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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

Greylock Head Recognized as CEO of the Year
12:09PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Cooperative Credit Union Association has recognized Greylock Federal Credit Union CEO/President John Bissell as "CEO of the Year."

The award was presented to Bissell last week during CCUA’s annual luncheon at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., drawing participants from across the Association's four-state region.

"The Greylock family is an amazing group of people who work hard to help everyone in the community. It is an honor and a privilege be part of this work and I recognize every day how fortunate I am," Bissell said. "I am not one for being in the spotlight, but I am grateful that CCUA recognizes how special it is to


Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2019
09:40AM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween -- however, many towns have moved their trick-or-treat hours to Saturday, Nov. 2, because of inclement weather. PLEASE CHECK BELOW. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out have not been confirmed so check back. The towns with the asterisks are the same times every year.

If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at


Persnickety Toys Closing After 19 Years in North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

A 'for sale' sign adorns the side of 13 Eagle St. in North Adams, which has housed Persnickety Toys for the last 19 years.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A longtime fixture of the downtown North Adams business community is closing its doors.

Persnickety Toys, which has operated for 19 years at its 13 Eagle St. location, will close within four to six weeks, owner Monique Suters said this week. Suters made her official announcement on Oct. 25 in a video on the shop's Facebook page.

"I've loved watching your kiddos grow up here in this magical place and will forever cherish those memories created here," Suters said in the video, asking her customers to remember to


Greylock's Human Resources Rep Earns Certification
02:52PM / Tuesday, October 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock's Human Resources representative Nicole Mancivalano has earned a certificate in Professional Human Resources (PHR).

Achieving a PHR designation shows that Mancivalano has demonstrated skills and knowledge in areas of human resources, such as employee relations, labor law, business strategy and management, policy and program implementation, risk management and compliance, human resources development, strategic and tactical planning, and compensation and benefits.

"The PHR certification confirms what we already knew," said senior vice president of human resources Rebecca Riordan. "Nicole is a highly skilled professional and a valued


Main Street Hospitality Names Vice President of Operations
02:29PM / Tuesday, October 29, 2019

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — H. Jackson Donoyan has been appointed vice president of operations for the growing hotel management company Main Street Hospitality Group.

"It is a great pleasure to welcome Jackson Donoyan as the newest addition to Main Street Hospitality Group," CEO Sarah Eustis said. "Jackson's proven leadership and expertise in the hospitality industry is a valuable addition to our team and we look forward to having him spearhead a number of key initiatives across Main Street's expanding portfolio of properties."

As vice president of operations, Donoyan will work closely with Eustis and Main Street's leadership team to oversee operations at


Berkshires Beat: Pine Cobble Ski and Skate Sale Set for Nov. 1
01:52PM / Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Ski and Skate Sale

Pine Cobble School will hold its annual Ski and Skate Sale on Friday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 8 p.m. The sale offers a vast array of the finest in new and gently used winter sports equipment, including both adult and kids sizes. It features an assortment of ski clothing and equipment from top brands: Rossignol, Atomic, Volant, Dynastar, Nordica, Salomon, Lange, Oakley, Marker and many more. Skis (racing & parabolic with current bindings), poles, boots, snowboards, snowshoes, X-country equipment, hockey & figure skates, ski clothing, fleece, hats, gloves, parkas, pants, goggles, winter socks, liners and accessories for adults and children will be available.



Berkshire Workforce Board Hires Second Career Readiness Coordinator
01:38PM / Tuesday, October 29, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Responsible for overseeing employment and training services in the region, the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board recently hired a South County career readiness coordinator; a position that is funded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Ruthann Eagen will be responsible for assisting the Berkshire Workforce Board youth director with coordinating strategies to further enhance career readiness systems and programming within the public school systems in Southern Berkshire County. She will also assist with the development of a South County College and Career Advisory Team and individual school district teams with the goal for every student to graduate


Millennials May Need to Boost Life Insurance
11:04AM / Tuesday, October 29, 2019

If you're a Millennial – born between 1981 and 1996 – you're either in the very early or relatively early stages of your career, and as the old song goes, you've got a lot of living to do. Still, it's not too soon to think about a financial issue you may have overlooked: the need for life insurance.

Regarding this topic, Millennials need to ask three key questions:

* When should I purchase insurance? The answer to this question depends somewhat on your stage of Millennial-ism. If you're a young Millennial, perhaps just out of college, single and living in an apartment, your need for life insurance may not be that great. After all, you may well have other,

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Candidate For Congress Alex Morse Holds Health-Care Town Hall
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
01:10AM / Monday, October 28, 2019

Alex Morse listens to health-care concerns from North Berkshire residents.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Since announcing his candidacy for the 1st Congressional District seat in July, Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has been reaching out to every corner of the sprawling region to hear voter concerns. Thursday night he was at the UNO Community Center for a health-care town hall discussion.    The progressive Democrat sees inadequate health care as one of the biggest issues in the country and wants to radically change the system. It's apparent how he got elected mayor at 22 years of age when he speaks on the subject of changing healthcare. His enthusiasm is palpable. It


@theMarket: Earnings Give Mixed Signals
By Bill Schmick,
03:57PM / Friday, October 25, 2019
So far, third-quarter earnings results have been all over the place. A mixed bag of beats, in-line numbers, and some big disappointments have kept the stock market treading water.   Companies such as Caterpillar, with large exposure to China, came in with lower than expected results. Boeing, another big Dow stock, also reported a 50 percent slide in earnings thanks to the problems generated by two crashes of their 737 Max aircraft. And yet, both stocks rallied on the news.   Semiconductor company Texas Instruments also issued poor earnings, sales, and guidance, but in this case, investors not only punished the stock but trashed the entire semiconductor sector along with it.


'Judy': As Illustrated by Renée
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:22PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019
Years ago, as I walked on Bleecker Street in The Village, a fellow weekend hippie in a granny dress ran up to me and excitedly exclaimed, "Chuck Berry is at So and So's apartment playing for donations." I didn't go, so I don't know if it was true. But I was gratified several years later during the Oldies Revival when a rediscovered Chuck Berry probably raked in more cash and deserved accolades than when first he queried, "Maybellene, why can't you be true?"   Unfortunately, director Rupert Goold's "Judy," a traditionally constructed biopic about the great Judy Garland, while detailing an attempted career resurrection during a winter of


The Independent Investor: Will Trump Ruin Thanksgiving?
By Bill Schmick,
05:19PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019
Nov. 21 will mark the deadline for the nation's lawmakers to approve a government budget for next year. Given the animosity between the two parties, the present all-encompassing focus directed at an impeachment inquiry, and the rage of many congressmen towards Trump's handling of the Syrian Crisis, is there any hope for a meeting of the minds when it comes to a budget resolution?   Right now, I would say it is a good bet that Congress just does not have the time to pass all of the 12 annual spending bills that are required to fund the portions of the government that Congress controls. Some of those bills will come up for a vote next week. That should give us an indication on


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