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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com 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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MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students

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Berkshires Beat: Boys & Girls Club Receives $9,948 Donation
01:58PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Ninety-nine hundred thank yous: The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has received a $9,948 donation from the Pittsfield Ninety Nine Restaurant as part of the restaurant chain's annual October fund raising efforts on behalf of local Boys & Girls Clubs. The amount raised by the Pittsfield Ninety Nine, located at 699 Merrill Road, was the eighth highest of the 106 Ninety Nine stores participating in fundraising efforts for their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The money was raised with support of the staff, which asked each and every guest to help us support our Boys & Girls Club and put together gift baskets and homemade baked goods to raffle off and sell. The restaurant

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Biz Briefs: Scooby Doo Drops In To Lee Outlets
01:28PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice work, Scoob: Lee Premium Outlets hosted a meet-and-greet with Scooby Doo, everyone's favorite crime solving Great Dane, on Dec. 26. Scooby Doo was onsite as part of the "HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is open through May 29. Scooby took photos with children and met his fans.


 
Getting real: Berkshire Community College will offer Real Estate Licensing for the Salesperson starting Jan. 30. Workshop participants will study basic real estate principles and the laws governing real estate licensing. Topics will include: brokerage and agency, contract law, finance, appraising, deeds, closing and settlement,

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@theMarket: Markets in Good Shape for Now
By Bill Schmick,
06:22PM / Friday, January 06, 2017

As the equity markets continue to consolidate around record highs, investors wait for the presidential hand-off on Jan. 20. This could turn out to be the best thing that could happen for the bulls.

Remember readers, there are two kinds of corrections; the kind we have been experiencing for the last three weeks, and the nasty kind that no one really wants to go through. The longer we back and fill, the greater the chances that the next move will be higher.

The caveat, of course, is that investors' expectations will be satisfied, once Donald Trump and Congress get down to work. That could be a big if. So far the only thing the press, the politicians and Donald Trump appear to be

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