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New at Investing? Follow These Suggestions
11:34AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

If you're fairly new to investing, you might be wondering what sort of rules you should follow or moves you should make. And while everyone's situation is different, there are indeed guidelines that make sense for all investors. Here are some to consider:

* Learn the basics. The investment world can seem confusing, but the more you know about the basic components, the more confident you will be when you begin to invest. For starters, you will want to be familiar with the essential types of investments: stocks, bonds, mutual funds, government securities and so on. And it's also important to know that some investments are designed to provide growth – an increase in the


North Adams Happenings: Nov. 27-Dec. 3
10:49AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
SAVE THE DATE DECEMBER 5th - 2019 Vadnais Lecture Bill Mckibben
5-7 PM : Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save


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

Berkshire Food Project Serves Up Thanksgiving for Hundreds
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The project ran out of turkey in the first seating and had to rush out for turkey breasts. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It might have been the need, it might have been the sense of community. It might even have been Monday's mild and sunny weather.    Whatever the impetus, the Berkshire Food Project's annual Thanksgiving dinner drew such a crowd on Monday afternoon that it ran out of turkeys. It took a quick trip to the market to get more gobblers in the oven for evening seating just hours away.   "This morning when I woke up I thought, Oh good, you know, it's gonna be nice out and people will come," laughed Executive Director Kim McMann. "I


BRPC Hopes to Gain Louder Voice for Rural Communities
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:58AM / Monday, November 25, 2019
BRPC Executive Director Tom Matuszko, lefft, and commission Chairman Kyle Hanlon at last week's meeting. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the last two years, Thomas Matuszko, the executive director of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, has been intermittently traveling the commonwealth listening to concerns of citizens living in rural areas along with his colleagues from the Rural Policy Advisory Commission.    The entity was created by the state Legislature to "enhance the economic vitality of rural communities" and put together a master plan. What the RPAC ultimately wants is a voice in the State House.   "There isn't any centralized department


Veteran Spotlight: Airman Woolfe Flew Bombing Missions in South Pacific
By Wayne Soares, iBerkshires columnist
04:32PM / Sunday, November 24, 2019
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — At 94 years young, George Woolfe is an engaging and affable, and a man who has carried himself with immeasurable class throughout his life.   Born in Harrisburg, Pa., he grew up in Manhattan, N.Y., and later received his degree from Columbia University. Woolfe's father, Irving (known to everyone as "Ike") was a decorated flyer in World War I. He now lives on Cape Cod but spent many summers in the Berkshires and was a frequent guest at the Red Lion Inn.    Woolfe enlisted in the Army Air Forces at 18 1/2 and served his country in World War II from 1942-1945 and is credited with an amazing 47 missions flown (his bomber group miraculously


Dalton Fifth-Grader Embraces School Project to Aid Children's Hospital
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:22AM / Sunday, November 24, 2019

DALTON, Mass. — When Kalen Spratt was just 18 months old, he had to have surgery at Boston Children's Hospital.

So now that he's a healthy 10-year-old at Craneville Elementary School, it's only natural that he chose Boston Children's as the recipient of a fundraising project sparked by a unique classroom assignment from his fifth-grade teacher, Teresa Bills.

"I was scared, but the doctors and nurses made me feel so much better," Kalen said in a letter his mother, Shana, helped him write and circulate seeking donations. "If you could find it in your heart to donate to me, I would be forever grateful."

For more than 15 years, Bills has been giving


Late Free Throws Tip MCLA Men
07:05PM / Saturday, November 23, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Becker's Guney Kilitcioglu converted a pair of free throws with just 2.2 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Hawks to a hard fought 71-70 win over the MCLA Trailblazers.   Kilitcioglu scored a team best 18 points in the win as Becker improved to 3-4 on the season.     The game was tied up at 35-35 at halftime and neither team led by more than eight points at any time. Becker led 45-42 after Antoine Montgomery converted one of two at the for MCLA with 15:43 remaining. Becker outscored MCLA (3-3) 10-5 over the next few minutes to take their largest lead of the day at 55-47.   MCLA chipped away at the deficit and finally take the lead again


@theMarket: Markets Broken Record
By Bill Schmick,
11:45AM / Saturday, November 23, 2019
As the Dec. 15 deadline approaches, investors aren't sure whether the next tranche of tariffs on Chinese imports will be raised, lowered, or delayed. Given the importance of this event, markets are once again stuck betwixt and between.   If this sounds like a broken record on the China trade deal, you would be right. We have been here so many times before that just about everyone in the worldwide financial community is sick of it. Nonetheless, hope springs eternal, or so it would seem, because, many investors still have faith that there will be a breakthrough sometime in the next three weeks.   A senior executive of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Myron Brilliant, who is head of


New Cardiologist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
10:12PM / Friday, November 22, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Walter P. Paladino, a board-certified and fellowship-trained cardiologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Cardiology Professional Services of BMC. 

Dr. Paladino is accepting new patients in need of cardiology services and joins doctors Jeffrey Leppo, Kyle Cooper, Kristen Currie, Tracy Hagerty, Henry Lyle, Teresa Menendez, Andrew Potash and Georgianne Valli-Harwood at Cardiology Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Paladino is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and was fellowship-trained in cardiology at Rhode Island Hospital, cardiovascular


The Independent Investor: Diamonds Should Be at Top of Christmas List
By Bill Schmick,
04:52PM / Friday, November 22, 2019
Diamonds for most Americans evoke visions of luxury and romance and are almost always the traditional go-to precious stone for engagement rings. The good news is that no matter how strapped for cash you are, you could probably afford one right now.   Chances are, I don't have to sell you on diamonds, since most Americans are in love with this precious gem and always have been. Diamonds make men into heroes, while nothing says to a woman ‘"I am deeply loved" than a sparkling stone that required millions of years to make.   Americans account for 50 percent of all diamond sales worldwide. Sales grew 4.5 percent (to $36 billion) last year. The good news for you


Mohawk Trail Woodlands, Forest Service Team Up on Conservation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:33PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

BRPC's Tom Matuszko asks advisory board members to raise their hands as FRCOG's Executive Director Linda Dunlavy waits to speak. CHARLEMONT, Mass. — A shared stewardship agreement signed Thursday will bring U.S. Forest Service expertise to the state while keeping hundreds of thousands of acres of forestland in state and private hands.    The Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership encompasses 361,941 acres of state and private land across 21 communities in the northwestern corner of the state. About 28 percent of that land is permanently protected. The partnership will enhance conservation and forest research and provide technical support for businesses that depend

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Mac-Haydn Theatre, Shakespeare Take Top Honors at Berkshire Theatre Awards
04:20PM / Thursday, November 21, 2019

Tara Franklin accepting the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for 'On the Exhale' at the Chester Theatre Company.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on Nov. 11, the fourth year the awards have been presented to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region.

The 2019 awards really display the commitment of regional theaters to presenting new and diverse work. Women and minorities were well-represented among the nominees and the winners in all categories. Nominees represented theaters in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Connecticut.

Critics J. Peter


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