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Are You a 'Hardworking' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:45AM / Thursday, August 31, 2017

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

So, what are these lessons? Here are a few to consider:

Be consistent. The most successful workers are the ones who show up, day after day, and strive to overcome the inevitable obstacles that crop up. As an investor, you, too, need to be consistent in your habits – which means you should keep investing in all types of markets. If you take a

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Latest Mount Greylock Regionalization Proposal Maximizes Local Control
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron explains the funding mechanism for elementary schools in the new proposal for an expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The latest proposal to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District would allow each member town to control the budget of its elementary school.   The elementary school committees from Williamstown and Lanesborough met Tuesday to review a draft regional agreement that would expand Mount Greylock Regional School District to include both its "feeder" schools.   Both Mount Greylock's member towns have agreed to Nov. 14 as the potential date

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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
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Election 2017: Candidate Forums & Debates
03:44PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
This is a listing of public forums and debates for candidates in the municipal elections in North Adams and Pittsfield and for the special election for state representative in the 1st Berkshire District. This list will be updated as information is received. If your organization is hosting a forum, please send the details to info@iberkshires.com.   Thursday, Aug. 31 The North Adams Public Library will be hosting the candidates for mayor at an informal coffee klatch at 6 p.m. in the library's main reading room. Candidates Thomas Bernard and Rachel Branch have confirmed; Peter Oleskiewicz, Robert Moulton, and Robert Martell have also been invited.   Monday, Sept. 11 ProAdams will

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Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 4. Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states

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5 Unique Pizzas You Need to Try Today!
10:30AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

True pizza lovers like to change up our beloved pie into all kinds of different combinations. We have been unable to live life by pepperoni alone, even though we a lot of us are die-hard pepperoni fans. More than anything, I think we are guilty of just loving all the cheesy combinations a good pizza can provide.

The best thing about pizza, aside from automatically putting us in a better mood, is that there are endless ways to enjoy it. There is a saying that goes We totally agree!

If you're looking to try a new slice of pie, here are five unique pizzas made in the Berkshires that you'll totally want to order this weekend.

 

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Woman Seeks to Reunite Artwork with Subject's Family
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The memorial for Laughlin that was found with the bust. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Gail King needs your help.   When the North Carolina resident and New England expatriate returned to the area this summer to help clean out the home of the recently deceased Jean Ann King, Gail found among her things a bust sculpted by Jean's daughter, Ruth Ellen King, who died in 2013.   With it was a newspaper clipping with a memorial for the sculpture's apparent subject, Keith W. Laughlin.    And that is where the trail goes cold.   The clipping is not an obituary, which would list survivors, but a poem that only references Laughlin's "Mom, Step Dad,

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Williams College Names Interim President
06:37PM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College professor Protik (Tiku) Majumder has been named the college's interim president, effective Jan. 1, 2018, until a new president is in place.

Majumder will replace current President Adam Falk, who announced in June he would leave Williams at the end of December to become president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has served as president since 2010.

The Williams College Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Majumder on Monday.

Majumder currently serves as the Barclay Jermain professor of Natural Philosophy and director of the Science Center. In a letter to the college community on Tuesday, Michael Eisenson, chairman of the board of

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Police Detect 'Large Scale' Credit Fraud Through Gas Pump Skimmers
Staff Reports,
04:42PM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Images of a card receiver, left, and one with a skimmer, right, from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A "large scale" credit card fraud operation was detected in the city.   Police say skimming devices were found inside two local gas pumps, at both Lipton Marts at 580 North St. and 460 South St. Police said it is not known how long the devices had been in place nor how much credit card information was stolen.   Police say the number of locations with such devices could increase as authorities worked to inspect gas pumps throughout the city.   The devices take credit card information when the cards are scanned and pass it along to

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Public Invited to Comment on Williams College Accreditation
12:43PM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit Oct. 22–25 by a team representing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.    The commission is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole.   Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education accredits approximately 240 institutions in the six-state New England region. Williams was last reviewed in 2008. Its accreditation

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Williamstown Artist Creates Replica of Roman Sculpture Panel
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

A colorized, completed image of the 'Spoils' panel of the Arch of Titus created by Donald Sanders of Williamstown is projected onto the replica created by Williamstown artist Lindsay Neathawk.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Technology from the 21st century has brought a piece of artwork from the first century back to life.

Using a CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machine, Williamstown artist Lindsay Neathawk recently completed a replica of the "Spoils" panel of the Arch of Titus. The arch is located in Rome and was constructed around the year 82 by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus, to commemorate Titus' victories, including the

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Berkshire Education Task Force Sets Strategy for Outreach
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Nathan Levenson and Karla Brooks Baehr of District Management Group facilitate Saturday's meeting at Nessacus Middle School. DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force has settled on a strategy for reporting its findings and getting feedback from town and school officials and the general public.   At a meeting on Saturday facilitated by the task force's consultants from Boston's District Management Group, the panel hammered out the language it will use to guide task force members as they make presentations to select boards, city councils and school committees throughout the county this fall.   The first presentation will come in the form of a

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Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners To Be Displayed
03:05PM / Monday, August 28, 2017

Wiliam Mulvihill of Stockbridge's 'Mahkeenac Boating Club from Stockbridge Bowl' was another one of the winning photos.

The winners are...: The Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust selected 10 winning submissions and 10 honorable mentions in their second annual photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

Fifty-four photographers submitted a total of 270 photos. The winning photos were taken by Emilija Baksys of Quincy, Mass.; Glenna Blackwell of Great Barrington, Mass.; Shirley Blanchard of Stockbridge, Mass.; Candy Childrey of Coral Springs, Fla.; Olivia

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