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The Independent Investor: Dogs and Their Cars
By Bill Schmick,
04:50PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
Pet ownership in America is well over 50 percent. Nine out of 10 of these owners view their pet as part of the family. As such, dollars spent on traditional pet ownership areas such as food, veterinary needs and boarding have expanded to include things like exercise and travel. For more and more Americans, that trend has grown to include what cars we purchase.   This hit home for me recently when my wife and I began discussing our next automobile purchase or lease. In times past, our decision may have been based on what vehicles provided the best fuel mileage or winter safety in snow and ice conditions. But this year, it was all about what car would be most appropriate for our

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Letter: Donate Your Empty Deposit Bottles & Cans
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Thursday, September 20, 2018

To the Editor:

Here is another way to show your support for the Elizabeth Freeman Center: Take and donate your deposit bottles and cans to the Northern Berkshire Container Redemption Center located at 1000 Massachusetts Ave in North Adams, at the corner of Protection Ave, and tell the helpful people at the counter that you wish to donate the proceeds to the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

The other cool thing about making this small, regular donation is that you do not have to empty your boxes and bags and place your cans and bottles in trays: You can immediately leave and NBCRC will do it for you and count them and credit the Elizabeth Freeman account. (A small amount will also benefit the

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Williamstown Considers Application for Non-Profits Seeking Town Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Thursday, September 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board this Monday is expected to consider a new application for non-profits seeking taxpayer money.   The three-page form was developed by a working group of the town's Finance Committee following discussions that arose last year after a request from the Sand Springs Recreation Center.   Voters at annual town meeting have for many years approved warrant articles distributing funds to the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce and the Williamstown Youth Center.   SSRC, which has operated the historic Sand Springs pool since 2013, was the first nonprofit in several years to come to the town with a request for support with its operational

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Fall Foliage Festival Kicks Off Sept. 22
03:13PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Fall Foliage Children's Parade, set for Friday, Sept. 28, is always a highlight of the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass.  — The 2018 Fall Foliage Festival kicks off this weekend with the theme "Year of the Dog."

Traditionally, the Fall Foliage Parade takes place on the first Sunday of each October. The exception to that tradition is when the first Sunday in October falls during Columbus Day weekend. In this instance, the parade and festival are usually moved a week earlier.

Detailed descriptions and information about events can be found online or links accompanying individual events.

 

Saturday, Sept. 22

10 a.m.-noon: The Children's

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BCC, AHEC Announce Fall Workshops
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College, in collaboration with Berkshire AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), through the recently created "BCC Area Health Education Collaborative," will offer the following workshops this fall on BCC's main campus at 1350 West St.

"Cultural Competency: Immigration, Acculturation and Implications for Social Identity" (WKS-1914-E1) is an informational session regarding how the attitudes and behaviors of people from one culture are modified as a result of contact with a different/host culture. Discussion will include applying the role of the interpreter and their functions. Sunday, Sept. 30, is International Translation

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Offers Classes, Groups
01:57PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care offers classes and events to help patients learn more about their health in groups.

* Early Intervention Play Group, 10:30 a.m.-noon, every Monday, except holidays, Catamount Connections, 504 Main St., Suite 1 in Bennington: Children's Integrated Services and Early Intervention host a play group for children birth to age 3 and their parents and siblings. The play group includes a snack, story time, art activities, and free play. Coordinators also provide education to parents and caregivers.

* Gentle Yoga for Cancer Survivors, 5-6 p.m. Mondays, Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in

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BerkshireWorks Marks National Employ Older Workers Week
01:43PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BerkshireWorks, in collaboration with Elder Services of Berkshire County, Age Friendly Berkshires and AARP of Massachusetts, is hosting a 50-Plus Job Fair, featuring companies that are age-friendly or thinking about developing a multi-generational workforce.

The targeted job seekers who are looking for full-time or part-time work will be able to use their age and experience to their advantage. Job seekers will also have the opportunity to learn about free resources from AARP and other organizations to help with their job search.

In Berkshire County, 40 percent of the population is over the age of 50 and many are actively looking for employment opportunities both

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Women Business Owners: Don't Forget About Your Retirement Plan
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

American Business Women's Day is celebrated on Sept. 22. And there is indeed cause for celebration, because, in recent decades, the number of women business owners has risen sharply, to the point where nearly 40 percent of all businesses are now women-owned, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you are one of these owners, or thinking about becoming one, you'll always have a lot to think about when running your business, but there's also an area you can't ignore – your retirement. Specifically, you need to consider establishing your own retirement plan.

Most plans available to you are fairly easy to establish and maintain, and are not terribly costly to

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Caccaviello Announces Write-In Campaign For District Attorney
Staff Reports,
10:31AM / Wednesday, September 19, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The bell has been rung to start Round 2.    Paul Caccaviello announced on Wednesday that he intends to run a write-in campaign for district attorney. The announcement comes two weeks after he lost the Democratic primary.   Caccaviello released a statement confirming his intention to continue to seek the office of district attorney. After releasing the statement, Caccaviello did not respond to multiple messages left with him.   "For thirty years, my commitment has been to the citizens of Berkshire County. Many of the voters who have reached out to me over the last two weeks have expressed two common concerns: the importance of a

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Adams' Arianna Mazza Signs with Williams College Basketball Team
Williams College,
10:12PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College women's basketball team became the ninth Eph team to draft a local child onto their roster through the Team Impact Program when they hosted a draft day signing party in the Al Shaw Basketball Offices on Tuesday.   Team Impact, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children facing serious and chronic illnesses through the power of team, along with Williams College Women's Basketball, hosted a special Draft Day celebration for 5-year-old Arianna Mazza of Adams, Mass. Arianna has a congenital heart condition.   Arianna was a bit overwhelmed by the number of people who showed up for her signing with the entire Williams

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Williams Volleyball Tops Hamilton
10:04PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -– The Williams College volleyball team (6-2, 2-1 NESCAC) Tuesday brought conference play to its home floor with a match against Hamilton College (2-5, 0-3 NESCAC).   Tess Richman and Roxi Corbeil each recorded 10 kills as the Ephs prevailed in four sets, 25-12, 18-25, 25-19, 25-21.   Alex Newton had 38 assists, and Daiana Takashima recorded 24 digs.   Williams goes to the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.

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Guest Column: The Explosion of Vaping and Youth Use
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

To the Editor:

Last spring, I was inundated with requests from curious and concerned parents and schools about vaping. Vaping among youth had skyrocketed. Particularly I heard questions about the use of one product, JUUL, and adults were trying to figure out how to respond. Many had no idea that vaping products contain nicotine that can damage a teenager's developing brain and lead to addiction.

As young people go back to school this fall, some schools will have developed successful strategies to address this public health issue and yet new challenges will need to be addressed as the tobacco and vaping industries continue developing new tactics to addict young people to nicotine;

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