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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might

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Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'
12:44PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
Doing right

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a recipient of a 2017 Leading by Example Award from the commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding energy and environmental efforts in the Public Higher Education category. Lawrence R. Behan, MCLA's vice president of administration and finance, said the college is committed to reducing its energy and environmental impacts. The college has installed numerous clean energy technologies and has improved resiliency.

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a

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Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local civic and advocacy groups are looking at how to build on the progressive movement launched by the massive Women's Marches last year.    The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.    "We need to have everyone at the table," Shirley Edgerton of the Four Freedoms Coalition said. "Everyone needs to be making decisions about their own lives."   As millions

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1Berkshire President Discusses Economic Development With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:29AM / Sunday, January 21, 2018

Butler outlined a number of programs his organization has to address economic development on a regional level. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It would be difficult for a Berkshire town to recruit a large biotech company on its own.   1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler knows that because he was a town administrator. Now his focus is on countywide efforts to build the Berkshire economy by heading the region's designated economic development agency and tourism council.   What he would suggest to towns is to get all of the little things in place to seize an opportunity should it arise.   "The first step is to identify the most high-value work you can do," Butler

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Adams Community Bank Announces Retirements and Promotions
01:48PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has announced the recent promotions of a number of employees, along with the planned retirements of two long-term staff members.

Rick Gurney, executive vice president of retail lending, will be retiring as of February 28, 2018, after 32 years of service. Bill Whitman, facilities manager for more than 38 years, retired on November 10, 2017. And Kathy LeClair, a teller/telephone operator at the Park Street branch, retired on December 29, 2017 after 33 years of service.

"These employees have served the bank with distinction over their careers. Their service to the bank earned the trust and loyalty of our staff and customers alike and we wish

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Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm
12:54PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the local law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Rumbolt has been with the firm since 2015 when he merged his prior practice.  

A native of North Adams and lifelong resident of the area, Rumbolt is very active in the Berkshire County community. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

He presently

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Red Lion Inn Names New Executive Chef
12:43PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Max Kiperman has joined the Red Lion Inn culinary team as executive chef of The Red Lion Inn's main dining room, Widow Bingham's Tavern, and the Lion's Den.

As executive chef, Kiperman will work closely with vice president of culinary development Brian Alberg and sous chef Jim Corcoran on all future food and beverage-related development in addition to day-to-day kitchen management.

With a tenure of more than 25 years in the culinary industry, Kiperman comes to The Red Lion Inn most recently from Lucca in Boston's Back Bay, where he worked as sous chef, and as culinary consultant to The Viceroy Hotel and Resort in Zihuantanejo, Mexico. Kiperman

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Christine Kiernan of Lanesborough, a registered nurse who graduated last year from the College of Our Lady of the Elms' School of Nursing, was elected to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a nurse leader. She was chosen to be inducted into the honor society as recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.   Also inducted into the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter on Dec. 7, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were Elms nursing students and seniors Tracey J. Fletcher of Adams, Jessica Lescarbeau of Clarksburg, Melanie Robins of Hinsdale and Martha J. Rodriguez of North Adams.   Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by

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The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?
By Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25 percent overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50 percent from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are crowing now. Are they right?   Last July, I wrote my first column on the phenomena of crypto currencies. Since then, Bitcoin vaulted to historic highs, briefly touching $20,000 on Dec. 17. Since then clients, friends, relatives and yes, even my mother-in-law, have asked me if I thought crypto currencies were a good investment.   The answer will always depend on the price I'm willing to

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'The Post': The Stuff of Pulitzers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
When we look back at this currently shameful nadir in American history, we will have heartening movies like Steven Spielberg's "The Post," about how the title newspaper fought a disingenuous U.S. government, to remind us of our successful defense of the 1st Amendment. It is a testament to the uses of history.    Although the film is an exciting, often heart-pounding chronicle of the Nixon-era Pentagon Papers scandal, we know full well that, just as the Korea-based "MASH" (1970) was about Vietnam, this past triumph is also crucial to the here and now.   Once again we are heroically reminded that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Although

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Fairview Earns National Recognition As A Top Hospital
02:52PM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Fairview Hospital was named a Top Rural Hospital, one of 18 rural hospitals recognized nationwide, by The Leapfrog Group.  

This is Fairview's fifth year of being named A Top Rural Hospital in America. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.  

Fairview Hospital was recognized nationally alongside 10 top children's hospitals, 44 top general hospitals and 37 top

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When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
11:45AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn't need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn't that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?

Actually, you might benefit from the services of a financial advisor during many life events, including the following:

Starting your career: When you're starting out in your career, you may encounter several questions related to your benefits package. Should you contribute to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan? If so, how much, and where should you invest your money? Are the

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