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32 Overcame Adversity to Graduate From Pittsfield Adult Learning Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Student speaker Donald Cummings said he was inspired to change his life through a video game gamertag. He said, 'you can't give up until you actually try.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Earning a GED isn't a goal for most young children. But, life happens.   Life happened for 32 city adults who on Monday celebrated passing the high school equivalency test (HiSET) in the adult diploma program.   Those enrolled in the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center had all set their minds on second chances and earned a general educational development diploma to help themselves and their families.   "Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't


Lanesborough Town Meeting To Consider Budget, Solar Bylaw
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07:35PM / Monday, June 12, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town meeting will be asked to vote on a $11.3 million budget, a new solar bylaw, and bans on styrofoam and single-use plastic bags.   The annual town meeting will kick off at the elementary school at 6 p.m. Tuesday night. The big ticket item is the annual budget, which the Finance Committee is recommending to be at $11,345,891. That represents a $159,192 increase from last year, most of which can be attributed to payments for the Mount Greylock Regional School renovation/new build project.   The assessment for Mount Greylock is up by $92,500, or 3 percent from last year. That increase is entirely attributed to the building project because otherwise,


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Berkshires Beat: YMCA Opening Childcare Center at Mountain Brook School in Lenox
02:42PM / Monday, June 12, 2017

Making a change: The Berkshire Family YMCA will establish a new childcare center at the location of the current Mountain Brook School at 6 Holmes Road in Lenox, effective June 19. Susan Burt, owner and administrator of Mountain Brook School for the last year, has decided to pass the reigns to the Berkshire Family YMCA. Mountain Brook School is in good standing with its license.

“Mountain Brook School opened to provide high quality early childhood education in our community.  As we close at the end of this school year, the need for programs continues to grow and change. I believe the Berkshire Family YMCA's pursuit of additional programing to meet those needs are a positive


Biz Briefs: Beacon Cinema Getting $500,000 Facelift
01:12PM / Monday, June 12, 2017

Cinema facelift: Developer and owner Richard Stanley is investing about $500,000 into the Beacon Cinema beginning this July. The renovation includes the removal of all the existing stadium seating and replacing them with Power Recliners complete with adjustable arm rests. "Our patrons will experience seating for the 21st century," Stanley said.

The renovation will run from mid-July to mid-October. Three theaters will closed at a time. To kick off the new project, the Beacon will be offering a number of promotions and contests throughout the entire renovation period. "We want people to be as excited as we are," said Lydia Shulman, Beacon manager. "We're

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With Mixed Emotions, PHS Grads Celebrate Commencement
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:36PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017

Class President Mary Tullock addresses the class of 2017 during graduation exercises at Tanglewood on Sunday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield High School class President Mary Tullock is both a little scared and excited about graduation.    "We are all diving into what feels like our first mid-life crisis," Tullock said as she addressed the class of 197 students from the Tanglewood stage at Sunday's commencement.    She praised her family, friends, and staff at PHS for helping the students not only get to graduation but set the foundation for each student's future.   "Today is the beginning of the rest of our lives. I don't


210 Braves Graduate From Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:43PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017

Valedictorian Raeayn Warren spliced humor and seriousness together in delivering her address to her fellow classmates during Sunday's ceremony. See more photos here.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The graduates from Taconic High School know there will be challenges and failures in the future.

But, they're also confident that they are brave enough to overcome anything.

"In the coming years, each one of us will face challenges and failures. So whenever you need to, go back to the basics and get in touch with your high school roots," Valedictorian Raeayn Warren told her classmates.    "With that being said, let's not forget to share our successes. We


Lenox High Class of 2017 Reminded to 'Let the Weird Out'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:22PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017

Valedictorian Joseph Bouvier recalls the life lessons he learned in improv. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — The 64 members of the Lenox Memorial High School class of 2017 were sent of to new beginnings with the challenge to "let the weird out."   Valedictorian Joseph Bouvier said he'd learned that as a member of the school's improvisational comedy troupe, which he'd joined as a sophomore.    In fact, he told the graduation gathering at the Koussevitsky Shed at Tanglewood, much of what he'd learned in improv could be transferred as life lessons.    A basic factor in developing improv, Bouvier said, was using the term


North Adams SteepleCats to Appear at Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit
02:43PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats will meet fans and sign autographs at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at Berkshire Mall on Thursday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.   Baseball in the Berkshires, A County's Common Bond, opened in the spring at what organizers hope will be a permanent location across from American Eagle and Spencer's in the mall.   The exhibit is open Fridays from 3 to 9 and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6. The exhibit has a sattelite location at the Old Stone Store in Sheffield through July 2.


St. Luke's Celebrates 250 Years, Restoring Organ, Windows Of Old Church
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Saturday, June 10, 2017

The organ is in pieces right now but soon it will be back together and sounding like new.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It was in 1765 when Lanesborough officially became a town. And soon after, a group of local farmers decided they needed a church.

St. Luke's Episcopal was founded in the living room of William Bradley's farmhouse on Oct. 2, 1767.

The congregation remains an integral part of the town will celebrate the milestone of 250 years on Sunday, June 25.    "We have planned a gala service," said Phil Allen, who is coordinating fundraising efforts. "The bishop is coming and we invited notables from all around and the town. It's


Taconic High School Names Valedictorian Salutatorian 2017
11:52AM / Saturday, June 10, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Raeayn Warren and Jac Lun Lin have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Taconic High School class of 2017.    Principal John Vosburgh has announced that the school will hold its 47th commencement exercises at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, in the gymnasium, as has been tradition at the school for many years.   Warren, daughter of Holly and Derek Warren, has a grade average of 102.1 and has been recognized by the College Board as an Advanced Placement Scholar and received the Superintendents Award for Academic Excellence. She scored "advanced" on all three Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessement System exams required

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@theMarket: FOMO Fuels the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
05:43PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
The fear of missing out (or FOMO) has supported the stock market averages this week. Although it appeared that the indexes simply marked time, appearances can be deceiving.    We made new record highs again this week as investors piled into stocks on any sign of weakness. The fear that stocks will go ever higher fueled those who are underweighted in equities to buy, buy buy. The S&P 500 Index has reached the lower end of my target (2,443) but could easily spike to 2,475, which is at the top of my range.   In bull markets, and this one certainly qualifies, I often observe traders attention move from concentrating on one set of sectors to focusing on another. Price usually


Graphic Impact Signs Builds Custom Cornhole Boards For Pittsfield Fire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

The donation is a small act of kindness to bring a little more fun to the firefighters. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — John Renzi says a successful business needs to give back to the community.   The latest for his business, Graphic Impact Signs, is custom cornhole boards for every city Fire Department engine company, and one for the Lanesborough Fire Department.   He and his brother Dan delivered the boards to the stations on Friday.   "They have some down time so we hope to bring some fun into their lives," John Renzi said.   The donation is seemingly small, but at the firefighters with Engine 5 thought the boards were awesome. Graphic Impact Signs makes the


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