Hartford Courant - Janice Podsada - Susan Witt decided it was time to make some money for the town she has called home for 26 years. Lots of it.
So this spring, along with community groups that she enlisted, Witt printed a stack of bills - $774,000 worth, to be exact. The cash comes in ones, fives, 10s, 20s and 50s, beautifully engraved on paper just like real greenbacks from Uncle Sam.
BerkShares, a local currency that made its debut 10 weeks ago here in the southern Berkshires, is legal tender, backed by federal dollars, exchanged at four local banks.