December 2008

BerkShares Holiday Shop-A-Thon

ABC40 - Eric Fisher - While the country as a whole struggles, many are thinking about their local priorities. There are few initiatives more local than Berkshares.

"I'm a believer in sustainable economies and keeping things local, and this is the epitomy of keeping things local," says Steffen Root of Berkshire Bike & Board.

In his store, and at dozens of others, Berkshares are accepted. They're a relatively new currency used in the Berkshires, now about two years old. Over 2 million Berkshares are now in circulation, with about $200,000 actively being used.

Buying Time

Ithaca Times - Glynis Hart - At the annual Ithaca Hours Membership meeting, 17 people occupy chairs. Two
children are playing under one of the tables, their voices gradually
increasing in volume until they rival the grownups' and someone hushes them.
Steve Burke, the current Chairman of the Board of Directors, takes the
podium to talk about the state of the Hour.

"We think this could be a really big time for Hours," says Burke. "The
number of media inquiries we've been getting about Hours has increased
fourfold."

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