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The Independent Investor: Time to Hedge Your Bets?
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
Over the last few weeks, the threat of rising inflation has triggered a great deal of concern among investors. Given that inflation has been at a low level for a number of years, their concern may be justified.   Many market pundits were surprised by the wage data in the non-farm payroll report for December, which was released two weeks ago, Friday. In that report, wages jumped far more than most expected coming in at a 2.9 percent annualized growth rate.   Given that our central bank monitors wages as one of their key indicators to gauge future inflation, that number sent the bond and stock markets into a tizzy. Again this week, investors received another inflationary surprise


'Peter Rabbit': Hop to It!
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:25PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
The kids whooped and hollered in gleeful approval of director Will Gluck's adaptation of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit." This even included the 10-to-12 contingent, usually too sophisticated to admit endorsement of an entertainment that might indict them of liking "baby stuff." And while the littler ones among the audience of fully engaged firstnighters whose space I recently invaded brought fingernails to lips whenever the title character risked cottontail and whiskers for ill-gotten vegetation, they, too, were otherwise charmed.      I was heartened by several insights, not the least of which was the erudition evinced by these young moviegoers


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

Guest Column: Quit Smoking to Celebrate American Heart Month
Guest Column,
03:00PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018

To the Editor:

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is a leading cause of heart disease. Smoking can:

• Raise triglycerides (a type of fat in your blood) • Lower "good" cholesterol (HDL) • Make blood sticky and more likely to clot, which can block blood flow to the heart and brain • Damage cells that line the blood vessels • Increase the buildup of plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances) in blood vessels • Cause thickening and narrowing of blood vessels

Smoking can lead to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure and quitting smoking greatly


Williamstown Planning Board Weighs Proposal for New Zoning Districts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Thursday, February 15, 2018

The proposed new zoning districts in the draft bylaw; all currently are part of the General Residence district. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday debated the nuances of a zoning bylaw amendment it hopes will change the way the town regulates housing in its most populated district.   The board intends to ask town meeting to carve four new zoning districts out of the current General Residence District.   The intent is to both recognize how those neighborhoods were developed prior to the town's mid-'50s adoption of a zoning ordinance and to give property owners a path to creating small-scale multi-family housing on single-family lots.   The


Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virgina. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as


MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform
01:57PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Center for Student Success and Engagement at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has launched a new, online career software portal to help prepare students for employment.

"The Career Trail Online" will provide a wide variety of services aimed at connecting students with their first jobs as college graduates and serve as a resource for alumni.

According to Dale Osef, MCLA's career development specialist, "The Career Trail," by Purple Briefcase, is a top-of-the-line, industry standard for connecting students to employers, faculty, staff, alumni and more.

"MCLA saw a need for a fresh, new approach to career development on our


Mt. Greylock Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:37PM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

Grade 12

Alex Babcock, Angela Baumgartner, Katherine Bernardy, Isabelle Bote, Owen Brandriss, Elena Cerveira, Kayla Cerveira, Samuel Culver, Samuel Dils, Richard Donati, Joshua Duncan, Ariel Dupras, Caroline Flynn, Brady Foehl, Jacob Hane, Maia Hirsch, Taylor Hoffstedt, Lauren Howard, Grace Kelley, Tara Kristensen, Emily Little, Leah Majumder, Gabriella Orpin, Garret Ostheimer, DiMaggio Paris, Jade Phair, Owen Politis, Emma Polumbo, Kaitlyn Renzi, Jude Rorke, Cole Seaman, Tenley Smith, Emma Stankiewicz, Sabrina Templeton, Patricia


Consider Financial Gifts for All Your Valentines
11:34AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day is here – and it's a pretty big business. In fact, U.S. consumers spent about $18 billion on their valentines in 2017, according to the National Retail Federation. Of course, recipients certainly appreciate flowers, candy, jewelry and so on, but this year, consider going beyond the traditional favorites to give your loved ones something more long-lasting – a financial gift.

And, while you're doing so, why not also go beyond the traditional definition of a "valentine"? After all, not all that $18 billion went to spouses or significant others. A sizable amount also went to non-romantic connections, including children, parents, friends,


Mount Greylock Move to New Academic Wing Pushed Back
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, February 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It's official: Mount Greylock Regional School's class of 2018 will not get to take any classes in the new high school.   The district's School Building Committee on Tuesday learned that the construction schedule is being adjusted to reflect the reality that the building will not be ready for occupancy during April recess, as planners originally hoped.   Instead, the school will finish the academic year in its current one-story structure and begin 2018-19 with classes in its new three-story addition.   The change was forced by difficulty getting subcontractors on site to maintain the project's ambitious timeline, the committee


BART Basketball Advances to League Title Game
11:20PM / Tuesday, February 13, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- It was not that long ago that the BART basketball team was the kind of program others might see as a doormat.   Now, the Wolf Pack is on the doorstep of winning a league championship.   Brandon Bamba scored 27 points Tuesday as Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School defeated Eagle Hill, 59-52, in the semi-finals of the River Valley Athletic League’s B Division Tournament.   On Thursday afternoon at the North Adams Armory, BART will host the league title game -- a far cry from the program’s early days.   “Two years ago, we were getting beaten by 60 and 70 points per game,” BART coach Rob Daugherty said after


Biz Briefs: Bank of America Offers Free Museum Admission to Members
03:07PM / Monday, February 12, 2018
Admission's on us

The Clark Art Institute is now a member of Bank of America's "Museums on Us" program, providing cardholders with free admission on the first full weekend of each month.

Each Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or US Trust cardholder is allowed one free general admission to participating institutions on any eligible day. The program applies only to the first full weekend (consecutive Saturday and Sunday) of every month. Admission is non-transferable and for the cardholder only; guests of the cardholder do not receive free admission. Photo ID is required along with the valid credit or debit card.
Museums on Us is designed to provide a benefit to Bank of


BRTA Strike Delayed
Staff Reports,
03:00PM / Monday, February 12, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A scheduled strike at the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority has been delayed.   BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati issued a notice on Monday saying the paratransit operators have delayed a striked scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 19. A federal mediator will be meeting with BRTA on Feb. 21 to further discuss the situation and has asked the union workers to delay their strike.   Drivers for Paratransit Management of the Berkshires voted down the best and final offer during contract negotiations and voted on Feb. 6 to strike. The 18 workers are represented by International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 404.   The BRTA, which oversees

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