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Goodwill of the Berkshires Names New President and CEO
01:32PM / Friday, December 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont's board of directors approved a management transition plan whereby David Twiggs has succeeded Frank Engels as the next president and CEO of the organization.

Twiggs, a Lenox resident, had most recently served as Goodwill's chief operating officer. He joined the organization in 2012 and has served in other senior management roles at Goodwill, including director of logistics.

"David Twiggs brings a wide range of experience from both the operations, retail, and social service sectors," said President of the Board of Directors Heidi Higgins. "His commitment to our community and personal approach

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017
11:04AM / Friday, December 08, 2017

This is the season of harvest bazaars, holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

  Saturday, Dec. 9

HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR, Adams, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: A holiday craft fair to support BSA Troop 38 of Adams will be held at the P.N.A. on Victory Street. Scouts will help shoppers transport their wares to their cars. Vendors will not be duplicated.

HOLIDAY SHINDY, Pittsfield, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.: Shire City Sanctuary will again host Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site

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

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North Adams Schools Asks Retiring Business Manager to Stay Longer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, December 08, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday night voted to offer a short-term contract to Business Manager Nancy Ziter — at least until they can find someone to replace her.    Ziter is scheduled to retire on Dec. 31, but Superintendent Barbara Malkas informed the committee there has been difficulty in hiring a qualified, licensed candidate.     "We have some options, we would be able to work out a waiver to have [Ziter] continue beyond her retirement date ... we could go the way of Williamstown and Lanesborough and hire a consultant, they did with Management Solutions," she said. "Doing one of those two things while we really think

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Dowling Presented McCann Superintendent's Award
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires columnist
02:41AM / Friday, December 08, 2017

Superintendent James Brosnan presents Dowling with the certificate recognizing her academic achievements.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical senior Aimee Dowling was presented the Superintendent's Award on Thursday in front of her family and teachers.

"Leadership is in your future you are going to do great things," Superintendent James Brosnan said Thursday night's McCann School Committee meeting. "Every day Aimee comes into school, she has a smile on her face and I think that is an example for all of your classmates and all of your teachers. ... You are a great example of the classic McCann culture."

Each year superintendents across the state

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The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out?
By Bill Schmick,
09:53PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year.   So what else is new?   If the government does shut down on Saturday morning, it will be the 18th such occurrence in U.S. history. In every case, the nation has survived, although at times the cost has been great. There was, for example, a 16-day shutdown back in 2013 that resulted in a $24 billion hit to economic output and caused 850,000 workers to be laid off.   We all know it costs the American people more to shut down the government than it does to keep it open. In this age of

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Moulton Double-Double Leads MCLA Women to Win
08:03PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Courtney Pingelski scored the go-ahead basket with 9 seconds remaining and Emily Moulton had 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots to lead the MCLA women's basketball team past visiting Simmons College, 54-50, on Thursday.   After trailing at halftime, Simmons (1-5) stormed back to take a 38-34 lead heading into the fourth quarter. It maintained its lead until the 2:11 mark when Karina Mattera converted two free throws to give the hosts a 46-45 lead. Simmons' Molly Phillips drove for two on the next possession to give the lead back to the Sharks with just 1:51 left to play. Mattera once again was fouled and knocked both down again to put MCLA in

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North Adams' Newly Elected Councilors Attend MMA Workshops
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02:30PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
  ASHLAND, Mass. — Several councilors-elect from North Adams joined other newly elected councilors and aldermen from across the state at a training conference held by the Massachusetts Municipal Councillors Association, a member group of Massachusetts Municipal Association, on Dec. 2 at Framingham State University's Warren Conference Center in Ashland.   Councilors-elect Rebecca A. Cohen, Marie T. Harpin and Jason M. LaForest attended the training conference. They will be sworn in on the first of January at City Hall in North Adams.   Current City Councilor Lisa Blackmer, who serves as immediate past president of the MMA and MMCA second vice president, moderated the

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Can You Afford to Retire Early?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you'll need to plan ahead – because a successful early retirement can't be achieved through last-minute moves.

So, if you're determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps:

Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it's important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy.

Think about your retirement lifestyle. You may know that you want to retire early – but have you thought about what you want to do with your newfound time? Will you simply stay close to home and

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MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tessa Langsdale, class of 2021, tells the students how she had been in their seats just last year.  See more photos from the event here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all

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North Adams School Committee Bids Farewell to Mayor, Members
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Ellen Sutherland gives Hockridge a hug.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — They've served through three superintendents, two mayors and with more than a dozen other School Committee members.    It's been a long 16 years for Mark Moulton and John Hockridge but they will always have that time engraved in their minds and, now, on presentation clocks given to mark their departures from the committee.    The School Department said farewell to the second longest-serving members of the board on Tuesday night. Hockridge and Moulton were both elected in 2002, coming second only to Heather Boulger, who took office in 1998.    "It's kind of

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Mass MoCA's Building 6 Named Building of the Year
09:46PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Building 6 opened earlier this year.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art's massive Building 6 has been named Building of the Year: Northeast by The Architect's Newspaper.    Archpaper.com announced its Best of Design Awards 2017 on Dec. 4.    "The buildings' massive size, along with the complex's interlocking courtyards, bridges, and walkways, offer the opportunity to experiment with open spaces, structural elements, and connections," wrote Archpaper, in encapsulating the reasoning behind the award.    The 130,000 square foot structure, named the Robert W. Wilson Building, was opened

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MCLA Women's, Men's Basketball Teams Fall
09:41PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The visiting Keene State women's basketball team got 20 points and four steals from Sandi Purcell, and the Owls buried 13 3-pointers as they held off the MCLA Trailblazers, 59-52, in non-conference women's basketball action Tuesday evening.   Purcell scored 12 of her 20 points in the closing half. The senior connected on just six of 15 shots, but buried five 3s to lead the Owl attack. Teammate Emily McPadden notched 15 points, and Lilly Shlimon added 11 points for Keene (2-6).   MCLA took its only lead of the night at the 7:24 mark of the third quarter on Emily Moulton's bucket in the paint, but Keene immediately answered with a three point play

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