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Lanesborough Honors Longtime Firefighters
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:01AM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The Selectmen hears from new Lakeside Restaurant manager James Maston. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday recognized four longtime firefighters who have a 130 years of combined service.   Town Manager Kelli Robbins presented Capt. Ryan McCormick (20 years), Deputy Chief Jeff DeChaine (30 years), Inspector Tom Rathbun (40 years), and Capt. Charles Garrity (40 years) with certificates for meritorious service. Chief Charlie Durfee was on hand for the presentation.   Robbins, Selectmen Henry Sayers and Gordon Hubbard, and everyone in attendance gave a short round of applause and "Thank you for your service" as each received their honor. They

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Pittsfield Councilors Start School Resource Officer Conversation
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Karen Kalinowsy, who was a school resource officer during her police career, talks about the benefits of the position in the Pittsfield Public Schools.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Committee on Public Health and Safety approved taking up a petition to fill the vacant resource officer position at Reid Middle School and began the conversation about police presence in the schools.    The City Council subcommittee acknowledged Monday night that it did not have the power to dictate staffing levels in the police force or schools but took the opportunity to hear from residents and city and school officials about school resource officers (SRO).   "I want to thank

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EforAll Pitch Competition Brings Out Innovative Ideas
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:57PM / Monday, February 10, 2020

Deborah Gallant of EforAll welcomes the attendees at Wednesday's pitch competition. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local business pitch competition was proof positive that great ideas know no boundaries — or age.    More than 150 people turned out on Wednesday at The Green on Main Street for the event hosted by EforAll to see products from 14 businesses and 2 1/2 minute pitches from eight of them.    The winner of the $1,000 first prize as well as $500 fan favorite bonus was a group of Williams College students who are developing Lifestack Supplements, a health-oriented coffee creamer supplement. Coming in second was Aaron Johnson of Monterey for his

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Pittsfield Passes Body Art Regulation Amendments
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Monday, February 10, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Board of Health approved amendments to the body art regulations but will continue to not allow minors to get tattoos.    After hearing from some tattoo shop owners Wednesday during a public hearing, the board voted to approve amendments to the "Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Practice of Body Art" without changes to their original amendments.   "Thank you for coming in and you educated us on what you are dealing with and have made some very good points," Chairman Alan Kulberg said.   The board opened up the floor to the public and first heard from April Shepard, owner of Rock'n Ink at 1500 East

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Pine Brook Pub Wants to Make New Memories in Adams
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
07:15AM / Sunday, February 09, 2020

The updated bar side of the establishment.  ADAMS, Mass. — Transforming one of Adams' most iconic watering holes is a daunting task but natives Tammie and Trent Shafer are off to a good start.   The new Pine Brook Pub in the former Chick's Bar & Grill is a hospitable, spotless, welcoming, family-friendly reboot of its predecessor. The space underwent extensive renovations before a soft opening in late November. The Shafers want it to be a destination spot again, just with a different goal for the customers.   "We want to be more family oriented, that's why we chose the word pub instead of bar or restaurant. Half the place is the bar area and

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@theMarket: Central Banks Stem Coronavirus Fallout
By Bill Schmick,
11:48AM / Saturday, February 08, 2020
Financial markets rebounded this week, despite the escalation of the number of coronavirus cases worldwide. The upturn may have surprised some, but their mistake was underestimating the power of central banks to support the markets.   The bear case last Sunday evening was that the Chinese stock market would crater upon opening after being closed for Golden Week, the traditional Chinese New Year. While Shanghai did open down 9 percent, it quickly reversed and spent the rest of the week climbing out of that hole.   The main reason for this rebound was the announcement by Chinese authorities that they were prepared to support their financial markets. Publicly, they announced a $22

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Lanesborough Woman Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement
04:09PM / Friday, February 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Lanesborough woman pleaded guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Friday to embezzling nearly $50,000 over a period of two years.    Elizabeth Hakes, 48, admitted to guilt on two counts of larceny over $1,200 by a single scheme related to embezzling funds from Berkshire Works and the Austen Riggs Center.   The Berkshire district attorney's office requested 18 months of incarceration and two years of probation following. Defense counsel requested a suspended sentence and two years' probation. The state's sentence guidelines call for up to two years of incarceration.   Judge John Agostini sentenced her to two years at the House of

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The Independent Investor: The Great Tax Migration
By Bill Schmick,
01:00PM / Friday, February 07, 2020
Americans have been moving from high tax states to lower tax states for decades.   Climate, cheaper housing prices, less congestion, and jobs are some of the reasons behind such moves. That trend, however, has added taxes to that list, thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.   Many of those reasons for moving have been with us ever since Horace Greeley, the American author and newspaper man, reportedly first advised America's youth to "Go west." Back in 19th-century America, the country had embraced the concept of "Manifest Destiny." The Horace Greeleys of the world had argued that it was inevitable, justified, and our God-given right to expand

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Pittsfield Firefighters Douse Structure, Kitchen Fires Thursday
12:50PM / Friday, February 07, 2020

Firefighters extinguish a structure fire on McArthurStreet. The cause was not known late Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters responded to two different blazes on Thursday. No one was injured in either fire but the homes in which they occurred suffered some damage.    The first was at 6:30 a.m. at 73 McArthur St. According to Deputy Chief Daniel Garner, the Fire Department found fire in the attic and roof on arrival. E-5 crew stretched a 1 3/4-inch hand line and attacked main body of fire. E-1 crew stretched a 2-inch backup hose line. E-3 crew provided water supply and searched the building for occupants. Truck-2 ventilated the roof and salvage/overhaul. Fire was

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'Gretel & Hansel': Grimm Doings
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:18PM / Friday, February 07, 2020
The only novel thing about director Oz Perkins' indulgent reimagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale is the reverse order of the title characters, which at best could be a token nod to the women's movement. More interesting as a study in how Perkins fails to breathe a new slant into the fable than it is entertaining, the few crumbs of variation are barely worth following.   Only film critics and moviegoers in whom hope springs eternal won't consider cutting their losses by exiting the theater as soon as it becomes obvious that "Gretel & Hansel" is a lost cause. However, it occurred while sticking it out to the closing credits that, despite possessing

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Williamstown's Art Chairing Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Friday, February 07, 2020

Tom Matuszko, left, of BRPC and Hank Art appear before the Select Board to discuss the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership last year. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership took a half-dozen years to come to fruition, but its member towns are wasting no time taking advantage of the opportunities it provides.   "We were only authorized in the fall, and there's been a round of small grants," Williamstown representative Henry Art said last week. "Ten towns have applied for $25,000 $20,000 in grants from the state for trails and access improvement or carbon sequestration projects. … The towns will manage woodlands not just for saw

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Berkshires Beat: Schools Sought for Humane Society PAWS Read-A-Thon
12:39PM / Thursday, February 06, 2020
PAWS Read-A-Thon

For the first time in the program's five-year history, Berkshire Humane Society will open its annual PAWS Read-A-Thon to all pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in Berkshire County.  Materials to participate are available online and the deadline to apply is Feb. 10.

In the PAWS Read-A-Thon, children find sponsors to pledge an amount to donate to Berkshire Humane Society for each minute the child reads during March, National Reading Month. Prizes are awarded to top readers and schools in various categories. Each child enrolled in the read-a-thon will receive a Berkshire Humane Society goody bag.

In the past, Berkshire Humane Society worked with a

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