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Holiday Hours: Veterans Day
09:01AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2023

An image of the 353rd Infantry in France taken two minutes before the armistice ending World War I went into effect.

Veterans Day falls on Saturday, Nov. 11, and will also be observed Friday, Nov. 10, as a state and federal holiday.

The federal holiday is to commemorate the service of the nation's military veterans in ensuring peace.

It was first known as Armistice Day to mark the end of World War I at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In recognition of the efforts of World War II veterans, President Eisenhower in 1954 signed legislation creating Veterans Day with the goal of honoring all American veterans.

The Veterans Day National Committee choses

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What should you know about RMDs?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:16AM / Tuesday, November 07, 2023
You may spend decades contributing to various retirement accounts. But for some accounts, such as a traditional IRA and 401(k), you must start withdrawing funds at a certain point. What should you know about this requirement?   To begin with, the rules governing these withdrawals — technically called required minimum distributions, or RMDs — have changed recently. For many years, individuals had to begin taking their RMDs (which are based on the account balance and the IRS' life expectancy factor) when they turned 70½. The original SECURE Act of 2019 raised this age to 72, and SECURE 2.0, passed in 2022, raised it again, to 73. (If you turned 73 in 2023, and you

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North Adams Set to Elect New Government
06:46PM / Monday, November 06, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city goes to the polls on Tuesday to elect a new government — mayor, City Council and School Committee.    Polls are open at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for all five wards.    Watch the Conversations with the Candidates under the Election 2023 playlist on our YouTube channel.    Jennifery Macksey is running for a second two-year term as mayor. She said she has listened to her constituents on safety, education and quality of life and that she would continue to supply professional leadership and fiscal accountability. She pointed to her efforts to date in obtaining grants and the number of the

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State Treasurer Warns of Scam Calls
04:56PM / Monday, November 06, 2023
BOSTON — The state treasurer isn't calling you looking for money.    State Treasurer Deb Goldberg issued a scam warning on Monday cautioning Bay Staters about fraudulent phone calls claiming to be from her office.    The illegitimate calls claim "you owe money to the Treasury to avoid an arrest for drug possession."    We're pretty sure you can't pay your way out of a drug possession charge and the Office of the State Treasurer does not call people to collect money.    In her statement, Goldberg said she and her office want to ensure that no citizen is taken advantage of as part of this scam. If you receive a call like

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North Adams Christmas Trees Delivered for the 2023 Season
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Monday, November 06, 2023

The Atlantis Corp. crane prepares to lift the 30-foot fir into place.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city installed its two Christmas trees on Monday.   "The weather is perfect and we hope it holds up," Wire and Alarm Inspector Mitchell Meranti said. "We always enjoy this and are always ready for it."   The first of the trees was paraded down Main Street on Monday morning.   The 30-foot balsam fir was placed on the monument end of Main Street. It was donated by Tony Gazzaniga of North Adams.   Meranti said the tree is a bit wider than past trees.   "It will be a challenge, but it is a little shorter so that helps," he said.

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BRTA Holding Public Sessions for More Bus Service
08:00AM / Monday, November 06, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) is proposing to add new evening bus service to additional weekday and Saturday fixed routes.    At the October 26, 2023 meeting, the BRTA Advisory Board voted to proceed with a public comment period to gather customer feedback on the proposed additional service. Visit https://berkshirerta.com/2023/10/31/brta-new- evening-service/  to view the proposed new evening service and provide input.   BRTA will be hosting 3 in-person informational public sessions to review the proposal, receive comments, and answer any questions from attendees. Each session will be 90 minutes and held in different locations

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NBSA, Saboteurs Win Fall League Titles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
12:54PM / Sunday, November 05, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Northern Berkshire Sports Academy and the Saboteurs Sunday took home the A and B Division titles in the NBSA Fall Basketball League.   Chris Brown scored the final four points of the game at the foul line to give NBSA a 71-68 win over Giardina and Bressett PC in the A Division final at Drury High School.   Brown, who went 12-for-13 at the line in the game, finished with a team-high 28 points in the win.   Scott McGuire scored 15 points, including 11 in the first half, when NBSA built a 41-37 lead.   It then opened the second half on a 12-4 run that ended in a Khalil Paul 3-pointer to push the lead to 53-41.   But Hayden Bird scored in the

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Berkshire Delegation Commends Advocacy Of Constituents for Rural School Aid Program
Staff Reports ,
08:02AM / Sunday, November 05, 2023
BOSTON — State Senator Paul Mark, on behalf of the Berkshire Delegation, announced that funding for the Rural School Aid grant program has been raised to $15 million for Fiscal Year 2024, resulting in increases ranging from 30-210 percent for schools in the Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin and Hampshire District.    The program provides financial assistance to the Commonwealth's most rural school districts.   "Making sure that students throughout our region can access a high-quality education, equal to their counterparts around the state, is extremely important to me and our regional delegation," said Senator Mark. "Tripling the amount of Rural School Aid

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MCLA Women's Hockey Completes Weekend Sweep
09:18PM / Saturday, November 04, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Belle Wurmser scored a power play goal midway through the third period Saturday to give the MCLA women's hockey team a 4-3 win and a weekend sweep over Hilbert.   Mallory Stuart scored a goal and assisted on Wurmser's game-winner.   Katie O'Brien stopped 22 shots to earn the win in goal.   MCLA (2-2) hosts Anna Maria on Thursday evening.   Men's Hockey NASHUA, N.H. -- Cade Herrera completed his hat trick midway through the third period to give the MCLA hockey team a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over Rivier for the Trailblazers' first win since reviving the program after 20 years.   Rivier scored the game's first two

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Senator Mark Announces November Office Hours
04:04PM / Saturday, November 04, 2023
BOSTON — State Senator Paul W. Mark announced that his staff will host office hours at five locations in Berkshire County in November.    Residents of any of the 57 municipalities in the Senator's Berkshire, Hampden, Franklin, and Hampshire District are encouraged to ask for assistance with issues involving any state agency or to share ideas on current or potential state legislation.   Appointments are not required. Adams: Tuesday, November 7, and Tuesday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Town Hall, 8 Park St., Adams. Dalton: Monday, November 13, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Senior Center, 40 Field St., Dalton. Great Barrington: Monday, November 6, and Monday,

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MCLA Women's Hockey Wins First Home Game in Program's History
08:54PM / Friday, November 03, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Carlen Bertrand scored her second goal of the game midway through the third period to give the MCLA women's hockey team a 3-2 win over Hilbert in the Trailblazers' season opener on Friday.   Bertrand scored the first home goal in the history of the MCLA program to start the contest, and the teams traded goals from there.   Hilbert tied the contest, 1=1, by the first intermission. But Becky Ade scored unassisted for MCLA in the first minute of the second period.   It stayed 2-1, Trailblazers, until the visitors scored in the first minute of the third period.   Bertrand got the game-winner 10 minutes later with assists from Abby Pomajba and

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State Fire Marshal: Ready to Fall Back? When You Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms!
04:25PM / Friday, November 03, 2023
STOW, Mass. — With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 5, Massachusetts fire officials issued a seasonal reminder to check your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and change the batteries when you change your clocks.   "Working smoke and CO alarms are crucial home safety tools," said State Fire Marshal Jon M. Davine. "As we 'fall back' this weekend, be sure you have the best protection by putting fresh alkaline batteries in alarms that use them and replacing alarms that are out of date."   Today's smoke and carbon monoxide alarms have the manufacturing date printed on the back of the device. Smoke alarms should be replaced when

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