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What Should You Do With an Inherited IRA?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:42PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies. Given these numbers, it probably wouldn't be surprising if you inherited an IRA someday. But what should you do with it?

First of all, you'll need to be aware of some basic rules. If your parent, or anyone other than your spouse, leaves you a traditional IRA – one in which contributions are typically tax-deductible and earnings can grow tax-deferred – you can transfer the money into an "inherited IRA," from which you’ll need to take


Deadline Tuesday to File for Mount Greylock School Committee Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:40PM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Time is running out for anyone who wants to run for the newly constituted Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   Nomination papers must be returned to the town clerks in Williamstown and Lanesborough by Tuesday, July 24, at 5 p.m.   The clerks will verify the signatures on the nominating positions throughout August in time to get candidates' names on the November ballot.   Candidates need to file nomination papers in each town of the two-town PreK-12 school district.   All seven seats on the School Committee will be up for election on Nov. 6.   Voters will choose two Williamstown residents for four-year terms and two Williamstown


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

World Series Trophy Draws Curious, 'Cats
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Anthony Pettingill and Shirley Vallieres, both of North Adams, check out a big piece of baseball history on Tuesday afternoon.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The players on this year's North Adams SteepleCats are too young to really remember the frustration that preceded the Boston Red Sox' 2004 World Series Championship.   But that did not stop them from being a little awestruck in the presence of history.   On Tuesday, the team stopped by the "One Country, One Game: A Celebration of Baseball" exhibit on Main Street to see the 2004 World Series trophy, which was on loan by the team for the day. Originally, the team had announced it would be sending the


Baseball in the Berkshires Welcomes Pittsfield Suns on Monday Evening
02:36PM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires Museum at the Berkshire Mall will host the Pittsfield Suns for an autograph session on Monday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m.   Members of the Berkshires' Futures Collegiate Baseball League team will be at the mall's center court to greet fans and sign autographs.   Free team photos will be distributed for collecting signatures. And the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum will be open for fans to explore the exhibits and get autographs from retired players and special guests.


Williamstown Pollinator Campaign Celebrates Successful Educational Effort
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Williams College professor Joan Edwards, on the right, leads a discussion at the college's Hopkins Forest. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Art and science came together in a unique way for Bridget Spann.   One of the coordinators of the town's Bee Friendly Williamstown campaign was at the Clark Art Institute in May when she had an epiphany.   "They did a panel discussion with Kim Skrym, who is the [Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources] apiary coordinator about how the Clark is altering its landscaping practices to be more pollinator friendly. It was very inspiring, and it's a change from how the Clark used to tend to its grounds."   But


Mount Greylock Teachers File Complaints Over Contract
Staff Reports,
12:41AM / Tuesday, July 17, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Educators in the newly expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District are taking their contract grievances to the state, saying school officials have been negotiating in bad faith.    Teachers in the Lanesborough and Williamstown elementary schools and at Mount Greylock Regional School have filed a series of unfair labor practice complaints with the state Department of Labor Relations, according to a statement released on Monday.   A group representing the three former bargaining committees — one for each school — started negotiating a unified contract with the newly formed preK-12 school district in January. The Transition Committee,


U.S. Amateur Qualifer Held at Taconic Golf Club
10:54PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Taconic Golf Club Monday hosted regional qualifying for the 2018 U.S. Amateur Championship.    Sixty-five golfers competing for three spots at the championship , which will be held at historic Pebble Beach Golf Club in early August. Qualifying for the U.S. Amateur gives the players a taste of the week-long grind that the tournament is famous for. Thirty-six holes in the heat of July would separate three golfers from the rest, two of them members of the Williams College men's golf team, Sam Goldenring  and Will Kannegieser.   Kannegieser was the best golfer on the day, firing a 6-under 65 in the afternoon after a pedestrian round of 72 in the


Dos Santos Wins Juniors Golf Series Event by One Stroke
09:05PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Nathan Dos Santos edged Henry Sniezek in Monday's Berkshire County Juniors Golf Series event at Forest Park Country Club.   Dos Santos of Wahconah Country Club carded a 74 to earn a one-stroke win over Sniezek, who finished at 75 playing on his home course, in the 16-and-older division.   Forest Park's Derek Alibozek placed third with an 80, and Ryan Baran of Waubeeka Golf Links finished third at 82.   In the 14-15 division, Max Digrigoli of the Country Club of Pittsfield won with a 79.   The next three were tightly grouped together with Matthew Shields of Stockbridge Golf Club finishing second at 82. Rounding out the top four were Jack Fay (Links


Candidate Gonzalez Promises To Keep Close Ties To Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:50PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

Jay Gonzalez met with voters at Dottie's on Monday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As secretary of administration and finance in under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration, Jay Gonzalez took a number of trips to the Berkshires.   Patrick, who owns a home in Richmond, used to hold cabinet meetings here, bringing state secretaries from various parts of government together. Gonzalez doesn't see that same level of commitment from current Gov. Charlie Baker and the Needham Democrat says he'll make sure the Berkshires are a priority in Boston.   "I think I've been out here 10 times as a candidate. I don't know how many times the governor's been here but


Biz Briefs: Study Says Kripalu Generates $64M in Economic Activity
03:41PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
Doing its part

A new study conducted by the Williams College Center for Creative Community Development has found the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has a strong economic impact on the Berkshires, surrounding Western Massachusetts communities, and the state of Massachusetts as a whole. The report, authored by Williams College Economics Professor Stephan Sheppard, finds the Kripalu Center and its guests generate $64 million in total economic activity in Massachusetts annually, with about $56 million of it concentrated in Berkshire County. Meanwhile, the nonprofit wellness center located in Stockbridge generates $27 million in labor income thanks to its nearly 500 employees.

With the


Painted Pianos on Display Across Berkshire County
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:37PM / Monday, July 16, 2018

Keith Bona's 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' installed at the front of the North Adams Public Library. The celestial theme ties in with the library's summer reading program.  ADAMS, Mass. — Big, beautiful and artfully crafted, the Painted Pianos began arriving at parks and libraries, galleries and restaurants on Monday.   It wasn't long before they attracted crowds who began tinkling the ivories.    The summerlong collaborative celebration of the Berkshire Summer of Music and famed conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday will be making music in the community beginning Wednesday through Aug. 25. The melding of visual arts and


Berkshires Beat: Adaptive Water Program to Hold Clinic at Camp Russell
02:12PM / Monday, July 16, 2018
Adaptive collaboration

LOF, headquartered in Sandy Hook, Conn., will be holding two day long, specialized, skiing clinics for disabled and special needs children at the Boys and Girls Club's Camp Russell located on Richmond Pond in Richmond on Wednesday, July, and Wednesday July 25. This is the first time for such a program will take place in the Berkshires.

Founded in 1991 by Joel Zeisler, LOF is one of the largest and safest adaptive water ski programs in the country and helps participants develop skills, experience physical freedom and enjoy the sports of water skiing and water boarding utilizing special adaptive equipment such as the "sit ski." LOF is partnering with the


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