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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

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


Biz Briefs: 'Binka Bear' Wins All-Ideas Pitch Contest
04:47PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019
Entrepreneurship for All

Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County ran their first All-Ideas Pitch Contest at the Berkshire Museum, awarding a first prize of $1,000 to Kaitlyn Pierce of Binka Bear, a product that helps wean children off pacifiers. She also won the "Fan Favorite" award of $500.

Second place prize of $750 went to Michelle Latimer and Leia Miller for their idea "413 Bubbly," a mobile prosecco/Champagne business. Third place went to Erin Laundry of Bottomless Bricks, a building-block birthday party business with a storefront in Adams. More than hundred members of the community came to support the new business ideas:  11 individuals were


Lee Middle and High School Teacher Wins $10,000 Kapteyn Prize
04:04PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019

LEE, Mass. — Jane McEvoy, an English teacher at Lee Middle and High School has been awarded the 11th annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching. She will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich her teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in her name.

McEvoy joined the faculty at Lee High in 2010. She primarily teaches junior-year English classes, including a college-level advanced writing course, and serves as the chairperson of the English Department. She founded the school's Social Justice Club to encourage compassionate conversations about topics such as equality, diversity and politics. The club has become the district's largest


Lee Middle and High School Announces New National Honor Society Members
03:52PM / Thursday, October 24, 2019

LEE, Mass. — Lee Middle and High School conducted its annual induction ceremony for new members to the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society on Thursday, Oct. 17.

After a rigorous selection process, in which prospective members are vetted by a faculty council based on criteria of scholarship, leadership, service and character, the following new members were inducted: Makenna L. Albee, Anna-Belle R. Beckwith, Erin M. Brisebois, Megan E. Consolati, Madailein R. Demler, Colin P. Durken, Lauren E. Durken, Amber C. MacDowell, Annie L. Maloney, Cindy Ni, James P. Purcell, Garrett A. Roche, Lena M. Simone, Daniel P. Snow, Asa F. Stone, Amarie S. Victor.


Baseball in the Berkshires Presents 'Batmania' Talk
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07:51AM / Wednesday, October 23, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Just in time for Halloween, the Baseball in the Berkshires museum will host "Batmania: The History of Bats" on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.   Educator Jeff Wallace from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will give the presentation on the history of bats.   Participants will be able to see, touch and handle bats from the 1850s to today, including bats used by Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Dave Mattingly, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts and Mike Judge.   Admission is free.   The Lichtenstein Center is located at 28 Renne Ave.


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