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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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CodeRED Emergency Notification Service Launched in Great Barrington
12:10PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town is implementing CodeRED, a high-speed emergency notification system, and is encouraging all community members to sign up to receive alert messages.

The CodeRED system provides Great Barrington officials with the ability to quickly and seamlessly deliver messages to targeted areas or to the entire town when necessary via phone, text message and/or email.

The majority of notifications will be emergency alerts, such as a missing child or senior, a water issue, accident, or road closure. General notifications, such as town meetings, will occasionally be disseminated.

The majority of landlines in Great Barrington have already been automatically

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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:57AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Contemplating "Sausage Party," an R-rated, animated food orgy in more ways than one, I'm reminded of what a fellow journalist once opined at a block party: "You know what's wrong with you film critics? You see so many movies that when you chance upon something different, you just go crazy."

Thus, I'm proud to report that while the very bawdy, irreverent, sometimes hilarious and ultimately overcooked "Sausage Party" is certainly different, I'm managing to contain myself. While featuring some fine writing and direction from a gaggle of popular, Hollywood humorists, perhaps it's the cartoon venue that inspires some of the deleterious

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards
11:09AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Trio of honors: The Alert Hose Co #1 of Adams attended the Bennington Battle Days parade on Aug. 14, in which members pulled their infamous parade cart, which was built in 1885.  

The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company as a memorial to its predecessors and is worn proudly with distinction by the alerts today.
 
The Alerts proudly took home three new trophies: the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Equipment-Out of State," the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Marching Unit, With

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The Mountís Writers-in-Residence Program Application Deadline Nears
10:35AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence, a two- to three-week residency offering writers the opportunity to work and create in the house Wharton built as a writer’s retreat, will accept applications through Sept. 2.

The program is open to writers of demonstrated accomplishment who are currently working on a new piece of writing. Additional information including submission guidelines can be found online.

New this year, The Mount will be offering residency for up to three women writers. Each resident will receive a work space at The Mount, a $1,000 food and travel stipend, and lodging for the duration of their residency. Residents must provide their own

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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

The governor bellies up to the bar to become the first customer to purchase a cocktail from the distillery — thanks to new legislation making that possible. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm.    With all of the products he needed right on site, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business — Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employs eight people and ships his

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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

Senator Downing at the governor's signing of the energy diversity bill earlier this month in Boston. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.   Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions.   Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill that was aimed to significantly boost the state's

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Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
01:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic legacy of America’s state and national parks system, and serve as excellent examples of land conservation efforts that have been made across the country.

"I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service and their efforts of preserving this country’s natural resources, than going on a Centennial

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Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The approach of Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as regional presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music during the upcoming fall.
This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be

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