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@theMarket: Markets Have Best Week in Five Years
By Bill Schmick,
05:12PM / Friday, February 16, 2018
Stocks have had what is called a "V" shaped recovery this week. The indexes climbed every day at least one percent or more. Will it continue or ...   It wouldn't surprise me if stocks took a breather about now. A bout of profit-taking after the stupendous come-back we have had would be entirely reasonable. If the S&P 500 Index, for example, fell back 2-3 percent over the next week or so that would be healthy.   Remember, we are still in that period of the markets where investors are driven by the fear of missing out. As interest rates continue to climb and bond investors experience losses, the natural thing would be to sell bonds and buy equities.    In

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Berkshire Bank Hires New Wealth Adviser
01:36PM / Friday, February 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Bank has appointed Tanya Haas as vice president/wealth adviser.

Beginning her banking career in the Berkshires 26 years ago, 16 of those spent previously at Berkshire Bank, Haas has returned to the Wealth Management Team.
 
Haas will be responsible for client relationship management, trust administration and new business development, working to increase the Berkshire Bank Wealth Management portfolio. Before returning, Haas held a leadership role as an assistant vice president/client relationship manager for Alexandra Dest Capital Management. During her previous time at Berkshire Bank, she served as a Trust Officer, administering and retaining trust

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Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

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

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by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Superior Court Briefs: Feb. 9 - Feb. 14
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01:17PM / Friday, February 16, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, February 9.   Deidra Walker, 30, of Port Jervis, N.Y. pleaded guilty to a single count of possession of heroin with intent to distribute.   She was ordered to serve two and a half to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Framingham.    Walker was in possession of the drug when she was arrested in Pittsfield on March 26, 2017.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, February 13.   Jeremy Levernoch, 35, of Pittsfield had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on four counts of breaking and entering a building in the daytime with intent to commit a felony, three counts of larceny

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Wahconah Student presented with S.A.Y. It Proud Award
01:03PM / Friday, February 16, 2018

DALTON, Mass. — Kendra Richards, a senior at Wahconah Regional High School, was presented with the S.A.Y. It Proud (Supporting and Acknowledging Youth) award at a special ceremony held by the Ambassadors, a student leadership group that strives to implement positive, supportive programs for students at Wahconah, on Jan. 25.

School adjustment counselor Donna Therrien nominated Richards for her outstanding involvement in community and school activities.

Established by Berkshire United Way's Pittsfield Prevention Partnership in 2012, the important work of recognizing the achievements of Berkshire County middle and high school students with S.A.Y. It Proud awards will continue

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Snowfall Predictions: Saturday Night Snow
11:27AM / Friday, February 16, 2018
 

Ha, ha. You thought spring was here as you shed the heavy winter coats this past week!

But alas, a winter storm is moving into the Northeast on Saturday night, bringing with the potential of 3 to 6 inches of snow in Berkshire County, according to AccuWeather, which is putting the probability of snow at around 50 percent.

The Weather Channel says most of Berkshire County will 1 and 3 inches falling in the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday.

Our friends at WTEN say the further south and east you go, the more snow you will encounter, with the most snow falling from New York City into Southern New England. Their maps put most of Berkshire County in the 1- to 3-inch

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 16-22
11:11AM / Friday, February 16, 2018

  VIEW DAY-BY-DAY CALENDAR     February 16 - February 22,

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BRPC to Choose New Executive Director Next Week
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:24AM / Friday, February 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC will pick its new executive director next week.   A search committee conducted its interviews for the three finalists for the position on Thursday and Berkshire Regional Planning Commission will pick Nathaniel Karns' successor next week. Karns is retiring from the job after 23 years. He was just the second executive director since the commission was formed in 1967.   The finalists seeking the position are Thomas Matuszko, Sean Maguire, and Sungman Kim. The final interview was recorded and will be transcribed for the commissioners to review before casting the final vote.   Matuszko is currently the assistant executive director. He's been

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BART Boys Basketball Rallies, Falls Short in League Title Game
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:51PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- You know a program has arrived when moral victories just don’t cut it.   In that sense, the BART basketball team has arrived.   Moments after losing its league championship game on a late 3-pointer after rallying from 11 points down midway through the third quarter, the Wolf Pack players were quiet, dejected and, perhaps at some level, thinking about how they can change the script next season.   Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School knocked down a triple with 6.2 seconds on the clock to take a 39-38 win over a young but resilient BART squad and claim the B Division of the River Valley Athletic League.   “It's amazing what

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The Independent Investor: Time to Hedge Your Bets?
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
Over the last few weeks, the threat of rising inflation has triggered a great deal of concern among investors. Given that inflation has been at a low level for a number of years, their concern may be justified.   Many market pundits were surprised by the wage data in the non-farm payroll report for December, which was released two weeks ago, Friday. In that report, wages jumped far more than most expected coming in at a 2.9 percent annualized growth rate.   Given that our central bank monitors wages as one of their key indicators to gauge future inflation, that number sent the bond and stock markets into a tizzy. Again this week, investors received another inflationary surprise

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'Peter Rabbit': Hop to It!
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:25PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
The kids whooped and hollered in gleeful approval of director Will Gluck's adaptation of Beatrix Potter's "Peter Rabbit." This even included the 10-to-12 contingent, usually too sophisticated to admit endorsement of an entertainment that might indict them of liking "baby stuff." And while the littler ones among the audience of fully engaged firstnighters whose space I recently invaded brought fingernails to lips whenever the title character risked cottontail and whiskers for ill-gotten vegetation, they, too, were otherwise charmed.      I was heartened by several insights, not the least of which was the erudition evinced by these young moviegoers

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Guest Column: Quit Smoking to Celebrate American Heart Month
Guest Column,
03:00PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018

To the Editor:

February is American Heart Month. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking is a leading cause of heart disease. Smoking can:

• Raise triglycerides (a type of fat in your blood) • Lower "good" cholesterol (HDL) • Make blood sticky and more likely to clot, which can block blood flow to the heart and brain • Damage cells that line the blood vessels • Increase the buildup of plaque (fat, cholesterol, calcium, and other substances) in blood vessels • Cause thickening and narrowing of blood vessels

Smoking can lead to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure and quitting smoking greatly

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Pittsfield Approves Cost of Living Adjustment For Management
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:42PM / Thursday, February 15, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Council Vice President  John Krol doesn't want the city to engage in a "race to the bottom" when it comes to how the employees are treated.   Krol voiced those concerned before supporting Director of Personnel Michael Taylor's proposal for providing cost-of-living raises to non-union workers and managers. The City Council approved providing a total of about $40,000 worth of raises, or 1.5 percent increases for those two classes of employees, for both the current fiscal year and the next.    But, the approval didn't come easy. A few city councilors opposed the raise for managers, saying the workers should only get a raise

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