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Biz Briefs: 'Farm to Fork' Bike Ride Coming to Berkshires
02:06PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Fresh and fit: The award-winning bicycle event series Farm to Fork Fondo will launch its first ride in the Berkshires in September. Five hundred cyclists from throughout the country are expected to attend Farm to Fork Fondo on Sept. 23-24 at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Wrenegade Sports, the producer of this event, is based in Burlington, Vt.
The Berkshires' world-class arts culture is complemented by a close-knit community of farmers, food producers and chefs, committed to the farm-to-table movement for more than 25 years. The ride course, with options for all abilities ranging from 10 to 100 miles, will include gourmet aid stations at several Berkshire County farms


Berkshires Beat: OLLI Opens Spring Classes
12:58PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Lifelong learning: OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, kicks off its winter semester of classes this month in Pittsfield and Great Barrington. OLLI is a membership organization that offers over 80 classes, talks, workshops, events and trips a year, designed especially by and for people 50 years old and up.

There is no educational requirement for joining OLLI, just a love of learning for the sake of learning. The classes have no tests, no grades and no required homework.

Winter OLLI classes in Pittsfield include "International Folk Dance," "Ancient Writing Systems," "The Many Faces of Addictions," "Today’s


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Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:03PM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Caleb Kollmer capped the 46th Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament in style.

The Berkshire Bruins defenseman Sunday scored midway through the second overtime to give the hosts a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Avon, Conn., in the Bantam Division title game.

Seamus Hayes scored with just less than three minutes left in regulation to complete the Bruins’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit, and Nate Haley made two saves in the last 10 seconds of regulation to send the game to OT.

“Whenever you win the Kittredge, you get to look at the banner for a couple more years,” Bruins’ coach Rob Abel said. “A lot of these guys, this is their last

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North Adams Third-Graders Get Free Swimming Lessons
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:41PM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

Kids splash at the YMCA last Tuesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — All North Adams third-graders will be provided free swim lessons through a donation from All Saints Episcopal Church and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA.

According to the National Safe Kids Campaign, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death to children ages 1 through 14.

But through donations from the All Saints parish, all North Adams third-graders will learn a life skill that could save their lives.

"The goal of this program is to get every third grader to know how to swim because that is the age and the grade where the most drownings occur," YMCA CEO and Executive


BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

The classroom spaces have have much more natural light with the renovations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest.   Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been under way since the spring 2015.   The renovated Hawthorne Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Melville Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.   "We're looking late spring or early summer," Director of Facilities David Moran said of the entire project, which


Acitivities Planned for King Day of Service on Monday
01:53PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday will feature events and volunteer efforts across the county.

In North Adams, the Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes volunteers for its 24th annual Day of Service and celebratory lunch.

The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. There will be projects on-site and at more than 10 other sites around the area such as Goodwill and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA beginning at 9 a.m. Service tasks are suitable for all ages and abilities and include tasks such as painting, cleaning, organizing, building, winterizing, or sewing.

The free luncheon and


Contact Your Elected Officials
11:27AM / Friday, January 13, 2017

Have something to say? Here's how to get in touch with your local officials, both on the national and state level.


U.S. Senate

Markey, Edward

Warren, Elizabeth


U.S. House of Representatives

Neal, Richard


State Senate Hinds, Adam
617-722-1625 413-344-4561


State Representative Cariddi, Gailanne
413- 664-6812   Farley-Bouvier, Tricia
413-442-4300   Mark, Paul

Pignatelly, William


Clarksburg School Building Committee See Initial Plans
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Friday, January 13, 2017

School Building Committee members will have to make a decision on which plans to move forward with at their next meeting.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Building Committee got its first look at plans for a new or renovated  school — and the cost gave members pause.

The initial project estimates range from $12 million to $24 million on the high side; most put the town's cost at about $8.75 million to $12 million.

Architects Margo Jones and Kristian Whitsett of Jones Whitsett Architects presented the committee Thursday with six possible layouts. The schemes ranged from a total renovation, partial renovation and new construction to a totally new school.


Small Business Revolution Spending 2 Days in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Friday, January 13, 2017

City Councilor Keith Bona's welcome to the Small Business Revolution on a window of Berkshire Emporium.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Small Business Revolution rolled into the city Thursday — and the weather, of course, didn't cooperate. Fog covered the city's mountain views and rain dissuaded any walking tours.

Well, it is the Berkshires.  

Friday is expected to be cooler but sunny and the SBR team will be visiting as many places as possible beginning early in the morning.

The Small Business Revolution is a movement spearheaded by Minnesota-based Deluxe Corp. to highlight the challenges and opportunities of small towns and local businesses across the nation.


Clarksburg Board OKs Police Officers Swapping Positions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:41PM / Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chief Michael Williams explains that Peter Wheeler had asked to be returned to patrol officer because of other endeavors.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Select Board approved a swap of jobs and salaries for two of its police officers on Wednesday.

Sgt. Peter Wheeler asked to be demoted to patrol officer, and Sherry Burdick was promoted in his place.

"Officer Wheeler had made the request as he has future endeavors that he is pursuing and he would like to assist in the transition of the sergeant," said Police Chief Michael Williams in presenting the request.

Wheeler is preparing to open a cafe in the former Oh, Crepe! space on Main Street in North Adams that will take up much


North Adams Council Re-Elects Officers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:16PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Nancy Bullett is sworn in as vice president.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday re-elected Benjamin Lamb as president and Nancy Bullett as vice president during the annual organization of government.

The meeting lasted almost a half-hour and dealt with a light agenda of approvals, including a first reading on revised compensation plans for firefighters and part-time employees.

Mayor Richard Alcombright was unable to attend but had provided Lamb information in case there were questions. There were few of those.

The changes in the compensation and classification plans for part-time workers to accommodates the new state minimum wage of $11 an hour that went into


Investment Tips for 'Millennials'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:50AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If you are a "millennial" – a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s – then you're still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so many years until you retire, you’ve got the luxury of putting time on your side as you save and plan for retirement.

Here are some suggestions for making the best use of that time:

* Invest early – and often. Even if you are at the very beginning of your career, make investing a priority. At first, you might only be able to contribute a small amount each month, but something is far better than nothing


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