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The Independent Investor: Tackling Taxes
By Bill Schmick,
05:05PM / Friday, October 06, 2017
President Donald Trump introduced a flurry of tax proposals last week. Tax reform, as well as tax cuts, was included in his plan. Give him an "A" for effort in tackling something that no politician has dared to do since Reagan.   Naturally, depending upon your political views, critics will disparage his efforts, claiming it is yet another tax break for the rich. Others will approve of at least some of his suggestions. On the surface, his plan would significantly reduce the marginal tax rates, increase standard deductions, repeal personal exemptions, limit itemized deductions and let corporations and businesses expense new investment, but not deduct interest


Gray Raven Farm to Reopen This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

The Bergerons specialize in goat's milk products and honey from the farm's apiary. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Gray Raven Farm will hold its grand reopening this weekend with a new focus on its handcrafted farm products.   Dan and Sharon Bergeron, owners of the 551 North Main St. farm, have been busy sprucing up the farmstand and reimagining their business after a brief hiatus. They are reopening the farm with a renewed focus on goat's milk and honey products.   "We took some time and restructured a little bit and we are coming back with a lot more of our original handmade products like the goat milk soap and honey lotion," Dan Bergeron said. "We


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

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
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

Berkshire County Kids Place Readies for Annual Gala
02:24PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

Martino Glass, above, and Craig and Patti Cusson, left, are being honored at the Berkshire County Kids Place gala on Friday, Oct. 13.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Kids Place will be honoring Martino Glass Company as well as Craig and Patti Cusson on Friday, Oct. 13, at their annual gala fundraising event at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Martino Glass Company has been a long-time supporter of Berkshire County Kids Place through offering financial support of events, providing assistance with facility needs, and giving of their time when needed. Martino Glass will be recognized for this support with the Community Leader Award.

Berkshire County Kids' Place also is


MCLA to Hold Fall Preview Days, Open House Events
01:45PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Beginning on Monday, Oct. 9, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold a series of three Fall Preview Day events. In addition, the campus will host the first of two Fall 2017 Open House events on Saturday, Oct. 14.

According to Gina Puc, MCLA’s director of admission, Open Houses and Preview Days are convenient ways for prospective students to see the campus for the first time and to learn more about MCLA’s academic programs and campus life.

"We encourage students to meet with one of our admission counselors during one of these events, to make sure all of their questions are answered and to discuss the next steps in the enrollment


Citizens Petition Filed to Revote Clarksburg School Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Friday, October 06, 2017

The committee determined it should support another vote.

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The town is gearing up for a second special town meeting after more than 300 citizens signed a petition calling to revote the failed school project.

The $19 million addition and renovation project failed by a single vote — 144-287 — at the special town meeting on Sept. 27. The authorization of the borrowing, of which $11.3 million would be reimbursed by the state but still hit homeowners with a $3.25 increase in the tax rate, required a two-thirds vote.

Select Board Chairman Jeffrey Levanos confirmed that he had accepted the citizens' petition (with the same language as last week's


Nurses Association Rallies In North Adams Over Lockout
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Friday, October 06, 2017

Protesters lined the narrow sidewalk along Hospital Avenue to chant to toward the BMC campus.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — While much of the action has been taking place in Pittsfield, the registered nurses locked out by Berkshire Medical Center made a point of showing on Thursday that North Adams is affected, too.    Nearly 100 members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association and their supporters lined the sidewalk along Hospital Avenue chanting to the police and security presence blocking the driveway to BMC's North County campus.    "Hey hey, ho ho, unsafe staffing's got to go!" "If we're out here, something is wrong in


Williamstown's Sfakianaki Repeats on All-League Tennis Team
08:10PM / Thursday, October 05, 2017
Two MCLA women's tennis players were honored by the North Atlantic Conference Thursday afternoon as the league released their all conference selections.   Trailblazer senior Mariza Sfakianaki of Williamstown earned first team singles honors and paired with junior Sam Gawron to earn second team doubles. Sfakianaki is a repeat selection on the All Conference team while the honor for Gawron is her first.   MCLA's Katherine Grill was selected as the Trailblazer member on the sportsmanship team.   The Trailblazers go to Colby-Sawyer on Saturday for an NAC semi-final match.  


State Asking For Input On Outdoor Recreation Plan
Staff Reports,
04:08PM / Thursday, October 05, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What type of outdoor recreation would you want to see created?   That's what the state is asking right now. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is updating its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which makes it eligible for about $2 million per year from the federal government.    The National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund program has been ongoing since 1965 and has paid for a number of outdoor recreation projects in the county. Locally, the money has purchased land along the Appalachian Trail and at Onota Lake. North Adams received a quarter of a million dollars to build a park on River

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Cumberland Farm Seeks to Buy North Adams City Yard
Staff Reports,
02:25PM / Thursday, October 05, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Cumberland Farm is offering $575,000 for the City Yard on Ashland Street.    The regional chain of convenience stores has long been rumored to be interested in the one-acre site. It began renovating and constructing larger centers with more amenities several years ago, including new buildings in Williamstown and at Hodges Cross Road and on Union Street.    The Westborough company's downtown location on Ashland Street, however, is landlocked by streets on two sides and residential properties on the other sides. The chain has wanted to expand that operation but has been limited by the amount of land it needs for a larger building and more


BMC Management Focusing On Inside While Nurses Strike Outside
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hospital officials greeted the nurses at the door Wednesday morning, but aren't letting them back to work. The lockout will last until Sunday morning, when the contract with the replacement nurses ends. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are certainly making their voices known this week, as they picket outside of the hospital.   But inside, management isn't focused on what's happening just beyond the campus' property line. They're focused on what's happening inside.   "There is a lot of discussion about what is happening outside and there is not much we can do about that. We decided to focus on what is


Pittsfield's Sangiovanni Scores to Lead MCLA Women to Victory
10:59PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA women's soccer team outshot visiting Cobleskill 39-1 and Pittsfield High graduate Aleah Sangiovanni and Caitlyn Maloney netted goals as the Trailblazers earned their first win of 2017 with a resounding 2-0 win over the Tigers.    The Trailblazers are now 1-8 on the season while Cobleskill is still in search of their first win at 0-9.   MCLA (1-8) controlled play throughout as they held Cobleskill (0-9) without a shot in the opening half.  In the 23rd minute, the Trailblazer offense finally broke through. Brittany Whitford sent a through ball up the middle that found Sangiovanni behind the defense. She slipped a shot into the lower right


Letter: Bernard Right Choice for Mayor
Letters to the Editor,
09:20PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the Editor:

It has been my honor and pleasure to serve the people of North Adams on the City Council over the last decade while the city continues to bloom. I've also had the opportunity to serve on the Alumni Board of MCLA as the college has become model for small state schools in the state.

One of the most quietly influential people in both these realms during this time has been Tom Bernard, who is now running to become mayor of North Adams. I heartily endorse Tom's candidacy because he is the right choice for North Adams.

I've watched Tom work behind the scenes to help Mass MoCA and MCLA find the funding they so richly deserve from sources public and private. I've


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