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Greenfield Edges Williamstown in Cal Ripken Tourney Opener
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown’s 9-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars did not find a way to pull out a victory in their opening game of the Western Massachusetts State Championship on Friday night.   But they did find their identity.   “These guys came up with it during the game,” coach
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@theMarket: Looking Ahead
Will the second half of the year be as good as the first half for the markets?   The S&P 500 Index finished up 18 percent for the six months ending June 30. That was the best first half since 1997. Historically, that kind of return is three times the gains investors can normally expect from the market in an average year. The
UNICO Awards Scholarships to Berkshire County Students
The Pittsfield Chapter of UNICO National and its Scholarship Committee awarded  $14,000 in scholarships to local high school graduates who are continuing their post secondary education. The students are: * Sarah Aitken of Pittsfield High School received the Francis Sanginetti Scholarship. Sarah will be attending the University of
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Splash Park Opening Makes a Big ... Well, Splash
Children of all ages came out to mark the opening of the splash park on Thursday. Find more photos from the event here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Temperatures already had soared in the 80s on Thursday morning at the new North Adams splash park at Noel Field as a group of hot and eager children was gathered to wait for the official
Mount Greylock School Building Committee Still Wrapping Up
Jamie Art and Andrea Wadsworth participate in their first School Committee meeting since being named a member of the committee and the district's business manager, respectively. The School Committee met briefly Tuesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School may have been home to a full year of classes
Huge Turnout For 3rd Annual 'Grill & Spill' Skateboard Event
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The largest crowd ever amassed at the North Adams skateboard park came together on Thursday to celebrate the third annual "Grill & Spill" skateboard event.   More than 50 skateboarders from all over New England took part in the event, which featured a Freedom Race, a Skills Competition, a
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Parade, Pyrotechnics, Pies Mark Williamstown's Fourth
Emily Bourguignon poses with her winning pie. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Village Beautiful held its annual birthday party Thursday morning for the United States of America, which turned 243 this July 4. (Just 11 years younger than Williamstown.)   The Williamstown Youth Center brought the cake. Seventeen
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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule. The
North Adams Restaurateur Brings Back 'Capitol' Name With Side of BBQ
The Capitol will return as the restaurant's name once it gets Planning Board approval on Monday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mark Meehan jokes that he bought The Hub restaurant because he wanted to stop working 12-hour days as a contractor after 42 years to work 16 as a restaurateur.   He's been putting
The Independent Investor: Home Equity Can Pay for Long-Term Care
A home equity conversion mortgage (HECM) might simply be a fancy term for a reverse mortgage, but there are an increasing number of advisers and planners who are using them for an entirely different strategic planning purpose.   If you ask most couples in their 60s and beyond what is one of the greatest fears for their future,
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