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Restaurateur Switches Up Career With Dave's Package Store
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:54AM / Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dave's Package Store was freshened with new paint and siding, the addition of craft beers and wines, and a popular drive-up window.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dave Atwell is celebrating a successful year in his new business venture.   The longtime owner of Desperados decided he wanted to get out of the restaurant business and after selling his business over a year ago came upon another opportunity.      "Nineteen years of being in the restaurant business and I was looking for something different," Atwell said. "I’ve always liked this location. It has always been a liquor store and I thought I could clean it up and make it

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State Officials Issue Reminder About Intoxicate Driving Ahead of 4/20
Staff Reports,
08:53AM / Saturday, April 20, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first "4/20" day with open recreational marijuana dispensaries has prompted a warning from the state Cannabis Control Commission to relax, take it easy, man.   April 20, 4/20, has become somewhat of a holiday among marijuana users and in states that legalized recreational use prior, rallies and events were held to commemorate the day. Locally, three recreational shops have opened and are planning specials and entertainment.    The Cannabis Control Commission, the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Massachusetts Major City Police Chiefs Association, the Commonwealth

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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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Clarksburg Finance Committee Has Questions on School Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:46AM / Saturday, April 20, 2019
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Finance Committee and School Department are working through the budget for fiscal 2020 and trying to determine where some $94,000 in retirement insurance for should land.    The Finance Committee wants it coming of the school's budget since it relates to retired school employees but the School Department believes it should be the town's line item. Committee member Mark Denault said the line item had been covered by school-choice funds last year with the agreement it would become a school expense.    "I can go back and we can get our minutes," he said at Thursday's meeting. "But it was definitely talked about it,

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MCLA Softball Team Earns Sweep
06:25AM / Saturday, April 20, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA softball team allowed just one run all afternoon as they swept past the visiting Worcester State Lancers 8-0 and 7-1 Friday in MASCAC action.   The Trailblazers improved to 10-18 overall but are now 5-5 in the conference. The Lancers drop to 6-30 overall and are 5-7 in the conference.   Game One The opening game was scoreless after two innings of play. The Trailblazers finally broke through with four runs in the third inning to take control.  Kaylyn Holliday started the scoring with an RBI single scoring Kayla Baker for a 1-0 lead. Erika Quackenbush ripped another RBI single scoring Kara Adams to make it 2-0.  MCLA would add two more runs

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New 'Dumbo' Left This Mom With Dry Eyes
By Rebecca Dravis,
09:12PM / Friday, April 19, 2019

When I first heard that Disney was making a live-action version of "Dumbo," I was pretty skeptical. After all, the main characters in this movie are animals, so unless Disney was going to venture into the territory of creepy "talking" real-life creatures, how were they going to pull this one off?

They didn't.

First the good news: Disney WAS able to create a story that didn't require creepy talking real-life animals, thank goodness. Instead, they used very cool special effects to create Dumbo and his mother, and the results of that were pretty spectacular. Dumbo, with his awkward-but-somehow-adorable ears and soulful eyes was as lifelike as possible - and he

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Ashland Street Initiative to Beautify Corridor From MCLA to Main Street
Staff Reports,
05:46PM / Friday, April 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two years ago, a group of community activists launched a fund drive to transform historic Eagle Street.    The NAMAzing Eagle Street Project revamped a sad park with art and plantings, created a mobile pocket park that in turn inspired a weekly coffee gathering, and installed signage to mark the unique nature of the short span.    Now it's Ashland Street's turn.    "The project would kind of enhance the opportunity for people coming down and beautify the area," said Amanda Chilson, a team leader, in the project's introductory video.   The roadway doesn't have quite the same historical cachet as Eagle

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@theMarket: Investors Reach for New Highs
By Bill Schmick,
03:10PM / Friday, April 19, 2019
The stock market won't quit. It has been on a tear since the day after Christmas. It feels like it wants to keep climbing. That would be a fairly simple feat at this point, since we are only a percent or so away from regaining those historical highs. What will happen once we get there.?   You may ask why am I so confident that the markets won't just give up the ghost right here, right now? A look under the hood at the underlying sectors that make up the market indices gives me a clue. Let's take the semiconductor sector. Throughout the last year or more, semiconductors, a sub-segment of the technology area of the market, have led stocks higher (and lower) time and time

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Berkshire Money Management Adviser Becomes Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor
10:35AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's youngest teammate has recently become a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

Nate Tomkiewicz, 22, who began as a BMM intern three years ago, has recently completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, which gives him specialized skills to guide retirees through their retirement by identifying the potential roadblocks — passing assets to heirs, navigating the complex world of healthcare, Social Security —  that they may encounter.

Tomkiewicz also be able to help retirees take advantage of opportunities as they move into the next — and arguably the most important — phase

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1Berkshire Announces Winner of Esther Quinn Award
10:17AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This year's Esther Quinn Award will go to Bernie Klem of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

This annual award is given to a member of the Berkshire professional community who is involved in several volunteer efforts and continues to make the Berkshires a better place to live and work.

The award will be given out at the next 1Berkshire Good News Business Salute at The Country Club of Pittsfield on April 24 at 7:30 a.m., sponsored by Berkshire Money Management. Tickets can be reserved online.

Klem serves as marketing associate and chair of the Community Involvement Committee at Guardian. Prior to joining Guardian, Klem held positions with Gargan

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SVHC Offers Free Paid Training for Licensed Nursing Assistants
10:00AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Over the past several years, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has trained hundreds of people to become licensed nursing assistants. Many have gone on to rewarding careers in the health system's skilled nursing facilities or in the hospital’s inpatient units.

"This is a great, very cost-effective way to begin a health care career," said Peg Daly, who leads the SVHC Education and Organizational Development Department. "LNAs earn good wages, gain valuable experience, and help others. It can be very satisfying."

The training typically costs as much as $1,400. Those who enter SVHC's program agree to a one-year contract, receive free

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Worcester State Baseball Tops MCLA
08:26PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Worcester State baseball team used a seven-run fifth inning to catapult it to a 9-4 win over the MCLA Trailblazers Thursday afternoon in MASCAC action.   The Lancers take the opening game of a three series and improve to 14-13 overall and 6-7 in the league.  MCLA dips to 9-19 overall and is 3-10 in the conference.   The two teams will wrap up the series Friday at 1 p.m. at Joe Wolfe Field in North Adams.    MCLA opened the scoring in the top of the first when Jake Ferrara singled home Drury graduate Logan Rumbolt for a quick 1-0 lead. The Lancers responded with a pair of runs in the third inning off MCLA starter Mike Urbanski to take a 2-1

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The Independent Investor: The Cost of Rebuilding God's House
By Bill Schmick,
05:04PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
Sometimes a tragedy can bring people together. In the case of the devastating fire that swept Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, the world wept. But even before the fire was completely extinguished, the business community was already making plans to rebuild the 850-year-old edifice.   The price tag will likely be in the multibillion-dollar range. A preliminary assessment of the damage thus far includes two-thirds (about 100 meters) of the roof and the destruction of a spire, which the world witnessed on television. At least a 62-foot expanse of stained-glass windows was also severely damaged.   What we don't know as of yet, is how the 800-pipe organ, one of the largest in the

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