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@theMarket: All or Nothing
By Bill Schmick,
01:58PM / Saturday, September 12, 2015

As traders steel themselves for next week's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the stock market remains volatile with a bias toward the downside. That should change for better or worse by next Wednesday.

Whether the Fed raises rates or decides to pass for another month or three, I expect traders will use the decision as an excuse to buy or sell the stock market. I normally key off what the bond players think about the Fed's actions and they put the probability of a rate hike at 30 percent.

The odds are low largely because inflation continues to be practically non-existent. The rate of inflation is one of the Fed's twin mandates, the other being employment. Clearly, the

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The Independent Investor: The Economics of European Migration
By Bill Schmick,
01:53PM / Friday, September 11, 2015

A stream of destitute refugees arrives on European shores every day. Greece, Hungary and Italy have borne the brunt of this migration, but the ocean of displaced persons this year has already swamped their resources. It is a life and death crisis that demands an answer now.

Unfortunately, the European Union is neither accustomed to, nor organized in a fashion that allows for rapid decision making, especially when it comes to political problems like this. Something as knotty as what to do with the influx of over 500,000 illegal immigrants over the past year has taken European leaders out of their comfort zone.

Normally, a long process of consensus-building among EU members is necessary

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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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'A Walk in the Woods': Seeing the Forest for the Trees
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:12PM / Friday, September 11, 2015
Popcorn Column
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Broad Green Pictures Robert Redford and Nick Nolte take a 'Walk in the Woods.'

Because director Ken Kwapis keeps it real, "A Walk in the Woods" may not be as exciting as it is heartfelt and visually enthralling. Based on renowned travel writer Bill Bryson's true-to-life attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail with his long lost pal Stephen Katz (reportedly a pseudonym for Matthew Angerer), it offers an engaging wrinkle on the buddy film. And, since we in turn are reunited with our movie chums Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as the hikers in question, it's like getting

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New Statewide Coalition Pushes For Environmentally Friendly Energy Policies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Friday, September 11, 2015
Representatives from various groups in the coalition announced the new efforts in Pittsfield on Wednesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new statewide coalition of community groups was launched on Wednesday to advocate for environmental friendly energy policies.   On Wednesday afternoon a half-dozen representatives from groups involved announced the coalition, Mass Power Forward, in Pittsfield and similar events were held across the state.   "We're a diverse group of faith, environmental, business groups, community groups, that are fighting for climate justice, fighting to make a better future for our families," Marlon Washington, of 350 Mass Better Future

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Lanesborough Backs Off Asking MSBA To Delay Mount Greylock Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Friday, September 11, 2015
Residents rallied outside of Town Hall before Thursday's meeting to oppose the Selectmen asking for delays to the Mount Greylock Regional School building project. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Some two dozen residents sent a clear message to the Board of Selectmen on Thursday that they do not want the board to say anything to the Massachusetts School Building Authority until a townwide vote is taken.   The Selectmen called a meeting for Thursday to discuss whether or not it should send a letter to the MSBA asking for extensions on the deadlines for the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   In the face of massive opposition right outside Town Hall, the motion

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Williamstown Elementary Facing Boiler Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Thursday, September 10, 2015
Principal Joelle Brookner, foreground, talks about the start of the school year with the School Committee and Superintendent Douglas Dias, second from right. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in six months, the Williamstown Elementary School Committee may be looking to tap a building renewal endowment created when the school was built in 2003.   The committee on Wednesday night heard that one of the school's three boilers is offline and another may need repairs.   New Superintendent Douglas Dias delivered the bad news.   "As I've been led to understand, we really only need two," Dias explained. "The reason there are three is as a

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Williams Women's Cross Country Brings Back Top Finishers
10:18AM / Thursday, September 10, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- With months of fruitful summer training under their belt, the Williams College women's cross country team is ready to hit the ground running this fall.   Head coach Pete Farwell is returning for his 16th season as the head coach of women's cross country and has led the women's team to 14 top-eight team finishes at the NCAAs in the last 15 seasons, including wins in both 2002 and 2004.   Last season, the Eph women continued their tradition of excellence at the national level by finishing eighth overall at NCAAs. Unlike in previous seasons, however most of the top group of runners from the 2014 season were underclassmen who will be returning to

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Williams Men's Soccer Wins Coach's Debut
09:31PM / Wednesday, September 09, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College men's soccer team (1-0-0) began its season Wednesday with a 2-0 non-conference win over the SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons (3-1-0), who are coming off of a Final Four appearance last season.   The Red Dragons, who did not allow a goal in the the first three games of the season, took on a revamped Williams team lead by Erin Sullivan in his first game as head coach.    Mark Sisco-Tolomeo opened the scoring in the 36th minute after Malcolm Singleton’s pressure forced a mistake from the Oneonta back line. Singleton retrieved the ball and tapped it into the path of Sisco-Tolomeo who, after maintaining possession following a tackle at

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Williamstown Elementary Sets Annual Fall Children's Clothing Sale
02:55PM / Wednesday, September 09, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO is hosting the much-anticipated annual clothing sale on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items will be 50 percent off from noon to 1 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories. Shoppers will find all types of fall/winter weather bargains from shirts, pants and sweaters to jackets, boots, snowpants, hats and mittens. For the mothers-to-be, there will be a selection of maternity clothes.  

The large selection of Fall/Winter apparel includes some of the most popular and durable brands in stores today, including Polo,

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Mount Greylock School Chair Reacts to Lanesborough Agenda
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05AM / Wednesday, September 09, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chairman of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee may not be thrilled about the prospect of a letter from the town of Lanesborough to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, but she is glad such a letter will be discussed in an open meeting.   The town Tuesday posted a single-item agenda for a Thursday meeting of the Board of Selectmen at 5 p.m.   "Proposed letter to Massachusetts School Building Authority relating to Mt. Greylock High School [sic] Building Project," the agenda reads.   Carolyn Greene said she understands the concerns that Lanesborough town officials have about the cost of a prospective building project,

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Williams Women's Soccer Opens With Home Win
09:49PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A late-afternoon season-opener for both the Ephs and the Continentals of Hamilton College on Tuesday saw the Ephs triumph 1-0, in spite of unkind conditions on Cole Field.   Temperatures clocked in at upwards of 90 degrees and required a water break halfway through each period, but that did little to affect another outstanding Eph defensive performance   Audrey Thomas produced the lone goal just minutes after the restart.   It was the swiftest of counter attacks, as Maddie Swarr halted a developing Continental foray forward in the 49th minute, laid the ball off quickly to teammate Crystal Lewin in the heart of midfield, who then pinged a long ball

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Williams Men's Golf Looks to Get Back to NCAA Tourney
12:55PM / Tuesday, September 08, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Despite collecting three wins last spring, the Ephs' 2014-15 campaign ended when they finished 14 shots behind Middlebury College in the NESCAC NCAA Qualifier.

Consequently, for the second straight year, the Ephs missed out on a trip to the NCAA Championships. 

 

This fall, the Williams men's golf team will look to write its own destiny and book a ticket to NCAAs.

 

"Our main goal is to work hard at getting better every tournament,” Williams coach Josh Hillman said. “I think the team as a whole is very strong and we do have a lot of depth on the roster." 

 

Williams no longer has the steady play of the

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