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DCR Celebrates Mount Greylock Visitors Center Renovation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:17PM / Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Almost everyone who helped on the renovation project helped cut the ribbon on Thursday.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The state Department of Recreation cut the ribbon on a renovated visitors center for the Mount Greylock State Reservation on Thursday, part of a $1.5 million investment on the mountain.

"Our newly rehabilitated visitor's center now offers state-of-the-art exhibits, orientation films, gallery space, energy efficient lighting system, thermal windows and a welcome desk with improve visitor's desk," DCR Director of MassParks Priscilla Geigis said.

"While the Greylock experience really starts when people see the mountain from a distance and when they come

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Primary-Care Physician Joins Northern Berkshire Family Medicine
01:19PM / Thursday, September 26, 2013
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Nina R. Molin of Lenox has joined Northern Berkshire Family Medicine and the medical staff of North Adams Regional Hospital.

Molin is accepting new patients and may be reached at 413-664-4088.

Molin earned her medical degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine primary care at the University of Rochester (N.Y.) School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

"We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Molin to Northern Berkshire Family Medicine," said Tim Jones, president and CEO of Northern Berkshire Healthcare. "We're

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Northern Berkshire United Way Sets $560K Goal
By John Durkan, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Many contributors and agency representives attended the annual meeting of the Northern Berkshire United Way at the Williams Inn on Thursday.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way set a fundraising goal of $560,000 this year.   The goal aims to set the bar higher from last year's $550,000 goal, which was passed and reached $555,899 — marking the first time the annual goal was surpassed in five years.   "Our goal at the Northern Berkshire United Way is to support the wonderful programs and activities our member agencies provide for North Berkshire County," said Executive Director Joseph McGovern at the opening meeting and

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Berkshire Arts & Tech Charter School Touts MCAS Scores
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
02:12AM / Thursday, September 26, 2013
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Principal April West discusses the 2013 MCAS scores with high school students on Wednesday afternoon. ADAMS, Mass. — The principal of the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School told her students Wednesday to be proud — but not satisfied — with the recently released results of last spring's Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams.   True, the 2013 MCAS shows the charter school to once again be one of just two "Level 1" districts in Berkshire County. But even more important is the rate at which students are improving, April West told an assembly of the high school students.   And if they keep "climbing the

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Trustees Set Open Houses at Historic Properties
06:04PM / Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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The gardens at Naumkeag will be open to the public along with other Trustees properties this weekend.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Trustees of Reservations are opening the doors to the historic homes under their care throughout the state this weekend.

First, the Trustees are participating Saturday in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live!, which offers free access to some 1,400 museums and other cultural venues across the nation. A list of sites and a downloadable admission ticket can be found here. Tickets admit two; one per household.

The Trustees will be showing off the work done in the expansive gardens Naumkeag in Stockbrige. The Gilded Age Berkshire cottage once owned by

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Walk to End Alzheimer's Attracts More Than 600 Participants
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01:00PM / Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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CHESHIRE, Mass. — More than 600 people participated in the the annual Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday afternoon.

The walk took place at Farnam's Causeway on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, attracting over 50 teams.   Prior to the walk, there was a rememberance ceremony, led by Honorary Chair Cheryl Tripp-Cleveland of WBRK. Also in attendance was Larry Kratka, serving as the other honorary chair.   There were also children activities, including appearances by Bowey the Clown, pumpkin painting and face painting.   So far Berkshire County's Alzheimer's Association has raised over $60,000 and is aiming to raise over $100,000. Donations still can be made

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Are ETFs the New Mutual Funds?
Wells Fargo Advisors,
12:04PM / Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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An investment sea change has been occurring in the past few years: Mutual fund investors have been shifting some or all of their assets to passively managed vehicles.1 For many, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become the vehicle of choice.

"An increasing number of investors are turning to ETFs to gain exposure to specific markets or to complement other holdings in their portfolios," says Mariana F. Bush, CFA, a senior analyst with Wells Fargo Advisors.

And many of those investors have found plenty to like in the rapidly maturing field of ETFs. Since the first ETF was launched in 1993, the field has grown to nearly 1,200 different ETFs, with combined assets of $1.193 trillion

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Williamstown Fire District Making Case for Land Purchase
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Correspondent
10:03AM / Tuesday, September 24, 2013
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John Notsley, chairman of the Fire District's Prudential Committee, said there will be presentations about the fire station in the upcoming week.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District is making an all-out push to generate support for its proposal to buy a Main Street parcel and build a new firehouse on the site.   Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley spoke at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting to discuss the district's plan to acquire the 3.7-acre Lehovic property adjacent to the former Agway on Main Street.   Notsley promoted three upcoming public presentations to explain the need to replace the aging, inadequate Water Street

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Stakes for Williamstown Special Town Meeting Clarified
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Correspondent
09:54PM / Monday, September 23, 2013
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The Board of Selectmen on Monday featured a discussion on the special town meeting vote regarding the Spruces.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town manager cleared up a misconception Monday about the coming special town meeting that will ask residents whether to accept possession of the Spruces Mobile Home Park property.   Although the town has the power to say yes or no to the land acquisition, the vote will not impact whether the Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will go forward, Peter Fohlin explained in response to questions from residents at Monday's Board of Selectmen meeting.   "The grant has already been accepted by the Board of

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Lanesborough Hosts Special Olympic Horse Riding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:38PM / Sunday, September 22, 2013
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The riders were grouped by skill level, rather than age, for the competition.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Equestrians from around the region descended on Wirtes Farm on Sunday afternoon for the Western Massachusetts Special Olympics Fall Equestrian Festival.

The competition is one of four Special Olympic horse riding events across the state. Riders from Massachusetts could compete in all four shows, space permitting.

Riders associated with programs at Equus Therapeutic, Destiny's Ride and the Therapeutic Equestrian Center competed in two classes — working trail and equitation. The 25 riders were divided into groups based on skill and awards were given out to the

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