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Letter: Billstock Producer Thanks Community
To the Editor: I write to thank all of the talented performers, dedicated volunteers, and generous funders who made the fifth edition of the Billstock Music Festival such a great success. This weekend, 12 local artists working in a variety of musical genres, from bluegrass to classic funk to punk, entertained over two hundred people
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Approximately 152,000 adults and children across the state have a developmental disability. In an effort to encourage positive thinking and proactive discussions about developmental disabilities, March was declared Developmental Disabilities Month in 1987. Berkshire Family and Individual Resources, a nonprofit
Fund for Williamstown Deadline is March 15
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — March 15 is the deadline to submit a letter of intent for 2015 applications for the Fund for Williamstown. The fund invites letters that describe innovative projects and services that benefit residents of Williamstown and help create a vibrant community responsive to diverse needs and voices. Individuals,
Mount Greylock Presents Budget to Williamstown Fin Comm
The Finance Committee expressed concern that Mount Greylock Regional School District was asking for enough money for programming. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District continues to make cuts to its proposed fiscal 2016 budget, but cutting much deeper will lead to a school
Lanesborough Elementary Cutting SPED Posts In Wake Of Audit
The School Committee received both the audit and a proposed budget this week. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The administration is calling for the elimination of about seven positions in the school's special education department.    The request comes on the heels of an audit that found
A History of Organized Crime in the Berkshires
The city has seen its share of arrests and convictions related to gambling and purported mob ties. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Over the past few decades, popular culture depictions in movies and television has helped elevate the idea that gambling rackets and mob crime are the sort of thing that
@theMarket: Home on the Range
New highs followed by some selling, then a little back and fill, before climbing to yet another new high. That's the environment we are in and it happens to be a great recipe for making money in the stock market. The last few days are a great example of what I'm talking about. Last Friday, the Nasdaq finally breached the 5,000
New Transportation Center Eyed To Help Veterans
Mayor Daniel Bianchi, left, BRTA Administrator Bob Malnati, Soldier On President Gary Shepard and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal cut the ribbon on the new call center. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 25,000 veterans are treated at Veterans Affairs medical center in Leeds but a lot of appointments aren't
The Independent Investor: Rise of the Smoothie
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
Baker's $38B Budget for 2016 Raises School, City Aid
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
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