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Legislation Extends Lafayette Trail From Hinsdale to Hancock
06:03PM / Saturday, September 29, 2018

Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis du Lafayette as a young general in 1791. BOSTON — A bill to expand the Lafayette Trail through the Berkshires is expected to be signed soon by Gov. Charlie Baker.    The measure, S. 2265, An Act relative to the Lafayette Trail, was filed in December 2017 after state Sen. Adams Hinds met with Consul General Valéry Freland, of the Consulate General of France in Boston.     As chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, Consul Freland sought to brief Hinds on the cultural significance of the trail, which tracks the route the Marquis de Lafayette, the famed French general


@theMarket: The Market's Last Quarter
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, September 28, 2018
Today marks the end of the third quarter for stocks in 2018. But it is the fourth quarter that will determine what kind of year it will be. Let's place our bets.   First, we should look at what could go wrong over the next three months. Tariffs probably lead the list. More of them, (although the dollar amount is minimal in the scheme of global trade), would be bad for sentiment within the global stock markets. Mid-term elections are a toss-up, but simply not knowing the outcome I count as a negative. Quarterly earnings results might also hold some risk for investors. And finally, the latest investor sentiment readings (a contrary indicator) are as high as they were back in January


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

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Markey Proposes Legislation to Restore Berkshire TV Lineups
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:12PM / Friday, September 28, 2018

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey said the Berkshire customers should get both stations. PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — Two flags decorated microphones at the podium in the City Hall chambers Friday morning.   One was Springfield-based WWLP Channel 22 and the other was Albany, N.Y.-based WNYT Channel 13.   One major difference between the two is that no one who lives in Berkshire County could watch the Massachusetts station on cable television to hear the press conference at Pittsfield City Hall.    Spectrum cable pulled Channel 22 from its lineup earlier this year, as well as WCVB Channel 5 out of Boston. Spectrum subscribers in the Berkshires on Friday weren't able to


Berkshire Money Managemen Adviser Gains Designations
11:33AM / Friday, September 28, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Zack Marcotte, a financial adviser on the Berkshire Money Management team, has been awarded the Accredited Investment Fiduciary designation as well as the Accredited Wealth Management Advisor designation. 

The AIF designation signifies specialized knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the ability to implement policies and procedures that meet a defined standard of care. It is the culmination of a rigorous training program. On an ongoing basis, completion of continuing education and adherence to the Code of Ethics and Conduct Standards are required to maintain the AIF designation. 

The AWMA designation requires completing a course of study encompassing


Mayor Linda Tyer Appointed to MassHIRE State Workforce Board
11:24AM / Friday, September 28, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer to the MassHIRE State Workforce Board for a two-year term.

The board, compiled of 33 members from across the state, advises the governor on building a strong workforce development system aligned with state education policies and economic development goals.

"I am so pleased to accept this appointment. This is the first time a Pittsfield mayor has been appointed to the MassHire State Workforce Board, and it will bring the City of Pittsfield to an important table of policymaking around workforce training. I look forward to the conversations and engagement ahead,” she said.


Main Street Hospitality Taps Manager of Guest Experiences
10:56AM / Friday, September 28, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Morgan Russell has joined the Main Street Hospitality team as the manager of guest experiences across four Main Street Hospitality Group properties.

Originally from Boston and then growing up in the Berkshires, Russell brings 10 years of luxury hospitality concierge experience to this new position. Prior to joining Main Street Hospitality, he specialized in building guest engagement programs for various high-end boutique hotels in Colorado including the Arrabelle at Vail Square, The Sebastian Hotel and The Christiana.

Russell will work collaboratively with partners throughout the region to expand the guest experience program at all of Main Street's hotels and


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 28-Oct. 4
10:39AM / Friday, September 28, 2018


SAT-SUN Country Fair at Hancock Shaker Village  Hancock Shaker Village will hold its 21st annual Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Take part in workshops, sit in on demonstrations, and compete in the hot sauce contest. Kid-friendly activities range from face painting and crazy balloon creations to egg tosses and chicken races. Regional food vendors and craft artisans will be on site, and the new Harvest of Quilts exhibit will be open for viewing. 


FRI Eavesdrop at Hotel on North Hotel


Regional Workforce Development Plan Rolling Out
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Workforce development professionals are taking a deeper dive into building the region's health care, hospitality, and manufacturing industries.   It isn't that other sectors aren't important but that the Baker administration has tasked local officials to develop a blueprint for workforce development with specific industries to focus a greater amount of attention.    Headed by the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board — which will soon have a much easier name to remember — county officials completed a plan are now looking to implement it.   "We needed to prioritize two to three industries and two to three

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The Independent Investor: Credit Freeze for Free
By Bill Schmick,
03:30PM / Thursday, September 27, 2018
It just got cheaper to freeze your credit files, thanks to the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act. But should you do it?   The law, signed by President Trump back in May, only took effect this month. It requires the three major credit reporting bureaus — Equifax, Trans Union and Experian — to drop the fees to freeze your credit. Those fees ranged from $3 to $10 per person, times three credit bureaus, plus more charges to "thaw" your credit. Consumers can now also un-freeze their files, either temporarily or permanently, free of charge.   Thanks to a recent spate of credit breaches, Congress felt it needed to do something about the


Pittsfield Fire Pins Nine Officers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Thursday, September 27, 2018

Lt. Paul Zwingelstein has his son Brayden pin the new badge onto his uniform. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Last Saturday was a day of firsts that Mitch Kellar won't soon forget.   It was his first shift as a deputy fire chief, his first day serving as a captain, and the first time he'd had to deal with four fires all at the same time.   Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski said Kellar handled it well though, with a cool and calm demeanor and a high level of professionalism.   Kellar isn't the only officer within the department with new roles.   Tom Sammons has been promoted to deputy chief; Ron Clement, Michael D'Avella, Matt Packard, and


Pittsfield Forms Homeless Prevention Committee
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:24PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Before attending Tuesday's City Council meeting Debbie Vall dropped someone off in a wooded area of the city with a tent.   It was all she could do for the homeless man. There weren't any shelters available, no temporary housing. And off he went, exposed to the rain that has been drenching the county for the last few days.    "What I am concerned about is immediate shelter," Vall, who is the assistant director at the Christian Center said.   In just the last two weeks, Vall said a family of five came into the center with no place to go. Four people reported that they were camping out at the Common. Two people were sleeping in


Berkshires Beat: Children's Races Kick Off Fall Foliage Festival
12:41PM / Wednesday, September 26, 2018
The winners are ...

The annual Fall Foliage Children's Races and Family Fair, presented by Northern Berkshire United Way and the Adams Youth Center, kicked off the Fall Foliage Festival on Sept. 22, with local families coming to Houghton Street to enjoy a morning of fun with local nonprofits offering games, art projects, and giveaways.

Terry A La Berry & Friends delighted the crowd with popular children’s tunes before the 30 registered racers lined up for their races. The winners were presented with medals by Mayor Tom Bernard at the end of the event. All participants received participation ribbons. The 2018 annual Fall Foliage Children’s Race winners were:

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