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@theMarket: Will April Be Better for the Markets?
By Bill Schmick,
04:36PM / Friday, March 30, 2018
It has been a tough month for stocks and February wasn't much better. Granted, it was a small price to pay for last year's great gains, but, as in life, all good things must come to an end. Will April bring more of the same for us or can we hope for something better?   Much depends on White House initiatives, "Spanky's" (the President's new nickname) tweets, and the world's response to the administration's trade war initiatives. None of the above is certain, and, as readers know by now, the markets hate uncertainty.    This quarter, both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Indexes have seen a nine-quarter win streak come to an end. As of this

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Greylock Promotes Three to Market Manager Positions
02:16PM / Friday, March 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has announced the promotions of Jean Noel, assistant vice president/branch manager in North Adams, Stephanie Carlson, branch manager in Great Barrington, and Joe Maffuccio, branch manager at Kellogg Street, Pittsfield, to the position of market manager.

The new position assigns each market manager responsibility for the branch they currently manage as well as other branches within their market area.

"Greylock has established this new market manager position to achieve even higher levels of member service, create management efficiencies, and better serve our expanding membership and future growth," said Peter Mirante,

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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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Williams College Appoints New Chaplain
11:24AM / Friday, March 30, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has appointed the Rev. Valerie Bailey Fischer as the next chaplain to the college. She will begin her position in July.  

As chaplain to the college, Bailey Fischer will support the vitality of the many religious, spiritual and intellectual traditions at Williams through dialogue, outreach and advocacy. In addition, she will provide counseling and spiritual guidance for undergraduates and foster community between students and their neighbors in Williamstown and the wider world.

Bailey Fischer comes to Williams from Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, N.J., where she currently serves as priest associate. She brings to Williams more than 11

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Berkshire County Resident Awarded Hart Scholarship
11:19AM / Friday, March 30, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts senior Brittney White recently was awarded the 2017-18 Margaret A. Hart '35 Scholarship.

This scholarship honors Margaret A. Hart, Class of 1935, the first student of color to graduate from the former State Teachers College at North Adams. Her distinguished career in teaching and community service spanned more than five decades. The award is in recognition of Hart's outstanding contributions to the College and to Berkshire County.

A resident of Berkshire County for the past 16 years, White is a transfer student from Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. She is completing her undergraduate degree in biology at

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Williams Women's Lacrosse Blows Out Union
07:18AM / Friday, March 30, 2018
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- The Williams College women's lacrosse team outscored Union, 11-1, in the first half en route to an 18-5 win on Thursday.   Emma Tenbarge, Kara Wollmers and Claire Fitzpatrick each scored four goals for the Ephs (4-4), who got a combined six saves from Kami Cisneros and Ana Alvarenga.   Williams goes to Tufts next Wednesday.

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Williamstown Finance Committee Reviews School Spending Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:45AM / Friday, March 30, 2018

Interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady presents the fiscal 2019 budget to the Williamstown Finance Committee on Wednesday.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Wednesday reviewed the fiscal 2019 spending plan for the Mount Greylock Regional School District, and its members were pleased to hear that the district plans to maintain or add to its programs with only a modest impact on the town's assessment.   The newly expanded region benefited from no increase in health insurance rates from FY18, as did the town.   For Williamstown's taxpayers, who will see a single assessment for preK-12 education on this May's town meeting warrant, the

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The Independent Investor: Financial Planners Held to Higher Standard
By Bill Schmick,
04:13PM / Thursday, March 29, 2018
The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule looks "iffy" at best, thanks to a March court ruling. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals says the agency exceeded its authority in insisting that financial services firms act as fiduciaries when giving advice to most tax-deferred savings accounts. However, some financial advisers are ignoring the courts and are going the extra mile for their clients anyway.   Over the last couple of years, I have written several columns on this issue. A "fiduciary" is someone who puts your best interests above his own and that of his company's. It is a concept that the financial community does not want to see implemented and has gone to

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'The Leisure Seeker': Two for the Road
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:09PM / Thursday, March 29, 2018
If you are of a certain age, which I am, then director Paolo Virzi's "The Leisure Seeker" is certain to resonate anywhere from sentimentally positive to depressingly negative, depending of course on how you view the last few chapters of the life experience. It is not an easy subject, especially in these overindulged times when even the closing of a favorite restaurant is reason enough for extended mourning.    Shrouded in mystery, hope, despair and every other word the poets have employed to describe the inevitable, it is, along with love, the ultimate inscrutability.   We don't even like to say it: Old Age. There, I did it. Yet the realization that it is

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Mount Greylock Confident of Keeping Timeline, Planning for the Worst
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:07AM / Thursday, March 29, 2018

Turner Construction's Mike Giso addresses the Mount Greylock Transition Committee and School Building Committee on Tuesday.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The construction manager for the $64 million addition/renovation project at Mount Greylock Regional School expressed confidence Tuesday that the building will be ready in time for the start of the 2018-19 academic year.   The elected and appointed residents who serve as committee members in the district still want to start planning ahead for what happens if it is not.   Mike Giso of Turner Construction addressed a joint meeting of the school district's Transition Committee and the Mount Greylock School

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Williams Men's Lacrosse Pulls Away Late to Beat MIT
08:41PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
COLARDO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Kevin Stump scored five goals, including three in an 5-0 to end the game as the Williams College men's lacross team defeated MIT, 12-7, on Wednesday.   Cory Lund scored four times, and Jared Strauss had three assists for the Ephs (4-3).   George Peele stopped 12 shots in the win.   Williams plays at Colorado College on Friday.

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Mount Greylock Agrees to Elementary Tuition Compromise with New Ashford
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously to accept the gradual elementary school tuition increase negotiated between the district and the New Ashford School Committee.   In a 6-0 vote, all the committee members in attendance agreed to bring the tuition rate at Lanesborough Elementary School in line with the per-pupil cost at the school as published by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over the course of three years.   For fiscal 2019, that means an increase from $8,977 per pupil to $12,477, a hike of 39 percent. Next year, the rate goes to $14,442. In the final year of the

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Newer Investors: Don't Panic if Bear Market Returns
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:16PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

If you're in your 20s or 30s, you might be starting to focus more on investing to reach your financial goals. Because of this, you also may be more attuned to moves in the financial markets.

Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so you might not know what to expect – or how to respond – whenever the next bear market strikes.

Of course, just recently, you've witnessed a market correction – a drop of at least 10 percent in the major stock market indices, such as the S&P 500. This sudden plunge made big news and reminded many investors of how volatile the financial markets can be. But a full-fledged bear

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