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Berkshire Tidbits: Maple Syrup, Early St. Paddy's Day
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
09:43PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

On Sunday, March 13, from 3 to 5 p. m., chef Julie Gale, owner of At the Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, N. Y., will interpret the classic brunch as part of the Cooking at The Chef's Shop series, 31 Railroad St. in Great Barrington, 413-528-0135. She will be making homemade gravlax, eggs Benedict and bread pudding with whiskey sauce.

The cost is class is $60 per person for a single class, $150 for a series of three. Payment is required in advance with a 48 hour cancellation policy. The Chef's Shop offers students a 10-percent discount on purchases made on a class day. Call or, to reserve a place.


Chef Frank LaRagione will serve his annual early St.


@theMarket: Markets Are at an Important Level
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

Stocks spent the last week consolidating. It was a necessary exercise, since stocks were overbought. Now that condition is behind us, and markets climbed higher by the end of this week. We are now at an important level. Call it a moment of truth that will indicate to investors whether the correction is over.

Up until now, the majority of traders have considered the 11 percent rally we have enjoyed in the S&P 500 Index since February nothing more than a bear market rally. But breaking above the 200 Day Moving Average (200 DMA) would make this an entirely new ballgame.

As I have written in the past, the 200 DMA is a technical level. It is simply a security's average closing price


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

Letter: Vote Yes For Mount Greylock Plan
Letters to the Editor,
04:00PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

To the Editor:

The giant sign saying you should vote no and wait for a better plan in May is simply false. To have a different and lower-priced project would require another feasibility study approved by the state before it could be brought to the towns, taking upwards of another 10 years. The proposed building was designed to fit our educational plan (required and approved by the MSBA) and essentially includes the quality programs currently offered at Mount Greylock Regional School.

I'm asking my neighbors to vote yes on March 15 because we will receive $33 million in state aid, which will cost significantly less than repairing and maintaining the current building. Frankly,


'Zootopia': It's a Jungle out There
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:42PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

With "Zootopia," a gaggle of doubtlessly well-intentioned writers and directors fail to snare the brass ring of kiddie-flick making, the award accorded to those movies that prove entertaining to children and adults alike.

Granted, it's a beautifully animated, satiric parable ostensibly meant to be Brittany and Tyler's introduction to civics. But while intelligent, responsible and hyperpacked with political correctness, the satisfaction it engenders in Grandma won't necessarily be matched by the joyful enchantment we'd hope to see on Junior's face.

Nope. By the time today's hip kid hits the Bijou he is pretty aware of what ails and threatens civilization,


Williamstown Sixth-Graders Receive Civics Lesson
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Last week, the voters of Williamstown overwhelmingly supported an initiative that would allow the town to fund a renovated and expanded Mount Greylock Regional School.

It is a fair guess that many of the voters did not understand their choice as well as a group of Williamstown Elementary sixth-graders.

Sure, the voters knew the project would be expensive and would necessitate a tax increase if it ultimately passes muster in Lanesborough. But not everyone may be familiar with language like, "Shall the Town ... be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the Town's allocable share of


Letter: Lanesborough Voters Should Vote Yes
01:40PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

To the Editor:

I am from Lanesborough. I went to Mount Greylock Regional School. I graduated with honors. I went to college, obtained a master's, eventually a doctorate, and now am a professor.

Needless to say, my passion for education runs deep. To read from afar the discussion regarding MGRHS is depressing. There is no debate on this issue. Voting YES is the only recourse. I live in a state where Band-Aids for school projects are plenty. Let me tell you how this is going to play out.

They close wings of the building and bring in trailers to house the students while repairs are done. Eventually someone will realize the repairs are not worth it, and after a ton of money is already


Mount Greylock Building Debate Echoes Monument Mountain's
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Friday, March 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A group of volunteers labored for years to create a school building plan that passed muster with state officials and held the promise of state money to renovate an outdated and unsound high school building.

In the 11th hour, residents concerned about the potential impact on local taxes campaigned to block the plan, arguing that the school could be repaired more cheaply and the state would still help.

Mount Greylock Regional School District in 2016? No, Berkshire Hills Regional School District in 2014.

The story of the effort to renovate and repair Monument Mountain Regional High School will sound familiar to folks involved in the effort to renovate and add to

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The Independent Investor: The Rise of the Robots in Banking
By Bill Schmick,
07:14PM / Thursday, March 10, 2016

If you think the human factor is rapidly disappearing from the workplace, you may be surprised to know that Skynet has arrived and even C-3PO and R2-D2 are being left behind.

Nowhere is this change more apparent than in the nation's banking system.   

Automation, robots and artificial intelligence is on the rise. At the forefront of this change is the nation's banking system. One of the reasons I know this is because my sister, Cassie, is in the banking industry. No, she is not in the corner office or hanging out in the executive suites.

Since 1965, she has worked as a teller and other front office jobs in her bank's branch offices.

She knows the business from


Williamstown School Officials Seek to Restore Budget Cuts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Thursday, March 10, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The School Committee has sent its superintendent and his team back to the budget with a complex mandate to restore at least some of the cuts made to reduce next year's spending plan.

The decision came Wednesday night after a marathon 4 1/2 hours of presentation, public comments and committee deliberation.

Rather than sending a budget to the town's Finance Committee next Wednesday, school officials plan to reconvene that night to, hopefully, vote on a modified spending plan. The committee has until March 28 to submit a figure for town meeting.

"The public has been very clear," said Chairman Dan Caplinger, referring to the more than 100


Women May Need Extra Steps on the Road to Financial Security
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Wednesday, March 09, 2016

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women’s achievements. Yet, women still face challenges in many areas of life – such as their financial situations. So if you’re a woman, you may want to use this occasion to consider steps you can take to help move toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

First of all, be aware of the potential obstacles facing women: lower earnings than men, longer lifespans than men and more time out of the workforce than men. This last element is particularly important, because when women leave the workforce for extended periods, typically to care


Harrington Kicks Off State Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Harrington says her experience as small-business owner and attorney can help her advocate for the district.

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Andrea Harrington says she goes to work every day fighting for those struggling with substance abuse or mental health.

She runs a small business and knows what it takes for a local family to make a living.

And now, she's looking to take those experiences to Beacon Hill as the Berkshire's state senator.

"It is something I've thought about for a long time. I was really focused on my practice but when Sen. [Benjamin] Downing announced that he would not be seeking another term, immediately I knew I wanted to pursue this


Shumlin: North Bennington Will Be Made 'Whole Again'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:48PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2016

NORTH BENNINGTON, Vt. — Gov. Peter Shumlin assured residents of North Bennington on Tuesday that the state would do everything possible to address its "horrid situation" — including putting pressure on the company responsible for its contaminated water.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has been identified as the source for the perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) found in the municipal water of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and is believed to be responsible for the same toxin found in private wells in North Bennington.

"We're going to require the company to make us whole again and do everything that we can to hold them accountable for getting us in this mess," Shumlin


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