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Diversify Your Investments But Consolidate Your Providers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:10PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

You have probably heard that diversification is a key to investment success. So, you might think that if diversifying your investments is a good idea, it might also be wise to diversify your investment providers – after all, aren't two (or more) heads better than one?

Before we look at that issue, let's consider the first half of the "diversification" question – namely, how does diversifying your investment portfolio help you?

Consider the two broadest categories of investments: stocks and bonds. Stock prices will move up and down in response to many different factors, including good or bad corporate earnings, corporate management issues, political


Biz Briefs: Zogics Awarded Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit
12:32PM / Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Working out: For the second year in a row, Berkshire-based Zogics has received certification for its worksite wellness program from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. This certification allows Zogics to claim a $10,000 Wellness Tax Credit for tax year 2017. The Massachusetts Wellness Tax Credit Incentive program gives qualifying businesses in Massachusetts a state tax credit for having a certified wellness program.

Wellness has long been a cornerstone of Zogics, an e-commerce company that serves the health and fitness industry. "The Wellness Tax Credit will help support our goal of building the healthiest workplace in the country," said Zogics CEO Paul


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 Sterile Manufacturing Represents Opportunity For Berkshires
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:43PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017

CEO Shawn Kinney explained what the company does, touching on the challenges and the strengths of being located in the Berkshires.

LEE, Mass. — Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing has a unique niche that has tremendous growth potential.

The owners are now hoping others will follow their lead and develop a "cluster" in the life science field of the Berkshires.

Owners Shawn Kinney and Andrea Wagner led U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on a tour of their facility on Tuesday. The company specializes in manufacturing small-scale injectable drugs for clinical trials but does so with an isolator that ups the quality of the clean-room product.   "I see no end to the amount of

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Williamstown Fire District Again Looks to Purchase Lehovec Property
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:13PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District is headed to Round 3 on its attempts to purchase a Main Street parcel on which to build a new fire station.   The three-person Prudential Committee, which governs the district, has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday at 2 p.m. at which the committee is expected to vote to sign a purchase-and-sales agreement on the 3.7-acre so-called Lehovec property at 562 Main St. (Route 2).   In 2013, the committee called two special fire district meetings in an attempt to get an authorization from voters to approve a $575,000 purchase price for the property. Both times, the motion failed, garnering the support of the majority of


Ryan Leads Berkshire Adult Baseball League Team to Win
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Pat Ryan homered and drove in seven runs recently as the Adams Aces scored 21 wins to win over the Outlaws and clinch first place in the regular season in the 35-year-old division of the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Matt Witek threw a complete game for the Aces, who improved to 12-1 this season.   Jamie Zdon, Corey Swistak, Mike Rinaldi, Ray Boudreau, Dave Clark and Witek each had multiple hits; Swistak drove in five runs.   The Aces have a three-game lead over the second-place Dalton Bandits (9-4), who dropped a 4-3 decision to the fourth-place Moneymakers (7-6) in crecent action.   Jeff Aldrich snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning for the


Mount Greylock Grad Wins Iron Division at Pedal & Plod
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:03AM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- If competitive high school cycling was a thing in this neck of the woods, Evan Arthur might have found the sport sooner.   And he probably would have done quite well for himself.   Instead, all he did in four years at Mount Greylock was help continue the school’s runs of eight straight Western Mass cross country titles and seven straight state Nordic ski crowns.   And in the spring of his senior year, the recent high school graduate found a new athletic pursuit. On Sunday, he joined more than 100 competitors at the 34th annual Pedal & Plod, putting himself to the test against a 4.4-mile running course followed by a 22-mile bike race, all in the hills


Canning Wants Chance to 'Get the Job Done' for 1st Berkshire District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Republican candidate for the 1st Berkshire House seat Christine Canning has a lot of respect for those running on the other ticket.   "Each has a different angle and a different strength," Canning said Monday of the four announced Democrats in the race to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams. "Unfortunately, you can't combine all four of those people into one.   "If I was ever put in that position, I'd hire any one of them who wanted to work for me."   Canning isn't kidding.   Describing herself as the "new face of the Republican Party," the Lanesborough


Lanesborough Raises Questions On School Regionalization Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Tuesday, August 01, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The long-discussed vote on regionalization of the Lanesborough-Williamstown schools goes to the voters on Nov. 14.   The Board of Selectmen set that date for a special town meeting to handle the question of whether or not Williamstown and Lanesborough should join together with Mount Greylock Regional as a single K-12 regional school district. School officials have been talking about taking such a step for years and it is eyed to save both towns money and improve efficiency.   "Even though we have regionalization at the high school and the shared superintendency, we still have three separate school districts," Chris Dodig, a Lanesborough


Former Coach, Minor Leaguer to Appear at Baseball and the Berkshires Exhibit
09:01PM / Monday, July 31, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- "Baseball and the Berkshires: A County's Common Bond" continues its summer offerings on Saturday with a special appearance from former Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts assistant coach and former Babe Ruth Baseball coach Tom Rizzo.   The former Atlanta Braves farmhand will be on hand from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, to talk baseball, give tips and sign autographs.   The Baseball and the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall is open Fridays from 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6.


Berkshires Beat: Williamstown Residents Riding in Pan-Mass Challenge
02:16PM / Monday, July 31, 2017

Quite a challenge: On Aug. 5 and 6, three riders from Williamstown will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $48 million for critical research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During PMC weekend, Laurie Thomsen, Kris Herman and Sam Smith from Williamstown will join the more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and eight countries who will participate in the PMC, choosing from 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns. Cyclists are anywhere between 15 and 84 years old and range from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors who trained for this event alone and everything in between.

Many riders participate in the PMC


Williamstown to Mark Margaret Lindley Park's 50th Anniversary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Margaret Lindley Park has been a destination for generations of area youngsters and anyone looking for a cool spot on a hot summer day.   But there are still people who do not fully appreciate the little park near the junction of Routes 7 and 2 in South Williamstown.   Organizers of an Aug. 5 birthday celebration for the park hope to change that.   "The way I look at it is we need to make people aware of Margaret Lindley Park," Sarah Foehl said this week. "There are people who have lived in Williamstown a long time, and they're thinking it's the old Margaret Lindley Park. It's a wonderful asset we have in


McCann School's District Towns Getting Some Funds Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, July 31, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some towns in the Northern Berkshire Regional School District are going to see a little bit of relief in their assessments, and others will get turnbacks of transportation funds.   Superintendent James Brosnan told the McCann School Committee on Thursday that now that the state budget has passed, he has firmer numbers that will be relayed to the towns.   "Chapter 70 increased so I reduced the amount of money that we have in tuition so those two balance out because we cannot change the budget bottom line, it is how we get to it," he said. "So up in Chapter 70, down in tuition but up in the municipal minimum."     The


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