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Berkshire Money Management Adviser Becomes Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor
10:35AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — Berkshire Money Management's youngest teammate has recently become a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor.

Nate Tomkiewicz, 22, who began as a BMM intern three years ago, has recently completed a rigorous course program through the College for Financial Planning, which gives him specialized skills to guide retirees through their retirement by identifying the potential roadblocks — passing assets to heirs, navigating the complex world of healthcare, Social Security —  that they may encounter.

Tomkiewicz also be able to help retirees take advantage of opportunities as they move into the next — and arguably the most important — phase


Six Williams College Seniors Win Fellowships to Study at Cambridge and Oxford
10:32AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge University's Emmanuel College and the Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at Exeter College at Oxford University.

The five seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Roxanne Corbeil, Mary Kate Guma, Erin Hanson, Elizabeth Hibbard, and Zachary Ottati. Drew Fishman was awarded the Donovan-Moody Fellowship.

Corbeil, an economics and Arabic studies major from Oceanside, Calif., will pursue a Ph.D. in development studies. With an interest in development in the Arab world, she plans to focus her studies on the mechanics of poverty and its


Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

1Berkshire Announces Winner of Esther Quinn Award
10:17AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This year's Esther Quinn Award will go to Bernie Klem of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.

This annual award is given to a member of the Berkshire professional community who is involved in several volunteer efforts and continues to make the Berkshires a better place to live and work.

The award will be given out at the next 1Berkshire Good News Business Salute at The Country Club of Pittsfield on April 24 at 7:30 a.m., sponsored by Berkshire Money Management. Tickets can be reserved online.

Klem serves as marketing associate and chair of the Community Involvement Committee at Guardian. Prior to joining Guardian, Klem held positions with Gargan


Williams College Professor Receives 2019 ACLS Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellowship
10:07AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Council of Learned Societies has named W. Anthony Sheppard, the Marylin and Arthur Levitt professor of music at Williams College, a 2019 Susan McClary and Robert Walser Fellow.

The highly competitive fellowship supports awardees "for their potential to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge."

The 2019 ACLS Fellowship awards range from $40,000 to $70,000, depending on the scholar's career stage, and support six to 12 months of full-time research and writing. This year, 81 fellows, who hail from more than 60 colleges and universities, were selected by their peers from more than 1,100 applicants.
The ACLS Fellows


SVHC Offers Free Paid Training for Licensed Nursing Assistants
10:00AM / Friday, April 19, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Over the past several years, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has trained hundreds of people to become licensed nursing assistants. Many have gone on to rewarding careers in the health system's skilled nursing facilities or in the hospital’s inpatient units.

"This is a great, very cost-effective way to begin a health care career," said Peg Daly, who leads the SVHC Education and Organizational Development Department. "LNAs earn good wages, gain valuable experience, and help others. It can be very satisfying."

The training typically costs as much as $1,400. Those who enter SVHC's program agree to a one-year contract, receive free


The Independent Investor: The Cost of Rebuilding God's House
By Bill Schmick,
05:04PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
Sometimes a tragedy can bring people together. In the case of the devastating fire that swept Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral, the world wept. But even before the fire was completely extinguished, the business community was already making plans to rebuild the 850-year-old edifice.   The price tag will likely be in the multibillion-dollar range. A preliminary assessment of the damage thus far includes two-thirds (about 100 meters) of the roof and the destruction of a spire, which the world witnessed on television. At least a 62-foot expanse of stained-glass windows was also severely damaged.   What we don't know as of yet, is how the 800-pipe organ, one of the largest in the


Fall Foliage Parade Will Celebrate 'Wizard of Oz'
04:45PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This year's Fall Foliage Festival parade will kick its ruby slippers together to declare "There's No Place Like Home in The Berkshires."   The 64th annual parade, sponsored by 1Berkshire, will celebrate the 80th anniversary of the cinematic classic "The Wizard of Oz."   "The Wizard of Oz" starring Judy Garland premiered Aug. 25, 1939, and was nominated for six Oscars at the 1940 Academy Awards including best picture and won for original score and original song "Over the Rainbow."   The film was a hit in North Adams as well, playing a limited four-day engagement with "hold-out crowds" at the


'After': Of Good Girls and Bad Boys
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:57PM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
It's just not fair. The lady preteens and barely teens who attended a showing of "After," presumably to look into the crystal ball and commiserate with future peer, Tessa Young, left it all to me. I was to see what was to be with the gal who embarks on her college career and that first real love.    They were much too busy chattering, texting or running back and forth to either the concession stand or the powder room to pay any attention to Katherine Langford's decent but a tad treacly portrayal of the girl next door turned co-ed. Oh well, I figured, perhaps they read writer Anna Todd's "After" series on Wattpad, whatever that is, and were only in


MassWildlife Offers Tips for Dealing With Aggressive Turkeys
Staff Reports,
11:53AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019
BOSTON — The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering some tips for dealing with aggressive wild turkeys.    A woman in Cambridge was recently injured when a flock of turkeys began pecking at her legs; aggressive turkeys have also been reported and recorded in in Foxboro and Brookline.    There's more room for humans and turkeys to co-exist in the Berkshires but residents should still be aware of turkey behavior if there's an encounter.    MassWildlife says:   March through May is breeding season for wild turkeys and as a result, there is an increase in turkey activity all across the commonwealth. Some turkeys may be seen acting


MCLA Picks Winners of Third Entrepreneurship Challenge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, April 18, 2019

The Whet Towel was the winning idea in this year's challenge.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There were three finalists for the third annual Innovation and Entrepreneurial Challenge on Wednesday night. They were different yet had one thing in common: being eco-friendly or at least all-natural.    But it was the pitch about making disposal razors last longer that stood out for the judges and deemed worthy of the $10,000 prize.    Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts students Nicholas Strezynski and Owen Fitzgerald came up with towel that includes a denim strop designed to extend the life of disposable razors.    "For years, I've been using


Stump Leads Williams Men's Lacrosse to Victory
10:41PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kevin Stump scored four goals Wednesday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 19-7 win over Western New England.   Harry Gahagan stopped five shots to earn the win.   Williams (10-2) finishes hosts Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon.   Baseball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nick Santoro went 3-for-4 with a dobule and four RBIs to lead Southern Vermont to a 9-6 win over Williams in 10 innings.   Nick Guajardo drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th after Williams tied it with a run in the bottom of the seventh.   Doug Schaffer tripled and drove in three runs for the Ephs (16-7).   Williams is home


Career Fair Draws 150 Job Seekers to Taconic High School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:50PM / Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Attendance at the longstanding annual event tends to ebb and flow based on the labor market trends at the time. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 150 or so job seekers made their way to the newly built Taconic High School on Wednesday for 1Berkshire's annual career fair.   The event drew 73 exhibitors to talk about jobs they have available, or services they offer job seekers, including, an affiliate of iBerkshires.   According to Benjamin Lamb, economic development director for 1Berkshires, it is the most exhibitors the organization has had at the annual fair.   "There are a lot of manufacturing jobs out there right now. It is a growing sector.


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