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Talk to Your Spouse About Your Retirement Vision
Submitted by Edward Jones,
06:22PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

If you're single, your retirement goals are your own – you don't really have to consult with anybody, and you can change your plans whenever you like. However, if you're married, you and your spouse should develop a joint “vision” encompassing all the key areas of your retirement lifestyle. 

These are a few questions you may want to address first:

Where should we live? Once you retire, you may need to consider two key aspects of your living situation: the size and location of your home. Regarding size, you may look around one day and realize you have more living space than you actually need. This is especially true, of course, if you have children who


Williamstown Honors 101-Year-Old With Boston Post Cane
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:57PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Filomena Demo is joined by her son Sergio, daughter-in-law Gail and grandson Wyatt.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Filomena Demo knows how she has managed to live to the age of 101.

"I don't worry," she said. "I pray for everyone. I thank God."

Demo shared her wisdom on Tuesday during a ceremony presenting her with the town of Williamtown's Boston Post Cane, which recognizes her as the town's oldest resident. She turns 102 next month.

The Boston Post Canes were originated by the now-defunct Boston Post in the early 1900s and were given to towns across Massachusetts and beyond to honor each town's oldest resident as a marketing ploy. With Tuesday's


iBerkshires Storm Center: Closings & Cancellations March 8
09:24AM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A severe winter storm expected to dumped upwards of 2 feet of snow on the area, particularly over parts of the Northern Berkshires.    Schools are closed or had delayed openings. Adams, Clarksburg, Lenox, North Adams and Pittsfield declared snow emergencies: no parking on streets during the storm or in the hours afterward to allow for snow removal. Pittsfield's snow emergency was lifted on Thursday morning but North Adams has extended its until 8 p.m. on Thursday.   Below is a list of closures and cancellations for Thursday, March 8.  Pittsfield trash pickup resumes Friday, schedule will be one day behind International Women's Day celebration dinner


Goals Set To Make Berkshires 100 Percent Renewable Energy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The technology is available. It is just a matter of the right policies and right actions to make it happen.   That is what a coalition of environmentalist believes when it comes the state becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy. On Monday, local leaders and organizations joined for a summit to dive into the issues.   "We believe a lot of pollution and environmental degradation happened and continues to happen because as a society we are stuck in old ways of thinking. We need these new ways of thinking and action to bring policy and practice into alignment about what it will take to bring about a cleaner, greener future," said Meghan


College Notes: March 2018
04:22PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
A group of master's students from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee contributed to the growing body of research in autism spectrum disorders by presenting posters at the recent annual meeting for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis in Hartford, Conn.    Chris Tamburrino of Pittsfield, Alyssa Clark of Westfield and Miranda Fogg of Springfield, Vt., are all in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program at Elms, and all three have been working with children with autism on two research projects with Laura A. Hanratty, director of applied behavior analysis and ASD graduate programs assistant professor. The four collaborated on


Pittsfield Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Speaking at MCLA Commencement
02:28PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 119th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who grew up in Pittsfield and is a graduate of Taconic High School. The second African-American woman to go into space, Wilson will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.   In addition, MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello, a graduate of the college, and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will receive honorary doctor of public service degrees.


Snowfall Predictions: March Monster
09:56AM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Crazy late winter weather comes in at full force on Wednesday with — wait for it — up to 15 inches!   Everyone get your yardsticks ready because we want some proof this time.    The National Weather Service's lastest forecast is heavy, wet snow with accumulations of 13 to 17 inches, and localized amounts up to 20. The storm system is expected to stall over eastern New York and the Berkshires and dump up to 1 to 2 inches an hour.   A winter storm warning is in effect beginning Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. and through Thursday at 7 p.m.   Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Isolated to

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Couple Opens Realty Agency
02:20PM / Monday, March 05, 2018
For real

As one of the leading brokers in the area, Jason Nocher, along with his wife, Jennifer, decided it was time to grow their business and open their our own agency. Their first office opened in in downtown Pittsfield at 34 Depot St. at the start of February and they kicked things off with many new listings throughout Berkshire County.

Before opening his own agency, Jason was a top seller in a large local firm. Jennifer will serve as office manager. Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, hiking, camping and fishing. Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and jogging.

Nocher Realty added a new agent in the field, Jeff King, who comes with a great


Berkshire County Youth Soccer Looking for Referees
08:28PM / Sunday, March 04, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Youth Soccer League needs referees for the 2018 season.     A new referee course will be held at the Hampton Inn in Lenox on March 18. The course costs $115.   Details can be found at   The BCYSL has also agreed to support this initiative by reimbursing new referees for the kit that they purchase after they have officiated a total of 10 games within a calendar year.     Any inquiries should be directed to Anthony Pedolzky at


Norman Rockwell Museum Announces New Research Fellows in American Illustration
08:14PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Norman Rockwell Museum’s Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nation’s first research institute dedicated to American illustration, announces its new Society of Fellows. 

Established to bring leading thinkers and fresh perspectives to the study of American illustration art between 1850 and the present, the Society of Fellows will explore the history and criticism of this understudied field, to more fully develop the language and discourse of an academic discipline devoted to published art. In addition to scholarly writings, the Society of Fellows will convene twice a year to engage in discussion and debate, posing key questions


United Way Grant Funds CHP Blood Pressure Cuffs
08:08PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way has funded a grant to purchase Omron blood pressure cuffs for hypertension patients at CHP North Adams Family Medicine. 

This equipment provides easy one-touch operation, allowing home blood pressure monitoring that is both simple and accurate. One blood pressure measurement is like a snapshot. It only tells what an individual’s blood pressure is at that moment. A record of readings taken over time provides a “time-lapse” picture of blood pressure history that can aid treatment. 

The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the healthcare


@themarket: Trump's Tariff Talk Trashes Global Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:42PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018 Stocks declined this week. This is a typical and largely expected reaction that should see the averages re-test the lows suffered in early February.  Investors should understand that this is no cause for alarm.   In past columns, I had warned investors that there may be another shoe to drop before the correction in the markets was truly


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