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The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?
By Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25 percent overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50 percent from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are crowing now. Are they right?   Last July, I wrote my first column on the phenomena of crypto currencies. Since then, Bitcoin vaulted to historic highs, briefly touching $20,000 on Dec. 17. Since then clients, friends, relatives and yes, even my mother-in-law, have asked me if I thought crypto currencies were a good investment.   The answer will always depend on the price I'm willing to


'The Post': The Stuff of Pulitzers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
When we look back at this currently shameful nadir in American history, we will have heartening movies like Steven Spielberg's "The Post," about how the title newspaper fought a disingenuous U.S. government, to remind us of our successful defense of the 1st Amendment. It is a testament to the uses of history.    Although the film is an exciting, often heart-pounding chronicle of the Nixon-era Pentagon Papers scandal, we know full well that, just as the Korea-based "MASH" (1970) was about Vietnam, this past triumph is also crucial to the here and now.   Once again we are heroically reminded that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Although


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

Heskett Lifts Williams Men's Basketball Over Amherst
10:28PM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 22 points, including a 3-pointer with 14 seconds for the game's final points in a 72-69 Williams College men's basketball win over Amherst on Wednesday night.   Bobby Casey scored 17, and Matthew Karpowicz added 16 for the Ephs (13-3), who go to Middlebury on Saturday.   Women's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Madeline Eck scored 15 points to lead Amherst to a 52-43 win over Williams.   Amanni Fernandez scored a game-high 18 points, and Kristin Fechtelkotter had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Ephs (10-7), who host Middlebury on Saturday.   Women's Hockey RYE, N.Y. -- Amanda Reisman scored one goal and set up


Waste District Scales Down District Survey
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:20PM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — The regional solid waste district won't be able to do an in-depth survey of its needs but the state coordinator will be able to help member towns with specific issues.    Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District Program Coordinator Linda Cernik told the district representatives last week that although they have to scale down their district survey, Veronique Blanchard, municipal assistance coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Protection, is still committed to making improvements for them.   "We can't apply for technical assistance grant for the entire district but Veronique said she is willing to work with anyone who


When Do You Need a Financial Advisor?
11:45AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

If you could accomplish all your financial goals just by putting your paycheck into the bank every couple of weeks, you wouldn't need the services of a financial advisor. But life isn't that simple – and so, at some point, you may realize you need some professional assistance. But when?

Actually, you might benefit from the services of a financial advisor during many life events, including the following:

Starting your career: When you're starting out in your career, you may encounter several questions related to your benefits package. Should you contribute to your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan? If so, how much, and where should you invest your money? Are the


Winter Storm Alert: Cancellations & Closures
09:04AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A snowstorm has dumped several issues of snow this morning, covering much of the region.    The storm has closed or delayed opening of most schools in the area. Find the list here.   Cancellations and closures will be added to the list below as they come in. Send closures to      Following closures and delays for Wednesday, Jan. 17.   Clarksburg Clarksburg Library closed; trustees meeting canceled.   Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum opens at 11 a.m.   Pittsfield Berkshire Museum opens at 11 a.m.  

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Williamstown Residents Argue For, Against Pot Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Joshua Silver of Silver Therapeutics discusses his application for a medical marijuana dispensary in Williamstown.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About 30 residents Tuesday attended a public information session hosted by the Select Board about a proposed medical marijuana dispensary.   Some posed questions to applicant Silver Therapeutics of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.   Most of the speakers appeared to aim their comments more at the Select Board members who next Monday plan to decide whether to give Silver the "letter of non-opposition" it needs in order to proceed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's licensing process.   At issue is not so much


BMC Nurses Give Bargaining Committee OK to Call 2nd Strike
Staff Reports,
12:08AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center on Tuesday approved giving the bargaining committee the authority to call a second one-day strike.

The local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter has been at odds with management for nearly a year and a half of contract negotiations. In October, the nurses staged a one-day strike, which was followed by a four-day lockout by management. The two sides returned to the bargaining table shortly afterward and have yet to come to a settlement.

After two days of voting concluding Tuesday night, the union's membership voted to again give its bargaining committee the authority to call a one-day strike. The vote


SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Kids Korners donated by Bank of Bennington gave two waiting areas much-needed face-lifts to make them welcoming for children.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — Little hands and active minds now have something to keep them occupied while waiting for a new sibling or to see their doctor.   Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has transformed two waiting rooms into welcoming spaces for young families with the help of a $25,000 donation from the Bank of Bennington.    A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all


Greylock 7th- and 8th-Grade Boys Reach Tourney Semis
10:44AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Carson Meczywor scored 21 points Sunday to lead the Adams seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team past Greylock, 57-44, in the semi-finals of the CYC Tournament.   Logan Davis scored 11, and Kobe Valois added eight in the win.   "This was a back-and-forth game until the fourth quarter when Adams extended a four-point lead to 12 and we just could not close the gap as we had two of our big guys foul out early in the fourth," Greylock coach Rick Paris said.    Derek Paris scored a game-high 25, and Chase Doyle added eight for Greylock, which went 2-1 in pool play.   Housatonic 41, Greylock 30 Connor Hanavan hit a pair of


Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The last couple years, there have been two constants in the deliberations of the Community Preservation Committee: a large number of applicants and a debate among committee members about whether the town should do more to build up a reserve of CPA funds.   The former will not be an issue this year.   The committee meets Wednesday to begin considering the two applications the town received for Community Preservation Act money in 2018.   The trustees of the town's Affordable Housing Trust are looking for $20,000 to help income-qualified residents purchase materials used to make needed home repairs under Northern Berkshire Habitat for


Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues
03:38PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
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Crissey Farm has been named a winner of the 2018 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for Wedding Venue in Great Barrington, a recognition they have received five years in a row. WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

Crissey Farm was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working


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