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@theMarket: Markets Are Priced for Perfection
By Bill Schmick,
01:52PM / Saturday, March 04, 2017

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 and managed to catch a turn or two once or thrice. As readers know, once we hit 2,330 on the S&P 500 Index, I expected and still do expect some profit-taking. That doesn't mean you should panic nor do anything more than raise a little cash.

My strategy is to re-employ that cash as we pull back. The timing of such a move is always more of an art


The Independent Investor: Pet Trusts Are the Way to Go
By Bill Schmick,
05:09PM / Friday, March 03, 2017

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 pets. Even though we consider our pets part of the household, legally, your pet is not considered a human. Instead, they are considered tangible property and, generally speaking, tangible property cannot be named as a beneficiary of a trust.

Many states, however, are allowing legally enforceable documents that can guarantee a pet's continuing care.


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

Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 28 - March 3.
Staff Reports,
02:45PM / Friday, March 03, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Feb. 27.   Albert Dumont, 46, of Great Barrington had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of rape of a child with force, and single counts of dissemination harmful matter to a minor, and intimidation of a witness.   He was released on personal recognizance. Dumont is accused of sexually assaulting a girl who is now age 11 in Lee between September 12, 2012 and April 1, 2016.    Brandon Green, 24, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of armed career felon, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended


Annual Thunderfest Features Chowder & Music
02:02PM / Friday, March 03, 2017

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 contest, outdoor recreation and craft vendors are featured. A campfire and activities for kids will also be provided and admission to the Thunderbolt museum is free.

"With the addition of the new events this year, Adams is offering more than ever for lovers of outdoor winter recreation," said Ray Gargan, co-chair of ProAdams. "Even if


'Fresh Fest' Runs This Weekend at Images
12:26PM / Friday, March 03, 2017

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 Farms" by David Simonds and Sarah Gardner. "Forgotten Farms" will be shown at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a reception at The Log with cheese provided by Cabot and crackers provided by Wild Oats.

The festival will also present "A Small Good Thing" (set in the Berkshires) with producer Paula Kirk, to be screened Saturday, March 4,

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Girls Lacrosse Players Sought
09:20AM / Friday, March 03, 2017
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.


North Adams Seeking CDBG Funds to Fix Failing Armory Facade
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, March 03, 2017

The public hearing included representatives from the Council on Aging, the Historical Commission and several nonprofits.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is applying for some $250,000 in federal funds to repair facade work on the Armory that was completed nearly a decade ago.

The funds are part of the city's $825,000 application for Community Development Block Grants in 2017.

"I want folks to know and understand just how disappointed the city is to have to be basically rebuilding the masonry work that was done eight years ago," Mayor Richard Alcombright said at the CDBG public hearing on Wednesday night.

The parapets of the Armory are covered with tarps — jersey


BRPC Crafting Succession Plan For Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Friday, March 03, 2017

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 as the executive director of Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.   Now he's planning his retirement. He's just not sure when that will be.   "I would probably choose to retire this coming fall or the first of the year. I'm not certain if that is the best time to try to attract a full slate of candidates," he said on


'Get Out': Guess Who's Coming to be Terrorized?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:03PM / Thursday, March 02, 2017

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 at heart. You know they're lying. It's called the "Gaslight" effect, named after the 1944 film by that title starring Charles Boyer as the creepy husband plying said treachery on his wife, played by Ingrid Bergman.

While this ugly contemplation may be misinterpreted as a reference to current affairs, that would be just too


Housing Program Authorizes Property Transfers to North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Thursday, March 02, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The board of Housing Opportunities Inc. has authorized the transfer of seven properties to the city, a critical step in the dissolution of the organization.

Held back are two properties and the nonprofit's recapture account pending soil test results from the former Sun Cleaners on River Street.

"The city can definitely utilize the assets much better than we can," said Housing Authority Executive Director Jennifer Hohn on Monday. "We are in no position to utilize anything."

The board, which is also the board of the North Adams Housing Authority, has been struggling for years to divest itself of real estate and close the failed housing


North Adams Moves Ward 4 Voting to St. Elizabeth's
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:54AM / Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Mary Ann Caproni of the Board of Registrars explains the reasons for moving Ward 4 polling. The City Council had to approve the move per state law.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved consolidating all five of the city's wards into one voting location.

Ward 4, now located at Greylock School, will join Wards 1-3 and 5 at St. Elizabeth's Parish Center on St. Anthony Drive.

A letter to the council signed by Registrars Elizabeth Dilego, Mary Ann Caproni and Marilyn DeRosa and City Clerk Marilyn Gomeau stated the reasoning behind the move was student safety, convenience and cost.

"The school is open for elections since we use the gym, which is not


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