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The Independent Investor: The Era of U.S. Oil Independence
By Bill Schmick,
05:02PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Last weekend's surprise drone attack on Saudi Arabia's major oil fields was a disaster, but it could have been worse. Fifty years ago, an attack like that would have sent the world's financial markets into a tailspin and rocked global economies. None of that happened — thanks to the U. S. energy production.   Granted, there was an initial decline in the markets until the damage was assessed and experts concluded that the 5.7 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude production could be put back online within three weeks. The short-fall represented about half of the Saudi's daily production. Yet, the markets rebounded quickly, and for the most part, it is business as

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'Hustlers': The Tacky Laps of Luxury
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:56PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Am I that naïve? I sat there aghast as some took in stride the vengeance being meted out by former strip club employees upon their predominantly Wall Street clients in director Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers," a scathing dramatization of Jessica Pressler's New York Magazine expose.   Said financiers are assembly line-style drugged and then fleeced of their reputedly ill-gotten gains following the implied and sometimes more than implied promise of sexual favors. Point of disclosure: While not a regular habitué of such dens of iniquity back in the day, my fires of spring were not unsullied. So why the shock? Function of age? Advancing Fuddy-Duddyism?   For

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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
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Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Changes Focus
02:37PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The Northern Berkshire Santa Fund will be changing its focus from toys to coats this year.

The change is part of a new initiative to look at the year-round needs of the Northern Berkshire community, according to Santa Fund President Tammy Daniels.
 
"The Santa Fund has been solidifying ties with other community agencies over the last few years in an effort to sustain the program, which has a long history dating back to the days of Sprague Electric of providing toys for children in the community during the holidays,” Daniels said. “We saw that other programs were providing toys but there was a gap in other items, so when we were asked to

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Food Co-op One of Three Finalists for MassEcon Award
02:19PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
Economic Impact Award

Berkshire Food Co-op is one of three regional finalists to receive an Economic Impact Award from MassEcon. On Sept. 19, finalists will present one-minute pitches to a panel of judges and business leaders describing their growth in the commonwealth. Finalists compete on a regional basis in the West, Central, Southeast, Northeast and Great Boston areas. The winners from each of the five regions will be announced in October.

"Our mission has always been to support the health and well-being of our community and this expansion was a massive investment in that mission. This recognition from MassEcon represents a sweet moment for us, even as we continue the work of

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Narcan: A HOPE to Save Lives
By Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, Guest Column
01:49PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019
At the tail end of last year, I heard a story about a young man who had passed away of an opioid overdose. This story hit many nerves for me, in particular, because it involved a first responder who arrived on the scene while the young man was still alive, but was unable to take action to save his life because he was not carrying an opioid antagonist.   Opioid antagonists work by blocking receptors in the brain interacting with opioids causing the overdose and preventing the body from responding to them. The most common and easily accessible antagonist at this time is naloxone, usually referred to by its brand name, Narcan. We know that Narcan works and we credit it with saving

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Hinds Seeks Designs for Annual Holiday Card Contest
12:35PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — School is in session and summer doesn't officially end until Sept. 23, but Team Hinds is thinking about the holidays.

State Sen. Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) has sent packages to 57 schools across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden District inviting students in grades three through six to participate in his annual Holiday Card Design Contest.

Each December, Hinds sends almost 1,000 greeting cards by mail to friends, family, colleagues and constituents. The winning design will be used as the cover art for his 2019 holiday greeting card. The student artist will be identified on the card, featured in the senator's media and social media

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Mount Greylock Student Named National Merit Semifinalist
12:11PM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Owen A. Tucker-Smith of Williamstown has been named a semifinalist in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1.5 million high school juniors take the PSAT/NMSQT each year. Tucker-Smith is one of approximately 16,000 juniors with the highest PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index scores (or total PSAT scores) who met the eligibility requirements qualify for NMSP Semifinalist consideration.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.

To become a finalist, the

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MountainOne Announces Officer Promotions
11:55AM / Thursday, September 19, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MountainOne, a full service financial institution with offices in the Berkshires and Boston’s South Shore, has announced the promotions of 10 employees.

"We are happy to celebrate these individuals, and recognize their dedication, strong work ethic, accomplishments, and commitment to MountainOne," said Robert Fraser, MountainOne president and chief executive officer.

* Donna Bishop has been promoted to senior vice president, MountainOne Insurance, North Adams. Bishop oversees Personal and Commercial Insurance Operations, which involves the management of day to day service operations and insurance markets to create the highest level of efficiency

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Drury Class of 1951 Meets at Waubeeka Tavern
04:58PM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Drury High School Class of 1951 convened Wednesday for lunch at Tavern on 7 at Waubeeka Golf Links.   The group of graduates from the North Adams high school and their spouses and guests convenes monthly. They welcome anyone from the Drury class of 1951 to join them on Oct. 16 at noon at the 6' House Pub in Williamstown.   Jack and Joyce Brooks, Jeannette Brule, Carol Kelley, Herb and Donna Putnam, Gen and George Beckwith, Arlene Zappone, Richard Weld, Ray Piaggi, Janet and Dick Arick, Theresa King, Pat and Paul Gigliotti, Nola and Ivan Carli and Dan Skorcz (driver). 

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'Voices for Recovery' Event Set for Saturday in North Adams
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A sign on the lawn of North Adams City Hall advertises the event.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The bracelet on Susan Cross' wrist says it all: "Stamp out stigma."

Cross showed her bracelet to Mayor Thomas Bernard on Tuesday afternoon as she and Bernard chatted about the upcoming Voices for Recovery walk and celebration, set for Saturday, Sept. 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at Colegrove Park.

Cross is a prevention and recovery program associate with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition; joining her and Bernard at City Hall was Barb Reeves, a volunteer at the coalition's Beacon Recovery Community Center, which is officially hosting the sixth annual event for the first time

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Williams Field Hockey Blanks Smith
09:48PM / Tuesday, September 17, 2019
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Emma Ticknor scored twice and assisted on a third goal Tuesday to lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 5-0 win over Smith.   Allie Weiner, Claire Fitzpatrick and Calla Khilnani each scored a goal.   Abby Lloyd and Gates Tenerowicz split time in goal for Williams (2-1), which goes to Trinity on Saturday.

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Can 'AI' Help You Become a Better Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:34PM / Tuesday, September 17, 2019

For the past several years, artificial intelligence – or AI – has increasingly found a place in many walks of life. Almost certainly, you use some form of AI, whether it's your time on social media, your use of mobile banking, the navigation system you rely on for directions, or any of the many other AI-driven applications relevant to your daily life. But AI has also become a significant part of the financial services industry. So, you might wonder if AI can help you become a better investor.

To begin with, what is AI? Essentially, it's the ability of a computer program or machine to think or learn. Using complex algorithms (a set of rules, or steps), computers and

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