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Make the Most of Gifts to Grandchildren
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:23PM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Did you know that National Grandparents Day is only a couple weeks ago, on Sept. 11, 2016? While this "day" is not as widely known as Mother's Day or Father's Day, it is nonetheless important, as it recognizes the key role that grandparents play.

If you are a grandparent yourself, you might expect some cards or phone calls or emails from your own grandchildren – but you will probably experience even greater enjoyment in the gifts you can give them. If you're thinking of making a financial gift, consider your options carefully.

To begin with, don't forget about your own needs. As much as you love your grandchildren, you can't afford to provide

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Democratic Senate Candidate Participate in Pittsfield Gazette Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, August 31, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the second of back-to-back debates for the Democratic state Senate candidates on Monday, the three spent an hour handling questions posed by David Cachat, coordinator of PCTV's CityLink channel.   Not only was the debate, which kicked off at 8:30 p.m. the second that night for the senatorial candidates, but it was also back to back for Berkshire Community College. The three candidates had debated at the Mahaiwe in Great Barrington before heading to BCC for the Pittsfield Gazette's debate. The Gazette had put on a few hours earlier a debate among the two Democrats seeking the nomination for the House seat in the 3rd Berkshire

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Great Barrington Help Another Hiker Off Monument Mountain
05:23PM / Tuesday, August 30, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Chief Charles Burger reports that the Fire Department rescued a 60-year-old injured hiker from Monument Mountain on Monday afternoon.

On Aug. 29, at 2:41 p.m. firefighters, along with Southern Berkshire Ambulance, responded to Monument Mountain on a report of a hiker who had fallen on the Squaw Peak trail a short distance from the top. The man had injured his ankle and was unable to walk.

Sheffield and Egremont fire departments were immediately called in for assistance to provide their ATVs and manpower, along with the Western Mass Technical Rescue Team.

The first responding crew found the man, who was hiking the trail with a friend, stable but unable to

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire East Opens New Children's Aerial Adventure Park
03:42PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Up in the trees: Berkshire East has expanded its outdoor adventures with the building of the Berkshire East Children's Aerial Adventure Park .

Seeing the need to provide an exciting and green recreational activity for younger children, Berkshire East hired Tree-Mendous Forest Adventure Parks, an industry leader, to design and build two separate parks for various ages and abilities.

For children 3 years of age and older, the Tree House Park features a maze of trails that are fully protected by netting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to share the joys of a forest adventure with their children and grandchildren. Trained guides will be present at all

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Our Lady of Fatima Statue Stopping in Berkshires; Vigil Set at St. Elizabeth's
03:35PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church will host the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima for an overnight vigil on Sept. 10-11.

The statue will be at churches within the Diocese of Springfield from Sept. 8 through Sept. 28 as part of a two-year tour.

The procession at St. Elizabeth's begins Saturday, Sept. 10, after the 4 p.m. Mass and the vigil continues through the night until the 8:30 Mass on Sunday morning, Sept. 11.

After Mass at 10:45 a.m. on that Sunday, around noontime, the statue will be carried by firefighters to the city's Veterans Memorial, where a bell will be run for each of the airplanes involved in the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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Berkshires Beat: Youth Works Summer Program Recognizes Teens
02:43PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

Congrats: The 12th annual Youth Works Summer Program held its closing ceremony on Aug. 26 at Pittsfield City Hall with the city’s director of Administrative Services, Roberta McCulloch-Dews,  recognizing the achievements of youth workers who successfully completed a summer of employment throughout Berkshire County.

Event speakers included Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, current youth participants Raven Basinger, Garrett Haywood, Gabe Shultheis, and Youth Works alum Nolan Stout. They praised the 35 program graduates for their diligence and presented them with certificates.

Youth Works participants included: Zaniyah Adams; Trisann Alexander; Emma Borden; Tylor Bourne; Roy Brauski;

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Letter: Adam Hinds: Our Next Step Forward
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Monday, August 29, 2016

To the Editor:

Rarely in this region do we find ourselves at such an important change in our regional leaders as we look to elect our next state senator. Challenges, successes, and dreams alike all speak to a need for strong, knowledgeable leadership and advocacy both locally and in Boston.

Locally we are faced with challenges impacting many places: decreasing population, needed infrastructure improvements, challenges with opioid addiction and abuse, and gaps in our economy that magnify socioeconomic difficulties and unemployment rates. These issues are ones that permeate the lives of everyone in the region. To tackle these issues, we need someone with a strong voice and significant,

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End of Session Review: Paul Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, August 29, 2016

DALTON, Mass. — The state passed an economic development bill this session that Rep. Paul Mark says will benefit his district through bridge repairs and allocation for the MassWorks program.

The Peru Democrat said the bill includes $50 million set aside for bridge repairs, which is funding small towns previously didn't have access to. His district of 16 mostly hilltowns spreading throughout the most rural areas doesn't have the tax base to foot the bill for pricey bridge work.

"In some of my smaller, rural hilltowns, you have bridges under 20 feet and they aren't eligible for state or federal money normally. Now we set up a special fund," Mark said.

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Harrington Receives Endorsement from Mass Nurses
02:11PM / Sunday, August 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small-business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The MNA represents 23,000 nurses across the commonwealth, including hundreds of nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and North Adams.

Harrington's campaign has been gaining momentum with the recent endorsements of the Berkshire Building & Construction Trades Council, Pittsfield Carpenters Local 108, the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists, SEIU Local 509 and SEIU Local 888, National Association of Social Workers, and the Mass Women's Political

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Coffee Liberation Front Patrons Donate to Animals
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Saturday, August 27, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals.   And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.   Since their opening this spring, the Cuffs have stayed true to their focus by refusing tips, instead accepting donations for pet shelters and animal rescues.   "This is more than a coffeehouse this has to raise awareness for something that we feel strongly about and that is animals," Alison Cuff said. "It is much more important to raise community awareness

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The Independent Investor: The More You Look, The More You Lose
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough.

There are clients of mine that check their retirement accounts several times a day. To say they are addicted to doing so would not be an understatement. Some of them are retired and have nothing else to do each day but sit in front of the television watching financial channels. They are usually male, have control issues and have substituted watching TV and their investment accounts for their old job.

The sad facts are that the more you look, the higher the probability that

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Biz Briefs: Wood Brothers Music now offering Band and String Instrument Rentals
12:25PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Music to their ears: Wood Bros. Music of Pittsfield will now be offering a complete line of band and string instrument rentals for the 2016-2017 school year. Owner Chip Winnard also is working with RS Berkeley, a New Jersey-based instrument manufacturing company, which has been the sponsor for several clinics in area schools, including North Adams' Drury High School, Adams' Hoosac Valley, Wahconah High School and several Pittsfield schools including the city's elementary, middle and high schools.

Winnard said this new venture coincides with a move and expansion for Wood Brothers to a larger store within the Allendale Shopping Center.

RS Berkeley, which has a strong commitment

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