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Financial Gifts Can Help Dad for Years to Come
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:25AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Father's Day is almost here. Dad will probably like any gift you give him, of course, but this year, why not go beyond the ordinary? By presenting your father with an appropriate financial gift, you can bring him some benefits that can keep on giving.

For starters, how about a back-to-school gift for Dad? If you have children, you may already be familiar with 529 plans, which many parents use to help their children pay for college. But 529 plans have no age limits, so there’s nothing stopping you from reversing the usual formula and opening an account for your father. While 529 plans are commonly used to pay for four-year colleges, the money can also go toward most two-year


Williamstown Selectmen Talk Mount Greylock Regionalization
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:05AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Board of Selectmen on Monday encouraged Mount Greylock's Regional District Amendment Committee to look more deeply at the impacts of full regionalization or keeping the status quo of the current Tri-District agreement.   The board's bi-monthly meeting was dominated by talk of what new Chairman Hugh Daley called "the big issue for us this year."   Daley, who already serves as the board's representative on Mount Greylock's School Building Committee, has stepped up to act as a liaison between the board and the RDAC, which was revived by the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee this year to bring back a proposal

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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

Singer's RBI Lifts Williamstown Police in Cal Ripken Play
10:58AM / Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Hayden Singer drove in a run in a two-run sixth inning Tuesday that lifted the Williamstown Police to a 5-3 win over Krispy Cones in Cal Ripken Baseball League play.   Singer went 2-for-3, and Seamus Barnes went 1-for-2 with two runs scored for Williamstown Police.   Barnes struck out seven in five innings of work to get the win. Judge Martin struck out the side while allowing one run to get the save.   Ozzie Webber and Jamie Golen each went 1-for-3 with an RBI for Krispy Cones. Webber also went five innings on the mound, allowing just one hit and three unearned runs.


McCann Postgraduates Ready for Workforce
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:22AM / Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The graduates flip their tassels over to show they've graduated. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was the second time that Jennifer Boucher of Adams had earned a diploma from McCann Technical School's postgraduate program.    And she held it tight as she danced her way out of the gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk" on Monday, ready for a life-changing career.   Boucher had first earned a cosmetology diploma from McCann and has been working as a hair stylist for years. On Monday night, she was pinned and presented a diploma in dental assisting.   "I am 45 years old and decided in this past year that I needed to make a


Berkshires Beat: YMCA Opening Childcare Center at Mountain Brook School in Lenox
02:42PM / Monday, June 12, 2017

Making a change: The Berkshire Family YMCA will establish a new childcare center at the location of the current Mountain Brook School at 6 Holmes Road in Lenox, effective June 19. Susan Burt, owner and administrator of Mountain Brook School for the last year, has decided to pass the reigns to the Berkshire Family YMCA. Mountain Brook School is in good standing with its license.

“Mountain Brook School opened to provide high quality early childhood education in our community.  As we close at the end of this school year, the need for programs continues to grow and change. I believe the Berkshire Family YMCA's pursuit of additional programing to meet those needs are a positive


Biz Briefs: Beacon Cinema Getting $500,000 Facelift
01:12PM / Monday, June 12, 2017

Cinema facelift: Developer and owner Richard Stanley is investing about $500,000 into the Beacon Cinema beginning this July. The renovation includes the removal of all the existing stadium seating and replacing them with Power Recliners complete with adjustable arm rests. "Our patrons will experience seating for the 21st century," Stanley said.

The renovation will run from mid-July to mid-October. Three theaters will closed at a time. To kick off the new project, the Beacon will be offering a number of promotions and contests throughout the entire renovation period. "We want people to be as excited as we are," said Lydia Shulman, Beacon manager. "We're

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Sandifer Homers in Krispy Cones Win
08:10AM / Monday, June 12, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Adam Sandifer went 2-for-3 with a home run and a pair of RBIs Saturday to lead Krispy Cones to an 11-7 win over Williamstown Police in Cal Ripken Baseball League play.   Ozzie Webber went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and Chase Doyle struck out six in three innings of work on the mound for Krispy Cones.   For Williamstown Police, Seamus Barnes homered and drove in a pair, and Hayden Singer went 3-for-3.   Quinn McDermott went 2-for-3, and Caleb Low had a double for the WPD.   Krispy Cones 15, Williamstown Police 7   Josh Rudin had three hits and an RBI, and Jamie Golin and Ozzie Webber each had two hits for Krispy


North Adams SteepleCats to Appear at Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit
02:43PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The North Adams SteepleCats will meet fans and sign autographs at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at Berkshire Mall on Thursday, June 22, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.   Baseball in the Berkshires, A County's Common Bond, opened in the spring at what organizers hope will be a permanent location across from American Eagle and Spencer's in the mall.   The exhibit is open Fridays from 3 to 9 and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6. The exhibit has a sattelite location at the Old Stone Store in Sheffield through July 2.


Cages 14U Travel Baseball Team Has Busy Weekend
02:31PM / Sunday, June 11, 2017
The Cages 14-and-under travel baseball team dropped three games on Saturday, losing to Island Trees, 10-3, at the Duquette Sports Complex and then traveling to New York, where the Cages team was swept in a double-header against the Halfmoon Mariners.   The first game in New York went to Halfmoon, 4-2. In the nightcap, the Mariners beat the Cages, 10-0.   Halfmoon opened up a 4-0 lead with a three-run fifth inning in the first game before the Cages battled back with a run in the sixth and one more in the seventh.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos went 2-for-2 with an RBI, and Charlie Gratton doubled and scored a run for Cages.   Paul Roeder did not allow an earned run in six


@theMarket: FOMO Fuels the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
05:43PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
The fear of missing out (or FOMO) has supported the stock market averages this week. Although it appeared that the indexes simply marked time, appearances can be deceiving.    We made new record highs again this week as investors piled into stocks on any sign of weakness. The fear that stocks will go ever higher fueled those who are underweighted in equities to buy, buy buy. The S&P 500 Index has reached the lower end of my target (2,443) but could easily spike to 2,475, which is at the top of my range.   In bull markets, and this one certainly qualifies, I often observe traders attention move from concentrating on one set of sectors to focusing on another. Price usually


'Wonder Woman': You Go Girl
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:44PM / Friday, June 09, 2017
With Gal Gadot's depiction of the title character in director Patty Jenkins' "Wonder Woman," we at long last have a superhero who is, well, really super. The beauty breathes revivifying life into a genre that has of late become contrived, overburdened with character minutiae only zealots care about, and saddled with storylines that mistake convolution for ingenuity. While doubtless the merchandisers will make a fortune selling the lunchboxes, pajamas and other tchotchkes celebrating the franchise, for once the commercial hype can't approach the artistic triumph.   Harking back to the original, uplifting purpose of superheroes, Jenkins' superbly directed meld


Southern Vermont College Graduates Five Berkshire County Students
01:25PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College its 90th commencement ceremony on May 13.

The college conferred bachelor's degrees to 82 graduates, one associate's degree, three Computed Tomography certificates, and two College Steps certificates.

Among those students, five Berkshire County students received degrees.

* Brandon Casella of Pittsfield, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Business Administration.

* Jason Garvie of North Adams, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic Sciences.

* Emily Lesure of Cheshire, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic Sciences.

* Matthew Resio of Williamstown, Mass., earned a bachelor of science in Radiologic


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