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BArT Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
03:52PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology (BArT) Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett,

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Miss Hall's School to Present 'Gut Girls'
01:04PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Take a step back in time to late-Victorian England and the "gutting" sheds of a South London cattle market, where the lives of the women working there are about to be turned upside down.

The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble will present "Gut Girls," a gritty drama about working women at the turn of the 20th century. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15; 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall's School campus.

Call 413-395-7023 to reserve tickets. General admission is $10, and reservations are

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What Can Investors Learn from Veterans?
12:32PM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices that military veterans have made for our country. But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives?

For example, consider the following traits and how they might apply to your actions as an investor:

* Perseverance: Even veterans who have not served in armed combat have had to persevere in challenging situations. The military life is not an easy one, as it often involves frequent moves, living in foreign countries, time away from loved ones, and so on. As an investor, in what ways do you need to show perseverance? For one thing,

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Snow! Ice! Frigid Cold! A Lovely Week in the Berkshires
02:18AM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019
The Berkshires could be in for a messy commute on Tuesday as a winter storm moves into the region from the Midwest.    The National Weather Service is forecasting light accumulations of snow or sleet early on Tuesday morning and as temperatures, it could lead to icy and hazardous conditions.    "Unseasonably and potentially record cold temperatures are expected Tuesday through Thursday," according to the NWS. "High temperatures are expected to remain near or below freezing with overnight lows in the single digits or teens."   The region could get up to 3 inches of snow, and up to 6 inches in the higher elevations, if the storm continues on its

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Q&A: Julia Bowen Featured at Women in Business Event
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:08AM / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Danielle Gonzalez welcomes the attendees to the event at the new Williams Inn. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A room full of "glass-ceiling breakers and change-makers" were saluted recently during 1Berkshires' annual Women in Business recognition event.    "One of the things that I love about the Berkshires is how we celebrate one another and honor our accomplishments," said emcee Leah Thompson, director of enrollment at Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School. "Thank you to 1Berkshire  for providing us with a platform to honor women in business tonight."   The Good New Business Salute was hosted by the new Williams Inn

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Veteran Spotlight: Seaman Nichols Witness to History
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:48PM / Monday, November 11, 2019

Seaman Bob Nichols was about 100 feet away from the ceremony for the formal surrender of Japan in 1945. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Simply put, Bob Nichols represents The Greatest Generation in admirable fashion. At 93 years of age, he is extremely kind, gracious, tremendously fit and carries himself with immense humility.    The World War II veteran served his country from 1944-1946 in the Navy aboard the USS Missouri in the South Pacific Theater.    Sent to basic training at Fort Sampson in New York, Seaman Nichols was sent to Newport, R.I., for further training and a "shakedown" cruise to Norfolk, Va., and then on to Trinidad. His brand-new ship was the

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Veterans Day Observed in Berkshire County
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Monday, November 11, 2019

James Brehio in North Adams recites the oath he took when joining the Air Force as a young man. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On the 100th anniversary of the first Veterans Day, Air Force veteran James Brehio ordered the veterans in attendance at North Adams' observances to stand front and center.    "Turn around and face the audience and let them see you," said the National Executive Committeeman for the Massachusetts American Legion and keynote speaker at the city's annual ceremony.    Brehio said it takes a special kind of person to enter the service and to recite the 72 words of the oath pledging their commitment to defend

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Harrington Endorses Kennedy Run for U.S. Senate
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:51PM / Sunday, November 10, 2019

Kennedy was later endorses for U.S. Senate by Harrington at an event in Pittsfield.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — District Attorney Andrea Harrington became the latest Berkshire political leader to endorse U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III for Senate.    Kennedy announced in September his decision to primary U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. The 39-year-old Democrat and grandson of Robert F. Kennedy said on Saturday morning that we're at "a moment of reckoning" in the country and his campaign will shine a spotlight on the things "we haven't done as well as we could  have or should have."   The 4th District Democrat was in North Adams early on

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Soldier On Permanent Women Veterans Housing to Open This Winter
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:17AM / Saturday, November 09, 2019

Katie Doherty said she did not think she deserved the dedication but was happy to accept it on behalf of the women who work for Soldier On and the women they serve. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Soldier On supporters and stakeholders toured the Katie Doherty Veterans Village on Friday afternoon that is slated to be move-in ready in early February.    Soldier On knows the importance of having a home and with the near completion of the village for women veterans this sentiment will be accessible to all who have served in the military, not just the men.   "I was so compelled by the women I met and so compelled by their stories and what had happened to them," Soldier

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@theMarket: Phase One Deal Keeps Markets Bullish
By Bill Schmick,
04:37PM / Friday, November 08, 2019
It was all about the trade deal this week. Both sides seem to want a resolution to the crippling tariffs that have sent the world's economies to the brink of recession. The relief that investors feel is reflected in the new highs we are enjoying at the moment.   I say "at the moment" because anything can change with a tweet. However, given the mounting problems of the Trump presidency, I believe he needs something positive (and fairly soon) to divert the nation's attention away from the impeachment hearings next week.   Trump appears willing to drop, or at least roll back, some (or all) of the tariffs he put in place, but he can't be seen as too

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Winter Makes A (Relatively Timid) Debut in the Berkshires
12:51PM / Friday, November 08, 2019

In case you've forgotten what winter feels like, step outside today.

The highs for Friday in the Berkshires will barely reach 30 degrees, with snow flurries possibly filling the air, too. Many of us woke up this morning to snow on the ground, too: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reported .2 inches in Great Barrington.

This weekend will be chilly but slightly warmer than Friday, with Saturday's highs in the upper 30s and Sunday reaching into the 40s.

But everyone is looking at a potential snow event next Tuesday (see the AccuWeather map below), so we here at iBerkshires.com will keep our eyes on that.

Just to jog your memory, last week saw the first National

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 8-14
10:32AM / Friday, November 08, 2019
Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11 The City of Pittsfield's annual Veterans Day Parade will begin at 10 a.m.    For those participating, lineup will take place 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Fenn, Pearl and Allen streets and will leave from City Hall on Fenn Street at 10 a.m. The group will proceed to North Street, turn left, followed by another left on South Street, and continue to Veterans Memorial Park where the ceremony will take place.   This year's guest speaker is Marine Corps Veteran Curtis Janey. The Veteran of the Year is Mr. George Winters, USMC. The Master of Ceremonies will be John Herrera, former Marine, retired Coast

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