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The Retired Investor: Pandemic Has Been Good to Pet Industry
Sales are increasing wherever you look in the pet sector. Toys, beds, grooming products, leashes, day care, you name it; the pet industry is experiencing double-digit increases in revenue. Better yet, there are few signs that consumer spending in this area will slow down anytime soon.   As readers are aware, the retail sector has
How Do You Cook a Turkey?: From the Mouths of 5-year-olds
Kindergarteners at Hoosac Valley Elementary working diligently at home to share their Thanksgiving recipes.  ADAMS, Mass. — Each year, the kindergartners in Robin Poirot's class at Hoosac Valley Elementary School offer their estimations on how long it takes to cook a turkey — in sizes ranging from three to 100
Greenagers Offers Youth Nature-Based Work Amidst Pandemic
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local youth environment community group has not let COVID-19 halt its stride. Greenagers has continued its commitment to outdoor programming amidst the novel coronavirus pandemic to offer teenagers and young adults nature-based work and socially distant connections. Executive Director Will Conklin and
North Adams Fire Chief Meranti to Retire
Fire Chief Stephen Meranti, center, with the late Public Safety Commissioner E. John Morocco on receiving the MEMA award in 2015.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Stephen Meranti had a particular goal in mind when he updated his resume in the mid-1990s: to become director of the city's fire services.   Early
Financial Moves for the Recently Divorced
Divorce is common in our society, but that doesn't make it any easier to navigate. If you've recently finalized a divorce, you've likely been coping with uncertainty and tension, but you can still avoid turning an already difficult situation into one that's even more challenging. How? By making the right financial and investment
North Adams Council OKs Mohawk Trail Property as Surplus
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council held one of its briefest meetings in some time, leading Mayor Thomas Bernard to joke his remarks would likely be longer than the agenda.    "I'm somewhat terrified that I'm going to spend more time with what I have than the council spent on on the agenda tonight but I
Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 26. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in
Biz Briefs: Big Y Closing Stores for Thanksgiving Holiday
Big Y Giving Workers Two Days Off Big Y has issued a reminder that it will close all stores including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, as well as Friday Nov. 27. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.   Big Y
SVHC Fundraiser Features Virtual Grand Raffle & Drawings
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Jingle Bell Express, a virtual holiday-themed fundraising event to benefit Southwestern Vermont Health Care, kicked off on Friday, Nov. 20.   The centerpiece of the event is a grand raffle. It includes 10 packages worth $1,300 to $5,000 each. Prizes include $5,000 cash and a vacation in the French
Commonwealth Urges Residents to Do What It Takes to 'Get Back'
Today we're launching #GetBackMass, a new public awareness campaign to urge people to keep doing the things we know work to fight #COVID19MA - so we can "get back" to the things we love to do. 😷 #MaskUpMA ↔️ Keep our distance ⚕️ Get tested Learn more:
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