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Clarksburg Board-Gaming Event to Benefit Soldier On
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

A Red Sox baseball signed by Mitch Moreland will be raffled off on Saturday.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg School's gym will be filled on Saturday with tables full of gaming enthusiasts trying to win their way through numerous board games.    The second annual "Soldiers, Dice, & Dragon" event hopes to match or succeed last year's benefit for homeless veterans that netted $2,500.   The event begins at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school on West Cross Road. Admission is free.    "We're trying to raise awareness of the issue of homeless veterans in Berkshire County," said teacher Michael Little who helping organize the

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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
03:01PM / Friday, November 09, 2018

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Sunday, Nov. 11, but will be observed on Monday, Nov. 12, as a state and federal holiday.

This year's observance marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the

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

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Wahconah Alum, Olympic Team Coach, Addresses Student Assembly
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, November 09, 2018

Matt Whitcomb's Wahconah teammate Tom Keefe introduces him at Thursday's assembly.   DALTON, Mass. — One in a long line of successful Wahconah Regional High School athletes was back at the school Thursday to tell the student body to relish their failures.   "Surround yourself in strength," was the theme of Matt Whitcomb, a state high school champion, 1996 Wahconah grad and, more recently, coach on the U.S. Women's Cross Country Ski team that won the nation's first-ever Nordic gold medal at the 2018 Olympic Games.   Whitcomb told the students that no matter what they were doing — whether athletics, academics or some other pursuit

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Fall Festival Of Shakespeare Celebrates 30 Years
10:58PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

LENOX, Mass. — Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare will bring hundreds of teenagers from 10 different high schools to the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company. 

Beginning on Nov. 15, the four-day festival marks the culmination of the nine-week program that places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 high schools across Berkshire and Columbia counties. During the program, students explore creative thinking, teamwork and Shakespeare as they create a 90-minute fully-produced performance to be shared with their neighboring communities. 

The weekend before, Nov. 8-11, the high schools will stage

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The Independent Investor: Mid-Term Results Take Investor Focus Off Washington
By Bill Schmick,
04:33PM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
True to form, the opposition party regained control of the House, while the ruling party, in this case the GOP, retained control of the Senate. If history is any guide, this means that little in the way of legislation will be coming out of Congress for the next two years.   In the past, investors and the stock market alike did better than you might expect under this kind of political paralysis. That's because financial markets abhor the unknown. Given the unpredictability of politics and legislation, investors are far more content with inaction than action, unless of course, those actions are favorable to the markets or the economy.   Take for example, the tax cut of 2018.

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North Adams Trees Donated in Memory of Peter Wright
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:55AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

Kristen Wright, left, her mother, Ann Marie Wright, and Tammy Meranti watch one of the Wrights' trees put into place at the bottom of Main Street.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Ann Marie Wright remembered planting the two fluffy blue spruces not long after she and her husband, Peter Wright, had moved to their home on Mountain View Drive.    They were about this high, she said, her hand hovering just about her knee.    "We planted them after we first came to this house ... We were here what, 47 years? They were little," Wright said. "It's a sad day in my heart."   Wright was teary-eyed as one of the 25-foot trees swung aloft,

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BCC, MCLA Align Community Health Programs
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018

Nicole Porther from MCLA said the need for trained community health professionals is growing as the population ages. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the population ages, there is a burgeoning need for community health educators.   Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have recognized that need and on Tuesday signed an articulation agreement to start training those professionals.   "There are career opportunities which are so critical to well-paid positions doing work people love. We are particularly proud of getting our side of this launch and being able to align it so well with what is happening at MCLA," said BCC President Ellen

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State Allocates $150K To Berkshires For Overflow Sheltering This Winter
Staff Reports,
01:35AM / Thursday, November 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has allocated $150,000 to provide addition shelters for those in need this winter.   The Department of Housing and Community Development is providing the funds to ServiceNet to provide overflow sheltering. ServiceNet will subcontract with other organizations in the county including Soldier On in Pittsfield, Construct in Great Barrington, and the Lousison House in North Adams to serve the homeless population this winter.   "It is welcome news that the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development will continue to provide funding for the Winter Overflow Homeless Shelter beds. The continued support of DHCD, the Berkshire

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Hoosac Valley Grad Richardson Earns MASCAC Annual Honor
10:29PM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- MCLA's Megan Richardson was named the MASCAC Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday following a vote of the league's coaches.    Richardson (first team) joins teammates Kayla Baker (first team) and Cetera Moore (second team) as All Conference players.   Worcester State's Ali Maldonado was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Year while Bridgewater State's Delaney Langton was selected as the rookie of the year.  Yasmina Carvalho of BSU was the Champion's Choice coach of the year.   Richardson, a graduate of Hoosac Valley, is no stranger to the All Conference team as she's been selected for the third straight season.

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Leaving Your Job? What Should You Do With Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:37PM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

You've got a powerful retirement savings vehicle in your 401(k) plan, which offers various investment options and the chance to accumulate tax-deferred earnings. But if you leave your job before you retire, what should you do with your 401(k)?

You have several choices — and it’s important that you understand them, because your decision can greatly affect the resources you’ll ultimately have available during your retirement years. Here are the main options for dealing with your 401(k) from a previous employer:

* You could leave the money in the company's plan. Not all companies offer this option, but many do. If you like the investment choices available in your

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 7-13
09:31PM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018

 

North Adams Happenings: Nov. 7 -

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Two-Car Accident Causes Rollover on West Main Street
Staff Reports,
04:46PM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A teenager is facing charges after driving in the wrong lane and causing a rollover accident on West Main Street on Wednesday afternoon.    The occupant of the other vehicle had to be extricated by firefighters and was taken to Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus with injuries.   The 17-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was westbound just before 3 p.m. in a black Honda Civic near Brown Street when he swerved into the eastbound lane. He tried to pull back out, as seen by the tire tracks on the road, but collided with an eastbound Chevrolet Equinox with two occupants.    The Civic's front driver side fender is

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