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@themarket: Global Interest Rates Rise, Global Stocks Fall
By Bill Schmick,
11:05AM / Saturday, July 08, 2017
It is something we really haven't seen in quite some time. Back in the day, before the financial crisis, interest rates and stocks most often moved in opposite directions. This week investors got a taste of what the future might hold.   U.S Treasury yields on the 10-year note (the benchmark average) ticked up to 2.39 percent at one point. Across the pond, the German Bund (their benchmark) rose .5 percent. Those were big moves in the debt world. Why are interest rates on the rise all of a sudden after years of declines?   Some would say it just had to happen. Global central bank policy has just been too loose for too long. I don't necessarily agree with that view, but at


Berkshire Force 14U Squad Advances at Regional
08:10PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
BARRINGTON, N.H. -- A big defensive play by Molly Sherman Friday sparked the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team to a 9-5 win in bracket play at the Babe Ruth New England Regionals.   Sherman’s shoestring catch in left field ended a three-run rally in the top of the fourth.   The Force then took the lead for good in the bottom of the frame with five runs of its own.   Kirstyn Carrigan and Lexi Sondrini each had two hits for the Force.   Carrigan also combined with Sophia-Marie Groves to strike out five in the circle.


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

North Adams Honored for 'Putting the Berkshires on the Map'
05:45PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams has been selected to receive 1Berkshires' 2017 Putting the Berkshires on the Map award in recognition of the substantial contribution that the community has made to the economy of the Berkshires.    This recognition will be presented at the seventh annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at Bloom Meadows in Hancock.   "While many of the communities in our region are deserving of recognition for their progress in recent years, the national attention garnered by North Adams and the organic way in which the city, business community, [Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art], and other community


Lear RBI Lifts Thunder in Ninth at Regional
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
04:19PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Eight was not enough to silence the Thunder on Friday.   The Greylock Thunder 16-and-under Babe Ruth Softball team bounced back from two demoralizing eight-run innings to win two games over the Berkshire Force in the New England Regionals at the Doyle Complex.   In the morning, the Adams-based Thunder rallied after falling behind, 8-1, in the first inning, to earn a 9-8 to wrap up pool play in the four-team tournament.   In the afternoon, the Thunder squandered an 8-0 lead when the Force rallied for eight in the top of the seventh. Then Greylock gutted out a 9-8 win on Abby Lear's RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to advance in the winners'


Berkshire 12U Cal Ripken Team Reaches Western Mass Semi-Final
Community submission,
04:08PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
TURNERS FALLS, Mass. -- The Berkshire All-Stars 12-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball League team last weekend advanced to the semi-finals of the Western Massachusetts State Tournament.   The Berkshire team used a 3-1 record to advance to the semis, where it led early before dropping an 18-7 decision to Ayer-Shirley.   In Berkshire's first game, Cliff Flyn and Seamus Barnes combined to strike out seven in a four-inning, 11-0 win over Narragansett.   Dylan Ely had a double and a home run, and Flynn had a two-run double. Jackson Shelsy added a single, a double an RBI.   Berkshire dropped its second game of pool play, 10-5, to Ayer-Shirley despite home runs from Ely and


The Independent Investor: The Market's Half-Time Report
By Bill Schmick,
12:56PM / Friday, July 07, 2017
Financial markets worldwide ended the first six months of the year much better off than they started. Here in the U.S., the Dow and the S&P 500 Indexes both gained 8 percent, while NASDAQ delivered 15 percent.   The Russell 2000, the small cap index, underperformed (up 4 percent) and the Transports gained 5 percent. All-in-all, it paid to be in large-cap, especially the large cap growth sector for the first half. At the same time, the Volatility Index continued to make new lows, despite the fact that at least half the investing population was/is worried and fearful of our new president's agenda.   All of the top 20 economies around the world are growing this year. That


Pittsfield Superintendent to Speak on Schools as Sanctuaries
11:28AM / Friday, July 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, July 8, welcomes Pittsfield Public Schools Superintendent Jason McCandless, who will speak on the topic of schools as sanctuaries, from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. in Murdock Hall.   The event is free and open to the public.   In his presentation, McCandless will look at the many types of "at-risk" students, the state of at-risk students in the Commonwealth, what Pittsfield Public Schools have done to become more "sanctu-arial," and the special care that immigrant and refugee children require.   According to McCandless, because of current affairs, rhetoric and


Classical Beat: Great Music Abounds at Tanglewood, Taconic & Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
09:16AM / Friday, July 07, 2017

Tanglewood, the nation's largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 77th classical festival season. Here's a rundown of the concerts and performers from July 5-11.

As if that's not enough, don't miss out on the brilliant offerings at Taconic Music and Tannery Pond – two additional stellar venues in Manchester, VT. and New Lebanon, NY.

Why go? Great performers interpret iconic music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites of audiences worldwide. Read below for the details.


• Wednesday, July 5, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo's Fire will present a


Hinds, MCLA Holding Workshop On Public Transit Options
Staff Reports,
09:04PM / Thursday, July 06, 2017
UPDATE:  Because of the Senate Caucus and Formal Legislative Session to take place starting at noon Friday, Senator Hinds cannot participate in today's events as announced.The Senate is expected to vote on the FY18 conference budget this afternoon.

His staff will ride the BRTA from Pittsfield to North Adams and attend the Workshop. The design thinking exercises will be led by the MCLA Design Lab team. Senator Hinds plans to call into the event at 1 p.m.  from the State House.

  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is about to find out exactly how difficult it is to get around the county on public transportation.   On Friday, Hinds is


Quinto Qualifies for State Junior Amateur Sports,
02:40PM / Thursday, July 06, 2017
AMHERST, Mass. -- Kevin Quinto fired a 4-over-par round of 74 Thursday to qualify for the Massachusetts Junior Amateur.   Quinto finished with three birdies on the back nine at Amherst Golf Club to finish in the top four in the final qualifier for the event, scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 at the Orchards Golf Club in South Hadley.   On Thursday, Quinto, a recent Pittsfield High graduate, got off to a rough start, bogeying the first hole and carding a double bogey on the 375-yard, par-4 second en route to a 5-over 40 at the turn.   But he righted the ship with a birdie on the 350-yard, par-4 11th hole, and he recorded two more birdies on par 4 against two bogeys to go 1-under on


Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Hire Business Management Consultant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Thursday, July 06, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After three attempts to hire a business manager for the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District, the school committees this week agreed to hire a consulting firm to handle the schools’ finances on an interim basis.   On Tuesday, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee joined its counterparts from Superintendency Union 71 in unanimously accepting the recommendation of Interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady to sign a one-year contract with The Management Solution (TMS) out of Auburn.   Grady has been without a full-time business manager since February when Lynn Rauscher resigned the post just more than three months after Grady, the


What Can Investors Learn from the All Stars?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:49AM / Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Next week, the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held in Marlins Park in Miami. If you're a baseball fan, you may tune in to admire the skills and grace of the players. And if you're an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the All Stars.

* Alertness: Most of us can only dream of having the outstanding reflexes of major league ballplayers. But we can develop a similar trait: alertness. Just as a ballplayer who wants to steal a base needs to be alert to the pitcher’s delivery and the strength of the catcher’s throwing arm, you should be vigilant about investment opportunities and the potential need to make changes to your portfolio.



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