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Stamford Group Asks for Time to Research Joint-Clarksburg School District
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

State Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-West Dover, told the gathering that an interstate school district was a valid alternative to Act 46. STAMFORD, Vt. — A state education act is pushing small schools to consolidate their governance and share their services or come up with an alternative.    Stamford's been wary of how the law would affect its school but some residents think they've found an answer — across state lines.    An ad hoc group, with input from the School Board and representatives from Clarksburg, Mass., is exploring the possibility of an interstate school district that will allow the tiny town to look south rather than

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Youth Substance Use and Abuse Targeted in Prevention Efforts
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — First, the good news.

Since the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition started keeping track of youth substance-abuse data in 2002, the percentage of Northern Berkshire students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades smoking cigarettes or using alcohol has dropped.

Now, the bad news.

Though those rates have dropped over the course of the last 15 years, they still top the national average. And a newer and more troubling statistic has emerged: the lack of any real decrease in the use of marijuana, which also remains well above the national average.

Those 2017 statistics — culled from needs assessment surveys completed by students, hospitals and pediatricians,

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Write-In Candidates Step Forward for Clarksburg Town Election
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:43PM / Monday, May 22, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Officials have been worried about elected seats going vacant in Tuesday's election, but enough candidates have come forward to ensure most will be filled.   A seat on the Select Board and three on the Planning Board looked like they would go empty in the town election but three people have stepped forward to run write-in campaigns.    There are two seats open on the Select Board, a three-year term and a two-year term.    Carlyle C. Chesbro Jr., the town's fire chief, returned nomination papers putting his name on the ballot for the final two years of the term vacated by William Schrade Jr. Chesbro was raised in Clarksburg and is a

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Spring Neighborlies Celebrate Community Individuals Groups
03:48PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMs, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its Spring Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel on Wednesday, May 17. Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

"There are many wonderful attributes to living in Northern Berkshire County.  At the forefront are the people and our sense of pride. It is essential that we take the time to thank the community

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Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification
03:41PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Nearing the goal: The Class of 1966 Environmental Center has achieved Petal Certification, meeting six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge. Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives Director Amy Johns accepted the building’s Petal Certification at the Living Future Conference in Seattle on May 18.

Twelve months of consecutive data showed that the center qualified in six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge, but fell short for the energy standard, just missing full certification as a Living Building. The LBC program, administered by the International Living Future Institute, is the most

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Berkshire Bank Moving Corporate Headquarters to Boston
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
03:24PM / Monday, May 22, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank is moving its corporate headquarters this Boston later this year as it acquires Commerce Bancshares Corp., increasing the bank's holdings to $12 billion.   The $209 million acquisition makes Berkshire Hills Bancorp the largest regional bank in Massachusetts, according to officials, and the first regional bank headquartered in Boston in decades. Bank officials say moving its corporate headquarters will not affect its employees here and that the operational center will remain on North Street.    "Locating our corporate headquarters in Boston will not take us away from our roots in Berkshire County; we remain committed to all of

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Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services
03:05PM / Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy anniversary: CompuWorks, a Pittsfield-based managed IT services provider (MSP) specializing in making companies more efficient, innovative and profitable through the effective use of technology, is celebrating 30 years. The company reflected on its history in an address to its employees.

Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan Bauman, CompuWorks' mission has always been to help its clients maximize the business impact of technology. The company believes that technology should be a competitive asset, not simply a necessary evil.  CompuWorks serves as the outsourced IT department for most of its clients who range in size from 20 employees to over 1,000 and are generally

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Historic Blackinton Cemetery Hoping for City Takeover
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Monday, May 22, 2017

A line of older stones reset and straightened. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brush and weeds are slowly being cleared from Blackinton Cemetery, uncovering graves lost to the overgrowth. Stones are being straightened and reset, and a new sign marks its location.

For nearly a century, volunteers have kept up the private graveyard on Massachusetts Avenue but their numbers, and time, is running down.    "We can't do it anymore," said Pam Beverly, who's nearing 80.    She and Susan Bohl are all that's left of the Blackinton Cemetery Association started by Bohl's grandmother Grace Davies Buffum in the 1920s.   No more members have been

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@theMarket: The Trump Dump
By Bill Schmick,
10:09AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
Investors were shocked this week when the U.S. stock markets fell almost 2 percent in one day.    Wall Street blamed it on the growing scandals engulfing the White House. However, there was little follow through despite predictions that this was the beginning of the long-awaited pullback.   To be honest, much of the controversy coming out of Washington — demand for Trump's impeachment, obstruction of justice, witness-tampering, etc. — is simply partisan politics deliberately fueled by a biased media. All of the above, which had been building for days, finally reached the tipping point for investors. As weak-kneed day traders started to sell, the program

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Hinds Gives BRPC Updates From the State House
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Local organizations have great long-term plans for the future of Berkshire County. But, state Sen. Adam Hinds said the state needs to get the "fundamentals right" before that can take hold.   Hinds spoke with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday and reviewed the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. He said 1Berkshire also has a similar blueprint with how to revitalize the Berkshire economy. But, both plans are still two or more years away, he said.   "In the interim, we need to double down on getting high-speed internet right and double down on education," Hinds said.   The Pittsfield Democrat said population

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Clarksburg School Committee OKs $2.44M Budget for Fiscal 2018
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Saturday, May 20, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday approved a school budget of $2,448, 000 for fiscal 2018, down 4 percent over this year.    The budget, which as been essentially level funded the last couple years, was cut by some $103,000 as the behest of town officials. Clarksburg is again grappling with difficult budget season and voters will see a total budget trimmed by some $120,000 at next week's town meeting.    "We will be using more [school] choice money than we have used in the past," said Superintendent Jonathan Lev. "It's not an easy budget for next year, it will be a struggle. We will have less in our choice account than

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The Independent Investor: Health-Care Costs Are Strangling Us
By Bill Schmick,
05:03PM / Friday, May 19, 2017
Recently, none other than the Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, has sounded the alarm on what he sees as the number one threat to American businesses — rising health care costs. His advice is that we better do something and do it quickly.   While Congress bickers over how to repeal and replace Obamacare, there is still a large body of American politicians who believe we should simply return to the good old days. While they fiddle with adjusting insurer's premiums, or gutting Medicaid, the entire healthcare system surrounding them continues to burn. While they debate whether you should be responsible for your own medical insurance and how much Medicare should cover, health care

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