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Be conscious of your investment environment
08:32AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
On April 22, we observe Earth Day, an occasion that has inspired millions of people over the decades to take steps to clean up our world. Of course, your physical surroundings are important, but you also operate in other "ecosystems" – social, cultural and political. And you'll need to consider your investment environment, too. How can you improve it?    Here are a few suggestions:   Avoid "toxic" investment strategies. The dangers of pollution helped drive the creation of Earth Day. As an investor, you also need to watch out for "toxins" – particularly in the form of unhealthy investment techniques. For example, chasing after

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Clark Art Celebrates Earth Day
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with two guided programs that invite visitors to connect with nature and art on the Clark's campus.    Clark educators lead ninety-minute outdoor experiences that inspire participants to write, draw, move, and more as they explore the unique natural settings of the "Ground/work" exhibition. All participants will be provided with a blank "field journal" and pencil to record their thoughts and creations.   A 10:30 am walk starts at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and features Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva LeWitt's "Resin Towers,"

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Great Barrington Dispensary Combines Art, Equity, 'Luxury' Cannabis
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Monday, April 19, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A new Berkshire County dispensary combines sophisticated design, vintage elements, and inclusion to create what the purveyors hope is a unique cannabis shopping experience.   Social media strategist Alexander Farnsworth and his brother Brayden, and fashion designer Adam Lippes launched their joint venture, Farnsworth Fine Cannabis on March 1 with a retail location in Great Barrington. The shop is LGBTQ-plus owned and pledges that 65 percent of the business staff will be made up of LGBTQ-plus, women, racial minorities, and veterans.   Lippes has been a part-time resident of the Berkshires for about 15 years and Farnsworth first had the idea for a

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Expanded Historic Shaker Hiking Trail to Open This Summer
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:11AM / Sunday, April 18, 2021

The new trail off the 14-year-old Farm and Forest Trail is a collaboration of Shaker Village, Mill Town and Greenagers.

HANCOCK, Mass. — Mill Town Capital, Hancock Shaker Village, and Greenagers are collaborating to reveal the archeological remains of five Shaker buildings from 1800 in a new trail that opens in mid-July.

The route will be a spur off the U-shaped Farm and Forest Trail that runs through the southern woods below the historic Hancock Shaker Village on Route 20.

In the spring 2021 session of the Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Summit, representatives from the entities explained how the partnership is tying in historical education, outdoor recreation, and art in this

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Pittsfield Picks Up Fourth International Budget Presentation Award
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Saturday, April 17, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Despite being in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Pittsfield was won an award for its budget presentation for the fourth consecutive year.   Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada again presented the city with its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, this time for its fiscal 2021 budget.   The FY2021 budget was $169,437,880, including a $64.4 million school budget the City Council was reluctant to OK.   "I do say this all the time is that the budget is in fact a policy document and in this process and in this distinguished award, a part of that analysis is you're evaluating it as a

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:07AM / Saturday, April 17, 2021

Monday, April 19, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Pittsfield Councilors Say Superintendent Selection Sets City Back
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Friday, April 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Several city councilors are crying foul over a superintendent of schools search process that ended with the internal candidate being selected.   The School Committee had failed the city's students, they said, and "would move Pittsfield backward."   Deputy Superintendent Joseph Curtis, who has been leading the 5,000-student district since last fall, was chosen out four finalists on Wednesday with a majority vote of 4-3.   This prompted committee member Dennis Powell to publicly resign from the body, citing a lack of voice among his colleagues and a flawed process.   "It's unfortunate, and I really felt that at the beginning

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BCC to Return Ecology Flag to Full Mast on Earth Day
03:55PM / Friday, April 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In celebration of Earth Day, Berkshire Community College (BCC) will return its ecology flag to full mast at 11 am on Thursday, April 22.    The flag has been flying at half-staff as a symbol of the "forceful and unprecedented assault on the environment" since March 2017, explained BCC President Ellen Kennedy.   Representative BCC staff, faculty and students will attend the ceremony, which will feature short remarks by Environmental Science Professor Tom Tyning, Nature Conservancy biologist and BCC graduate Rene Wendell, President Kennedy and others. BCC student Amber Macneil and other members of the Conservation of Natural Resources class

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Keva Health Wins COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge
12:14PM / Friday, April 16, 2021
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — On Friday, April 9th, 2021, a panel of  judges declared Keva Health of Lexington the winner of the Massachusetts COVID-19 Connect Tech Innovation Challenge, a competition focused on entrepreneurs and startups working on innovative solutions to enhance resiliency and guard against potential future disruptions in industries like ecommerce, manufacturing, digital health, FinTech, and EdTech.   Keva Health, developers of a remote monitoring platform to help physicians treating asthma patients and an app for patients to better manage their condition, was awarded $40,000 to continue developing their business. Thrive Community of Boston, developers of software

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BCC Hires, Promotes Staff
10:59AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the hiring and promotion of staff to the College.   Damien Boutillon has joined BCC's TRIO (Talent, Resources, Initiative, Opportunity) Student Support Services Program as an Academic Advisor. Previously, he was a Strategic Planning Associate at Williams College and a Research Fellow at Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. A resident of Williamstown, Boutillon received a master's degree and a PhD in social anthropology from Durham University, England, a master's degree in linguistic anthropology from the School of Advanced Social Studies, Paris, and a bachelor's degree in anthropology from

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Edward Jones Ranks Highest in Investor Satisfaction, According to J.D. Power
08:13AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Financial services firm Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full-service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Full-Service Investor Satisfaction Study(SM), the firm announced.   The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 24 full-service investment firms based on seven factors including product offerings; problem resolution; convenience; digital experience; financial advisors; value; and trust.   According to a press release, The firm scored 770 in overall satisfaction, 38 points over the industry average. A deeper dive indicates that Edward Jones also scored highest in trust; convenience; and problem

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MCLA Adds Class to Summer Sessions Offerings: 'I Can’t Breathe'
08:04AM / Friday, April 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As part of its first Summer Session from May 31-June 11, 2021, MCLA will offer an education course titled "I Can't Breathe:" Racial Capitalism at the Intersections of Race, Social Class, Space, and School,"(EDUC 364) taught by Dr. Lisa Arrastia, assistant professor of education.     The course will take place remotely on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:20 p.m., and addresses Massachusetts Subject Matter Knowledge goals for history and social science, English language arts, and digital literacy and computer science for grades 5-12.     Course description    The guiding, interdisciplinary question of this

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