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Williams College Gets OK for Solar Installation
The Williams College property at 835 Simonds Road as seen from Route 7. At left in the rear is the library shelving facility. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has the green light to use sunlight to produce electricity on Simonds Road. The Zoning Board of Appeals this month gave its blessing to a
The Building Blocks of an Investment Portfolio
Opening a savings account with your local bank may provide an easy way to put money away for safekeeping, but the thought of doing more can be tempting.   While your money will earn a small rate of interest with a savings account, you may want to consider an “investing” program that can potentially earn more from the money
Mount Greylock Teacher Recognized for Excellence
Kirsten Kapteyn presents Mount Greylock teacher Bob Thistle with the James C. Kapteyn Prize. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bob Thistle could be a prima donna. As the curriculum leader of the math department at Mount Greylock Regional School, he could reserve the honors and Advanced Placement classes for
Berkshire County Kids Place Honors Supporters
Marilyn Sperling was presented the Community Leader Award at Berkshire County Kids Place's celebration fundraiser. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Eight-year-old Andrew's family life was one of violence. Kasey, also 8, was sexually abused by her stepfather, young Caleb by his uncle. Their stories and those of
Suzanne Bump Seeking Re-election as Auditor
Auditor Suzanne Bump of Great Barrington is running for re-election. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her efforts to modernize the auditor's office, Suzanne Bump has found some $400 million in misspent taxpayer money.   Bump is now running for re-election so she can continue her efforts both
Mount Greylock Debates Lanesborough School Union Vote
Mount Greylock Regional School Committee members Robert Ericson, left, and David Langston found themselves once again on opposite sides of a question before the panel. Neither is standing for re-election on Nov. 4. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The wedge being driven between Williamstown's and Lanesborough's
@theMarket: All Clear
If investors needed proof that the market's bottom is in, this week provided it. It was the best week of the year in stock market gains and it looks like we have more on the way. That's not to say we couldn't have another pullback, but it won't be to the levels we saw nine days ago. The S&P 500's 200 DMA is around
Are We There Yet?: Halloween Is Just Beginning
Get your Halloween on this weekend ... and prepare to party for a full week! I admit, Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays. It always seems to rain (or snow, a la 2012) and my daughter STILL has to go trick or treating. I suck it up and take her because I was not allowed to trick or treat when I was a child. (My mom had her
U.S. Senate Candidate Brian Herr Fighting for Name Recognition
Brian Herr, on the left, met with Republicans at Pittsfield campaign headquarters Thursday morning. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Brian Herr says U.S. Senator Edward Markey is disrespecting voters by dodging the campaign.   The Republican Herr is challenging Markey for the seat but the incumbent has
The Independent Investor: The Elephant in the Room
Mid-term elections are less than two weeks away. Issues, for the most part, have fallen by the wayside as pure politics runs amuck. No wonder voter turnout is traditionally so poor in this midterm madness. Republicans are running against an unpopular president and are expected to sweep both houses of Congress. All they have to do is keep
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