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MassDOT Sets Lenox Hearing on Toll Rates
03:46PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

LENOX, Mass. — The state Department of Transportation is holding hearings this week on the proposed new gantry prices for all-electronic tolling.

The only hearing in the Berkshires will be held Thursday at District 1 Headquarters at 270 Main St. at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to the hearings, written comments will be accepted for two weeks following the hearings, until 5 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29.

In October, MassDOT is scheduled to activate all-electronic tolling to collect tolls on I-90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and the tunnels in the Metropolitan Highway System. All-electronic tolling, or AET, has been in place for vehicles since July 2014 on the Tobin Bridge.

The rates being proposed

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Changes Mark Start of Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's 31st Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has started its 31st year by dealing with a bunch of changes — but keeping its focus on the future nonetheless.

At its first monthly forum on Friday, coalition staff led the annual "needs assessment" discussion to gather ideas on what topics to tackle this year. Suggestions ranged from topics that have been continually discussed over the years like food insecurity, health care and transportation to newer concerns such as resources available to those in recovery from substance abuse to multicultural and multigenerational training and engagement to media literacy and communication strategies.

That's

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Biz Briefs: Senior Crimestoppers Boosted by Berkshire Bank
03:10PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Stopping crime: Berkshire Bank have joined CRA Partners and is helping vulnerable seniors by funding the Senior Crimestoppers program.

CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turn-key Senior Crimestoppers program, providing safe and secure living environments for the nation's low to moderate income seniors.

Berkshire Bank was approached by CRA Partners to participate in Senior Crimestoppers and gladly accepted, choosing the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington, Vt., to be the site of their funding. Berkshire Bank has a history of making

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Is Renting Out Your Vacation Home Right For You?
02:34PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

The vacation rental market is lucrative. Are you a Berkshires homeowner who wants to take advantage?

Greylock Insurance, Berkshire's Neighborhood Insurance Agency, is here to tell you how.

A lot has changed in the vacation travel industry over the past five years, but arguably the biggest game-changer has been the growing desire of travelers to book vacation home rentals versus staying at traditional hotels or resorts.

In fact, according to a study of the American traveler by the Ypartnership/Harrison Group, nearly 50 percent of all travelers are now interested in renting properties for their vacation.

So for Berkshire homeowners considering renting out their second home,

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Berkshires Beat: 'Walk & Roll' Raises Brain Injury Awareness
01:53PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Walk & Roll: Residents from across Western Massachusetts gathered to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire on Sept. 10 for a Walk & Roll hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

The walk aimed to further help their mission of creating a better future for brain injury survivors and their families.

One participant was Matthew LeBorgne, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014. For Matt and his family, raising education and supporting BIAMA has become very important since his accident.

"Many people don't know a lot about brain injuries, both traumatic and acquired. I know we didn'r before Matt's accident," said Dawn LeBorgne,

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End of Session Review: Gailanne Cariddi
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi says the state has taken a lead on national issues over the last session.   The legislative session finished up at the end of July and Cariddi said the highlights included working on the opioid scourge and passing an omnibus energy bill.   "I think the Legislature did a remarkable job of taking national issues and bringing them through the commonwealth's deliberative process to create some change for us in a positive way," the North Adams Democrat said.    "No. 1, the big thing that actually started a year ago was the continued effort on substance abuse and requiring detox and stabilization be paid

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Growing Common Folk Collective Seeks Permanence
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Common Folk is ready to expand and bring a sustained creative energy downtown.    Jessica Sweeney, co-founder and creative director of the North Adams-based artist collective, has seen the group grow and fluctuate through its early beginnings as a small collection of creative people to a force capable of hosting music festivals.   She noted that although the group is much stronger, it still struggles with becoming financially stable and has yet to find a permanent home to support its mission.   "At the end of the day, we aren’t just a club and we aren’t a group of people. We are here for the community and we want to do things

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County's Collegians Hit the Athletic Fields of Fall
12:55AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus Jake Benzinger was credited with one tackle for Wake Forest Saturday in the Demon Deacons’ 24-14 win at Duke.   Benzinger, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman and 2015 Mount Greylock graduate, is listed as a red-shirt freshman on the Wake Forest roster.   Saturday’s game was telecast on ESPNU. next week, Wake Forest hosts the University of Delaware in a game that will be seen on online on the ACCN Extra telecast.   In Division III, Lenox High graduate and Lee High football alum Matt Heppleston has appeared in one game so far as a freshman defensive lineman at Macalaster College in Minnesota, which is 1-1 this fall.   The MCLA

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MCLA Men's Soccer Falls in CIAO Tourney Finale
07:20PM / Sunday, September 11, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. - The UMass Boston men's Soccer team improved to 5-0 and claimed the 2016 CIAO Soccer Classic Championship by virtue of a 6-0 victory over the MCLA Trailblazers at Shewcraft Field.   Ocane Williamson paced the offense with a pair of goals for UMB.   MCLA (2-3) is back in action on Wednesday when it travels to Cobleskill for a non league match.

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Prayers, Remembrance at North Adams 9/11 Memorial
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, September 11, 2016

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A vigil at St. Elizabeth's Church ended Sunday with a joint memorial with members of the public safety community to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including close to 500 first-responders. Parishioners at St. Elizabeth ended morning Mass with a procession carrying Our Lady of Fatima to the Veterans Memorial, where firefighters and police officers from several communities were standing at attention.

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, standing before the wall listing the city's military casualties, spoke of what had happened

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MCLA Volleyball, Men's Soccer Victorious
09:55PM / Saturday, September 10, 2016
NORWICH, Vt. -- The MCLA volleyball team needed to get back on track after a rough start to 2016 and they did so in sweeping a pair of matches Saturday at Norwich.   The Trailblazers handled Norwich 3-0 in the opener before outlasting Lyndon State 3-2 in the nightcap. With the wins, MCLA improves to 3-5 on the season heading into their MASCAC opener on Tuesday night.   In the opener against Norwich, MCLA took the match by set scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-17.  Sam Anderson paced the offense with 10 kills on just 18 attacks. Beatrice Lechler fed her all day as she notched 12 assists in the win.  The defense was spearheaded by Chanielle Enomoto and Tessa Sestito who each

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@theMarket: Markets Get Back to Business
By Bill Schmick,
06:15AM / Saturday, September 10, 2016

Since Labor Day marked the end of summer for Wall Street, the big guys came back to work and evidently did not like what they saw. As this week comes to a close, all three indexes suffered losses.

Friday's downturn could be attributed to North Korea, the rogue state that detonated a nuclear device on Thursday night. Those kind of one-off political events often-times unsettle markets. Stocks went down, the dollar spiked as did interest rates and that I found interesting.

Normally, U.S. Treasury bonds are a safe haven so prices go up in times of uncertainty; but not Friday. We have to therefore look under the hood to discern what is really going on with the markets. Aside from the fact

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