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'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington': When the Good Guys Win
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:41PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
……………………………………………………………………………………………   — attributed to Otto von Bismarck     We need to send a whole bunch of Mr. Smiths to Washington. Jefferson Smith is smart, honest and has the nation's well-being at heart. Think about it. Save for some age requirements and one recurringly mulled stipulation that says the president must be born on our native soil, there are few if any legal prerequisites for holding political office in

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The Retired Investor: U.S. Moves to Nail Down Strategic Metals
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
Rare-earth minerals, with names like cerium, dysprosium and gadolinium have become "must have" materials in the global race to win the technology battles of the future. The problem is that throughout the last 30 years China has built a near monopoly in these strategic metals.   Rare-earth elements (REEs), consisting of 17 different minerals, are used to make components in many high-technology devices, including smart phones, digital cameras, computer hard discs, fluorescent and light-emitting-diode (LED) lights, flatscreen televisions, computer monitors, and electronic displays. China commands 35 percent of the world's reserves of these minerals and produces more than 70

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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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03:13PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
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18 Degrees President and CEO To Resign
03:11PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 18 Degrees President and CEO Colleen Holmes, has resigned to accept another opportunity in the nonprofit sector in Springfield.     "That I have loved serving 18 Degrees' mission and people over the past three years made this a tough decision," Holmes said. "It's been life-changing to be a part of our communities and this amazing 18 Degrees team and to work with all of you to advance 18 Degrees' vision of welcome, inclusion, growth, and social justice change. What we have accomplished together makes me very grateful and unabashedly proud."    Holmes will leave the organization as of Oct. 30,

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Pearson Wallace Insurance Appoints New Partner
11:35AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Alex Bennett has been promoted to partner within the agency.    A longtime employee of Pearson Wallace Insurance, Bennett has most recently held the position of Vice President of Sales.    Bennett will continue to spearhead the growth of sales as well as become involved in the day to day operations of the business.    According to a press release, Bennett is a firm believer in going above and beyond, and he knows that customer service is a key factor in earning and maintaining long-lasting customer relationships.   Bennett earned his Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Management and Marketing from Roger Williams

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iBerkshires Hosting New Directory to Support Local Business
10:32AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local online publisher Boxcar Media is launching a website to support local businesses during the novel coronavirus pandemic: SupportTheBerkshires.com.   Small businesses have borne the brunt of COVID-19. Those not considered "essential business" were forced to close in mid-March and for many months afterward. Businesses of all stripes have had to deal with reduced hours and occupancy, lost sales and difficult decisions regarding employees and operations.   To help our local businesses and nonprofits, iBerkshires.com has been hosting a "What's Open" page for free listings of hours, openings and in-person and online options since

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September Revenue Collections Total $3.144 Billion
08:16AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
Boston — Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Geoffrey Snyder announced that September revenue collections totaled $3.144 billion, $46 million or 1.4 percent less than the actual collections in September 2019.   FY2021 year-to-date collections total approximately $7.27 billion, which is $69 million or 1 percent  more than collections in the same period of FY2020. Not reflected in the total is approximately $2.321 billion in deferred personal income tax payments and refunds processed in July and August. Such payments and refunds have been recorded in FY2020 pursuant to legislation and are not shown in FY2021 year-to-date collections.   "The decline

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'Puppy Flight' Arrives at Pittsfield Airport
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020

Staff and volunteers carry crates from the Wings of Rescue flight to waiting vans and vehicles for transport to the city's shelter. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Yipping could be heard as soon as the doors opened on the Wings of Rescue flight from Mobile, Ala.    Forty-two puppies took the four-hour plane ride to Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday in search of new homes through the Berkshire Humane Society. It was the first transfer flight to Pittsfield and the largest intake the animal shelter has taken.   The precious cargo was from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama. The Berkshire Humane Society will be housing 31 of these soon-to-be best

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Lanesborough's DiLego Resigns From Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:46AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing politics and personal agendas that hamper the work of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, Lanesborough resident Regina DiLego has announced she is stepping down from the panel.   At its meeting at the middle-high school on Thursday, the committee will hear about DiLego's letter of resignation in an update from Chair Christina Conry.   On Wednesday afternoon, DiLego confirmed that she is the letter writer, unnamed on the meeting's agenda.   "I find that I am just not in alignment with the direction of the School Committee or the district, and it is in my soul's best interest to walk away," DiLego wrote in reply

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Powerful Storm Rips Through the Berkshires
Staff Reports,
06:30PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A powerful storm ripped through the Berkshires on Wednesday afternoon leaving downed trees and wires in its wake. 

  The line of thunderstorms hit the region around 4 p.m. hail, wind and rain for an intense 15 or 20 minutes.    Downed lines along Massachusetts Avenue in North Adams and Cold Spring Road in Williamstown left more than 1,500 National Grid customers without power. The utility also reported were scattered outages around the county, including Florida Mountain and South Berkshire.    Eversource reported nearly 33,000 customers affected in Western Massachusetts, including more than 2,500 in Dalton and and more than 4,000 in

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Two BArT Students Named In The National Merit Scholarship Program
05:39PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — Two BArT Students Named "Commended Students" in the National Merit Scholarship Program.   Principal Sean Keogh, of Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School announced that Emma Danylin and Kyle Gwilt have been named Commended Students in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.    A Letter of Commendation from the School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, has been presented to these seniors.   About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their academic promise. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5

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Police Apprehend Suspect Wanted in Wednesday Stabbing
03:59PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The suspect in a stabbing Wednesday morning in Pittsfield was taken into custody after a vehicle and foot pursuit in South County.   Stephen Moss, 31, was apprehended in relation to a stabbing that caused life-threatening injuries to the victim.    The report of the assault was called in at about 8:40 a.m. Police, Fire and County Ambulance responded to Weller Avenue and the victim was immediately transported to Berkshire Medical Center.   Shortly after, the suspect was observed driving in the area of the East/Elm/Fourth Street intersection and a brief pursuit ended when officers lost sight of the vehicle in a thickly settled

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