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Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about

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iBerkshire Storm Center: Weather Updates & Cancellations
02:04PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning expires at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, but cleanup from Tuesday's blizzard may take several days.    A number of schools systems in the Berkshire are closed and others on 2-hour delays. The courts are also on a 2-hour delay and will open at 10 a.m.

• List of School Closings

Motorists should continue to take precautions; many side roads still need plowing and roads may be narrow.    Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said city crews have been working since 3 a.m. on Tuesday.    "It's been a battle to keep the mains open," she wrote on Facebook at about 7 p.m. "Neighborhood streets will

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office
12:23PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Insurance merger: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington has purchased the Great Barrington office of GoodWorks Insurance.  The purchase brings together two firms that are consistently ranked among the top independent insurance agencies in the region, according to George A. Ryan, Jr., president of Wheeler & Taylor.  

Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Insurance, will become a shareholder and chairman at Wheeler & Taylor. Ryan will continue in his role as president indefinitely and remains the company’s majority shareholder. Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no

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Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
11:40AM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom reigns: For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9."

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady County will be on view. Each work will relate to a freedom most important

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Charter Proposes Broadband Expansion To Hancock, Egremont, Monterey
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Sunday, March 12, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charter Communications has submitted a proposal to roll out broadband to nearly a quarter of the remaining households without high-speed internet access.   The Massachusetts Broadband Institute has qualified the proposal and if the six towns - three of which are in the Berkshires - approve will enter negotiations to make it happen. The company would then expand its network and offerings - including cabled, internet, and phone - to 5,000 households.    "This is a strong proposal Charter has put on the table," said MBI Chairman Peter Larkin. "This is a big bite of the apple and at no cost to the communities."   The six towns in

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@theMarket: Mushy Markets in March
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been expecting in the stock market began this week. The averages have pulled back a little, but the S&P 500 Index, for example, has lost less than one percent from its all-time highs. That's not exactly the end of the world ...   I see a meandering two steps back, one step forward, kind of market with the downside risk somewhere between 2,300 and 2,330 on the S&P 500 Index. That would equate to about a

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Poet Begins Six-Month Amy Clampitt Residency
12:42PM / Friday, March 10, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Poet Dora Malech has been named the 22nd recipient of the Amy Clampitt residency.

For 15 years, the Amy Clampitt residency has provided poets and literary scholars a paid six- or 12-month stay at Clampitt’s former residence near Lenox, Mass., where they can focus exclusively on their work. Residents are selected by a committee that includes prize-winning poet Mary Jo Salter; Clampitt’s editor at Knopf, Ann Close; and Massachusetts-based poets Karen Chase, of Lenox, and John Hennessy, a past residency recipient currently on the faculty at UMass Amherst.

This one-of-a-kind award was established through the generosity of Clampitt's late husband,

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Taps New Development Director
11:50AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Edward Brozman as director of development.

Brozman brings extensive experience in higher education, development and community building to the school. Most recently, Brozman was the Chief Advancement Officer at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Mass. He has also served as vice president for Institutional Advancement at Saint Joseph’s College (Standish, Maine) and executive director of Development and Alumni Relations at Hartwick College (Oneonta, N.Y.). 
In the corporate sector, Brozman has been a sales and marketing executive for companies including

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Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms This Weekend
11:46AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

BOSTON — State fire officials are reminding people that as they change their clocks this weekend to check their smoke detectors as well.

"Prevent that annoying chirp of a dying smoke alarm battery by replacing the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms now, unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries,"  State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said. "Check the age of your alarms. Smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years usually, and carbon monoxide alarms after five to seven years."
 
Ostroskey said time is the enemy during a fire, and alarms offer precious seconds to evacuate before poisonous gases and heat make

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Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
11:30AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Elie S. Semaan, a vascular surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Semaan is accepting new patients in need of vascular care, and joins Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez, Andrew Lederman, Robert Lincer, Clayton Peterson and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Semaan comes to the Berkshires from New Hampshire, where he operated a vascular surgery practice for the past year. Previously, he was director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at NYC Surgical Associates

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The Independent Investor: America's Road Toward Universal Health Care
By Bill Schmick,
04:51PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

The GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was introduced this week.  As one might expect, the Republican Party's long-awaited plan was met with a firestorm of protests from just about every conceivable lobbying group. That's exactly what one should expect, given that there is so much at stake.

Headlines throughout the week warned that if the plan were passed in its present form, health-care premiums could rise by 30 percent or more. Seniors could pay far more for coverage under the new plan, while between 6 million and 10 million people would lose their health insurance coverage altogether. The poor would get short shrift, while the wealthy would

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'Logan': Makes Some Sharp Points
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:50PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

Judged solely on its surface value, director James Mangold's "Logan," the third and reputedly final escapade of the Wolverine/Marvel Comics/superhero/X-Men series, rates a six on my excitement scale. However, bear in mind that loyal adherents of this franchise evaluate their cherished, alternate world of right, wrong and not so sure by their very own, entirely proprietary measure. They couldn't care less about what this fuddy-duddy thinks.

Well, good. There is much philosophical baloney and wisdom to be gleaned from the generation gap. Hence, knowing my place as the Brave New World thunders outside my slightly blemished ivory tower of pontification, kindly acknowledge

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