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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Celebrates 35 Years As Cooperative in Williamstown
02:13PM / Monday, December 11, 2017
35 and counting
Wild Oats is seen in 1982 when it first opened as a retail store in Colonial Shopping Center.

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, will celebrate 35 years as a cooperative, community-owned business on Saturday, Dec. 16, in conjunction with Owner-Appreciation Day. The main event will be a cake cutting at 3:35 p.m., but the celebration will go on all day with vendor demos throughout the day, including Maplebrook Farm, Hop2o, Heritage Cider and Niman Ranch.

The hot bar, salad bar, sandwich bar and soup will be 35 percent off for all shoppers that day and a small coffee will be just 35 cents There will also be specials on beer

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present
01:10PM / Monday, December 11, 2017
Home at last

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating a new home to a local family on Saturday, Dec. 16. The public is welcome. The formal presentation will begin at 1 p.m. with local leaders as well as state Sen. Adam Hinds and Roberta McCulloch-Dew, director of Administrative Services in the Office of the Mayor.
 
Thanks to the tremendous support of donors, volunteers, neighbors, community partners and construction leaders, the DelSonno family will be moved into their new home at 92 Clarendon Street, Pittsfield, just in time for the holidays. Days after the foundation had been poured, building commenced on May 6 with Habitat's annual Women Build event and

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Sandisfield Town Garage Burns to the Ground
12:59PM / Sunday, December 10, 2017
SANDISFIELD, Mass. — WesternMassNews.com is reporting that the Sandisfield Town Garage burned to the ground Sunday morning.    According to news reports, the five-alarm fire was reported shortly after 9 a.m. and was "fully engulfed" when firefighters from multiple companies arrived at the scene.    Sandisfield's Fire Chief Ralph Morrison told Western Mass News that highway crews had been at the building locking up just minutes before  the fire is believed to have started.    The first snow storm of the season had rolled through the Berkshires beginning Saturday morning, dumping up to 6 inches of snow across the

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@theMarket: Should Be Good Month for Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
05:34PM / Saturday, December 09, 2017
The House passed a stop-gap spending bill averting a government shut-down late Thursday night. As a result, markets moved higher. We can expect more of the same until the next deadline, which is just before Christmas.    To be honest, investors have become so used to these eleventh hour deals out of Congress that the markets hardly budge when the drama begins. Dec. 22 is the new date investors will be watching. We will see whether a compromise can be reached on the budget for 2018 by then.   In the meantime, the markets will remain focused on the Republican tax deal. The hope is that a compromise between the House and Senate will be reached in time for President Trump to sign

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'
01:36PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

ADAMS, Mass.— The Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School Theater Department will be performing William Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" on Friday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

The BArT theater is located within the school building at 1 Commercial Street in Adams. Tickets can be purchased at the door and the pricing is as follows: $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors, $2 BArT students.

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks. "Twelfth Night" follows the romantic misadventures of Orsino who loves Olivia, Olivia who loves Cesario

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Goodwill of the Berkshires Names New President and CEO
01:32PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont's board of directors approved a management transition plan whereby David Twiggs has succeeded Frank Engels as the next president and CEO of the organization.

Twiggs, a Lenox resident, had most recently served as Goodwill's chief operating officer. He joined the organization in 2012 and has served in other senior management roles at Goodwill, including director of logistics.

"David Twiggs brings a wide range of experience from both the operations, retail, and social service sectors," said President of the Board of Directors Heidi Higgins. "His commitment to our community and personal approach

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017
11:04AM / Friday, December 08, 2017

This is the season of harvest bazaars, holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

  Saturday, Dec. 9

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, Adams, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: A holiday craft fair to support BSA Troop 38 of Adams will be held at the P.N.A. on Victory Street. Scouts will help shoppers transport their wares to their cars. Vendors will not be duplicated.

HOLIDAY SHINDY, Pittsfield, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Shire City Sanctuary will again host Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site

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The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out?
By Bill Schmick,
09:53PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year.   So what else is new?   If the government does shut down on Saturday morning, it will be the 18th such occurrence in U.S. history. In every case, the nation has survived, although at times the cost has been great. There was, for example, a 16-day shutdown back in 2013 that resulted in a $24 billion hit to economic output and caused 850,000 workers to be laid off.   We all know it costs the American people more to shut down the government than it does to keep it open. In this age of

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Can You Afford to Retire Early?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you'll need to plan ahead – because a successful early retirement can't be achieved through last-minute moves.

So, if you're determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps:

Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it's important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy.

Think about your retirement lifestyle. You may know that you want to retire early – but have you thought about what you want to do with your newfound time? Will you simply stay close to home and

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MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tessa Langsdale, class of 2021, tells the students how she had been in their seats just last year.  See more photos from the event here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all

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Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt
02:38PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
Helping hand

Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate. The program is called the "Guardian Value Scholarship," which identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt

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Total Access Computers Serves Adams' Tech Needs
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, December 02, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Dan and Andrew Maynard, owners of Total Access Computers, on 16 Hoosac St., want to be your friendly neighborhood tech experts.

The Maynards have one mission: to help people navigate the often-confusing waters of an ever-changing tech world.

"We like to help people, and we don't just fix your computer and send you on your way," Dan Maynard said. "We show you how to keep it clean and running properly because it is the right thing to do."

He started the business in the early 2000s in North Adams and it has been growing ever since.

"I put together a business plan, went in a with a few other people, started a little company and was doing sales

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