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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Winter Healthier Living Workshop Helps Patients Manage Chronic Pain
02:58PM / Friday, December 30, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Living with a chronic pain is never easy or straightforward. The Healthier Living Workshop, a free, fun, and interactive six-week educational program in southern Vermont, can help patients manage symptoms and gain skills to live their best life possible every day.

Registration for the winter session is open now. The workshop is scheduled 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays Feb. 2-March 9 at the Vermont Department of Health, 324 Main St., Room 180, Bennington. Sessions are confidential, and family and supportive friends are welcome.

The Healthier Living Workshops were created by Stanford University and are sponsored through a grant from the Vermont Blueprint for Health.


State Legislature Votes To Delay Recreational Marijuana
Staff Reports,
02:45PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Legislature voted to push back the timeline for the opening of recreational marijuana shops.   On Wednesday in an informal session with just a few lawmakers present, the Legislature fast-tracked a bill to delay the implementation of recreational marijuana for six months. The move pushes the timeline back for marijuana shops to open from the anticipated Jan. 1, 2018 to July 2018 - and likely the Berkshires will have to wait even longer.   "The legislature has a responsibility to implement the will of the voters while also protecting public health and public safety. This short delay will allow the necessary time for the Legislature to


Estate Planning Tips for Blended Families
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:38PM / Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Most of us need to do some type of estate planning, but it's especially important if you are part of a "blended" family. And the best time to start is now – before these plans need to be implemented.

Estate planning can be complex, so you will need help from a qualified legal professional. But here are a few general suggestions that can be suitable for blended families:

* Update beneficiary designations – and think about multiple beneficiaries. Update the beneficiary designations on your retirement accounts and insurance policies to reflect the reality of your blended family. These designations can supersede the instructions you provided in your will. So if your


Norman Rockwell Museum to Present Workshops for College Students and Adults
01:25PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum will start 2017 with a series of winter break art workshops, intended for college students and adults, during the month of January. Students of all skill levels are welcome, and will have the opportunity to advance their work and strengthen their portfolio.

From Monday, Jan. 2, through Friday, Jan. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the museum will offer classical drawing techniques with illustrator/video game artist Patrick O'Donnell. Participants will explore technical, traditional image building techniques for drawing the human figure during this weeklong workshop. Focused on the methods and teachings of master draughtsman and anatomist


Eleven BArT Scholars Receive John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
12:48PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Berskhire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced that 11 members of the 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.  

Kaitlyn Anderson, Christopher DiCarlo, Christopher Doubiago, Peter Elliott, Emily Failla, Tessa Langsdale, Emma Madden, Jason Mills, Alain Morrissette, Dean Parise, and Kelsey Rod all received this award.

In order for a student to qualify, he or she must score "advanced" on the Grade 10 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests in English/language arts,


Lee Restaurant Owner Supports Meals on Wheels
12:27PM / Tuesday, December 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — Timothy Spence runs the successful Timothy's Restaurant and Pizzeria on Main Street in Lee. He has always understood that running a small business in a small town means being an active part of the community and is always thinking about ways to make a difference in the area.

So this season, he chose to partner with Elder Services of Berkshire County to raise funds for the local Meals on Wheels program.

"I take great pride in the menu and strong sense of community we have created at Timothy’s Restaurant," Spence said. "It made perfect sense for us to partner with an organization that has the same goals: good food and good friends."


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Berkshire Bank Sued After $1.4 Million Cyber Scam
Staff Reports,
02:18PM / Monday, December 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Florida-based art dealer is suing Berkshire Bank after a "personal banker" wired $1.4 million out of his account and into the hands of scammers.   The suit says the personal banker, an employee at Berkshire Bank, fell for a "spoofing" scam and made two wire transfers out of the account to Hong Kong without making an attempt to verify the authenticity of the email requests.    In a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Jim Jacobs, who opened an account in the 1980s with Great Barrington Savings, which later merged into Berkshire Bank, says the bank failed to provide sufficient security, made the fraudulent transfers


Ramunto's Pizza & Pub Opens in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:14AM / Monday, December 26, 2016

The restaurant also offers pub fare, nearly two dozen craft beers and wine.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza got a work out on Wednesday as dozens of friends, family and acquaintances packed into the city's newest restaurant.

It was test run for Christmas weekend opening for the combination sports pub and pizzeria at the corner of Main and Holden street.

"We reached out to a lot of different people. The mayor was here, the president of Williams College was here, so we reached out to a lot of different people. and we wanted real feed back," said owner Matt Willey, adding it was busy "just like a Friday night in Bennington."



A Very Merry Christmas to Our Readers!
02:50PM / Sunday, December 25, 2016


@theMarket: Stocks Bump & Grind Toward Christmas
By Bill Schmick,
03:32PM / Saturday, December 24, 2016

No surprise that stocks took a break this week. Profit-taking from the election rally has been the main theme over the last few days for investors and could continue through the New Year.

As traders desert their desks for holiday shopping (present company included), volumes have petered out as world markets experience a consolidation. Remember readers that markets can correct in two ways: a sharp sell-off or this kind of sideways movement.

Frankly, give me a good old consolidation anytime. They may be boring, but sharp declines, especially around the holidays, makes for unhappy investors and can ruin the office Christmas party. I am actually relieved that we have had the Santa rally a


Local Hotels Swap General Managers
02:15PM / Friday, December 23, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Emerald Hospitality Associates and the Mahida Family have announced a unique collaboration with their two Berkshire hotels by transitioning their general managers.

Robert Cohen has successfully managed the Hilton Garden Inn of Pittsfield since opening in August of 2015 and Patty Jordan has successfully managed the Fairfield inn & Suites in Great Barrington for over two years.

"Based on the outstanding leadership success at their respective hotels, we are excited to announce the move for Patty to the Hilton Garden Inn and Robert to the Fairfield Inn & Suites," said Jeanne Carpentier, Regional Director of Sales of Emerald Hospitality


CHP Names Two to Board
02:02PM / Friday, December 23, 2016

GREAT BARRINTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) has named two new members to its board of directors: Chuck Leach of Lee and Allyson Holmes of North Adams.

Leach is president and CEO of Lee Bank, and previously worked for Berkshire Bank and TDBank throughout New England and New York. He also serves on the boards of Berkshire United Way and Downtown Pittsfield, Inc.

A graduate of Colby College and Claremont Graduate College Business School, he is also an avid mountain biker.

Allyson Holmes is an associate at the Pittsfield law firm Smith, Greene & Gold, where her work involves estate planning, elder law and real estate. A Berkshire native, she returned to the region


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