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Labor Day: You Can Work to Become a Better Investor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:09AM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

On Sept. 3, we observe Labor Day, a holiday to honor all the hard-working people in this country. As one of them, keep in mind that your efforts can have positive results. Famed film producer Samuel Goldwyn once said: "The harder I work, the luckier I get." And this same philosophy can apply to your investing, too – because you can indeed work to become a better investor. 

Consider these steps:

Work to understand your goals and risk tolerance. Self-knowledge is important in all phases of life – and it's certainly essential to you when you invest. For one thing, you need to know your goals. How long do you plan to work? What would you like to do when you

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Williamstown Man, Self-Taught Punter, Takes Stab at College Football
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It is a long way from the hills of Northern Vermont to the plains of North Dakota.   But that is nothing compared to the other journey that Warren Taylor has made: from the couch watching football to the huddle of the North Dakota Fighting Hawks.   Taylor, a longtime Williamstown resident and one-time Mount Greylock Regional School student, took an unconventional route to the University of North Dakota, where this fall he is a graduate student and one of just two punters on the Hawks’ roster.   "I just learned punting completely on my own," Taylor said this week in a phone interview from Grand Forks between two-a-day practice

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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
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Heated Ending to DA Candidates' Final Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Tuesday, August 28, 2018
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The buzz after Tuesday afternoon's district attorney debate centers on a last-second comment from candidate Judith Knight.   "Andrea, you have so little experience that you don't even know what you don't know," Knight said in her closing remarks.   Andrea Harrington attempted to chime in, objecting to Knight's statement. The two talked over each other as Harrington claimed Knight's comment was a "misrepresentation" of her experience and that she wouldn't stand for it, as Knight continued on. WAMC News Director Ian Pickus put a halt to Harrington's rebuttal and brought the debate to a

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Letter: Judith Knight Best Fit for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, August 27, 2018

To the Editor:

Andrea Harrington has spunk. But spunk is not enough for the job of district attorney. Ms. Harrington is entering the fray for the Democratic DA nomination with limited knowledge and experience of the workings of the office. This was evident in some of her debate responses, especially those dealing with our county court system. Sliding into the DA position is not the time for on-the-job training.

In her quest for the state Senate seat in 2016, she failed to fully comply with campaign finance law. While the violations were relatively minor for the first-time candidate, and remedial action was taken, she referred to the episode as a learning experience.   In commenting on

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Berkshires Beat: Clinton Zion Church Seeking Proposals for Historic Preservation
12:51PM / Monday, August 27, 2018
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Clinton Church Restoration is seeking proposals for historic preservation, architectural design and engineering services for the former Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church at 9 Elm Court in Great Barrington. The nonprofit purchased the historic property last year and plans to restore and repurpose it as an African American Heritage Center. The announcement is being sent to a list of recommended firms; women- and minority-owned firms are encouraged to submit proposals. Interested parties who have not received the announcement may send an email.

Dedicated in 1887, the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church is significant for its association with civil rights leader and native son W.E.B. Du Bois, and

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Tanglewood's Bernstein Celebration Was a Spectacular Tribute
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
11:32AM / Monday, August 27, 2018

Certainly by now, lovers of classical music know that this summer marked Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday. Celebrations throughout the world are legion, with Tanglewood at the epicenter for performances of the maestro's music – both his own and of the signature compositions of others for which he is beloved as America's greatest conductor.

And on the anniversary of the actual date of his birth - Aug. 25 - Tanglewood created a singular, spectacular event celebrating all the aspects of the musical life of the man known to all as "Lenny."

From "Fancy Free" to "On the Town" to the "Jeremiah' Symphony No. 1" and "The Age of

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Cheshire Boy Hands Out Trail Magic
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Monday, August 27, 2018

Nate and his mom, Karen Luczynski, who says her family has stayed in touch with many of the hikers.   CHESHIRE, Mass. — Trail angel Nate "North Star" Luczynski has been handing out trail magic to through-hikers long before the town became an Appalachian Trail Community.    "It is just important to help other people and I really started doing it one day because I was bored," Nate, age 11, said. "I went out to talk to hikers and now it is kind of a thing."   This was three years ago and what began as something different to do on a mid-summer day has turned into almost a ritual.   Almost every day, Nate makes his way down

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Hidden Bio-Gem Discovered at Mountain Meadow
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:22PM / Sunday, August 26, 2018

Another image of the northern pearly eye found at Mountain Meadows and enhanced by Erik Hansen. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As I walked up the grassy trail to Mountain Meadow Preserve, I was soon in for a big surprise.   Following a zigzag erratic flight of what looked like a common little wood satyr, a closer look when it roosted on a blade of grass before I could close the shutter, what flew off turns out to be a heretofore unlisted satyrid for Mountain Meadow, the multi-Argus-eyed northern pearly eye.   Enodia anthedon is hard enough to find on Cape Cod, my former home for more than 30 years, let alone here in the Berkshires.   Watch carefully the sylvan fringe where

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Lanesborough's Paris Completes Trip to National Team Tryout
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02:19PM / Sunday, August 26, 2018
CARY, N.C. -- Mount Greylock Regional School freshman Derek Paris wrapped up his weekend at the USA Baseball National 14-and-under tryouts with a 4-1 loss by Team New England against North Florida.   Paris caught the first and second innings of the loss, finishing up a strong defensive performance for the Lanesborough resident.   "Derek had a great time, and it was a valuable experience playing against such great players from around the country," said his dad Rick, an assistant coach in the Mount Greylock program who made the trip to North Carolina.   Paris played 13 innings in four games in the field, committing no errors and recording five putouts. Behind the

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Rand Pitches Cornerstone to Berkshire Adult Baseball League Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
01:51PM / Sunday, August 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Jake Rand was roughed up for four runs in the first inning of Sunday’s Berkshire Adult Baseball League championship game.   In the second, he faced runners on second and third with one out and the heart of Housatonic’s lineup coming to the plate.   And then, Rand got to work.   The Taconic High grad struck out the next two men he faced to start a run of 15 straight outs in leading the Cornerstone 90s to a 6-4, come-from-behind win to clinch the BABL 20-year-old division title for the second straight season.   “It was just loosening up and bearing down,” Rand said. “Having fun, ultimately. We’re out there --

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Mount Greylock's Paris Has Strong Defensive Day at Team USA Tryout
06:00PM / Saturday, August 25, 2018
CARY, N.C. -- Lanesborough resident Derek Paris turned in some big defensive plays Saturday in a pair of games at the USA Baseball National 14-and-under tryouts.   In Saturday's first game, a 7-6 loss to North Texas for Paris and Team New England, he threw out a runner attempting to steal second. Then, the catcher by trade moved to third base, where he speared a line drive and recorded a pair of outs by doubling a runner off third.   New England dropped a 13-4 decision to South Florida in its second game on Saturday. Paris recorded three putouts at third base and, behind the dish, took a throw from center field and tagged out a runner attempting to score.   At the plate,

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Letter: Alcombright Endorses Caccaviello for District Attorney
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Saturday, August 25, 2018

To the Editor:

As a former mayor of the City of North Adams and on Sept. 4, I will be voting for Paul Caccaviello for district attorney.

A lifelong resident of Berkshire County, Paul has spent three decades as a prosecutor. He has been in the trenches from day one and has handled thousands of cases and tried many in front of juries in all of our Berkshire County courts. As he has in the past, Paul will continue to keep you and all Berkshire County residents safe.

Pushing the political rhetoric aside, and as you cast your vote, remind yourself of this: in the worst moments of your life, if you or a family member is a victim of a serious crime, Paul Cacciavello is the person you want

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