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The Independent Investor: This Too Shall Pass
By Bill Schmick,
01:17PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

The markets have gone straight down for almost two weeks. The media is becoming more and more pessimistic as the averages plummet. Doom and gloom permeates the investor population. This usually means that opportunity is just around the corner.

In my own world, the telephone has been ringing off the hook and my inbox is full of panicky emails. So this column is for all those clients, readers and prospective clients out there who are wondering what the heck is going on.

First you must take a look at the emotions you are feeling. Fear, anxiety, even panic are just some of the emotions I have identified in my communications with investors. Most of you reading this column, however, have

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Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County Expands to Second Location
01:14PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County -- a program for the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender senior citizens and their friends -- will now be meeting twice each month at two different locations: Williamstown and now Pittsfield.

Williamstown potluck lunches and programs will continue to take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St.

Starting on Feb. 6, the group will also meet in Pittsfield on the first Saturday of every month, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room.

The Williamstown meetings will continue to focus on a member-supplied pot luck lunch

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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

Will the Presidential Election Affect Investment Outlook?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:00PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

We’re just a few weeks away from the first caucuses and primaries, so presidential election season is in full swing. As a voter, you may be keenly interested in the election process. But as an investor, should you be concerned?

If you take a look back, you might be somewhat encouraged over the prospects of the financial markets this year. In the last 12 presidential election years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up nine times and down just three. So, election years must be good for the financial markets, right?

Not necessarily. In every year, the markets are influenced by a variety of factors: interest rates, inflation, corporate profits, geopolitical events, economic

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Mt. Greylock School Committee OKs Debt Appropriation for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:37PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday evening voted unanimously to appropriate the debt to pay for the $64.8 million school building project.

The vote sends the issue to the regional school district's member towns, which the committee hopes will hold a debt exclusion vote by mid-March.

On Jan. 27, the building project is scheduled to be approved by the board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which has told the district it will be reimbursed with state funds to the tune of 59.68 percent for the reimbursable portions of the addition/renovation project.   As of Thursday, the School District has two estimates for the final

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Martin Leads Youth Basketball Team to Wins
03:30PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Thomas Martin scored 15 points over two games to help Mickle Electric notch two wins on Wednesday in the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association.   "Thomas dominated down low and controlled the boards," coach Rick Paris said.   Martin scored eight and Alex Axt added seven in a 23-16 win over Williamstown Police.   In the second game, Martin scored seven, and Tej Patel added 12 -- all on 3-pointers -- in a 36-30 win over MacFarlne Office Products.   Tate Kuster scored 14, and Derek Paris scored nine for MacFarlane.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshire Grown Market, Ramen Nights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:28PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016

Berkshire Co-op Market still has deals on holiday fare. Berkshire Co-op Market Member Appreciation Day Friday, Jan. 15; 8 to 8   Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington on Friday will host the first of this year's quarterly Member Appreciation days during which Co-op members receive a 10 percent discount on everything in the store.   This is the Co-op's thank you to their owners for being owners and for shopping there. Over the course of the day, from morning to night, there will be an atmosphere of celebration with tastings, product demonstrations, giveaways, raffles and general fun.   Berkshire Co-op Market, 413-528-9697, is located at 42 Bridge St. in

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Williamstown Planning Board Rehashes Issues on Waubeeka Request
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five meetings into the Planning Board's deliberations on a proposal for a zoning change in South Williamstown, the issues remain the same and frustration is starting to show.   The owner of Waubeeka Golf Links was back before the panel Tuesday to discuss a proposed overlay district that would allow him to partner with a developer to build a hotel on his property.   But just as in meetings past, some Planning Board members and residents speaking from the floor said they want Mike Deep to identify a potential partner and come to the board with specific drawings before they will accept the idea of a zoning change.   "I think we would all be


Williams Announces Tenure for Four Faculty Members
03:20PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees Executive Committee has voted to promote four faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January and the promotions will take effect July 1 for Jacqueline Hidalgo, Latino/a studies and religion; Sarah Jacobson, economics; Luana Maroja, biology; and Will Olney, economics.

Hidalgo came to Williams in 2008 as a Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow; she was named an assistant professor in 2010, the same year Jacobson, Maroja, and Olney joined the faculty.

Hidalgo teaches courses including


Williamstown Dog Park Proposal Raises Concerns at CPC Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:11AM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee last week had the usual pointed questions for applicants seeking town funds for their projects, but the biggest division at the Wednesday meeting was between two sets of applicants.   The Williamstown Historical Museum found itself at odds with a group of residents who are looking to create a dog park at the South Williamstown site the museum expects soon to call home.   The museum was before the committee in search of nearly $15,000 for a historic preservation project unrelated to its upcoming move. The South Williamstown Community Association is looking for $3,500 in Community Preservation Act funds to help build


Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Safety of Main Street Intersection
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Tuesday, January 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday heard concerns about the safety of a Main Street intersection.   David Armet, who was injured in an accident at the corner of Main Street (Route 2) and Colonial Avenue, told the board that the site has issues that the town should address on its own and/or in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.   "That night, laying in the hospital, I thought I was pretty lucky to be alive, and I want to see if the town can do something about this," Armet said. "The issue there, in my opinion, is there's a bit of a blindspot along what is being promoted as a bike lane."   Armet


Community Input Sought for Cole Avenue Affordable Housing Site
10:43AM / Monday, January 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Committee is seeking public input at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12, about the proposal to develop the property at 330 Cole Ave. into affordable housing units.

The initial stages of long-awaited development of the property, commonly known as the PhoTec site, are now under way. New conceptual plans have been developed that include the renovation and use of the existing “cube” building, as well as construction of two-story townhouses, creating 46 one-, two- and three-bedroom units for individuals or families of all ages with low or moderate incomes.

As part of its monthly meeting, the Affordable Housing Committee has asked the


Williams Men's Basketball Loses at Trinity
04:37PM / Sunday, January 10, 2016
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity senior guard Jaquan Starks drove the lane and banked in a floater with 9.0 seconds remaining to give the Bantams (9-4) a 76-75 win over the Williams Ephs (8-5) on Sunday.   In a wild, exciting game, Trinity was able to make one more big play than the Ephs down the stretch. With the loss, the Ephs are now 0-2 in NESCAC competition.   Ed Ogudenko led the Bantams with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Shay Ajayi also contributed 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals.   Kyle Scadlock led the Ephs with 20 points while Bobby Casey contributed 17 off the bench.   Williams next plays on Tuesday at home against Johnson State at 7 p.m.   WOMEN'S


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