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The Independent Investor: Rise of the Smoothie
By Bill Schmick,
03:20PM / Thursday, March 05, 2015
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The global market for smoothies is projected to hit $9 billion this year. Driven by a new health-consciousness among consumers, today's on-the-go convenience of gulping down your vitamins and minerals is appealing to more and more of us. Expect that trend to continue.

From a niche market in America in the '90s, the industry here at home has grown to over a $4 billion market today, which makes the United States the dominat domicile of all-things smoothie. The sector is forecasted to grow 10 percent a year for the next five years, according to Research and Markets Group, an analytical business group. Food chains, service restaurants, beverage companies and consumers, not to mention

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Baker's $38B Budget for 2016 Raises School, City Aid
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10:03PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled his first state budget on Wednesday, a $38 billion spending plan that give municipalities and schools more money while addressing a $768 million budget deficit.

Unrestricted local aid is being increased by 3.6 percent to $980 million; Chapter 70 education aid is being increased by $105.3 million, including giving school districts $20 for each child.

"Our budget today sets the stage for a competitive and stable economic environment by making investments essential to future growth," Baker said in a statement. "By right-sizing the budget now and investing in transportation, education and our communities, we are making

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


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Mount Greylock presents 'South Pacific'
05:41PM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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Mount Greylock students present 'South Pacific: In Concert' on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the '62 Center at Williams College.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — War, romance, human frailty and some of the most memorable tunes in the American theater will be on display at Williams College's '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Mount Greylock Regional School's spring musical, "South Pacific: In Concert," will be staged at the venue on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at 7 p.m.   Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the ugliness of prejudice and the perils of

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Berkshire County Head Start Registering Children for 2015-16 School Year
11:59AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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Children who will be 3 or 4 years old by their local elementary school cutoff date may be eligible for a free preschool program at one of the seven sites throughout Berkshire County.

If parents cannot attend any of the registrations, applications are always accepted and can be obtained by calling 413-499-0137 or downloading an application from www.berkhs.org.

Income verification is needed with a completed application and eligible children are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Registrations will be held at the following locations:

March 4, 6-7 p.m.: Lee Elementary School, 1 Greylock St., Lee

March 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Muddy Brook School, 318 Monument Valley Road, Great

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Williamstown Housing Trust Awards Second Homebuyer Grant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Wednesday, March 04, 2015
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Affordable Housing Trust board members Stanley Parese, left, and Richard DeMayo. The trustees discussed the parameters of their Mortgage Assistance Program as they voted to award a second grant. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Affordable Housing Trust has awarded the second $15,000 grant under its Mortgage Assistance Program.   The program, created last year, seeks to help income qualified first-time homebuyers, people who have been displaced by the loss of a job and former residents of the Spruces Mobile Home Park.   The grant can be used for a variety of purposesto help lower the cost of homeownership.   "This grant will allow the borrower to obtain

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Hancock Suing Berkshire Wind Over PILOT Payments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Tuesday, March 03, 2015
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The town of Hancock and the owner of Berkshire Wind are in a dispute over PILOT payments. The Selectmen on Tuesday voted to take the utility to court.

HANCOCK, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Tuesday decided to authorize the town's attorney to sue Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corp. for back payments from the utility's wind turbine farm on Brodie Mountain.

The action is the latest step in a dispute that stretches back to 2013, the last year of a three-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement between the town and the eastern Massachusetts power cooperative.

On Tuesday afternoon, the utility said it has been negotiating with the town in good faith and was

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Hancock School Committee Opens Conversation About Expansion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:17AM / Tuesday, March 03, 2015
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Hancock Elementary's four classrooms house the K-6 program. The School Committee is proposing an addition to provide more classroom space and bathrooms. HANCOCK, Mass. — The School Committee on Monday explained its rationale for investigating a possible expansion to the elementary school and sought public feedback on the initiative.   "Long-term, we need more instructional space and a couple of other spaces as well," Superintendent Barbara Ripa said.   "Some of you are saying, 'When I was a kid, I was in that building and there were 85 kids and we all fit.' Well, education has changed. The kinds of programs and services we need to provide our

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BMC North Reopens Operating Rooms
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Monday, March 02, 2015
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Carol Fairchild, director of the Crane Center, explains some of the changes at the newly relicensed operating rooms in North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The operating rooms at the former hospital are being put back into use after a nearly $1 million upgrade.

Two of the four surgical suites at the Northern Berkshire Campus of Berkshire Medical Center will begin orthopedic outpatient surgeries on Monday.

"It's a relief, it's exciting and I think people are happy," said Dr. Jonathan Cluett. "We're able to reinvigorate some energy into this resource and, ultimately, back into the community."

Cluett and his colleagues Drs. James R. Whittum and Suk

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McCann Tech Robotics Team Demonstrates for School Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Monday, March 02, 2015
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Students on the robotics team hold a demonstration for School Committee members on Thursday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's robotics team look to expand the program and come back even stronger next year.

The team, the Mad McCannics, ran a demonstration with their competition robot "Mac" at Thursday night's School Committee meeting.

They recently returned from a FIRST Tech Challenge qualifying competition for high school and middle school students.

"It was quite a day," said team adviser Erin Mucci. "The kids did a fabulous job and our robot competed admirably."

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is

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Williamstown Economic Development Panel Hears from North Adams Planner
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:49PM / Sunday, March 01, 2015
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Williamstown is seeking guidance on an economic plan. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee heard from North Adams' city planner earlier this month, and one piece of advice stood out: Keep seeking advice.   Mackenzie Greer sat down with the ad hoc committee to share North Adams' experience developing the city's first comprehensive plan in 40 years.   The Williamstown committee's objective is not quite so comprehensive. It was created by the Board of Selectmen with the specific charge of creating an economic development plan.   But since much of North Adams' Vision 2030 deals with the Steeple City's economy, EDC Chairman

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