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Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again
04:14PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Five and counting

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program. "The employees of SVHC derive genuine satisfaction in fulfilling our mission of exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve," said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "It's their commitment and teamwork that enable our groundbreaking achievements and grow SVHC’s reputation as a place to make a truly meaningful and rewarding career."

This statewide program

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Spring 2019 ArtWeek Applications Now Available
02:40PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

A diverse team of local organizations has been named as collaborators for the 2019 ArtWeek festival, celebrating the arts across Massachusetts with hundreds of creative events from April 26 through May 5.

Applications for the festival are now available online.  Featured events should be hands-on, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Events may be submitted by individual artists, informal groups, nonprofit organizations, or businesses, and there is no fee to apply as an Event Host. The final deadline is Feb. 22. Examples of previous events can also be found online.

As part of the spring 2019 festival, ArtWeek will be working with

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Berkshires Beat: Williams College to Host 'Equity Drafting Table'
12:59PM / Monday, February 04, 2019
Equity Drafting Table
The International Living Future Institute presented the Equity Drafting Table at the Seattle Design Festival 2015.

Williams College and Northern Berkshire community members are invited to participate in the Equity Drafting Table at Williams College, an interactive "pop-up" exhibit that examines equity in the built environment. On view from Feb. 7-13 in the Paresky Center’s Baxter Hall, the public is invited to join any of the three mini "openings" held at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. Zilkha Center Director Amy Johns will deliver a brief presentation and open the dialogue. As part of the exhibition, community members will

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:34PM / Monday, February 04, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

High honors

Grade 12: Beany, Jeremy; Blake, Hope; Brown, Lauren; Cote, Robert; Daniels, Millard; Daub, John; Devito, Cortney; Dolle, James; Furlon, Krista; Glidden, Nicholas; Goodell, Morgan; Goyette, Megan; Guiden, James; Knapp, Evan; Lesure, Elisha; Marino, Emma; Parks, Samuel; Rondeau, Caleb; Santelli, Jonathan; Tetlow, Aubrey; Vanuni, Kalley; Vigiard, Joseph; Wojcik, Abigail.

Grade 11: Baran, Ryan; Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Caron, Cortney; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Ellis,

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TEDx North Adams Focuses on Building Community
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, February 04, 2019

Organizers welcome attendees to the 2019 TEDx event. They are hoping to expand the presentations to a larger crowd for 2020. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eight presentations explored and expanded upon the concept of community over the space of a Saturday afternoon.   From the most basic needs of water and food and through arts and creativity to contemplating other perspectives, the second annual TEDx North Adams event highlighted voices examining how we communicate and share to construct communities.   "Everything made me feel better about the world," said Michael McDonough, one of the 100 attendees at the event.     "I think my favorite part

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@theMarket: The Fed Finds Religion
By Bill Schmick,
09:26AM / Saturday, February 02, 2019
After two years of tightening monetary policy, the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank signaled this week that it was time to put their monetary tightening program on hold. The stock market soared in celebration.   As we closed out the month of January, stocks are gaining. The October-December declines that culminating in the "Christmas Eve Massacre," which were the worst in 80 years, are rapidly disappearing. Investors who were smart enough to hold fast should be made whole again by the end of this quarter, if not before.   That does not mean that the volatility that has beset the markets of late will fade away. Quite the contrary, I expect the wild swings in the stock market to

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Barrington Stage Names Winner of New Play Award
12:19PM / Friday, February 01, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has named Stacey Rose as the inaugural winner of The Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a new national play contest at BSC. 

Rose will be awarded $25,000 and her play, "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro," will receive a world premiere production at BSC. 

"There are few words for how honored I am to be the inaugural recipient of the Bonnie & Terry Burman New Play Award," Rose said. "Having the play produced, as well, meets and exceeds my wildest dreams for the world premiere of this play."

Set in the not too distant future, "America v.

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'Serenity': It's all Just a Big …
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:52PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
Viewing director Steven Knight's "Serenity, a film consumed with the notion that things aren't what they appear to be, I was uncomfortably reminded that I don't like to figure things out. I don't do puzzles, don't fancy mystery yarns unless they're old classics or approach the inventiveness of "The Usual Suspects" (1995), and if you ask me when train B will pass Train A if both leave their original locations at so and so time, I'll excuse myself, lie that I'll be right back, and head for the veranda for something less complicated, like a cocktail and maybe a few of those little hot dog hors d' oeuvres.   So, if you're looking for

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The Independent Investor: Europe, the World's Sick Sibling
By Bill Schmick,
12:08PM / Thursday, January 31, 2019
The European Community is beset by worries. Brexit, trade threats, a slowing Chinese economy, and internal politics at home have all conspired to slow growth, employment, and positive sentiment.   This year, the EU will be lucky to see 1.5 percent GDP growth. In fact, the International Monetary Fund reduced their overall forecast this week for global growth largely as a result of poor performance out of Europe. Europe's powerhouse, Germany, saw its growth for 2019 cut by 0.6 percent because of anemic consumption and weak industrial production data.    Italy, one of the problem children of the EU, saw its growth forecasts cut by 0.4 percentage points as a result of weak

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BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
02:36PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2018-19 school year.  

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade 6

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker

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Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting Hillcrest Educational Centers, BCARC
12:22PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Bags for a cause

Hillcrest Educational Centers and Berkshire County Arc begun generating donations through the Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program. The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. When a shopper purchases the reusable Community Bag at any Big Y store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit by using the attached Giving Tag.

"Participating in Big Y's Community Bag and Giving Tag program is an exciting opportunity for us," said Hillcrest Educational

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What Can Investors Learn From 'Big Game' Teams?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In February, TV stations the world over will broadcast the most-watched U.S. football game of the year. But sports fans aren't the only ones viewing this "big game," held in Atlanta this year. The two teams competing are watched closely by the teams that didn't qualify. That's because these teams can learn a lot from the contenders. In fact, "big game" teams can teach some valuable lessons to many groups and individuals – including investors.

What investment insights can you gain from observing these teams? Here are a few to consider:

* A good "offense" is important. "Big game" teams usually have the ability to score a lot of

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