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@theMarket: Week of Surprises Keeps Investors Hopping
By Bill Schmick,
04:49PM / Friday, July 09, 2021
There were plenty of reasons why the stock market was a bit jumpy this week. Let's go through them.   Two weeks ago, I wrote that I was worried "that we could suddenly see a spike in new Delta variant cases that impacts economic growth. Remember that less than half of all Americans are fully vaccinated. President Biden, his chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci, and the Fed are all sounding warnings over this risk, yet the markets are ignoring it."   Investors finally caught on this week and began to realize the risk presented by the Delta variant and its impact on the re-opening of the U.S. economy. It is impossible, in my opinion, to maintain the economic pace of

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Mount Greylock School Committee Commits to Athletic Field Improvements
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Friday, July 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday voted to accept the low bid for a contract to make gender equity and accessibility improvements to the middle-high school playing fields after the bidder agreed to trim the project by $93,500.   Last week, the school district opened two bids for work to bring the school's ball fields into compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and Title IX. But the School Committee balked at a bottom line that was 22 percent above the architect's estimate.   Art Eddy of Traverse Landscape Architects and administrators of the school spent the last few days looking for ways to scale back the

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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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The Retired Investor: China's Red Hand of Regulation
By Bill Schmick,
04:21PM / Thursday, July 08, 2021
Over the past several decades, investors, investing in China, have gotten used to the dichotomy of China's Communist-run, centralized government and its free-for-all stock market. That situation appears to be ending.   The latest (and most controversial) sign of China's increased interest in regulating and extending control of its largest companies came over the weekend. Fresh off the heels of a global $4.4 billion initial public offering, Didi, China's ride-hailing giant, was ordered to cease accepting new users, and to close down its app by China's internet regulators.   By midweek, the newly, U.S.-listed share price of Didi fell by well over 20 percent. But Didi

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Berkshire Briefs: Food Drive, Grants Available
12:08PM / Thursday, July 08, 2021
Community Recreation Association to Hold Food Drive   As part of the effort of "Staying Connected to Our Community," the Dalton Community Recreation Association will be holding a food drive on Sunday, July 11, from 9 to noon to benefit neighbors in need. The drive will be held rain or shine.    Donations collected during the drive will support the St. Agnes' and the United Methodist Church food banks and the First Congregational Church food bank in Hinsdale.   For more information, contact the CRA at 684-0260 or visit daltoncra.org.      Firefly Hike Set for Saturday   The annual Firefly Hike and Storytelling Campfire at the Sheep Hill

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Williamstown Town Manager Search Committee Refines Job Announcement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Thursday, July 08, 2021

Daniel Gura, inset, makes a point about the position announcement under consideration of Williamstown's Town Manager Search Advisory Committee on Tuesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Town Manager Search Advisory Committee on Tuesday hashed out the specifics of a position announcement and a community survey that will help inform the work of the committee and the Select Board, which ultimately will hire the next occupant of the corner office at town hall.   The search committee, which includes two members of the five-person Select Board, reviewed a draft job posting and draft survey questions compiled by GovHR, the head-hunting firm employed by the Select Board to guide the

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Little League District Tourney Sets One Title Game Matchup
Community submission,
09:47AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Pittsfield American League and Dalton-Hinsdale have advanced to the title game of the Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8-to-10-year-old championships at Olympian Meadows.   The Pittsfield AL earned the top seed after a four-team round-robin with a record of 3-0. It will face Dalton-Hinsdale (2-1) on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the title.   On Tuesday, Dalton-Hinsdale earned its spot in the finals with a 4-2 win over the Pittsfield National League, which finished 0-3 in the round robin. Host Great Barrington ended up with a record of 1-2.   Also on Tuesday, Great Barrington’s 12-year-old team defeated the Pittsfield NL, 4-2. Earlier this

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Berkshire Business: Hospitality Took a Hit During COVID-19
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
02:36AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
 
Help wanted signs have been ubiquitous around the county for both small and large food service concerns.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Businesses throughout the county have felt different degrees of pressure over the past year as the novel coronavirus continued to tighten its grip. While some industries focused on adaptation, others were focused on survival.   In the food and service industry, this grip felt more like strangulation.     "I've been doing this for 17 years now, I've been in food for 17 years," Luke Marion, owner of Otto's Kitchen and Comfort said. "Yeah. And that's like almost a bragging point for people in

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Williamstown Town Hall to Reopen July 20
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Wednesday, July 07, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Municipal Building is set to reopen to the public on a reduced schedule on Tuesday, July 20.   Interim Town Manager Charlie Blanchard on Tuesday confirmed that the town hall will be open for in-person business on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays starting in two weeks.   Blanchard said he discussed the reopening plan with the town's department heads recently, and they decided to hold off on opening the doors — except by appointment — a while longer.   Many communities in the area already have taken that step. The city halls in North Adams and Pittsfield, for example, opened to the public on June 1, two days after

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Williamstown Select Board Member Involved in Crash
04:53PM / Monday, July 05, 2021
POWNAL, Vt. — A Williamstown, Mass., Select Board member was injured in a crash and his vehicle totaled on Monday morning.    State Police say Wade Hasty, 35, was privately taken for treatment for minor ankle and shoulder injuries. Hasty was elected to complete the last year of a three-year term in May.   According to the report by Trooper Colin Shepley, Hasty was southbound in a 2017 Subaru Forester on Route 7 when he struck a left-turning vehicle. The collision was reported about 10:15 a.m.   Bryan Kenyon, also 35, was in front of Hasty when he slowed his 2006 Jeep Commander to turn left into a driveway at 4405 US Route 7, south of Pownal View Barn. Kenyon had

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County Little League Tourneys Underway
iBerkshires.com Sports,
02:17PM / Sunday, July 04, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Don Gleason District 1 Little League 8- to 10-year-old Championship got underway last week with the Pittsfield American League jumping out to a pair of wins in pool play.   The 8-10 tournament took a day off on Sunday for the holiday but gets back underway on Friday with a modified schedule to allow families to get to Wahconah Park to see the Taconic High School baseball team play its Division 3 state title game at 3.   In fact, all three Little League age groups are set to play on Monday at Olympian Meadows, but the games will be held earlier due to the high school game in Pittsfield.   At 10 a.m., the 9-11 tournament gets going when the

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Williamstown Planning Board Talks Changes to Address Housing Supply
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:29AM / Saturday, July 03, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week discussed whether and how the town could implement changes to its zoning bylaws in order to increase the amount of housing stock in town.   Chair Chris Winters presented his colleagues at their June meeting with a simple yet ambitious proposal that he characterized as a "straw man" argument to spur discussion for a proposal he would like to see before town meeting as early as May 2022.   Winters suggested that one straightforward change that automatically would increase the number of housing lots in town would be to slash the current setback, frontage and lot-size requirements in the bylaw's dimensional table

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Bids Come Back High on ADA, Title IX Work at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Friday, July 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Wednesday voted to ask bidders on an athletic field contract to "sharpen their pencils" and come back to the district with ideas for cost savings.   This week, the district opened bids from two respondents to a request for proposals to bring the middle-high school's playing fields into compliance with Title IX and the Americans with Disabilities Act.   In a development reminiscent of the School Committee's stalled efforts to complete a more ambitious athletic field project, both bids came in above estimate.   In April, the committee discussed an estimated price tag of $1,087,026

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