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The Independent Investor: The Cost of MAGA
By Bill Schmick,
06:46PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
It is the guiding principle behind the Trump administration, but to "Make America Great Again" the U.S. may have to break some eggs. Are you ready for that?   "MAGA" is much more than a marketing gimmick. Almost every day, we uncover additional evidence of how the President and his supporters in Congress are dismantling regulations, taxes, and on the foreign front, trade deals.   For example, while the president professes to have "a great relationship" with China and admires its president, Xi Jinping, at the same time, he is working behind the scenes to apply more pressure to our sometime-friend, sometime-nemesis.   This week we will have surely


Ice Jam Overflows Route 8 in Cheshire
Staff Reports,
03:24PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
CHESHIRE, Mass. — A section of Route 8 was closed for more than an hour early Friday afternoon after Kitchen Brook overflowed its banks and covered the highway with large chunks of ice.   Communities across the region have been dealing with flooding caused by the spike in temperatures and heavy rain breaking up more than a foot of snow and ice that had covered the Berkshires over the last couple weeks. The National Weather Service has posted flash flood warnings for both Northern and Southern Berkshire County through tomorrow morning — when, believe it or not, another blast of cold air will blow through the county.   The flooding over South Street came without warning


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

Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 8 - Jan. 10
Staff Reports,
02:16PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, January 8.   Earl Howard, 24, of Springfield pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   He was ordered to serve two years at the Berkshire County House of Correction. The charge stems from a motor vehicle stop in Cheshire on January 29, 2017.   Joseph Walker, 44, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: distribution of heroin.   He was given a one-year suspended sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction and placed on one-year probation. The charge stems from a motor


Former Mayor Alcombright Rejoins MountainOne
01:28PM / Friday, January 12, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright has rejoined MountainOne Bank.

"We are very pleased to announce Dick’s return to MountainOne in the newly created position of Vice President – Local Business and Customer Relations Manager," said Bob Fraser, MountainOne president and chief executive officer. "While his elected role as mayor of North Adams has concluded, his new position will keep him very much in the public eye, representing MountainOne and advocating on behalf of customers and the community. Dick brings a wealth of local knowledge and strong community connections to us, and we are excited about the contribution and impact


Williamstown Elementary Asks Parents of Preschoolers to Note Them on Census
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, January 12, 2018

Chairman Joe Bergeron and interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady at Tuesday's meeting.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Tuesday made a special appeal to parents completing the recently distributed town census: Make sure you include preschool-aged children.   The town this week mailed out the annual Street Listing Form. The data collected from that survey helps inform the elementary school about how many children to expect in each year's incoming kindergarten class.   In the past, it has proven to be a not quite precise tool.   "Last year on the first day of registration, we had 15 kids walk in who weren't on


Labor Shortage May Force Change in Mount Greylock Building Schedule
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:42AM / Thursday, January 11, 2018

Trip Elmore of Dore & Whittier Management Partners told the Mount Greylock School Building Committee that the project is having trouble finding enough workers. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Labor shortages threaten to scuttle plans to move classes into the new addition at Mount Greylock Regional School over April vacation.   But the district's owner's project manager said Tuesday night that a potential move-in delay may not push back the planned end date for construction on the middle-high school campus.   Trip Elmore of Newburyport's Dore & Whittier Management Partners told the School Building Committee on Tuesday that he is, "not optimistic at this


MCLA Announces New Performing Arts Programs
02:31PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces the addition of five new programs to its Department of Fine and Performing Arts, as two concentrations, in design and studio art, and three minors in dance, design, and music production, recently were added.

"The design concentration prepares students for traditional graphic design careers, web design, animation, concept, as well as character development for films, graphic novels or video games. It’s also great for illustrators and public relations professionals, and for self-promotion," said Melanie Mowinski, associate professor of visual art. "We imagine that students who are choosing the


BCC Offers Variety of Courses at McCann Tech
02:02PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —Berkshire Community College is offering a number of courses that are being held at Charles H. McCann Technical High School in North Adams to make it easier for students in North County to get the education they need to succeed.

Spring classes begin on January 22. Some of the courses being offered at McCann include a free course called "Money Management for Life," which will assist students in better understanding how to become financially independent. The course is offered for free thanks to a grant from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Ashton Darrett will teach this class at McCann on Monday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Also new this


Du Bois 150th Festival Begins on Jan. 15 in Great Barrington
12:26PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The town of Great Barrington, birthplace of W.E.B. Du Bois, begins the Du Bois 150th Festival during the Martin Luther King holiday week of Jan. 15.

The celebration of the 150th anniversary of Du Bois's birth will culminate on his birthday, Feb. 23, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in downtown Great Barrington with distinguished guests Dr. Reiland Rabaka, Ossie Davis, Dr. Whitney Battle-Baptiste and other celebrants.

"We are very excited about the Du Bois 150th Festival that will begin with a series of events on January 15, including lectures, readings, concerts, exhibits, performances and guided walking tours, hosted by the town and its


How Can You Improve Your Financial Fitness This Year?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:50AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to get healthier, you may already be taking the necessary steps, such as improving your diet and increasing your exercise. Of course, physical fitness is important to your well-being – but, at the same time, don't forget about your financial fitness. Specifically, what can you do to ensure your investment situation is in good shape?

Here are a few "healthy living" suggestions that may also apply to your investment portfolio:

Build endurance: Just as exercise can help build your endurance for the demands of a long life, a vigorous investment strategy can help you work toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable


Williamstown Officials Seek Public Comment on Marijuana
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Wednesday, January 10, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board wants to hear from residents about whether the town should have a ban or moratorium on the sale of recreational marijuana.   The board this winter is facing a couple of decision points concerning pot. The distinct but related questions are whether to support a proposal for a medical marijuana facility on Main Street and whether to propose a special town meeting to consider the question of a ban on recreational pot businesses.   The former stems from a request by a New York firm that needs a "letter of non-opposition" from the town in order to proceed with its licensing process with the commonwealth.   The latter grew out


Letter: Please Shovel Your Sidewalks
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Tuesday, January 09, 2018

To the Editor:

I have lived in quite a few towns throughout New England, and of all, Pittsfield has the worst sidewalks during the winter.

I often see people pushing babies in strollers, disabled people with rascals and wheelchairs, as well as child and adult pedestrians, walking in the street because many sidewalks aren't cleared. I, myself, broke my tailbone, slipping on an icy sidewalk that wasn't salted or sanded a few years ago!

Other towns I've lived in fine landlords, business owners, and home owners for not keeping town sidewalks surrounding their buildings clear of snow and ice. The whole sidewalk too, not just a path the width of a shovel. I'm surprised there


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