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Northern Berkshire United Way Announces Campaign Goal
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018

iBerkshires.com account representative Tyler Bissaillon of Adams became of the youngest board member in the history of the Northern Berkshire United Way when he was officially elected to the board on Friday. The other new board members are: William Blackmer of North Adams, a retired lieutenant/station commander with the Massachusetts State Police; Yvette Stoddard of Adams, director of Academic Services-ASD Residential Program at Hillcrest Educational Centers; and Candace Wall of Stamford, Vt., a private practice psychotherapist.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The numbers tell the story of the Northern Berkshire United Way.

Last year, the organization's campaign goal was $470,000. The

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Berkshire Education Task Force Developing Models for Collaboration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, October 09, 2018
LEE, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has completed its initial mission of determining options for local schools facing difficult economic and academic futures.    Now, it's hoping to offer pathways to school officials as they decide whether and how far to proceed toward the task force's solution of a single countywide school district.    William Cameron, task force member and retired superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District, presented the coalition's goals to the meeting of Region VI of the Massachusachusetts Association of School Committees last week.   The task force last met on Sept. 22, he said,

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Area Teams Earn Titles at Dalton Youth Soccer Tournament
09:34AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- Teams from Dalton, North Adams, Pittsfield and Williamstown picked up titles at the 22nd annual Dalton CRA Just for Kicks Socccer Tournament on Sunday.   Fifty-five teams of boys and girls in various age groups converged on Nessacus Middle School and Wahconah Regional High School for two days of games starting on Saturday morning.   Teams were drawn from every part of the county plus the Pioneer Valley, Vermont and New York's Capital District.   The hometown squad from Dalton earned the U14 boys championship with a 6-1 win over Pittsfield Soccer Club in the title game.   In the U14 girls, PSC turned the tables, taking a 1-0 win over Dalton in the

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Parkington Standing Out on College Volleyball Team
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:38AM / Monday, October 08, 2018
Wahconah High graduate Emma Parkington is a two-time Rookie of the Week in the Empire 8 as a freshman on the Russell Sage College volleyball team this fall.   Parkington most recently earned the award on Sept. 24 after averaging 1.83 kills per set over 18 sets while hitting to a .310 percentage and recording a team-best 49 assists in four matches for the Gators.   On the year, Parkington leads Sage (5-15) in kills (132), assists (189) and hitting percentage (.224). She also has 20 service aces.   And she is only one of a number of 2018 Berkshire County high school graduates making impacts on their collegiate volleyball teams this season.   At Anna Maria College, freshman

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@theMarket: Will China Be Next?
By Bill Schmick,
10:37AM / Saturday, October 06, 2018
After this week's trade deal between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, investors are waiting to see if China will now come to the table. What would it take for that to happen?   Mid-term elections could be the trigger. It wouldn't surprise me to see a deal before November — since the polls appear to favor the Democrats. Trump's tariff offensives, while supported by most of his base, are deeply disturbing to those who are feeling the brunt of foreign-trade retaliation.   Farmers, for example, and blue-collar workers in certain steel-related industries, are suffering. Many of them are also part of the 39 percent minority of Americans who support Donald Trump and his

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Berkshire Bank Promotes One to First Vice President
03:45PM / Friday, October 05, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has promoted Deanna Markham to first vice president/retail distribution manager.

In her new position, Markham will maintain a strong leadership presence and community involvement as she remains local to the Berkshires, working from the company's Pittsfield office.
 
Markham has held many positions throughout the company since her start with Berkshire Bank in 2006 as a branch manager in Lee, Mass. In her 12 years at the bank, she has advanced in the company, including promotions to AVP/branch manager, vice president/regional manager in Berkshire County and, most recently, vice president/sales and delivery in 2017.

Recognized for her hard

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Hinds Named Co-Chair of Committion on Public School Transportation
03:35PM / Friday, October 05, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds has been appointed to co-chair the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation by Senate President Karen E. Spilka.
 
"The method and formulas by which our public school districts are funded are flawed, and this impacts the budgets of all our schools," Hinds said. "That is why I am excited by this opportunity to address such a significant issue that impacts school and municipal budgets, and, ultimately, directs money back into our classrooms."

The Special Commission, established by Section 77 of the FY19 state budget (Chapter 154 of the Acts of 2018), is charged with making recommendations

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'Fahrenheit 11/9': It's Worse Than you Think
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:00PM / Friday, October 05, 2018
Walk down almost any street USA and ask 10 people if they know who Mike Pence is. You'd be surprised how few do. But I betcha bunches of them know where Miley Cyrus is playing this Friday night. Such is the complacent folly of a citizenry entirely certain that the Founding Fathers put our democracy on automatic pilot. And therefore, no amount of selfish incursion from greedy forces within should tear us away from munching Fritos and gulping mass quantities of beer while we watch today's version of the gladiators do their best to sustain brain injuries.   But hark, good citizen, there are, alas, true patriots in the land, and not the kind that simply wrap themselves in the flag

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The Independent Investor: Estate Planning Is for All of Us
By Bill Schmick,
02:32PM / Friday, October 05, 2018
Here is a trick question. What did Aretha Franklin, Tupac Shakur, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Abraham Lincoln have in common? They are all famous people who died without a will.   In the case of the "Queen of Soul," she died in August leaving $80 million and according to Michigan state law, those assets should eventually be divided up among her four children. In the meantime, the entire estate must go through the probate process, which is both expensive and time-consuming.   Some other famous people who failed to prepare their heirs and beneficiaries for their eventual death are: Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Howard Hughes Sonny Bono, James Brown, Prince, and Michael

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AG Healey Touts Record, Endorses Harrington for District Attorney
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Friday, October 05, 2018

Andrea Harrington speaks to supporters at Democratic campaign headquarters on North Street.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Maura Healey stressed the importance of voting at the local level during her stop at Democratic campaign headquarters on North Street this past Monday.   "School committee, mayor, Legislature, city council, so many of the policies in our country are determined at the local level and state level," she told one supporter who was asking what she could do to effect change. "Congress is important but don't lose sight of every election mattering."   That includes voting for district attorney as Healey endorsed

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'The Wife': Anatomy of a Marriage
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:14PM / Thursday, October 04, 2018
We all know one or more couples who confound us entirely; folks who appear to be tragically immersed in a marriage made in Hell, and yet, for none of the usual rationalizations, like kids money or religion, persevere in their obviously troubled plight.   But don't you dare voice your criticism and pretend to know something about their arrangement. For there is pride of ownership in marital dysfunction. And as my never-married Aunt Millie was always so readily fond of informing, odd glint in her eye, "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors."   You will read all of this and more into the emotive-rich facial expressions of Glenn Close as Joan Castleman, the

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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
10:18AM / Thursday, October 04, 2018

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 8, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to reflect that others had

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