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Great Barrington Fire Douses Blaze at Mill Complex
08:39PM / Saturday, April 15, 2017

Embers from burning brush caused the roof of the structure to catch fire. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Great Barrington Fire Department extinguished a fire at an abandoned mill building on Saturday afternoon, the second fire in a week caused by embers igniting during dry weather.    Just after noon, the department was dispatched for a roof fire behind the Housatonic Fire Station (Great Barrington Station 2), according to Chief Charles Burger.   Crews quickly confirmed that the roof of the abandoned Power House Mill — a 200-foot by 100-foot masonry building with 50-foot ceilings that's part of the Monument Mills complex — was on fire. The building

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Bidwell House Museum Taps New Executive Director
12:41PM / Friday, April 14, 2017

MONTEREY, Mass. — Heather Kowalski has been named the new executive director of the Bidwell House Museum, a 1760s historic house and gardens in Monterey.

Effective May 1, Kowalski will take over the director position from Barbara Palmer, who has served the museum as executive director for the past seven and a half years.

"I am excited to welcome Heather Kowalski to this leadership role. Heather has served as the assistant to the executive director for the past one and half years," said Rob Hoogs, president of the Bidwell House Museum. "She brings excellent leadership, passion for education about historic houses, and terrific museum expertise to this

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'Going in Style': Bank Heist Steals Your Heart
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
11:59PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
  My first inclination when hearing that Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman would star in director Zach Braff's remake of 1979's "Going in Style," which featured George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was to scream "Sacrilege!" But I was at a funeral and, fearing the outburst might be inappropriate, contained myself.    Later, my calmed head prevailing, I got philosophical about it. While the older set of oldsters was terrific in this seriocomic bank heist film, one good turn should deserve another, especially if it showcases such national treasures.   Besides, pity is, the economic situation that stirred the original gang to

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The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland
By Bill Schmick,
04:56PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix well. For investors, there are far too many unknowns, especially when U.S. warships are steaming toward the Korean Peninsula. In Syria, American troops were spotted alongside Jordanian Special Forces troops along the border, despite our president's assurances that boots on the ground are out of the question. Actually, that isn't quite true, since U.S. Special Forces have been operating alongside our

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Easter Events Around Berkshire County
02:12PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hippity, hoppety, Easter is on the way - and so are plenty of holiday events around Berkshire County.

Got more to add to this list? Just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, April 8

* Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Walker Street, Lenox, 10 a.m-noon and 1-3 p.m.: The mansion will present its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Children should be at least 12 years of age.

 

Sunday, April 9

* Adams Youth

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monday, April 16, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Don't Get Swayed by These Investment 'Myths'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:00PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice.

Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:

* You can find the next "big thing." All of us probably wish we could have "gotten in on the ground floor" of Apple or Microsoft or some other tremendously profitable company. And who knows? There may indeed be a similar other business out there, waiting to take off. But it's almost impossible for anyone to identify these potential "blockbusters."

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Eastern Mountain Sports at Berkshire Mall Slated For Closure
Staff Reports,
02:58PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall.   Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations, according to the company's bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 square-foot retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the bankruptcy filings for closure.   Sports Direct has offered to buy Eastern Outfitters through a private sale but only wants some locations, not all. The plan is to close those identified locations and sell the rest. Eastern Outfitters asked for court permission to conduct store closing sales at those

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BMC Named Among Top 10 Hospitals in U.S. for Patient Safety
01:23PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

The distinction places BMC among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"Berkshire Medical Center has consistently been rated among the safest hospitals in the nation, and this

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Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Attorney General Maura Healey has been testifying against the increase throughout the state. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.    Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J. Judge.   The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget.   The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit would be added to tuition at Berkshire

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Education Task Force Seeks Community Input, Aspirations
02:39PM / Monday, April 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is seeking input as it develops recommendations for county schools.    Five "community aspiration" meetings are scheduled this month for parents, educators and community members to share expectations, aspirations, and concerns for the future of preK-12 public education in Berkshire County.   The first session is this Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center.   Despite having high-quality educators, say task force officials, the educational opportunities available to children and young people in Berkshire County are threatened by the region's

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Biz Briefs: Otto's Breakfast and Deli Honored for Diverse Workforce
01:56PM / Monday, April 10, 2017

Proud honor: Otto's Breakfast and Deli on East Street in Pittsfield was recognized and honored for their excellence in their diversity practices for providing gainful employment to individuals with mental illness with the support of the Department of Mental Health-funded Clubhouse rehabilitation and recovery centers. Massachusetts Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier presented an award to Luke Marion, owner, on March 28.

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and held at the Statehouse in Boston, recognized 27 companies who have created a diverse and welcoming workforce while also striving to lessen the stigma of mental illness often experienced by those seeking

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