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Biz Briefs: March Is 'Massachusetts Maple Month'
How sweet it is: Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday declared March as "Massachusetts Maple Month" in an effort to support the commonwealth's many maple producers and encourage Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced maple products. To kick off Maple Month, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR)
Berkshires Beat: Smoke Detectors Installed in Great Barrington Homes
Stay safe: The Great Barrington Fire Department partnered with the American Red Cross to provide free smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors to residents in February. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, Great Barrington firefighters installed smoke and CO detectors in 18 houses throughout town as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness
BRPC Providing Technical Assistance For 25 Berkshire Projects
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In a small town like New Marlborough, it can be financially difficult to bring in specialized expertise and attorneys for land use questions.   Now the town's Planning Board is hoping to craft a right-to-farm bylaw to protect its farmers. Through state funding, the town can now lean on the expertise of
Youth Basketball Tournament Finals Held
Housatonic’s boys and Dalton’s and Mount Greylock’s girls won Berkshire County seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball titles on Sunday afternoon.   The Housy boys defeated the Boys and Girls Club Black team, 57-47, in the all-county title game at Mount Greylock Regional School behind 17 points from Ty
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Police Looking For Missing North County Woman
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Police are trying to located 39-year-old Joanne Ringer, who was last seen in Clarksburg on Thursday, March 2.   Ringer was believed to have left Clarksburg in a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta with Connecticut license plates - 5AA EX2 - and possibly heading to Easthampton.    She is described as a
@theMarket: Markets Are Priced for Perfection
What a week for stock investors! All the main averages and most of the minor indexes registered historic highs. No question, Donald Trump has been good for the markets. The question is when will investors begin to take profits? Calling a top (or a bottom) in the markets is notoriously difficult. Granted, over the years I have been lucky
General Dynamics Brings Engineering To Reid Classrooms
Nine engineers from General Dynamics spent the day teaching the middle school students about engineering.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Engineer Jake Kalish is the type of person who learns better when he sees things in action.    On Friday when he stood in front of an 8th grade class at Reid Middle School,
The Independent Investor: Pet Trusts Are the Way to Go
If you have been avoiding a visit to an estate planning lawyer, despite the pleading of your spouse, your kids or grandkids, consider this: your pet's future well-being could be in jeopardy without a legal safeguard. As I wrote in my last column, new legislation is surfacing in a number of states that recognizes our concern for our
Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 28 - March 3.
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 27.   Albert Dumont, 46, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of dissemination harmful matter to a minor, and intimidation of a witness.   He was released on personal
Annual Thunderfest Features Chowder & Music
ADAMS, Mass. — Once again, Mother Nature has forced the cancellation of the Thunderbolt Ski Race. But the festivities will go on with the annual Thunderfest at noon on Saturday at the Adams Visitors Center. The festival features live music by Jim Witherell and the headliner Misty Blues Band. Hot food, local beer and wine, a chowder
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