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State, Transportation Officials See Opportunity in Amtrak
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:09PM / Monday, December 22, 2014
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Amtrak's Michael J. DeCataldo Jr., left, welcomes Greenfield as an Amtrak community on Monday.

GREENFIELD, Mass. — State and local officials on Monday afternoon touted the economic opportunities opened by the return of passenger rail to the Pioneer Valley — but only if the rail line is used.

"Use it. Use it," urged former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver, speaking to a crowd at the transit center named for him. "The possibility of really seeing the benefits and economic development come from the use of this facility."

Olver, considered instrumental in reviving passenger rail here, boarded Amtrak's Vermonter in Holyoke during its inaugural run up the

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Adams Community Bank Employees Donate Over $22,000
12:20PM / Monday, December 22, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank employees have donated over $22,000 to local charities, neighbors and friends in need since the inception of their Casual Day for Charity program.

Adams Community Bank employees pay to dress down one Friday per month. The program began in December of 2009 by employee Bonnie Callanan who wanted to make a difference locally. The committee that oversees the program reviews customer and employee requests each month and chooses the charity-of-the-month that they feel the donation will have the biggest impact on.

In past months, they proudly donated to the following charities as well as many other individual friends and neighbors in need: Berkshire

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

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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MCLA Named A Best Value For Public Colleges
12:16PM / Monday, December 22, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.

MCLA was one of two four-year public institutions in Massachusetts to make the list. Kiplinger’s selected the top 100 public colleges and universities, private colleges and universities, and private liberal arts colleges from some 1,200 institutions.

“This recognition confirms the quality along with affordability that MCLA offers as the public liberal arts college of the commonwealth," MCLA Admissions

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Readsboro Rollover Blamed on Slick Roads, Speed
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09:37AM / Monday, December 22, 2014
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READSBORO, Vt. — A Florida, Mass., man was able to walk away uninjured after his sport utility vehicle rolled over on Saturday evening.

Cody Laframboise, 19, told state police he was southbound in his 2004 Dodge Durango on Route 8, heading for Route 100, when the rear end of his vehicle lost traction, spinning the vehicle into the opposite lane.

When the rear wheels caught traction again, they sent the vehicle spinning back into its lane. Laframboise told state police he could not gain control of the vehicle. It veered off the southbound lane, went over an embankment and rolled onto its roof.

The accident occurred about 6 p.m. Trooper Justin Walker responded to the scene near the

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Battalion Drops One-Goal Decision in Western Pa.
11:00PM / Sunday, December 21, 2014
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BELLE VERNON, Pa. -- The Berkshire Battalion's third-period rally fell short on Sunday as the Steel City Warriors held on for a 6-5 win in the Federal Hockey League.   Steel City scored the game's first three gooals in the first period and had a 5-3 lead midway through the fourth, but Vadim Guskov converted a penalty shot to get Berkshire within a goal with 4 minutes, 47 seconds on the clock.   After Steel City scored a short-handed goal in the final minute, Michael Dolman responded with a power-play goal for Berkshire with 25 seconds on the clock.   Tristan Lysko, Martin Uhnak and Jeffrey Sanders had a goal apiece for Berkshire, which got 38 saves from Daniel

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Berkshire Battalion Loses Second Straight
11:15PM / Saturday, December 20, 2014
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The Berkshire Battalion scored the game's first goal and gave up the next six on the way to a 7-4 loss to Dayton on Saturday night in the Federal Hockey League.   Four different players scored for Berkshire, which got three assists from Tyler Prendergast.   Tristan Lysko, Robert Morton, Martin Uhnak and Mike McCurtain each scored a goal for Berkshire.   Dayton's Robert Vanwysberghe scored twice.   Louie George and Daniel Palmkvist combined to make 45 saves for Berkshire, which has lost two straight heading into Sunday afternoon's game at Steel City.

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McCann Students Lauded for Leadership & Skill Building
By Paul Hopkins, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:41AM / Saturday, December 20, 2014
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SkillsUSA chapter officers include Samantha Dorwin, front left, Katie Gigliotti, Sophia Oliveri, Jordan Reinhardt, and, from back left, Laura Heritage, Andrew Corsi and Evan Delmolino.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School Committee members applauded students for their participation in the SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America (BPA) programs during Thursday night's meeting.

Students took the stage to outline in PowerPoint presentations the wide variety of activities and leadership opportunities they have taken advantage of since joining the programs.

SkillsUSA chapter officer Samantha Dorwin (who also serves as the SkillsUSA Massachusetts state treasurer) said

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Battalion Falls at Danville
11:20PM / Friday, December 19, 2014
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DANVILLE, Ill. -- Danville scored three goals in the last three minutes of the second period on the way to a 4-2 win over Berkshire in the Federal Hockey League on Friday night.    Vladyslav Gavrik scored a power-play goal early in the second to give the Battalion a 1-0 lead, but the Dashers got their offense on track late in the period.    Martin Uhnak scored to get Berkshire within a goal, but Danville got an insurance goal midway through the third.    Louie George made 41 saves for Berkshire, which fell a point behind Danville for fourth place in the six-team FHL.    Berkshire travels to Dayton on Saturday.   

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Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 11 - Dec. 18
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11:34AM / Friday, December 19, 2014
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Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Thursday, December 11.   Kassidy Lemire, 20, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of cocaine.   She was placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.   Jordan Moon, 27, of North Adams pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, conspiracy to violate drug laws and possession of cocaine.   He was placed on one-year probation. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on February 26, 2014.   Cases heard

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The Independent Investor: Election Investors Ignored
By Bill Schmick,
07:09PM / Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Last weekend Japan held "snap" elections, which gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the mandate to continue his pro-growth economic policies.  No one outside Japan seemed to care. The Nikkei stock market index fell 1.6 percent and traders moved on. That may prove to be a big mistake.

Granted, given the precipitous decline in the price of oil and the calamity it is causing in Russia (well-covered in last week's columns), investors may be forgiven for focusing on other more immediate concerns. Still, I believe that now that Abe has a clear mandate to continue his pro-reform, economic policies, Japan's prospects for next year have been elevated considerably. And don't

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