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Drury High Graduates, Scholarships & Awards 2017
08:30PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

Drury High Graduates 2017     Oscar Leonel Araica-Castillo Kaelea Corrine Forrest Aubrey Lee O'Dell Jenaya Denise Barton Taylor Forest Sherman Fortini Omar Antonio Ochoa Arianna Nicole Battaini Kendra Lee Gallagher Teven Michael Powell David Jay Beebe Jr. Tahira Lakeisha Gardner Brooks Allan Robinson Alexandra Jane Flynn Bernard Allison Paige Girard Tyler William Rockenfield Hayden Nathan Bird Mitchell Ryan Girard Aubrey Rose Rumbolt Andrea Claire Blaisdell Taylor CheyanneGiron Elissa Lori


The Independent Investor: The Client Comes First
By Bill Schmick,
05:19PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

As of Friday, putting a client's needs first becomes law.

Despite a bitterly contested battle by brokers, banks and insurance companies to kill it, the on-again, off-again Department of Labor fiduciary rule becomes effective June 9, 2017. Investors should cheer the news.

That's right — it is no longer just a slogan that slick marketers use to woo unsuspecting retail investors into their fee-based, commission-based, fee-sharing web of duplicity and immoral behavior. Since I am already a fiduciary, I tried over the years to advise readers on what is in their best interests since their advisers certainly were not. The new law changes all that.

If your adviser, broker, wealth


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

Drury High School Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2017
12:49PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Alexandra Jane Flynn Bernard and Chase Emery Christopher have been named the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the Drury High School class of 2017.   Both students will speak at Drury's graduation exercises on Thursday, June 8, at 7 p.m. at the high school.    Bernard is the daughter of Thomas and Jennifer Bernard of North Adams. She has served as a Student Ambassador, a member of Student Council and Service Learning Action Council, and with concert and marching band. She was elected as Drury's representative for the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program.   She has been a vital member of the Drury Stage


McCann Graduates Encouraged to Be Brave & Live for the Moment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:05AM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

Salutatorian William D. Galipeau told his classmates to live in the now, not the next. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2017 was encouraged to live in the moment and to be brave in the face of failure.   School Committee Chairman Thomas Mahar said he'd had a hard time thinking of what advice to give the school's 55th graduating class that hadn't been said before.   "I realized I didn't have anything new to say," Mahar told the 112 graduates seated in the Amsler Campus Center gym at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "Then it struck me, you don't hear much about

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SteepleCats Earn Walkoff Win on Opening Night
09:59PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats finally broke through for their first runs of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning on Wednesday night, walking off on the Sanford Mainers via a two-run single from JJ Shimko.   The 'Cats had threatened for most of the night, but it was the South Carolina-Upstate outfielder that came through with the biggest hit of the night at Joe Wolfe Field.   The scoring had been limited to the top of the first inning, when Riley Pittman cleared the right field fence for a solo homer with two outs. Pittman's roundtripper was one of only four hits for the visiting Mainers, and was the only extra base hit in the


McCann Tech Names Top Students for Graduation 2017
04:10PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named William Andrew Peter Kipp and William David Galipeau as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, as announced by Principal Justin Kratz.   Both students will graduate from McCann with high honors on Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Kipp, son of Aaron and Wendy Kipp, is a senior in the Machine Technology Program. He is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence. He is a member of the pre-engineering program, Project Lead The Way, the National


North Adams Happenings: June 7-31
12:53PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
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Financial Gifts and Tips for New Graduates
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:09AM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It's Graduation Season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life.

What sort of gifts and tips should you consider? Here are a few ideas:

* Give a few shares of stock. Everyone should understand the financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage this interest is to give your child a few shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services

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Letter: Restore children's art
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, June 06, 2017

To the Editor:

Just read the letter by the art teacher who was shocked by the paint over of the paintings on the pillars of the Marshall Street bridge. Speaking to many North Adams residents, it is quite obvious that many others feel the way I do in regards to how this was handled as well as how the work of children was eliminated.

Assume that part of Mass Moca's mission is to promote, preserve and encourage art. I find it counter intuitive that the organization would arbitrarily and unilateral eliminate the historic depictions of our past.

Is there a solution? Yes, encourage and promote a community effort like this to have Mass Moca restore those painting to their original


Superior Court Briefs: May 31 - June 1
Staff Reports,
05:44PM / Monday, June 05, 2017
Cases heard before Judge Edward McDonough on Wednesday, May 31.   Antoine Crichlow, 39, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of strangulation or suffocation, assault and battery on a family or household member, intimidation of a witness, and threat to commit a crime, to wit: assault and battery upon a public employee.   He was ordered to serve concurrent two and a half year sentences at the Berkshire County House of Correction on the strangulation, assault and battery, and intimidation of a witness charges. He was given a concurrent six-month sentence for the threat to commit a crime charge.   Crichlow assaulted a 32-year-old woman in Pittsfield on January 13 and


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Closing at Noon on June 7 for Day of Volunteering
03:21PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Giving back: Berkshire Bank will close all locations at noon on Wednesday, June 7, for its company-wide Xtraordinary Day, The Power of Giving Back. Xtraordinary Day provides all Berkshire Bank employees the opportunity to volunteer in communities the Bank and its affiliates serve.

This second annual Xtraordinary Day is set to focus on more than 60 community projects with approximately 90 percent of employee participation across the country. The previous year's Xtraordinary Day marked the first year the bank as a whole closed its doors to dedicate an entire afternoon to give back to the communities in which it serves. Last year, employees were able to help 54 different nonprofit


Berkshires Beat: Eighth-Graders Sew Patriotic Pillowcases
01:27PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

God bless America: Hoosac Valley eighth-grade students in Terry Vivori's Family & Consumer Sciences class made patriotic pillowcases for Women of Soldier On in Northampton, Mass. The student learned how to use patterns and sewing machines in class.

Vivori set the class up like a manufacturing company with students picking different areas of production. Some students chose laying out patterns and pinning, others cut out the patterns, and the rest sewed or ironed the pillowcases. The students included a letter of thanks to each veteran for their service.   The pillowcases were presented to the Dr. George L. Curran Auxiliary to Post #996 on Sunday, May 28, by Vivori, who is a


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