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@theMarket: Record Highs Coming Up?
By Bill Schmick,
11:10AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018
As of Friday, we were in striking distance of a record high on the S&P 500 index. We have been here before, but something tells me that this time we just may break through. But for how long?   Granted, stock market volumes are exceptionally light, which is understandable, since we are heading in to one of the slowest weeks of the year. That makes any new highs suspect until volume improves. We would need to wait another week or so for that to occur. Next weekend is Labor Day and it is only after the holiday that the Big Boys get back into town.   What those players will do, once they are back in the cockpit, will determine the short-term direction of the market through

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Lanesborough Pub Opens With New Owners, New Name
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Saturday, August 25, 2018

The former Matt Reilly's has a storied history in the town of Lanesborough. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It wasn't that long ago when Kim McArdle and her brother Brant Boyington decided they didn't want to work for other people, they wanted to work for their own family.   The pair considered opening a business. McArdle spent much of her career in restaurants — that's where she met her husband, Tom — and she had also opened a marketing company.   She was playing cards one day with a bookkeeper for Matt Reilly's who told McArdle that Helen Reilly was looking to sell the longstanding business on the lake.   Matt Reilly's has been a staple

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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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Lanesborough's Paris Opens Play at 14U National Team Tryouts
09:35PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
CARY, N.C. -- Mount Greylock Regional School freshman Derek Paris caught two scoreless innings for Team New England on Friday at the USA Baseball National 14-and-under tryouts.   Paris grounded out in his only at-bat, and the New Englanders dropped an 8-1 decision to Southwest in their first action of the tournament.   Southwest scored five runs in the fourth inning to put the game out of reach.   Paris and the New England squad take on North Texas on Saturday morning.

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'Crazy Rich Asians': Poor Little Rich Millennials
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:53PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
There you are, standing on your porch, looking for either a pickup truck or a van to pull up, something a handyman might drive. It's just a little job: the repair and painting of the front steps. Twenty minutes pass, as do numerous workmen — none of them looking for your house.   "He said he'd be here," you grumble, steaming about the déjà vu of it all. More time passes.   Finally, as it becomes apparent he isn't showing, you issue the bourgeoisie lament: "If I were crazy rich he'd sure be here."   I mulled this example of class-influenced helplessness following a viewing of director Jon M. Chu's moderately

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The Independent Investor: Should You Bury Yourself?
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
In today's world, the idea that you should prepay, or at least set aside some money to cover your funeral expenses is gaining traction. Given the escalating costs of paying for a loved one's funeral, it is no surprise.   Most of us don't want to face it, let alone discuss it. In some quarters, it is "bad mojo" to consider planning for your death, so pardon me for bringing up such a squeamish (some might say ghoulish) subject.  But as your fiduciary in all things financial, I feel obligated to discuss prepaid funeral expenses.   This year, I was introduced to this concept when my Mom died. She was 93 years old, bless her soul, and had a good life.

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Mount Greylock Building Project Fails to Obtain Certificate of Occupancy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:50PM / Friday, August 24, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After repeated public assurances from its construction manager that the new Mount Greylock Regional School will be ready for the Sept. 6 opening of school, the district Friday informed staff and families that the building failed Thursday in its second attempt to obtain a temporary certificate of occupancy.   "[Thursday's] inspection indicated that there remain tasks to complete before the TCO can be issued, and a new inspection has been set for next week," Superintendent Kimberley Grady and Principal Mary MacDonald wrote in an email addressed to "The Mount Greylock Community."   "Our community has been anticipating an

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Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls Welcomes Administrator
10:13AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — The Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, a skilled nursing facility serving the needs of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., and the surrounding communities, has welcomed David Lovelace as administrator. Lovelace has more than 10 years of experience in the field.

"We are pleased to have someone with David's skills and background join this team of dedicated professionals," said Gregory Laurin, president of the CNR Board of Directors. "We have confidence that he will enhance our ability to fulfill our mission to provide a rich and personalized environment for every resident and patient in our care."

Lovelace earned his master's

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Book Review: Mister E's Mysteries Are Great Fun
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Column
09:29AM / Friday, August 24, 2018

Often, when we think of our greatest, we may assume that their lives are fully taken up by mastering their art. So, it may come as a surprise that occasionally, a maestro can find the time and passion to dedicate her/himself to a completely different art form – and to, over the years, excel equally at that "secondary" activity. Such is the case with former Boston Symphony violinist Gerald Elias.

A graduate of Yale University, Elias has also been associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, adjunct professor of music at the University of Utah, first violinist of the Abramyan String Quartet and music director of the Vivaldi Candlelight concert series.

Elias is also a

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Williamstown Rural Lands Offers Guided Hike Up Mount Greylock
08:18AM / Friday, August 24, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The sixth guided hike of 2018 sponsored by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25.   Hikers will traverse the Appalachian Trail from midway up Notch Road to the top of Mount Greylock. Meet at 9 a.m. at the summit parking lot near Bascom Lodge and carpool back to Wilbur's Clearing. This 3.2-mile hike is rated moderate.    As with all WRLF guided hikes, hikers are advised to wear sturdy boots and to bring water, sunscreen, and a snack.  No need to sign up. Just show up at the meeting place. Severe weather cancels.   Williamstown is blessed with two major north-south  hiking trails, the Appalachian

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Polito Announces $9.6M in Energy Resiliency Projects for Hospitals
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:20PM / Thursday, August 23, 2018

Joe LaRoche provided Polito with a tour of the newly constructed co-generation system on the hospital's top floor. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the climate becomes ever more volatile, storms have forced the evacuation of hospitals  in some areas.   Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito doesn't want to see that happen in Massachusetts.   She announced on Thursday some $9.6 million in grant awards to nine hospitals to build energy "resiliency" to protect themselves from such possibilities.   "The impacts of climate change are felt almost daily here in the commonwealth so we need to be more resilient," Polito said, outlining shifting weather patterns since

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U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier Held at Waubeeka Golf Links
04:21PM / Thursday, August 23, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Lutz, Fla.'s, Joe Alfieri Thursday won the U.S. Mid-Amateur Qualifier at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Lutz carded a 5-under-par 66 to lead a 53-player field and earn one of four spots available Thursday to the USGA's Mid-Am Championship next month in Charlotte, N.C.   David Spitz of Weymouth placed second at 3-under, and Kingston's' Herbie Aitkens was third at 2-under. Ryan Kohler of Chesterfield, N.H., grabbed the qualifier's fourth spot with an even-par round of 71.   Two players, Cambridge's James Pleat and Amherst's Ronald Laverdiere, were named alternates for the national event after finishing at 71.   Dalton's Paul

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Tyer Backs Harrington In District Attorney's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Wednesday, August 22, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With less than two weeks to go until the primary, Mayor Linda Tyer is putting her support behind Andrea Harrington in the race for district attorney.   "My endorsement comes with the strong belief that Andrea and I share similar values and we are like-minded. We both believe in creating opportunities for social justice and for thinking differently about entrenched problems," Tyer said.   "Our leadership styles are similar in that we seek diversity of thought, opinion, and professional experiences to inform our decisions. We believe in building any bridge to find a solution or to advance a progressive idea."   Harrington is one of

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