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Entry Level Soccer Official Class Offered
10:45AM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- The U.S. Soccer entry-level (Grade 8) Grassroots Referee course will be offered in Berkshire County in January.   The course is led by a U.S. Soccer-certified instructor and will include three parts. Students are required to complete the following:   1. Online Study Modules (approximately 4-6 hours work). To allow for verification, the modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours before classroom attendance.   2. Eight hours classroom attendance.   3. A test on the Laws of the Game - completed in the classroom, with a passing grade of 80 percent.   All three parts must be completed to certify   Note that U.S.-Soccer affiliated leagues can only

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BCArc Honors Individuals, Staff at 65th Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, November 04, 2019

Frank Felix, left, receives an Achievement Award at Friday's BCArc annual meeting on Friday at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc looked back at its accomplishments over the last year at its 65th annual meeting Friday morning at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

But for one recognition, it went way back -- 65 years, in fact, to the founding of BCArc in 1954.

President and CEO Kenneth Singer, who has been with BCArc for 40 of those years, said at the time of the agency's founding, the world was a very different place for people with disabilities, who were often institutionalized with little decision-making power over their

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@theMarket: Will Record Highs Beget Record Highs?
By Bill Schmick,
05:00PM / Friday, November 01, 2019
As third-quarter earnings wind down, the Fed cut interest rates again this week. Since both events seemingly matched investor expectations, what, then, will investors worry about in the coming months?   As predicted, the S&P 500 Index hit a modest new high this week based on the central bank's one quarter-point cut of the short-term Federal Funds interest rate on Wednesday. Robust earnings from certain favored companies, like Apple and Facebook, also helped sentiment and so the averages ground higher.   "You would think," said one miffed investor, "that after two years trapped in a trading range, we would have had a little more enthusiasm over this

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The Independent Investor: NCAA Up Against Ropes on College Pay for Athletes
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
This week the Board of Governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) met at Emory University in Atlanta to hear the pros and cons of allowing athletes to accept money for endorsements. It has been a long time coming.   This is an issue that has been around for as long as I can remember, but it has only been the recent moves by certain states, as well as the Federal government, that has forced the NCAA to at least acknowledge that the status quo is no longer working for them or for their students.   It is currently illegal for athletes to receive gifts or income related to their college athletic activities. If they do and get caught, the offending student and the

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Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA Names New Chief Executive Officer
03:27PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

BECKET, Mass. — The Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA has named Amy Hurwitz Gutschenritter as its new chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1.

Selected by the board of trustees following a six month national search, Gutschenritter will be responsible for overseeing Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA's four programs: Camp Becket, Chimney Corners Camp, Travel and Service Programs, and the Berkshire Outdoor Center. Over the next year, Gutschenritter and her senior leadership team, along with the Board of Trustees, will develop an updated strategic plan and master site plan.

Gutschenritter served most recently as interim CEO; she was on the board for 16 years, including as chair of the Board

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BCC Hires New Faculty and Staff, Reorganizes Staff Positions
03:23PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus – as well as new titles for other current staff.

Maryann Carnes has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. Carnes recently retired from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where she worked as the risk manager and subsequently as the diabetes educator and the program manager of care coordination and telehealth. She also has previously worked as an adjunct nursing instructor at BCC and has an associate degree in nursing from BCC, a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Elms College, and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

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Shakespeare & Company Names Interim Director of Center For Actor Training
02:53PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company recently appointed Susan Dibble as interim director for the company's Center for Actor Training.

Dibble, a founding member of Shakespeare & Company, is an educator and artist. Her movement work was seen on stage this past season in "Twelfth Night" and for the past four decades she has been faculty member for the training program, teaching at the Month Long Intensive, Summer Shakespeare Intensive (formerly the Summer Training Institute), and various workshops.
 
"We're truly thrilled to welcome Susan Dibble on board as interim director of training," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "Susan has a

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BCArc COO Earns Both National and Statewide Award Within a Week
02:44PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc Chief Operating Officer Maryann Hyatt was awarded the national U.S. Arc's 2019 NCE Exemplary Mentor Award in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, and the Massachusetts Provider's Council Award of Excellence one week before that.

At the ARC event, Hyatt told the crowd, "I have always believed that I have a responsibility as a professional woman to provide an accessible path so other women have opportunities to bring forward their natural talents and develop the proficiencies necessary to go beyond internal and external professional limits."

As COO of more than 800-plus employees at BCArc, she has worked to transcend countless young

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Rain, Wind Will Make Halloween a Dark & Stormy Night
02:42PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween came in with mild temperatures in the 60s but that's expected to drop into the 40s over the weekend. Halloween is set to be a dark and stormy night with heavy rain and gusty winds arriving the Berkshires.    The forecast lead a number of communities to postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday evening, which is expected to be clearer but colder. See our listings for updates on hours.   This is the first time the candy collection has been postponed since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012.    The National Weather Service is predicting high winds across the state, with wind gusts up 40 mph across Western Mass and in the 50-mph range along the cost. An

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MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2019 Awards
12:51PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its annual award ceremony on Oct. 5 to recognize the achievements of alumni and supporters of the college.

More than 60 alumni and friends of the college gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 alumni honorees, and remarks were given by MCLA President James F. Birge, MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Denise Marshall '81, and Alumni Association Board of Directors President Dan Summers II '07.

This year's award recipients are Chelsey Burke '11 (Young Alumna Award); Susan Gold (Outstanding Service to the College Award); Larry Gould '71 (Outstanding Educator Award); Todd

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Longtime Berkshire County Physician Joins SVMC Internal Medicine
12:45PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Dr. Richard Wiseman has joined the Internal Medicine practice at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. With this appointment, Dr. Wiseman also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group.

Since 1999, Dr. Wiseman has worked for Williamstown Medical Associates and the Williams College Health Center. He has also previously served as medical director of the VNA and Hospice of Northern Berkshire County.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a member of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Wiseman received his undergraduate degree in biology from Duke University in North Carolina and his medical degree from University of

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Daylight Saving Time Ends: Red Cross Issues Call to Test Smoke Alarms
12:19PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

As people turn their clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, the American Red Cross asks everyone to also test their smoke alarms.

"Home fires affect Massachusetts communities more than any other disaster," said Holly Grant, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts region of the American Red Cross. "We ask everyone to 'turn and test' this weekend to help protect your family. Just in the past weekend, Red Cross volunteers responded to 13 home fires across the commonwealth to help people recover. You can help stay safe by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your escape plan with everyone in your household."

The threat of home fires

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