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The Retired Investor: The Weakening Dollar
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
Sometimes, investors are so focused on the trees that they miss the forest entirely. Take the U.S. dollar, for example. It has been declining at an alarming rate, yet no one seems to care.   Today, investors are occupied by a number of trees — earnings, stock prices, dividends, earnings results — that a weakening currency is almost an afterthought. Unfortunately, if the dollar continues to weaken, it could radically change your investment choices.    Most readers, in general, believe a strong dollar reflects a strong economy. The fact that it makes our exports more expensive, and imports cheaper, is also true. A strong dollar, in the past, has also been a safe


Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 24-30
03:20PM / Thursday, July 23, 2020
On Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m., The Colonial Theatre hosts  The Naughton Family in Concert, featuring singer/songwriter Greg Naughton, Tony Award-winner James Naughton, Broadway actress Kiera Naughton, and Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara! Enjoy an evening of group numbers, sweet duets, funny originals, and powerful solos.

  FUN & LEARNING   On Saturday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m., Hancock Shaker Village will present Back Porch Music, a socially distanced live concert on the lawn with Billy Keane of The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow. This is


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

Mill Town, Dalton CRA Offer Music on Main Live Music Series
10:49AM / Thursday, July 23, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Mill Town and the Dalton Community Recreation Association have partnered to host a series of free weekly outdoor live music concerts on the lawn of the Mill + Main property in Dalton.

With Gov. Charlie Baker's announcement of Massachusetts Phase III reopening in the beginning of July, the group received the green light to invite the public to come together safely and enjoy the newly renovated property during the coronavirus pandemic. The group has worked closely with the town of Dalton Department of Health to put in place strict social distancing protocols in adherence with public health and safety guidelines.

The events run every Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.


Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Berkshires; More Rain Expected Thursday
06:33PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Berkshires could be in for some wild weather as several storm systems move through the area.    The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. for the Berkshires, eastern New York, northwestern Connecticut and Southern Vermont. Wind gusts could reach up to 70 mph in some areas.    The potential for severe weather stretches from Charleston, W.Va., up the Atlantic Coast to Upstate New York.    "A very humid air mass spreading out across the East into Wednesday evening is going to be a key ingredient which will cause some heavy thunderstorms to break out, especially in the central Appalachians and the mid-Atlantic

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North Adams Councilor Calls Black Lives Matter 'Terrorist' Group
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A city councilor who called Black Lives Matter a terrorist group on his public access show and said he didn't understand systemic racism is getting plenty of pushback on social media.   He also downplayed the novel coronavirus pandemic that's killed more than 140,000 Americans and more than 600,000 worldwide as miniscule and overblown.   Robert Moulton Jr., who was returned to the City Council last year and while also winning a seat on the School Committee, was speaking on his long-running show "Let's Talk About It" on Northern Berkshire Community Television that aired live on Tuesday night with guest co-host Edward


Tanglewood Serves Up Virtual Menu
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
09:54AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As the coronavirus has necessitated the cancellation of virtually all publicly presented classical music concerts in venues large and small, music lovers in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont have been made bereft of all live music performances. We have had, though, other options: streaming via the Web, YouTube and Facebook videos are legion, and, for opera lovers, Metropolitan Opera hi-def recordings on several regional PBS TV channels have continued past the traditional end-of-season May broadcasts.

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s Berkshire summer festival in Lenox, was forced to cancel its full season but has found a novel way to surmount this misfortune via streaming a wide


What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:17AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you were to inherit a large sum of money, what would you do with it? 

The question may not be hypothetical, especially if you are in the millennial, Gen X or Gen Z demographic groups. That's because the baby boomers – often referred to as the richest generation in history – are poised to transfer some $30 trillion in assets over the next few decades, according to the consulting firm Accenture.

Of course, this is a "macro" figure, and everyone's situation is different. Furthermore, since baby boomers are living longer, more active lives, the total amount passed on may end up being considerably less than the estimate. Nonetheless, you may well receive a


Connecticut Rescue Agrees to Take 2 Dogs at Risk for Euthanization
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — One of the dogs deemed dangerous two weeks will get another lease on life after a Connecticut rescue agreed to take him.    The Public Safety Committee on July 6 had voted to euthanize two dogs deemed to be dangers to the community. A third dog was given a chance for rehoming, if possible.    The euthanization of Piglet and Pretty Boy was put on hold when the owner, Luis Torres, said he was appealing the decision through the courts. But on Monday, the city's attorney, Gregg Corbo, said Torres had agreed to having Piglet put down and for Pretty Boy and the third dog, Crook, to be surrendered to the rescue organization and removed from the


Florida Woman Dies in Motorcycle Accident
Staff Reports,
02:08PM / Monday, July 20, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A local woman was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon on Route 2.    The accident occurred about 5 p.m. near the Florida town line.    According to a release from the Berkshire district attorney's office, Daryl Rougeau, 42, of the town of Florida, lost control of the 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle he was operating about one half-mile east of the Hairpin Turn. His passenger, Kristin Rougeau, 38, also of Florida, died after being ejected from the motorcycle. She was pronounced dead on the scene by emergency medical personnel.    Daryl Rougeau was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center's satellite


Route 2 at Harpin Turn Closed for Motorcycle Accident
07:56PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A serious motorcycle accident near the Hairpin Turn has closed Route 2 from West Shaft Road to the Florida line.   No traffic is being permitted between the Wigwam Western Summit and the Hairpin Turn. Westbound traffic is being detoured over Stryker Road.    According to a release from North Adams Police, they are being assisted in the investigation of the accident by Clarksburg Police and the Florida Volunteer Fire Department.    Lt. Anthony Beverly reported that the road is expected to be closed for several hours. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes.    Further information will be released at a later point, Beverly


@theMarket: Vaccine-Driven Markets
By Bill Schmick,
02:13PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020
Investors are caught in a tug of war. On one side are the growing cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. On the other, the expectations that a virus cure, or at least a vaccine, is just around the corner. The market remains in the middle.   That's all you need to know to understand what happened to stocks this week. Two different announcements concerning vaccine progress had traders bid up stocks. The daily toll of deaths and cases, the slowing of the re-opening process, and the controversy over the coming school plans, all had a dampening effect on markets as well.    The quarterly corporate earnings season is also upon us. Management's guidance on how they see


The Case for Community College
By Ellen Kennedy,
12:44PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Community colleges remain the most accessible option for higher education and we know that, on average, community college students earn significantly more over their lifetimes than individuals who do not go to community college (according to the Community College Research Center).

Even in the face of COVID-19, Berkshire Community College, like other community colleges across the commonwealth, pivoted in the spring to ensure our students succeeded in pursuing their studies. The college made investments in faculty professional development and technology infrastructure to ensure our fall classes could be held in the safest, most accessible way while ensuring successful learning outcomes.



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