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Norman Rockwell Museum Eyes Expansion
01:08PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum, the world's largest and most comprehensive repository of art and archival materials relating to Norman Rockwell's life and work, is assessing possibilities for expansion and has initiated feasibility studies to examine various options for meeting its pressing need for more space.

The need for expansion derives from numerous factors. Primary among these is the museum's broadened mission, which now includes the collection, study and exhibition of illustration art not only by Rockwell, but by the full range of American illustrators. Other areas of major growth include educational programming, scholarship and outreach to global

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Seeks Home for Winter Blitz Weatherization
12:54PM / Monday, October 17, 2016

Ready for winter: Williams College's Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal, Vt., who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the college's ninth annual Winter Blitz day. Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs and who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate.

During Winter Blitz, teams of students go out and prepare homes for winter weather by installing storm windows, door sweeps and energy-efficient light bulbs. Trained student leaders lead teams and all materials are paid for by

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Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Petriccas as Community Leaders
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:08AM / Monday, October 17, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Perri Petricca and Michelle Thorpe were getting married, they decided the best way to celebrate their union was to provide support for the children served by Berkshire County Kids Place.

"Children have always been the center of our lives," said Michelle Petricca on Friday night at Kids Place's annual gala where she and her husband were presented with its Community Leadership Award. They both come from large families and have four children together.

"When we got married three years ago, we were talking about registering for gifts," she said, but realized that "we don't need any more china patterns and we don't need

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Monument Grad McAlister Impresses in Freshman Season
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06:26PM / Sunday, October 16, 2016
Weyessa “Ace” McAlister is making a big impact on the Trinity College men’s cross country team this fall.   The 2015 Monument Mountain graduate, who did a post-graduate year at Northfield Mount Hermon, placed 11th for the Bantams on Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn.   His 8-kilometer time of 25 minutes, 11 seconds was about a minute off the pace set by the meet’s winner. But McAlister finished 28 places ahead of the next member of his Trinity team, which finished in the middle of the field, ninth out of 20 schools.   Earlier this season, the Great Barrington resident was named one of the school’s Bantams of the

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Speaker DeLeo Helps Kick Off Local Democratic Campaign Pushes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Saturday, October 15, 2016

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said the Donald Trump campaign is scary. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo says if the state government is going to be effective, he needs Democrats elected from the federal level to the local level.   "We really, really have to change in terms of the whole dynamic. It is really frustrating as speaker of the House not to be able to look to Washington for any type of partnership or assistance there may be. It is most important that we send the Congressman [Richard Neal] back to Washington," DeLeo said on Saturday morning.   DeLeo was in Pittsfield Saturday to visit with elected officials and rally support

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'The Birth of a Nation': A Painful Truth
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, October 13, 2016

Watching writer-director Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation," a biography of the slave Nat Turner that concludes with the namesake rebellion he led in 1831, you can't help but anguish over the idea that only 155 years ago slavery was perfectly legal in the Southern United States. That kind of historical realization always gets me wondering what crazy practice do we abide today that our heirs will one day see as similarly primeval and egregious?

Perhaps it'll be the current health care crisis ... the fact that "once upon a time" nearly half the country wasn't certain if it wanted to ensure the less fortunate half's well-being through adequate

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Great Barrington Police: Racist Threats Do Not Warrant Criminal Charges
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05:57PM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Police Department says racist comments between two high school students did not constitute criminal charges.   Earlier this year the Police Department and federal investigators began investigating a reported incident in which a white student at Monument Mountain High School threatened to lynch an African American student. The threat was allegedly made because of the football player's decision to take a knee during the national anthem.   "The altercation did not rise to a physical level through the alleged words used were very concerning and prompted the Police Department to open an investigation," reads a statement from the Great

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It's National Save for Retirement Week So Take Action
11:14AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Congress has dedicated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. Clearly, the government feels the need to urge people to do a better job of preparing for retirement. Are you doing all you can?

Many of your peers aren't – or at least they think they aren't. In a recent survey conducted by Bankrate.com, respondents reported that "not saving for retirement early enough" was their biggest financial regret. Other evidence seems to show they have good cause for remorse: 52 percent of households 55 and older haven't saved anything for retirement, according to a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, although half of this group

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Fire Prevention Week Is October 9-15
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04:17PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Why It's Such A Hot Topic for Berkshire Homeowners & Renters

With The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week occurring this month, Oct. 9-15, it is the perfect time for your Berkshire County neighborhood insurance agency to talk to you about how your home, condo or renters insurance can provide coverage in case of a fire event.

"Other types of losses are generally out of our hands and those of our clients," says Lori Goodell, assistant vice president and sales manager for Greylock. "But there are so many critical, yet simple, precautions you can take to safeguard against fire. A big part of our role as your insurance agent is to double

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Berkshire Planners Remain Concerned About DLTA Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Monday, October 10, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission remains concerned about the funding for its District Local Technical Assistance program.   The organization lobbied for the state fund the program at $3.4 million during the budget season but ultimately the state Legislature funded it at $2.8 million — level with previous years. But, the administration hasn't released those funds yet and state revenues have been coming in lower than hoped.   Now, many are expecting mid-year cuts from Gov. Charlie Baker and BRPC fears part of those 9C cuts will include that program.    "We think we will know more about DLTA next week, the 15th or so of

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Zogics To Senate President: Lack of Skilled Work Force Biggest Setback
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Sunday, October 09, 2016

For more than an hour on Friday LeBlanc spoke about his company with Rosenberg and Hinds. LEE, Mass. — With the state of current technology, a company can basically operate from anywhere. So can employees.   The current workforce wants more out of life than traditional jobs. They want to find ways to combine their lifestyles with a career. That's the angle Paul LeBlanc has taken when building Zogics, an e-commerce company based out of a small office in Valley Industrial Park.    "For me, it is all about lifestyle. Whether it is the company I've created, the location I've chosen to build the company or anything else. We are all faced with choices

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Downing, Rosenberg, Olver, Rally Support For Hinds Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:13AM / Saturday, October 08, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin Downing endorsed Hinds on Friday to follow in his footsteps. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The common theme Friday night, when Adam Hinds relaunched his campaign for state Senate, was unity.   Hinds won the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. Hinds now takes on Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the Nov. 8 general election.   On Friday, Hinds held a kickoff for the general election campaign featuring Downing, former U.S. Rep. John Olver, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. To a crowd full of elected officials and local leaders, the three rallied support for Hinds around the concept of

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