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@theMarket: Markets Are Priced for Perfection
What a week for stock investors! All the main averages and most of the minor indexes registered historic highs. No question, Donald Trump has been good for the markets. The question is when will investors begin to take profits? Calling a top (or a bottom) in the markets is notoriously difficult. Granted, over the years I have been lucky
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The Independent Investor: Pet Trusts Are the Way to Go
If you have been avoiding a visit to an estate planning lawyer, despite the pleading of your spouse, your kids or grandkids, consider this: your pet's future well-being could be in jeopardy without a legal safeguard. As I wrote in my last column, new legislation is surfacing in a number of states that recognizes our concern for our
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Annual Thunderfest Features Chowder & Music
ADAMS, Mass. — Once again, Mother Nature has forced the cancellation of the Thunderbolt Ski Race. But the festivities will go on with the annual Thunderfest at noon on Saturday at the Adams Visitors Center. The festival features live music by Jim Witherell and the headliner Misty Blues Band. Hot food, local beer and wine, a chowder
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'Fresh Fest' Runs This Weekend at Images
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema will present "Fresh Fest: A Farm and Food Film Festival" from Friday, March 3, through Sunday, March 5. Fresh Fest is a collaborative effort to educate the public about farming, food production and sustainability. The opening night movie is locally produced documentary "Forgotten
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Girls Lacrosse Players Sought
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- There will be sign-ups for youth girls lacross from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 4, at Dick's Sporting Goods.   Girls in grades 3 through 8 are encouraged to sign up.
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Williamstown Elementary Now Looking at 4 Percent Hike
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School budget again has ticked upward, the School Committee learned on Wednesday night.   With three weeks left before the district presents its fiscal 2018 budget request to the town's Finance Committee, Interim Superintendent Kim Grady and School Committee Chairman Joe
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BRPC Crafting Succession Plan For Executive Director
Executive Director Nathaniel Karns, seen in this file photo, hasn't decided when he will retire, but he setting up a succession plan for when he does. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns knows a thing or two about planning. He's been in the business for 40 years, spending the last 23 years
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'Get Out': Guess Who's Coming to be Terrorized?
It is an eerie, unsettling experience when your every instinct smells dangerous deceit and yet numerous people claiming authority discount your fears as just so much paranoia and curious distrust. Worse even yet is when such shifty characters then try to convince you, despite their most egregious actions, that they have only your best interests
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Williamstown Asked to Expand Village Business District
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in three years, Williams College is asking the town to expand the Village Business District, but this time it is not to allow a new development.   The college's Jamie Art was in front of the Board of Selectmen on Monday to ask it to pass along a formal request to the Planning
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Nurses Picket BMC As Staffing Issues Hold Up Collective Bargaining
The nurses paced back and forth along North and Wahconah Streets. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nurses and supporters paced back and forth along North and Wahconah streets on Tuesday afternoon, holding signs and chanting "if we're out here, something is wrong in there."   On the other side of the
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