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Letter: Bosley Is a Community Builder
Letters to the Editor,
03:41PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

When I vote on Oct. 10 in the Democratic primary for 1st Berkshire District state representative I will be voting for Stephanie Bosley.

Being that Stephanie is my wife, most would assume that this is a foregone conclusion. However, the reasons that she is my wife should matter to each and every voter when they choose to vote on Oct. 10. I knew I would marry Stephanie from our first date and I assure you that is not a line, ask anyone who knows me and you'll find this has been the story since the moment Stephanie left after the date was over. We spent time at a local pub getting to know each other and I quickly realized that every story and every experience she spoke

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Letter: Barrett Has the Knowledge, Experience to Serve 1st Berkshire
Letters to the Editor,
03:23PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

I am pleased to write this letter in support of John Barrett III for state representative. As a longtime professional in workforce development, I can attest to John's personal knowledge and experience on this issue in Berkshire County.

John and I worked together when he was executive director of BerkshireWorks career center. Much of our work at the career center included training our workforce through on-the-job training programs funded through state and federal initiatives. These programs saved local businesses substantial dollars and put local job seekers back to work. John’s experience makes him the most qualified in this special election as he understands the

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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
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Letter: Vote for Passion & Experience, Vote Kevin Towle
Letters to the Editor,
03:16PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

When choosing a state representative you want to choose someone who is running for the correct reasons, choose the one who expresses passion about everything they're saying, who speaks to you as a friend and has the ability to connect with each and every one in the community with understanding and compassion, the one who has the experience and the drive to continue the work of their predecessors while bringing in new ideas to grow the district.

I will openly admit that when I first heard that Kevin wanted to run for 1st Berkshire state representative, I had my concerns especially with all of the changes already going on in our lives, I always knew one day that he would

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Letter: Blackmer Outworks Other Candidates
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

Being a state legislator, contrary to popular opinion, is a very demanding position. It takes great stamina and an ability to juggle 100 things at once, all the while maintaining a sincere ear to listen to your constituents, colleagues, experts, and especially those who need your help.

Only one of the candidates for the 1st Berkshire state representative has demonstrated the dogged determination to do mountains of hard work, listen, help others and still engage daily with our community. That person is Lisa Blackmer.

There is something about a woman who has made her own name, put herself through school while raising a family (and continues her education to this day), taken

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@the Market: Markets Need a Time Out
By Bill Schmick,
10:59AM / Saturday, October 07, 2017
The S&P 500 Index has gone up eight straight days. The other averages have done the same thing. That hasn't happened since 2013. It's time for a break.   It appears that stocks are in "melt-up" mode. That's a term we financial geeks use to describe an unrelenting rise in equity prices. Consider it an investor stampede where the fear of missing out on even higher prices creates a buying frenzy.   There are some fundamental reasons for the market's rise. The economy appears to be chugging along. Interest rates remain low while inflation continues to bump along the bottom. This Friday's payroll numbers were a disappointment to most. For the first

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Striking Nurses Get Support From Other Labor Unions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:52AM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

Liz Morrison said the nurses wouldn't strike if they didn't believe there is an issue. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The striking nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are finding support from other labor unions.   On Friday, an array of other union members joined the picket line, linking arms with the nurses from the local chapter of the Massachusetts Nursing Association, and spread out along the sidewalks surrounding the hospital. The effort was a show of solidarity from others who have gone through the same battle in the past.   "This is what solidarity looks like. It is when not only your own union members are out here but when others recognize why you are here and

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Berkshire United Way Highlights Efforts To Help Area Teens
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

Pittsfield Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless was the keynote speaker. LEE, Mass. — When Ana Monsalve returned the United States at age 10 after living abroad, she entered school not knowing English.   She leaned on support from her family and the community to learn the language, and then caught up with her education.   Now she is college bound pursuing a career in architecture and environmental science. And she already has a leg up in the field because she spent this past summer getting her hands dirty, working with the Roots Rising program.   "This past summer I had the opportunity to participate in the Roots Rising program offered by the Berkshire

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Berkshire Scenic Line Completed For This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

A platform should be ready at the Adams Station for the rail line's next season. ADAMS, Mass. — The final section of the Hoosac Valley Service has been completed just in time for the fall foliage.   The final 6/10ths of a mile of track between Renfrew and Hoosac streets laid down by the state will allow the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum trains to run all the way to the renovated Adams Station on Hoosac Street starting this weekend.    "We are excited it is just about complete," Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said at this week's Selectmen's meeting. "When you drive through town you can see the track moving along and we are

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'Battle of the Sexes': We've Come a Long Way, Baby
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:44PM / Friday, October 06, 2017
Watching Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's "Battle of the Sexes," about the events leading up to the famous gender war/tennis match on Sept. 20, 1973, between woman's champion Billie Jean King and former great Bobby Riggs, I tried to remember what I thought at the time. I like to think I applauded the dispelling of prejudices and welcomed the renaissance it boded for the human race. Surely I didn't opt for the he-man stance, afraid what it might mean to my manhood if a female bested a male in something other than childbirth. Nah, I couldn't have.   It's mindboggling. While the more advanced, higher-educated segments of the world's populace have more

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The Independent Investor: Tackling Taxes
By Bill Schmick,
05:05PM / Friday, October 06, 2017
President Donald Trump introduced a flurry of tax proposals last week. Tax reform, as well as tax cuts, was included in his plan. Give him an "A" for effort in tackling something that no politician has dared to do since Reagan.   Naturally, depending upon your political views, critics will disparage his efforts, claiming it is yet another tax break for the rich. Others will approve of at least some of his suggestions. On the surface, his plan would significantly reduce the marginal tax rates, increase standard deductions, repeal personal exemptions, limit itemized deductions and let corporations and businesses expense new investment, but not deduct interest

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Gray Raven Farm to Reopen This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:19PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

The Bergerons specialize in goat's milk products and honey from the farm's apiary. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Gray Raven Farm will hold its grand reopening this weekend with a new focus on its handcrafted farm products.   Dan and Sharon Bergeron, owners of the 551 North Main St. farm, have been busy sprucing up the farmstand and reimagining their business after a brief hiatus. They are reopening the farm with a renewed focus on goat's milk and honey products.   "We took some time and restructured a little bit and we are coming back with a lot more of our original handmade products like the goat milk soap and honey lotion," Dan Bergeron said. "We

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Berkshire County Kids Place Readies for Annual Gala
02:24PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

Martino Glass, above, and Craig and Patti Cusson, left, are being honored at the Berkshire County Kids Place gala on Friday, Oct. 13.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Kids Place will be honoring Martino Glass Company as well as Craig and Patti Cusson on Friday, Oct. 13, at their annual gala fundraising event at the Country Club of Pittsfield.

Martino Glass Company has been a long-time supporter of Berkshire County Kids Place through offering financial support of events, providing assistance with facility needs, and giving of their time when needed. Martino Glass will be recognized for this support with the Community Leader Award.

Berkshire County Kids' Place also is

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