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RMV Extending Use of State-Owned Vehicles for Road Testing into 2022
10:36AM / Monday, January 03, 2022
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced the agency will continue with the use of Commonwealth-owned vehicles for Class D road testing services through April 30, 2022 and has delayed the return to the use of private passenger vehicles for road tests.   Due to the pandemic and health and safety protocols, since June of 2020, the RMV has deployed a fleet of Commonwealth-owned vehicles for road tests which are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Plans to return to private vehicles have been delayed and existing protocols will remain in place: All occupants of a vehicle used in a road test, including the applicant, sponsor and examiner will

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North Adams 2021 Year in Review
04:33AM / Monday, January 03, 2022

Gus Jammalo gives Gene Kemp a trim, the last one his well-known barbership. Jammalo says, at 87, it's time for him to go fishing and spend time with his family.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The year 2021, the second year of the pandemic, saw a return of community events, devastating fires, abrupt departures, a successful vaccination program, major buildings changing hands downtown and the election of a new, more diverse government, including the city's first woman mayor.    That a woman would finally take the corner office for the first time in North Adams' 126-year history was already in the cards by the closing of nominations in July. Only women for

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. John Ireland
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:10PM / Sunday, January 02, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — John Ireland served his country in the Air Force from 1972 to 1977, retiring as a sergeant.    Growing up in Framingham, he was introduced to the Berkshires while spending summers on his uncle's farm in Clarksburg. His basic training took him to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.    "It was the first time I ever saw a palm tree. I remember marching everywhere. Made some good friends there, one in particular, Melvin Stephenson, I was particularly close to," he remembered.   His first assignment after basic was 13 months at Keesler AFB in Biloxi, Miss., where he studied air traffic-control radar repair. His biggest

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Macksey Sworn in as First Woman Mayor with Calls for Teamwork, Inclusiveness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:15PM / Saturday, January 01, 2022

Mayor Jennifer Macksey attendees following her inauguration held at Drury High School.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Teamwork and inclusivity were the themes of the new mayor and City Council sworn in on Saturday.   Jennifer Macksey, after taking the oath as 33rd mayor and the first woman to hold the office in the city's 126-year history, reiterated her commitment to an open and transparent government that will take into account the needs and desires of the community during her two-year term.   "The journey will be an inclusive process as we work toward our goal of making North Adams the best it can be," she said in her inaugural speech. "If I am

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@theMarket: Markets Up on Thin Holiday Trading
By Bill Schmick,
03:15PM / Friday, December 31, 2021
The Santa Rally continued this week with the S&P 500 Index hitting a new record high. Most stocks that gained did so on little volume. Don't read too much into this week's gains, however.   There is an old, rarely used term called "painting the tape." It is a mild form of market manipulation where market traders buy and sell securities among themselves to create an appearance of substantial trading activity. The goal is to fool investors into buying into stocks, sectors, or the market thereby driving prices higher.   These kinds of tactics often result in an unsustainable spike higher in the averages, followed by a period of consolidation, or decline. The

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First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
08:55AM / Friday, December 31, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth again this year," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "There is nothing more invigorating than hiking through one of our beautiful parks with family and friends, and we're pleased to offer the opportunity kick off the New Year by getting outside and exploring the wonderful natural resources we have here in

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Berkshire High School Athletics 2021: A Year In Review
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:52PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
"Normal" may still be a long way off.   But some of the usual suspects were back in their normal positions, at the top of the heap, during 2021's sports seasons.   The state's high school athletics governing body went 14 months without awarding a state championship. And once it did, a Berkshire County dynasty claimed another one.   The trend continued in the fall when one perennial power defended its state title and another earned a return trip to the biggest sports venue in New England.   Here is a look back at some of the athletes and teams making headlines in 2021.   Taconic baseball Coach Kevin Stannard's program earned its fourth straight

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The Retired Investor: Climate Change Is Costing Billions
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
In 2021, worldwide, the costs of the ten worst disasters caused by climate change totaled more than $170 billion. It was the fourth time in the last five years that we have suffered that level of damages. Scientists expect next year to be even worse.   Insurance companies, like Zurich-based Swiss Re, bear the brunt of the costs of extreme weather. During the last decade, losses have been rising 5-6 percent per year, according to Swiss Re's recent analysis. They expect at least one $10 billion catastrophe, such as severe flooding, a winter storm, or a massive wildfire will be part of the new normal in weather changes.      What is worse, more than ever before, extreme

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Medical Matters Weekly Returns for Second Season
10:35AM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson welcomes Larry Cole, a former police detective and COVID-19 survivor, as their first guest of the program's second season at noon on Jan. 5.    Cole contracted COVID before vaccines were available. He spent 18 days as an inpatient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in the early days of 2021. He will share his experience, including his continuing struggle with COVID symptoms.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and

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North Adams To Swear in New Council, Mayor On Saturday
By Tammy Daniels , iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Wednesday, December 29, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The inauguration of Jennifer Macksey as the 33rd mayor of the city of North Adams and the biennial reorganization of government will be held Saturday, Jan. 1, beginning at 11:30 a.m.   The swearing-in will take place in the Drury High School auditorium for the first time and outside of City Hall for the first time since 2000. The millennial inauguration had been held at the Hunter Center at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art.   Drury had been chosen to accommodate the large number of expected attendees but because of the rise in positive cases of COVID-19, will now allow a smaller audience to socially distance.   Attendance is being limited to

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What are your financial resolutions for 2022?
12:15PM / Wednesday, December 29, 2021
As you know, 2021 was full of challenges. We were still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic when supply chains shut down and inflation heated up. So, if you're like many people, you might not be sorry to see the year come to a close. But now it's time to look ahead to a brighter 2022. And on a personal level, you may want to set some New Year's resolutions. You might resolve to improve your health and diet, and possibly learn some new skills, but why not make some financial resolutions, too?   Here are a few ideas to consider: Prepare for the unexpected. If you haven't already created an emergency fund, now may be a good time to start. Ideally, you'd like

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North Adams Council Bids Goodbye to Mayor Bernard, Councilors Lamb & Sweeney
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Mayor Thomas Bernard states his final mayor's concerns at Tuesday's City Council meeting.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Whatever "toxic" environment that might have occurred  over the past two years was brushed away Tuesday night as the city's outgoing government held its final meeting.   The city's new government, elected in November, will be sworn in on Jan. 1.   Outgoing Councilors Benjamin Lamb and Jessica Sweeney, both of whom declined  to run for re-election, were given their due and Mayor Thomas Bernard was recognized for his efforts, particularly in dealing with the pandemic over the past two years.   Council President Lisa

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