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Does Your Plan Need a Makeover?
By Wells Fargo Advisers, Submitted Content
02:19PM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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Generally, you feel better – more confident – when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude.

Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s going to be taking care of you! Perhaps your portfolio is overweighted in stocks. Maybe you’d like to spice up your portfolio with commodities. Whatever you have in mind, it’s always a good move to regularly review your investments and make decisions about your financial strategies.

A typical annual review compares your portfolio's annual performance against broad benchmarks such as the S&P 500

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For Sale By Owner: Homes for sale in the Berkshires
Paul Harsch ,
01:17PM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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WHY do I need a Berkshire real estate agent to sell my Berkshire County home? 

How often have you heard these next statements.  Real estate agents don't do anything that I cannot do myself. Real estate agents don't do anything but get you to sign a listing form and then forget about you.  You never hear from them after you sign the paper.  I can save myself loads of money buy selling my Berkshires home myself.

How many times have you heard friends and family say this when they are considering selling a Berkshires property? I am betting more times than you can count on one hand. 

Selling your property online on Craig's list or through an assist to

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Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Look the city's Christmas Tree is bigger than a bus!
by Soapbox 10:10AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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4-H Youth Fair Winners Announced
01:02PM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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The 74th Annual Berkshire County Youth Fair was held at the 4-H Fairgrounds in Pittsfield on Aug. 16.  

This unique fair that is run by youth, for youth, always shows the amazing work done by youth of all ages.  It would be impossible to list all entrants, so here are the top youth winners by category for the fair:

 Exhibit Hall
Outstanding Senior Exhibitor, Vegetables – Caraghan Hadfield

Outstanding Junior Exhibitor, Vegetables – Hannah Heath

Outstanding Overall Exhibitor, Vegetables – Caraghan Hadfield

Outstanding Junior Exhibitor, Flowers – Elspeth Robertson-Dubois

Outstanding Overall Exhibitor, Flowers – Morgan

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Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Announces Registration for Free Classes
12:55PM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Individuals age 16 or older who want to prepare for the HiSET high school equivalency exam (formerly GED), earn an Adult Diploma. learn or improve English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), or work on basic skills in reading, writing and math can register for free classes at the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center.

Registration for the free adult education classes and support services will be held Sept. 3 and 4h from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. and Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pittsfield Adult Learning Center in downtown Pittsfield, 141 North Street, Suite 4.

Classes begin Sept. 8 at the center, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday

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Nonprofit Seminar Series Begins Sept. 17
12:26PM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Nonprofit executives and board leaders throughout the region are encouraged to participate in Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s annual “Seminars in Nonprofit Excellence” series, which provides training and professional development to leaders from nonprofits of all sizes in Berkshire County as well as Columbia County and northeast Dutchess County in New York and northwest Litchfield County in Connecticut.

This year’s series, which brings national experts to the region for exclusive appearances, aims to help nonprofits strengthen three of their most important resources: their donors, boards and staffs.

The series begins on September

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American Red Cross Blood Drives Set in Berkshires
11:38AM / Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help ensure a stable and diverse blood supply by giving blood in honor of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month this September.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease that causes red blood cells to form an abnormal crescent shape. It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects as many as 100,000 people in the United States. Many of these patients face a lifetime of blood transfusions to help reduce the risk of stroke, damage to major organs and other complications that can arise as a result of sickle cell disease.

Since blood from donors of the same ethnic background as the recipient is less likely to cause complications, the Red

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Digitial First Puts Vermont News Buildings on the Market
Staff Reports,
11:13PM / Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Digital First Media, owner of New England Newspapers, is shedding itself of more real estate.

On the market along with The Berkshire Eagle Clocktower building are the locations of its three Vermont papers: Bennington Banner, the Brattleboro Reformer ($850,000) and the weekly Manchester Journal ($275,00).

The company announced on Tuesday it was putting 51 properties more properties on the market, for a total of 70 with a value of about $85 million, according to reports in the Denver Post, DFM's flagship paper.

In a press release from Twenty Lakes Holdings, the company's real estate management firm, posted on Poynter, Steve Rossi, president and chief

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Pittsfield Big Y Plans To Add Gas Station, Convenience Store
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:21PM / Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Jim Scalise, of SK Design, outlined the plans to the Community Development Board Tuesday night. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Big Y is looking to build a gas station in the rear of its West Street grocery store.   The company was given site-plan approval from the Community Development Board on Tuesday and will have to receive City Council approval later for a special permit.   The plan is to install a half-dozen gas pumps and a small store on land that formerly housed the Goodwill store.   "What we're proposing is a 1,500-square-foot, generally square 40-by-40 building and a canopy with six fuel pumps, which will allow for 12 pump stations which is orientated

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Pittsfield Commission Concerned About Accessibility in Parks
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
09:57AM / Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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The Disabilities Commission wants to ensure public events are accessible to all Pittsfield residents. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tensions rose and voices carried at a meeting of the Commission on Disabilities last week as some members expressed frustrations over what they perceive to be a lack of accommodations for the disabled at public parks.   "Access really needs to be at the forefront," commission Vice Chairwoman Cathy Carchedi told city Parks and Open Spaces Manager James McGrath. "I just think we really need to revisit access at all of our parks and public events."   The discussion of park accessibility followed a communication to the Parks

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Poets Crawl Pittsfield's Downtown at WordXWord
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
03:12AM / Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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WordXWord has turned to more public and accessible venues, including Monday night's 'Poetry Crawl' through downtown Pittsfield. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A crowd of about 50 people took to the sidewalks and stoops of downtown, creating spectacles of spoken word during Pittsfield's second "Poetry Crawl" on Monday night.   The second attempt of this WordXWord Festival event featured a dozen performers, in a mixture of nationally acclaimed artists and local favorites.     "I want to thank you all for coming together, and really making this festival way more fun than it was when we started it," said WordXWord co-founder Jim Benson,

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