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Biz Briefs: Big Y Bag Program Now Benefitting Hillcrest Educational Centers, BCARC
12:22PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Bags for a cause

Hillcrest Educational Centers and Berkshire County Arc begun generating donations through the Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program. The Big Y Community Bag and Giving Tag Program, which launched in January 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where shoppers live and work. When a shopper purchases the reusable Community Bag at any Big Y store, they have the opportunity to direct a $1 donation to a local nonprofit by using the attached Giving Tag.

"Participating in Big Y's Community Bag and Giving Tag program is an exciting opportunity for us," said Hillcrest Educational


What Can Investors Learn From 'Big Game' Teams?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

In February, TV stations the world over will broadcast the most-watched U.S. football game of the year. But sports fans aren't the only ones viewing this "big game," held in Atlanta this year. The two teams competing are watched closely by the teams that didn't qualify. That's because these teams can learn a lot from the contenders. In fact, "big game" teams can teach some valuable lessons to many groups and individuals – including investors.

What investment insights can you gain from observing these teams? Here are a few to consider:

* A good "offense" is important. "Big game" teams usually have the ability to score a lot of


Berkshire Museum Names New Executive Director
11:58AM / Wednesday, January 30, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum has named Jeff Rodgers as its new executive director, effective April 1.

Rodgers brings more than 20 years of museum experience to the Berkshire Museum's top job. Rodgers is currently the provost and chief operating officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Fla.

"The Berkshire Museum is, and must continue to be, an integral part of the Berkshire community. The museum creates experiences that spark new thinking and new connections bridging art and history and the natural world," Rodgers said in a statement announcing his hiring. "Over the past few months, I've met with leaders from across the community and came

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Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 33rd Annual Berkshire County High School Art Show
02:53PM / Monday, January 28, 2019

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In celebration of Norman Rockwell's 125th birthday, Norman Rockwell Museum will present the 33rd annual Berkshire County High School Art Show, with a special exhibition opening to be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the young artists and at 2:30 p.m. hear a lecture from acclaimed illustrator Gregory Manchess, whose work is also currently on view at the museum.

In the tradition of Norman Rockwell, who began his professional career as a teenager, the High School Art Show celebrates the creative talent found in Berkshire County's local high schools. Original works in all media — from painting and


Berkshire Country Day School Wins Classics Day Awards
02:44PM / Monday, January 28, 2019

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Berkshire Country Day School's Upper School Latin students (grades seven and eight) joined the Pioneer Valley Classical Association annual Classics Day at Mount Holyoke College on Jan. 18.

BCD's Latin students enjoyed participating in workshops and contests with their peers (in grades seven through 12) from Academy Hill, Belchertown, Herberg Middle School, Lenox Memorial High, MacDuffie, Northampton High, Pittsfield High and Williston. The BCD students were accompanied by Latin teacher Eugénie Fawcett and English teacher James Fawcett.

BCD students received the following awards:

Art contest

Sculpture: First place, seventh-grader Juliana Mills


Berkshires Beat: North Adams Winterfest Seeking Participants
01:39PM / Monday, January 28, 2019
WinterFest is coming

The city of North Adams will host the 22nd annual WinterFest celebration on Saturday, Feb. 16, and the Office of Tourism & Community Events is seeking participants to take part in several events during this celebration. The office seeks more restaurants, businesses, organizations or individuals to participate in the chowder cook-off, sponsor blocks of ice, and compete in the ice sculpture competition and Bright Ideas Brewing Homebrew Competition.

Applications are being accepted for the annual chowder cook-off through Feb. 4 and can be obtained by contacting the Office of Tourism & Community Events at 413-664-6180 or by email. Chowder Cook-off participants must


Significant Snowstorm to Usher in More Cold Temps
11:47AM / Monday, January 28, 2019

First it snowed. Then it got warm. Then it rained a lot. Then it got cold. And now it's going to snow again — likely a significant amount, especially in the northern Berkshires.

The National Weather Service on Monday morning issued a winter storm watch from 1 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday for the greater region. Snow should start Tuesday afternoon, become steady by Tuesday evening, get heavier overnight and end by daybreak Wednesday.

So how much of the white stuff will we get from this storm?

The Weather Service is calling for 6 to 12 inches of total snow accumulations. AccuWeather is predicting a couple inches Tuesday afternoon and evening with an additional 3 to 6 inches

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Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility Administrator Honored For Leadership
11:21AM / Monday, January 28, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The American College of Health Care Administrators honored Maria Craft, administrator of Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield, as a 2018 recipient of the ACHCA Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award, the third consecutive year she has been so honored.

The award, named in memory of visionary ACHCA member Eli Pick, recognizes administrators whose teams have achieved dimensions of organizational quality that few others have been able to reach.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition a third time, but the results we have achieved at Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility are due to the hard work and dedication of every single team member


Higher Ed Remains Top Priority For Representative Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Monday, January 28, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This is the legislative term state Rep. Paul Mark became a "dean."   Mark's district spans both Berkshire and Franklin counties and, on the Franklin side in the Pioneer Valley, there are five new state lawmakers. Mark is now embracing the role of mentor for the new legislators as they adjust to Beacon Hill and is aligning with them to promote an agenda for all of Western Massachusetts.   "Even though these people are new, they are working hard, they care about their jobs very much, and are asking the right questions and not afraid to collaborate with people who have some seniority," Mark said.   Mark said when he was first


4 Freedoms Coalition Celebrates Third Year
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Sunday, January 27, 2019

U.S. Rep. Richard Neal said there is no 'invasion' happening on the southern border. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Three years ago activists from all over Berkshire County joined together on the mission to fight for Franklin Delano Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms."   The political groups formed the 4 Freedoms Coalition and on Sunday reaffirmed its commitment to preserving freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.   At Berkshire Community College on Sunday, some 22 organizations provided information about themselves and art, music, and speeches were given to re-energize the hundreds or so people in the audience as the

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Aircraft Parts Company Wins Lever Manufacturing Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:59PM / Saturday, January 26, 2019

Judges Tom Rutledge, left, Douglas Crane and Katherine Putnam quizzed the presenters on their business plans at Berkshire Community College. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An innovative wire harness clamp won its developers a $25,000 grant on Thursday to take their concept to the prototype and testing stage.    United Aircraft Technologies Inc. of Troy, N.Y., beat out three other finalists in Lever's Berkshire Manufacturing Innovation Challenge based on its product's application in the life sciences, growth potential, ability to attract investment capital and, perhaps most importantly, create jobs in the region.    "We know entrepreneurs have to hustle and

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Life On The Teller Line: Greylock Employee Celebrates 40 Years With Company
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, January 26, 2019

When GE employed some 10,000 people, the lines for the credit union were long. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Catherine Maloney's co-worker was frantically trying to ask her something.   She had just gotten into work at the credit union and didn't understand him at first and then realized that he had forgotten the alarm code.   Time ran out. Police were on the way. He put his hands on his head and walked out front of the branch to confront the police arriving with guns drawn. He wasn't happy with her then.   It's funny now.   Or how about the time when it was busy and the systems were acting up? The computer system was being overloaded and needed to be


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