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@theMarket: Markets Make Hay
By Bill Schmick,
11:27AM / Saturday, July 16, 2016

A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market.

There will be pullbacks from time to time as the markets digest their gains. We have enjoyed several back-to-back gains in the stock market. The S&P 500 Index, for example, has climbed over 100 points without one down day. That is not something that can continue unabated.

The key to all this upside momentum is, of course, the worldwide largesse of governments and central banks. Take, for example, the events in England this week. Although


SteepleCats Fall to .500 with Home Loss
10:17AM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- After a two and a half hour rain delay, the North Adams SteepleCats (15-15) struggled to get the bats going offensively in a 5-1 loss to the Valley Blue Sox (14-13) in a wet night at Joe Wolfe Field Friday night.   The loss sent the SteepleCats into a three-way tie for third place in the Northern Division.   Trent Astle was dominant on the mound for the Blue Sox. In his six innings of work, he did not allow any runs and only allowed one hit and struck out eight.   The only base runners he allowed were John Mazza who reached on an infield single and C.J. Price who reached on an error.  Mazza’s single ended a streak of eleven consecutive hitters


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

Hunter Wins Mass Amateur Golf Tournament
Massachusetts Golf Association,
09:17PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Brendan Hunter (Red Tail GC) turned what he thought was an improbable into a reality.   On Friday afternoon, the 20-year-old from Groton scored the biggest win of his career by capturing the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship. He capped off what was a magical week of golf at Taconic Golf Club with a 4-and-3 victory over John Kelly (Twin Hills CC).   “I only brought three outfits,” said Hunter with a grin. “I was just happy to be here.”   Hunter was referring to the fact that he only packed enough clothes to get him through the first two days of stroke play. After all, he had never before made match play so he assumed


Election 2016: Harrington Endorsed by Mass Women's Political Caucus
Campaign Statement,
07:09PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.

The non-partisan organization has a proven record of electoral success in Massachusetts, including its support of the campaigns of Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Auditor Suzanne Bump, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

This announcement follows recent endorsements from Western Massachusetts Carpenters Union Local 108 and SEIU Local 888.  Harrington is a Democrat running for state Senate for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District soon to be

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Election 2016: Del Gallo Throws Support to Clinton
By Rinaldo Del Gallo, Campaign Statement
06:55PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If one were to go to my Facebook page and read my post endorsing Hillary Clinton, it was met with criticism by some Bernie Sanders supporters and progressives. Apparently, my endorsement of Hillary Clinton is controversial in progressive circles. Nonetheless, I stand by my July 13 comments and press release endorsing Hillary Clinton.

I was not surprised — I have spoken to countless people in the district that I have indicated to me that they voted for Bernie Sanders but they will not vote for Hillary Clinton if she became the nominee. I believe not voting for Hillary Clinton is a mistake.

The simple reality is that because we do not have instant run-off


'The Secret Life of Pets': Won't be Secret Fur Long
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

While "The Secret Life of Pets" isn't quite "Lady and the Tramp" (1955), I've no problem mentioning the two kiddy flicks in the same sentence. Both are proof positive that you can learn a lot from the animals, especially the cartoon variety if they're as lovable as Max, a Jack Russell terrier voiced here by Louis C.K.

A contemporary variation of the iconic Tramp, who resisted domestication until romance curtailed his wanderlust, this Manhattanite is dedicated to hearth, condo and his master, Katie (Ellie Kemper).

When asked one morning by Gidget, the white Pomeranian next door who secretly loves him, if he had plans today, Max informs: "Yes, big, big


Williamstown Planning Board OKs Temporary Office, Labs on Stetson Court
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:11PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday approved the erection of temporary office and lab space on a Williams College-owned street.   The college came to the board for a development plan review for 1,200 square foot of temporary space that will house offices and labs for the math and psychology departments during the construction of the new science center.   Williams Director of Real Estate and Legal Affairs Jamie Art told the board the temporary structure on Stetson Court likely will be used until 2020, at which time the college plans to return the space to its current condition.   "Under the zoning bylaw, there is no distinction between temporary


The Independent Investor: Tax Breaks For College Savings
By Bill Schmick,
02:21PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

As the cost of college continues to soar in America, more and more states are offering tax breaks to families who are trying to save as much as they can for their kid's educational future.

The state of Massachusetts is deciding whether or not they will join the list this week.

The most commonly used vehicle for that purpose is the "qualified tuition plan," more commonly known as a 529 Plan. These plans are sponsored by states, state agencies or educational institutions and were originally authorized by Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code. They are tax-free on a federal level and all but eight of the 42 states that have an income tax allow families and


Registration Open for Hoosac Tunnel Youth Soccer League
12:56PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire YMCA has opened registrations for its YMCA/Hoosac Tunnel Soccer League for all boys and girls ages 4 years through eighth grade.   Session dates are Sept. 10 to Oct. 29, 2015. Register by Aug. 15.   The league has four divisions: Pre K/K (for children ages 4 years old by Sept. 1 through kindergarten); first and second grades; third- through fifth-grades; and sixth- through eighth-grades. All divisions will practice one night a week and play a game on Saturday mornings. All sessions will be held at Alcombright Field.   This eight-week program is designed to be instructional in nature. For the pre-k through fifth grade divisions, the


BRPC: Airfield Ruling Has Deep Implications to Zoning Laws
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, July 15, 2016

Attorney and alternative BRPC member Alexandra Glover represented Hanlon during the case and updated BRPC about the implications of the outcome on the municipal level on Thursday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A recent appeals court ruling against the town of Sheffield may have impacts on zoning throughout the state.   In May, the state court's decision sided with Sheffield resident John Hanlon in a battle over a private landing strip Hanlon built and registered.   The strip was just some 1,250 feet long in a field among some 38 acres of land he owns. It was registered with the state and sat in a mowed hayfield.    However, in 2011, the town of Sheffield ruled that


Mass Amateur Final Round Set
Mass Golf Association,
05:50PM / Thursday, July 14, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 108th champion of the Massachusetts Amateur Championship will be crowned Friday at Taconic Golf Club.

Over the past four days in Williamstown, a total of 36 holes of stroke play and four rounds of matches were held.   In the end, only two competitors remain standing.   John Kelly (Twin Hills CC) and Brendan Hunter (Red Tail GC) have earned the right to face off in the 36-hole final match which will be held on Friday.   For Kelly tomorrow represents a chance to regain a title that he first won in 2014, while Hunter is enjoying what has been a memorable first-ever career appearance in MGA Amateur match play.


Two From County Head to Cal Ripken State Tourney
04:40PM / Thursday, July 14, 2016
The Berkshire Cal Ripken 11U All Star team, representing Lee & Lenox, is heading to the Western Mass. State Tournament this weekend. The tournament is in Pepperell, Mass and will include teams from Lanesboro, Pepperell, Marlboro, Greenfield, Ayer/Shirley, Frontier, Groton/Dunstable and Townsend/Ashby. Updates and highlights will be submitted following each game.   Teams from Lanesborough and South County are headed out to the Cal Ripken Baseball 11-and-under Western Mass tournament this weekend in Pepperell.   The tournament will include host Pepperell, Marlboro, Greenfield, Ayer/Shirley, Groton/Dunstable, Townsend/Ashby, the Lanesborough Bulldogs, and Berkshire, representing


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