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Pittsfield Dedicates Adult Learning Center To William Stickney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

William Travis, former superintendent of the Pittsfield schools, shares stories of Adult Learning Center founder Bill Stickney at the renaming of the center in Stickney's honor on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the latter part of William Stickney's career, he struggled to walk.    Then Superintendent of Schools William Travis remembers seeing Stickney sitting on the stairs in the Mercer Building, using his arms to push himself up one stair at a time as he attempted to get to his office.   That was Stickney's dedication to the belief that all adults deserved a second chance.   "The office wasn't going to close. It was always going to be

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Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Draws Hundreds to Benefit Freeman Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Friday, September 21, 2018

Marchers hold signs for Christa Steele-Knudslien who was murdered in North Adams last January. Her husband was charged in her murder. See more photos from the event here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds walked, and some stumbled, down North Street in high heels during the Walk a Mile In Her Shoes march to raise money and spread awareness of gender violence.   Elizabeth Freeman Center Executive Director Janis Broderick welcomed all the walkers who came out during the event at Third Thursday, including elected officials, business leaders, residents from throughout the county and all those who demand change.   "I want to welcome you to the eighth annual march to stop

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The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.   This hit home for me recently when my wife and I began discussing our next automobile purchase or lease. In times past, our decision may have been based on what vehicles provided the best fuel mileage or winter safety in snow and ice conditions. But this year, it was all about what car would be most appropriate for our

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Marijuana Approved For Former KFC In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A lot has changed in two years.    Nearly two years ago to the date the Zoning Board of Appeals denied a permit for a medical marijuana facility at the former Kentucky Fried Chicken on East Street because it was detrimental to the neighborhood. On Wednesday, the ZBA approved an even bigger recreational marijuana facility on the same location.    Heka Health is proposing to tear down the former KFC and renovate the Tailored Events properties for a recreational marijuana dispensary. The KFC will become a parking lot for the site.    The ZBA unanimously approved the application, adding only conditions that it be closed by 9 p.m. and that

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SBA Touts Small Business Success Stories of The Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, September 20, 2018

Steve Oakes has a really cool washing machine — well, actually four of them. LENOX, Mass. — For most of her life, Suzanne Merritt always played it safe and conservative.    Then she got cancer and her perspective changed. For years she had it in her mind that one day she would be able to own the gym where she was a trainer but always saw it as an intimidating risk.   But after cancer, she realized the worst thing that would happen with a business is that it would fail, not kill her.    So she went all in for it. It took some 10 months to finally work out a deal but eventually, she purchased Lenox Fitness Center and Spa — now called Lenox Fit

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Central Berkshire Habitat Condo Project Receives Permits
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity's Gordon Deming project is a go.    The non-profit received the local permits needed on Tuesday for the six-unit, three-building condominium project. The project has been in the works for a decade since Berkshire Gas first donated the property on Deming Street and Executive Director Carolyn Valli believes it will be out to bid in March.    The $1.1 million project was anticipated to break ground this fall and had been heralded by city and state officials when Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito awarded a $425,000 grant toward it last November but lining up permitting has proven to be a challenge.

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Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22
03:13PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fall Foliage Children's Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 28, is always a highlight of the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  — The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival kicks off this weekend with the theme "Year of the Dog."

Traditionally, the Fall Foliage Parade takes place on the first Sunday of each October. The exception to that tradition is when the first Sunday in October falls during Columbus Day weekend. In this instance, the parade and festival are usually moved a week earlier.

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online or links accompanying individual events.

 

Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-noon: The Children's

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Offers Classes, Groups
01:57PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers classes and events to help patients learn more about their health in groups.

* Early Intervention Play Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, every Monday, except holidays, Catamount Connections, 504 Main St., Suite 1 in Bennington: Children's Integrated Services and Early Intervention host a play group for children birth to age 3 and their parents and siblings. The play group includes a snack, story time, art activities, and free play. Coordinators also provide education to parents and caregivers.

* Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors, 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week
01:43PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP of Massachusetts, is hosting a 50-Plus Job Fair, featuring companies that are age-friendly or thinking about developing a multi-generational workforce.

The targeted job seekers who are looking for full-time or part-time work will be able to use their age and experience to their advantage. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with their job search.

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both

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Women Business Owners: Don't Forget About Your Retirement Plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

American Business Women's Day is celebrated on Sept. 22. And there is indeed cause for celebration, because, in recent decades, the number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now women-owned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you'll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there's also an area you can't ignore – your retirement. Specifically, you need to consider establishing your own retirement plan.

Most plans available to you are fairly easy to establish and maintain, and are not terribly costly to

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Caccaviello Announces Write-In Campaign For District Attorney
Staff Reports,
10:31AM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The bell has been rung to start Round 2.    Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary.   Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to continue to seek the office of district attorney. After releasing the statement, Caccaviello did not respond to multiple messages left with him.   "For thirty years, my commitment has been to the citizens of Berkshire County. Many of the voters who have reached out to me over the last two weeks have expressed two common concerns: the importance of a

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