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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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Fall Foliage Parade Will Celebrate 'Wizard of Oz'
04:45PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's Fall Foliage Festival parade will kick its ruby slippers together to declare "There's No Place Like Home in The Berkshires."   The 64th annual parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the cinematic classic "The Wizard of Oz."   "The Wizard of Oz" starring Judy Garland premiered Aug. 25, 1939, and was nominated for six Oscars at the 1940 Academy Awards including best picture and won for original score and original song "Over the Rainbow."   The film was a hit in North Adams as well, playing a limited four-day engagement with "hold-out crowds" at the

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

Jobs
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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'After': Of Good Girls and Bad Boys
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:57PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
It's just not fair. The lady preteens and barely teens who attended a showing of "After," presumably to look into the crystal ball and commiserate with future peer, Tessa Young, left it all to me. I was to see what was to be with the gal who embarks on her college career and that first real love.    They were much too busy chattering, texting or running back and forth to either the concession stand or the powder room to pay any attention to Katherine Langford's decent but a tad treacly portrayal of the girl next door turned co-ed. Oh well, I figured, perhaps they read writer Anna Todd's "After" series on Wattpad, whatever that is, and were only in

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Dealing With Aggressive Turkeys
Staff Reports,
11:53AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
BOSTON — The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering some tips for dealing with aggressive wild turkeys.    A woman in Cambridge was recently injured when a flock of turkeys began pecking at her legs; aggressive turkeys have also been reported and recorded in in Foxboro and Brookline.    There's more room for humans and turkeys to co-exist in the Berkshires but residents should still be aware of turkey behavior if there's an encounter.    MassWildlife says:   March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys and as a result, there is an increase in turkey activity all across the commonwealth. Some turkeys may be seen acting

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B&B Micro Manufacturing Plans Move to Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019

The tiny home builders with Attorney General Maura Healey during a tour of their products at the Windsor Mill in 2017. ADAMS, Mass. — B&B Micro Manufacturing got its start in a garage on Old Columbia Street. Now its returning after a stint in North Adams to take over the Brown Packaging building and add at least 16 jobs.   The Board of Selectmen on Wednesday approved a seven-year tax-financing agreement that will help smooth the tiny house manufacturer's big expansion.    "The space is a great space, and we are blessed to have this come up," Jason Koperniak, a principal in the company, said. "We have been looking to upgrade our facility and

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MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Whet Towel was the winning idea in this year's challenge.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There were three finalists for the third annual Innovation and Entrepreneurial Challenge on Wednesday night. They were different yet had one thing in common: being eco-friendly or at least all-natural.    But it was the pitch about making disposal razors last longer that stood out for the judges and deemed worthy of the $10,000 prize.    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.    "For years, I've been using

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Ruef, Wade Pitch MCLA Past Fitchburg State
10:34PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA baseball team used a six-run second inning and held off the visiting Fitchburg State University Falcons, 7-5, Wednesday afternoon in MASCAC action at Joe Wolfe Field.   The Trailblazers (9-18) are now 3-9 in the conference.  The Falcons (19-7) dip to 9-3 overall in the league.  The Falcons did take the season series from MCLA 2-1.   MCLA scored six times in the second inning as it took advantage of some defensive miscues by the Falcons.  Dillon Maxon started the scoring with a run scoring double to center field scoring Jake Ferrara for a 1-0 lead. MCLA tacked on five more runs, all unearned. Taconic graduate Austin Rachiele hit what

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Career Fair Draws 150 Job Seekers to Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Attendance at the longstanding annual event tends to ebb and flow based on the labor market trends at the time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair.   The event drew 73 exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers, including BerkshireJobs.com, an affiliate of iBerkshires.   According to Benjamin Lamb, economic development director for 1Berkshires, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.   "There are a lot of manufacturing jobs out there right now. It is a growing sector.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Hosts Annual Humane Race
12:28PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Animal action

Berkshire Humane Society's 17th annual Humane Race – a timed 5K run and 1-mile fun walk benefitting homeless animals – will be hosted for the second year by the city of North Adams on Saturday, April 27. Participants are invited to run and walk with or without a leashed canine companion. Proceeds benefit Berkshire Humane Society and the homeless animals of the Berkshires. The race will be timed by Berkshire Running Center.

BHS Humane Heroes will volunteer at the event, hosting a canine snack station with homemade pupsicles and doggy ice cream. The Humane Hero program teaches children about animals and organizes group volunteer activities at the shelter and

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Earth Day Offers Valuable Lessons to Investors
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:59AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019

On April 22, millions of people will observe Earth Day by participating in events that support environmental protection. As a citizen, you may want to take part in a local celebration. And as an investor, you can learn a few lessons from the themes of Earth Day.

Here are a few of them:

Avoid a toxic investment environment. A recurring topic of Earth Day is the necessity of reducing toxins from our air, water and land. And, while you might not think of it in those terms, your portfolio can also contain some "toxic" elements in the form of investments that may be hindering your progress, or, at the very least, not contributing to it. For instance, you might own some investments

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North Adams Happenings: April 17-23
10:44AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
North Adams Happenings: 
April 17 - 23   Volunteer Opportunity  

Check out the O+ Festival coming this May 10th and 11th.

Sign up following the link

O+ supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through festivals at which they exchange art-making and performances for

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BCC Suspends Nursing Program For One Year
Staff Reports,
10:18AM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College is suspending its nursing program for a year.   The decision is another blow — hopefully a short-term one — to nursing education in the region following the impending closure of Southern Vermont College. The associate's degree program will go on hiatus for first-year students in 2019 to address lingering issues and begin re-enrollment of new students in fall 2020.   "We have a 50-year history of graduating excellent practitioners and this brief pause allows us to address specific areas of focus that have been highlighted by our accrediting and licensing bodies," said college President Ellen Kennedy in

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