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Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival
12:41PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The winners are ...

The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, presented by Northern Berkshire United Way and the Adams Youth Center, kicked off the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 22, with local families coming to Houghton Street to enjoy a morning of fun with local nonprofits offering games, art projects, and giveaways.

Terry A La Berry & Friends delighted the crowd with popular children’s tunes before the 30 registered racers lined up for their races. The winners were presented with medals by Mayor Tom Bernard at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons. The 2018 annual Fall Foliage Children’s Race winners were:

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Mount Greylock Regional Teachers End Job Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its teachers union have reached an accord to end the job action that has limited extracurricular activities at the district's three schools.

Mount Greylock Superintendent Kimberley Grady late Wednesday morning sent an email to the Mount Greylock community announcing that, while contract negotiations continue, the teachers have agreed to end the job action that has affected students at Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary.

"We understand that the negotiation continues to reach a final contractual agreement, but we are thankful that the parties were able to find common ground to

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Understanding Risk Tolerance Is Essential for Investment Success
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:17AM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018

To succeed as an investor, you might think you need to know about the economy, interest rates and the fundamentals of companies in which you would like to invest. And all these things are indeed important. But it's most essential to know yourself. Specifically, you need to know how much risk you are willing to tolerate to achieve your goals.

Of course, you've lived with yourself your entire life, so you probably have a pretty good idea of your likes and dislikes and what makes you comfortable or uncomfortable. But investing can be a different story.

Initially, you may believe you have a high tolerance for risk, but if the financial markets drop sharply, and you see that

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Ground Broken For Berkshire Innovation Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Gov. Charlie Baker helped break ground on the $13.7 million project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shawna Axenroth and her daughter go hiking in the scenic Berkshire Hills and talk about the environment. They run science experiments in their kitchen.

And they are both looking to pursue scientific careers.

Axenroth is at Berkshire Community College and her daughter is just starting the first year of high school. They both want to live and work fruitful careers in the science field in their hometown.   But the way it has been going in the region, there hasn't been much reason to be optimistic about that prospect. The population has been declining, particularly with the younger

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Biz Briefs: Humane Society Opening Second Catwalk Boutique
02:24PM / Monday, September 24, 2018
Catwalk Times Two

Berkshire Humane Society will open a second location of Catwalk Boutique, its successful women's resale shop, in downtown Lenox this coming winter/spring. Dates are to be determined. The original Catwalk Boutique, located at 325 Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, opened in May 2014. The shop specializes in affordable women’s clothing with an emphasis on designer and upscale labels, current styles, and contemporary fashion. All clothing is like-new or very gently used. Shoppers can also purchase handbags, jewelry, shoes, and accessories such as scarves, hats, and gloves. All proceeds from the shop benefit Berkshire Humane Society.

"Our shop in Great

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Democrats Open Pittsfield HQ For November's Election Push
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Sunday, September 23, 2018

 
State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier introduced Andrea Harrington, calling her successful campaign for the Democratic nomination an inspiration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the primaries in the rearview mirror, Democrats are gearing up for the -final election push.   Locally the party opened a North Street headquarters for the coordinated campaign.   The office will serve as the local headquarters for campaign staffer working on behalf of Democratic candidates up and down the ticket -- from Congress to district attorney.   "We have an incredible slate of Democratic candidates from the top to our incredible local winner Andrea Harrington for district

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@theMarket: Record Highs and More to Come?
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
The Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes made record highs this week. That's right, we broke the levels of January and we closed out the week holding these new higher levels. So much for the bear's prediction of a 5-7 percent pullback.   Over two weeks ago, when I published my last column, I wrote that most of the Wall Street community was expecting a pullback. I warned readers "that when the pack is leaning one way, you should be looking the other way. I say stay invested, look beyond a month or two, and prosper by the end of the year."   OK, in hindsight, that was sage advice, but now what? You aren't paying me the big bucks to tell you about the past. Do we

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William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Taps Brokerage Manager
02:10PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty has announced that Tim Donnelly will assume the role of brokerage manager for the firm's two Berkshire County brokerages in Great Barrington and Lenox, Mass.

Donnelly previously served for nearly three years in the position of assistant brokerage manager for the Berkshires as well as Litchfield County in Connecticut.

During those three years, Donnelly helped to facilitate William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty's significant growth in the region, including nearly tripling its sales force. The firm became the Berkshires' No. 1 residential real estate company in dollar volume for 2017,

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Names New Advisory Board Members, Leadership
01:14PM / Friday, September 21, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Immigrant Center has welcomed three new members to its Advisory Board and has new board leadership.

Joining the Advisory Board are Jenn Gomez, Helen Moon and Colin Ovitsky, all of Pittsfield, and Dr. Rose Ellis of Williamstown assumed the role of Advisory Board chairwoman on July 1. Ellis is the former superintendent of schools at Mt. Greylock Regional High School, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary schools and has been the board's vice-chair this past year.

"I have learned firsthand that the Berkshire Immigrant Center does critically important work that speaks to who we are in Berkshire County, a caring and welcoming

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'White Boy Rick': The Wild, Wild Midwest
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:12PM / Friday, September 21, 2018
My dad was a bench seat philosopher who, while a man of measured words, occasionally liked to opine from behind the wheel of our '51 Buick Roadmaster, the one with the Fireball 8 engine.   I look back at it as our quality time. Maybe it was a quick trip to Sears to buy some roofing material, or to get me some White Castle sliders on a night when my mom was just too tired to cook. Or perhaps it was my tutelage entirely planned. Looking through the windshield, Daniel Goldberger explained the passing pageant of humanity.   It could be a little man walking with a very tall woman: "See, there's someone for everyone."   And in a similar point of positivism that

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

Marchers hold signs for Christa Steele-Knudslien who was murdered in North Adams last January. Her husband was charged in her murder. See more photos from the event here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds walked, and some stumbled, down North Street in high heels during the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes march to raise money and spread awareness of gender violence.   Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.   "I want to welcome you to the eighth annual march to stop

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The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.   This hit home for me recently when my wife and I began discussing our next automobile purchase or lease. In times past, our decision may have been based on what vehicles provided the best fuel mileage or winter safety in snow and ice conditions. But this year, it was all about what car would be most appropriate for our

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