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Berkshire Money Management Adviser Receives CEPA Designation
04:28PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's Lauren Russo recently earned the prestigious Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation.

The CEPA program was specifically designed for business advisers who work closely with owners of privately held companies. CEPA designation is given through the Exit Planning Institute, offering the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program in the world. The organizing principle of the program is Master Planning, the alignment of the three legs of the stool (business, personal, financial), which is executed through the implementation of a process called the Value Acceleration Methodology.

"We manage the assets of


1Berkshire Announces New Director of Member Services
03:50PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —1Berkshire has hired Christine Hoyt as its new director of Member Services.

In her role, Hoyt will manage all 1Berkshire events and the Berkshire Leadership Program as well as recruit and retain members. She also serves as an integral part of the organization's leadership team. She started working as a consultant for the organization this past summer and 1Berkshire was happy to bring her on board full time in November.

"Already familiar with our organization, Christine Hoyt has been able to make an immediate impact," said 1Berkshire's President & CEO Jonathan Butler. "We’re fortunate to be able to utilize her impressive


Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or


North Adams Postpones Tree Lighting as Wind, Rain Forecast
01:50PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
In the Berkshires, a snowstorm is sure to be followed by -- rain.    There's a forecast of rain and wind for Wednesday that's forced the cancellation of the tree-lighting in North Adams that has been held on Thanksgiving eve for a number of years.    Instead, the ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at Monument Square (yes, the same time as the Pittsfield tree lighting, so both cities will be lit at once. How will Santa know which one to go to?).    The National Weather Service is predicting rain beginning after 3 p.m. on Wednesday and the possibility of strong winds blowing across the region overnight Wednesday and into Thanksgiving Day.


McCann Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
01:49PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter for the 2019-2020 school year.

High Honors

Grade 12: Blevins, Macie; Boisvert, Hunter; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Cyrulik, Faye; Daigneault, Casey; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Ellis, Natalie; Gazaille, Bree; Girard, Brandon; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Howland, Ethan; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Reese II, Marshall; Rose, Christopher; Scalise, Darcy; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey;


New at Investing? Follow These Suggestions
11:34AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

If you're fairly new to investing, you might be wondering what sort of rules you should follow or moves you should make. And while everyone's situation is different, there are indeed guidelines that make sense for all investors. Here are some to consider:

* Learn the basics. The investment world can seem confusing, but the more you know about the basic components, the more confident you will be when you begin to invest. For starters, you will want to be familiar with the essential types of investments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities and so on. And it's also important to know that some investments are designed to provide growth – an increase in the


BRPC Hopes to Gain Louder Voice for Rural Communities
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:58AM / Monday, November 25, 2019
BRPC Executive Director Tom Matuszko, lefft, and commission Chairman Kyle Hanlon at last week's meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the last two years, Thomas Matuszko, the executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has been intermittently traveling the commonwealth listening to concerns of citizens living in rural areas along with his colleagues from the Rural Policy Advisory Commission.    The entity was created by the state Legislature to "enhance the economic vitality of rural communities" and put together a master plan. What the RPAC ultimately wants is a voice in the State House.   "There isn't any centralized department


Williams Bows in NCAA Tourney as Pinard Coaches Last Game
Williams Sports Information,
05:56PM / Sunday, November 24, 2019
GRANTHAM, Pa. — Michelyne Pinard, who concluded her 18-year tenure as head coach of women's soccer on Sunday, says she is "leaving content" after a season that illustrated the core values Pinard has spent the past two decades working to instill.   "Last month, going from losing six games in six weeks, compared to six games in six years, most teams would have folded," Pinard said at a press conference after No. 24 Williams (11–5–4/6–3–1 in the NESCAC) fell to No. 1 Messiah (21–1–2/7–0–1 in the MAC Commonwealth) in a penalty shootout in the Elite Eight. "The fact that this team didn't means the world


Veteran Spotlight: Airman Woolfe Flew Bombing Missions in South Pacific
By Wayne Soares, iBerkshires columnist
04:32PM / Sunday, November 24, 2019
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — At 94 years young, George Woolfe is an engaging and affable, and a man who has carried himself with immeasurable class throughout his life.   Born in Harrisburg, Pa., he grew up in Manhattan, N.Y., and later received his degree from Columbia University. Woolfe's father, Irving (known to everyone as "Ike") was a decorated flyer in World War I. He now lives on Cape Cod but spent many summers in the Berkshires and was a frequent guest at the Red Lion Inn.    Woolfe enlisted in the Army Air Forces at 18 1/2 and served his country in World War II from 1942-1945 and is credited with an amazing 47 missions flown (his bomber group miraculously


Lanesborough Tigers Moving on to Nationals
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09:56AM / Sunday, November 24, 2019
SPARTA, N.J. -- The Lanesborough Tigers 14u won the Northeast Regionals of the World Youth Championship tournament by beating the Essex County Predators, 26-6, on Saturday.   The win qualifies the Tigers to now move onto the National tournament held in Canton Ohio in December at the Hall of Fame stadium.   The weekend did not start out as planned as the Tigers' first game on Friday was won by forfeit when its scheduled opponent, Mechanicville, N.Y., could not make it to the tournament.   "My team was at the field suited up and ready to play in the rain and wind, but we were informed by the tournament organizers that the other team had not showed up for registration


Dalton Fifth-Grader Embraces School Project to Aid Children's Hospital
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:22AM / Sunday, November 24, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — When Kalen Spratt was just 18 months old, he had to have surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.

So now that he's a healthy 10-year-old at Craneville Elementary School, it's only natural that he chose Boston Children's as the recipient of a fundraising project sparked by a unique classroom assignment from his fifth-grade teacher, Teresa Bills.

"I was scared, but the doctors and nurses made me feel so much better," Kalen said in a letter his mother, Shana, helped him write and circulate seeking donations. "If you could find it in your heart to donate to me, I would be forever grateful."

For more than 15 years, Bills has been giving


Williams Women's Soccer Advances in NCAA Tourney
07:47PM / Saturday, November 23, 2019
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Claire Tolliver and Alison Lu scored first half goals to send the Williams College women's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Tufts in the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday afternoon.   Chelsea Taylor made three saves to earn the win in goal for the Ephs (11-5-3).   Williams plays Messiah on Sunday afternoon for a berth in the Final Four.   Women's Cross Country LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Eva Borton finished 17th to lead Williams to a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships.   Borton covered the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 56.6 seconds. The winner, Ithaca's Parley Hannan, finished in 20:53.8.   Williams finished with


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