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North Berkshire Orthopaedic Specialist Joins Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates
11:26AM / Monday, April 30, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. James R. Parkinson, a well-respected and former longtime provider of Orthopaedic services in North Berkshire, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates.

Dr. Parkinson will provide orthopaedic evaluation and care at Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates' North Adams Campus of BMC office.

Parkinson served on the medical staff of the former North Adams Regional Hospital and with the former Orthopedic Associates of Williamstown for more than 20 years. He also served as medical director of Sports Medicine and Team Physician for Williams

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BRPC: State's Housing Choice Program No Good For Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Monday, April 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker is looking to curb a housing crisis in the Boston metro area through his Housing Choice Initiative.   But the program will be used little, if at all, in the Berkshires where the issue isn't so much the need for new housing but for rehabilitation of older housing. But this area does rely heavily on such programs as MassWorks, Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities, and the state Department of Transportation's capital and Complete Streets programs. Language in the Housing Choice Initiative puts the Berkshires at a disadvantage for those.   Those grant programs are competitive among communities across the state.

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Pittsfield, Unions Settle On Six-Year Deal For Health Insurance
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Monday, April 30, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Public employees will be paying a greater percentage of the health insurance split with a new six-year agreement with the city.   City officials and the Public Employee Committee, which consists of representatives from numerous employee bargaining units, has settled an agreement that will drop the city's percentage of health care for active employees and non-Medicare retirees by 5 percent over the course of the contract.    In return, the unions are getting a new lower cost option, retirees on Medex are retaining their split, and stability for the next six years.   "We came to something that made sense for all of our groups," said

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4 Freedoms Workshops Explore Ways to Advocate, Connect
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:25PM / Sunday, April 29, 2018

Professor Frances Jones-Sneed gives the keynote addressing, urging the workshop participants to stand up against injustice. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some came to share insights on their political experience, some wanted to know how they could change their communities, others to connect with like-minded people on issues important to them.    "Look at the people we have, these are the lead people in our county doing these things and they're talking to small groups," said Becky Mieir, organizer for the "Step Up: Empowering Ourselves" series of workshops held Saturday at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Nearly 100 area residents spent the

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Dalton-Hinsdale Little League Celebrates Start to Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:59AM / Sunday, April 29, 2018
DALTON, Mass. — On one of the few spring days the region has enjoyed this year, the boys' summer got things started at Chamberlain Park.   Escorted by fire trucks and cheerleaders and members of the Wahconah Regional High School baseball team, the six teams of the Dalton-Hinsdale Little League paraded to the field where they will hone their skills over the next seven weeks and — they hope — on into June and July.   "A few weeks ago, I didn't think we'd be having this ceremony today," league President Ben Melle said to the crowd gathered at the field.   But thanks to the hard work of numerous volunteers and a little break from the

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Spring Harbinger Butterflies Abound on Mount Greylock
By Tor Hansen, Community Submission
05:44PM / Saturday, April 28, 2018

Above, a mourning cloak, or Nymphalis antiopa, soaks up the sun after overwintering on the mountain. Right, a spring beauty is ready to bloom.   

ADAMS, Mass. — Under azure blue skies our sun is warming the ground story all around the woodlands of Mount Greylock, and the native butterflies are responding. Drawn out of winterlong hibernation, resident species are actively flitting about, searching for mates, and sipping both ground moisture and sap from oak and beech trees.

As April warmth pervades the trailside glens, as winter's remnant snows remain and recede, one may find joy in witnessing these showy denizens basking in vernal warmth, and dashing and

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Cain Hibbard Partner Named ’Lawyer of the Year’
05:51PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Best Lawyers has named Cain Hibbard partner Diane M. DeGiacomo as 2018 “Lawyer of the Year.” 

This distinction is presented annually to one outstanding lawyer in a particular specialty and geographical area who has achieved the highest consensus opinion of their professional abilities by their colleagues. DeGiacomo was one of only two lawyers in Massachusetts selected in the area of family law, with the other lawyer practicing in Boston. 

DeGiacomo, who serves as the chair of the Litigation Department at Cain Hibbard, has practiced law for more than 30 years. She concentrates in the areas of family law, employment law and civil litigation.

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Pittsfield Highlights Tree Planting Program To Honor Arbor Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:00PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

Laurie Reid outlined the state's Greening the Gateway Cities program.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state has planted more than 1,100 trees throughout the city over the last two years.

And, in honor of Arbor Day, one more was added to the total.

"At the end of 2017, Pittsfield, so far, has been planted with 1,173 trees through the Greening the Gateway Cities program. Statewide, Greening the Gateway Cities program last year has planted 11,637 trees," Laurie Reid, a forester with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, said.   "The program's goal is to plant 10 trees per acre within our planting area. It will increase the urban tree canopy by 5 to

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BCC Phi Theta Kappa Scholars Honored at State House Ceremony
04:09PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

BOSTON — Two Berkshire Community College students were honored by the Massachusetts Community Colleges Executive Office at a ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on April 18.

Iolani DeRis and Bridget Wnukowski were among a small group of scholars honored as the highest academic achievers of the community colleges system and were presented with medallions and certificates for being named to Phi Theta Kappa’s All-Massachusetts Academic Team.

Every year, MCCEO hosts this event at the State House in Boston to showcase the best and brightest of the 15 college system. The event is co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, and the

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MCLA Names Winner of Innovation Challenge
03:55PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Shannon Cahill of Grafton was the winner of the college's second annual Innovation and Entrepreneurship Challenge.

Her winning idea was for "Greylock Sound," a performing arts booking and promotion agency she co-founded in December 2017.

The challenge aims to match entrepreneurial students with resources and networking opportunities that will help them to make their ideas a reality. Also recognized at the competition as the runner-up was senior Ashley Anderson of Springfield, for "Kumba," a cross-platform, digital mental health counseling mobile phone application

For her winning idea, Cahill

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Hiking Trail Loops Around Health Center
03:49PM / Friday, April 27, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Did you leave your CHP appointment with a prescription for a health-enhancing hike? No problem! CHP has a hiking path right outside the door of its Great Barrington Health Center.

Thanks to a 2016 collaboration between CHP, Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Greenagers and Great Barrington Trails and Greenways, your trip to the CHP’s Great Barrington Health Center can include a hike that can be short or long, depending on your choice at the fork in the trail.

In late 2016, CHP dedicated a newly constructed 1.5-mile hiking and walking trail, which connects a total of five miles of trails in the immediate vicinity. The CHP section was built by a

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@theMarket: Peak Earnings Versus the Yield Curve
By Bill Schmick,
03:39PM / Friday, April 27, 2018
"Never a dull market" could be the motto of choice to describe stock market performance year-to-date. This week, we need to add two more concerns to the market's wall of worry.   "Peak earnings" is the first issue, which has been brought to the forefront by the 18-20 percent earnings gains reported by companies thus far for the first quarter. The bears would describe peak earnings as the peak of a growth cycle for a stock or a group of stocks such as an index like the S&P 500 or Russel 2000.   Typically during peak earnings, a company will report big "beats" in revenue and profits, but management will then guide investors'

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