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The Independent Investor: ESG and the World of Investment
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Thursday, January 30, 2020
Over the last few years, investments that focus on environmental, social, and governance issues, or ESG, have been confused with socially responsible investing or SRI. There is a big difference between the two investment styles.   The simplest way to understand the differences between the two is the profit motive. ESg investments are focused on making money as a primary objective. They do so by identifying specific risks or opportunities now and in the future and investing accordingly. SRI investors, on the other hand, are willing to forego profits in companies that do not meet their ethical standards. They value ethics more than profits in the investment world.   For example, if


Weekend Report: No Snowstorm, But a Groundhog and a Game
02:16PM / Thursday, January 30, 2020

Does Punxsutawney Phil like football?

With the Super Bowl falling on Groundhog Day this year, we here at iBerkshires got to wondering if, instead of asking the animal to predict how much more winter we are in for, we ask him to predict who will win the big game?

Because, let's face it, winter officially remains through March 18 whether we like it or not - and sometimes in reality it drags on even longer in these parts, and we see snow on Mother's Day. While there was talk earlier this week of a big Nor'easter this weekend to make it a white Super Bowl, the storm appears to be going out to see, and we might only see some flurries this weekend, with temperatures right around


Are You a Mindful Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Thursday, January 30, 2020

Recently, we have seen an increased interest in mindfulness, although the concept itself is thousands of years old. Essentially, being mindful means you are living very much in the present, highly conscious of your thoughts and feelings.

However, being mindful doesn't mean acting on those thoughts and feelings – it's just the opposite. With mindfulness, your decision-making is based on cognitive skills and a rational perspective, rather than emotions. As such, mindfulness can be quite valuable as you make investment decisions.

Two of the most common emotions or tendencies associated with investing are fear and greed. Let's see how they can affect investors'


All stuffed up? It might not be a cold. It might be the air in your home
10:53AM / Thursday, January 30, 2020

Do you have itchy eyes and a stuffy nose when you go home? It might not be just a cold. Your air quality might be to blame.

Indoor air can be between 200 percent and 500 percent more polluted than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, leading to symptoms such as itchy, watery eyes, postnasal drip, headaches, coughing, itching, nasal congestion, runny nose, fatigue and sneezing. And since people spend 90 percent of their day indoors, breathing approximately 36 pounds of air per day, that's a lot of polluted air to handle.

Ironically, as homes get more energy-efficient, the issue of indoor air pollution has become worse, the EPA said, because these tight


Mount Greylock Looking at Ways to Clarify Bathroom Signage for Public
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Thursday, January 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has no plans to replace gender-neutral bathroom signage installed at the renovated and expanded middle-high school, the district superintendent said on Wednesday evening.   It does want to temporarily supplement the current "Toilets" and "Toilets and Urinals" signage on restrooms used by the general public during events at the school, Kimberley Grady said.   "My intention as the superintendent of Mount Greylock Regional School District is to be inclusive to all, and that means our students, our staff and our guests in the broader community who come to our school," Grady said. "We want


Medicare For All Bill Slowly Building Support in Massachusetts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, January 27, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There's a group working hard to make Massachusetts the Saskatchewan of the United States.    State Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa, 1st Hampshire District, sees the potential for the Bay State to follow the Canadian province's groundbreaking example in 1962 of being the first to provide single-payer health care to its citizens.   "Health-care costs are rising by 3 percent every year ... we know we're in an untenable situation where health care costs keep rising, where people are paying more and more every year," she told more than three dozen people gathered at the Tavern on the A on Thursday night. "We need to really come up with


Topper Leads Williams Women's Basketball to Win over Middlebury
11:01PM / Saturday, January 25, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mikaela Topper scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 59-50 win over Middlebury on Saturday.   Four Ephs finished in double figures. Maggie Meehan scored 11, and Katie Brule and Maddy Mandyck added 10 apiece.   The Ephs (14-5, 3-2 NESCAC) host Conn College on Friday.   Men's Basketball MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Jack Farrell scored 21 points to lead Middlebury (17-2, 3-2) to an 84-66 win over Williams.   Cole Prowitt-Smith and Henry Feinberg scored 13 and 12, respectively to lead Williams.   The Ephs (9-9, 2-3) go to Conn College on Friday.   Women's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN,


Williamstown's Kuster Makes USA Swimming's List of Notable 18U Men
09:52AM / Saturday, January 25, 2020
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Three of Harvard's freshman men's swimmers Noah Brune, Will Grant, and Williamstown resident Cole Kuster were named to the USA Swimming's "18 & Under World 100" list released this week.   The 18 & Under World 100 is a ranking of best 18 & Under swimmers in the United States, according to USA Swimming's 18 & Under, age-defined world ranking. The goal of the program is the acknowledge the excellence achieved by the best athletes, their coaches and club programs who supported. To qualify the athlete must be a registered USA Swimming member at the time of qualifying, eligible to represent the U.S. in international


Williams Men's and Women's Hockey Earn Victories
11:36PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meghan Halloran scored two goals, and the Williams women's hockey team defeated Bowdoin, 4-1, on Friday night.   The Ephs scored four straight after trailing 1-0 at the first intermission.   Chloe Heiting stopped 18 shots to earn the win in goal.   Williams (9-4-3, 6-2-1 NESCAC) hosts Bowdoin again on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Tyler Scott scored a pair of goals to lead Williams to a 4-1 win over Colby.   Like the Williams women, the men found themselves down, 1-0, after one period.   Scott tied it early in the second, and Myles Cunningham scored the game-winner on the power play.   Cosimo


Guest Column: Statement on Sentencing in Steele-Knudslien Murder
Guest Column,
08:23PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
As the region's longest-serving LGBTQ organization, Berkshire Stonewall Community Coalition has closely followed the case of the murder of Christa Steele-Knudslien, the North Adams resident and founder of the Miss Trans New England Pageant.    Today [Thursday], her murderer has been sentenced to life in prison with eligibility for parole after serving 25 years. In the two years since we lost Christa, the community has rallied around her memory and inspiration. In North Adams, a grassroots task force was founded in reaction to her death and those of other residents killed by their partners. This led to the Berkshire County Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, a coalition of


@theMarket: FOMO Infects Investors
By Bill Schmick,
04:55PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
The stock market is frothy. The great gains that investors experienced last year are extending into this year. As the indexes climb, more and more of those on the sidelines are jumping in. Is this a good sign?   No, it isn't. "The Fear of Missing Out," or FOMO is rearing its greedy head on Wall Street. Those who may have raised some cash in the past few months, fearing a trade war, or the impeachment proceedings, have watched the portfolios underperform the averages, ignore all the negative news and climb higher.   On the geopolitical front, we have seen the same thing. Selling on fear of an Iranian response to the killing of one of their heroes was the wrong move


Berkshire County Adult Baseball League Welcomes New Players
Community submission,
01:15PM / Friday, January 24, 2020
The Berkshire County Adult Baseball League is looking for players from Berkshire County for the 20-and-over league and the 35-and-over league.   To register anyone can go to the league's website at www.   For more information, contact Lou orazio at or 413-663-0741.   The first meeting of the year is on Feb. 22 at the Dalton American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m.


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