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Stay Calm on the Investment 'Roller Coaster'
11:33AM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn't know that Aug. 16 is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the "roller coaster" of the financial markets?

Here are some suggestions:

* Know what's in front of you. If you've ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark, you may find it scarier than if you boarded it in daylight – after all, it can be unsettling not to know where you're going. The same can be said about investing: If you have no idea what's in front of you, you might find the journey unnerving – and if that


North Adams Happenings: Aug. 16-22
10:39AM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
North Adams Happenings:
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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

North Adams Committee Recommends Resolution on Climate Accord
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

All three members of the committee agreed to the importance of combating climate change but member Keith Bona thought the resolution too political and outside the council's purview. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Public Services Committee last week approved a draft resolution to support of the Paris Climate Accord. 

  The request for a resolution was brought forth by Council President Benjamin Lamb on behalf of Vincent Melito, a resident and former councilor. Melito is also soliciting support from other communities in the Berkshires and the Clarksburg Select Board determined last week that any resolution should be put to a town meeting


Letter: Ways to Protest Safely
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

To the Editor:

With hate groups marching in cities across the U.S., it's tempting to attend to show opposition. However, direct confrontation will only escalate tensions. Hate-mongers are always wrong. Let them be wrong a little farther away from you in order to de-escalate the cycle a bit.

I fear we're heading toward more intense violence at protests in the U.S. and even possibly civil war (sounds far-fetched, I know, but it wouldn't take much).

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a guide titled "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide."

To reduce the chance of violence:

"Do not attend a hate rally. As much as you might like to physically

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SteepleCats' Whitney Named All-NECBL
11:19AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- North Adams SteepleCats pitcher Blake Whitney was named to the All-New England Collegiate Baseball League First Team on Tuesday morning.   Whitney is one of four pitchers on the all-league first team: three starters plus closer Tyler Smith of VAlley.   Whitney, a rising senior at the University of South Carolina-Upstate, finished the summer with a 2.07 earned run average and struck out a league-leading 80 in 52 innings pitched.   His ERA was sixth in the league.   Eleven of the league's 13 teams were represented on the All-NECBL Teams, while both Newport and Keene led the pack with four selections apiece. Regular season division champions Upper


North Adams Planners OK Porches Inn Structure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday gave final approval for the Porches Inn to construct a new building where its patrons can have breakfast.    The inn, operating as Berkshire Hills Development Co. LLC, purchased four parcels along Veazie Street and plans to demolish two buildings on them to make room for the gathering center.    Attorney Jeffrey Grandchamp of Grinnell Partners LLC, representing the inn, said 10 and 18-20 Veazie St. would be razed and parking spaces will be relocated. The ZBA approved waivers for the project, including for parking so the inn would not have to add more for the new building.    "The side of the building


North Adams Downtown Celebration Set for Wednesday
03:17PM / Monday, August 14, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 21st annual Downtown Celebration will fill downtown North Adams on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5:30  to 9 p.m.    Downtown Celebration is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, MountainOne, and the city of North Adams. This event is free and open to the public. In the case of inclement weather, there will be an announcement on Wednesday morning to use the rain date of Thursday, Aug. 17.   The evening will be filled with music, food, vendors and booths with local organizations and businesses.    Points of interest:  JP Murphy will be performing at the Berkshire Bank Plaza starting at 6. Terry A La Berry  and Friends

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Biz Briefs: Bennington Subaru Collects Blankets for SVMC
02:52PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

Blanket statement: Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, accepted a donation of dozens of blankets from Bennington Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter. Representatives of Bennington Subaru also brought lunch boxes filled with art-making supplies for children who visit the center.

"Blankets are so comforting to patients," said Wendy Petitt, the manager of the Cancer Center at SVMC. "We know patients will appreciate both the blankets and the thoughtfulness Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have shown them."

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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party
02:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The new Naumkeag greenhouse complex was celebrated on July 22.

Quite a party: More than 250 guests from the Berkshires and beyond attended The Trustees' annual Naumkeag Garden Party on Saturday, July 22. This year's event was hosted by The Trustees and a Host Committee including several supporters of the organization from the Berkshires and beyond.

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields. Garden inspired libations and bites by Berkshire Mountain Distillers and STARR Catering were


North County Teens Honored for Summer Employment Participation
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

Heather Williams from the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, right, photographs Mayor Richard Alcombright and Summer Youth Works participant Mitchell Maynard at a ceremony on Aug. 11 at City Hall.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Works Summer Program Coordinator Molly Meczywor had one piece of advice for her students going to work in the Physics Department of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts this summer.

"The only thing I said to Brad was, please don't blow anything up," Meczywor said before presenting Bradley Odell a certificate of completion on Friday morning during a ceremony at North Adams City Hall.

Odell, about to enter his senior year at McCann


Entrepreneurs Make Pitches at Lever Demo Day
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24AM / Monday, August 14, 2017

Scott Trafton explains his app, PoolShark H2O, which tracks data for commercial pool operators.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was not quite "Shark Tank," but there was at least one shark in the room on Thursday afternoon at Mass MoCA's Club B10.   Scott Trafton, the founder of PoolShark H20, was one of eight entrepreneurs on stage to explain his or her new businesses at the third annual Lever Demo Day, a presentation of the North Adams non-profit Lever Inc.   Trafton, a software engineer and self-described serial entrepreneur from Bennington, Vt., created PoolShark, an app that allows commercial swimming pool operators to collect and track testing data


Hundreds Rally in Williamstown to Stand With Charlottesville
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The rally was put together in a day.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Within 24 hours of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., more than 300 area residents circled Field Park to protest the actions of white supremacists.    The gathering swiftly organized by Greylock Together was one of nearly 800 known rallies against racism across the nation, including one at Park Square in Pittsfield by the Four Freedoms Coalition.   "A lot of people wanted to get to together and show support for our country against white nationalism, against domestic terrorism," Geraldine Shen said as a cacophony of horns blared in support as drivers entered the rotary. "I think

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