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@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy
By Bill Schmick,
07:05AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

You have to be impressed with the market's performance. In the face of a potential interest rate hike in less than three weeks and a June decision on whether Great Britain will exit the Eurozone, the market continues to grind higher.

As we enter this three-day weekend, (three for us, but most of the Street stretches it to four), don't expect this Friday to be a "tell" on what will

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North Adams Airport Welcomes Drone Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:31AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

A volunteer steering committee has been formed to help people understand the rules of flying drones.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission welcomed a steering committee to help inform residents about proper drone and unmanned aircraft use.

Resident and hobbyist Stephen Roy came before the commission Wednesday and asked to form some sort of group that would work with the commission and the airport manager to better inform people about unmanned aircraft policy.

"It will just be a point of contact ... where people can get information," Roy said. "This is a hobby that is spreading."

Legally drones cannot fly within a five-mile radius of the airport without

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Brayton School Holds First Memorial Day Celebration
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

Sgt. 1st Class Michael McCarron tells the students to take a moment on Memorial Day, and every day, to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — If there was a simple message for the youngsters at Brayton Elementary School on Friday, it was this: Remembrance isn't just for Memorial Day.

Marie McCarron's fourth-grade class this year took up the mantle from the former Sullivan School, which held a pre-Memorial Day celebration for years organized by Anna Saldo-Burke and her third-grade class.

The entire school, veterans organizations, local officials and the Richard A. Ruether Post 152 American Legion color guard filled the auditorium

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the

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United Way Funds MCLA Writing Camp Scholarships
01:34PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Graduate and Continuing Education has received $350 in scholarship funding from the Northern Berkshire United Way for its Creating Writing summer camp for youth.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, June 6. The funding will pay for two scholarships for youth with limited financial means, who are residents of Northern Berkshire County.

Howard Jacob “Jake” Eberwein III, Ph.D., dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, said MCLA is very grateful to the Northern Berkshire United Way for their support of summer writing camp scholarships.  

“This generous gift will enable two students

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Superior Court Briefs: May 23 - May 25
Staff Reports,
12:03PM / Friday, May 27, 2016
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, May 23.   Timothy Lewis, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, drug violation in a school zone, breaking and entering in the daytime, intimidation of a witness, assault and battery on a pregnant woman, and resisting arrest.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction on the possession of cocaine, breaking and entering, intimidation of a witness, and assault and battery charges. He was given two and a half to three years on the school zone charge. He was given concurrent time at the Berkshire

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North Adams Continues to Struggle With Overtime, Aging Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:29AM / Friday, May 27, 2016

The Finance Committee has been reviewing the proposed fiscal 2017 budget.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is dealing with lack of staff, an aging workforce and a looming exodus of retirees.

The three public safety and service chiefs told the Finance Committee on Monday that they could use more people.

"We're getting by but the answer is no," said Commissioner of Public Services Timothy Lescarbeau to questions about staffing. "We have more parks than we had 20 years but we have less staff. ... "

"But we do have more equipment to help us get by."

Lescarbeau can fill some holes with part-time retirees, including one from the Water

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Greylock Trail Races Set for June 19
10:53PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Western Mass Athletic Club’s Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m.   There will be a 13.5-mile race and a 5-kilometer race, both starting at the Greylock Glen.   For an application and information, visit www.runwmac.com.  

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The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

So you want to be your own boss, make lots of money and do it all from the comfort of your home? It is the siren song of direct sales that has recruited legions of Americans through the years. Some make it, most do not. Here are some tips to help you in your new adventure.

Whether you want to sell jewelry, vitamins, candles, cosmetics or home products, a healthy dose of skepticism should be applied to the promises these companies make on their websites. Many reports, including those filed with the Federal Trade Commission, warn that almost 99 percent of multilevel marketing (MLM) distributors lose money. In addition, the dropout rate is upwards of 60-70 percent per year. Those are

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
12:00PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

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 30. 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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Memorial Day Events 2016
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016



Adams
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. Children wishing to ride their bikes in the parade should meet at the Rite Aide parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to join the end of the parade.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

*Becket
The parade starts at 10:30 a.m.

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McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places.

Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., she will fly to Washington, D.C., for a couple days to be honored for receiving one most prestigious awards a graduating high school senior can earn: the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholar award.

Appropriately for Dorwin, daughter of Daniel and Pamela Dorwin, she learned she was a finalist for the honor while on

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