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Biz Briefs: MountainOne Bringing All Services Together in Downtown North Adams
12:36PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
All together now

MountainOne Insurance is relocating from 26 Union St. in North Adams to downtown North Adams, adjacent to its Main Street headquarters location, in June 2019.  Additionally, MountainOne Insurance will also relocate its Employee Benefits division, along with its partners from OneDigital, from 795 Main St. in Williamstown to the new offices at 85 Main St. in North Adams. MountainOne Investments will also be relocating back to the newly renovated and expanded 85 Main St. location. The significant investment of creating this new and improved working space in downtown North Adams enables MountainOne to bring all of its financial service offerings of banking, insurance and

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Board Urges Sale Of Lach's Lounge Liquor License
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:27PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lach's Lounge is shut down for good and for now, nothing else can take its place.   The Licensing Board previously suspended the bar's liquor license after three years of repeated violent incidents. The board opted to suspend rather than revoke to give the bar's owner Michael Kruger a chance to sell the license. As of Monday, Kruger hasn't found a buyer.   The property owner, Joseph Renzi, purchased a liquor license from the closed Elbow Room with the intent of bringing a new bar or restaurant to the Fenn Street location. But that is stymied because a license is already on the books for Lach's Lounge.   "The buyer of that

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Take a Closer Look at Myths Surrounding 529 Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:58AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

If you want to help pay for your children's college educations, you might want to consider contributing to a 529 plan. With this plan, your earnings grow federally tax-free, as long as the withdrawals are used for qualified higher education expenses such as tuition and room and board.

Yet, you may have heard some things about 529 plans that are keeping you from investing in one. However, these concerns may be more myth than reality, so let's take a look at a few of them.

* "I need a lot of money to contribute to the plan." This myth has essentially no truth to it. Typically, only a modest amount is required to open your 529 plan, and you can generally transfer small

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Wonder Inside: Berkshire Athenaeum Rebrands
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Library Director Alex Reczkowski discussed the re-branding process. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Welcome everyone.   That describes the Berkshire Athenaeum in the fewest words. It's a place for everyone to get answers to any question they might have. Library officials revealed a new branding of the athenaeum aimed to reflect just that.   "At the heart of any brand, it is about what are our promises? Our promise to our community, our promise to our patrons, our promise to ourselves and what motivates us to come here every day and serve our community," Library Director Alex Reczkowski said.   The library contracted with TSM Design on a yearlong effort to

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 27. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Closed:
Federal, state and local offices; no mail

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Licensing Board Denies Additional Licenses For Proprietor's Lodge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Tuesday, May 21, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Licensing Board and the Fire Department are of the same mind when it comes to Proprietor's Lodge in that no expansion of service shall happen until the parking issues are resolved.   The Community Development Board had previously granted the restaurant and event venue at the former Itam Lodge a special permit to add outdoor seating, ceremony space, and a deck. But, neighbors in the area have fought the expansion saying the existing operations are already causing traffic and safety hazards.   Proprietor's included a parking management plan that called for shuttling guests in from property that owner Eric Taylor purchased in Lanesborough for a

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Mount Greylock Building Issues to Be Addressed this Summer
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:40PM / Monday, May 20, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Work at the new Mount Greylock Regional School will continue through the summer months, the School Committee learned last week.   During a brief early evening open session on Wednesday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady told the committee that the middle-high school will again be an "active work site" after the planned last day of classes on June 24.   The work will include taking care of some items still on the punch list since the school opened for classes in September, but it also includes the replacement of carpet tiles in several areas, including the band room, orchestra room, media center (library), main office, guidance suite and pupil

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Extends 'Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion'
12:02PM / Monday, May 20, 2019
da Vinci continues

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" at the Berkshire Museum has been extended through September 8 due to popular demand. Since opening on Feb. 9, the exhibit as driven increased visitor volume, drawing nearly 50 percent more visits this winter and spring than during the same period in 2018. The exhibition, which was scheduled to end May 19, will now continue through the busy summer tourism season, ending after Labor Day.

"Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion" combines the drawings and mechanical inventions of one of the world's greatest thinkers with the history of his life in a hands-on experience for all ages. Museum visitors are invited to

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Filmmaking Workshops Offered for Youths
11:37AM / Monday, May 20, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative and Berkshire Community College are offering summer filmmaking workshops for youths and teens.

A filmmaking intensive for 15- to 19-year-olds will be held June 24-June 28 and one of 11- to 14-year-olds will be held July 8-12. These week long workshops will meet daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at BCC’s South County Campus, 343 Main Street, Great Barrington.

The purpose of the workshops are twofold: for kids to experience what it’s like to work on a real movie crew from creation of an idea to the final edit of the project and for the group to produce a high quality short film championed in every aspect by everyone in

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Rabasco Wins Steel Rail Half Marathon
07:28PM / Sunday, May 19, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield's Mark Rabasco Sunday won the Steel Rail Half Marathon with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds.   Rabasco covered the course with a mile pace of 5:32 and finished nearly 12 seconds ahead of runner-up Mac Bissaillon of Merrimac.   Mount Greylock graduate Emily Kaegi was the first woman across the line, finishing in 1:29:02. She was followed by April Varellas of Adams in 1:31.46.   Six hundred, twenty-one competitors finished the half marathon, which is held in conjunction with an 8-kilometer race.   Adams' Justin Levesque won the 8K in 30:28, more than two minutes ahead of runner-up and first woman across the line Heather

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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:23AM / Sunday, May 19, 2019

Marshall Raser, owner of Carr Hardward, is given the Downtown Person of the Year Award for not only owning a longstanding business but for his volunteer efforts. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Something new, something old, and something colorful.   The awards given out at Downtown Pittsfield Inc.'s annual meeting this year represented a range of what has been happening in the downtown, whether that be the efforts of those behind Berkshire Pride Festival to Carr Hardware's 90 years of business to the First Friday Arts Walk that continually drives foot traffic.   "Berkshire Pride Festival is more than an event, however, it has become a touchstone of the community that

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North Adams Recovery Center Leads With Peer Mentoring
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Sunday, May 19, 2019

Amber Besaw, director of NBCC, welcomes the gathering to the recovery center's open house on Tuesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Beacon Recovery Center opened only eight short weeks ago but already has a cadre of nearly a dozen people who show up every Wednesday.    That strong start was celebrated on Tuesday evening with an open house to get the word out that a safe space for sharing was available to those affected by addiction.    "We don't subscribe to one form of therapy or recovery," said peer counselor David Risch. "We do it by ourselves. We share our experiences, strength and hope in recovery. And if we want to break the stigma of

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