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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

BArT Announces Upcoming 'Shadow Day'
12:10PM / Monday, October 03, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School will host a "Shadow Day" for students interested in either enrolling at BArT for the upcoming 2017-18 school year or transferring into BArT during this current 2016-17 school year.

Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. While interested students participate in BART's classes, parents and guardians are invited to take a tour of the school.  

Advance registration is required and can be completed by contacting enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732, or by e-mail at

Grades six, eight


Think About Test-Driving Your Next Tractor First
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10:36AM / Monday, October 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When you're buying a car, you probably take each car you are considering for a test drive, around the block or around town or even overnight.

After all, with such a big purchase, you want to make sure that it's a good fit. You want to make sure it's comfortable, that it accelerates and brakes responsively and clearly, and that it handles well.

Buying a tractor is the same thing; it is also a large investment that deserves your time and attention to detail.

"That's why one of the most important things you can do is take a tractor that interests you out for a test drive," said Kevin Stengl, marketing manager at Pittsfield Lawn and


@theMarket: Day Traders Rule the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
11:49AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016

What a week of volatility! The Dow was up or down 100 points or more every day while the other averages were equally as volatile. Brace yourself, because October should be just as crazy.

Pick your poison: the presidential debate, fears of a global banking crisis, a spike in oil — all of them provided a field day for short-term traders. Of course to profit, one must have known who would win the debate, that OPEC would come to a tentative agreement to cut production, and that the largest bank in Germany would experience even more financial difficulties.

I wrote last week that politics would impact the markets this month. The first presidential debate saw the market drop double-digits


Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016

Young boys posing outside the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing in 1911. Lewis Hine's photos were instrumental in the passing of child labor laws.  ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill.   Native William Kolis, who has been an advocate for arts, culture and economic development in Adams, said the exhibit, based on Lewis Hine's photographs of child mill workers in the early 20th century, finally has a home.   "We finally did it and it is a wonderful space," Kolis said. "It was difficult to get done but I have no qualms."   The exhibit was previously displayed


Local Physicians to be Honored at LitNet Gala
01:12PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire (LitNet), headquartered in Lee, will host its 25th anniversary gala on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge.  

The organization, which serves a significant number of immigrant students, is celebrating the diversity of our Berkshire immigrant community and the many ways in which our cities and towns are enriched by residents from around the globe.   

At this year’s event, LitNet will honor two distinguished members of the hospitalist program at Berkshire Medical Center, Dr. Tony Makdisi and Dr. Sukhpal Mann.  Each physician will receive LitNet’s Founders of


SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box
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12:22PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

It's back to school time, which means parents and kids are shopping for items to fill up lunch boxes and brown paper bags. Sure, you could choose the same foods you chose last year, plus whatever new "superfoods" that just hit the supermarket.

However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.


Switch to Whole Grains

Way back in 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that wheat bread


Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want


The Independent Investor: Dementia & Your portfolio
By Bill Schmick,
03:33PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, few elderly investors are willing to discuss a growing risk to their portfolio. The onset of diminished mental capacity can cause huge losses in your life savings. Many only realize the problem in hindsight. Don't let that happen to you.

The facts are concerning. For example, one in nine people, age 65 or older, suffer from some form of dementia. That skyrockets to one in two people over the age of 85. What's worse, there are at least 18 different diseases that bring on dementia. Alzheimer's disease is only the most prevalent of causes. No one can predict who will get this disease, but we do know that the older we get the higher the


'The Magnificent Seven': They Ride Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:48PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hombres and women folk hankerin' for a good old-fashioned horse opera with just a touch of newfangled sensibilities might want to mosey on over to a movie theater showing director Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."

It's a rip-roaring homage to John Sturges' 1960 version, the one starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, which, you'll recall, was actually a cowboy variation on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954). The gist of the morality play about emancipation from tyranny remains entertainingly intact.

Point of disclosure: In my case, seeing the movie with Hesh, my friend since childhood, arguably added about half a popcorn


Commission Listens to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:01AM / Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Margo Chevers, the Western Mass representative on the commission, said custodial grandparents had to get vocal to make change happen.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Margo Chevers remembers the night she was called to take in her two granddaughters, once almost 10 months, the other 23 months.

She wasn't prepared for the physical and emotional toll or the financial needs. It was, she said, a wake-up call.

"I dropped $50 just to get through the night," Chevers said of the supplies she had to get - diapers, food, pajamas. And there was the "mental calisthenics of how I'm going to get through the day."

Within two years she was facing a major health crisis, and saw


Community Health Programs Names Chief Medical Officer for 20,000
02:54PM / Monday, September 26, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Dr. Everett Lamm has been named chief medical officer for Community Health Programs. He will also practice pediatrics and adolescent medicine in the CHP Great Barrington office.  

Dr. Lamm is a board-certified pediatrician who has practiced community pediatrics on New Hampshire's Seacoast for 14 years before to relocating to the Berkshires.  He is a strong advocate of primary care medicine, population health and community well-being.

"We are so happy to welcome Dr. Lamm to the CHP organization," said Lia Spiliotes, interim CEO. "His expertise and commitment to healthcare, and to children in particular, will only enhance our


Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Week Has Arrived
01:16PM / Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Foliage Festival extravaganza: It's Fall Foliage week, and with that comes lots of news, notes - and pleas for help.

First, the pleas: The North Adams Chamber of Commerce is in need of six cyclists to help power its human powered vehicle for the Oct. 2 parade. Email Phil Sellers at Remember, the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Ocean City Job Lot parking lot. All of this week's events can be found online.

Now, some news: Before the parade, Greylock Federal’s Fall Classic 5K Road Race will begin at noon at the top of Main Street near the North Adams Public Library and travel west down Main, then south on (Route 8) State Street before


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