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Force 12U Softball Team Rallies for Win
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10:14AM / Monday, September 16, 2019
The Berkshire Force 12-and-under travel softball league rallied to win the second of two games Sunday in the Capital Region Fall Ball league.   Grace Juliano singled down the third-base line as time expired to score Mia DeJesus and Audrianna Pelkey, beating the Guilderland, N.Y., Red, 11-10.   Audrina Maloney went 3-for-3 and scored three times in the win.   In Sunday's first game, the Ballston Spa, N.Y., Scotties beat the Force, 17-8. Paxton Ebling made a couple of big plays in left field, and DeJesus and Bri Lynch split time in the circle in the loss.

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Northern Berkshire Coalition Brainstorms Topics for Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires.com Staff
03:59AM / Monday, September 16, 2019

Jacob Schutz, assistant principal at Mount Greylock Regional School, speaks about keeping communication open between the community and its schools on Friday at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition first monthly forum.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its annual "needs assessment forum" on Friday to gather ideas for future forum topics.

But when the topics are narrowed down and announced, Executive Director Amber Besaw warned, the more than 100 people in the room on Friday shouldn't be surprised if they see ideas they hadn't heard mentioned in the room at The Green. That's because, for the first time, the Coalition held

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Inauguration 2016
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Distillers See Fertile Ground for Spirits in the Berkshires
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:02AM / Sunday, September 15, 2019

Matt Brogan and Katherine Hand began their cidery in a closet in Brooklyn; now they're setting up in the mill next to Riley. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two sets of artisan distillers from different parts of the county are setting up shop in a renovated mill along the so-called "Cultural Corridor."   Ryan Max Riley was looking for something different when he brought his rum distillery to Greylock Works from the high mountains of Colorado.   "None of this was even designed when I moved in," he said recently from his small space within the massive former textile mill.  "I had no idea what it would look like. But I trusted Sal and Karla ... I

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Pittsfield School Committee Updated on Beginning of School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:13AM / Saturday, September 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Public Schools has started the new school year with more than 5,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through Grade 12.   School administrators provided an update the beginning of the year at Wednesday's School Committee meeting.   "I would like to welcome everybody back and it is hard to believe we are at the start of another school years but here we are," Chairwoman Katherine Yon said at the meeting broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television.   Superintendent Jason McCandless thanked the many people who helped prepare the schools for incoming students as well as community members who help make the Pittsfield

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@theMarket: Investors Discover Value Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
05:10PM / Friday, September 13, 2019
Value stocks, those equities that have fallen out of favor, have made a comeback this week. These underpriced orphans have become the new darlings of Wall Street, while high-flyers (think software and some tech) have sold off. What does this say about the markets?   The short answer is that we have more room to run. It means, in my opinion, that we will reach and break historical highs in the U.S. averages and that we should have fairly smooth sailing into October. If, at that point, there are breakthroughs in the trade issue and the Federal Reserve Bank cuts interest rates, we could see the markets continue climbing. If, on the other hand, Trump trashes Chinese exports again and/or

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Pittsfield to Release Morningside Fire Station RFP Again
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Friday, September 13, 2019

The council is hoping a developer will be interested in the long-closed Morningside firehouse. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council wants to offload the historic Morningside Fire Station, optimally, to a developer.   The council had requested that the city conduct a surplus property sale and, Tuesday, it looked at a complete list of city-owned properties. The list spanned hundreds of properties, some available for disposition others still utilized by the city.   However, the one property the councilors focused on was the decrepit Morningside firehouse located on 231 Tyler St. The 1906 building has been out of service since 1970.   "I have talked to a lot of

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The Independent Investor: Europe Throws in the Towel
By Bill Schmick,
07:39PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced a major new stimulus package on Thursday. A key interest rate was reduced, and a new bond-buying program was announced, amounting to $22 billion per month. In the past, those efforts would have been enough to boost the European economy, but will it be enough this time around?

It is not as if we haven't seen this before. Through the years, ever since the Financial Crisis of 2009, the ECB, as well as other central banks around the world, have stimulated their economies to avoid recession, or something worse. The problem is that monetary policy can only do so much before central banks find themselves "pushing on a string."

The ECB is

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Firefighters Knock Down Fire at Lanesborough Truck Repair Shop
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07:25PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A swift response knocked down a small fire in a garage bay at Village Truck Sales on Thursday evening.    A motorist notified police that he believed there was a fire at the Route 8 business and Fire Chief Charlie Durfee said the call of a structure fire came in at 5:39 p.m.   "The first engines to pull up on scene were Lanesborough and Cheshire's Engine 2, because they come for us right away, and they found a small fire inside the [bay] door on the left," he said. "We got in and knocked it down quick. ... There was more smoke than anything."   The blaze was contained to the inside corner in the northern-most bay and

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 13-19
05:55PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019
Next Thursday, Sept. 19 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile!
The final 3rd Thursday of 2019 is 3rd Thursday: Walk a Mile, a fun annual fundraiser which raises money for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. Plus enjoy a live performance from Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Barkha Dance Company in the Jacob's Pillow Dance Zone, food, vendors and other entertainment for the entire family. 5-8 p.m.   MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE SAT Food for

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'Before You Know It': Wherein the Critic Bemoans ...
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:32PM / Thursday, September 12, 2019
Wherein the Critic Bemoans the Vanishing of Local Moviehouses, Extolls the Virtues of Independent Films, Makes the World Safe for Democracy and Sings an Homage to the Family — Leo Tolstoy, "Anna Karenina."   This quote came to mind as I watched director-writer Hannah Pearl Utt's "Before You Know It," a charmingly engaging dramedy with a screwball slant that teaches a life lesson or two while touching our hearts and tickling our funny bones. Besides, I always wanted to use that axiom.   The story is brainy, sophisticated and bereft of gratuitous violence. So don't expect to find it at the highway multiplex. It's about two sisters who discover a

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What Can a Financial Advisor Do for You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:54AM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

What does investing mean to you? If the word makes you think of transactions – buying or selling stocks and bonds – you're looking at just part of the picture. To work toward all your goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need a comprehensive financial strategy. And for that, you might need to work with a personal financial advisor.

But what, specifically, can this type of professional do for you? Here are some of the key services a financial advisor can provide:

* Help you invest for your retirement: An experienced financial advisor can look at all the relevant factors – your current and projected income, age at which you’d like to retire, desired

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Pittsfield City Council Welcomes Sammons as Fire Chief
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Thomas Sammons is sworn in for the  second time by City Clerk Michele Benjamin. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday formally ratified the appointment of Thomas Sammons as the new fire chief and director of emergency management.   "It is exciting a great group of guys got promoted tonight, everybody worked hard and I could not be happier," he said after being sworn in in front of a full City Council Chamber. "I have a great support staff and a lot of support here tonight it makes me feel really good."    Mayor Linda Tyer named Sammons chief last week and he was sworn in to take immediate command of the Fire Department.

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