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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

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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

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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

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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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Harrington Looks to Address Auditor's Findings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:21PM / Friday, January 25, 2019
 
Harrington gives Bump a tour of the office, introducing her to key members of the staff. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney Andrea Harrington is following the auditor's recommendation to revamp internal controls.    Auditor Suzanne Bump issued a report showing that the internal control plan in the office hadn't been updated since June 2016 when it should be every year.   With a transition in the office, the new district attorney sees that as an opportunity to fundamentally change the office at its core.   "A portion of the audit highlighted the importance of having a strong internal control plan and policies in place. In looking at

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Berkshire Vein Center Earns Accreditation By IAC
02:30PM / Friday, January 25, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Vein Center at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC has been granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for Superficial Venous Treatment and Management. The IAC accreditation was awarded in late 2018.

Accreditation by IAC indicates that the Berkshire Vein Center has undergone an intensive application and review process and is found to be in compliance with the published standards, thus demonstrating a commitment to quality patient care in vein treatment and management. Comprised of a detailed self-evaluation followed by a thorough review by a panel of medical experts, the IAC accreditation process enables both the critical

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High School Softball Umpires Offer Classes
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12:00PM / Friday, January 25, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Board of Softball Officials has announced the start of classes for anyone who wishes to officiate girls high school fast pitch softball.   Classes will be held every Monday for six weeks starting Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at Taconic High School.   The fee is $50.   For more information call Tom Morandi 802-694-1612 or Gary Dow 413-662-2013.

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The Independent Investor: The IRS Has Its Hands Full This Year
By Bill Schmick,
05:05PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
The government's partial shutdown has everyone on edge this year. Despite assurances from the powers that be, many taxpayers are concerned that their tax returns won't be processed on time. Should you be worried?   One misconception many have is that the Internal Revenue Service is closed. Not true, the IRS remains open, despite having no budget since Dec. 21, 2018. The agency is running under a contingency plan, which includes operating with only 12 percent of its staff.   Usually, you can e-file your returns in late January, and that remains doable. The IRS announced it will be accepting 2018 tax returns starting January. 28, 2019. They also said they would be issuing

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'Stan & Ollie': 'Old Fat & Skinny'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:58PM / Thursday, January 24, 2019
"Stan & Ollie," director Jon S. Baird's lovingly responsible biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, convivially invites you to bask in its embracing notions of love, friendship, loyalty and sense of duty.    The passion is such that, feeling protective of the boys, I couldn't help fantasize that if I should become king I'd make it a law that, once the talent in question was universally adored by the public, the enthusiasm was not to diminish, unless of course said entertainer either colluded with the Russians, repeatedly lied to the American public or was disgustingly narcissistic.   Of course, Stan and

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