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BAAMS Holding Fundraiser
12:07PM / Monday, April 05, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies is holding a spring fundraising drive.   Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) is holding an online fundraising drive with a goal of $50,000.   Currently, the academy has raised a little over $3,389.13 to provide free online music programming for Berkshire County youth.    The music academy has been largely pushed online through the pandemic. Instead of offering in-person education, the BAAMS team has created eBAAMS.   The online version of the academy offers live-streamed music lessons for ages 12-18 as well as a library of original play-along tracks and musical

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Whitney's Farm Reopens H.D. Reynolds With Expanded Product Lines
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Monday, April 05, 2021

The new H.D. Reynolds showroom is across the highway from Whitney's Farm Market and Garden Center. CHESHIRE, Mass. — The owners of Whitney's Farm Market purchased a fellow well-known, family-owned business, H.D. Reynolds, in August 2019 and officially opened the power equipment retailer's new location across from the farm stand on March 15.   "A lot of our customers at Whitney's as far as contractors, stuff like that for landscape supplies are also customers of Reynolds," owner Eric Whitney said. "So it's convenient for them."   The Route 8 location features an expanded showroom and shops, employs an additional mechanic, and will

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Turkey Vulture Has Landed
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:07PM / Sunday, April 04, 2021

Turkey vultures have no feathers on their pink-skinned heads. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of all things that happened! Low and behold as I looked out on my back yard, what did I see roosting on my marble sculpture, but one very curious turkey vulture, apparently quite pleased about sitting on a large stone carving.   It brought to mind World War II, when the Third Reich launched its Operation Eagle Attack against Britain's air force. Germany had the advantage for the early part of the war, when it showed off its air supremacy in fighter planes and long-range bombers. Even at Dunkirk, the British were backed up against the North Sea and only had to wait to be slaughtered. But

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Berkshire Museum's Chuck the Tortoise Was Aquarium Favorite
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, April 04, 2021

A diapered Chuck interacts with children at the museum. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Chuck the red-footed tortoise, the Berkshire Museum's beloved aquarium resident of 35 years, died on Monday at the venerable age of about 80 years old.   "He gave so much for so long, we just can't overlook that part of his contribution to our community," Executive Director Jeff Rodgers said, who referred to Chuck as an "ambassador" for the local museum.   "I can't imagine how many people's lives were touched by their interactions with Chuck and hopefully it helps them to pursue their connection with the natural world in new and better

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Williamstown Finance Committee Drills Down on Mount Greylock Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Saturday, April 03, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the town's Finance Committee told Mount Greylock Regional School District officials that the district should be cautious about using non-recurring revenue to fund operational expenses.   Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Administrator Joe Bergeron on Wednesday presented the regional district's $25.6 million fiscal 2022 spending plan to the town body for review.   Although the budget includes an approximate 4.6 percent increase in the operating budget for the PreK-12 district, the district is seeking increases of just 1.9 percent and 2.0 percent in the assessments to member towns Williamstown and Lanesborough,

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@theMarket: Spring Has Sprung in the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
11:53AM / Saturday, April 03, 2021
New highs on the S&P 500 Index this week gave the bulls more ammunition to forge ahead. Leading the charge were clean energy, infrastructure, and technology stocks. Is this the start of another leg up for the equity averages?   Credit for the advance, in my opinion, was the increase in the rate of U.S. vaccinations (despite the uptick in coronavirus cases over the last week). Second were the actions of the Biden administration in moving rapidly to tackle the needs of the U.S. economy. Possibly even more important, at least in the long term, were their proposed efforts to address the dangerous widening of the income inequality gap in this country.   As readers are aware, the

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Pittsfield Organizations Distribute Easter Baskets to Kids
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:10AM / Saturday, April 03, 2021

Food Director Karen Ryan, left, and Financial Director Pat Masoero at the Christian Center. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Easter came early this year for Pittsfield kids.   There were smiles all around the Christian Center on Friday as staff handed out more than 100 Easter baskets to children containing items such as candy, stuffed animals, and stickers.   At the same time, the center distributed winter coats to anyone interested.   Financial Director Pat Masoero was dressed head-to-toe Easter Bunny attire and Food Director Karen Ryan sported a pair of bunny ears as well.   Masoero explained that they usually have a larger celebration including an egg hunt and cookie

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MCLA Sets Virtual Commencement Ceremonies for Classes of 2020, 2021
05:41PM / Friday, April 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its 121st and 122nd commencement exercises, recognizing the Classes of 2020 and 2021, in two virtual ceremonies on May 15 and 16.     The Class of 2020 had not been able to cross the stage to receive their degrees last year because of the pandemic and it had been hoped that an in-person commencement could be held for both classes this year. However, the pandemic has continued to disrupt routines and the college will close its residence halls on April 11.   Instead, the 121st commencement that recognizes the Class of 2020 will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. The 122nd commencement for the

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The Retired Investor: Will Infrastructure Spending Boost Clean Energy Stocks?
By Bill Schmick,
01:21PM / Friday, April 02, 2021
Renewable energy stocks were all the rage last year. This year, however, not so much with clean energy funds taking hits of between 25-50 percent. Will President Biden's proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill breathe new life into this sector?    President Biden ran on a platform that included the build out of an infrastructure plan that would "achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050." By the time of his November election last year, investors had bid up the clean energy sector, which includes everything from electric cars, and clean water to solar and wind power, by over 200 percent in some cases.   New renewable energy exchange

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Berkshire Housing Announces Leadership Transition
12:30PM / Friday, April 02, 2021

Eileen Peltier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing & Community Development, is one of three leads in creating and...

Posted by Change The Story VT on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. has announced that Eileen Peltier, currently of Montpelier, Vt., has been selected as its new president and chief executive officer effective April 20.   Elton Ogden, who has led the non-profit since 2006, will continue to oversee completion of Berkshire Housing's major real estate development projects and serve in an advisory capacity through September.   Peltier brings 25 years of experience in

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Update: Pittsfield Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect
12:00PM / Friday, April 02, 2021
Thursday evening, Pittsfield Police arrested Douglas Slier Jr., age 33 of Pittsfield, without incident.    According to a Pittsfield Police Department statement, Slier quickly developed as a suspect in the previous evening's armed robbery of Mobile Mart on North Street in Pittsfield.   Slier is charged with one count of armed robbery, and will be arraigned today at Central Berkshire District Court.   Members of the Patrol Division, Detective Bureau, Crime Scene Services, and Anti-Crime Unit all contributed to the investigation.   _______________________________________________________________________________________________     PITTSFIELD, Mass.

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CARE SYLLABUS Project Receives Cultural Council Grant
08:06AM / Friday, April 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — CARE SYLLABUS, a joint project of MCLA's The Mind's Eye and MASS MoCA, has received a $3,200 grant from the Cultural Council of the Northern Berkshires.     By engaging with artists, educators, and academics, CARE SYLLABUS hopes to facilitate critical discussion and strengthen cultural relationships in Western Massachusetts and beyond. Through a combination of public digital programming and online exhibitions, CARE SYLLABUS has mimicked a classroom syllabus to create five modules, guided by guest curators, which examine the theme of care from different perspectives.     The Cultural Council grant will support the development

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