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The Independent Investor: How Prepared Are You to Sell Your Company?
By Bill Schmick,
07:24PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
If you are a small-business owner and are toying with the idea of someday selling your company, you should pay attention. Only one in five small businesses put up for sale result in a closing. How do you become one of those success stories?   Where I live and work, nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, there are relatively few large companies. We are over-populated with "Mom and Pop businesses." As such, I meet and talk to plenty of these enterprise owners daily. An overwhelming number of these entrepreneurs have saved little or nothing towards their retirement.   Instead, they believe that at some point, someone would swoop in and buy their business,

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Williamstown Issues Temporary Certificate of Occupancy at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town of Williamstown on Thursday afternoon issued a temporary certificate of occupancy for the new Mount Greylock Regional School.   Earlier in the day, school and town officials clarified that the issues holding up the TCO were typical for a building project of this size and in no way related to the functionality of the renovated and expanded middle-high school.   Wednesday night, the newly expanded school district's Transition Committee decided to delay the start of the school year by two days after the $64 million project last week failed to obtain the TCO it needs to allow faculty and staff to begin preparing for the academic

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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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Mount Greylock Postpones First Day Of School
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:30AM / Thursday, August 30, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School will not open on time.   The Transition Committee voted on Wednesday to delay opening day until Monday, September 10. The change only applies to the middle and high school and not the elementary schools and was caused by delays in the construction of the new $64 million building.   The district has yet to be issued a temporary certificate of occupancy and while school officials believe that will be coming soon, they still want ample time for teachers and administrators to settle into the new building.   "Right now, we've run out of time," Superintendent Kimberly Grady said. "As this

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Vermont Health-Care System, College Partner on Nursing Program
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Thursday, August 30, 2018

Southern Vermont College will also open its four-year nursing program to SVHC nurses with associate's degrees.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — The demand for registered nurses is expected to grow by at least a quarter over the next decade or so — and the state is looking at 3,000 vacancies.    "I sit on the Vermont Business Roundtable," said Thomas Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, on Tuesday. "They see the crisis that's brewing: 3,000 vacancies in nursing positions in Vermont.  It's a big number ... it's a huge number.     "So what we're saying is 'how do we get ahead of that

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Baseball in the Berkshires Honors Drury's 1978 State Championship Baseball Team
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:48PM / Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Retired coach Tom McGrath coached the '78 Blue Devils to a state championship and was the force behind their once-in-a-lifetime trip to play in Taiwan.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Winning a high school state championship is the kind of thing that gives most people a lifetime of memories.   But it was just one of the once-in-a-lifetime events for members of the Drury High baseball team in 1978.   Both the North Adams Blue Devils' state crown and their exhibition games in Taiwan were recognized Sunday in a ceremony marking their 40th anniversary at the Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall.   "That were a lot of things happening that

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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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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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