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Berkshire Arts, Research Take Hits in White House Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — Proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 spending plan would create serious problems for the creative economy.

"The real travesty is this is actually taking money out of the pockets of people who are trying to keep food on their table while teaching kids," Shakespeare & Company Artistic Director Allyn Burrows said this week.

"[Lawmakers in Washington, D.C.] may not feel their personal connection with the arts, but their kids do. This is all part of that fabric. It's doing the next generation a disservice to yank that."

"That" would be the National Endowment for the Arts, one of the federal programs that would

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Local Environmentalists Oppose Policies Supporting Natural Gas
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Christopher Kilfoyle of Berkshire Photovoltaic Services is pushing for 100 percent of the state's energy come from renewable sources. 

DALTON, Mass. — Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in a wood furnaces.

He doesn't need more natural gas.

Crane is one of some 500 businesses that have signed onto a petition against Gov. Charlie Baker's push for access to more natural gas.    Baker has been supportive of new natural-gas infrastructure and had previously introduced a proposal to allow electric utilities to levy a tax on users to pay for infrastructure,

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

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Mass MoCA Hopes to Complete UNO Park by Memorial Day
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Commissioners Shirley Davis, left, Robert Burdick, Gail Sellers, Phillip Sellers and JoAnn Lipa Bates look over park plans with Larry Smallwood in Mass MoCA's offices on Monday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is setting an ambitious goal of having the new UNO community park open for Memorial Day weekend.

The opening could coincide with the ribbon cutting on Building 6 that will add 105,000 square feet of space to the museum.

"We're going to get it done as quickly as we can," said Mass MoCA Deputy Director Lawrence Smallwood at the Mass MoCA Commission meeting on Monday. "I have some vague notion of wishing I could have it

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United Cerebral Palsy Awarded Assistive Technology Regional Center Contract
02:28PM / Monday, March 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has been awarded the Assistive Technology Regional Center contract through 2027.

The anticipated annual amount for the contract is $100,000 per year. Funding for this program is part of the MassMATCH federal program which is administered by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission and allows UCP to lend assistive technology equipment and offer demonstrations throughout Western Massachusetts.

"At UCP, we believe technology is the key to unlocking human potential, so I am pleased to announce that UCP has been officially awarded the contract to offer Assistive Technology Regional Center services to Western

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Biz Briefs: Fall Foliage Parade Gets $3,000 Boost From MountainOne
01:20PM / Monday, March 20, 2017

Parade help: Kelli Kozak, assistant vice president and community engagement officer for MountainOne, gave Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade director Danielle Thomas of 1Berkshire a check for $3,000 in support of the annual parade. The presentation was made at a 1Berkshire and North Adams Chamber of Commerce event at Community Health Programs in North Adams.

The Fall Foliage Parade is in its 62nd year in 2017. This year the theme is "Magic in the Berkshires," inspired by everything magical going on in the Berkshires from Harry Potter on Mount Greylock to Fairies in Adams, and so much more. The parade kicks off at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1.

 

Good job: Berkshire-based

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DownStreet Art Looking for Artists for 2017 Season
11:56AM / Monday, March 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Berkshire Cultural Resource Center announces the DownStreet Art (DSA) 2017 call for art. To mark the 10th anniversary of the DownStreet Art program, BCRC will embark on an ambitious goal to commission 10 new projects, which will range from performances and murals to pop-up parks and community art projects.

The three opportunities include a call for mural art, parklet design, and pop-up art programming. Full requests for proposals and submission guidelines can be found at the DSA website. The proposal deadline is March 31, at 11:59 p.m.

DSA invites artists interested in community engagement and social practice to work

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Berkshires Beat: Bromley Gives $8,140 to SVHC Cancer Center
11:48AM / Monday, March 20, 2017

Thanks: Bromley Mountain Ski Resort's President Bill Cairns presented a check for $8,140 to Thomas A. Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care at Bromley Mountain in Peru, Vt. The donation, which was given in support of care at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of SVHC, was raised through Bromley's "Mom's Day Off" event on Friday, Feb. 3.

More than 400 mothers received a $20 lift ticket when they showed a photo of their child or children at the resort’s ticket window. The entire value of the ticket was donated.



For a good cause: The Williamstown Elementary School Endowment Fund will host a cocktail party and

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@theMarket: Fed Rate Hike Sets Stage For More
By Bill Schmick,
04:13PM / Friday, March 17, 2017

This week the Federal Reserve hiked interest rates again. That's two times in as many quarters. Back in the day, the markets would have swooned. This week they did the opposite. What gives?

The short answer is investors believe both the economy and inflation are beginning to accelerate, so the Fed has every right to reduce the gas and ease its foot off the monetary pedal. There is, after all, no need to keep interest rates at historically low levels at this point.

That's good news, after buoying both the economy and the financial markets through several years of anemic growth and worries over deflation. It is one explanation for why the stock market has climbed to record highs.

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'Peep Show' Contest Seeks Entries
01:34PM / Friday, March 17, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — The Peeps department at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum announces the 2017 Lenox Peep Show.

Peeps of all ages are invited to make a diorama based on their favorite book or story. Dioramas are to be created out of your favorite Peeps treats. Extra credit may be given to those who deftly use puns in the concept or title. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall or on the website.

All entries must be delivered to Ventfort Hall, 104 Walker St., Lenox, before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall and select merchant locations in Lenox and the Lenox Chamber office. You can also e-mail

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J.C. Penney at the Berkshire Mall To Close
Staff Reports,
10:27AM / Friday, March 17, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — J.C. Penney store at the Berkshire Mall will be closing, one of 138 nationwide.   The anticipated closures were announced on Feb. 24 and on Friday the company released the list of specific stores slated for closure. The mall store is the only one in Massachusetts targeted for closure; the next closest, the Penney's in Bennington, Vt., is not on the list.   Liquidation sales are expected to begin in mid-April.   J.C. Penney had announced closures was on the horizon at the end of last month. The closures represent about 13 percent of the company's store portfolio. The company said on Feb. 24 that the stores eyed for closure either needed

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Secretary Ash Tours Greylock Works Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

Nearly 33 million people live only a few hours drive from North Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Workers were painstakingly pulling nails and screws out of the flooring in the massive 65,000 square foot Weave Shed on Thursday afternoon.

They already restored about half the flooring in this section of the old Greylock Mill but this final half still needed filling, sanding and sealing — removing over a century of grit and grime — before it would be ready for events planned later this summer.

"We methodically routed out every hole, we brought this floor back to life piece by piece," said Greylock Works developer Salvatore Perry. "We cleaned very joint, every

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CHP Looks to Add Physicians, Services in North County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, March 17, 2017

CHP hosted a joint chamber event in its new offices on the third floor of BMC North.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Community Health Programs has opened its renovated offices on the North Adams Campus of Berkshire Medical Center and hopes to add new doctors to its North County practice.

Members of 1Berkshire and the North Adams Chamber of Commerce got to tour the new offices at a joint chamber event on Wednesday catered by Bounti-Fare and Kelly's Package Store. CHP moved into the former 3rd North wing of the hospital last December.

"What you saw is a renovation that we finished about two weeks ago, you can see that we're still working to outfit some of the rooms," said

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