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@theMarket: Markets Climb Wall of Worry
By Bill Schmick,
03:03PM / Friday, November 27, 2015

It was a week of geopolitical risks and yet the markets managed to hold their own. True to form, investors were bound and determined that this would be a good week for stocks and it was.

Historically, markets do well on Thanksgiving week and this was no exception. Since the turn of the last century, stocks perform well (at least two thirds of the time) during this 3 1/2 day trading week and into the end of the first week of December. So far, this year has been no exception.

Given the headline risks, its performance was quite impressive. Investors had to contend with the shutdown of Brussels for most of the week as authorities ransacked the capital of Belgium in pursuit of suspected


'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2': Clueless in Panem
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:09PM / Friday, November 27, 2015

Point of disclosure: I am beside the point as concerns director Francis Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2." Not a fan of the franchise, I can only be an object of disdain to the loyal cognoscenti, who will understandably raise their children to distrust me. The fact is, I just don't get it. Then again, I don't understand the whole Justin Bieber thing, either.

Nevertheless, though perhaps only in service to those moviegoers as out of the loop as I, your compromised film critic must trudge on and at least attempt to make sense of this phenomenon which, I am promised, is the final issue of the four-part film series. None of this is to say the


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

The Independent Investor: Financial Media May Be Your Worst Enemy
By Bill Schmick,
10:59AM / Thursday, November 26, 2015

The business of financial news reporting has achieved a high level of sophistication and timeliness. Almost anything noteworthy that happens around the world is instantaneously transmitted to you from a variety of sources. The question is should an investor act on that news?

The short answer is no, not unless the event is truly catastrophic — nuclear war, end-of-the-world type stuff.  Achieving your financial goals and objectives requires a well-thought out approach and an investment process, which is by its nature long term. That process will almost always be at cross purposes with those of the news media. Why?

It begins with the media's time horizon and business model. A


Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2015
01:11PM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Tree Lightings

ADAMS: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2 to 5, festivities at the Town Common start at 2 with music, free hayrides and hot cocoa and other refreshments provided by the Adams Lion and Elks clubs; Santa arrives at 3:30 and the tree will be lighted at 4:30.

CLARKSBURG: Sunday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m. at Town Field. Sponsored by the Peter A. Cook VFW Post, which will present donations to local groups and provide hot cocoa. Santa Claus will be lighting the tree and all residents are invited to attend.

NORTH ADAMS: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 6 p.m. at Monument Square. Caroling with the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Drury Band, hot chocolate and the arrival of Mr. and Mrs. Claus will arrive


Mount Greylock PTO, NBCC Hosting Forum on Youth Substance Abuse
01:01PM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School PTO and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are teaming up for a community discussion about preventing youth substance abuse.

The public forum, "What's the Harm?" will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at Mount Greylock Regional School.

Statistics show that the use of alcohol as a teenager dramatically increases the likelihood of illicit drug use and of developing a substance abuse disorder, or addiction.  Teens' brains are still developing, and as a result they are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of substance use.

A panel of experts will speak and be available to answer questions


2015 Bazaars & Craft Fairs
11:01AM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The craft fair and bazaar listings will be updated regularly through the fall. Send information to


Friday, Nov. 13

• St. Elizabeth's Parish in North Adams annual bazaar will feature $1,000 raffle, good food, baked goods, chinese auction, white elephant sale, silent auction, plants, candy, Christmas items and more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 14

• St. Elizabeth's Parish in North Adams annual bazaar will feature $1,000 raffle, good food, baked goods, chinese auction, white elephant sale, silent auction, plants, candy, Christmas items and more from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

• The Mount Greylock Extended Care Facility on North Street,


Williamstown Planning Board Narrows Focus for Waubeeka Zoning Change
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:29AM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board is leaning toward a proposal to create an overlay district to accommodate a potential inn on the Waubeeka Golf Links property in South Williamstown.   At its most recent meeting, board members once again expressed their preference for using the request from Waubeeka owner Michael Deep as an opportunity to address larger zoning issues in the Five Corners district at the junction of Routes 7 and 43.   And Planning Board members said they were disinclined to address the issue through "spot zoning."   But given the response of South Williamstown residents, the board decided to forego the "big picture" approach and

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MassPIRG Warns of Dangerous Toys For Holiday Season
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassPIRG is asking gift buyers to be vigilant in making sure toys bought for children this holiday season are safe.   The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group released its 30th annual report on toy safety in which it found dozens of toys inside local retail stores that are unsafe for children.    "The message today is clear: we need to protect America's youngest consumers from unsafe toys," said Michael Basmajian, of MassPIRG's Educational Fund. "We found examples of children's products that can poison or harm children."   The report released every year around Thanksgiving is intended to spread awareness

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How Can the Fedís Actions Affect You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:44PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor?

First of all, it’s important to understand just what is meant by “raising rates.” The Federal Reserve, or the “Fed,” directly controls short-term interest rates, although, through various measures, it can also affect long-term rates. Typically, the Fed will lower short-term rates to stimulate the economy. Conversely, the Fed will raise rates to slow down the economy if it seems to be “overheating” and threatening to push inflation

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Berkshire Tidbits Special: Where to Eat on Thanksgiving
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
12:07PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015
There are not many Berkshire restaurants open or serving dinner this Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving Day. Many of those that are open and serving are already fully booked. Here are some that are still available to reserve seats for Thanksgiving dinner.   Everyone requires or requests reservations unless otherwise stated. Tax and gratuity are to be added to all prices unless otherwise stated.     Aegean Breeze
    This is a family-owned and run restaurant which serves mainly Greek food with an emphasis on seafood. But owners George and Irene Cami like to serve Thanksgiving dinner.   On Thanksgiving Day, in addition to their regular menu, they will be serving

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Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Parking Woes on South Street
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday heard concerns from a South Street resident about overflow parking from the Clark Art Museum.   The museum, located on South Street, had one of its most successful summers ever in 2015 with an exhibit by Van Gogh and a visit from "Whistler's Mother."   But many of those visitors ended up parking on South Street, particularly in August, when it was routine to see cars lining the street from the Field Park rotary to the Buxton School.   "I realize there are few residences left on South Street, but we do exist," Elizabeth McGowan told the board.   "I was jogging one day, and I took my

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Williams Women's Soccer Reaches NCAA Final Four
08:23PM / Sunday, November 22, 2015
GENEVA, N.Y.— The Williams College women's soccer team on Sunday advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four by beating William Smith on penalty kicks after playing the Herons to a 1-1 tie.   The Ephs (19-1-2) got on the scoreboard early. Kristi Kirshe pushed a short pass ahead inside the box to Audrey Thomas. Thomas put her shot from right in front into the back of the net to give Williams a 1-0 advantage just 7 minutes, 31 seconds in. It was just the sixth goal William Smith has allowed all season.   The Herons (19-1-2) had a number of close calls to tie the game up, controlling the momentum of the game and out-shooting the Ephs, 8-3 in the first half and 8-5 in the

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