    Dan and Sharon Bergeron have moved their store to 65 North Main St., filling a vacant storefront across the street from the police station. The two had been leasing the former Bradley Farm.   "We were going to go up to New Ashford but we had a lot of town people asking us if we'd look at other locations in town. They loved coming to us," Dan said.    The Bergerons said the new space helps reduce the

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Lee High School Awards & Scholarships 2019
01:48PM / Monday, June 03, 2019
LEE, Mass. — The following awards and scholarships were presented to the class of 2019 at awards night on Thursday, May 30.    Marjorie Wickham Memorial Scholarship: Jillian Artioli, Ashley Barnes, Gabrielle Bridagan, Connor LaRock, Ann Macchi, Halle Miller, Lily Roseli, Bailey Thomas, Homer Winston, Erin Somes and Sophie Zukowski   Henry T. Zukowski Memorial Scholarship: William Consolati, Thomas Fraser, Tighler Andrews, Anna Wang and Halle Miller   John J. Boyne Memorial Scholarship: Connor LaRock   BRP Scholarship: Tighler Andrews   Drs. Charles and James Stratton Memorial Scholarship: Emilia Johnson-Viola   Tri-Town Rotary Scholarship: Ashley

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Public Meeting Set on Berkshire Transportation Plan
12:57PM / Monday, June 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A public meeting on the proposed 2020 Regional Transportation Plan will be held on Wednesday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Regional Planning commission's offices at 1 Fenn St., Suite 201.   The draft update is a long-range comprehensive document for the next 25 years that will provide the basis for future transportation investment and planning in the region. The plan looks ahead at potential changes in modes of transportation such as the use of shared scooters and bicycles, walking paths and driverless vehicles.    "This RTP update focuses on providing a safe and efficient transportation system for Berkshire County that works in all

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Free Fun Fridays Returns June 28 for 11th Year
11:04AM / Monday, June 03, 2019

One hundred cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 11th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, zoos and treasured collections.

Free Fun Fridays 2019 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 28 and continuing through Aug. 30 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.

This year's theme is "Your Ticket to Summer Fun" and participating venues include

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Monument Mountain Graduates OK With Uncertainty of Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

Valedictorian Wilson Cole Sprague speaks about the uncertainty in life the students will now face. More photos from the ceremony can be found here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On a warm day, Monument Mountain valedictorian Wilson Cole Sprague tossed a Frisbee to his friend, who went full steam chasing after it.   Sprague noticed a sign sticking out of the ground and tried to yell to watch out but it was too late. His friend ran right into it and fell to the ground. When it was clear he was OK, Sprague joked, "you really left your mark on Monument."   When it comes to all of the classes and tests, it might be that day that provided Sprague one of his most important

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Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
02:03PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Maud S. Mandel today conferred bachelor of arts degrees to local graduates at the college's 230th commencement. Mary-Claire King, an award-winning geneticist at the University of Washington who first discovered the breast and ovarian cancer gene, was the principal speaker.

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Jonathan R. Hall, son of Mrs. Allison Hall and Mr. Brian Hall of Rockville Centre, N.Y., majored in chemistry and mathematics. Hall was the president of the Williams Outing Club and a Junior Advisor. He graduated with honors in chemistry, was a Fulbright Scholar, a Class of 1960s Scholar in Chemistry, Roche Fellowship recipient, Class of 1945 World

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Williams College Grads Gear Up for 'Everything Change'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25PM / Sunday, June 02, 2019

Geneticist Mary-Claire  King tells the graduates not to narrow their focus but rather become immersed in society to use their abilities better.  See more photos of the event here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the day that brings one of the biggest changes to any individual's live, Williams College graduates Sunday were reminded that the biggest changes are yet to come.   And they're inevitable. And they're inescapable.   "Author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood wisely said that 'climate change' should be called 'everything change,' " Williams' Phi Beta Kappa speaker Ari R. Ball-Burack told his fellow members of

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Lee Graduates Charged With 'Duty' to Make World a Better Place
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:15PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019

Valedictorian Homer Winston urged his classmates to continue their voyage of self-discovery and work to make the world a better place. See more photos from the graduation here.  LEE, Mass. — The Lee High School class of 2019 is entering the world at a tumultuous time, a time that may make many of them feel helpless and unable to change it.   Valedictorian Homer Winston, however,  believes each and every student in the class has a "duty" to make the world better. Now that the class is graduating, he said, they have a responsibility to everybody else in this world to make it a better place on whichever path the students choose.   "It is our duty

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Mount Everett 2019 Class Leaves With Skills to Do The Job
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:52PM / Saturday, June 01, 2019

Valedictorian Gwendolyn Carpenter displayed a series of T-shirts, each representing a lesson for the graduates to take with them in life. More photos of the graduation ceremony can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Academically, the 40 graduates in the Mount Everett Regional School's class of 2019 hadn't achieved anything too special, according to salutatorian Jaclyn Derwitsh.   "Academically we had done what roughly 3.6 million other students do every year. Thinking about it that way, graduating high school doesn't seem all too special," Derwitsh said on the stage at Tanglewood as she welcomed the class, family, and friends to the Saturday's

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