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Berkshires Beat: Vessels for Change Returns to Aid Immigrant Center
12:18PM / Monday, November 12, 2018
Vessels for Change

This fall, 70 area artists joined creative forces to make and sell 100 hand-crafted and hand-painted ceramic mugs, the proceeds of which benefit the Berkshire Immigrant Center.Now in its second year, Vessels for Change culminates in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center, donors receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer, and a celebration. To make a donation and reserve a mug, visit the website. www.vesselsforchange.com

In September 2017, ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a

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Biz Briefs: Big Y Helps Fund Books for North Adams, Pittsfield Elementary Schools
11:56AM / Monday, November 12, 2018
Book donations

As the result of a partnership with Big Y, a family-owned food retail company with stores across Western Massachusetts, schools in Berkshire County received 1,000 new books for school and classroom libraries. The six elementary schools benefiting from this generous donation included Silvio O. Conte Community School, Morningside Community School and Crosby Elementary in Pittsfield and Brayton Elementary, Greylock Elementary and Colegrove Park Elementary in North Adams.

"Like schools in the Greater Springfield area, Berkshire County faces challenges increasing reading proficiency at the elementary level. That is why it has long been a goal of ours to expand our

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Adams Great War Veteran Made Sure Others Not Forgotten
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — World War I veteran Roy Carpenter not only served his country overseas but also when he returned home.   Local historian Eugene Michalenko said Carpenter was one of the nearly 140 soldiers from Adams who served during the final months of World War I, and like his fellow National Guardsmen in Company M, he was excited to go.     "Oh definitely," he said. "They were all hyped up. There definitely were no slackers. Everybody was ready to go."   Like many in Adams, Carpenter was a young mill worker in the Renfrew Mills before being deployed on July 1917. After training, the group landed in France in October where the war was well

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'I Wonder If I Will Ever See Pittsfield Again': WWI Letters From Lt. Tremblay
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Sunday, November 11, 2018

Hector R. Tremblay in uniform. He was nearly 40 when he re-enlisted to serve in World War I. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Thirty-four minutes. Dug into a hole for the night in France under heavy shelling in November 1918, Hector Richard Tremblay wrote to his wife that he'd give "half his life" for 34 minutes in the city of Pittsfield.   "As I sit in my little hole, my feet are wet and I am cold as the devil. I wonder if I will ever see Pittsfield again," he had written in a letter dated Nov. 9, 1918. "I would give half my life if I could be in Pittsfield for 34 minutes but I must be patient and my time will come."   Tremblay was born on Jan. 4,

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@theMarket: Stocks Take a Breather
By Bill Schmick,
06:23PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
Stocks are in the process of consolidating after the big gains over the last week or so. So far, the October sell-off has led to a recovery of about half of what was lost. In the two months ahead, we should see even further gains.   No matter how much we would like it to, the stock market rarely goes straight up. It is one reason why I constantly advise clients not to check their portfolios on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. And never check them in down markets. Why put yourself through that emotional turmoil — especially when you have no intention of using the money anytime soon.   As we now know, the Democrats regained the House this week. As I, and everyone else

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'Bohemian Rhapsody': Fate, Free-Will and Rock 'n' Roll
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:32PM / Friday, November 09, 2018
I once knew a rock band, The Original Kounts, and, because lead singer Howard "Richard" Tepp was my best friend, I was sort of the manager for a while sometime in the late 1960s. That was before Bob Crewe's Larry Brown ("Tie a Yellow Ribbon") walked into Newark, N.J.'s Indian Pizzeria and heard Howie singing to the jukebox. I think I was eating a tuna sub. Well, before you could say rock star, Howie became Richard of Richard and The Young Lions, had a number one hit in Cleveland, Detroit and D.C. with his single, "Open up Your Door" and, as the apocrypha goes, might have also had a career-propelling hit in NYC were it not for the DJ strike.   No

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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:01PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, as a state and federal holiday.

This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the

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New Member Tapped to Berkshire Taconic Board
02:41PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

SHEFFILED, Mass. — Jodi Rathbun-Briggs of Great Barrington, Mass., has joined the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation board of directors.

Rathbun-Briggs has two decades of experience in the banking sector, specializing in the fields of internal audits, risk management and commercial lending. She joined the team at Greylock Federal Credit Union in 2010 and was promoted to the position of senior vice president and chief lending officer in December 2015. She previously worked for a decade at Legacy Banks in Pittsfield, Mass., where she served in various roles, including vice president of commercial lending from 2004 to 2010. She was a recipient of the 2015 Credit Union Heroes Award,

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Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, November 09, 2018

Matt Whitcomb's Wahconah teammate Tom Keefe introduces him at Thursday's assembly.   DALTON, Mass. — One in a long line of successful Wahconah Regional High School athletes was back at the school Thursday to tell the student body to relish their failures.   "Surround yourself in strength," was the theme of Matt Whitcomb, a state high school champion, 1996 Wahconah grad and, more recently, coach on the U.S. Women's Cross Country Ski team that won the nation's first-ever Nordic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games.   Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Celebrates 30 Years
10:58PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare will bring hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. 

Beginning on Nov. 15, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully-produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities. 

The weekend before, Nov. 8-11, the high schools will stage

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The Independent Investor: Mid-Term Results Take Investor Focus Off Washington
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
True to form, the opposition party regained control of the House, while the ruling party, in this case the GOP, retained control of the Senate. If history is any guide, this means that little in the way of legislation will be coming out of Congress for the next two years.   In the past, investors and the stock market alike did better than you might expect under this kind of political paralysis. That's because financial markets abhor the unknown. Given the unpredictability of politics and legislation, investors are far more content with inaction than action, unless of course, those actions are favorable to the markets or the economy.   Take for example, the tax cut of 2018.

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BCC, MCLA Align Community Health Programs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

Nicole Porther from MCLA said the need for trained community health professionals is growing as the population ages. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators.   Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.   "There are career opportunities which are so critical to well-paid positions doing work people love. We are particularly proud of getting our side of this launch and being able to align it so well with what is happening at MCLA," said BCC President Ellen

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