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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

'Wonder Woman': You Go Girl
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:44PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
With Gal Gadot's depiction of the title character in director Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman," we at long last have a superhero who is, well, really super. The beauty breathes revivifying life into a genre that has of late become contrived, overburdened with character minutiae only zealots care about, and saddled with storylines that mistake convolution for ingenuity. While doubtless the merchandisers will make a fortune selling the lunchboxes, pajamas and other tchotchkes celebrating the franchise, for once the commercial hype can't approach the artistic triumph.   Harking back to the original, uplifting purpose of superheroes, Jenkins' superbly directed meld


Southern Vermont College Graduates Five Berkshire County Students
01:25PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College its 90th commencement ceremony on May 13.

The college conferred bachelor's degrees to 82 graduates, one associate's degree, three Computed Tomography certificates, and two College Steps certificates.

Among those students, five Berkshire County students received degrees.

* Brandon Casella of Pittsfield, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration.

* Jason Garvie of North Adams, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic Sciences.

* Emily Lesure of Cheshire, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic Sciences.

* Matthew Resio of Williamstown, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic


The Independent Investor: The Client Comes First
By Bill Schmick,
05:19PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

As of Friday, putting a client's needs first becomes law.

Despite a bitterly contested battle by brokers, banks and insurance companies to kill it, the on-again, off-again Department of Labor fiduciary rule becomes effective June 9, 2017. Investors should cheer the news.

That's right — it is no longer just a slogan that slick marketers use to woo unsuspecting retail investors into their fee-based, commission-based, fee-sharing web of duplicity and immoral behavior. Since I am already a fiduciary, I tried over the years to advise readers on what is in their best interests since their advisers certainly were not. The new law changes all that.

If your adviser, broker, wealth


McCann Tech Names Top Students for Graduation 2017
04:10PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named William Andrew Peter Kipp and William David Galipeau as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, as announced by Principal Justin Kratz.   Both students will graduate from McCann with high honors on Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Kipp, son of Aaron and Wendy Kipp, is a senior in the Machine Technology Program. He is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence. He is a member of the pre-engineering program, Project Lead The Way, the National


Financial Gifts and Tips for New Graduates
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:09AM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It's Graduation Season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life.

What sort of gifts and tips should you consider? Here are a few ideas:

* Give a few shares of stock. Everyone should understand the financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage this interest is to give your child a few shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services

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Superior Court Briefs: May 31 - June 1
Staff Reports,
05:44PM / Monday, June 05, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 31.   Antoine Crichlow, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness, and threat to commit a crime, to wit: assault and battery upon a public employee.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the strangulation, assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness charges. He was given a concurrent six-month sentence for the threat to commit a crime charge.   Crichlow assaulted a 32-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 13 and


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Closing at Noon on June 7 for Day of Volunteering
03:21PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Giving back: Berkshire Bank will close all locations at noon on Wednesday, June 7, for its company-wide Xtraordinary Day, The Power of Giving Back. Xtraordinary Day provides all Berkshire Bank employees the opportunity to volunteer in communities the Bank and its affiliates serve.

This second annual Xtraordinary Day is set to focus on more than 60 community projects with approximately 90 percent of employee participation across the country. The previous year's Xtraordinary Day marked the first year the bank as a whole closed its doors to dedicate an entire afternoon to give back to the communities in which it serves. Last year, employees were able to help 54 different nonprofit


Rudolf Steiner School Hosts Eigth Grade Portfolio Exhibit
01:55PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School will host a portfolio exhibit by this year's eighth-grade graduating class, a free event taking place Tuesday, June 6, at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, June 7, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the school, 35 West Plain Road.

The Class of 2017's 22 soon-to-be graduates have journeyed together from first through eighth grade and will present their handmade books in core academic subjects including history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, botany, language arts and foreign language, and portfolios of work in handwork, woodwork, geometry, 2D and 3D art. Eighth-graders will be on hand to discuss their work, as well as team and


Berkshires Beat: Eighth-Graders Sew Patriotic Pillowcases
01:27PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

God bless America: Hoosac Valley eighth-grade students in Terry Vivori's Family & Consumer Sciences class made patriotic pillowcases for Women of Soldier On in Northampton, Mass. The student learned how to use patterns and sewing machines in class.

Vivori set the class up like a manufacturing company with students picking different areas of production. Some students chose laying out patterns and pinning, others cut out the patterns, and the rest sewed or ironed the pillowcases. The students included a letter of thanks to each veteran for their service.   The pillowcases were presented to the Dr. George L. Curran Auxiliary to Post #996 on Sunday, May 28, by Vivori, who is a


Senate President Gets Feel For Berkshires' Economic Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Christopher Kapiloff of Laminate Technologies showed off a piece of bulletproof glass his company is selling in large numbers, but said it will be made elsewhere if the state can't lower the cost of doing business. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unemployment, wages, and innovation are high points for the state's economy, all of which the commonwealth is doing the best in the nation.    But the state has stalled on education, transportation, and revenue. If those don't change, then Senate President Stanley Rosenberg believes the state will lose growth.   "Overall, in general, the commonwealth as a whole, we are a high-quality state for life, work, building


Monument Mountain Grads Advised To 'Join Them'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Sunday, June 04, 2017

Sophia Cohen tells the story of her first trip to summer camp, where she spent too much time worrying about going home and missed a chance to embrace the experience. More photos can be found here. LENOX, Mass. — Join them.   That's what Monument Mountain valedictorian Sophia Cohen advised her fellow classmates on Sunday when the school held its 50th commencement. Cohen told a story about when she was 10 years old and went to a two-week summer camp.   But, she spent the whole first week trying to find an excuse to leave. During that week, she remember a group of girls going to the pool and she wanted to go. But, she was too focused on trying to go home, too


Mount Everett Grads to Take On Unpredictability of Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017

Kayle Krom tells her classmates that there are a lot of things out of their control, but their lives are something they have the most say over. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Kayla Krom learned that there are a lot of things in this world that one cannot control.   She learned that the hard way. The Mount Everett Regional School valedictorian's brother died in a car wreck in April.    "Just a year ago he was up here sitting on this stage. This is the best moment of his life. I can remember his huge bright-eyed smile that lit up a room and hearts with joy. I was such a proud sister seeing him push through the adversity he had faced to graduate and


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