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Retired North Adams Librarian Pens Book About Renovation
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:09AM / Sunday, July 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The story of the modernization and expansion of the historic North Adams Public Library has been written by the library director who the led the project.    "Preserving a Legacy: Building for the Future" was recently self-published by Marcia Gross, who was head of the library for the first decade of the century.    "She was so heavily involved in the planning for the library and donated a substantial part of her professional life to the renovation and expansion," Richard Markham, former library trustee, said. "I think she wanted to tell that story."   Markham helped Gross with the book and is doing the

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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801
11:42AM / Saturday, July 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence:  The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.  

An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and

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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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by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
11:06AM / Saturday, July 04, 2020

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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Rep. Mark, Panel Push County Residents to Be Counted in Federal Census
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:34AM / Saturday, July 04, 2020
Adams Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti participates in Wednesday's virtual town hall. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Economic development agency 1Berkshire billed Wednesday's virtual town hall as one in a series of discussions dealing with non-pandemic issues.   But, as with most areas of life these days, the novel coronavirus was never far from the conversation.   The topic of the agency's weekly webinar was the decennial U.S. Census: its history, its importance and the efforts of local officials to ensure that Berkshire County will be accurately counted.   One of the big reasons the Census is important is that it determines how federal tax dollars are

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Bennington Museum Opens its Doors
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:23PM / Friday, July 03, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — With less than three hours to go before opening his institution to the public, Bennington Museum Executive Director Joshua Torrance was on Cloud 9.   Or, at least, close.   "I'm actually sitting on top of a tall ladder adjusting lights as I talk to you," Torrance said on Friday morning.   The Main Street museum, which shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was making final preparations for its 1 p.m. opening.   Torrance said he and his staff are excited to be able to offer patrons a little happiness and a bit of normalcy during a trying time.   Not everything will be back to normal on Day 1, of

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'The Sunshine Boys': 'All the Men & Women Merely Players'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:19AM / Friday, July 03, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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@theMarket: Markets Celebrate Fourth of July
By Bill Schmick,
10:43AM / Friday, July 03, 2020
The continuing gain in jobs cheered equity markets on Thursday, just before the holiday weekend. Given the surge in virus cases in more than half of the United States at the same time, some investors were dumbfounded. They just don't get it.   The nation added 4.8 million jobs in June, which was better than expected. It was the second month in a row that the employment data surprised investors by beating expectations. Remember, however, that this data is backward looking. The bounce back in the economy as a result of re-opening businesses resulted in these upside labor surprises. Readers should expect those employment gains to moderate next month for some obvious

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Three Berkshire Museums Set to Reopen July 11-12
03:31PM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

Three of the largest museums in the Berkshires plan to reopen to visitors over the July 11-12 weekend, following Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement permitting museums and other cultural organizations to resume operations.

The reopening schedule is as follows:

• Mass MoCA will reopen on Saturday, July 11, with operating hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days per week, closed on Tuesdays. The Mass MoCA Store and Lickety Split cafe will be open during museum hours. Museum campus amenities, including a brewery, restaurants, take-out, and shopping are also available. Museum admission tickets are available on sale now. Performance tickets go on sale July 6. Visit the

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Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3; Gyms, Museums Can Open
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Thursday, July 02, 2020
BOSTON — Fitness centers, movie theaters, museums and other enclosed venues will be able to reopen on Monday with restrictions and the number of people allowed in an indoor gathering is now raised to 25.    "We know that COVID-19 won't be taking any time off this summer. And we need to maintain vigilance if we wish to continue to move forward," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's announcement. "Today the public health data makes clear that Massachusetts is effectively bringing the fight to the virus as we've reopened. And thanks to all your efforts, Phase 3 will begin here in Massachusetts on Monday, July 6."   Dubbed

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Jacob's Pillow to Launch Virtual Festival
11:33AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow, home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, is set to launch a virtual festival with eight weeks of free programming running from July 7 to Aug. 29. 

Jacob's Pillow announced the cancellation of its 10-week festival for the first time in the organization’s 88-year history in March, due to the novel coronavirus. 

Weekly highlights feature streams of popular performances from the past 10 years, a series of new PillowTalks with leaders in the dance field, an online version of the beloved intergenerational movement class Families Dance together, and a new Master Class Series from The School at Jacob’s

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
08:01AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Because it falls on a Saturday this year, Friday is considered the federal holiday for purposes of employment and some closures. Call ahead if unsure of your destination's holiday schedule.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on

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The Retired Investor: Big Banks & Big Brother
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020
It is an interesting time for bank stocks. In the aftermath of two federal regulatory actions last week, the money-center banks are becoming more public than private institutions.   First the good news. Federal banking regulators announced that they are relaxing provisions of the Volcker Rule, which was an important part of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Readers might recall that act was passed in the aftermath of the financial crisis. It was meant to prevent another "too big to fail" scenario within the nation's banking system.   A key provision of the act prevented banks from using their own funds to invest in risky assets such as derivatives, options, private equity,

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