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Summer Music at its Best: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
11:51AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tanglewood enters its second week of classical programming, with inspiring and thought-provoking concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall. As always, diversity is the watchword: from an all-Mozart evening to Ives and Gershwin; from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to the cutting-edge orchestra “The Knights” performing arrangements of Cat Stevens, The Troggs and Bob Dylan. And, as always, there’s heartfelt chamber music: this week by Brahms and Alban Berg.

In New Lebanon, N.Y., at Tannery Pond, there’s a not-to-be-missed evening of solo piano music (Schubert, Franck, Liszt and Hough), to be performed by MacArthur (‘genius-award’) Fellow-virtuoso pianist/composer


Act Today to Avoid Financial Regrets Tomorrow
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:21AM / Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Mr. Sinatra, one of the most famous entertainers of the 20th century, did things his way, but he was also familiar with remorse. He’s not alone, of course. We all deal with regrets – and financial ones are among the most troublesome.

Here are the leading financial regrets, according to a recent survey by, along with some suggestions for avoiding them:

Not saving for retirement early enough: This was the top regret expressed by survey respondents. Saving and investing early for retirement offers you two key benefits. First, the more time you give growth-oriented investments, the greater their growth potential. And second, by saving and investing for retirement


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

Mass Amateur Field Down to 32
Massachusetts Golf Association,
09:57PM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jake Shuman is human after all.   But the Duke University junior is still better than most mere mortals.   One day after blistering Taconic Golf Club with a course-record 64, Shuman carded a 4-over-par round of 75 on Tuesday to to finish tied for first place at the conclusion of stroke play at the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship.   The 144 golfers who began the week has been winnowed to a select few 32 who will begin match play on Wednesday. After two rounds, just eight will make it to Thursday’s quarter-finals. The 36-hole final is scheduled for Friday.   None of the three amateurs with Berkshire County ties made it to the round of


Biz Briefs: Three Berkshire Nonprofits Honored, Rotary Inductees
11:41AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Good job: Three nonprofit organizations from the Berkshires were among the 30 nonprofits honored at the State House for Nonprofit Awareness Day, presented by the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN) and Citizens Bank, on June 27. The highlight of the annual celebration, the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, were presented to seven nonprofit organizations and employees that exemplify the most innovative, creative and effective work being done throughout the Commonwealth.

Nicole Eigbrett, Community Outreach Director at Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, was one of five finalists in the Excellence by a Young Nonprofit Professional award. Multicultural Bridge and WAM Theatre were two of the


Berkshires Beat: McCann Brings Home Medals, Bus Changes, Boats and Photos Sought
11:07AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Excellent skills: McCann Technical School has announced the medalists of the National SkillsUSA Championship held in Louisville, Ky., during the week of June 20-24. More than 6,000 outstanding career and technical education students, all state gold winners, competed hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields.

The following students were awarded gold medals at the state competition and competed at the National Level: Elizabeth Church, Dental Assisting; Emily Shanley, Technical Computer; Maria Deblois, Customer Service; and Charlie Bohl III, Noah Curran and Tanner Parrino, Automated Manufacturing Technology.

More than 2,500 participants competed at the state level in


Northern Berkshire United Way Names New Executive Director
10:51AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way Board of Directors has named Christa Collier as its new executive director.

Collier replaces interim director, Gerald Desmarais, who took over at the end of June. Desmarais took the temporary post after the resignation offormer NBUW Executive Director Joseph McGovern, who in June accepted a new position as executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Collier received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southern Vermont College and her master’s degree in communications and information management with a concentration in nonprofit management from Bay Path

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Miss Hallís School Announces Headís List, Honor Roll
10:42AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall’s School has announced 40 local students among the 112 girls schoolwide named to the Head’s List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended June 1.

For Head’s List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.


Head's List

Grade 12: Amelia Biancolo, of Dalton; Rachel Campoli, Dalton; Emily Pulver, Canaan, N.Y.; and Sarah Willson,


Williamstown Selectmen Begin Process to Evaluate Town Manager
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:17AM / Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Chef Rachid Kourda tells the board about plans for the Fitch Grill in Main Street's Colonial Plaza. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday discussed how it plans to evaluate its first-year town manager.   The board hired Jason Hoch a little more than a year ago to replace retiring Town Manager Peter Fohlin.   On Monday, Chairman Andrew Hogeland reminded his colleagues that they had not been through the evaluation process in a few years.   "Peter was experienced and leaving, and so it just didn't happen," Hogeland said.   Hogeland suggested that instead of doing the evaluations on their own, the board members should actively


Competitive Course Record Set in Mass Am at Taconic Golf Club
Massachusetts Golf Association,
08:12PM / Monday, July 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  — It didn’t take long for memories to be made and records to be broken at the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship.   During round one of the Massachusetts Golf Association’s marquee amateur event, Jake Shuman (Blue Hill CC) fired a competitive course record score of 7-under par 64 to set the pace at Taconic Golf Club.   Shuman, a rising junior at Duke University, carded seven birdies and zero bogies on Monday to post a score that is three strokes better than the course record previously held by Bill Hadden and set during the 2016 club championship.   “Controlling the trajectory and distance is huge on these greens,”


To Go Solar Or Not To Go Solar?
Presented by Greylock Insurance, Sponsored Content
03:37PM / Monday, July 11, 2016

In a highly unexpected move, the federal government pre-emptively extended the 30 percent investment tax credit for installing a solar PV (photovoltaic) system. This enticing credit was actually due to expire at the end of this year but is now available to homeowners through the end of 2018. While there are approximately 16,000 homes in Massachusetts today that have solar panels, with this exciting news, the number is expected to double in just a few years.

Does the growing popularity of solar and the appealing investment credit mean that you should install solar panels on your home?

Greylock Insurance, your Berkshire neighborhood agency, is here to help you assess this tricky


Grant Helps College Students Bring Science to Kids
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Sunday, July 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The college students are teaching the kids, but in the end, the kids end up teaching their teachers, too.

Entering the third year of a four-year grant, undergraduates from MCLA and Williams College have worked with both elementary teachers and college science professors to develop inquiry-based units of instruction based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in a program called “Teaching to Learn.” They then implemented their programs with students in Brayton, Colegrove and Greylock schools - and then made tweaks as they learned from the kindergarten through sixth-graders what works.

This past spring, Williams sophomore Darla Torres and


@theMarket: Historical Low-Interest Rates Prop Up Equities
By Bill Schmick,
09:26AM / Sunday, July 10, 2016

There was a time when soaring bond prices and correspondingly lower interest rates were a bad sign for the stock market and the economy. Thanks to worldwide central banks, that correlation no longer exists, or does it?

Current wisdom on Wall Street will tell you that interest rates are at historical lows because investors are hunting for yield. And it just so happens that the U.S. bond market still offers the highest return on your money. That's not hard to understand if you realize that most developed nations' treasury bonds are yielding far less than ours thanks to central bank manipulation.

Gold, on the other hand, continues to rise, racking up a 30 percent gain so far this


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