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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires.com
12:40PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music.

Call it a reward for enduring a long, though relatively mild winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever the reason, the classical canon, plus a few surprises consisting of some unfamiliar works and premieres, nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place: a “cultural capital” indeed.

Music lovers, ravenous as they are for great performances of beloved, favorite masterworks, want still more: the lives of the

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Memorial Day Marked in North Berkshire, Pittsfield
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Monday, May 30, 2016

Lanesborough held its services on Sunday; find the story here and more photos here.

Korean War veteran Robert Richards makes it a point to attend Memorial Day services.

He was at the Veterans Memorial in North Adams on Monday morning to remember his fellow soldiers who did not make it home.

"A lot of guys I took basic training with got killed in Korea. I was lucky. I signed up for the heavy weapons and ... they put me in Japan for three months so I missed that," Richards said. "On the way back, I ran across one of the guys I took basic with and he said most of the guys I took basic with got killed over there. That's why I am here. To remember for them."

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@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy
By Bill Schmick,
07:05AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

You have to be impressed with the market's performance. In the face of a potential interest rate hike in less than three weeks and a June decision on whether Great Britain will exit the Eurozone, the market continues to grind higher.

As we enter this three-day weekend, (three for us, but most of the Street stretches it to four), don't expect this Friday to be a "tell" on what will

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Conn. Woman Charged With Striking Pedestrians in Great Barrington
Staff Reports,
04:44PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Police have charged an elderly woman for crashing her vehicle into two women and two children while they were crossing the roadway on Friday morning, according to Chief William Walsh.

At about 10:49 a.m., two women, along with an 11-month-old baby girl who was in a stroller and a 3-year-old girl, were crossing in a crosswalk on Main Street at Railroad Street. At the same time, an 87-year-old woman from Canaan, Conn., who was southbound on Main Street, failed to yield and struck all four, said police.

All four were injured and transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with non-life-threatening injuries.

The operator, who was the

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the

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October Mountain Financial Advisors Appoints Managing Director
10:35AM / Friday, May 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — October Mountain Financial Advisors has appointed Gary M. Schiff as managing director of the firm, which provides client-centered investment management, financial planning, and trust administration services to clients in Berkshire County and throughout New England.

Formed earlier this year, October Mountain Financial Advisors is an alliance of Lee Bank and St. Germain Investment Management, based in Springfield.

“We’re excited to welcome Gary to October Mountain Financial Advisors. As managing director, he will be leading our efforts in the Berkshires and our alliance with Lee Bank,” said Tim Suffish, senior vice president and head of equities at St.

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Residents Urge Attorney General to Appeal Pipeline Court Ruling
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Friday, May 27, 2016

Williamstown resident Sam Smith was one of many who urged the office to appeal.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Environmental advocates want the attorney general's office to appeal a decision allowing Kinder Morgan's Tennessee Gas Pipeline Co. to start construction on a pipeline in the Otis State Forest.   The group 350 Massachusetts sponsored a listening session with representatives of the office on Thursday to discuss a wide range of environmental and energy concerns.   The intent of the two-hour session at the Ralph Froio Senior Center was for those staff members to hear the concerns of Berkshire residents.   One message was clear: the residents want to

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Greylock Trail Races Set for June 19
10:53PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Western Mass Athletic Club’s Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m.   There will be a 13.5-mile race and a 5-kilometer race, both starting at the Greylock Glen.   For an application and information, visit www.runwmac.com.  

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'The Nice Guys': The Case of the Dueling Detectives
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:54PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

First of all, you should know that most of the people who meet their untimely and often gruesome demise in director Shane Black's wacky combination of comedy and murder are bad.

Still, it takes a little getting used to the seesaw temperament in this throwback buddy movie dialed up to today's cynicism. But thanks to Black's smart tempo and the fine chemistry Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling conjure as nuttily contrasting private eyes, it works.

Debating if it's OK to laugh as the body count rises, you ultimately decide in favor of mirth. Set in that "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Chinatown" (1974) kind of West Coast, film noir nihilism, things in "The

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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

So you want to be your own boss, make lots of money and do it all from the comfort of your home? It is the siren song of direct sales that has recruited legions of Americans through the years. Some make it, most do not. Here are some tips to help you in your new adventure.

Whether you want to sell jewelry, vitamins, candles, cosmetics or home products, a healthy dose of skepticism should be applied to the promises these companies make on their websites. Many reports, including those filed with the Federal Trade Commission, warn that almost 99 percent of multilevel marketing (MLM) distributors lose money. In addition, the dropout rate is upwards of 60-70 percent per year. Those are

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McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places.

Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., she will fly to Washington, D.C., for a couple days to be honored for receiving one most prestigious awards a graduating high school senior can earn: the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholar award.

Appropriately for Dorwin, daughter of Daniel and Pamela Dorwin, she learned she was a finalist for the honor while on

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Berkshire Chamber, Visitors Bureau Merge Into 1Berkshire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

John Toole led a toast after the meeting to honor the occasion.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After living together for three years, the Berkshire Visitors Bureau and the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce announced their engagement on Wednesday.   The two organizations will become one as of July 1 as part of the 1Berkshire Strategic Alliance, joining Berkshire Creative and the Berkshire Economic Development Corp. and cementing a relationship the organizations have been growing for a decade.   "The whole is greater than the sum of our individual parts. Our capacity is larger, our voice is louder, and our influence is stronger," Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President

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