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Berkshire Taconic Grant Deadlines Approaching
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Deadlines are approaching for Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation's second round of  competitive grants in 2016. Covering the period from April through June, the spring cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, students, schools and community members. For nonprofits, the Wassermann-Streit
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Which IRA Is Better for Younger Workers?
If you’re at the beginning of your career, you might not be thinking too much about the end of it. But even younger workers should be aware of – and saving for – their eventual retirement. And since you’ve got many years until you do retire, you’ve got a lot of options to consider – one of which is
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Berkshire Tidbits: Butcher's Workshop & Wellness Eating
Here's a couple last-minute additions in time for the weekend: Christian and Donna Hanson, winemakers and owners of Balderdash Cellars, a Pittsfield winery.   Every Saturday afternoon between noon and 4, Spirited Wines, 444 Pittsfield Road/Route 7at the beginning of Holmes Road in Lenox,
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United Way Installing 50 Bookhouses Across County to Improve Literacy
Kristine Hazzard said this year the United Way is "going bigger and we're going better." PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Half the county's third-graders are not proficient at reading.   The Berkshire United Way is continuing its efforts to change that percentage.   For the last five or so
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The Independent Investor: Are Negative Interest Rates the Answer?
You may have heard of the newest wrinkle among central bankers. It's called "NIRP," which stands for negative interest rate policy. Several countries have already implemented this policy and are hoping their actions will stem the tide of deflation and low economic growth. Although NIRP by its nature seems complicated, it
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Arbor Day Poetry Contest Open to Berkshire County Students
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Conservation District is hosting a poetry contest in honor of National Arbor Day with the theme “We All Need Trees” open to students in Berkshire County in grades K through 12. Poems should be no longer than one page and can be printed or hand written (if legible). Include the student’s
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Holiday Events: Grab Your Easter Baskets!
It's time for the kiddos to break out their baskets and spy some Easter goodies around the county this weekend. Saturday, March 26 • Stockbridge Library Train Station, 2 Depot St., Stockbridge, 11 a.m.: A special storytime and Easter Egg Hunt will be held. Have fun searching for eggs and hearing an Easter story. Info at
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'Miracles from Heaven': Friendly Persuasion
I think it was St. Augustine, if I may paraphrase a saint, who stated that one cannot prove God's existence through logic, but rather, only through one's faith. It is in this theological vein, whether consciously referencing the early Christian thinker or not, that director Patricia Riggen weaves her tear-jerking, often compelling
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BCC, Chimney Corners Eyed as Regional Emergency Shelter Sites
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If an emergency event is so large that local shelters are overwhelmed, Berkshire Community College and Chimney Corners are both eyed to be hosts of massive regional shelters.   Eammon Coughlin of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has been working on specific plans for those situations. Now, he is
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Ciccolo Judge OKs Prosecutor's Request for Delay
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — It could be up to two more months before the U.S. Attorney's Office is ready to file additional charges against an Adams man suspected of sympathizing with the so-called Islamic State in Syria, or ISIS. Federal Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson has granted a request from the government to continue a
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