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Here's Your Retirement 'To Do' List
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:31AM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016

At this time of year, your life is probably more hectic than usual – so you may have assembled an impressive "to do" list. This can be a helpful tool for organizing your activities in the near future – but have you ever thought of developing a "to do" list for long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement?

If not, you may want to think about it – and here are a few list-worthy items to consider:

* Examine – and re-examine – your planned retirement age. You may have long counted on retiring at a certain age, but are you sure that this goal is the best one for your overall financial situation? Think about it: If you like your job, and


Extreme Cold Weather Heading Our Way
11:20AM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Bitter cold temperatures and dangerously cold wind chills are forecast for later this week. Forecasts from the National Weather Service for late Thursday night and early Friday morning include low temperatures between 10 degrees above zero and 5 degrees below zero and wind chill values expected to be cold as 15 to 25 degrees below zero.

While temperatures are expected to warm up by the weekend, extreme cold temperatures and wind chills can be dangerous.

"MEMA urges residents to take precautions during the upcoming extreme cold weather. If you must go outside, dress for the conditions by covering up as much as possible and wear warm layers," said Massachusetts Emergency


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

Grady Named Interim Superintendent of Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, December 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Tri-District school committees Tuesday appointed the assistant superintendent to serve as the interim superintendent through June 30.   Kim Grady was tapped earlier this fall to serve as acting superintendent after the abrupt departure of former Superintendent Douglas Dias.   On Tuesday, the Mount Greylock School Committee and the Superintendency Union 71 Committee voted unanimously to sign Grady to a contract to serve as interim superintendent.   Earlier this month, Mount Greylock and SU-71 (a collaboration of Lanesborough’s and Williamstown’s Elementary School Committees) agreed to conduct an outside search for an interim

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Boys & Girls Club Teams Take Two from Greylock
03:54PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Bo Bramer scored 10 points to lead the Boys & Girls Club Blue team to a 41-38 win over Greylock in seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball league play over the weekend.   "We started off slow, getting outscored, 8-1, at the end of the first quarter, but our kids really worked hard and battled the entire game," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "Again, we had an opportunity to tie the game in the last seconds with an open look from behind the [3-point] line, but it hit off the rim. We were very proud of how the kids battled on both sides of the court."   Derek Paris scored 13, and Malcolm Waynick added eight for Greylock.   Greylock finished a


Guest Column: Getting Smart About Art
Guest Column,
02:50PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The North Adams Public School district boasts one of the finest art programs in the commonwealth.

Students of all grade levels participate in classes and field trips that nurture their creativity in a fun and hands-on way. Our elementary schools offer choral and instrumental programs during the school day and perform concerts throughout the academic year. They make frequent field trips to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Through a partnership with Berkshire Children and Families and Brayton Elementary School, students are introduced to classical music through the innovative Kids 4 Harmony program.

Arts programming at Drury High School has grown so much that the school has created


Guest Column: Education Task Force Misconceptions Clarified
Guest Column,
02:00PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2016

To the Editor:

The Berkshire Education Task Force and the University of Massachusetts' Donahue Institute recently have completed Phase One of a comprehensive look at the past, current and projected education landscape of the nineteen school districts in Berkshire County and 15,900 students (as of last count). The full Phase One report is online at The focus is on the challenges faced because of significant declining student enrollments, near stagnant financial resources and increasingly limited academic offerings.

Phase Two will explore ways to address these challenges through options of expanded shared services, partnering of neighboring school districts,


Biz Briefs: Williamstown Natives Start Organic Beauty Company
03:18PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

Beauty is: Klo Organic Beauty is a 100 percent natural skin care company developed and hand crafted in small batches in Berkshire County,  co-owned by sisters, Nicole Anagnos and Megan Berube, who both attended The Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC prior to the inception of their business. Their products are organic, non-toxic, vegan, and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. The Williamstown natives feature an anti-aging line using the highest quality oils. More information can be found on their website.

Launched in February of 2016 to rave reviews, Klo Organic Beauty has since been featured at the Indie Beauty Expo in New York City, on the popular website AHAlife, and


Norman Rockwell Museum Offers Berkshire County Student Passport Program
02:51PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum has begun the Berkshire County Student Passport Program, part of a comprehensive effort to reach out and engage many more young people in the region with the museum, and to introduce them to Norman Rockwell, who lived the last 25 years of his life in Berkshire County.

The museum uses Rockwell's narrative images to support learning in the classroom in relation to history, language arts and art, and educators have also found meaningful connections with regard to social/emotional learning and ESL themes.

Supported by the contributions of friends of Norman Rockwell Museum, the Passport Program was created for students and families in


Williams College Admits 257 to Class of 2021 in Early Decision Plan
02:45PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has offered admission to 257 students under its Early Decision plan. These students make up nearly 47 percent of the incoming Class of 2021, whose ultimate target size is 550.

Richard Nesbitt, director of admission, said 728 students applied, a 25 percent increase over last year and a record number for Early Decision.

"We were particularly pleased with the increase in applications from high-achieving, low-income students, which I attribute to our intensive efforts to extend our message of access and affordability to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds," he said.

The admitted students represent 209 secondary schools around the


Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Author Feted at State House Ceremony
01:52PM / Monday, December 12, 2016

Good job: The 16th annual Massachusetts Book Awards Ceremony took place at the State House on Tuesday, Dec. 6.  Among the honored authors was Ali Benjamin of Williamstown, who received the top award in the Young Adult/Middle Reader division for the New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist "The Thing About Jellyfish."

The award states: "In a remarkable debut novel, Ali Benjamin seamlessly infuses realistic fiction with well-researched factual information to produce a masterful and honest look at how one young person deals with the feelings of grief and guilt that follow a tragedy." Rep. Gailanne Cariddi presented the award to Benjamin, who spoke


Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Cole Avenue Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, December 12, 2016

Andy Kawczak of the Hoosic River Watershed Association addresses the Conservation Commission on Thursday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The effort to create 46 units of subsidized housing on a town-owned site cleared an important regulatory hurdle on Thursday night.

But it likely will be a couple of years before any shovels go in the ground.

The Conservation Commission has approved the development plan for the former Photech mill property at 330 Cole Ave.

The commission is responsible for reviewing the stormwater management plan both during and after construction as well as how the project will impact the flood control and the habitats associated with the Hoosic River, which runs

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@theMarket: Has Santa Claus Come & Gone?
By Bill Schmick,
02:02PM / Saturday, December 10, 2016

The rally continued in the stock market as investors abandoned bonds and bought stocks hand over fist. Many think the best is yet to come, since the traditional end-of-year Santa Claus rally is still ahead of us.

However, between now and then, we have the Federal Open Market Committee meeting next Wednesday. The bond market is betting on the following: that the Fed Funds rate is raised by one quarter of one percent, and the FOMC meeting minutes indicate that the Fed may raise rates two more times in 2017. Anything more than that would be hawkish and most likely cause the stock market to correct. That happened last year and cut short the Santa rally.

If the Fed's actions, on the other


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