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North Adams Library's Stained-Glass Protective Pane Cracked
, iBerkshires Staff
01:21AM / Monday, October 22, 2018

Trustee Harris Elder announces he will be stepping down after 15 years on the board.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A thermal windowpane that protects the library's stained-glass window at the new entrance may not be repairable.   Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that she cannot find anyone willing to make the repair.   "So we are kind of stuck with that right now," she said. "We can still call a few more glass people but I kind of just put it on the back burner right now."   The one-of-a-kind stained-glass work was created by Deborah Coombs and features the original front entrance and a listing of all the donors who

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Berkshire County Kids Place Marks 25 Years at Annual Gala
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Sunday, October 21, 2018

Gala co-chairmen Paul Fortini and Sheri Quinn welcome attendees to the annual gathering on Friday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Kathy Singer had a heartfelt wish for Berkshire County Kids Place's 25th year.    That it no longer existed.   "My wish for the Kids Place -- that they are never ever needed, that they never have to comfort another child, never have to help tell a child that mommy and daddy are gone or that they will never ever see their family again," said the longtime foster mother.   Singer has been a foster mother for more than 30 years — while raising her own children, some of whom she adopted.    "I have fostered

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

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MCLA Volleyball Drops Two Non-League Matches
10:16PM / Saturday, October 20, 2018
NEWTON, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball dropped a pair of matches Saturday, falling to Simmons College, 3-0, in the opener before suffering a 3-1 defeat to host Lasell College in non league action.   In the opener against the Sharks, the Trailblazers fell by scores of 25-11, 29-27, and 25-20.     Reagan Scattergood paced the Trailblazers with six kills while Tessa Sestito notched 13 assists. The Trailblazers were hampered offensively with 16 attack errors and an additional 8 service errors.   In the second match, Lasell took the opening set, 25-17, before dropping a 26-24 decision in the second. They closed out MCLA (7-16), though, with a 25-17 and 25-19 wins in the

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Salem State Men's Soccer Blanks MCLA
12:24AM / Saturday, October 20, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Salem State men's soccer team scored a 2-0 MASCAC victory over the MCLA Trailblazers Friday evening at Shewcraft Field.   The game was scoreless for most of the first half until the visitors caught a break. The Vikings (11-2-2, 4-1-1 MASCAC) finally broke through in the 40th minute when MCLA was whistled for a hand ball in the box.   The resulting penalty kick was taken by Lucas Amaral, who calmly deposited the ball into the lower right corner giving the Vikings a 1-0 edge heading into halftime. Salem owned a 12-5 shot advantage in the opening half of play.   Damon Deocleciano scored with just under five minutes remaining to put the game

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BCC Honors Academic Achievement at Upcoming Convocation
02:10PM / Friday, October 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College will recognize the academic achievements of 120 students during an Honors Convocation Program on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Each honored student ranks in the top 5 percent of the college with a grade point average of 3.75 or better in courses totaling at least 12 credits.

Massachusetts

Adams: Rebekah L. Baker, Alexandria T. Brandon, Michelle M. Briggs, Laurie A. McArthur, Kelsy M. Nixon, Cameron J. Winter

Ashley Falls: Tracy M. Stoddard

Becket: Emily M. Linendoll

Cheshire: Shannon M. Gwozdz, Michaela M. Larkin, Melissa L. Pantano, Lillian R. Sartorius, Kia Yang

Chester: Ramsey A. El Taieb

Clarksburg: Stephanie J. Rogers

Dalton: Shaina R.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
11:20AM / Friday, October 19, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 20

Cheshire: The Adams Cheshire School District PTG is hosting the Hoosac Harvest Vendor and Craft Fair at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event  features 70-plus vendors, more than 70 raffle items, a stuffing station (where you can stuff your own animal) and a DIY with Bella Sky. All money raised from this event will go to Hoosac Valley Elementary PTG.

Dalton: A Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the

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Accreditors to Visit BCC's Nursing Program Wednesday, Public Meeting Scheduled
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, October 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BCC's nursing program will be reviewed for accreditation during a site visit on Wednesday.   The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing's review includes a public forum on the accreditation process. ACEN has a full day scheduled and has set aside 1:45 until 2:45 p.m. to hear from the public on any questions, opinions, or concerns about the program.   "It is just an open conversation ... they look at stakeholders and the community is a stakeholder," said program adviser Ann Tierney. "They really want it to be a free-flowing conversation."   Tierney said program officials won't even be on hand during the

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The Independent Investor: The Student Loan Crisis
By Bill Schmick,
04:14PM / Thursday, October 18, 2018
  Student loans have now become the second-largest pile of consumer borrowing, after home mortgages. What's worse, it is the fastest growing slice of American household debt and shows no sign of slowing down.   Young Americans are going to college in droves. At the same time, the costs of higher education are at historical highs. That combination has become a lethal cocktail that could hamstring young workers over their entire life and along the way damage the overall economy.   Since the financial crisis and Great Recession over a decade ago, student loans have grown by almost 157 percent. Compare that to auto loans, which have risen 52 percent. In the case of mortgage

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Letter: Question 1 Will Hurt Small Hospitals
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I work at Fairview Hospital as a critical care nurse. I have been with Berkshire Health Systems for 22 years and a registered nurse for 13 of those. I oppose Question 1.

In a small community hospital, we have the ability to utilize on another to accommodate our patients' needs. For example, The CCU may have three patients with low acuity but the emergency room (ER) is busy with patients, or possibly short a nurse. The three patients in CCU could be cared for by the second nurse so another nurse could be sent to the ER to help. Also in CCU we often see patients who need end-of-life care. In such times, a colleague takes over my other patients to allow me to spend

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Letter: Moran Right for Register of Deeds
02:30PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

I am writing to voice my opinion and support for Debbie Moran as register of deeds in Adams.

I worked with Debbie many years ago at Taconic Title Services, formerly located in North Adams. I was so nervous and completely inexperienced in that line of work. Debbie took me under her wing with patience, persistence, kindness and humor, to teach me what I needed to do in order to be successful in my position. Believe me, the character traits of patience and humor were key in trying to teach me how to do closing documents for a real estate transaction! It was a lot! We became friends then, and are still friends to this day.


I also read where Debbie is registered as an

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Letter: Experience Matters in District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To the Editor:

Few are those who come to public service with selfless motivation. These are the rare breed for whom the power that comes with responsibility is not intoxicating, but sobering. Career public servants put the community's well-being before their personal ambitions and spend their time protecting others; they become experts in their field, tireless in commitment and devoted for decades.

Andrea Harrington has no experience as a prosecutor and only a few years as a part-time public defender who tried her first case as a lawyer in 2011. The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from

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Retirement Security Week: Take Steps to Boost Your Retirement Security
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:26PM / Wednesday, October 17, 2018

To raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has dedicated Oct. 21-27 as National Retirement Security Week. And the evidence shows that increasing this awareness is indeed important. Consider this: Some 50 percent of households are considered at risk of not having enough money to maintain their living standards in retirement, according to the National Retirement Risk Index, produced by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.

What can you do to help yourself stay out of the "at risk" category? Here are a few suggestions:

Define what retirement security means to you. Everyone has different ideas about what a secure retirement looks

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