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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

BCC Workshops Focus on Small Business and Nonprofits
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's spring slate of workshops continue at its South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington with classes tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits.

Michael Cohen, marketing consultant, is offering a new workshop, "Human Marketing in the Digital Age," on Thursdays from March 1 to April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. New technologies have given consumers a platform for publishing, networking, and organizing. User-generated content and conversation are now driving public perception while empowering individuals and consumers. This has created unprecedented business opportunities for individuals (versus


Make Sure You Choose the Right Financial Professional
11:21AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What kind of lifestyle do you hope to have in retirement? Do you have a strategy to get there? If you don't have confidence in your plan, it may be time to engage a financial professional. But how do you choose the one who's right for you?

These days, you have more options than ever – including so-called "robo-advisors." Robo-advisors typically use algorithms to assemble investment portfolios, with little to no human supervision, after customers answer questions online. Generally, robo-advisors are fairly cheap, and their recommendations are usually based on sound investment principles such as diversification.

However, when considering a robo-advisor, you should


College Notes: February 2018
03:13PM / Monday, February 26, 2018

The trip was the culmination of a cross-cultural nursing course and required the participants to work in a hospital in Tanzania.  Aundrea Pansecchi of Adams, who is studying nursing at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, joined a other junior and senior students and faculty in early January to visit the country of Tanzania to experience health care and life in another culture.    The semester leading up to the trip was spent "book-learning" about politics, health care, government, agriculture, environment, social and lifestyle, culture, and religion in the East African country through the Cross-Cultural Nursing course taught by instructor Christa


Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
01:45PM / Monday, February 26, 2018

Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2018-19 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.



The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year-olds on Monday, March 5,


Berkshires Beat: SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships
12:50PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
Great gift

Southern Vermont College has received $100,000 from award-winning former IBM executive Nicholas M. Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the bachelor of science in nursing program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program. Distribution of The Nicholas Donofrio Distinguished Nursing Scholarship funds will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 30, 2018, with mid-April decisions and notifications to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

SVC's BSN program prepares


Ways & Means Holding Hearings on Human Services in Pittsfield
10:07AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and state Sen. Adam G. Hinds will chair one of eight statewide fiscal 2019 state budget hearings on behalf of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means in Pittsfield on Monday, March 12.   These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate  prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.   While the hearing is open to the public, testimony is limited to senior Baker administration officials by invitation of the committee only. It is expected that commissioners and


Hoosac Valley's Ciempa Ties School Record at Merrimack Sports,
02:54AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
Hoosac Valley graduate Trevor Ciempa has had a successful indoor track and field campaign at Merrimack College this winter.   The Merrimack senior won the high jump, tying the school record of 2.04 meters, at the Northeast-10 Championships. His score helped the team place fourth out of 11 teams at the meet. Earlier this year, he won the high jump at the Southern Maine Invitational, clearing 1.99 meters at the event.   Michael Kotleski (Monument Mountain) helped lead the Bridgewater State men’s track and field team to a first-place finish at the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championships. Kotleski finished fifth in the the 400 meters (52.20 seconds) and


Local Woman's Murder Sparks Rally to Raise Transgender Awareness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:53AM / Monday, February 26, 2018

Jahaira DeAlto of Berkshire Pride speaks about the experience of transgender women of color and the likelihood of them being abused or killed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The call at Saturday's rally following the murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien could be summed up in two angry words: No more.    No more murder of trans people. No more hate. No more suffering.     "I'm sick and tired of us being murdered," said Ben Power, a close friend of Steele-Knudslien who organized the Stop Killing Trans People! Rally and March, adding, "It's not enough to just read the names of our dead and mourn their loss. We must do


Williams College Baseball, Softball Host Indoor Youth Clinic
01:22PM / Sunday, February 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College softball and baseball teams are hosting a youth clinic on Sunday, March 11 at the Towne Field House from 3 to 5 p.m. for players ages 8 to 12.   The cost is $20 per player. Please plan to arrive 20 minutes early to register. Please bring a glove and wear sneakers, no cleats.   For more information, contact softball coach Kris Herman at or baseball coach Bill Barrale at


Author to Speak at Berkshire Mall's Baseball Museum
09:54AM / Sunday, February 25, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at Berkshire Mall will host a book talk with author Kevin Larkin on Saturday, March 3, from 1 to 2 p.m.   Larkin is the author or co-author of three books: "Baseball in the Bay State," "Gehrig, Game by Game," and "Baseball in the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond."   The event is free and open to the public.   The Baseball in the Berkhires museum is across from Spencer's Gifts in the mall.


BRTA Paratransit Drivers Accept Contract, Reject Strike
Staff Reports,
08:37PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A potential strike by paratransit drivers has been called off after members voted to accept an agreement with Paratransit Management of the Berkshires on Friday.   Robert Malnati, administrator of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, sent a brief notification late Friday that he had been told the tentative agreement settled on Wednesday had been voted by the paratransit union membership. Paratransit Management has operated the bus agency's paratransit services for nearly two years.    The workers represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 404 had rejected a "best and final offer" in early February and called for a


MCLA Stages Adaptation of 'Rhinoceros'
06:30PM / Friday, February 23, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The third show of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Fine and Performing Arts Department's theater program continues to emphasize this season's theme of "We the People" with its adaptation of Eugene Ionesco's play, "Rhinoceros," which will open at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, in MCLA's Venable Theater.     Guest artist David Lane, who directs the production, described "Rhinoceros" as an absurdist theater production that includes comedy and tragedy, as well as dark political tones.   "'We the People' is not a given, and democracy doesn't exist without a country of people to

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