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Local Entrepreneurs Complete 1Berkshire Get Mentored Program
11:21AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Starts Get Mentored program held its final meeting of the 2018-20 session in early March at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Get Mentored, a program of 1Berkshire, helps a selected cohort of five local entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures over the course of a five-month program by pairing them with experienced mentors from the Berkshire County business community.

At this year's final meeting, the Get Mentored cohort presented three-minute elevator pitches, honed over the course of five months of mentoring, to the assembled mentors. After each pitch, the mentors had an opportunity to pose questions and provide advice about the steps the

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What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:52AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

If you were to receive a sizable inheritance, what should you do with it? This money could help you achieve some of your important financial goals – so you'll want to think carefully about your choices.

Of course, everyone's needs are different, so there's no one "right" way to handle a large lump sum. But here are a few suggestions that may be useful:

Pay off some debts. Depending on the size of your inheritance, you may want to consider paying off some, if not all, of your debts, such as car loans, personal loans and student loans. You might even consider paying off your mortgage, but you may not want to, as you might be able to get a better return on your

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Questions Abound As Berkshire Mall Closes Again
Staff Reports,
03:57AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

A sign on the door on Thursday reads that the mall is 'closed for the day' so it seems management intends to open on Friday.

The mall remains closed. Regal Cinema and Target are still open.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire Mall mysteriously closed for two days, one week after a judge ordered the sheriff's office to seize close to $300,000 in assets to pay off a court settlement.

  Mall management has been unavailable over the last two days. The mall was closed on Wednesday afternoon. The entrance door was open providing access to the separate Regal Cinemas, but tables and a security fence blocked access to the rest of the mall. Target also remained

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The Independent Investor: Will Pot Stocks Go Up in Smoke?
By Bill Schmick,
05:29PM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
Today, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states, while recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia. Although there has been progress, little of the recent enthusiasm and hype over pot stocks will come to naught unless the federal government does a major about face and legalizes the substance. What are the chances of that?   Billions of dollars' worth of investment, stock market gains, and federal, state, and local taxes are at stake. Predicting the outcome of such a change in federal legislation is, for now, like betting all your chips on red or black in a roulette game. Nonetheless, a growing number of retail investors want to "get in" on

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'Transit': As in, Letters of ...
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:57PM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
One has to be either a fool or a complicit coward not to recognize the mercilessness regularly perpetrated on humankind by immoral governments and their tyrannical leaders. Equally clueless are those who don't realize that the worldwide, mass immigration being used as a scapegoat by said guilty-as-sin autocrats is in essence a product of their regimes' greed, racism and ineptness.   Ever notice that the really bad guys are never ever wrong? While Rick in "Casablanca" (1942) occasionally confesses to a lack of judgement, you'll never hear good Nazi Major Strasser admitting a mistake. Civics Lesson No. 1: Rick is good; Major Strasser is bad.   What all this has

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Weather Advisory: Snow, Rain, Wind on the Way
02:47PM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hope everyone enjoyed Wednesday's blue skies and Thursday's warmer temperatures because a "bomb cyclone" is about to go off.    Accuweather is reporting that a strengthening storm could bring rain, snow and high winds into the Northeast this weekend. The storm would have to drop in barometric pressure over 24 hours to reach bomb cyclone level. "This storm may reach that criteria as it moves northward and intensifies from Thursday evening near Delmarva to Friday evening in southern Maine," according to Accuweather.   The Berkshires isn't yet listed as being in the snow zone but neighboring counties in New York and

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BCC Restructuring Workforce Development Offerings
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — Berkshire Community College is restructuring its workforce development arm.   The college is currently looking for a new dean who will be in charge of bringing the community education and workforce development programming under the oversight of traditional academic programming. The rest of the staff, minus an administrative assistant, will be let go at the start of the fiscal year and the new dean will determine how the non-credit course work will be administered in the future.   "We want to better align our credit and non-credit offerings. Generally, at BCC, our credit programs have been in academic divisions and our non-credit programs have

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Mount Greylock Presents 'Hello, Dolly!'
08:57PM / Wednesday, March 20, 2019

A large ensemble of all grades supports the lead cast of 'Hello Dolly!'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23, at 7 p.m. in the newly remodeled auditorium at Mount Greylock Regional School on Cold Spring Road.

More than 40 members of the Mount Greylock student body will present "Hello, Dolly!," with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart. Based on the play "The Matchmaker" by 20th century American playwright Thornton Wilder, "Hello, Dolly!" is the story of a delightful - and adventurous - day spent

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Berkshire Blizzard Brings Home Trophy
Community submission,
02:53PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
WATERTOWN, N.Y. — The Berkshire Blizzard 14-and-under girls hockey team won the the Thousand Island Ice Out Tournament last weekend.   "The girls fought hard going with two big wins on Saturday before going to the championship game," Blizzard coach William Rech said.   The team includes: Kellie Harrington, Lizzy Hunt, Serena Batacchi, Jordanne Brazie, Beatrice Garvey, Meg Loring, Nyla Hess,  Maddy Rawling, Christy Rech, Mia Paligo, Tori Jarvis, Mia Alfonso and Cyra Pacher. 

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Steinman Leads St. Anselm into Elite Eight
iBerkshires.com Sports,
12:21PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The remarkable run by Pittsfield’s Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione and the St. Anselm College women’s basketball team continued Monday into the quarter-finals of the NCAA Division II tournament.   The Hawks defeated LeMoyne College, 63-61, to advance to next Tuesday’s Elite Eight games in Columbus, Ohio.   Steinman played every minute of the Sweet 16 contest, scoring 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 12-for-12 shooting at the free throw line.   “It’s surreal,” Steinman said in the post-game press conference. “I’m going to use the word again, it’s electric down there. We got knocked out early in the NE-10, and we

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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge
11:21AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tyler Vosburgh (left) and Bella Zeno operate the Herberg HBP robot during the championship match. Robotics Challenge

Herberg Middle School HBP (Heavy Brain Power) defeated Williamstown Elementary School (WES) LEGOHeads I, 78-54, in the finals to win the championship of "Into Orbit," the 20th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted March 16 at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:45PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Alford Town Offices, 5 Alford Center Road Plainfield Town Offices, 304 Main St., from 11 to noon Plainfield Town Hall, 348 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m., during the senior lunch Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at

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