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OLLIís Winter Semester Begins Jan. 12
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, offers over a dozen courses this winter, ranging from photography to illuminated manuscripts, in Pittsfield, Lenox and Great Barrington. “Our winter semester is one of our busiest. The new year is the perfect time to enjoy learning
Pittsfield's Tyer Takes Over Corner Office
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Linda Tyer didn't just vow to serve as mayor on Monday morning. She vowed to "devote every day" to crafting a modern government.   "To the people of Pittsfield I make this vow: I will devote every day to protecting our neighborhoods, to creating a community where every person thrives,
Calling Adult Baseball Players
Players  are  needed  for  the  2016  season  of  the  Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   The BABL offers competiton in a 20-and-over league and a 35-and-over league.   Players  of  all  experience  levels  are  welcome.  Teams  cover
@theMarket: Nowhere Land
Most of the stock market went nowhere this year. With the exception of the NASDAQ, the rest of the market returned investors less than the average yield of a yearly CD. It was a disappointing year, to put it mildly. Recall the months of tension as the markets gyrated between up 3 percent and down by about the same amount. Then August hit
UPDATED: Greylock Federal Branch Robbed at Knifepoint
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greylock Federal Credit Union branch near the Lanesborough border was robbed Tuesday night.   According to Greylock CEO John Bissell, the branch was robbed by knifepoint just before 6 p.m. on Wednesday night. The branch will remain closed until Monday, Jan. 4.    "At about 5:55
Firefighters Learn Extrication Techniques in Dalton
DALTON, Mass. — On a chilly and early Saturday morning, more than a dozen new to early-in-their-career firefighters came out to meet with training officers and veterans to learn some valuable skills. This morning? The proper techniques of extrication from an automobile. Using a mixture of hydraulic and hand tools from Hurst, the
'The Big Short': Hifalutin' Finance
Watching director Adam McKay's "The Big Short," you don't know whether to laugh or cry over the bald-faced bamboozlement perpetrated by the banks, Wall Street and other moneyed interests not quite so easy to identify. "How could it go on and on?" you ask, and then, in a sober reflection, remind yourself that
Adams Community Bank Donates $5,000 to Ventfort Hall
LENOX, Mass. — Not even a month after Adams Community Bank opened a branch in Lenox, the bank has reached out to the local community with a donation to Ventfort Hall’s matching grant fund. The $5,000 gift will enable Ventfort Hall to receive additional matching funds to continue the ongoing restoration of the mansion. One
Time for Some New Yearís (Financial) Resolutions
The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class. All are worthy goals, but why not add some financial resolutions as well? For example: * Pay yourself first. Even if
Berkshire Tidbits: Brunch for New Year's
Berkshire Co-op Market Names New General Manager Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington announced last week that, after a national search, it has chosen a new general manager. Daniel Esko, currently operations manager for Shire City Herbals in Pittsfield will become the Co-op's new manager. Esko had worked in a variety of
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