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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:08PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 47 local students among the 135 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 31.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Jenna Crosier, Pittsfield; Rachel Freedman, East Chatham, N.Y.; Grace Guachione, Pittsfield; Gabriela Keator,

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Declare Your Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:43AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We're getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach your long-term goals?

For starters, always work to build your resources. Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer's matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t take advantage of this match, you are essentially leaving money on the table.

While how

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately

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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:

Massachusetts

Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca

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Two Berkshire County Women Named Unsung Heroines
12:24PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Cherri Sanes and Shavelle Boire.

BOSTON, Mass. — Two women from Berkshire County were named 2017 Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women during a State House ceremony on June 21.
 
According to the Commission, Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but who make a difference. They are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and the commonwealth is better

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Bay State Girls Basketball Tryout Sunday at McCann Tech
03:39PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The final tryout for the Western Massachusetts girls basketball team for this summer's Bay State Games is Sunday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCann Tech.   The team primarily is for girls entering grades 9 through 12, though recent graduates are welcome. Each team is allowed up to three 2017 grads.   Players must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts and a full-time student at a recognized academic institution.   The tryout fee is $38.   The 2017 Bay State Games are July 14-16 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing.   For information, contact Amy Cyr at acyr@hr-k12.org.

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The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
As Senate Republicans unveil their version of a new health care law replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Democrats are already crying foul. But while politicians are busy back-stabbing each other, there are real people out there who are sick and getting sicker.   These are Americans who can't afford, or can no longer find, insurance. Their stories are evidently not "newsworthy." Instead, the media prefers to accentuate the divisions among our lawmakers, while President Trump describes the House "Choice Act" as "mean." In the meantime, who is taking care of all those sick and elderly victims in this supposedly divisive America? Well, the

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Community, Massachusetts House Bids Farewell to Rep. Cariddi
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cariddi was to be buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Adams.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A litany of elected state and local officials, friends and family packed into St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Thursday to bid farewall to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died Saturday at age 63.    "It's an honor to be here on behalf of an institution that Gail Cariddi loved and, by the way, loved Gail Cariddi," said Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.    More than 100 state representatives, from as far as Cape Cod, came by bus and car to attend the funeral, a testament to how they felt about her, said state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox,

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Wahconah Football Program to Hold Youth Camp in August
Community submission,
09:25PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Wahconah Regional High School football program this summer will host a Youth FUNdamental Football camp.   Coach Gary Campbell Jr., will conduct the camp, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Campbell's teams have won four out of the last five Western Massachusetts titles and in December 2016 played in the state final at Gillette Stadium for the second time in three years.   Players from the Wahconah team will join Campbell to teach fundamental skills, teamwork, self-discipline and how to achieve your potential on and off the field.   The coaching staff will instruct each camper in every position, and all

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Comedic Opera Comes to Great Barrington
02:46PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Boston Early Music Festival will return to the Berkshires this summer with a double bill of Neapolitan comic opera by Pergolesi.

Winner of the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, BEMF will present encore performances of its 2014 production of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's "La Serva Padrona" and "Livietta e Tracollo" at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 25. Tickets range from $25 to $85 are available online.

Originally written as interludes to be performed between acts of a more somber production, Pergolesi’s light-hearted comedies quickly enchanted audiences

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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The summer concert season is virtually upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as "Music Central"?

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood. Added to this, Taconic Music offers a feast of chamber music by Strauss and Ravel, and a master class with the distinguished classical cellist/mentor Sharon Robinson.

Scanning the upcoming

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Don't Let Your Investments Take a 'Vacation'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Avoid owning too many "low growth" investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide

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