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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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Small Business Revolution Coming to North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local officials are encouraging residents to put a smile on this Thursday and Friday to welcome representatives from the Small Business Revolution.

The program is doing a scouting trip in and around the downtown this week to weigh the possibility of North Adams making the final cut for a $500,000 downtown marketing and makeover boost.

"They're basically going to be going to all the small businesses they can in a matter of two days ... so they're tyring to get a feel for what the city's all about," said City Councilor Benjamin Lamb, in addressing viewers at Tuesday's council meeting. "They will be here so if you see any faces you

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North Adams Man Honored for WWII Service at NHL Game
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The family dentist and Panthers fan submitted Shaker's name for 'Heroes Among Us' program.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Last Saturday, 16,000 hockey fans in South Florida learned that David Shaker is an American hero.

A handful of those fans already knew it.   Shaker, a lifelong North Adams resident now retired and living in Boca Raton, Fla., was recognized on the jumbotron at Saturday's Boston Bruins-Florida Panthers game as part of the Panthers' "Heroes Among Us" program.   Surrounded by family members from Massachusetts and Pennsylvania who traveled for the event, Shaker watched as his videotaped reminiscences of World War II were shared with the

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North Adams Solar Developer Hopes to Solve Unsightliness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Clean Energy's Michael Whigham explains the modifications to an access road to comply with National Grid needs.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Developers of a solar array project being built off Reservoir Road have agreed to review its visual impact and come back to the Planning Board with detailed solutions.

The 1.32-megawatt solar array on 25 acres above Coca-Cola Ledge has drawn scores of complaints because of its high visibility from numerous points on the city's east side.

Co-owner Joseph B. Shanahan Jr., the company's director of real estate and permitting, said on Monday that the company was willing to work with the city but it couldn't rectify a "purported

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All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
02:08AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Bill Rech had a simple message for his hockey team the first time it hit the ice.   “I told them, ‘Girls, look around. Do you remember the first time you ever took the ice when you were kids? Remember the smell of the rink? Remember walking on the bench and it was kind of scary? Look around you. Own this moment. This is the first time you’ve ever skated with no boys. This is your team, your organization,” Rech recalled recently. “This is your team. This is your opportunity to be girls.   “And they absolutely thrived on it. From there, the girls exploded.”   The explosion reverberating through local rinks this

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MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students

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Berkshires Beat: Boys & Girls Club Receives $9,948 Donation
01:58PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Ninety-nine hundred thank yous: The Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires has received a $9,948 donation from the Pittsfield Ninety Nine Restaurant as part of the restaurant chain's annual October fund raising efforts on behalf of local Boys & Girls Clubs. The amount raised by the Pittsfield Ninety Nine, located at 699 Merrill Road, was the eighth highest of the 106 Ninety Nine stores participating in fundraising efforts for their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

The money was raised with support of the staff, which asked each and every guest to help us support our Boys & Girls Club and put together gift baskets and homemade baked goods to raffle off and sell. The restaurant

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Cariddi Planning Listening Sessions in North Berkshire
01:35PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams, has scheduled a series of community meetings for January.

The community meetings, titled "There Ought to be a Law," will allow citizens to share ideas about local and district issues, state government, and legislation – particularly what laws should exist and what laws, if any, should be repealed.

"Many legislators across the country have hosted similar meetings and I felt that it was important to do the same here," Cariddi said in a statement. "These meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to share ideas."

The schedule is as follows:

• Lanesborough,

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Biz Briefs: Scooby Doo Drops In To Lee Outlets
01:28PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Nice work, Scoob: Lee Premium Outlets hosted a meet-and-greet with Scooby Doo, everyone's favorite crime solving Great Dane, on Dec. 26. Scooby Doo was onsite as part of the "HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is open through May 29. Scooby took photos with children and met his fans.


 
Getting real: Berkshire Community College will offer Real Estate Licensing for the Salesperson starting Jan. 30. Workshop participants will study basic real estate principles and the laws governing real estate licensing. Topics will include: brokerage and agency, contract law, finance, appraising, deeds, closing and settlement,

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Clarksburg School Building Committee to See Plans
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Design proposals for the school renovation project will be unveiled this week.

Superintendent Jonathan Lev told the School Committee this past Thursday that he and Principal Tara Barnes were to meet with the project manager Friday and get a first look at some possible plans for the project.

"We should be getting our first looks at some possible schemes they came up with," Lev said. "Things are continuing to move and it will be exciting to see what some of their ideas are for our project."

The school district is working with designer Jones Whitsett Architects on a feasibility study approved last year by town meeting. The design firm, which

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Berkshire Photography & Printing Offers Local Printing Option
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:26AM / Monday, January 09, 2017

Berkshire Photography recently opened at the corner of Main and Marshall streets. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Photography and Printing on Main Street is setting up as a one-stop for local printing needs.   Ken Cooper, owner of the new business on 42 Main St., most recently occupied by Common Folk, said he can put just about any image on anything.   "We embroider, screen print, do custom wood signs and basically anything else," Cooper said. "Hats, jackets, shirts, slate and pretty much whatever you need to be done … just bring it down and we can recreate anything whether it's on a business card, a piece of paper or even a

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Clarksburg Students Give Back To The Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:43PM / Sunday, January 08, 2017

Eighth-grader Justin Denette and teacher Michael Little discuss their plans to raise money for Soldier on.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The School Committee on Thursday heard reports from pupils on fundraising efforts they are involved in to help the community.

Second-graders at Clarksburg School used a school project to lead an effort to help local food pantries and Grade 8 is planning another fundraiser for Soldier On.

Second-graders Mason Stred and Lexxus Rolnick explained how they organized a schoolwide fundraising campaign to help feed the hungry in the community.

"We are here because we wanted to tell you that it's OK no matter how small your hands are you can always help

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