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How Can You Help Lower Your Longevity Risk?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:16AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The investment world contains different types of risk. Your stocks or stock-based mutual funds could lose value during periods of market volatility. The price of your bonds or bond funds could also decline, if new bonds are issued at higher interest rates. But have you ever thought about longevity risk?

Insurance companies and pension funds view longevity risk as the risk they incur when their assumptions about life expectancies and mortality rates are incorrect, leading to higher payout levels. But for you, as an individual investor, longevity risk is less technical and more emotional: it's the risk of outliving your money.

To assess your own longevity risk, you first will want to


McCann Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for Class of 2020
02:16AM / Tuesday, August 04, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Vanessa Harrington and Emma Carpenter have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of the McCann Technical School graduating class of 2020, announced Principal Justin Kratz.   Harrington, daughter of Tara Harrington, was a student in the Information Technology Program. She is the recipient of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence and the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and ranks first in her class with a 4.26 grade-point average.    Her many extracurricular activities include National Honor Society, Yearbook and Prom committees, Dancecapade School of Dance, Lenox Sportsmans

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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

Isaias to Bring Rain, Wind to Northeast
10:07PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
A tropical storm warning has been issued for Massachusetts and Connecticut as now-Hurricane Isaias was nearing landfall along the Carolinas' coasts. Rain in the region is expected to start during the night on Monday and continue through Wednesday.   "Along and just northwest of the I-95 corridor of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, heavy windblown rain with embedded thunderstorms will be the central theme from Isaias," AccuWeather Northeast weather expert Elliot Abrams said on Monday.    Isaias is expected to make landfall Monday night as a Category 1 and shift inland, with Accuweather saying the eye of what should then be a tropical storm moving north


Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Patch Work on Route 43
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:35PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation this month will do some repair work on Route 43, but a full rebuild of Water Street south of Latham Street is still several years away.   MassDOT design engineer Amer Raza was in front of the town's Conservation Commission last month to get its blessing on a $120,000 "mill and fill" project that will address deficiencies in a 1.7-mile stretch of the road from about the Taconic Golf Club south and west to Mount Hope Park.   "This is just a patch resurfacing for Route 43," Raza said. "We will be milling 2 inches and overlaying 2 inches. This will hold the road for a couple of

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First-Responder Profiles: EMS Director Jen Weber
01:23PM / Monday, August 03, 2020

Jen Weber shows students some of the ambulance equipment.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The COVID-19 pandemic has perhaps brought the role of first-responders more to the forefront lately, but these men and women have regularly been serving their communities in numerous emergency situations.   This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.    Emergency medical technician Jen Weber has been working in the health-care field for awhile but only recently became involved in emergency medicine. She attended Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington,


SVMC: COVID-19 Update August 3
12:34PM / Monday, August 03, 2020
  July 31,


Markey Talks Education, Health & Green New Deal in Campaign Swing
By Jack Guerino & Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:35PM / Friday, July 31, 2020

Markey says public education and student access to the internet are keys to the future during a stop in North Adams.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey made three stops in the Berkshires on Friday to speak on education, technology climate change, health care, racial justice and other issuing affecting the nation.    His "Leads and Delivers Tour" bus campaign has been making its way around the state as he seeks re-election in the U.S. Senate. The state's junior senator is being challenged in the Sept. 1 Democratic primary by U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III of Brighton.    The former Malden representative is known for his


@theMarket: Stocks Fall as Congress Fails to Act
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Friday, July 31, 2020
It should come as no surprise that our politicians failed to compromise on a new bailout package this week. It is symptomatic of a country that suffers from a great philosophical divide. The only entity that investors can truly believe in is the Fed. Keep the faith.   Chairman Jerome Powell, in his Thursday press conference after the two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting, said the path forward is "extraordinarily uncertain." As such, our central bank will remain accommodating, he promised, which means the financial markets will continue to be supported going forward.   Readers should remember that.  Over the long term, I plan to remain constructive towards


Mount Greylock Offers Superintendent Post to Pittsfield's McCandless
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
03:53PM / Friday, July 31, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted 6-0-1 Friday afternoon to offer its vacant superintendent post to current Pittsfield Superintendent Jason "Jake" McCandless.   The committee over the course of two days remotely interviewed three finalists put forward to the district by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees from among 22 qualified applicants.   Maynard interim Superintendent Mary Jane Rickson and McCandless interviewed for the post on Thursday afternoon and evening. On Friday morning, the committee interviewed Portia Bonner, an education consultant who most recently was superintendent in East Haven, Conn.,


Governor Launches Mask Awareness Campaign After COVID-19 Outbreaks
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:48PM / Friday, July 31, 2020

I’m joining @MassGovernor & @MassDPH to keep Massachusetts safe. It’s time to #MaskUpMA!

— Wally (@Wally97) July 31, 2020 BOSTON — House parties, camps and other large gatherings are being blamed as contributing to "a slight but important rise" in positive cases in Massachusetts.    Gov. Charlie Baker, in announcing a #MaskUpMA initiative on Friday, said these "lapses in judgment" are "missed opportunities to keep the door that we all work so hard to close shut." All of the gatherings cited that have created hot spots were in the eastern part of the state, where the

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Mount Greylock Proposing Fully Remote Learning for Most in High School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:54AM / Friday, July 31, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sophomores, juniors and seniors at Mount Greylock Regional School will begin the year with remote learning if the district moves forward with a plan favored by its interim superintendent.   On Wednesday evening, Robert Putnam explained to the School Committee why on Friday he will submit to state authorities plans that see children from pre-kindergarten through ninth grade start the school year with a hybrid instruction model while the three upper grades at the high school remain fully remote.   Putnam said it is a difficult decision with priorities for social and emotional wellness and academic integrity coming into conflict. But he is acting on


Doctor Joins Berkshire Osteopathic Health in Adams
06:10PM / Thursday, July 30, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. J. Boyd Vereen, a board-certified family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Osteopathic Health of BMC. 

Dr. Vereen is accepting new patients in need of primary care or Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy, serving patients in the North Berkshire office of Berkshire Osteopathic Health of BMC, 2 Park St., Adams.

He joins doctors Adam Hetland, Stephen Kisiel, Vanessa Mervyn-Cohen, Michelle Sansky, Victoria Tuttle and Mary Yee at Berkshire Osteopathic Health of BMC.

Vereen comes to the Berkshires from Cape Cod, where he


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