Carr Hardware............................. 3       Shamrock Professional Dog Grooming             Sullivan Station Restaurant......... 33
East St. Auto & Service Center.......4                & Dog Waste Removal........... 19           Michael A. Bianco Landscaping.. 34
Backwater Grille ...........................5      Credit Union of the Berkshires.... 20          Almgren Law............................. 35
Salon Experience......................... 6        Zucchini’s Restaurant................. 21      Clear Solutions Pool & Spa..........36
Charland Jewelers........................7         Lee Hardware............................ 22    Mep’s BBQ................................. 37
Kay Canavino Photography.......... 8               Zaanti Yoga Studio .................... 23     Maria College.............................38
Greylock Federal Credit Union......9               Dr. Lahey’s Garden Center......... 24          Balance Rock
Mario’s Restaurant......................10         The Sewing Shop....................... 25         Investment Group..................39
Sheds N Stuff............................. 11      Draeger Safety Diagnostics......... 26         Berkshire Co-op Market.............. 40
Aerus Electrolux......................... 12       Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center. 27             Lipton Energy ........................... 41
Sondrini Enterprises................... 13         Paparazzi Friendly Pizza............. 28       RBC Wealth Management.......... 42
Mass College of Liberal Arts........ 14            Berkshire Fence & Accessories.... 29           UMass........................................43
Viale Florist................................ 15   Lenox Village                                  Mass College of Liberal Arts........ 44
Dettinger Lumber Company...... 16                     Integrative Pharmacy............. 30        HL Fuel Co, Inc.......................... 45
McAndrews-King Buick GMC. . . . . .17              Purple Plume............................. 31   Aldam Press...............................46
Mike’s Maytag............................ 18       Berkshire County Network......... 32           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 Hard-        training and day-to-day interaction with every cus-    Just Ask Rental, Carr rents tools, power equipment
    ware is the only hardware store ever voted Best of       tomer. They also fuel the company’s expansion.         and event essentials like tents, bounce houses and
    the Berkshires. Carr has enjoyed this distinction for        Carr Hardware stores span the length of Berk-      all sorts of party and amusement items. Details are
    15 years in a row, in large part due to Carr’s devo-     shire County from Pittsfield, Lee and Great Barring-   available on the Web at
    tion to unparalleled customer service and satisfac-      ton to Carr Paint and Rental in North Adams.                No stranger to community service, Marshall
    tion. This cornerstone was established by foun-          Branching out to the Albany Area, Carr Hardware        Raser is former director and treasurer of The Berk-
    der Sam Carr in 1928; reinforced by Marshall Raser       in Watervliet, NY, became the most recent acquisi-     shire Chamber of Commerce and is a member of
    and his brothers who purchased the business from         tion in October 2007.                                  the Rotary Club. He is also on the Pittsfield Eco-
    Mr. Carr in 1962, and it remains alive and well un-          Carr Hardware will be opening a new location       nomic Redevelopment Council (PERC). Bart Raser is
                                                                                                                                                                          547 North St.
    der the current management of Marshall and his           — a destination True Value concept store — in          a board member of The Berkshire Chamber of            Pittsfield, MA 01201
    son, Bart.                                               early 2012. This will be a partnership with True       Commerce and Berkshire Bank. A former board           413-443-5611
        With a loyal staff as its foundation, Carr happily   Value and Agway, will include a live nursery and       member of The Boys and Girls Club. Bart is a mem-
    serves homeowners, contractors, government and           offer an expanded party and equipment rental line,     ber of Rotary and serves as a corporator at The
    institutional customers in ways “big box stores”         as well as a greatly expanded bird and pet section.    Berkshire Museum and Down Town Inc.                   Open Mon.-Sat. 7:30-5:30; Sun. 10-4.
    can’t – with friendly, knowledgeable and experi-             Carr offers name-brand, prime quality hard-             Stop by a Carr Hardware location today to find   Owners: Marshall and Bart Raser.
    enced personal service. Those values are ingrained       ware, paint, tools, lawn and garden equipment,         out why Carr remains The Best in the Berkshires.
    in every Carr employee. They are the main focus of       plus electrical and plumbing supplies. In its store,

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     friendly service with the same passion       doubt as to why Mario’s has stood the
   seemed like a bold venture for the early   and commitment to quality that their         test of time: a dedication to excellence
   1960s: opening a restaurant featuring      parents began in 1964. Executive             that is a family tradition.
   authentic Italian food in what had been    Chef Mickey Soldato, who continued
   a mere corn field. But, with hard work     his life long family culinary teachings
   and a dream they grew more than just       with study at the CIA, creates seasonally
   a business; they grew a family, a repu-    flavored menus of Italian inspired re-
   tation and eventually a true local land-   gional cuisine using the freshest and                                                   Route 20 & 22 New Lebanon, NY 12125
   mark. Now, almost 5 decades later          highest quality local grown and pur-                                                    518-794-9495
   Mario and Julia’s children (Kathy, Diane   chased ingredients. From his creative
   & Mickey) have kept the family business    daily specials, to the tried and true cus-
   and vision alive by offering amazing       tomer favorites, to the decadent home-
   food, comfortable atmosphere and           made popovers & desserts there is no

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        ith over 21 years experience, when you       barns, gazebos, garages, horse stables and         relocation service for over two decades and
    buy something from us — whether it’s a shed,     even dog houses.                                   have over 21 years experience doing so. We
    gazebo, playhouse or anything else we sell,          We also carry an extensive line of wood        can move a shed but we also relocate
    you can be sure you’ll feel good about doing     lawn furniture such as picnic tables, benches,     garages, cabins, even a house.
    business with us. We are a local                 gliders, tables, bridges, wishing wells, arbors,       Whatever we sell you, we can also help
    establishment, family-owned and operated.        and just about anything else you may want to       you set it up. Our list of services includes
    Stop down sometime and look around,              place in your yard.                                installation, site preparation work, shed
    there’s always something here at Sheds N              For the kids, Sheds N Stuff also offers a     removal and disposal, and delivery.            211 South State Road (Route 8)
    Stuff to make your yard a little nicer.          large selection of playhouses and jungle                                                          Cheshire, MA 01225
        We have built solid relationships with our   gyms. A new product line for youngsters is
    customers that consist of trust and respect.     our Adventure World Playsets.
                                                                                                                                                       (413) 743-9964
    Among the many products we sell are sheds,           We have also operated a business-                                                   
                                                                                                                                                       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   mental Protection Agency, more than 50 million people       rus? Outstanding, friendly customer service includes lo-
    offers the best in cleaning products for homes and busi-      suffer from asthma and allergies.                           cal repair, free deliveries, a free annual service check
    nesses: vacuum cleaners, carpet shampooers, central                As more energy-efficient homes are constructed,        and the longest warrant in the industry. Aerus also of-
    vacuum systems, air purifiers, as well as parts and sup-      dust, mold and other pollutants may be trapped inside,      fers a free indoor air-quality test. A no-obligation ap-
    plies for all makes and models. Aerus offers the highest      which could result in more indoor than outdoor pollu-       pointment will be scheduled at your request. Aerus also
    degree of customer satisfaction, resulting in many refer-     tion. Innovative, quality products can help families cre-   is hiring for its growing business.
    rals to friends and family. At Aerus, we believe a clean      ate home environments that are healthier, safer and               Did you notice in the photo the newest addition to       383 North Street
    home is a healthy home. Aerus also resolves any equip-        more inviting. These products can help ensure family        the Aerus Electrolux family — little Lilianna? As all of you   Pittsfield, MA 01201
    ment problems promptly.                                       health and prevent the growth of harmful allergens.         do, we care deeply about our future generation and             Open Mon-Sat. 9 to 5.
          This year, Aerus has added its AQ Division, offering         Aerus Electrolux products are not only for people      want them to live in a clean, healthy environment.             413-442-1544
    a product that purifies the air, keeps your home’s sur-       with allergies but also for those who just want to                                                                         413-743-0985
    faces clean and eliminates allergens, providing a com-        breathe clean air. Your home is a reflection of you and                                                                    802-442-9560
    plete circle of protection. According to the U.S. Environ-    how you want to live — why not live life well with Ae-

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We get the job done right the first time

S         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
                                            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 custom-
                                            made screened enclosure, or
                                                                                          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
    and appreciate the customers who        renovate your bathroom. You can           satisfaction.
                                                                                                                                343 PECKS RD., PITTSFIELD
    have allowed us to serve them over      call us if you have storm or ice
    the years, and look for to working      damage or need siding replaced.                                                     (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
Professional MBA
   Advance your career...
                                                                                                                                                    Nancy Ovitsky Ph.D
                                                                                                                                    Business Administration Department

 MCLA’s Professional Masters in Business Administration program is an           MCLA’s Professional MBA Features:
 exceptional educational opportunity for Berkshire County professionals as it
 provides an in-depth business education which is well suited to the needs of
                                                                                  business courses to be completed in less than two years
 area businesses.
 The program offers a blend of classroom experience and practical, hands-on
                                                                                  face-to-face instruction
 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
                                                                                We are currently accepting applications for our next cohort starting
 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.
                                                                                                                              Info Session
            Scan for                                                                                                   Intermodal Center, Pittsfield
            PMBA info                                                                                                       2nd floor classroom
                                                                                                                           Thursday, May 19th
                                                                                                                                at 6:30pm
                                                    MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

                             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          schedule. We can help them if they are       birthday girl worked late. She also has
    barefoot in the park or having the button-   looking for something specific, even if      available arrangements with stuffed

                                                                                                                                             Viale Florist
    down church wedding of your dreams,          they call at the last minute and need        animals, chocolates, and balloons. If you
    you will need flowers. Viale Florist has     something delivered.”                        want tropical flowers put into a martini
    everything to fit the bill.                       This multi-year winner of Berkshire’s   glass, just let her know.
         Founded in 1906 and purchased by        Best does more than weddings, of                  Expect such standards as roses if you
    the Shier Family in 1976, Michele’s father   course. The staff of five will help you      walk in off the street, but Shier also keeps
    Robert ran it for 25 years before selling    choose holiday selections, pick out          an array of seasonal flowers from lilies to    99 Wahconah St., Pittsfield, MA
    the business to his daughter.                appropriate funeral arrangements, or         larkspur on hand.                              413-442-6956
         Michele Shier, owner of this family-    make sure holiday and birthday bouquets
    operated business, said “we strive to work   are delivered as needed. Shier says she
    within each person’s budget and              has even delivered after hours when a

Ron Sale, Barb Adams, Robin Kellerman, Michele Shier-Wilson

>> Viale
>> Viale Florist
                                                                                                                                                           Photo by Kay Canavino

                                                                                                                                                         Photo by Kay Canavino
                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Kay Canavino

>>           Lumber
>> Dettinger Lumber
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                  Dettinger Lumber prides itself on high-    fully staffed display area of kitchen and bath
    independently owned and operated lumber          quality products, a friendly, knowledgeable       cabinets, windows and doors, flooring, and
    and building material supplier offering a full   staff, and great customer service. For example,   much more.
    line of lumber, building materials, windows,     Kirk Kellogg makes house calls, measuring and           For most orders, same-day or next-day
    decking, doors, kitchen and bath cabinets,       selling doors, windows and other products.        delivery can be arranged. Major credit cards     David Sutherland and Joanne Spence,
    including baths, as well as millwork, paint,           The sales staff has the knowledge and       are accepted. With free delivery and free
    and hardware.                                    experience to answer nearly every question.       estimates, you can’t go wrong with Dettinger.      co-owners.
          The company was opened by Jacob            The customers are always the top priority,                                                         24 Warren Terrace
    Dettinger in 1926; Maxine Dettinger operated     whether they are homeowners, remodelers or                                                         Pittsfield, MA 01201
    it with Les Sutherland until 1990, when David    contractors. The customer-service counter is in
    Sutherland and his sister, Joanne Sutherland     front, adjacent to the 25,000-square foot
    Spence, bought the business.                     hardware store. Less than a block away is the                                            
                                                                                                                                                        Open Mon.-Fri. 7 to 5; Saturday 7 to 3

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                       hile many businesses face change    families that we are now selling cars to the                “It starts with a lot of good people,” Maloney
    and uncertainty, the McAndrews-King full service       grandchildren. We have a service record that is       said. “It’s integrity, it’s skill, it’s working together as a
    motor vehicle dealership boasts a customer             second to none.”                                      team. It’s working together to do our best and do                                     TRUCKS
    retention rate that is double a 35 percent national          Employees make a point of being friendly and    the right thing. We take care of our customers and
    average.                                               helpful, and fair pricing is customary. Many          we take care of them well.”
          “People feel good coming to us,” Daniel
    Maloney, dealership service manager, said.
                                                           employees have been with the firm for more than
                                                           30 years. Choquette has been with the company
                                                                                                                       The award winning McAndrews-King service
                                                                                                                 team comes as standard equipment with all new                      McAndrews
                                                                                                                                                                                    McAndrews - King
          General manager Larry Choquette said that a      for 38 years, office manager Susan Conklin boasts a   and pre-owned cars & trucks.
    large selection of Buick and GMC vehicles and also a   36-year tenure and sales representative Wayne               The dealership repairs all vehicle makes and                           rucks,
                                                                                                                                                                                             Trucks Inc
                                                                                                                                                                                 Buick - GMC Trucks,, Inc..
    selection of late model pre-owned cars and trucks is   Tassone has been selling vehicles from the lot for    models and is a Massachusetts inspection station.
    one reason people return time and again but            37 years. Maloney has 36 years of company service           McAndrews-King Buick GMC is at 224                        224 Columbia Street
    there’s more to it than that.                          as well. Rick King has owned the dealership for       Columbia St., Adams. The phone number is                        Adams, MA 01220
          “We are now seeing third generation              nearly four decades.                                  413-743-0584. Additional information is available
    customers,” Choquette said. “I can think of several                                                          at a Internet web site.                   413-743-0584

Photo, left to right: Peter Conklin, Mike Harrington, Larry Choquette, Wayne Tassone

>> McAndrews-King
   McAndrews- King      GM
>> McAndrews-King Buick GM C

                                                                                                                                                                                       Photo by Debra Aulisio-Mahar
                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Kay Canavino
>>        Maytag
>> Mike’s Maytag
A New Home, But at Mike’s Maytag, You’re Still No. 1!

A      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
                                                    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,
                                                                                                     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

       Originally an appliance repairman            Kitchen Aid, Whirlpool, Estate and          supports local organizations as well as      14 Gordon St.
   with Harder Electric, Mike Spelman went          Amana. Our products now include             local school organizations. Mike’s Maytag    Pittsfield, MA
   on to open Mike’s Appliance Repair when          washers, dryers, gas and electric stoves,   is open from 9 to 5:30 Monday through        413.443.4692
   Harder Electric closed in 1992. The              cook tops, wall ovens, microwaves and       Friday, and on Saturdays from 9 to 3.

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At Shamrock, one-stop service for dog grooming and dog waste pickup

D                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shamrock Professional Dog
                 og-owners now have a one-stop destination for         year anniversary, also provides county wide dog-waste re-       Classes.
    complete customized grooming service, including a bath,            moval service, with cleanups available one-time, weekly or            She offers hand-stripping of terriers and all phases of
    blow-drying, nail-clipping and ear-cleaning. Shamrock also         monthly and free cleanup estimates.                             grooming for pets, dog-show contestants, seeing-eye dogs,
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Grooming and Dog Waste Removal
    offers hair-trimming and, if needed, anal glands secretion.              Starting at $18, we will clean up and remove dog          police dogs and all other service dogs.
    Limited pickup and drop-off service is available.                  waste for picnics, weddings, reunions, parties, spring clean-         Shamrock aims to provide a pleasurable grooming ex-       1050 South St. (next to Jiffy Lube,
          Shamrock also sells leashes, brushes, collars, combs,        ing, boarding kennels and town parks. Year-round service is     perience for your dog, and to sell products that we know        across from the Dakota Restaurant)
    tick keys, holistic treats and biscuits. It also sells Abady Dog   offered.                                                        about through personal experience. Our motto is courtesy,       Pittsfield, MA 01201
    and Cat Foods, a high-quality, scientifically advanced and              Co-owner Paula Phillips has 31 years of experience in      reliability and trustworthiness.                                (413) 443-9700
    natural maintenance growth formula based on exclusive re-          the art of dog-grooming, having relocated her business                Shamrock is a member of the Berkshire Chamber of          Hours: By appointment;
    search performed by the Abady Company, which embodies              from Morris County, New Jersey. She is a registered judge       Commerce and the Association of Professional Animal Waste       walk-ins for nail clippings welcome
    the governing nutritional principles inherent in nature’s diet     at AKC and UKC dog shows, a professional dog handler            Specialists.                                                    Web address:
    for carnivores.                                                    and conformation show-handling instructor and offers Ca-              Dogs are groomed one-on-one with care and concern         E-mail:
          The business, which this year is celebrating their 3rd       nine Good Citizen Testing & Confirmation Show Handling          based on vast knowledge of the dog world gained over            Owners: Paula and Tom Phillips
                                                                                                                                       nearly three decades.
Our Clients: Penny, Dixie, Shadow and Bentley

>> Shamrock Grooming
>> Shamrock Grooming                                                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Kay Canavino
                                                                                                                                                                 Photo by Kay Canavino

        >>     Hardware
        >> 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     exploring the latest trends, forecasts and tips   machines for those big one-time jobs.
    years Lee Hardware True Value attributes       while sitting in a warm and relaxing                  If you have commercial and industrial      Lee HARDWARE
    their success to offering a truly              atmosphere as you speak with our                  needs, we have an outside Sales
    comprehensive inventory of products, along     individual consultants. Color paint samples       Representative who will come to your site to
    with top notch personalized customer           are the perfect solutions to trying the color     provide you individual personalized service.
    service, to meet all the needs of              you’ve selected right in your own home.           We can also accommodate janitorial and         221 Main Street
    homeowners and contractors alike.                  In addition to paints and stains, at Lee      hospitality paper products through our new
                                                                                                                                                    Lee, MA 01238
        At Lee Hardware, you will find full        Hardware you will find robust selections in       warehouse.
    extensive paint and stain products including   plumbing, heating, electrical, lighting, hand         It is our goal to make your shopping
    Benjamin Moore, True Value, Cabot, and         and power tools, housewares, lawn and             experience at Lee Hardware enjoyable and       Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7-5:30
    Sikkens. The Benjamin Moore Signature          garden, pool supplies, fishing goods,             even a little fun. We know that if we don’t    Sat. 7-5, Sun. 9-3
    Store brings you the ultimate decorating       automotive and commercial cleaning                take care of you, the customer, somebody
    experience. Express yourself with color by     supplies. You can also rent specialized           else will.                                     Joey Scapin

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Promoting Peace of Mind and Body

       aanti Yoga Studio, having just cele-     clarity                                         teachers are Kripalu trained and certified.
   brated their 1st anniversary, provides a         Yoga for Spirit: encourage self-                Owner Cathy Salvini’s studio offers
   variety of yoga classes, including Gentle,   acceptance, honor inner wisdom, invite          services in a great location with a newly-
   Beginner, Moderate, Renewing, Pre-Natal      deep peace.                                     designed, fully-equipped 1,700 square-
   and Yoga Dance. Mommy and Me classes             The goal is to promote peace of mind        foot studio that includes a beautiful mas-
   will begin in October. Swedish, Deep Tis-    and body through the wisdom of yoga.            sage room. Cathy is a lifelong Berkshires     449 Pittsfield Rd., Lenox 01240
   sue and Shiatsu Massage are available by          Kripalu is a yoga practice with a com-     resident with bachelor’s and master’s de-     413-496-YOGA
   appointment.                                 passionate approach and emphasis on             grees in education. She is a Certified Yoga   Sun. 10:30-12pm; Mon. 9-10:30am/5:15-6:45pm
       Yoga for the WHOLE of you includes:      meditation, physical healing and spiritual      Teacher. She has taught elementary edu-       Tue. 6-7:30pm
       Yoga for Body: stretch, tone, release    wellness that overflows into daily life. Kri-   cation for 26 years and has been practic-     Wed. 10-11:30am/5:15-6:45pm/7-8:30pm
   tension, de-stress                           palu also focuses on looking inward and         ing yoga for 11 years. Cathy is thrilled to   Thu. 9:30-11:00am/6:00-7:30pm
       Yoga for Mind: calm restless thoughts,   moving at your own pace. All classes will       combine her love of teaching and yoga,        Fri. 9-10:30am/5:30-7pm; Sat. 10:30-12pm
   cultivate concentration, support mental      have the Kripalu tradition woven in, since      and share this in class with you.   

Back: Rima Sala & Cathy Salvini; Front: Ben Seidman & Megan Elliot

>>        Yoga
>> 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 full-        Dr. Lahey’s is proud of their 100 percent customer      coverage and a super staff available 24 hours per day.
    service landscaping, specializing in stone work and a         service. The knowledgeable and professional staff is               To make room for Christmas trees, the Corcorans
    fully-stocked garden center for the Berkshires.               available to help customers enjoy their gardens and          are offering a huge special: buy any 4 perennials, trees
          Owners Joe and Maureen Corcoran relocated here          landscaping to the fullest extent.                           or shrubs and get 4 free!
    from the Boston area, where they had run a successful              Maureen is a Master Gardener and a certified                  For 2011, Dr. Lahey’s will be growing the most
    landscaping company. In 1999, they purchased Dr.              green root installer and was happy to be selected to         unique varieties of perennials and annuals, as well as
    Lahey’s Garden. Joe operates the landscaping business         install the plants on the roof of Pittsfield High School.    selling stone products for patios, retaining walls and
    while Maureen runs the garden center along with                    Joe is certified in stonework through ICPI and also     walkways. They also plan on installing a demo flower       1032 South St.
    manager Linda Melle.                                          holds a pesticide license in the state of Massachusetts.     and veggie garden on-site to further assist customers.
          Dr. Lahey’s offers lawn-mowing, seasonal                     The Corcorans feature Pennsylvania Pride potted               You can count on Dr. Lahey’s Garden and
                                                                                                                                                                                          Pittsfield, MA 01201
    snowplowing, interior plant maintenance, patios,              trees and shrubs complete with a full three-year             Landscaping for excellent customer service and high-       413-443-7321
    walkways and more.                                            homeowner warranty.                                          quality work completed on schedule.              
          They are members of the Berkshire and Lenox                    Dr. Lahey’s has expanded their commercial snow                                                                   Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun. 10-5
    Chambers of Commerce as well as Berkshire Grown. Dr.          plowing business and is gearing up for the upcoming                                                                     Owners: Joe and Maureen Corcoran
    Lahey’s frequently donates to local groups, including         season. Please call for an estimate for commercial lots as
    charities and schools.                                        well as walkways. We have excellent insurance                                                                           Manager: Linda Melle

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Your Sewing Source in the Southern Berkshires

A      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
                                             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
                                                                                         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      Bob & Maggie Quigley - Owners
   have you whipping up your own             curtains and indoor and outdoor             from those in the group, as well as lively   Seamstress, Quilting Fabrics & Supplies
   clothes.                                  cushions.                                   conversation and the satisfaction in         Machines • Lessons • Fur & Leather Repair
       This family-owned business has been       Since sewing is no longer taught in     knowing that you are extending the life      EXPAND THE LIFE OF FAVORITE GARMENTS
                                                                                                                                      323 Main St., Gr. Barrington, MA 01230
   around for 21 years, and in the current   schools, the Quigleys are doing             of your favorite garment.                       (corner of Bridge St., Downstairs)
                                                                                                                                      Open 10-5; closed Thursday & Sunday
Owners Bob and Maggie Quigley

                                                                                                                                                     Photo by Kay Canavino

>>     Sewing
>> The Sew ing Shop
                                                                                                                                        Photo by Kay Canavino


      >> Draeger        Diagnostics
      >> Draeger Safety Diag nostics

Saving Lives One Breath At A Time®

D          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
                                          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
                                                                                   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.
                                                                                                                          1440 East Street
                                                                                                                          Pittsfield, MA 01201
   Massachusetts Registry of Motor        protect, support and save lives.
   Vehicles, courts, probation            People from hospitals, manufacturing,
   departments, and private citizens to   mining, fire protection, and

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Where Gardeners Grow

    onald J. Ward Jr. started Ward’s Nursery and Garden   well as their customers’ shopping experience.             and has become a shopping tradition. Outdoors,
    Center at 600 South Main St., Great Barrington in          At Ward’s you’ll find more than 1,400 perennial      they celebrate harvest themes with gourds,
    1957. Starting out with a potting shed, Ward’s has    selections, 700 different woody plants, as well as        pumpkins and cornstalks and continue through
    since grown into a must-see destination for garden-   hundreds of common and unusual annuals, tropi-            the Christmas season with permanent and fresh-
    ers and holiday enthusiasts. Today two of Don Jr.’s   cals, and houseplants to personalize your environ-        cut trees, garland and wreaths. An extensive selec-
    sons-- Mike and Greg– own and run Ward’s, con-        ment. For fall planting, Ward’s carries a large assort-   tion of seasonal flowers, craft supplies, candles,
    tinuing to add new ideas while maintaining the        ment of tulip, daffodil and more unusual bulbs. The       gifts, ornaments and stocking-stuffers make
    same relaxed and personal service Ward’s customers    garden center staff will happily guide you through        Ward’s a one-stop, holiday marketplace.
    have experienced for over fifty years. When they      the excellent selection of seeds, tools and landscape           At Ward’s, they pride themselves on being a
                                                                                                                    leader in offering horticulture products you can
                                                                                                                                                                          600 South Main Street
    opened their remodeled garden center and tropical     accessories, and plant health solutions including or-
    greenhouse in May 2010, Mike and Greg had elimi-      ganic choices.                                            count on, knowledgeable staff you can trust,          Great Barrington, MA 01230
    nated the quirks and inefficiencies of a haphazard         From October through December, Ward’s                and great customer service. Please come by and        413-528-0166
    building which improved the growing process as        transforms into a holiday decorating showcase             visit today!

 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.

>> Wards Nursery
>> Wards Nurser y & Garden Center
                                                                                                                                                                  Photo by Kay Canavino

        >> Paparazzi
        >> Paparazzi Friendly Pizza
Gokhan Yildiz, General Manager

Your Friendly Neighborhood Pizza Place

P   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 Gok-
    han Yildiz pays special attention to presen-
    tation and detail, customers know they
    can always expect a delicious, and
    delicious-looking, meal.
                                                   trees, salads, pastas, appetizers, fried sea-
                                                   food, gyros, and desserts.
                                                       This is a family affair, as Yildiz, who has
                                                   16 years of experience in the food indus-
                                                   try, 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
                                                                                                     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 Pitts-
                                                                                                                                                    180 Elm Street
                                                                                                                                                    413-443-2002 • 413-443-3003
        The restaurant, which is currently take-   Pizza. The chef, staff, and drivers all wear      field, a driver will bring all this yummy
    out and delivery only, offers an extensive     uniforms, and he goes beyond the re-              food right to your door! Look for more lo-     Delivery to Pittsfield, Dalton,
    menu that includes pizzas, calzones,           quired health code in making sure his             cations in the future, as the Yildiz family    Lanesboro, Lenox
    100% Angus beef burgers, chicken en-           food is safe, such as broiling all his pep-       plans to expand and franchise.

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Proudly serving customers in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Connecticut.

T          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
                                               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
                                                                                               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,
                                                                                                                                        560 South Main St.
                                                                                                                                        Sheffield, MA
                                                                                                                                        1625 West Housatonic St.
                                                                                                                                        Pittsfield, MA
    the site to professionally install the     installers that concentrate exclusively on   mailboxes, and more.                        413-443-4515
    fence. Whether you need a fence to         larger scale projects. We can also set                                         
    keep deer out of your garden, an           up video surveillance for your security
    enclosure around your pool, or             needs.

“Good fences make good neighbors...” – Robert Frost

>> Berkshire Fence Company
>> Berkshire Fence Company
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Kay Canavino
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photo by Kay Canavino
        >>       Village Integrative Pharmacy
        >> Lenox Village Integ rative Pharmac y

A New Way to Think About a Pharmacy

         t Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy (LVIP), custom-   uct is made with the highest quality ingredients, under    providing full off-site pharmacy services for private
   ers have a choice - traditional and compounded medi-         the strictest manufacturing control standards. Available   schools, residential treatment programs, independent,
   cations, homeopathic remedies, Chinese herbs, essential      for customer reference are independent reports docu-       assisted living and long term care facilities, and other
   oils, pharmaceutical grade vitamins, minerals and sup-       menting the purity and quality of product raw ingredi-     businesses who distribute medication to many individu-
   plements – for the best possible treatment, prevention       ents.                                                      als,                                                         5 Walker Street
   and/or wellness regime.                                            To help customers manage their wellness and/or             A destination for surprisingly fun shopping, LVIP
         In the compounding pharmacy, certified by              treatment regime, LVIP developed Healthy Living Pre-       carries all-natural, organic products that extend the con-
                                                                                                                                                                                        Lenox, MA 01240
   PCCA (Professional Compounding Centers of America),          Paks. These individual packets of medications and/or       cept of LVIP’s healthy living approach to wellness           413-637-4700
   medications are custom made, one order at a time, by         supplements are created using specialized, state-of-the-   through to their personal care, pet care and homekeep-       Owners:
   LVIP Pharmacists and technicians, in the state-of-the-art    art computerized packaging equipment. The process is       ing product offerings, and an ever evolving collection of    Anne Browne &
   clean room.                                                  overseen by LVIP’s pharmacy staff, from reviewing the      jewelry, hats, handbags and other gift items.                Joe Martragono
         Nutritional supplements are a specialty at             prescription, programming, loading and performing                Local delivery is available throughout Berkshire
   LVIP. With over 65 brands of pharmaceutical grade vi-        post-production audits.                                    County and the pharmacy ships daily, including refriger-     Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-5
   tamins, minerals and supplements, this grade of prod-              LVIP is an Institutional Fulfillment Pharmacy,       ated items, to locations all over the world.       

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Decidedly Different

        elebrating its 30th anniversary this year    cluding hand-painted silk wraps, jackets and       chocolate-and-champagne women’s shop-
   in the heart of downtown Lenox, Purple            scarves. It is well-known for unusual sweaters     ping night shortly before Christmas, and Cus-
   Plume has been long established as a prime        and jackets full of interesting design, textures   tomer Appreciation Days in the spring.
   shopping destination.                             and buttons.                                           Purple Plume donates to local civic
        The store offers a wide array of unusual          Specialty clothing includes young design-     groups, schools and non-profits such as Berk-
   women’s clothing, gifts and fun jewelry. It’s     ers and small design houses such as Lee An-        shire United Way, Relay for Life, the American
   the perfect choice for anyone seeking the         dersen, Dilemma and Desigual.                      Red Cross, Hospice, Women’s Imaging Center,         35 Church Street
   ideal present or outfit for a special occasion.        Purple Plume also offers hand-crafted jew-    the Christian Center and the Berkshire Hu-
        Owner Judie Culver offers “Decidedly         elry in sterling, brass and aluminum (to name      mane Society.
                                                                                                                                                            Lenox MA 01240
   Different” clothing to customers from all over    a few) by local as well as national artists.           “Come see us for the unusual!” Judie says.      (413) 637-3442
   Berkshire County and surrounding states as             Some of the store’s unusual services in-      “We give an honest opinion on whether the  (coming soon)
   well as tourists.                                 clude a “Honey Do List — Honey DO buy this         clothing fits, looks good and is the right color.
        The store specializes in wearable art, in-   for me!,” post-Thanksgiving Early Bird sales, a    Our fabulous staff will help make your shop-        Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
                                                                                                        ping experience wonderful.”                                 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        Network
>> Berkshire County Ne 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            BCN offers free set up, doesn’t require contracts, and       DSL and phone service packages starting at $54 a
   Menty’s Computer repair from his garage in Adams in      has no hidden fees. “People get lured in by the              month. “Unlike the large phone companies, our
   1984, the Internet was in its infancy. In 1996 Fred      special deals from from other companies, but when            prices don’t go up, in fact they have come down
   was joined by his son Wally and daughter in-law          the initial special trial periods expire they are hit with   over the years,” said Wally.
   Shanna, and founded Berkshire County Network             additional costs and hidden fees,” says Fred.                    With the refer-a-friend promotion if you refer a
   offering dial-up Internet access and domain hosting.          In addition to Internet plans, BCN offers VOIP          new customer you get a free month’s service (valid
   Today in their new storefront at 1 East Hoosac Street    service similar to Vonage that uses the broadband            on DSL, Dial-up, and Web hosting) and you can refer
   in Adams, MA, they also offer high-speed DSL, VOIP,      access to the Internet like cable, DSL or high-speed         anyone in the United States, and there is no limit on   Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00am-4:00pm
   (digital phone service), and domain hosting for both     wireless for your phone. The service allows for              how many people you can refer.
   residential and businesses with 24/7 technical           unlimited minutes to anywhere in the US and                      Fred notes that BCN offers service to anyone not    1 East Hoosac Street
   support.                                                 Canada, free features included caller ID, call waiting,      just Berkshire residents, “We offer internet anywhere   Adams, MA 01220
       The residential High Speed Internet plans are very   call forwarding and transfers, voicemail, three-way          Verizon, AT&T and Bell South offers service.”
   popular as more and more people drop their               calling, and more, and can save up to 70% of the                 We also offer seasonal DSL & VOIP.
   traditional landlines opting for cell phones instead.    cost of traditional phone services while keeping their           BCN also does computer upgrades and repairs at      413-743-7044 ext 1
   BCN’s DSL does not need a traditional phone line.        current phone number. BCN also offers combination            very reasonable rates and diagnosis is always free.

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Everything is homemade and cooked to perfection

        ow often does one have the chance to        ling, Veal Oscar, Chicken Piccata, home-        menu and fresh fish is offered every Thurs-
    eat at a restaurant on the National Register    made lobster and crab cakes, and home-          day through Sunday. The deck has been
    of Historic Places? The answer is “every day    made gnocchi. At lunch expect to sink your      opened up for outside dining and when
    except Monday,” if you choose historic Sulli-   teeth into a fat club sandwich, an Angus        the Berkshire Scenic Railway is running it is
    van Station in Lee.                             burger, a homemade veggie burger, or a          possible to get on the train in Lenox, stop
        In February 2011, head chef Darleen         wide array of salads. There are several vege-   over in Lee for lunch and then resume your
    Zradi and general manager Jane LaGrant          tarian and vegan offerings and even gluten-     round-trip ride. All aboard!                                      109 Railroad St.
    took over this local hotspot and have           free pasta. Zradi will do special orders and                                                                      Lee, MA 01238
    worked diligently to make this 40-year-old      caters to gluten-free patrons who request a                                                                       413-243-2082
    restaurant their own.                           variation on a regular pasta dish.                                                    
        The dinner menu is upscale American,             Favorite dishes such as the Station Veal                                                   Hours: 11:30-9 Tues.-Thurs. & Sun.
    and features such favorites as roast duck-      and the Station Chicken were kept on the                                                        11:30-10 Fri. & Sat.
                                                                                                                                                    Owner: Darlene Zradi
                                                                                                                                                    General Owner: Jane LaGrant
(left) Darlene Zradi (right) Jane LaGrant

>> Sullivan Station                                                                                                                                               Photo by Kay Canavino
                                   Before                                                                                                      After

>> 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   We do concrete work, including walkways,        commercial clients, road salting and road
   been offering landscaping, property            patios, and retaining walls. We provide         sanding, and transporting mounds of
   maintenance, and snow plowing services         gardening services and preparation for new      unwanted snow to off-site locations.
   for over 10 years. We are proud to provide     home construction, including bulldozing             We provide 24 hour on-call service for
   service to Vermont, New York, Connecticut,     and stump removal.                              emergencies, and all our workers are fully
   and Massachusetts. No job is too big or too        Lawn care, including spring and fall        insured.
   small for us, and workmanship is               cleanups and weekly lawn maintenance,                                                        413-442-8501
   guaranteed for one year (excluding snow        are just a part of our property maintenance
   plowing of course!).                           services. We also excavate, bulldoze, and                                                    One Call Does It All
       Our Landscaping Services Include           clear trees. Our landscapers can also restore                                                Residential & Commercial
   residential and commercial landscaping         property damaged from auto accidents.                                                        24 hr. On-call Service
   projects and landscape design, including           Our snow plowing and snow removal
   stone work, soil, mulching, and seeding.       services include plowing for residential and

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Legal and Financial Peace of Mind

A        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.
                                                    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 en-
                                                    hance your loved one’s dignity and qual-
                                                                                                    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 Massa-
                                                                                                    chusetts Chapter of the National Academy
                                                                                                    of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a mem-
                                                                                                                                                  Almgren Law
                                                                                                                                                  1 West Street
                                                                                                                                                  Lenox MA 01240
                                                                                                                                                  (413) 637-5075
                                                                                                                                                  Hours: 9-5 Mon.-Fri.

    The common theme is preparation and             ity of life. With life care planning, Almgren   ber of the NAELA Public Policy Committee,
    control of the present and the future;          Law uses a team approach. We have a li-         the Fairview Ethics Committee, the Alz-
    who will be the guardian of your chil-          censed social worker, a public benefits co-     heimer’s Association, and an accredited at-
    dren, who will make medical decisions in        ordinator, a veteran’s benefits coordinator,    torney with the Department of Veterans
    case of incapacity, how best to transfer as-    and a registered nurse on staff to help         Affairs.
    sets to trusts for your lifetime benefit, how   identify the care needed, locate the ap-

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

>> Almgren Law
>> Almgren La w                                                                                                                                                Photo by Kay Canavino
        >>                 Pool
        >> Clear Solutions 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

S        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
                                                 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
                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                               360 Pecks Road, Porter’s Plaza,
                                                                                                                                               Pittsfield, MA 01201
                                                                                                                                               (413) 443-2895
    has been founded not only on excellent       chemicals, equipment, parts, and supplies.     gift certificate during 2011 it comes with a
    customer service but also on the principle   They offer free water analysis for your pool   10 percent discount for 2012. The Carters      Mon-Fri 9-5 • Sat 9-4 • Sun 11-3
    of hard work and a focused attitude.         or hot tub. Just bring in a sample and         look forward to seeing you and helping
          Clear Solutions Pool & Spa sells,      within three minutes they can determine        with all your pool and spa needs.

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Delicious BBQ at affordable prices

A       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 hand-
    packed and the fresh fish is coated in their
                                                   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
                                                                                                        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.                               518-781-0781
                                                                                                                                                 Intersection of Rt. 22 & Rt. 295
                                                                                                                                                 Canaan, NY
    own beer batter.                               outside picnic tables or at stools at the long
       The business was established in 2006        bar inside. Liquor is not sold, but you can                                                   Tues-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun. 8am-5pm
    and the Durlacks took over in 2009. The        bring your own.                                                                               Open Year Round

Nikki & Terry Durlack

>> MEP S BBQ                                                                                                                                                   Photo by Kay Canavino
        >> Maria College
Courtyard — Marian Hall, Maria College Campus.

Science and technology, together with kindness and compassion

M               aria College recently announced      associate degree in nursing, and the RN-BS      outreach programs, also centered on the
    its newest endeavor: the upper-division          completion program. As always, the focus        older adult. In addition, there will be some
    nursing program leading to a Bachelor of         will be on caring, on a teaching-learning       crossover between this program and
    Science degree in Nursing. Designed with         environment, and on personal and profes-        Maria’s certificate program in gerontology.
    the high standards and academic excel-           sional growth.                                      Maria College strives, as always, to re-
    lence that Maria is built on, the RN-BS in            The focus of the RN-BS curriculum is the   main true to its history of service and com-
    Nursing Program will complement the              older adult, as demographics show an in-        mitment to caring for which it has come to
    nursing offerings for which the College has      crease in this population. The curriculum is    be known. The new nursing program              700 New Sctoland Ave.
    already earned respect.                          unique in its combination of courses that       beautifully embodies this tradition and phi-   Albany, NY 12208
         The new degree will enable the College      will expand the graduate’s knowledge, as        losophy, while reaching into the future to     518-438-3111 x217
    to offer three levels of nursing education: a    well as offer clinical experiences through      meet the needs of the people and commu-
    practical nurse certificate (LPN training), an   community-based programs/services and           nity it will serve.

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Offers truly independent, objective advice

I   f you’re concerned about your retirement       accomplish this by consistently providing     that is compatible with your goals, but they
    plan, or lack thereof, it’s time to head on    superior service and advice in a              will also make sure your money continues
    over to the experienced team at Balance        professional, proactive, and confidential     to work for you once you stop working.
    Rock Investment Group who specialize in        manner.”                                      And let’s face it, that’s when we all really
    asset management and retirement income              Because the personal approach is so      need help most.
    planning for individuals and businesses.       important to the seven-member team at              Milligan also said that his team will help
          Dave Milligan, President and Financial   Balance Rock, expect someone to sit down      businesses select, set up, and manage
    Advisor, said “Our team helps our clients      and get to know you as a person to learn      employer sponsored retirement plans and
    build, manage, and preserve their assets by    what you really need and want from your       help the employees get the most out of
                                                                                                               92 Elm Street
    fully understanding their individual needs,    retirement. This means that not only will a   that benefit.
    goals, objectives, and dreams. We              savings and investment plan be established                  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      products and organic foods. In the growing        The Co-op strives to be a transformative force
    natural food store. It’s a cooperative. That
    means that, unlike a typical business, The Co-
                                                     season, the produce department is teeming
                                                     with the wares of local farmers, when local is
                                                                                                       by educating and engaging with the
                                                                                                       community, serving as a model of social and
    op is owned by the community and beholden
    to values beyond simple profit. Instead, co-op
                                                     unavailable high quality organics take their
                                                     place. The grocery aisles are packed with all
                                                                                                       environmental stewardship, supporting local
                                                                                                       and regional food systems, and promoting a
                                                                                                                                                          Co-op Market
    owners have laid out priorities like the local   natural and organic offerings that not only       sustainable local local economy. When              42 Bridge Street
    food supply, environmental stewardship,          meet our chemical free vetting process but        customers shop at The Co-op, they can be
    community education and the regional             offer dietary alternatives to commonly            sure that, not only are they getting the finest    Great Barrington, MA 01230
    economy to go along with running a               allergenic ingredients. There is also a popular   in natural food quality, but that their dollars    413-528-9697
    successful business. To that end, The Co-op      hot bar that features hot dinners and soups; a    are helping to create a better community as a      Mon.-Sat. 8am-8pm, Sun. 10am-6pm
    runs a profitable natural and organic food       cafe with sandwiches, fair trade coffee and an    whole. Cooperativele owned, open to
    store that acts as a vehicle to affect the       organic juice bar; and a wellness department      everyone, community oriented - Berkshire Co-
    community in positive ways. Open to all          that features supplements and homeopathic         op Market is quite certainly, more than a store.   General Manager: Art Ames
    shoppers, The Co-op specializes in local         remedies. With it’s social programs,                                                                 Board President: Daniel Seitz

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Superior products and exceptional customer service.

T     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 gen-
    eration family business offers resi-
    dential and commercial heating oil
    delivery, service, and installation.
                                               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 heat-
                                                                                            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 lot-
                                                                                            tery ticket, milk, or snacks.
                                                                                                In both their Energy Company and
                                                                                            with their convenience stores Michael
                                                                                                                                          458 South St.,
                                                                                                                                          Pittsfield, MA 01201
        The crews from Lipton Energy will      ing season starts and set up an auto-        Lipton stresses that it is customer service
    install your heating or air conditioning   matic delivery schedule.                     that is most important.                       Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8-4 pm
    system, as well as maintain it. Owners         The Liptons also own and operate                                                       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.

>>        Energy
>> Lipton Energ y                                                                                                                                       Photo by Kay Canavino
                                                                                                                                     Photo by Kay Canavino
                 Office RBC Wealth
>>The Pittsfield Office of R BC 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.

T       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 ac-
    cess to the unique resources of RBC
    Wealth Management and those of our
    parent company, Royal Bank of Can-
                                              vide ongoing measurement and moni-
                                              toring of progress, and deliver quality
                                              service and communication. Each cli-
                                              ent 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 hall-
                                                                                        Brigham Center, Big Brothers/Big Sis-
                                                                                        ters, Rotary, United Way, and several
                                                                                        town positions in the Berkshires. We
                                                                                        believe that commitment to the com-
                                                                                        munity creates a strong community.
                                                                                            We would welcome the opportu-
                                                                                        nity to visit with you, and to show you
                                                                                        how much value we can add to your
                                                                                                                                  RBC Wealth Management®
    ada (RBC), the safest bank in North       mark of RBC Wealth Management and         goals. Please call us for a meeting at    12 South Street, Suite 200
    America as measured by Global Fi-         we have been committed and in-            one of our local offices in the Berk-     Pittsfield, MA 01201
    nance.                                    volved with a number of local organi-     shires.                                   Phone: 413-236-8566
        RBC Wealth Management uses a          zations, for a number of years. Exam-         (413)-236-8560 • (877) 340-7774
    multi-disciplined and holistic approach   ples include: Berkshire Chamber of            RBC Wealth Management, a divi-
                                                                                                                                  Toll Free: 800-977-2015
    to uncover client needs, create cus-      Commerce, Berkshire Museum, Berk-         sion of RBC Capital Markets, LLC,         Fax: 413-236-8572
    tomized comprehensive solutions, pro-     shire Botanical Garden, Gladys            Member NYSE/SIPC                

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UMass Amherst MBA Program Launches Business Professionals in the Berkshires

             ince its first graduating class in 1949, the   Holyoke and Shrewsbury, or the entire program can      serve as exemplary role models and future
  Isenberg School of Management at the University of        be completed online from anywhere in the world –       employers of our students. At the same time,
  Massachusetts Amherst has awarded more than               allowing you maximum flexibility to take classes       Isenberg School alumni provide us with crucial
  34,000 degrees, including the bachelor’s degree in        when and where it’s most convenient for you. The       financial support that strengthens the national
  business administration, the MBA degree (since            Part-Time MBA program attracts students from all 50    competitiveness of our programs.
  1963), and the Ph.D. degree (since 1967). The             states and 19 foreign countries and continues to           The Isenberg School’s full-time faculty includes   University of Massachusetts Amherst
  Isenberg School is fully accredited by Association to     garner attention from the nation’s biggest, most       endowed chairs in entrepreneurship, business           Isenberg School of Management
  Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International      profitable, and most influential companies - over      leadership, operations management, finance, and        121 Presidents Drive
  (AACSB), the nation’s premier accreditor of business      49% of students in the program are employed by         integrative studies, which link management,            Amherst, MA 01003
  schools.                                                  Fortune 100 companies and is ranked as one of the      science, and technology. The School houses the
      The Isenberg School of Management’s MBA               nation’s Best Part-Time MBA Program by                 world-class Center for International Securities and    Office: (413) 545-5608
  Programs include a traditional full-time, 2 year          BusinessWeek.                                          Derivatives Markets, the Virtual Center for            Email:
  residency program at the Amherst campus, a 37-                As an Isenberg MBA you will join an extended       Supernetworks, the Center for Spectator Sport
  credit Part-Time MBA program that can be                  community with an alumni network of over 32,000        Marketing Research, and is also the state              Dean: Mark A. Fuller
  completed alternating weekends in Pittsfield at           business professionals. Our graduates have an          headquarters for the Massachusetts Small Business
  Berkshire Medical Center’s Arts Complex, evenings in      increasing impact on business and society; they also   Development Center network.

>> UMass          MB
>> U Mass Amherst MBA                                                                                                                                                                      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                  This Summer the streets of North Adams come to life with
          professional development training, resources, and support to the           dozens of galleries and art installations, performances, events
          artists, art managers, and creative workers of Berkshire County.           and other happenings throughout the city. Learn more online at
          Through its multiple programs and presentations, BCRC brings the
          best of performance and art to the Berkshires and showcases the best   MCLA Gallery 51 has openings the last Thursday of every month. This
          of the Berkshires to the world.                                        Summer we will be featuring the work of Karen Stack and Erin Ko.
          Programs include MCLA Presents!, B-HIP (Berkshire Hills Internship     And keep your eyes out for B-HIP students, who will be working and
          Program), DownStreet Art, Tricks of the Trade,   studying at cultural institutions throughout the Berkshires!
          and MCLA Gallery 51.

                                                       MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

                                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   clean. If it is time to replace your old system,        The company offers customers the ability
    equipment, HL Fuel delivers heating oil,        the technicians at HL will work with you to        to check on their account on-line, and cus-
    kerosene, and low-sulfur diesel fuel to 3500    determine what equipment best meets your           tomers can access customer service via
    customers in New York, Massachusetts, and       needs, then deliver and install it at a com-       phone or email. Emergency calls are an-
    Vermont, as well as propane in both Massa-      petitive price.                                    swered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.       1232 Route 20 P.O. Box 98
    chusetts and Vermont. Their team of highly          Harry Hicks, president of this family-         If a customer runs out of fuel, HL promises     West Lebanon, N.Y. 12195
    qualified service technicians can maintain      owned business, stresses the importance of         to arrive within three hours of being noti-
    your equipment in top operating condition       having your heating equipment serviced an-         fied.
    to guarantee safety, maximize efficiency,       nually. “In the spring we send out our serv-            Good news for customers is that fuel       Office hours Mon.-Fri. 8 to 5; also,
    and minimize your fuel cost.                    ice contract offerings and at that time of the     prices are very competitive. Hicks said that    from Oct.-April Sat. 8 to noon.
        A well-tuned heating system reduces         year we will service the systems at a              “in most cases we will beat any price.”
    emissions and helps keep the environment        reduced-cost basis.”

Francis, Wayne, Harry, Beth & LeeAnn.

>>    Fuel Co . Inc .
>> HL F uel Co. 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,            and use vegetable based inks.         and their top notch staff, Neil
    Aldam Press, Inc. has been                  Whether you have a specific         Wesley and Lynn Blohm. Customers
    recognized in consecutive years as        project to complete that requires     are assisted with design, press and                      Rite Aid Plaza
    “Best in the Berkshires” by their loyal   timely, professional handling or a    technical tips, making Aldam Press                       163 South Street Suite 4
    customers. This innovative printer        vision that needs to be developed,    a one-stop quality print shop for                        Pittsfield, MA 01201
    offers a wide range of services,          you’ll receive experienced guidance   the Berkshires and the surrounding                       Phone 413-443-2800
    including offset and digital printing,    from their friendly, courteous        region.                                    Fax 413-443-4600
       A full-service bindery, high-speed     staff. Outstanding customer service     No matter how big or small your
                                                                                                                               Owner: Paul Aldam
    color and black-and-white copies,         and value, along with a dedicated     project is, if you think it’s urgent, so
    plus special-occasion invitations and     and urgent commitment to              does Aldam Press.                
    announcements. They offer a               meeting deadlines, are the top-                                                  Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm
    variety of recycled paper options         priorities of Paul and Alicia Aldam

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Why Darrow?

             any independent schools can           we take education to a personal level.          individual interests and personal learning
 look and sound similar, but, in fact, each        Students live and work together with faculty    styles, preparing students for life beyond the
 has distinguishing features that set it apart     in an environmentally conscious setting,        Mountainside.
 to create a unique culture and learning           where teachers and students are always
 atmosphere. The only school to be situated        available for consultation and collaboration.   Please join us for an Open House!
 on the site of an historic Shaker village,        The combination of personalized feedback                  October 22, 2011                       110 Darrow Road (off Route 20)
 Darrow offers a learning environment that         from highly accessible faculty and hands-on              November 11, 2011                       New Lebanon, NY 12125
 reflects an appreciation for collaboration,       effort from each individual allows every                  January 16, 2012                       (518) 794-6000
 community, hands-on learning, and the             student to clearly see that he or she makes               February 20, 2012            
 rewards of productive, fulfilling work.           a difference.                                              March 10, 2012                        e-mail:
      Perhaps the greatest way to summarize            Our rigorous, comprehensive, hands-                     April 21, 2012
 all of the differences at Darrow is to say that   on, college-preparatory curriculum supports           10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.           
                                                                                                                                                    Head of School: Nancy Wolf

>> Darrow
>> Darrow School                                                                                                                                               Photo by Kay Canavino
                                 Berkshire Money Management

It’s a Basset Hound Market.

W      hat’s going on today isn’t a Bear Mar-
   ket. It certainly isn’t a Bull Market. Forget
   the Bull/Bear debate - an entirely different
   animal is needed to represent the next 5-
   10 years.
       It’s a Basset Hound Market. Feel free
   to choose whichever animal you prefer -
   the point is that unless you are working
                                                       A Basset Hound Market is character-
                                                   ized by a tight trading range, increased
                                                   volatility, pronounced stock correla-
                                                   tions, and sudden reversals. What your
                                                   portfolio needs during a period like that
                                                   is BMM.
                                                       What your portfolio needs is an invest-
                                                   ment advisor who knows to get more
                                                                                                 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 fluctu-
                                                                                                                                                                    392 Merrill Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201
                                                                                                 ate with market conditions.” Investment in securities, in-                   Tel 888.232.6072
   with Berkshire Money Management                 growth-oriented when the markets are          cluding mutual funds, involves the risk of loss.
   (BMM), the way your current financial ad-       going up, and to get more conservative                                                                                     Fax 413.997.2005
   visor tries to navigate the markets simply      when the markets are going down. If                                                                          
   doesn’t work anymore.                           your advisor isn’t doing that, then your

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