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BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
11:30AM / Monday, July 08, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2019 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following students qualified for High Honors:


Abington: Victoria Lehtonen



Rain Washes Out Locals at Cal Ripken State Tourney Sports,
06:27PM / Saturday, July 06, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown and Berkshire 9-year-old Cal Ripken All-Star teams saw their games postponed due to rain on Saturday afternoon in the Western Massachusetts State Tournament.   The two local teams were slated to play Marlboro and Mohawk, respectively, in the final session of the day.   But even the third game on each of the tournament's fields was suspended in progress.   At Bud Anderson Field, Northbridge had an 8-0 lead on Marlboro in the top of the third.   At Williamstown Elementary School, Hudson led Ash-Wets, 20-13, in the top of the sixth when the rains came.   Ash-West earlier lost to Douglas, which won twice to move to 2-0 atop


Greenfield Edges Williamstown in Cal Ripken Tourney Opener
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:33PM / Friday, July 05, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown’s 9-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars did not find a way to pull out a victory in their opening game of the Western Massachusetts State Championship on Friday night.   But they did find their identity.   “These guys came up with it during the game,” coach Chris Johnson said after a 10-9 loss to Greenfield. “The called it the Pack. Our nickname is the Huskies, and I said to them, ‘What do you want to do? Family on three?’ They said, ‘No, let’s do Pack.’ That’s what we are, the Pack.   “Gotta love it when the kids are coming up with that leadership.”   That

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@theMarket: Looking Ahead
By Bill Schmick,
03:58PM / Friday, July 05, 2019
Will the second half of the year be as good as the first half for the markets?   The S&P 500 Index finished up 18 percent for the six months ending June 30. That was the best first half since 1997. Historically, that kind of return is three times the gains investors can normally expect from the market in an average year. The chance of a repeat performance in the next six months is, at best, remote.   That doesn't necessarily mean this is as good as it gets for stock investors. My near-term target for the S&P 500 Index is somewhere around 3,050, which is a further 4 percent gain from here. From my vantage point, as long as interest rates continue to decline and the Fed


UNICO Awards Scholarships to Berkshire County Students
11:42AM / Friday, July 05, 2019

The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO National and its Scholarship Committee awarded  $14,000 in scholarships to local high school graduates who are continuing their post secondary education.

The students are:

* Sarah Aitken of Pittsfield High School received the Francis Sanginetti Scholarship. Sarah will be attending the University of Massachusetts, where she will study nursing.  She is the daughter of Daniel and Tammy Aitken of Pittsfield.

* Timothy Clayton of Wahconah Regional High School received the Brian Piccolo Scholarship.  He will be attending Endicott College. He is the son of Steven and Kimberly Clayton of Dalton.

* Joseph Cracolici of Pittsfield High School received a

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Splash Park Opening Makes a Big ... Well, Splash
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:13AM / Friday, July 05, 2019

Children of all ages came out to mark the opening of the splash park on Thursday. Find more photos from the event here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Temperatures already had soared in the 80s on Thursday morning at the new North Adams splash park at Noel Field as a group of hot and eager children was gathered to wait for the official opening of the city's latest recreational offering.

But the park was dry, and Mayor Thomas Bernard said it would stay that way until he gave his official remarks.

Which would last about, say, 45 minutes, he teased a group of children waiting with bathing suits and baited breath.

"I've been practicing the whole time," he told them, eliciting a


Huge Turnout For 3rd Annual 'Grill & Spill' Skateboard Event
By Rick Duteau, Sports
12:16AM / Friday, July 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The largest crowd ever amassed at the North Adams skateboard park came together on Thursday to celebrate the third annual "Grill & Spill" skateboard event.   More than 50 skateboarders from all over New England took part in the event, which featured a Freedom Race, a Skills Competition, a free cookout and raffle prizes that all led up to the grand finale of the annual city fireworks after sunset.    It was the most people assembled at the skateboard park since its grand opening in June 2017. Held on a perfect day of weather for the nation's birthday, the event supplied an ideal atmosphere at the Noel Field Athletic Complex, as

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
10:06AM / Thursday, July 04, 2019

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.

The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent


North Adams Restaurateur Brings Back 'Capitol' Name With Side of BBQ
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, July 04, 2019

The Capitol will return as the restaurant's name once it gets Planning Board approval on Monday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mark Meehan jokes that he bought The Hub restaurant because he wanted to stop working 12-hour days as a contractor after 42 years to work 16 as a restaurateur.   He's been putting those hours in and more over the past week after closing on the sale last Tuesday.   After piloting through the tempest that was the Solid Sound Festival — including running through 80 pounds of homemade corned beef hash in less than two days — Meehan was working through another storm of his own making.    The eatery at 55 Main St. was being


The Independent Investor: Home Equity Can Pay for Long-Term Care
By Bill Schmick,
04:54PM / Wednesday, July 03, 2019
A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) might simply be a fancy term for a reverse mortgage, but there are an increasing number of advisers and planners who are using them for an entirely different strategic planning purpose.   If you ask most couples in their 60s and beyond what is one of the greatest fears for their future, I'm betting that going bankrupt and/or losing their home and life savings as a result of nursing home bills would be right up there near the top.   We all have horror stories to tell of how one or both spouses needed to go into a nursing home and the costs drained all their assets and then some. Before they could apply for Medicaid, they had to go


The Three Ts: Tanglewood, Taconic, Tannery Pond
11:05AM / Wednesday, July 03, 2019
Pianist Emanuel Ax kicks off the Tanglewood classical programming at 8 p.m. Friday, July 5. (Photos by Lisa Marie Mazzucco)

Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, opens its 82nd classical festival season this week. Here's a rundown of the concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall, and also the amazing and elaborate related events in the just-opened Tanglewood Linde Center complex of buildings.

Why go? To be amazed! Read about the stellar music making, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites by audiences worldwide, and for the many personal and historical

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Work Toward Your Own Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:41AM / Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Once again, it's time for fireworks, picnics and parades as the nation celebrates Independence Day. Collectively, we enjoy many liberties, but some freedoms can be elusive – and financial freedom is one of them. What actions can you take to help yourself eventually declare your own financial independence?

For starters, you'll want to determine what financial independence means to you. Is it the liberty to meet all your cash flow needs? The freedom to retire comfortably, at the age you choose? The ability to set up the kind of legacy you'd like to leave?

If any or all of these things are important to you, consider the following suggestions:

* Liberate yourself from

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