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Should You Retire in 'Stages'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:48AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. If you, too, feel somewhat anxious about what awaits you, you might feel more comfortable in knowing that, depending on where you work, you might be able to retire in stages.

As its name suggests, retiring in stages typically involves reducing one’s work hours from full-time to part-time, and then, eventually, to complete retirement. If you enjoy the social relationships of work, and you define part of your identity with what you do at your job, this type of gradual transition may be easier for you to accommodate than the abrupt transition from “worker” to


Arrowhead Opens Baseball Exhibit on Friday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Friday, March 04, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Bagwell may be the best player of his generation not yet to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame.

The career .297 hitter retired after 15 Major League seasons, all with the same club, in which he hit 449 home runs, earned a National League MVP trophy, garnered three Silver Slugger awards and was named the NL Rookie of the Year

"What's interesting is Jeff Bagwell is labeled a singles hitter who all of a sudden started to show power, and what did they think? That he was taking something," said Larry Moore, one of the curators of "Baseball and the Berkshires," which opens on Friday at Herman Melville's Arrowhead.

What is more interesting


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: Why Wall Street Is Worried About Trump
By Bill Schmick,
03:10PM / Thursday, March 03, 2016

Normally, Wall Street loves GOP presidential candidates. Historically, Republican presidents have been good for business, tend to cut taxes, and slow the rate of government spending. So why does Donald Trump give them the willies?

For starters, the investment community worries that Trump is an unpredictable wild card. Remember, that investors can accommodate the good or the bad, as long as the future is articulated in clear terms. For example, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, is going after predatory pricing in the biotech sector. That's bad for biotech so Wall Street sells or shorts biotech stocks until that risk factor is resolved. Another politician says we need a


Williamstown Looking at Reverse 911 Notification
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:38PM / Thursday, March 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A little more than an hour after Saturday night's attempted armed robbery on Cole Avenue, a text alert from Williams College warned members of its community, but the town does not have a reverse 911 system to alert townspeople about similar incidents.

On Sunday, Police Chief Kyle Johnson said the idea of instituting reverse 911 has been discussed in town in the past, and those discussions continue.

"It has come up, both with [former Town Manager Peter Fohlin] and now with Jason [Hoch]," Johnson wrote in an email replying to questions from "We are discussing options with the college as we serve the same clientele and see no


Girls Lacrosse Youth Programs Offered
07:43PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield-based youth girls lacrosse programs are available for players in grades 3 and up this spring.

Pittsfield’s Boys and Girls Club offers programs in two age groups: juniors (grades 3 to 6) and seniors (grades 7 and 8). New players are welcome and no experience is required.


The Berkshire Attack girls lacrosse club is an elite program for girls entering grades 6 to 12 and offering summer and fall playing opportunities.


The Attack will hold an informational meeting on Thursday, March 31, at 6 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club’s Lighthouse Cafe.


Players can register for the Boys and Girls Club’s beginners program by


Greylock Girls Win Travel League Title
07:59AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade girls basketball team last weekend earned the South Division Championship in the Berkshire County travel league tournament.

Greylock beat Lenox in the semifinals to earn a berth against Lee’s A squad in the title game.

Madison Ross scored 16 points to lead Greylock to a 31-21 win over Lee in the final.

Greylock jumped out to a 15-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and was able to withstand Lee’s comeback efforts and hold on for the win with strong defense.


Lanesborough Elementary Sets Budget Public Hearing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:05AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee will present its proposed fiscal 2017 budget on March 22.   The public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the school and the committee will be presenting a budget that calls for a level-funded appropriation from the town.   Overall, the budget is increasing by $79,461 but the committee is budgeting for enough revenue coming in from school choice to offset the increase.   The School Committee is estimating some $95,000 or so will be coming for school-choice students, which will cover the increase and replenish the contingency reserves. The committee identified areas of the budgets such as professional development and


Great Barrington Attorney Announcing for State Senate
01:40AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

RICHMOND, Mass. — A local attorney has decided to run for the Democratic nomination for state Senate.

Andrea Harrington plans to formally announce next Tuesday morning for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing. Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, is also running for the nomination.

"I am running for state Senate because our district needs a leader who understands the challenges facing our communities and will build on the opportunities we have to create jobs and protect our children," Harrington said in a statement.

In addition to practicing in


Berkshires Goes for Sanders, Trump
Staff Reports,
12:07AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With the majority of precincts reporting in late Tuesday night, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were expected to post victories in their respective primaries in Massachusetts.

Trump, a New York billionaire developer, was far and away the winner in the Republican primary, with some 80 percent of precincts reporting he had scored nearly 49 percent of the vote.

But the biggest vote-getters by far in this very blue corner of a blue state were Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who were polling at about 50 percent and 48 percent, respectively, late Tuesday.

Both did well in the Berkshires, with the Vermont U.S. senator seemingly able to cash in on both his


Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Rejects 3 Projects
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Tuesday, March 01, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee has recommended that town meeting fund six projects to the tune of $154,421.

The committee at its Feb. 23 meeting voted to send just six of nine active applications for Community Preservation Act funds to May's annual town meeting.

The CPC rejected three projects outright and reduced the request of a third applicant by $11,500. A 10th applicant, the South Williamstown Community Association, has withdrawn its initial application.

It was by far the most contentious CPC meeting in recent memory as the panel grappled with a large applicant pool and a CPA "pot" constrained by the town's fiscal 2017 payment on a

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Downing: 'We Need a Mount Greylock High School'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Monday, February 29, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — While the Mount Greylock School Committee works on its pitch to voters on the fence about a new building project, the idea of staying the course with the Massachusetts School Building Authority has the support of officials from outside the district.

"I don't pretend to tell voters what to do on these things," Sen. Benjamin Downing said on Monday. "But it's worth noting that if a project at this iteration isn't passed, you won't be able to jump the line and get into the MSBA process again.

"It isn't an award in perpetuity, and it isn't an award without conditions."

The danger of going to the back of the line with


Berkshire Tidbits: Leaping Into Spring
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:34PM / Monday, February 29, 2016

Maple trees are waking up all around the Berkshire area. At this point, this changeable but pretty warm winter, everybody is already tapping in the sugarbushes. Sap is running intermittently and being boiled into gallons of syrup.

Most producers have syrup to sell. Some producers have already made hundreds of gallons.

This is past weekend all the sugarhouses that serve sit-down meals opened up to serve their fresh syrup. Most of them like to have visitors come watch the syrup being made in the sugarhouse, too.

Here's who's open for you to eat homemade pancakes and waffles and "anything you can put maple syrup on!" as Tom McCrumm of South Face Farm at the


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