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Tanglewood Serves Up Virtual Menu
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
09:54AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As the coronavirus has necessitated the cancellation of virtually all publicly presented classical music concerts in venues large and small, music lovers in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont have been made bereft of all live music performances. We have had, though, other options: streaming via the Web, YouTube and Facebook videos are legion, and, for opera lovers, Metropolitan Opera hi-def recordings on several regional PBS TV channels have continued past the traditional end-of-season May broadcasts.

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s Berkshire summer festival in Lenox, was forced to cancel its full season but has found a novel way to surmount this misfortune via streaming a wide


What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:17AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you were to inherit a large sum of money, what would you do with it? 

The question may not be hypothetical, especially if you are in the millennial, Gen X or Gen Z demographic groups. That's because the baby boomers – often referred to as the richest generation in history – are poised to transfer some $30 trillion in assets over the next few decades, according to the consulting firm Accenture.

Of course, this is a "macro" figure, and everyone's situation is different. Furthermore, since baby boomers are living longer, more active lives, the total amount passed on may end up being considerably less than the estimate. Nonetheless, you may well receive a


@theMarket: Vaccine-Driven Markets
By Bill Schmick,
02:13PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020
Investors are caught in a tug of war. On one side are the growing cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. On the other, the expectations that a virus cure, or at least a vaccine, is just around the corner. The market remains in the middle.   That's all you need to know to understand what happened to stocks this week. Two different announcements concerning vaccine progress had traders bid up stocks. The daily toll of deaths and cases, the slowing of the re-opening process, and the controversy over the coming school plans, all had a dampening effect on markets as well.    The quarterly corporate earnings season is also upon us. Management's guidance on how they see


The Case for Community College
By Ellen Kennedy,
12:44PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Community colleges remain the most accessible option for higher education and we know that, on average, community college students earn significantly more over their lifetimes than individuals who do not go to community college (according to the Community College Research Center).

Even in the face of COVID-19, Berkshire Community College, like other community colleges across the commonwealth, pivoted in the spring to ensure our students succeeded in pursuing their studies. The college made investments in faculty professional development and technology infrastructure to ensure our fall classes could be held in the safest, most accessible way while ensuring successful learning outcomes.



Barrett Answers Williamstown Residents' Call for Law to Address Racist Covenant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:34AM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Organizer Jessica Dils hangs a new sign to replace the marker for the turnoff to the Colonial Village neighborhood from Main Street (Route 2).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A document meant to divide the community brought scores of residents together on Friday evening in search of healing.

The weekly vigil for racial justice at Field Park concluded with a 1.3-mile walk up Main Street (Route 2) to the junction with Colonial Avenue.   There, activists and residents of the neighborhood — many protesters themselves — talked about how to deal with the hateful legacy of the exclusionary covenants that still accompany deeds to homes in the development known as Colonial


The Retired Investor: Bill & Barbara on Their Retirement Journey
By Bill Schmick,
01:53PM / Friday, July 17, 2020
Bill, Barbara and Titus. Dear friends,   Our thoughtful boss, Allen Harris, has asked us to write this letter to tell you all, in our own words, why we are leaving the firm. So, here goes.   Bill's perspective:   Change has its own way of shaping our future. If you had asked me several months ago if I planned to do anything different, either personally, or career-wise over the coming decade, I would have answered with a resounding "no." And then the Pandemic of 2020 came along.   It has forced me, at the not-so-young age of 72, to re-evaluate my priorities. Topping my list is my goal of making the next 30 years of my life the best. Working in


B.B.A. Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:09PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Hunter Potash went 2-for-3 with a double at the plate and pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win on the mound Thursday as B.B.A. edged Different Breed, 4-3, in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Potash reached on an infield single and ended up scoring on a two-base error in the top of the sixth to break a 3-3 tie.   He then stranded the potential tying run at first to complete two innings of one-hit relief and help his team stay unbeaten at 3-0 this summer in the league’s 20-and-over division.   Different Breed (3-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning at Crosby Elementary School.   Tanner Bird got


'Moonstruck': Like a Big Pizza Pie
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:50PM / Thursday, July 16, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


Ventfort Hall Reopens for Public Tours
09:37AM / Thursday, July 16, 2020

LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall is opening the museum to the public again as of Thursday, July 16. 

The museum will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesdays.

Self-guided tours are by prepaid reservation only at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. The mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, Mass.

Admission is $18 adults, $17 seniors 65 and over, $10 students with ID and $7 children 5-17. Call 413-637-3206 to reserve a tour.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as an important partner of the Lenox Cultural District, one of the


First-Responder Profiles: Paramedic Christine Isca
06:00PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Christine Isca, front, with colleagues at the COVID-19 test site. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Paramedic Christine Isca has been working in emergency medical services for two decades and is currently the training supervisor and instructor coordinator for County Ambulance Service. She tells us about the

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Pittsfield City Council Recognizes Environmentalist
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Wednesday, July 15, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council honored local environmentalist Jane Winn as one of the commonwealth's Unsung Heroines   Before breaking into the evening's business Tuesday, the council took a moment to recognize the executive director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team.   "In regular times, before the world has turned upside down ... I would be with you probably with a full audience to celebrate as we do every year," said state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, who nominated Winn. "I am really pleased to present to you Pittsfield's 2020 Unsung Heroine Jane Winn."   The Massachusetts Commission of the Status of Women annually


SVMC: COVID-19 Update July 14
03:26PM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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