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Berkshire Tidbits: Butcher's Workshop & Wellness Eating
Here's a couple last-minute additions in time for the weekend: Christian and Donna Hanson, winemakers and owners of Balderdash Cellars, a Pittsfield winery.   Every Saturday afternoon between noon and 4, Spirited Wines, 444 Pittsfield Road/Route 7at the beginning of Holmes Road in Lenox,
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United Way Installing 50 Bookhouses Across County to Improve Literacy
Kristine Hazzard said this year the United Way is "going bigger and we're going better." PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Half the county's third-graders are not proficient at reading.   The Berkshire United Way is continuing its efforts to change that percentage.   For the last five or so
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Greylock Federal Credit Union Reports Solid 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union reported solid performance in 2015. In its 80th year of operation, Greylock posted net income of $3.25 million and total assets of about $1.1 billion. The credit union’s regulatory net worth – a key measure of financial strength – ended the year at 9.7 percent, up
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Pittsfield Honors Vietnam Veterans at Annual Ceremony
Michael Walsh, the keynote speaker, a former Navy SEAL, says 'healing takes time.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Of the 58,000 Americans who died during the decadelong Vietnam War, 27 hailed from Berkshire County. Local veterans groups on Saturday honored those 27 and all who went overseas during that conflict.
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Angry Taco Bell Was Closed, Pittsfield Man Crashes Vehicle
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Angry that Taco Bell was closed, a city man allegedly crashed his car into a former ATM building as he sped off.   Police say Derrick LaForest pulled up to Taco Bell in Berkshire Crossing at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday and began beeping his car horn. An employee them informed LaForest that the restaurant was
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The Independent Investor: Are Negative Interest Rates the Answer?
You may have heard of the newest wrinkle among central bankers. It's called "NIRP," which stands for negative interest rate policy. Several countries have already implemented this policy and are hoping their actions will stem the tide of deflation and low economic growth. Although NIRP by its nature seems complicated, it
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Arbor Day Poetry Contest Open to Berkshire County Students
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Conservation District is hosting a poetry contest in honor of National Arbor Day with the theme “We All Need Trees” open to students in Berkshire County in grades K through 12. Poems should be no longer than one page and can be printed or hand written (if legible). Include the student’s
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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 25-31
Office of Cultural Development | City of
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Holiday Events: Grab Your Easter Baskets!
It's time for the kiddos to break out their baskets and spy some Easter goodies around the county this weekend. Saturday, March 26 • Stockbridge Library Train Station, 2 Depot St., Stockbridge, 11 a.m.: A special storytime and Easter Egg Hunt will be held. Have fun searching for eggs and hearing an Easter story. Info at
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Pittsfield Schools Prelim Budgets Calls For $2.29M Increase To City
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The School Department's preliminary budget calls for a $60.7 million city appropriation for fiscal 2017.   The appropriation is $2.29 million more than this year, which is a 3.91 percent increase. That appropriation is eyed to be mixed with about $620,000 in tuition revenues to create a $61.4 million
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