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@theMarket: Markets Need to Hold Here
By Bill Schmick,
01:24PM / Saturday, November 17, 2018
This week saw a re-test of the October lows. That is to be expected in most stock market corrections. What is important to the future well-being of equities globally is that the averages do not decline much further from here.   That does not mean that if the S&P 500 Index, for example, falls by another percent or so the ball game is over. Remember, folks, calling the levels of the stock market is an art, not a science. Sure, we could overshoot (most times we do), thrash around a bit more, and then recover. What I don't want to see is a solid and definitive drop lower over a week or more.   On the S&P 500, if we were to break 2,685, the next level of technical support

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Williams Women's Basketball, Men's Hockey Win Openers
09:47PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College women’s basketball team began its season on Friday with a home opener, defeating the Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-3), 65-35.   Leading the Ephs in points were co-captain Lauren Vostal (11 points, 11 rebounds), Katie Brule (12 points, eight rebounds), and Emily Chang (11 points). Sophomore Gabby Martin, Junior Emily Peckam, and Vostal amassed three rebounds each.   The Ephs will continue play in the Morin Memorial Classic Saturday against Oneonta State at 3 p.m.   Men's Hockey BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Marcus Mollica had a hat trick, including a short-handed goal, to lead Williams to a 4-1 win over Bowdoin in both teams' season

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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
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Letter: Thanks Someone For Quitting Smoking This Thanksgiving
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, November 16, 2018

To the Editor:

This Thanksgiving season, I'd like to remind readers to thank a co-worker, friend or family member who has quit smoking, vaping, or using other nicotine delivery products. Many users say quitting is the hardest thing they have ever done and any amount of recognition can help someone stay quit.

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts. Nicotine is the very addictive substance in tobacco products as well as in e-cigarettes and vapes. As a result, repeated tobacco and nicotine use is not a habit, it's an addiction that should be treated as a chronic relapsing condition. It takes most people with a nicotine addiction several

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The Independent Investor: The Apple of Our Eyes
By Bill Schmick,
12:44PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green, and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.   If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do my grocery shopping, according to Proctor and Gamble. During that spate of time, I buy an average of 18 items out of maybe 30,000 to 40,000 choices. I have little time to browse and, most of the time, I don't even check the prices, which brings me back to the apple cart.   You see, I value my fruits and vegetables. The more local, the better, because to me, the taste is everything. Until recently, I was partial

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North Adams Man Killed in MassPike Work-Site Accident
Staff Reports,
09:54AM / Friday, November 16, 2018
BECKET, Mass. — A North Adams man was killed Thursday afternoon while working on the Massachusetts Turnpike near mile-marker 17.2.   Authorities say Brian M. Simard, 26, was killed in a "work site accident" at 1:45 p.m. Simard, a construction worker, was pronounced dead at the scene. His obituary can be found here.   "No further details will be released at this time as the accident remains under investigation," states a press release from the Berkshire district attorney's office.    The westbound lane of the MassPike was blocked for nearly three hours. State police from the Westfield barracks are leading the

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Williamstown Fire District Special Meeting to Look at Expanding Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Friday, November 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The special district meeting is scheduled for Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School to consider a couple of changes to the district's charter.   Chief among them is an expansion of the committee from its current three-member composition to five members.   The move is part of a response to criticism the committee has heard over the years about not fully representing or hearing all points of view in the community. The Prudential Committee itself seeks to address that concern by increasing the body by 67 percent.   If the move is approved by the district's voters, the proposal moves to Boston, where the district will ask state

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The White Stuff Is Coming! The White Stuff Is Coming!
Staff Reports,
02:30PM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

Here's an update direct from the Massachusetts Emergency Agency:

Precipitation is expected to start in southwestern Massachusetts by 5 p.m. this evening, spreading to the northeast, arriving in Worcester by 7 p.m., Boston by 8 p.m., and northeastern MA by 9 p.m.  Snow will be moderate to heavy at times, with snowfall rates of 1-2 inches per hour possible, reducing visibility to half-mile and accumulating quickly.  Accumulations of 4-8 inches in Western and central Mass, 4-6 inches along the 495 belt, and 1-2 inches along the 95 belt are expected.  

Our first set of cancellations:

• The Southern Berkshire Regional School District has canceled all

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North Berkshire Waste District Transfer Stations Pass Inspection
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:22AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — Transfer stations in the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District have passed their inspections with flying colors.   "The inspections went well, very well actually some of the towns that had some issues last year, they were really impressed by the progress they made," Program Coordinator Linda Cernik reported. "They were happy. There were small infractions but nothing major."   Although there was no quorum last Thursday, Cernik still updated the commissioners who were present on the late October inspections conducted by a third party hired by the state Department of Environmental Protection.   She will share

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Community TV Stations: Proposed FCC Rule Could Gut Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

The studio at NBCTV set up for a debate. The local access television station says its revenue from the local cable company has been dropping yearly. A proposed change before the FCC could cut into its ability to provide local programming and possibly force it to close.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local public access stations fear that a potential new Federal Communications Commission rule will allow cable companies to obliterate their operating funds.   Public, educational, and government access (PEG) stations are mostly funded through franchise fees that cable subscribers pay in their monthly bill. Communities negotiate those fees, typically every 10 years.    The

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Williamstown Planning Board Debates Accessory Dwelling Unit Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

Planning Board members Chris Winters, left, says the board has three 'meaty' issues to deal with. At right is fellow Planner Alex Carlisle. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday narrowed its discussion to three main points of contention in a potential zoning bylaw proposal it hopes to bring to May's town meeting.   For months, the board has been debating an amendment to the town's bylaw that would liberalize the rules around "accessory dwelling units" or ADUs. Currently, residents are not permitted, by law, to convert single-family homes into two-family homes, and detached ADUs are allowed but the rules around them are so

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Harrington Announces First Assistant, Transition Team Chair
Staff Reports,
01:16AM / Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hampden County Assistant District Attorney Karen Bell will serve as first assistant district attorney. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington has started to build her team.   On Wednesday, the district attorney-elect announced Karen Bell as her first assistant district attorney. Bell is currently an assistant district attorney in Hampden County with some 20  years of experience.   She's said to have worked in the appellate division, the district court, grand jury, and the superior court divisions.    "Bell has prosecuted thousands of cases and most recently served as a member of the Hampden County District Attorney's Superior Court Homicide

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Great American Smokeout Set For Nov. 15
01:57PM / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The American Cancer Society is encouraging current smokers to commit or recommit to healthy, smoke-free lives by participating in the 43rd Great American Smokeout event on Thursday, Nov. 15.

"The most important thing smokers can do to improve their health is to quit smoking cigarettes and other forms of combustible tobacco," said Wendy Matthews, executive director of the American Cancer Society. "We are showing our support for people who take those first steps toward making a plan to quit."

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, accounting for 29 percent of all cancer deaths. In fact, smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than

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