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Mount Greylock Committee Recognizes Top Scholar, Reorganizes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Wednesday, November 27, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Amelia Murphy was recognized this month as a "top scholar and an active participant in the classroom and the school community."   District Superintendent Kimberley Grady gave Murphy a Certificate of Academic Excellence during the monthly meeting of the School Committee.   "[Murphy] commands a great deal of respect from her peers and faculty for her level of maturity, integrity and enthusiasm for learning," Grady said.   She said Murphy's active life in and out of school includes hiking, gardening, rowing, Nordic skiing and karate. And with a primary academic interest in science,

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 29-Dec. 5
04:30PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Saturday, Nov. 30 is Small Business Saturday! Get a jump on your holiday shopping in Pittsfield on Small Business Saturday, and be part of a national effort to highlight locally owned small businesses each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Look for special deals throughout downtown and enjoy free parking all day! Plus, keep your eyes out for Santa, who will be popping in and out of downtown businesses from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.!

  MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

FRI Rock & Soul Holiday Show at The Colonial Theatre     The Colonial presents Rev Tor

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Inauguration 2016
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Berkshire Money Management Adviser Receives CEPA Designation
04:28PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's Lauren Russo recently earned the prestigious Certified Exit Planning Advisor designation.

The CEPA program was specifically designed for business advisers who work closely with owners of privately held companies. CEPA designation is given through the Exit Planning Institute, offering the most widely accepted and endorsed professional exit planning program in the world. The organizing principle of the program is Master Planning, the alignment of the three legs of the stool (business, personal, financial), which is executed through the implementation of a process called the Value Acceleration Methodology.

"We manage the assets of

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Balance Rock Investment Group Adds Client Services Administrator
04:21PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Balance Rock Investment Group has added Megan Geary in the position of client services administrator on its financial services team.

Geary joins a team that includes two financial advisers and five support staff dedicated to providing an array of financial products and services that best serve their clients’ needs.

Geary comes most recently from Southern New Hampshire University, where she worked first as a student finance counselor and then as an accounts payable coordinator, working on a team that manages an annual operating budget of more than $2 billion. Prior to SNHU, Geary served for five years as finance manager of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, where

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1Berkshire Announces New Director of Member Services
03:50PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —1Berkshire has hired Christine Hoyt as its new director of Member Services.

In her role, Hoyt will manage all 1Berkshire events and the Berkshire Leadership Program as well as recruit and retain members. She also serves as an integral part of the organization's leadership team. She started working as a consultant for the organization this past summer and 1Berkshire was happy to bring her on board full time in November.

"Already familiar with our organization, Christine Hoyt has been able to make an immediate impact," said 1Berkshire's President & CEO Jonathan Butler. "We’re fortunate to be able to utilize her impressive

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Pittsfield Co-Op Names Assistance Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer
03:46PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Allison E. Loring has joined the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank as assistant vice president/commercial loan officer for the bank's Commercial Loan Department at 70 South St. Pittsfield.  

Prior to joining the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, Loring participated in the prestigious Financial Management Program at GE Capital. Upon completion, Loring served in roles of increasing responsibility for GE Capital Markets, Inc. in New York, London and Connecticut. In addition to her financial background, Loring co-owned and operated the Morgan House in Lee, where she was responsible for daily operations.  

In her new role, Loring will be responsible for the

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Schools Announce Recipients of John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
02:20PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Berkshire County Schools are now announcing the names of students who have received the John and Abigail Adams scholarship. Schools are encouraged to send their lists to info@iberkshires.com to recognize their students in this space.

The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship provides merit-based credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university (with the exception of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design). The waiver is good for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education.

In order for a student to qualify, they must score "advanced" on their grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts, Mathematics tests or

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North Adams Postpones Tree Lighting as Wind, Rain Forecast
01:50PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
In the Berkshires, a snowstorm is sure to be followed by -- rain.    There's a forecast of rain and wind for Wednesday that's forced the cancellation of the tree-lighting in North Adams that has been held on Thanksgiving eve for a number of years.    Instead, the ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at Monument Square (yes, the same time as the Pittsfield tree lighting, so both cities will be lit at once. How will Santa know which one to go to?).    The National Weather Service is predicting rain beginning after 3 p.m. on Wednesday and the possibility of strong winds blowing across the region overnight Wednesday and into Thanksgiving Day.

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New at Investing? Follow These Suggestions
11:34AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

If you're fairly new to investing, you might be wondering what sort of rules you should follow or moves you should make. And while everyone's situation is different, there are indeed guidelines that make sense for all investors. Here are some to consider:

* Learn the basics. The investment world can seem confusing, but the more you know about the basic components, the more confident you will be when you begin to invest. For starters, you will want to be familiar with the essential types of investments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities and so on. And it's also important to know that some investments are designed to provide growth – an increase in the

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Taconic Rain Garden Dedicated to Late Maxymillian Employee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Brian Simard PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A rain garden at the new Taconic High School is being dedicated in memory of one of the workers who helped build it.    Brian Simard was J.H. Maxymillian Co. employee who was killed in a worksite accident just over a year ago at the age of 26.   The School Committee voted last week to place a plaque near the rain gardens in the North Adams native's memory.   "We all felt it was really appropriate to honor the memory of this young man whose profession really took off on this construction site with a memorial by the first project he was really in charge of himself," Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless

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Tyer Gains 2 Votes in Pittsfield Recount; Mazzeo Mulls Appeal
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:59PM / Monday, November 25, 2019

City Councilor Melissa Mazzeo observes the counting at one table on Monday. Mazzeo had requested the hand count of ballots after losing the Nov. 5 mayoral election. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Monday's mayoral recount handed Mayor Linda Tyer two more votes bringing her total over Councilor at Large Melissa Mazzeo to 531.    But while Tyer declared the election settled, Mazzeo is considering legal action based on the same premise that prompted her call for a recount of Nov. 5's mayor election: irregularities in the voting and ballots.    "It's just nonsense. And the results from today have proven that it's nonsense," said Tyer after the

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BRPC Hopes to Gain Louder Voice for Rural Communities
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:58AM / Monday, November 25, 2019
BRPC Executive Director Tom Matuszko, lefft, and commission Chairman Kyle Hanlon at last week's meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the last two years, Thomas Matuszko, the executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has been intermittently traveling the commonwealth listening to concerns of citizens living in rural areas along with his colleagues from the Rural Policy Advisory Commission.    The entity was created by the state Legislature to "enhance the economic vitality of rural communities" and put together a master plan. What the RPAC ultimately wants is a voice in the State House.   "There isn't any centralized department

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