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Berkshire Planners Remain Concerned About DLTA Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Monday, October 10, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission remains concerned about the funding for its District Local Technical Assistance program.   The organization lobbied for the state fund the program at $3.4 million during the budget season but ultimately the state Legislature funded it at $2.8 million — level with previous years. But, the administration hasn't released those funds yet and state revenues have been coming in lower than hoped.   Now, many are expecting mid-year cuts from Gov. Charlie Baker and BRPC fears part of those 9C cuts will include that program.    "We think we will know more about DLTA next week, the 15th or so of

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Zogics To Senate President: Lack of Skilled Work Force Biggest Setback
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Sunday, October 09, 2016

For more than an hour on Friday LeBlanc spoke about his company with Rosenberg and Hinds. LEE, Mass. — With the state of current technology, a company can basically operate from anywhere. So can employees.   The current workforce wants more out of life than traditional jobs. They want to find ways to combine their lifestyles with a career. That's the angle Paul LeBlanc has taken when building Zogics, an e-commerce company based out of a small office in Valley Industrial Park.    "For me, it is all about lifestyle. Whether it is the company I've created, the location I've chosen to build the company or anything else. We are all faced with choices

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Downing, Rosenberg, Olver, Rally Support For Hinds Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:13AM / Saturday, October 08, 2016

State Sen. Benjamin Downing endorsed Hinds on Friday to follow in his footsteps. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The common theme Friday night, when Adam Hinds relaunched his campaign for state Senate, was unity.   Hinds won the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. Hinds now takes on Republican Christine Canning-Wilson in the Nov. 8 general election.   On Friday, Hinds held a kickoff for the general election campaign featuring Downing, former U.S. Rep. John Olver, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg. To a crowd full of elected officials and local leaders, the three rallied support for Hinds around the concept of

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Mount Greylock Holds Groundbreaking for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene talks about the process that led to Friday's groundbreaking. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was all smiles and laughter at Friday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation and addition at Mount Greylock Regional School.   But it was worth remembering the sometimes bumpy road that brought the district to what School Building Committee Chairman Mark Schiek characterized as, "one big milestone on the project path we're on together."   School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene told the crowd gathered for Friday's ceremony that there were many people to thank for helping Mount Greylock reach

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 30 - Oct. 6
Staff Reports,
12:41PM / Friday, October 07, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, September 30.   Aaron Tarjick, 40, of Windsor pleaded guilty to 25 counts of larceny over $250, 13 counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime, nine counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime, seven counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm, two counts of larceny under $250, and a single count of larceny of a motor vehicle.   The charges stem from a series of housebreaks in Berkshire County between October 22, 2010 and November 13, 2012.   He was ordered to serve 15 to 17 years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the breaking and entering and

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Berkshires Beat: Grant Helps Farmers Market Continue Its Mission
12:24PM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Farmers market grant: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has awarded the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market $10,000 to support its work in fostering good eating habits, active lifestyles, and healthy environments,

The Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market was started with the belief that everyone in our community should have access to healthy food. With 50 percent of city residents being low-income, the market was located in the Morningside neighborhood, which has even lower rates, where more than 80 percent of elementary school students qualify for free lunch and where there are no grocery stores in walking distance.

Two years ago, the market launched its Double Value Program, a

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Biz Briefs: Bookstore in Lenox Features in New Book
11:43AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Bookstore features: The Bookstore in Lenox is featured in a new book that offers a look inside local bookstores that have thrived as central hubs of conversation and learning. Famous New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein's new book "Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores" invites readers into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, charms, and legendary stories.

The Bookstore is not just in Eckstein’s collection of great local bookstores, they kick the whole thing off as the first book featured right on page one. Owner Matt Tannenbaum said that making it into a book like this that only has spots for so many stores

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Soccer Domain Academy Teams Have Perfect Weekend
10:37AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

 

It was an amazing weekend last week for Soccer Domain Academy, which earned maximum points with teams playing at Berkshire Community College and those travelling around the state.   U11 Girls  After a tough start to the season, the girls looked better organized and more disciplined, limiting the visitor’s attacks. SDA took their chances well and went into the break ahead 1-0.   SDA continued this performance into the start of the second half, remaining defensively organized as well as the midfield looking to win the ball back quickly and high up the field. Through this hard work SDA claimed its second goal, winning the ball on the halfway line before creating

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Hotel on North Welcomes New General Manager
10:28AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Paul M. Clark has been named the new general manager of Hotel on North.

"We are excited to welcome Paul M. Clark, an accomplished and well-rounded hotelier, to Hotel on North," said Ann-Juliette Maurice, vice president of operations at Main Street Hospitality Group. "With a proven track record for results, his managerial style and collaborative approach to business partnerships makes him an ideal leader for the hotel team and a valued liaison to the Pittsfield community."

In his role, Clark is responsible for providing leadership, oversight of day-to-day operations, and coordination of marketing efforts for Hotel on North.

Clark comes to

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 7-13
10:24AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR       October 7 - October 13,

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Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
10:18AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World,' at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12, 1492, from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 10, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to reflect that others had

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Berkshire Taconic Announces Final Round of 2016 Grant Deadlines
10:09AM / Friday, October 07, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation today announced the fourth and final round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2016.

Covering the period from October 1 through Dec. 31, the fall cycle of deadlines is open to regional nonprofits, schools and individuals.

 

For nonprofits

The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire and Savoy supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations that provide services to the residents of Adams, Cheshire or Savoy. The fund has up to $100,000 to grant out this year. Applications are due Nov. 1.

The Central Berkshire Fund supports nonprofits, public agencies or community organizations serving

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