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Supplemental Bill Has $1M for Rural Schools, $200K for Barton's Crossing
03:03PM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
BOSTON — The Legislature's recently passed $541 million closeout supplemental budget for fiscal 2019 includes another $1 million rural school aid, for in fiscal 2020, for a total of $3.5 million in rural school aid this fiscal year.    "I'm happy to see this bill make those investments in public education, regional school transportation, public transportation, among many other areas " said state Sen. Adam Hinds, who has been a strong proponent of increasing aid to the schools in his largely rural district. "It is my hope that, in providing this additional investment, we can expand this program and make meaningful investments in more school

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Lanesborough Tigers Show Improvement, but Drop Second Game at World Championships
iBerkshires.com Sports,
08:59AM / Saturday, December 14, 2019
CANTON, Ohio -- The Lanesborough Tigers Friday dropped their second of two games at the World Youth Football Championships, falling to the Montana Outlaws, 30-0.   "The Outlaws had a very well-oiled passing attack that included four or five wideouts on each play, which is something the Tigers have never played defense against," Lanesborough coach Jason Pause said. "We eventually adjusted and improved our defense against the West Coast style offense, but not before getting down several touchdowns from some big pass plays."   In Friday's consolation game, the Tigers' offense had more success than it did in Thursday's tournament opener, but it was

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Inauguration 2016
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@theMarket: The 'Apprentice' Manages the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:02PM / Friday, December 13, 2019
Where to begin? The China trade deal, the UK elections, the impeachment of the president? Let's not forget the agreement on a new North American trade deal as well. It was a heck of a week and Donald Trump flawlessly controlled the news flow.   Boris Johnson, the Conservative Party leader and prime minister of England, won the greatest majority since Margaret Thatcher on Thursday evening. That is good news for the United Kingdom. His victory also supercharges hopes that a Brexit deal can finally be accomplished in 2020. The British pound skyrocketed over 3 percent on the news, and the London stock market was up 2 percent as well. Good news.   The replacement for NAFTA, called

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Rain, Rain and Then ... Snow? Wet Weekend Ahead
02:48PM / Friday, December 13, 2019

Next week will bring a cross-country storm, but the path it takes will determine what parts of the Northeast and Midwest see snow: https://t.co/WIKUKRfH3B pic.twitter.com/LqPeheYGdF

— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) December 13, 2019 This weekend is starting off with icy rain that will switch to drenching, and then the beginning of the week could start with a foot of snow depending on which path a cross-country storm takes over the next couple days   The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect from Friday afternoon until 10 p.m. as light, freezing rain enters the region. The Albany, N.Y., office is warning there could be very slippery roads, sidewalks

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State Income Tax to Drop for Sixth Time This Decade
11:31AM / Friday, December 13, 2019
BOSTON — Massachusetts residents are getting some income tax relief in the new year with individual rate dropping to its lowest in years thanks to a state law passed nearly two decades ago.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday said the state's Part B individual income tax rate will be reduced from 5.05 percent to 5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2020. This upcoming tax cut represents the conclusion of the statutory process laid out in a 2002 state law to lower the income tax rate to 5 percent based on certain state revenue milestones, and will return $88 million in fiscal 2020 and approximately $185 million in fiscal 2021 to taxpayers.   "Starting in January, the income

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Pittsfield City Council Asks For Recalculated Sewer Rates
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, December 13, 2019

The City Council, in the last meeting of this term, voted to send the sewer rate schedule back for reconsideration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council unanimously acted on a petition Tuesday kicked the sewer rate schedule back to the administration to more accurately reflect the decreased costs for wastewater upgrade project.   "There is no reason to be stashing $20 million in the enterprise fund when it is not going to be spent on this project," Ward 4 City Councilor Christopher Connell said. "I think the ratepayers have suffered quite a bit ... we have the power to do this right now."   The city is under an administrative order by

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The Independent Investor: False Promises Hit Farmers, Manufacturers
By Bill Schmick,
05:31PM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
The very people who were supposed to benefit from making America great again have become victims of the man who promised them so much but has delivered so little.   While the Rust Belt states of Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania teeter on the edge of recession, those in the agricultural sector (also Wisconsin, as well as Georgia, Nebraska and Kansas) are already facing an increasing number of bankruptcies. These are the swing states that carried Donald Trump to a win three years ago. They are now feeling the brunt of his trade, tariff, and wholesale rejection of climate change.   Farm bankruptcies through September 2019 are up 24 percent versus last

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BCC's Nursing Program Restored to Full Approval
03:48PM / Thursday, December 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's Associate Degree in Nursing program is once again in full compliance with the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing requirements and will start accepting students again in the fall of 2020.

This news was announced at the Board of Registration in Nursing's Dec. 11 board meeting. A site survey was completed by board designees in October 2019 and the positive results of that visit were shared this week. In that site survey, board personnel reviewed documentation, met with students, faculty and staff, toured the facilities, and carefully examined both current data and plans for future data collection.

The college's

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'Dark Waters': 'They Were All My Sons'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:34PM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
"They were all my sons." — Joe, in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons"   Pogo's Walt Kelly capsulized man's inhumanity to man when he coined a cynical variation on U.S. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's 1813 missive to Army General William Henry Harrison, informing, after the victory at Lake Erie, "We have met the enemy and they are ours." Kelly's version, written on the occasion of the infamous McCarthy hearings, and since employed in anti-pollution demonstrations, reads, "We have met the enemy and he is us."   So, what do we do? A closing statement in Todd Haynes' beyond disturbing "Dark Waters," about one

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'It's A Wonderful Life' Radio Play Being Staged in Cheshire
02:28PM / Thursday, December 12, 2019

This particular production is intended to be "script-in-hand," a full reading/performance of a play where the actors are allowed to have their scripts in their hands so lines need not be memorized.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — The Cheshire Community Association will present a community production of the Frank Capra family classic "It’s a Wonderful Life," adapted by Tony Palermo, at Tuesday, December 17, at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish at 159 Church St.

Brought to the stage as a 1940s radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, a dozen actors play radio dramatists, who, in turn, portray 30 characters from the heart-warming holiday

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December
01:00PM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during November.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of West Stockbridge and Westhampton for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  West Stockbridge Town Hall, 21 State Line Road ​Westhampton Town Hall, 1 South Road.

Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at 413-768-2373. These office hours provide an opportunity for those seeking assistance with

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 13-19
11:31AM / Thursday, December 12, 2019
SAT-SUN Holiday Shindy Handmade Craft Fair The annual Holiday Shindy returns to the former Shire City Sanctuary, now the Al-Khalil Cultural Center. Forty accomplished artisan vendors will sell their unique and distinctive offerings. Enjoy hot drinks from Dottie's Coffee Lounge and lunch from Braise Worthy while you shop. Shindy hours are Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 and children under the age of 12 are free.

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

SAT Makeup Art: A Pop-up Show at The Lichtenstein Seven make-up

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