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The Meat Market Offers Offal Dinner for All Hallow's Eve
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
05:14PM / Friday, October 31, 2014
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Fettuccine Bolognese from last year's Offal Dinner with pig skin and pork kidney garnished with fresh basil. The annual event serves up little-used butcher portions in a gourmet meal for All Hallow's Eve.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Meat Market's third annual Offal Dinner is not your commonplace Halloween celebration.

No candy corn or caramel apples.

And there's a lot of detail needed to appreciate this ghoulish gourmet livestock farm-to-table six-course innards tasting dinner.

So for those with the gustatory fortitude, the dinner honoring All Hallow's Eve is Saturday night at 6 p.m.

The Meat Market is the dream child of food entrepreneur Jeremy Stanton.

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'St. Vincent': Absolved of All its Sins
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:26PM / Friday, October 31, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Bill Murray teaches his young neighbor Oliver, played by Jaeden Lieberher, about the vagaries of life in the smartly written 'St. Vincent.'

I'm thinking there must have been dust or some such irritant in the movie theater where I saw director Theodore Melfi's "St. Vincent," about a curmudgeonly Vietnam vet who takes the lonesome, diminutive young boy next door under wing. Otherwise, how could a manly man like your humble film critic explain the intermittent, involuntary production of a liquid in his eyes that might otherwise be confused for tears of joy and/or

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The Independent Investor: Workers Get to Save More in 2015
By Bill Schmick,
01:48PM / Friday, October 31, 2014
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The IRS has given us all a New Year's gift. As of Jan. 1, the tax-deferred contributions on a variety of employee-sponsored, retirement savings plans have been increased, but not for IRAs.

Readers may already be familiar with the traditional 401(k) plan. It was established as an alternative to the nation's pension plans that are fast disappearing. Most companies offer 401(k)s to their employees (or 403(b)s if working for the state or a non-profit) as a fringe benefit. These plans allow employees to contribute as much as $17,500 a year plus an additional $5,500 catchup if you are over 50. The contributions come right off the top of your W-2 wages so there are considerable tax

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Are We There Yet?: Halloween Times Two
By Rebecca Dravis,
09:50PM / Thursday, October 30, 2014
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I don't think anyone gets Halloween off from work or school, but somehow it feels like a three-day weekend, doesn't it?

First off, if you're going trick-or-treating Friday night, stay safe. I'm sure you know the drill but here are some tips just in case you want a reminder.

You might as well keep the Halloween fun going into the evening of Saturday, Nov. 1.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Mason Library in Great Barrington is hosting a free Community Halloween Party. The kids party starts at 5 p.m. with "spirited" storytelling by Tim Van Egmond, a folksinger and storyteller who performs throughout New England. Devilish pizza and creepy cupcakes follow from 6

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BRPC Concludes Train Station Study, Encourages Towns To Stay Involved
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:32PM / Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The MPO accepted the rail station report on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The six towns a passenger rail line to New York City is eyed to cut through are being encouraged to capitalize on the benefits and minimize the negatives.   The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Metropolitan Planning Organization endorsed Tuesday the study commissioned by the federal government and Housatonic Railroad for station locations.   Four towns have been cited as the best locations to host stations — Pittsfield, Sheffield, Great Barrington and Lee. But, Planner Gwen Miller says all six towns need to be prepared.   "We hope the rail company and the state agencies

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2014 Bazaars & Craft Fairs
02:39PM / Thursday, October 30, 2014
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The craft fair and bazaar listings will be updated regularly through the fall. Send information to info@iberkshires.com.

Saturday, Nov. 1

The Richmond School PTO's annual Craft and Country Fair runs from 10 to 3 at the school. There will also be a book fair, a silent auction and activities for the kids. The cafeteria will offer chili, overstuffed sandwiches and a selection of bakery items. Information: 413-698-2207 or richmondpto@gmail.com.

Saturday, Nov. 8

Sheffield Historical Society's 15th annual Festival for the Holidays craft market in the Old Stone Store, 137 Main St., showcases products handcrafted by local artisans. The store hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and

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Greylock President to Retire in 2015
01:36PM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal President & CEO Marilyn L. Sperling has announced her plans to retire at the end of 2015.

Sperling said the timing of her announcement was intended to enable the Board of Directors to plan an orderly and effective search for a replacement.

“The credit union is in a very strong financial position; we continue to enjoy strong market share; and the caliber of our employees and their work ethic is the best it has ever been,” Sperling said. “The next CEO will be leading from a very solid foundation.”  

Greylock Board Chairman Jerry Burke praised Marilyn’s leadership over the past four years.

“During the

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Holiday Stroll Fireworks Campaign Launches
01:09PM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce officially has launched a canister campaign to raise funds for a fireworks display following the Holiday Stroll on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Wheeler & Taylor in partnership with Preferred Mutual Insurance has offered $2,000 towards the fireworks display, challenging the community to match that amount through small donations of spare change, according to Betsy Andrus, the chamber’s executive director.

“Winter fireworks are somewhat unusual but very dramatic on a cold clear night, creating a fitting end to a magical evening," Abdrus said. "We’re confident that everyone who loves fireworks

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State Fire Marshal Offers Halloween Safety Tips
11:44AM / Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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It's time to release the ghouls and goblins onto the streets in search of treats. The state fire marshal has offered fire safety tips for celebrating Halloween.

 

Costumes

* Children should carry a flashlight and their costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.

* Be sure all parts of the costume are labeled flame retardant.

* Costumes should not have trailing material or tails long enough to cause falls.

* Pointed objects such as swords and devils’ forks should be made of soft material.

* If your child wears a mask instead of make-up on their face, double check that the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.
  

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The Building Blocks of an Investment Portfolio
By Wells Fargo Advisers, Submitted Content
01:00PM / Monday, October 27, 2014
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Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting.  

While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to consider an “investing” program that can potentially earn more from the money you put away.  If investing is something that piques your interest, but you’re not quite sure where to begin, consider two of the most basic types of investments — stocks and bonds.

In the very simplest terms, a share of stock represents a portion of ownership in a company.  While it may seem hard to imagine that you could

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