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Baseball in the Berkshires Offers STEM Programming
09:26PM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- STEM programming is coming to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.   The exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will present monthly programs on science, technology, engineering and math starting Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1-2 p.m. for all ages.   The first program is "The Crack of the Bat." Learn how a bat is made. Physics, engineering, technology, mathematics and safety all have a part.   Using the bats of Shoeless Joe, The "Babe", Jackie, Miggy, "Big Papi," Dustin, Mookie and Judge, discover how they cracked these problems.

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Community Health Programs Names New Trustee
11:29AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Alfred "A.J." Enchill Jr. has been named to the Community Health Programs Board of Trustees. His appointment was confirmed by the CHP board at its October meeting.

Enchill is district aide to state Sen. Adam Hinds, based in Pittsfield, where he focuses on constituent services and community outreach. He is also Hinds' appointee to the Berkshire Community Action Council's board of directors and the board of Multi-Cultural Bridge.

He previously worked as a congressional intern for U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark and, earlier, as a paralegal intern for Bikkal & Associates in White Plains, N.Y. He also worked as a junior account assistant for

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Pension Buyout Offer: Annuity or Lump Sum?
11:20AM / Wednesday, October 24, 2018

If you participate in a pension plan at work, you might be offered a buyout at some point. This could happen if your employer wants to shrink its future pension obligations or if your company has been bought, and your new employer decides to terminate your existing pension plan. In either case, you will likely have two main options: You can take your pension as a lump sum of your accrued benefits, or you can convert it to an annuity, which can be structured to provide you with a lifetime income stream. Which choice is best?

There's no right answer, but here are some factors to consider:

Comfort in investing: If you take your pension as a lump sum, you can invest it yourself –

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Berkshires Beat: Florida Couple Invests $500,000 in the Future of Gould Farm
12:52PM / Monday, October 22, 2018

Ellen and Tom Bowler gifted $500,000 to Gould Farm. Capital kickoff

Gould Farm kicked off the public phase of its $2.6 million Harvesting Hope Capital Campaign on Saturday, Oct. 20, announcing a lead gift of $500,000 from Tom and Ellen Bowler of Palm Beach, Florida. The small, nonprofit residential community program launched the capital campaign in early 2017 and has since raised $2.3 million to fund the construction of its first community center.

The Bowlers' lead gift honors Ellen's father, the Rev. Hampton E. Price, who served as executive director from 1961-1972.  During his tenure, Rev. Price transformed the farm's campus, systematized the work program, and brought

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Haunted Hike Set For Oct. 26 at Fountain Pond
12:08PM / Monday, October 22, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — They say that, once a year, you can hear the screams of those who have vanished in the mountains of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's Fountain Pond State Park. On Friday, Oct. 26, will you dare to venture into these woods?

For those courageous enough, the annual Haunting in the Hills invites the brave to walk with the dead and the tormented. Gather at the Fountain Pond trailhead, at Community Health Programs main campus, at 444 Stockbridge Road, if you dare, at 8 p.m.

Children under 13 are not admitted. It's too scary.

Admission is $5 per person per walk. Closed toe shoes are recommended. Buses will return surviving hikers to the

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Berkshire County Kids Place Marks 25 Years at Annual Gala
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Sunday, October 21, 2018

Gala co-chairmen Paul Fortini and Sheri Quinn welcome attendees to the annual gathering on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kathy Singer had a heartfelt wish for Berkshire County Kids Place's 25th year.    That it no longer existed.   "My wish for the Kids Place -- that they are never ever needed, that they never have to comfort another child, never have to help tell a child that mommy and daddy are gone or that they will never ever see their family again," said the longtime foster mother.   Singer has been a foster mother for more than 30 years — while raising her own children, some of whom she adopted.    "I have fostered

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Upcoming Convocation
02:10PM / Friday, October 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 120 students during an Honors Convocation Program on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Each honored student ranks in the top 5 percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Massachusetts

Adams: Rebekah L. Baker, Alexandria T. Brandon, Michelle M. Briggs, Laurie A. McArthur, Kelsy M. Nixon, Cameron J. Winter

Ashley Falls: Tracy M. Stoddard

Becket: Emily M. Linendoll

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Michaela M. Larkin, Melissa L. Pantano, Lillian R. Sartorius, Kia Yang

Chester: Ramsey A. El Taieb

Clarksburg: Stephanie J. Rogers

Dalton: Shaina R.

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Lee Middle and High School Announces New National Honor Society Members
11:08AM / Friday, October 19, 2018

LEE, Mass. — Lee Middle and High School conducted its annual induction ceremony for new members to the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society on Oct. 18.

After a rigorous selection process, in which prospective members are vetted by a faculty council based on criteria of scholarship, leadership, service and character, the following new members were inducted: Hailey E. Bartini, Brady S. Cook, Heather M. Dennis, Juliette J. Gagnon, Liana E. Hall, Zoe N. Hughes, Olivia H. Johnson, Suriana YS Lee, Emily M. Molino, Aliyah R. Noel, Jack T. Purcell, Taggart J. Roosa, Katy M. Schlaefer and Sierra B. Twing.

 

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Accreditors to Visit BCC's Nursing Program Wednesday, Public Meeting Scheduled
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, October 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday.   The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing's review includes a public forum on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled and has set aside 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. to hear from the public on any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.   "It is just an open conversation ... they look at stakeholders and the community is a stakeholder," said program adviser Ann Tierney. "They really want it to be a free-flowing conversation."   Tierney said program officials won't even be on hand during the

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The Independent Investor: The Student Loan Crisis
By Bill Schmick,
04:14PM / Thursday, October 18, 2018
  Student loans have now become the second-largest pile of consumer borrowing, after home mortgages. What's worse, it is the fastest growing slice of American household debt and shows no sign of slowing down.   Young Americans are going to college in droves. At the same time, the costs of higher education are at historical highs. That combination has become a lethal cocktail that could hamstring young workers over their entire life and along the way damage the overall economy.   Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage

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Town of Lee Awarded $4.9M to Support Eagle Mills Redevelopment
11:45AM / Thursday, October 18, 2018

Great to start the day #InTheBerkshires with @repsmitty+ @adamghinds to announce a $4.9 million #MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant to the Town of Lee to upgrade water lines and support residential and commercial development. #WMass https://t.co/bAZHhpF7Lt pic.twitter.com/2ZLLF8iIyD

— Karyn Polito (@MassLtGov) October 18, 2018 LEE, Mass. — A $4.9 million MassWorks grant was awarded to the town of Lee to develop infrastructure to served the planned renovation of the Eagle Mills.    State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and state Sen. Adam Hinds were joined by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash and municipal

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Letter: Choose Harrington Over Opponent's Spin
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Paul Caccaviello is running a write-in campaign. I hope the following information illustrates the irony his campaign is spinning as "experience."

Paul is running a "write-in" campaign under the mostly false premise that "not everyone had the chance to vote in the primary." Some colleagues wrote a Letter to the Editor last week to the general effect that Republicans and Independents did not get the chance to vote.

Half correct. Independents can choose between the Democratic and Republican ballots in the primary. Paul's concerns for the electorate are a moving target but from what I gather he is purportedly concerned that approximately 9%

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