index of advertisers - The Berkshire Eagle



index of advertisers - The Berkshire Eagle
Carr Hardware............................. 3
East St. Auto & Service Center.......4
Backwater Grille ...........................5
Salon Experience......................... 6
Charland Jewelers........................7
Kay Canavino Photography.......... 8
Greylock Federal Credit Union......9
Mario’s Restaurant......................10
Sheds N Stuff............................. 11
Aerus Electrolux......................... 12
Sondrini Enterprises................... 13
Mass College of Liberal Arts........ 14
Viale Florist................................ 15
Dettinger Lumber Company...... 16
McAndrews-King Buick GMC. . . . . .17
Mike’s Maytag............................ 18
Shamrock Professional Dog Grooming
& Dog Waste Removal........... 19
Credit Union of the Berkshires.... 20
Zucchini’s Restaurant................. 21
Lee Hardware............................ 22
Zaanti Yoga Studio .................... 23
Dr. Lahey’s Garden Center......... 24
The Sewing Shop....................... 25
Draeger Safety Diagnostics......... 26
Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center. 27
Paparazzi Friendly Pizza............. 28
Berkshire Fence & Accessories.... 29
Lenox Village
Integrative Pharmacy............. 30
Purple Plume............................. 31
Berkshire County Network......... 32
Sullivan Station Restaurant......... 33
Michael A. Bianco Landscaping.. 34
Almgren Law............................. 35
Clear Solutions Pool & Spa..........36
Mep’s BBQ................................. 37
Maria College.............................38
Balance Rock
Investment Group..................39
Berkshire Co-op Market.............. 40
Lipton Energy ........................... 41
RBC Wealth Management.......... 42
Mass College of Liberal Arts........ 44
HL Fuel Co, Inc.......................... 45
Aldam Press...............................46
Darrow School........................... 47
Berkshire Money Management... 48
INTROS: Community Profiles was produced by the Advertising Department of the Berkshire Eagle.
Free-lance photographer: Kay Canavino. Writer: Rochelle M. O’Gorman.
To be included in a future edition of INTROS, please contact the Advertising Department at 413-496-6321.
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The choice is easy. Trust the folks at Carr.
n The Berkshire Eagle’s readers’ poll, Carr Hardware is the only hardware store ever voted Best of
the Berkshires. Carr has enjoyed this distinction for
15 years in a row, in large part due to Carr’s devotion to unparalleled customer service and satisfaction. This cornerstone was established by founder Sam Carr in 1928; reinforced by Marshall Raser
and his brothers who purchased the business from
Mr. Carr in 1962, and it remains alive and well under the current management of Marshall and his
son, Bart.
With a loyal staff as its foundation, Carr happily
serves homeowners, contractors, government and
institutional customers in ways “big box stores”
can’t – with friendly, knowledgeable and experienced personal service. Those values are ingrained
in every Carr employee. They are the main focus of
training and day-to-day interaction with every customer. They also fuel the company’s expansion.
Carr Hardware stores span the length of Berkshire County from Pittsfield, Lee and Great Barrington to Carr Paint and Rental in North Adams.
Branching out to the Albany Area, Carr Hardware
in Watervliet, NY, became the most recent acquisition in October 2007.
Carr Hardware will be opening a new location
— a destination True Value concept store — in
early 2012. This will be a partnership with True
Value and Agway, will include a live nursery and
offer an expanded party and equipment rental line,
as well as a greatly expanded bird and pet section.
Carr offers name-brand, prime quality hardware, paint, tools, lawn and garden equipment,
plus electrical and plumbing supplies. In its store,
Just Ask Rental, Carr rents tools, power equipment
and event essentials like tents, bounce houses and
all sorts of party and amusement items. Details are
available on the Web at
No stranger to community service, Marshall
Raser is former director and treasurer of The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce and is a member of
the Rotary Club. He is also on the Pittsfield Economic Redevelopment Council (PERC). Bart Raser is
a board member of The Berkshire Chamber of
Commerce and Berkshire Bank. A former board
member of The Boys and Girls Club. Bart is a member of Rotary and serves as a corporator at The
Berkshire Museum and Down Town Inc.
Stop by a Carr Hardware location today to find
out why Carr remains The Best in the Berkshires.
547 North St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Open Mon.-Sat. 7:30-5:30; Sun. 10-4.
Owners: Marshall and Bart Raser.
From left to right: Bart Raser, Marie Cowell, John Czarnecki, Justin Fruchterman, Jayme Rudzik, Dan Kays, Brian Mattarazzo, Alicia Olsen, Gerry Miller
> Carr Hardware
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Mario’s Restaurant
Italian inspired regional cuisine
0ario and Julia Soldato began what
seemed like a bold venture for the early
1960s: opening a restaurant featuring
authentic Italian food in what had been
a mere corn field. But, with hard work
and a dream they grew more than just
a business; they grew a family, a reputation and eventually a true local landmark. Now, almost 5 decades later
Mario and Julia’s children (Kathy, Diane
& Mickey) have kept the family business
and vision alive by offering amazing
food, comfortable atmosphere and
friendly service with the same passion
and commitment to quality that their
parents began in 1964. Executive
Chef Mickey Soldato, who continued
his life long family culinary teachings
with study at the CIA, creates seasonally
flavored menus of Italian inspired regional cuisine using the freshest and
highest quality local grown and purchased ingredients. From his creative
daily specials, to the tried and true customer favorites, to the decadent homemade popovers & desserts there is no
doubt as to why Mario’s has stood the
test of time: a dedication to excellence
that is a family tradition.
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Route 20 & 22 New Lebanon, NY 12125
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ith over 21 years experience, when you
buy something from us — whether it’s a shed,
gazebo, playhouse or anything else we sell,
you can be sure you’ll feel good about doing
business with us. We are a local
establishment, family-owned and operated.
Stop down sometime and look around,
there’s always something here at Sheds N
Stuff to make your yard a little nicer.
We have built solid relationships with our
customers that consist of trust and respect.
Among the many products we sell are sheds,
barns, gazebos, garages, horse stables and
even dog houses.
We also carry an extensive line of wood
lawn furniture such as picnic tables, benches,
gliders, tables, bridges, wishing wells, arbors,
and just about anything else you may want to
place in your yard.
For the kids, Sheds N Stuff also offers a
large selection of playhouses and jungle
gyms. A new product line for youngsters is
our Adventure World Playsets.
We have also operated a business-
relocation service for over two decades and
have over 21 years experience doing so. We
can move a shed but we also relocate
garages, cabins, even a house.
Whatever we sell you, we can also help
you set it up. Our list of services includes
installation, site preparation work, shed
removal and disposal, and delivery.
211 South State Road (Route 8)
Cheshire, MA 01225
(413) 743-9964
Owners: George, Steve & Matt Mott
George, Matt, Lady, Steve, & Bob
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Sheds ’N’ Stuff
> Aerus
Aerus Electrolux
Photo by Kay Canavino
Left to Right: Mark Mahaney, Real Gadoury, Lillianna Gadoury, Alla Gadoury, Dennis Doherty
Aerus Electrolux — The Healthy Home Experts
ow in its 87th year of service, Aerus Electrolux
offers the best in cleaning products for homes and businesses: vacuum cleaners, carpet shampooers, central
vacuum systems, air purifiers, as well as parts and supplies for all makes and models. Aerus offers the highest
degree of customer satisfaction, resulting in many referrals to friends and family. At Aerus, we believe a clean
home is a healthy home. Aerus also resolves any equipment problems promptly.
This year, Aerus has added its AQ Division, offering
a product that purifies the air, keeps your home’s surfaces clean and eliminates allergens, providing a complete circle of protection. According to the U.S. Environ-
mental Protection Agency, more than 50 million people
suffer from asthma and allergies.
As more energy-efficient homes are constructed,
dust, mold and other pollutants may be trapped inside,
which could result in more indoor than outdoor pollution. Innovative, quality products can help families create home environments that are healthier, safer and
more inviting. These products can help ensure family
health and prevent the growth of harmful allergens.
Aerus Electrolux products are not only for people
with allergies but also for those who just want to
breathe clean air. Your home is a reflection of you and
how you want to live — why not live life well with Ae-
rus? Outstanding, friendly customer service includes local repair, free deliveries, a free annual service check
and the longest warrant in the industry. Aerus also offers a free indoor air-quality test. A no-obligation appointment will be scheduled at your request. Aerus also
is hiring for its growing business.
Did you notice in the photo the newest addition to
the Aerus Electrolux family — little Lilianna? As all of you
do, we care deeply about our future generation and
want them to live in a clean, healthy environment.
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383 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Open Mon-Sat. 9 to 5.
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We get the job done right the first time
ondrini Enterprises was founded
in 1996 by Nathan and Arron
Sondrini with the goal of providing
premiere home improvement services
to Berkshire County. Over the past
16 years we have expanded our
services and product line to better
suit the needs of our valued
customers. We continue to grow
and appreciate the customers who
have allowed us to serve them over
the years, and look for to working
with all of our future clients. We have
also been expanding our services to
surrounding counties.
Some of the services we provide
are chimney repair, new awnings for
your patio or windows, or a roof
repair. We can put on a new
addition or a deck, add a custommade screened enclosure, or
renovate your bathroom. You can
call us if you have storm or ice
damage or need siding replaced.
We will take the time to give you a
free at-home estimate and
consultation. We cater our services
to your specific needs and make sure
you are satisfied upon completion.
And unlike those contractors that
leave you in construction limbo, we
finish the jobs we start. We
guarantee our work and your
MA Reg. #121692
CSL #075258
(413) 443-0219
George Donahue, Arron Sondrini, Tom Sondrini, Mike Keenan, Dan Cimini, Dylan Kellerher, Mike Herrick, Al Underhill, Nathan Sondrini & Jason Meth
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Sondrini Enterprises
Advance your career...
MCLA’s Professional Masters in Business Administration program is an
exceptional educational opportunity for Berkshire County professionals as it
provides an in-depth business education which is well suited to the needs of
area businesses.
The program offers a blend of classroom experience and practical, hands-on
fieldwork in a cohort model of academic instruction. This format allows
groups of students to progress through their courses together, forming a
supportive learning community and modeling collaborative and team skills
vital to business and organizational success. The cohort model builds strong
relationships as well as provides each student access to the variety of
experiences and backgrounds represented in the group.
The curriculum is designed as a “professional” part-time advanced
business degree for working adults. Students will gain knowledge and skills
immediately relevant to their work. Graduates of MCLA’s Professional MBA
program will be prepared to assume increased responsibilities in their
current places of employment and to move into leadership roles.
Nancy Ovitsky Ph.D
Business Administration Department
MCLA’s Professional MBA Features:
business courses to be completed in less than two years
face-to-face instruction
We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort starting
Intermodal Center, Pittsfield
2nd floor classroom
Thursday, May 19th
at 6:30pm
Scan for
PMBA info
413-662-5410 | | 375 Church Street | North Adams, MA
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We strive hard to make people happy.
hether you are getting married
barefoot in the park or having the buttondown church wedding of your dreams,
you will need flowers. Viale Florist has
everything to fit the bill.
Founded in 1906 and purchased by
the Shier Family in 1976, Michele’s father
Robert ran it for 25 years before selling
the business to his daughter.
Michele Shier, owner of this familyoperated business, said “we strive to work
within each person’s budget and
schedule. We can help them if they are
looking for something specific, even if
they call at the last minute and need
something delivered.”
This multi-year winner of Berkshire’s
Best does more than weddings, of
course. The staff of five will help you
choose holiday selections, pick out
appropriate funeral arrangements, or
make sure holiday and birthday bouquets
are delivered as needed. Shier says she
has even delivered after hours when a
birthday girl worked late. She also has
available arrangements with stuffed
animals, chocolates, and balloons. If you
want tropical flowers put into a martini
glass, just let her know.
Expect such standards as roses if you
walk in off the street, but Shier also keeps
an array of seasonal flowers from lilies to
larkspur on hand.
Viale Florist
99 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, MA
Ron Sale, Barb Adams, Robin Kellerman, Michele Shier-Wilson
iale Florist
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
>> Dettinger Lumb
Joseph Dewey, has been with Dettinger Lumber since 2000, providing estimates for the past eight years. Stop by and he can provide you with a
material list of the goods needed to complete your project.
At Dettinger, Quality and Customer Service Rule!
ettinger Lumber Company is an
independently owned and operated lumber
and building material supplier offering a full
line of lumber, building materials, windows,
decking, doors, kitchen and bath cabinets,
including baths, as well as millwork, paint,
and hardware.
The company was opened by Jacob
Dettinger in 1926; Maxine Dettinger operated
it with Les Sutherland until 1990, when David
Sutherland and his sister, Joanne Sutherland
Spence, bought the business.
Dettinger Lumber prides itself on highquality products, a friendly, knowledgeable
staff, and great customer service. For example,
Kirk Kellogg makes house calls, measuring and
selling doors, windows and other products.
The sales staff has the knowledge and
experience to answer nearly every question.
The customers are always the top priority,
whether they are homeowners, remodelers or
contractors. The customer-service counter is in
front, adjacent to the 25,000-square foot
hardware store. Less than a block away is the
fully staffed display area of kitchen and bath
cabinets, windows and doors, flooring, and
much more.
For most orders, same-day or next-day
delivery can be arranged. Major credit cards
are accepted. With free delivery and free
estimates, you can’t go wrong with Dettinger.
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David Sutherland and Joanne Spence,
24 Warren Terrace
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Open Mon.-Fri. 7 to 5; Saturday 7 to 3
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hile many businesses face change
and uncertainty, the McAndrews-King full service
motor vehicle dealership boasts a customer
retention rate that is double a 35 percent national
“People feel good coming to us,” Daniel
Maloney, dealership service manager, said.
General manager Larry Choquette said that a
large selection of Buick and GMC vehicles and also a
selection of late model pre-owned cars and trucks is
one reason people return time and again but
there’s more to it than that.
“We are now seeing third generation
customers,” Choquette said. “I can think of several
families that we are now selling cars to the
grandchildren. We have a service record that is
second to none.”
Employees make a point of being friendly and
helpful, and fair pricing is customary. Many
employees have been with the firm for more than
30 years. Choquette has been with the company
for 38 years, office manager Susan Conklin boasts a
36-year tenure and sales representative Wayne
Tassone has been selling vehicles from the lot for
37 years. Maloney has 36 years of company service
as well. Rick King has owned the dealership for
nearly four decades.
“It starts with a lot of good people,” Maloney
said. “It’s integrity, it’s skill, it’s working together as a
team. It’s working together to do our best and do
the right thing. We take care of our customers and
we take care of them well.”
The award winning McAndrews-King service
team comes as standard equipment with all new
and pre-owned cars & trucks.
The dealership repairs all vehicle makes and
models and is a Massachusetts inspection station.
McAndrews-King Buick GMC is at 224
Columbia St., Adams. The phone number is
413-743-0584. Additional information is available
at a Internet web site.
McAndrews - King
Buick - GMC Trucks,
rucks,, Inc.
224 Columbia Street
Adams, MA 01220
Photo, left to right: Peter Conklin, Mike Harrington, Larry Choquette, Wayne Tassone
> McAndrews-King
King Buick GM
Photo by Debra Aulisio-Mahar
Photo by Kay Canavino
>> Mike’s Ma
A New Home, But at Mike’s Maytag, You’re Still No. 1!
fter 18 years in business, Mike’s
Maytag has finally found a home of its
own! Last year, we moved to 14 Gordon
Street in Pittsfield. Located directly off Elm
Street, across from George’s Package
Store, we are enjoying greater visibility
and more accessibility than our previous
Originally an appliance repairman
with Harder Electric, Mike Spelman went
on to open Mike’s Appliance Repair when
Harder Electric closed in 1992. The
Maytag Corp. approached Mike and
asked him to open a Maytag store in
Berkshire County. The result, Mike’s
Maytag Home Appliance Center, opened
on North Street in 1992. Since Whirlpool
acquired Maytag in November, 2006,
Mike’s now carries a full line of major
appliances, including Maytag, JennAir,
Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool, Estate and
Amana. Our products now include
washers, dryers, gas and electric stoves,
cook tops, wall ovens, microwaves and
Still family owned and operated,
providing excellent customer service
remains our number one goal. Mike’s
Maytag has consistently been voted “Best
in the Berkshires” nearly every year since
1998, and is a member of the Berkshire
Chamber of Commerce. Mike’s Maytag
supports local organizations as well as
local school organizations. Mike’s Maytag
is open from 9 to 5:30 Monday through
Friday, and on Saturdays from 9 to 3.
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14 Gordon St.
Pittsfield, MA
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At Shamrock, one-stop service for dog grooming and dog waste pickup
og-owners now have a one-stop destination for
complete customized grooming service, including a bath,
blow-drying, nail-clipping and ear-cleaning. Shamrock also
offers hair-trimming and, if needed, anal glands secretion.
Limited pickup and drop-off service is available.
Shamrock also sells leashes, brushes, collars, combs,
tick keys, holistic treats and biscuits. It also sells Abady Dog
and Cat Foods, a high-quality, scientifically advanced and
natural maintenance growth formula based on exclusive research performed by the Abady Company, which embodies
the governing nutritional principles inherent in nature’s diet
for carnivores.
The business, which this year is celebrating their 3rd
year anniversary, also provides county wide dog-waste removal service, with cleanups available one-time, weekly or
monthly and free cleanup estimates.
Starting at $18, we will clean up and remove dog
waste for picnics, weddings, reunions, parties, spring cleaning, boarding kennels and town parks. Year-round service is
Co-owner Paula Phillips has 31 years of experience in
the art of dog-grooming, having relocated her business
from Morris County, New Jersey. She is a registered judge
at AKC and UKC dog shows, a professional dog handler
and conformation show-handling instructor and offers Canine Good Citizen Testing & Confirmation Show Handling
She offers hand-stripping of terriers and all phases of
grooming for pets, dog-show contestants, seeing-eye dogs,
police dogs and all other service dogs.
Shamrock aims to provide a pleasurable grooming experience for your dog, and to sell products that we know
about through personal experience. Our motto is courtesy,
reliability and trustworthiness.
Shamrock is a member of the Berkshire Chamber of
Commerce and the Association of Professional Animal Waste
Dogs are groomed one-on-one with care and concern
based on vast knowledge of the dog world gained over
nearly three decades.
Shamrock Professional Dog
Grooming and Dog Waste Removal
1050 South St. (next to Jiffy Lube,
across from the Dakota Restaurant)
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-9700
Hours: By appointment;
walk-ins for nail clippings welcome
Web address:
E-mail: [email protected]
Owners: Paula and Tom Phillips
Our Clients: Penny, Dixie, Shadow and Bentley
> Shamr
ock Grooming
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Lee Hardware
From Left- Right: Joe, Yvonne, Tom, Courtney, Cara, Dave, Pete, Dan, Cathy, Joey, Fred, Not Shown: Belinda, Dean & Dick.
Same Great Quality and Service for Over 60 Years
fter being in business for over 60
years Lee Hardware True Value attributes
their success to offering a truly
comprehensive inventory of products, along
with top notch personalized customer
service, to meet all the needs of
homeowners and contractors alike.
At Lee Hardware, you will find full
extensive paint and stain products including
Benjamin Moore, True Value, Cabot, and
Sikkens. The Benjamin Moore Signature
Store brings you the ultimate decorating
experience. Express yourself with color by
exploring the latest trends, forecasts and tips
while sitting in a warm and relaxing
atmosphere as you speak with our
individual consultants. Color paint samples
are the perfect solutions to trying the color
you’ve selected right in your own home.
In addition to paints and stains, at Lee
Hardware you will find robust selections in
plumbing, heating, electrical, lighting, hand
and power tools, housewares, lawn and
garden, pool supplies, fishing goods,
automotive and commercial cleaning
supplies. You can also rent specialized
machines for those big one-time jobs.
If you have commercial and industrial
needs, we have an outside Sales
Representative who will come to your site to
provide you individual personalized service.
We can also accommodate janitorial and
hospitality paper products through our new
It is our goal to make your shopping
experience at Lee Hardware enjoyable and
even a little fun. We know that if we don’t
take care of you, the customer, somebody
else will.
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221 Main Street
Lee, MA 01238
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7-5:30
Sat. 7-5, Sun. 9-3
Joey Scapin
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Promoting Peace of Mind and Body
aanti Yoga Studio, having just celebrated their 1st anniversary, provides a
variety of yoga classes, including Gentle,
Beginner, Moderate, Renewing, Pre-Natal
and Yoga Dance. Mommy and Me classes
will begin in October. Swedish, Deep Tissue and Shiatsu Massage are available by
Yoga for the WHOLE of you includes:
Yoga for Body: stretch, tone, release
tension, de-stress
Yoga for Mind: calm restless thoughts,
cultivate concentration, support mental
Yoga for Spirit: encourage selfacceptance, honor inner wisdom, invite
deep peace.
The goal is to promote peace of mind
and body through the wisdom of yoga.
Kripalu is a yoga practice with a compassionate approach and emphasis on
meditation, physical healing and spiritual
wellness that overflows into daily life. Kripalu also focuses on looking inward and
moving at your own pace. All classes will
have the Kripalu tradition woven in, since
teachers are Kripalu trained and certified.
Owner Cathy Salvini’s studio offers
services in a great location with a newlydesigned, fully-equipped 1,700 squarefoot studio that includes a beautiful massage room. Cathy is a lifelong Berkshires
resident with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She is a Certified Yoga
Teacher. She has taught elementary education for 26 years and has been practicing yoga for 11 years. Cathy is thrilled to
combine her love of teaching and yoga,
and share this in class with you.
449 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox 01240
Sun. 10:30-12pm; Mon. 9-10:30am/5:15-6:45pm
Tue. 6-7:30pm
Wed. 10-11:30am/5:15-6:45pm/7-8:30pm
Thu. 9:30-11:00am/6:00-7:30pm
Fri. 9-10:30am/5:30-7pm; Sat. 10:30-12pm
Back: Rima Sala & Cathy Salvini; Front: Ben Seidman & Megan Elliot
> Zaanti Yoga
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Dr.
Dr. Lahey’s Garden
Photo by Kay Canavino
Back left-rt: Jack Corcoran(11), Owners Joe & Maureen Corcoran, Manager Linda Melle Front left-rt: Sydney Corcoran(8), Lexy Corcoran(5), Mackenzie Corcoran(13)
A Garden Center & Landscaping Company For All Seasons
r. Lahey’s Garden, founded in 1981, offers fullservice landscaping, specializing in stone work and a
fully-stocked garden center for the Berkshires.
Owners Joe and Maureen Corcoran relocated here
from the Boston area, where they had run a successful
landscaping company. In 1999, they purchased Dr.
Lahey’s Garden. Joe operates the landscaping business
while Maureen runs the garden center along with
manager Linda Melle.
Dr. Lahey’s offers lawn-mowing, seasonal
snowplowing, interior plant maintenance, patios,
walkways and more.
They are members of the Berkshire and Lenox
Chambers of Commerce as well as Berkshire Grown. Dr.
Lahey’s frequently donates to local groups, including
charities and schools.
Dr. Lahey’s is proud of their 100 percent customer
service. The knowledgeable and professional staff is
available to help customers enjoy their gardens and
landscaping to the fullest extent.
Maureen is a Master Gardener and a certified
green root installer and was happy to be selected to
install the plants on the roof of Pittsfield High School.
Joe is certified in stonework through ICPI and also
holds a pesticide license in the state of Massachusetts.
The Corcorans feature Pennsylvania Pride potted
trees and shrubs complete with a full three-year
homeowner warranty.
Dr. Lahey’s has expanded their commercial snow
plowing business and is gearing up for the upcoming
season. Please call for an estimate for commercial lots as
well as walkways. We have excellent insurance
coverage and a super staff available 24 hours per day.
To make room for Christmas trees, the Corcorans
are offering a huge special: buy any 4 perennials, trees
or shrubs and get 4 free!
For 2011, Dr. Lahey’s will be growing the most
unique varieties of perennials and annuals, as well as
selling stone products for patios, retaining walls and
walkways. They also plan on installing a demo flower
and veggie garden on-site to further assist customers.
You can count on Dr. Lahey’s Garden and
Landscaping for excellent customer service and highquality work completed on schedule.
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1032 South St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun. 10-5
Owners: Joe and Maureen Corcoran
Manager: Linda Melle
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Your Sewing Source in the Southern Berkshires
re you still staring at that sewing
machine your aunt gave you three years
ago? Well toss away all those
intimidations and head over to The
Sewing Shop in Great Barrington.
Owners Maggie and Bob Quigley offer
individual sewing lessons and will soon
have you whipping up your own
This family-owned business has been
around for 21 years, and in the current
location for six years. Aside from sewing
lessons, they sell fabrics and supplies,
sewing machines (both new and used),
and do repairs on sewing machines.
You can also have alterations and
custom work done on men and
women’s clothing as well as items like
curtains and indoor and outdoor
Since sewing is no longer taught in
schools, the Quigleys are doing
whatever they can to keep sewing alive.
This includes an honest-to-goodness
sewing circle on Wednesday nights at
the First Congregational Church in Great
Barrington from 5-9 pm. You will not
receive lessons during this time, though
you can probably pick up a few pointers
from those in the group, as well as lively
conversation and the satisfaction in
knowing that you are extending the life
of your favorite garment.
Bob & Maggie Quigley - Owners
Seamstress, Quilting Fabrics & Supplies
Machines • Lessons • Fur & Leather Repair
323 Main St., Gr. Barrington, MA 01230
(corner of Bridge St., Downstairs)
Open 10-5; closed Thursday & Sunday
Owners Bob and Maggie Quigley
Photo by Kay Canavino
> The Sewing
Sew ing Shop
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Draeger
Draeger Safety Diagnostics
Diag nostics
Saving Lives One Breath At A Time®
raeger has over 120 years of
experience in 191 countries and an
outstanding reputation of innovative
development in the field of human
breathing. Draeger manufactures,
sells, and supports a full-range of
breath alcohol and drug detection
We work effectively with the
Massachusetts Registry of Motor
Vehicles, courts, probation
departments, and private citizens to
keep the roads safer for everyone.
Our ignition interlock devices prevent
a person from drinking and driving by
interrupting the starter when alcohol
is detected over the set limit.
Draeger is a leading international
company in the fields of medical and
safety technology. Our innovative
products, services, and systems
protect, support and save lives.
People from hospitals, manufacturing,
mining, fire protection, and
emergency services have trusted in
Draeger since 1889. Besides striving
for the highest quality and common
interfaces between our products,
Draeger also focuses on the
protection of our environment and
our natural resources.
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1440 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
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Where Gardeners Grow
onald J. Ward Jr. started Ward’s Nursery and Garden
Center at 600 South Main St., Great Barrington in
1957. Starting out with a potting shed, Ward’s has
since grown into a must-see destination for gardeners and holiday enthusiasts. Today two of Don Jr.’s
sons-- Mike and Greg– own and run Ward’s, continuing to add new ideas while maintaining the
same relaxed and personal service Ward’s customers
have experienced for over fifty years. When they
opened their remodeled garden center and tropical
greenhouse in May 2010, Mike and Greg had eliminated the quirks and inefficiencies of a haphazard
building which improved the growing process as
well as their customers’ shopping experience.
At Ward’s you’ll find more than 1,400 perennial
selections, 700 different woody plants, as well as
hundreds of common and unusual annuals, tropicals, and houseplants to personalize your environment. For fall planting, Ward’s carries a large assortment of tulip, daffodil and more unusual bulbs. The
garden center staff will happily guide you through
the excellent selection of seeds, tools and landscape
accessories, and plant health solutions including organic choices.
From October through December, Ward’s
transforms into a holiday decorating showcase
and has become a shopping tradition. Outdoors,
they celebrate harvest themes with gourds,
pumpkins and cornstalks and continue through
the Christmas season with permanent and freshcut trees, garland and wreaths. An extensive selection of seasonal flowers, craft supplies, candles,
gifts, ornaments and stocking-stuffers make
Ward’s a one-stop, holiday marketplace.
At Ward’s, they pride themselves on being a
leader in offering horticulture products you can
count on, knowledgeable staff you can trust,
and great customer service. Please come by and
visit today!
600 South Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Ward’s Nursery staff collaborated on our 2011 float celebrating Great Barrington’s 250th Anniversary. The float won a 2nd place prize as Best Float in the Parade.
Pictured from left are Andy McMeekin, Gail Andersen, Nancy Hall, Claire Ward, Jodi Cahillane, Charlotte Cahillane, Dexter Mason, Donna Verones, Josh Silk, Kyle
Shangraw, Edwin Mizhquiri, Erin Piester, Eva Ward and Patrick Hall. Photo provided by Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center.
ards Nursery
Nurser y & Garden Center
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Paparazzi
azzi Friendly Pizza
Gokhan Yildiz, General Manager
Your Friendly Neighborhood Pizza Place
aparazzi Friendly Pizza has been in its Elm
Street, Pittsfield location for less than a
year, but has already carved out a name
for itself. Because General Manager Gokhan Yildiz pays special attention to presentation and detail, customers know they
can always expect a delicious, and
delicious-looking, meal.
The restaurant, which is currently takeout and delivery only, offers an extensive
menu that includes pizzas, calzones,
100% Angus beef burgers, chicken en-
trees, salads, pastas, appetizers, fried seafood, gyros, and desserts.
This is a family affair, as Yildiz, who has
16 years of experience in the food industry, runs the eatery, and his father, Esres,
a 25-year veteran of the business, owns
it. Yildiz says that they go that extra step
in every aspect of Paparazzi Friendly
Pizza. The chef, staff, and drivers all wear
uniforms, and he goes beyond the required health code in making sure his
food is safe, such as broiling all his pep-
pers to ensure they are fully cooked
when served on pizzas.
Paparazzi Friendly Pizzas are at least
two inches larger than anyone else’s in
town, as they are 14- and 18-inch round.
And then there is the 24-inch party pizza
for the truly ravenous. The good news is
that if you live in Dalton, Lenox, or Pittsfield, a driver will bring all this yummy
food right to your door! Look for more locations in the future, as the Yildiz family
plans to expand and franchise.
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180 Elm Street
413-443-2002 • 413-443-3003
Delivery to Pittsfield, Dalton,
Lanesboro, Lenox
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Proudly serving customers in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Connecticut.
his family-owned and operated
company has been dedicated to
meeting customers’ fencing needs for
30 years.
An experienced representative works
with each customer, helping them
choose a style of fence that suits their
needs. After a style is chosen, we send
one of our skilled residential crews to
the site to professionally install the
fence. Whether you need a fence to
keep deer out of your garden, an
enclosure around your pool, or
something pretty for the front yard, we
offer quality-controlled service in many
styles and materials.
If your interest is that of a more
sizable need, such as tennis courts,
automatic gates, high security
containment, or dumpster enclosures,
our company has a commercial division
consisting of project managers and
installers that concentrate exclusively on
larger scale projects. We can also set
up video surveillance for your security
We are OSHA certified, bonded, and
insured. Berkshire Fence Company is a
member of the American Fence
Association and Berkshire Chamber of
You can visit us at two locations and
our indoor/outdoor showroom in
Sheffield will offer you an array of lawn
and garden accents, cedar furniture,
mailboxes, and more.
“Good fences make good neighbors...” – Robert Frost
> Berkshire
Berkshire Fence
Fence Company
560 South Main St.
Sheffield, MA
1625 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield, MA
A New Way to Think About a Pharmacy
t Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy (LVIP), customers have a choice - traditional and compounded medications, homeopathic remedies, Chinese herbs, essential
oils, pharmaceutical grade vitamins, minerals and supplements – for the best possible treatment, prevention
and/or wellness regime.
In the compounding pharmacy, certified by
PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America),
medications are custom made, one order at a time, by
LVIP Pharmacists and technicians, in the state-of-the-art
clean room.
Nutritional supplements are a specialty at
LVIP. With over 65 brands of pharmaceutical grade vitamins, minerals and supplements, this grade of prod-
uct is made with the highest quality ingredients, under
the strictest manufacturing control standards. Available
for customer reference are independent reports documenting the purity and quality of product raw ingredients.
To help customers manage their wellness and/or
treatment regime, LVIP developed Healthy Living PrePaks. These individual packets of medications and/or
supplements are created using specialized, state-of-theart computerized packaging equipment. The process is
overseen by LVIP’s pharmacy staff, from reviewing the
prescription, programming, loading and performing
post-production audits.
LVIP is an Institutional Fulfillment Pharmacy,
providing full off-site pharmacy services for private
schools, residential treatment programs, independent,
assisted living and long term care facilities, and other
businesses who distribute medication to many individuals,
A destination for surprisingly fun shopping, LVIP
carries all-natural, organic products that extend the concept of LVIP’s healthy living approach to wellness
through to their personal care, pet care and homekeeping product offerings, and an ever evolving collection of
jewelry, hats, handbags and other gift items.
Local delivery is available throughout Berkshire
County and the pharmacy ships daily, including refrigerated items, to locations all over the world.
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5 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240
Anne Browne &
Joe Martragono
Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Lenox Village
Village Integrative
Integ rative Pharmac
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Decidedly Different
elebrating its 30th anniversary this year
in the heart of downtown Lenox, Purple
Plume has been long established as a prime
shopping destination.
The store offers a wide array of unusual
women’s clothing, gifts and fun jewelry. It’s
the perfect choice for anyone seeking the
ideal present or outfit for a special occasion.
Owner Judie Culver offers “Decidedly
Different” clothing to customers from all over
Berkshire County and surrounding states as
well as tourists.
The store specializes in wearable art, in-
cluding hand-painted silk wraps, jackets and
scarves. It is well-known for unusual sweaters
and jackets full of interesting design, textures
and buttons.
Specialty clothing includes young designers and small design houses such as Lee Andersen, Dilemma and Desigual.
Purple Plume also offers hand-crafted jewelry in sterling, brass and aluminum (to name
a few) by local as well as national artists.
Some of the store’s unusual services include a “Honey Do List — Honey DO buy this
for me!,” post-Thanksgiving Early Bird sales, a
chocolate-and-champagne women’s shopping night shortly before Christmas, and Customer Appreciation Days in the spring.
Purple Plume donates to local civic
groups, schools and non-profits such as Berkshire United Way, Relay for Life, the American
Red Cross, Hospice, Women’s Imaging Center,
the Christian Center and the Berkshire Humane Society.
“Come see us for the unusual!” Judie says.
“We give an honest opinion on whether the
clothing fits, looks good and is the right color.
Our fabulous staff will help make your shopping experience wonderful.”
35 Church Street
Lenox MA 01240
(413) 637-3442 (coming soon)
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. Noon to 5
Owner: Judie Culver
Back Row: Michele Girard - Basora, Judie Culver (Owner) Janice Blanchard, Kate Richter, Willa Simon
Front Row: Candis Flesher - Dodds, Francine Britton
> Purple Plume
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Berkshire
Berkshire County Network
Nee twork
Photo by Greg Nesbit Photography
Wally, Shanna, and Fred Meczywor
An Internet solution that’s not just in the Berkshires
hen Fred “Menty” Meczywor started
Menty’s Computer repair from his garage in Adams in
1984, the Internet was in its infancy. In 1996 Fred
was joined by his son Wally and daughter in-law
Shanna, and founded Berkshire County Network
offering dial-up Internet access and domain hosting.
Today in their new storefront at 1 East Hoosac Street
in Adams, MA, they also offer high-speed DSL, VOIP,
(digital phone service), and domain hosting for both
residential and businesses with 24/7 technical
The residential High Speed Internet plans are very
popular as more and more people drop their
traditional landlines opting for cell phones instead.
BCN’s DSL does not need a traditional phone line.
BCN offers free set up, doesn’t require contracts, and
has no hidden fees. “People get lured in by the
special deals from from other companies, but when
the initial special trial periods expire they are hit with
additional costs and hidden fees,” says Fred.
In addition to Internet plans, BCN offers VOIP
service similar to Vonage that uses the broadband
access to the Internet like cable, DSL or high-speed
wireless for your phone. The service allows for
unlimited minutes to anywhere in the US and
Canada, free features included caller ID, call waiting,
call forwarding and transfers, voicemail, three-way
calling, and more, and can save up to 70% of the
cost of traditional phone services while keeping their
current phone number. BCN also offers combination
DSL and phone service packages starting at $54 a
month. “Unlike the large phone companies, our
prices don’t go up, in fact they have come down
over the years,” said Wally.
With the refer-a-friend promotion if you refer a
new customer you get a free month’s service (valid
on DSL, Dial-up, and Web hosting) and you can refer
anyone in the United States, and there is no limit on
how many people you can refer.
Fred notes that BCN offers service to anyone not
just Berkshire residents, “We offer internet anywhere
Verizon, AT&T and Bell South offers service.”
We also offer seasonal DSL & VOIP.
BCN also does computer upgrades and repairs at
very reasonable rates and diagnosis is always free.
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Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
1 East Hoosac Street
Adams, MA 01220
413-743-7044 ext 1
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Everything is homemade and cooked to perfection
ow often does one have the chance to
eat at a restaurant on the National Register
of Historic Places? The answer is “every day
except Monday,” if you choose historic Sullivan Station in Lee.
In February 2011, head chef Darleen
Zradi and general manager Jane LaGrant
took over this local hotspot and have
worked diligently to make this 40-year-old
restaurant their own.
The dinner menu is upscale American,
and features such favorites as roast duck-
ling, Veal Oscar, Chicken Piccata, homemade lobster and crab cakes, and homemade gnocchi. At lunch expect to sink your
teeth into a fat club sandwich, an Angus
burger, a homemade veggie burger, or a
wide array of salads. There are several vegetarian and vegan offerings and even glutenfree pasta. Zradi will do special orders and
caters to gluten-free patrons who request a
variation on a regular pasta dish.
Favorite dishes such as the Station Veal
and the Station Chicken were kept on the
menu and fresh fish is offered every Thursday through Sunday. The deck has been
opened up for outside dining and when
the Berkshire Scenic Railway is running it is
possible to get on the train in Lenox, stop
over in Lee for lunch and then resume your
round-trip ride. All aboard!
109 Railroad St.
Lee, MA 01238
Hours: 11:30-9 Tues.-Thurs. & Sun.
11:30-10 Fri. & Sat.
Owner: Darlene Zradi
General Owner: Jane LaGrant
(left) Darlene Zradi (right) Jane LaGrant
> Sullivan Station
Photo by Kay Canavino
>> Michael A. Bianco Landscaping, Inc.
The Crew
No job is too big or too small. One call does it all!
ichael A. Bianco Landscaping has
been offering landscaping, property
maintenance, and snow plowing services
for over 10 years. We are proud to provide
service to Vermont, New York, Connecticut,
and Massachusetts. No job is too big or too
small for us, and workmanship is
guaranteed for one year (excluding snow
plowing of course!).
Our Landscaping Services Include
residential and commercial landscaping
projects and landscape design, including
stone work, soil, mulching, and seeding.
We do concrete work, including walkways,
patios, and retaining walls. We provide
gardening services and preparation for new
home construction, including bulldozing
and stump removal.
Lawn care, including spring and fall
cleanups and weekly lawn maintenance,
are just a part of our property maintenance
services. We also excavate, bulldoze, and
clear trees. Our landscapers can also restore
property damaged from auto accidents.
Our snow plowing and snow removal
services include plowing for residential and
commercial clients, road salting and road
sanding, and transporting mounds of
unwanted snow to off-site locations.
We provide 24 hour on-call service for
emergencies, and all our workers are fully
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One Call Does It All
Residential & Commercial
24 hr. On-call Service
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Legal and Financial Peace of Mind
lmgren Law specializes in estate and
tax planning, elder law, probate law,
Medicaid eligibility, community based
care, Veterans Administration benefits and
life care planning.
Almgren Law focuses on presenting
many options to clients and then putting
together a plan unique to each situation.
The common theme is preparation and
control of the present and the future;
who will be the guardian of your children, who will make medical decisions in
case of incapacity, how best to transfer assets to trusts for your lifetime benefit, how
to finance home care or long-term skilled
care, how to obtain Veterans benefits,
how to protect privacy and lower costs by
avoiding probate, and how to minimize
estate tax exposure.
We thoroughly understand eligibility
rules so that we can help protect and enhance your loved one’s dignity and quality of life. With life care planning, Almgren
Law uses a team approach. We have a licensed social worker, a public benefits coordinator, a veteran’s benefits coordinator,
and a registered nurse on staff to help
identify the care needed, locate the ap-
propriate care, coordinate the private and
public resources to pay for it, and provide
continuing guidance to our clients and
their families.
Almgren Law’s principal attorney,
Paula K. Almgren, is Clerk of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy
of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a member of the NAELA Public Policy Committee,
the Fairview Ethics Committee, the Alzheimer’s Association, and an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans
Almgren Law
1 West Street
Lenox MA 01240
(413) 637-5075
Hours: 9-5 Mon.-Fri.
[email protected]
Front Row: Jill M. V. Filkins, Lynn Pandell, Anne Bei, Paula K. Almgren. Back Row: Dawn M. Burke, Julia Leedham Rindfuss,
Mark F. Cavanaugh, Robin S. Almgren
> Almgr
en Law
La w
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Clear Solutions Pool
Pool & Spa
Photo by Kay Canavino
Donald Horalek, Jennifer Carter, Fred Martin, Stephanie Carter, Jay Hopkins, and children Dominick, Anthony, Jayden, and Isaiah
Always helpful and willing to educate
isters Stephanie and Jennifer Carter
are old hands at the pool and spa
business with a combination of 22 years of
experience. They started off at a young
age working for their stepfather Fred
Martin at Martin’s Pool and Spa and to
whom they give much credit for their
knowledge and success. Their business
has been founded not only on excellent
customer service but also on the principle
of hard work and a focused attitude.
Clear Solutions Pool & Spa sells,
delivers, and services hot tubs and sells
and installs above ground pools. The
Carters have their own installation crew
and they never subcontract.
Clear Solutions will open and close
pools and provide weekly maintenance.
People can also come in to their
showroom where they have a full line of
chemicals, equipment, parts, and supplies.
They offer free water analysis for your pool
or hot tub. Just bring in a sample and
within three minutes they can determine
how to best balance your water.
Though they do not install inground
pools, the company will service them in
every way. The Carters also do liner
replacement on above ground and
inground pools.
Come in during the cold season to
plan for our next heat wave. If you buy a
gift certificate during 2011 it comes with a
10 percent discount for 2012. The Carters
look forward to seeing you and helping
with all your pool and spa needs.
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360 Pecks Road, Porter’s Plaza,
Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-2895
Mon-Fri 9-5 • Sat 9-4 • Sun 11-3
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Delicious BBQ at affordable prices
small restaurant for people with big
appetites, this Canaan, New York eatery is
a BBQ bonanza. Expect dry-rubbed meats,
homemade sauces, homemade soup, chili,
corn bread, and pizza sauce. Owners Terry
and Kevin Durlack hand-cut their own fries,
make their own coleslaw and slow-cooked
beans. The Angus burgers are handpacked and the fresh fish is coated in their
own beer batter.
The business was established in 2006
and the Durlacks took over in 2009. The
couple learned to smoke meat from local
legend Hickory Bill, so you know that their
hand-pulled meats and ribs will taste
delicious with or without sauce.
Terry Durlack says that since the
restaurant is only 10 miles from Pittsfield,
she gets locals, people who drive over after
work, and tourists passing through. The
atmosphere is relaxed; either sit at the
outside picnic tables or at stools at the long
bar inside. Liquor is not sold, but you can
bring your own.
Because Durlack sells full and half
sandwiches, you can mix and match, just
in case you were wondering about that
fried chicken, the pizza, smoked whole
chickens, or the grinders. Oh, and for you
hearty eaters, the Durlacks open at 9 am
for breakfast.
Intersection of Rt. 22 & Rt. 295
Canaan, NY
Tues-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun. 8am-5pm
Open Year Round
Nikki & Terry Durlack
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Maria College
Courtyard — Marian Hall, Maria College Campus.
Science and technology, together with kindness and compassion
aria College recently announced
its newest endeavor: the upper-division
nursing program leading to a Bachelor of
Science degree in Nursing. Designed with
the high standards and academic excellence that Maria is built on, the RN-BS in
Nursing Program will complement the
nursing offerings for which the College has
already earned respect.
The new degree will enable the College
to offer three levels of nursing education: a
practical nurse certificate (LPN training), an
associate degree in nursing, and the RN-BS
completion program. As always, the focus
will be on caring, on a teaching-learning
environment, and on personal and professional growth.
The focus of the RN-BS curriculum is the
older adult, as demographics show an increase in this population. The curriculum is
unique in its combination of courses that
will expand the graduate’s knowledge, as
well as offer clinical experiences through
community-based programs/services and
outreach programs, also centered on the
older adult. In addition, there will be some
crossover between this program and
Maria’s certificate program in gerontology.
Maria College strives, as always, to remain true to its history of service and commitment to caring for which it has come to
be known. The new nursing program
beautifully embodies this tradition and philosophy, while reaching into the future to
meet the needs of the people and community it will serve.
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700 New Sctoland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
518-438-3111 x217
[email protected]
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Offers truly independent, objective advice
f you’re concerned about your retirement
plan, or lack thereof, it’s time to head on
over to the experienced team at Balance
Rock Investment Group who specialize in
asset management and retirement income
planning for individuals and businesses.
Dave Milligan, President and Financial
Advisor, said “Our team helps our clients
build, manage, and preserve their assets by
fully understanding their individual needs,
goals, objectives, and dreams. We
accomplish this by consistently providing
superior service and advice in a
professional, proactive, and confidential
Because the personal approach is so
important to the seven-member team at
Balance Rock, expect someone to sit down
and get to know you as a person to learn
what you really need and want from your
retirement. This means that not only will a
savings and investment plan be established
that is compatible with your goals, but they
will also make sure your money continues
to work for you once you stop working.
And let’s face it, that’s when we all really
need help most.
Milligan also said that his team will help
businesses select, set up, and manage
employer sponsored retirement plans and
help the employees get the most out of
that benefit.
92 Elm Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201-6532
Phone: (413) 442-8190
Fax: (413) 443-3589
Michelle Artioli, Michelle Barbieri, Becky Drozd, Joe Potash, Kelly Fournier Milligan, Jon Meczywor and Dave Milligan
> Balance Rock Investment Group
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Berkshire
Berkshire Co-op Market
Here to Help!
Quite certainly, more than a store.
erkshire Co-op Market is more than a
natural food store. It’s a cooperative. That
means that, unlike a typical business, The Coop is owned by the community and beholden
to values beyond simple profit. Instead, co-op
owners have laid out priorities like the local
food supply, environmental stewardship,
community education and the regional
economy to go along with running a
successful business. To that end, The Co-op
runs a profitable natural and organic food
store that acts as a vehicle to affect the
community in positive ways. Open to all
shoppers, The Co-op specializes in local
products and organic foods. In the growing
season, the produce department is teeming
with the wares of local farmers, when local is
unavailable high quality organics take their
place. The grocery aisles are packed with all
natural and organic offerings that not only
meet our chemical free vetting process but
offer dietary alternatives to commonly
allergenic ingredients. There is also a popular
hot bar that features hot dinners and soups; a
cafe with sandwiches, fair trade coffee and an
organic juice bar; and a wellness department
that features supplements and homeopathic
remedies. With it’s social programs,
The Co-op strives to be a transformative force
by educating and engaging with the
community, serving as a model of social and
environmental stewardship, supporting local
and regional food systems, and promoting a
sustainable local local economy. When
customers shop at The Co-op, they can be
sure that, not only are they getting the finest
in natural food quality, but that their dollars
are helping to create a better community as a
whole. Cooperativele owned, open to
everyone, community oriented - Berkshire Coop Market is quite certainly, more than a store.
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Co-op Market
42 Bridge Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Mon.-Sat. 8am-8pm, Sun. 10am-6pm
General Manager: Art Ames
Board President: Daniel Seitz
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Superior products and exceptional customer service.
his family-run energy company
has been serving Berkshire County
since 1910. It began as a coal/iron
company and then moved to oil,
gas, and steel. Now this fourth generation family business offers residential and commercial heating oil
delivery, service, and installation.
The crews from Lipton Energy will
install your heating or air conditioning
system, as well as maintain it. Owners
Michael Lipton and his father Sanford
also provide 24-hour service, so you
never have to worry about freezing if
your heating system fails in the middle
of an icy January night. Lipton offers
competitive pricing and you can set up
a budget plan. You can also lock in
your oil at a fixed price before the heating season starts and set up an automatic delivery schedule.
The Liptons also own and operate
seven convenience stores in Pittsfield,
Lenox, Great Barrington, and Lee. So
while you are having your new central
air or heating system installed, you can
run out for gasoline, diesel fuel, a lottery ticket, milk, or snacks.
In both their Energy Company and
with their convenience stores Michael
Lipton stresses that it is customer service
that is most important.
458 South St.,
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 pm
Owners: Sanford Lipton
Michael Lipton
From left to right: Brenda Dassat, Michael Cobb, Christine Canavan, Tim Nelligan, Aaron Clark, Michael Lipton, Dennis Hoctor, Dennis Koch,
Heidi Syrett, Marc Farinon.
> Lipton Energy
Energ y
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
>>The Pittsfield Office
Office of RBC
R BC Wealth
Wealth Management
From left back row: Thomas B. Sherman, SVP, CFP(R), Branch Director, John Mazurkiewicz, Assoc. VP, Charles V. Irose, 1st Vice President,
David A. Rice, Asst. VP., Front Row: Kimberlee Cohen, Client Assoc., Christine Frenier, Branch Service Manager, Kathleen Pink, Client Assoc.
he Pittsfield Office of RBC Wealth
Management has over 100 collective
years of experience in the financial
services industry. From our convenient
office in the Berkshires, we have access to the unique resources of RBC
Wealth Management and those of our
parent company, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), the safest bank in North
America as measured by Global Finance.
RBC Wealth Management uses a
multi-disciplined and holistic approach
to uncover client needs, create customized comprehensive solutions, pro-
vide ongoing measurement and monitoring of progress, and deliver quality
service and communication. Each client has a written plan, which allows
us to determine the risk adjusted rate
of return needed to reach both life
and financial goals.
Community involvement is a hallmark of RBC Wealth Management and
we have been committed and involved with a number of local organizations, for a number of years. Examples include: Berkshire Chamber of
Commerce, Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Gladys
Brigham Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Rotary, United Way, and several
town positions in the Berkshires. We
believe that commitment to the community creates a strong community.
We would welcome the opportunity to visit with you, and to show you
how much value we can add to your
goals. Please call us for a meeting at
one of our local offices in the Berkshires.
(413)-236-8560 • (877) 340-7774
RBC Wealth Management, a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC,
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RBC Wealth Management®
12 South Street, Suite 200
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: 413-236-8566
Toll Free: 800-977-2015
Fax: 413-236-8572
[email protected]
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UMass Amherst MBA Program Launches Business Professionals in the Berkshires
ince its first graduating class in 1949, the
Isenberg School of Management at the University of
Massachusetts Amherst has awarded more than
34,000 degrees, including the bachelor’s degree in
business administration, the MBA degree (since
1963), and the Ph.D. degree (since 1967). The
Isenberg School is fully accredited by Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International
(AACSB), the nation’s premier accreditor of business
The Isenberg School of Management’s MBA
Programs include a traditional full-time, 2 year
residency program at the Amherst campus, a 37credit Part-Time MBA program that can be
completed alternating weekends in Pittsfield at
Berkshire Medical Center’s Arts Complex, evenings in
Holyoke and Shrewsbury, or the entire program can
be completed online from anywhere in the world –
allowing you maximum flexibility to take classes
when and where it’s most convenient for you. The
Part-Time MBA program attracts students from all 50
states and 19 foreign countries and continues to
garner attention from the nation’s biggest, most
profitable, and most influential companies - over
49% of students in the program are employed by
Fortune 100 companies and is ranked as one of the
nation’s Best Part-Time MBA Program by
As an Isenberg MBA you will join an extended
community with an alumni network of over 32,000
business professionals. Our graduates have an
increasing impact on business and society; they also
serve as exemplary role models and future
employers of our students. At the same time,
Isenberg School alumni provide us with crucial
financial support that strengthens the national
competitiveness of our programs.
The Isenberg School’s full-time faculty includes
endowed chairs in entrepreneurship, business
leadership, operations management, finance, and
integrative studies, which link management,
science, and technology. The School houses the
world-class Center for International Securities and
Derivatives Markets, the Virtual Center for
Supernetworks, the Center for Spectator Sport
Marketing Research, and is also the state
headquarters for the Massachusetts Small Business
Development Center network.
>> U
Mass Amherst MB
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Isenberg School of Management
121 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003
Office: (413) 545-5608
Email: [email protected]
Dean: Mark A. Fuller
Photo by Kay Canavino
Danielle Christensen ‘11 (left) and Shannon Costello ‘12 (right)
with Jonathan D. Secor, Director of Special Programs @ MCLA
MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides
professional development training, resources, and support to the
artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County.
Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the
best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best
of the Berkshires to the world.
This Summer the streets of North Adams come to life with
dozens of galleries and art installations, performances, events
and other happenings throughout the city. Learn more online at
Programs include MCLA Presents!, B-HIP (Berkshire Hills Internship
Program), DownStreet Art, Tricks of the Trade,
and MCLA Gallery 51.
And keep your eyes out for B-HIP students, who will be working and
studying at cultural institutions throughout the Berkshires!
MCLA Gallery 51 has openings the last Thursday of every month. This
Summer we will be featuring the work of Karen Stack and Erin Ko.
413-662-5410 | | 375 Church Street | North Adams, MA
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Friendly, courteous drivers, great pricing and service
full-service provider of fuel and heating
equipment, HL Fuel delivers heating oil,
kerosene, and low-sulfur diesel fuel to 3500
customers in New York, Massachusetts, and
Vermont, as well as propane in both Massachusetts and Vermont. Their team of highly
qualified service technicians can maintain
your equipment in top operating condition
to guarantee safety, maximize efficiency,
and minimize your fuel cost.
A well-tuned heating system reduces
emissions and helps keep the environment
clean. If it is time to replace your old system,
the technicians at HL will work with you to
determine what equipment best meets your
needs, then deliver and install it at a competitive price.
Harry Hicks, president of this familyowned business, stresses the importance of
having your heating equipment serviced annually. “In the spring we send out our service contract offerings and at that time of the
year we will service the systems at a
reduced-cost basis.”
The company offers customers the ability
to check on their account on-line, and customers can access customer service via
phone or email. Emergency calls are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
If a customer runs out of fuel, HL promises
to arrive within three hours of being notified.
Good news for customers is that fuel
prices are very competitive. Hicks said that
“in most cases we will beat any price.”
1232 Route 20 P.O. Box 98
West Lebanon, N.Y. 12195
Office hours Mon.-Fri. 8 to 5; also,
from Oct.-April Sat. 8 to noon.
Francis, Wayne, Harry, Beth & LeeAnn.
> HL FFuel
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Co . Inc.
Inc .
Photo by Kay Canavino
Photo by Kay Canavino
> Aldam Press
Alicia, Lynn, Neil, Paul
Innovative Printing, Customer Service and Value at Aldam Press
ince it was founded in 2006,
Aldam Press, Inc. has been
recognized in consecutive years as
“Best in the Berkshires” by their loyal
customers. This innovative printer
offers a wide range of services,
including offset and digital printing,
A full-service bindery, high-speed
color and black-and-white copies,
plus special-occasion invitations and
announcements. They offer a
variety of recycled paper options
and use vegetable based inks.
Whether you have a specific
project to complete that requires
timely, professional handling or a
vision that needs to be developed,
you’ll receive experienced guidance
from their friendly, courteous
staff. Outstanding customer service
and value, along with a dedicated
and urgent commitment to
meeting deadlines, are the toppriorities of Paul and Alicia Aldam
and their top notch staff, Neil
Wesley and Lynn Blohm. Customers
are assisted with design, press and
technical tips, making Aldam Press
a one-stop quality print shop for
the Berkshires and the surrounding
No matter how big or small your
project is, if you think it’s urgent, so
does Aldam Press.
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Rite Aid Plaza
163 South Street Suite 4
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone 413-443-2800
Fax 413-443-4600
Owner: Paul Aldam
Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
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Why Darrow?
any independent schools can
look and sound similar, but, in fact, each
has distinguishing features that set it apart
to create a unique culture and learning
atmosphere. The only school to be situated
on the site of an historic Shaker village,
Darrow offers a learning environment that
reflects an appreciation for collaboration,
community, hands-on learning, and the
rewards of productive, fulfilling work.
Perhaps the greatest way to summarize
all of the differences at Darrow is to say that
we take education to a personal level.
Students live and work together with faculty
in an environmentally conscious setting,
where teachers and students are always
available for consultation and collaboration.
The combination of personalized feedback
from highly accessible faculty and hands-on
effort from each individual allows every
student to clearly see that he or she makes
a difference.
Our rigorous, comprehensive, handson, college-preparatory curriculum supports
> Darr
ow School
individual interests and personal learning
styles, preparing students for life beyond the
Please join us for an Open House!
October 22, 2011
November 11, 2011
January 16, 2012
February 20, 2012
March 10, 2012
April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
110 Darrow Road (off Route 20)
New Lebanon, NY 12125
(518) 794-6000
[email protected]
Head of School: Nancy Wolf
Photo by Kay Canavino
Berkshiree Money Management
It’s a Basset Hound Market.
hat’s going on today isn’t a Bear Market. It certainly isn’t a Bull Market. Forget
the Bull/Bear debate - an entirely different
animal is needed to represent the next 510 years.
It’s a Basset Hound Market. Feel free
to choose whichever animal you prefer the point is that unless you are working
with Berkshire Money Management
(BMM), the way your current financial advisor tries to navigate the markets simply
doesn’t work anymore.
A Basset Hound Market is characterized by a tight trading range, increased
volatility, pronounced stock correlations, and sudden reversals. What your
portfolio needs during a period like that
is BMM.
What your portfolio needs is an investment advisor who knows to get more
growth-oriented when the markets are
going up, and to get more conservative
when the markets are going down. If
your advisor isn’t doing that, then your
portfolio – and your family – deserve
more. We encourage you to contact us
today so that we may propose how you
and your family can be treated better.
Views regarding the economy, securities markets or
other specialized areas, like all predictors of future events,
cannot be guaranteed to be accurate and may result in
economic loss to the investor. “Historical performance is not
indicative of future results. The investment return will fluctuate with market conditions.” Investment in securities, including mutual funds, involves the risk of loss.
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392 Merrill Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tel 888.232.6072
Fax 413.997.2005

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