October 2006

Buying into BerkShares

Berkshire Trade & Commerce - John Townes - Ever since the colonial era, southern Berkshire County has been known for its independent spirit. Now, the region is taking a step towards greater economic independence by launching its own local currency – called “BerkShares” – on the weekend of Sept. 29.

This does not mean the southern Berkshires are seceding from the Union or withdrawing from the national economy. The familiar federal currency will continue to be the coin-of-the-realm in south county.