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@theMarket: Markets Are Supposed to Pullback
By Bill Schmick,
04:57PM / Friday, August 21, 2015

It was a sea of red for stocks this week. Global markets broke a seven-month trading range and the rest is history. Consider this week's decline a positive development. Here's why.

Over the last seven months, the S&P 500 Index has traded in a narrow range between a gain of 3.5 percent and a loss of minus-3.2 percent. That hasn't happened in almost 50 years. As markets go, this was a highly abnormal development. Something had to give and I have been writing for months that at some point we could expect a larger, more "normal" sell-off in the market. Well, now we are returning to normalcy. It isn't pleasant, because losses make us feel worse than gains make us


Berkshire Arts & Technology Bus Route 2015
01:07PM / Friday, August 21, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — The first day of school for Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School is Monday, Aug. 24. The doors open to students at 7:45 a.m. and dismissal is at 3:40 p.m. the first day.

Students should be waiting at their bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled time in a location visible to the driver (not sitting in a car); all times are advisory. No food or drink allowed on the buses and students may only ride on assigned buses. Bus routes are subject to change and the most current versions can always be found on the "For Parents" page of school's website,

Morning bus service will not be available for Savoy, Florida or


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

Berkshire Venues Participate in Last 'Free Fun Fridays' of Summer
11:45AM / Friday, August 21, 2015

BOSTON — The Highland Street Foundation's seventh annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts, includes several Berkshire County institutions in its last two weeks.

“The Highland Street Foundation’s ‘Free Fun Fridays’ provides access to the best  exhibits, programs and experiences that the city and the Commonwealth have to offer,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “I join the Highland Street Foundation in inviting residents from across Boston and around the state to take advantage of our rich cultural community by


Williamstown Prudential Committee Moves Ahead with Station Repairs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, August 21, 2015
Dan Downer of Hill Engineering, right, and Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley participate in Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District on Wednesday decided to move forward with two projects to repair its outdated facility.   The three-person Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, voted unanimously to repair the front wall and driveway of the Water Street station.   The district two years ago was stymied when it twice attempted to buy a Main Street parcel to build a new fire station. Left with a facility that the department believes is too small and inadequate to meet its needs, the Prudential Committee finds itself in the


The Independent Investor: Not All Bonds Are the Same
By Bill Schmick,
07:44PM / Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bondholders are holding their breath as they wait for the Federal Reserve Bank to begin hiking short-term interest rates. Most investors are expecting all bonds to take a hit at the outset of the country's first rate hike in nine years. What happens after that may surprise you.

Prior to the financial crisis and the stimulus policies instituted by the Fed to solve it, bond investors could count on a fairly predictable pattern of behavior among bond categories as interest rates rose. Historically, the Fed would begin to raise rates when they perceived the economy was growing too quickly. Why?

Because normally, unbridled economic growth will result in higher inflation, which is


Mount Greylock Fights Back Against Effort to Break Up District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:22PM / Wednesday, August 19, 2015
A meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at Lanesborough Elementary School at which officials will extol the virtues of Mount Greylock Regional High School.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is launching a community outreach effort to sing the praises of the junior-senior high school.

Its first target: The town of Lanesborough, which already is part of the regional school district.   At its Monday meeting, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee discussed efforts by the town of Adams to break up the Mount Greylock district by enticing Lanesborough to send its seventh- through 12th-grade students to the Adams-Cheshire Regional


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, owner of Neathawk Signs and Design, to create a 3D sign for the business.

Neathawk installed the sign late Monday afternoon that features multicolored hand prints from the children as the leaves of a tree poking out of the top. Underneath the name and address "a place to grow" is written. The children's hand prints were taken at the school and Neathawk then scanned them into her design programs to create the sign.


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Grand Tradition Concert 2011
by Billsville
02:30PM / Monday, December 19, 2011
WilliNet has posted this year's Grand Tradition Concert, recorded on Dec. 11, at the Williamstown Elementary School. You can also find it on the WilliNet schedule here.

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