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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Great Barrington Firehouse Sets CPR Open House After One of Its Own Is Saved
11:40AM / Monday, December 28, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ed McCormick, a Great Barrington firefighter for more than 50 years, has helped many people in emergency situations during his service to the town.

At this past Thanksgiving's annual Turkey Trot Race at Bard College at Simon's Rock, some of his brother firefighters returned the favor by aiding him in his time of need.

McCormick, 68, had been walking and talking with Great Barrington Fire Captain Marc Palumbo and firefighter Chris Nelson on the race course and had just moved ahead of them when they saw him fall over. They knew it was serious by the way McCormick had fallen, and it turned out he was in cardiac arrest.

Palumbo and Nelson immediately


@theMarket: Santa Comes to Town
By Bill Schmick,
02:02PM / Friday, December 25, 2015

He certainly took his own sweet time getting here. Investors had just about giving up hope that the traditional Santa Claus Rally would occur this year. But despite gyrating energy prices, worries over the economy and the looming next earnings season, stocks are on the upswing.

Of course, I am writing this on the Wednesday before Christmas because even the most devoted columnists take off on the holidays. We could still fall back tomorrow, but the markets are only open for a half the day so I'm guessing we maintain this week's gains.

It would be nice if the market continued higher into next week. If so, my forecast of a single-digit gain this year might actually unfold. Let's


Guest Column: Christmas Homily 2015
By Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, Guest Columnist
05:29AM / Friday, December 25, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Marking his second Christmas as bishop of Springfield, Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski spoke at the Christmas Eve liturgy at St. Michael's Cathedral of the light which illuminates from the Christ Child and in turn our Catholic faith, a light that breaks through the darkest night.

Bishop's homily was part of the Cathedral parish's 4 p.m. Mass that was recorded for broadcast Christmas morning at 11 on 22News WWLP and again at 1 p.m. on the CW Springfield.

Music for the liturgy was provided by the Cathedral Choir of Boys and Adults.

Bishop also spoke of the recently begun Jubilee Year of Mercy,

"Earlier this month, Pope Francis opened the Year of


The Independent Investor: Christmas in the New Age
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Thursday, December 24, 2015

Back in the day, going home for Christmas was what you did. Family members and friends would make their yearly pilgrimage to the old homestead. Car, plane or train, it made little difference how long it took, because everyone wanted to be home for the holidays. But times are changing.

Ever since the invention of Skype, Facetime and an array of other Internet services, face-to-face get-togethers are not as important they once were. In these lean economic times, the cost of air and train fare (and until recently fuel) made these trips both time consuming and expensive. In addition, taking off the required work time is not so easy today. Most managers are fairly stingy giving vacation time


'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': A Force to Be Reckoned With
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:15PM / Thursday, December 24, 2015

Oddly, while I enjoyed director J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the seventh in the franchise created by George Lucas, and was gratified to check it off on my dance card, I feel a little bit like the kid who dared blurt that the Emperor was naked. Sure, it's a good adventure yarn, a synergy of nostalgic notes and cutting edge notions.

But unless it still has to kick in, I've experienced no transformative epiphany. No glow emanates from me. I'm not speaking in tongues. What's more, though the nearby lake beckons, I'm confident I cannot walk its surface.

Yeah, yeah, I know ... it cost 18 trillion dollars and there are more "Star Wars"


Berkshire Taconic Announces First Round of 2016 Grant Deadlines for Berkshire County
11:32AM / Thursday, December 24, 2015

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the first round of deadlines for competitive grants in fiscal year 2016. Covering the period from January through March, the winter cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, students and schools.


For nonprofits

Harvard Business School’s "Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management" program (SPNM) is an intensive six-day program for nonprofit CEOs, presidents or executive directors who are responsible for shaping the direction, policies and major programs of their organizations. Applications are due March 1 and the program runs in July.

The Green Pastures Fund supports nonprofit


Stockbridge Photo Contest Seeks Submissions
10:57AM / Thursday, December 24, 2015

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have launched their first annual photo contest.

“The contest celebrates Stockbridge’s natural beauty and supports our organizations’ conservation efforts,” said contest coordinator and SLT board member Stewart Edelstein. “We invite people to submit up to ten photos of Stockbridge’s natural environment, in any season, by March 1 — including photos taken before now. There is no fee for submission.”

Some of the photos will appear on the Laurel Hill Association website, and the winning photos will appear on cards and other items Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge


Greylock Announces 'Spirit of Giving' Campaign Recipients
02:27PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the recipients of donations from its “Spirit of Giving” campaign.

The donations resulted from 14 department/teams within the credit union choosing worthy organizations or causes, to which Greylock donated $1,000 each. Additionally, Greylock gave each of the chosen organizations a $250 gift card from a local grocery store, to “pay forward” to a charity, or worthy cause of their choice.
“The ‘Spirit of Giving’ campaign was conceived, not only as a way for Greylock to give to worthy causes, but also to help others experience the best gift of all – the gift of giving


Conservation District Seeks Endowment of UMass Forestry Scholarship Fund
02:01PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Adrian “Beau” Meyer UMass Forestry Scholarship fund was established in memory of the late district chairman in 2005 by Berkshire Conservation District.

The scholarship has been actively awarding scholarships of $750 annually since 2013 to a student from Berkshire County or Western Massachusetts enrolled in a forestry program at UMass Amherst. The district is currently seeking $6,000 in donations before the end of 2015 in a campaign to endow the fund so that it may continue in perpetuity.

The UMass Foundation has offered to donate the remaining funds necessary for endowment should the district reach this goal.

Donations of $100 or more will


Berkshire Co-op Market Hires New General Manager
11:22AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - After an extensive national search, the Berkshire Co-op Market's board of directors has appointed Daniel Esko to be the next general manager. He will assume the position on Feb. 1.

Esko was a 10-year veteran at the cooperatively owned Great Barrington grocer, serving as Grocery & Wellness manager and Operations manager before he assumed the role of operations manager for Shire City Herbals in Pittsfield in 2014. During his tenure at the co-op, he also provided support, training, and consulting services for a number of other co-ops.  Prior to that, he worked at the Kushi Institute Store in Becket and Whole Foods in Boston.

“I’m incredibly


Simon's Rock Grad Named School's New Provost
11:09AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ian Bickford, a 1995 graduate of Simon's Rock, has been named provost of the Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College.

Bickford will begin his term in January, succeeding Peter Laipson as leader of the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early-college programs.

At the end of this semester, Laipson will depart his administrative post as provost at Simon's Rock to become the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, a position he will hold through June of 2017. He


What to Look For From a Financial Adviser
10:53AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2015

There’s a lot to know about investing, so it’s a good idea to get some professional help. But with so many financial advisers out there, how can you choose one that’s right for you?

You may have to interview several prospective financial advisers before deciding on one. When you talk to them, see if you can get a sense of how they might work with you. Specifically, try to answer the following questions:

Does this financial advisWhat to Look For From a Financial Advisoror …

… Understand you? Perhaps above all else, you want a financial advisor who will take the time to get to know you and your family, your goals and what’s important to you.


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