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MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Whet Towel was the winning idea in this year's challenge.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There were three finalists for the third annual Innovation and Entrepreneurial Challenge on Wednesday night. They were different yet had one thing in common: being eco-friendly or at least all-natural.    But it was the pitch about making disposal razors last longer that stood out for the judges and deemed worthy of the $10,000 prize.    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.    "For years, I've been using

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New Police Advisory Committee Briefed on Public Records, Open Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:04AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Even if the Police Advisory Committee recommends an officer receive discipline regarding an incident, it won't know the actual results.   That's what Police Chief Michael Wynn told the group at its second meeting on Tuesday. The committee will be tasked with reviewing internal affairs reports after the fact to provide some oversight of the department but it will only be privy to whether or not there was a discipline issue  — not what it entailed.   Wynn said the department in some cases could prepare a document showing results of discipline to provide a history of what has happened in similar cases but without names. And it can show

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Career Fair Draws 150 Job Seekers to Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Attendance at the longstanding annual event tends to ebb and flow based on the labor market trends at the time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair.   The event drew 73 exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers, including BerkshireJobs.com, an affiliate of iBerkshires.   According to Benjamin Lamb, economic development director for 1Berkshires, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.   "There are a lot of manufacturing jobs out there right now. It is a growing sector.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Hosts Annual Humane Race
12:28PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Animal action

Berkshire Humane Society's 17th annual Humane Race – a timed 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefitting homeless animals – will be hosted for the second year by the city of North Adams on Saturday, April 27. Participants are invited to run and walk with or without a leashed canine companion. Proceeds benefit Berkshire Humane Society and the homeless animals of the Berkshires. The race will be timed by Berkshire Running Center.

BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and

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Earth Day Offers Valuable Lessons to Investors
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:59AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On April 22, millions of people will observe Earth Day by participating in events that support environmental protection. As a citizen, you may want to take part in a local celebration. And as an investor, you can learn a few lessons from the themes of Earth Day.

Here are a few of them:

Avoid a toxic investment environment. A recurring topic of Earth Day is the necessity of reducing toxins from our air, water and land. And, while you might not think of it in those terms, your portfolio can also contain some "toxic" elements in the form of investments that may be hindering your progress, or, at the very least, not contributing to it. For instance, you might own some investments

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BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year
Staff Reports,
10:18AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is suspending its nursing program for a year.   The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.   "We have a 50-year history of graduating excellent practitioners and this brief pause allows us to address specific areas of focus that have been highlighted by our accrediting and licensing bodies," said college President Ellen Kennedy in

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Lanesborough Selectmen Vote Down Police Station Feasibility Study
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The police station dates to the 1880s. See more photos of its condition here. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — At about 7:30 Tuesday night, Chairman of the three-member Board of Selectmen John Goerlach asked for a motion. And there was silence.   The board had just spent an hour and a half critiquing a request for qualifications on conducting a needs assessment and feasibility study for a police station. It included looking at potential renovations to the current station, building new on a parcel near Laston Field, or renovations to building on the existing Vacation Village property.    But in a 2-1 vote, the Selectmen opted not to release the request and instead will look

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College Notes: April & May 2019
01:10PM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College Grace Ellrodt working on a window insert. Read the full story here.  Grace Ellrodt of Lenox, a junior at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, recently presented the results of her environmental studies capstone project titled "Insulating Window Insert Interventions in Energy Injustice: Incentives, Barriers, & Strategies."    Ellrodt, the daughter of Dr. and Ms. Anthony G. Ellrodt and a 2016 graduate of Lenox Memorial High School, worked with two other students, Newell Woodworth of Lambertville, N.J., and Griff Golden of Riverside, Conn., on the project in collaboration with Window Dressers, a nonprofit working to help

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Biz Briefs: Couple Returns to Berkshires to Buy Catherine's Chocolates
11:34AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Change of chocolate hands

The iconic Catherine’s Chocolate handcrafted chocolatier was sold on April 12 to Steven and Trent Kinney of Lenox, Mass. The couple recently returned to the Berkshires, one having completed his military service. Both men were captains in the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army piloting Apache helicopters and led teams as large as 80 soldiers.

Catherine's Chocolate owner Kathy Sinico is retiring after more than 40 years of hand crafting chocolates from the same location on Route 7 in Great Barrington. The chocolatier has been a pillar of the South Berkshires, well known for its homey atmosphere and the scent of chocolate. Patrons return year after

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Longtime Nephrologist Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award
11:18AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A highly respected and longtime Berkshire Medical Center nephrologist has been recognized with the 2019 Patient-Centered Physician Award, presented annually to a physician who exemplifies the philosophy of patient-centered care at BMC.

Dr. Henry Rose, who has served kidney disease and dialysis patients at BMC for more than 30 years, was awarded the honor during a special breakfast ceremony on March 29, National Doctors Day.

"Henry works in an environment and with patients facing a critical illness and life-altering treatments and care. When these patients first begin their dialysis, they are naturally concerned, nervous, and are often frightened about their

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Pittsfield's Business Development Manager Discusses Challenges, Successes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are three companies that would expand immediately if there was a building with 20,000-square-feet of warehouse space available, according to Business Development Manager Michael Coakley.   In less than 24 hours, Coakley presented to two different city boards on his work over the last year or so. The business manager is tasked with helping to bring companies to the city -- with his biggest success being Wayfair -- and helping local ones grow. When asked what the biggest challenges are, he said it is the availability of space.   "There are at least three local companies that we have here who, if we had 20,000 square-feet of warehouse type space,

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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Urged to Think Green
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Mary Stucklen, a member of the Pittsfield Green Committee, had some green advice for the forum participants on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — We've all heard it before, but the "reduce, reuse, recycle" mantra is one we should still be heeding.

That was the message a group of environmental advocates gave to the approximately 100 participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday, titled "Moving Toward Sustainable Living in North Berkshire": Do what you can to help reduce your own footprint.

Elena Traister, professor of environmental studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, got the ball rolling by reminding the audience of the

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