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@theMarket: Another Week of Market Volatility
By Bill Schmick,
04:29PM / Friday, June 01, 2018
As the month wound down, so did stocks. Pronouncements from Washington dominated the market's direction on a daily basis. We can expect to see that trend continue as the summer doldrums reduce liquidity and exaggerate market swings.   The adage of "sell in May," however, did not fulfill the bears' expectations this year.   Actually, the month of May has been pretty good for stocks recently. The S&P 500 Benchmark Index gained a smidge over two percent for the month this year. That's not to say those gains were easy. The stress level for those who are trying to trade this market is through the roof.   And that's because two opposing trends are

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Neal Announces $348K in NEA Funding for Local Cultural Programs
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Thursday, May 31, 2018

Victoria Beaupre tells how her experience with the Fall Festival of Shakespeare changed her personally.  LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli remembers when Lenox residents couldn't wait for the Tanglewood crowd to finally go home at the end of summer.    That was back when General Electric in Pittsfield employed 12,000 to 13,000 and the cultural attractions were more a matter of pride than the economy.    "Then General Electric and the papers mills started to cut back and go away," he said Thursday morning at Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. "We transformed ourselves, we pulled in

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The Independent Investor: Italy's Crisis Threatens Financial Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:05PM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
A political crisis in the fourth largest economy in Europe has spilled over into the financial markets. Global stock exchanges greeted Italy's present political dysfunction by registering major declines — and the crisis may just be getting started.   Back in 2010 through 2012, readers may recall a similar eurozone calamity. Greece was at the center of that maelstrom and, at its worse, threatened the viability of the European Union and its currency, the Euro. This time around, many of the same issues are now bedeviling Italy. The country has the third largest debt load in the world after the U.S. and Japan. It still suffers from double-digit unemployment while their

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Lee High School Class of 2018 Names Val & Sal
11:49AM / Thursday, May 31, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Will R. McKeon and Lydia F. Morawiec have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of Lee High School's class of 2018.    Commencement ceremonies will take place on Saturday, June 2, at 1:30 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.   McKeon is the son of Karen Rutschmann and Jack McKeon of Lee. He is a member of the National Honor Society, band, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and many theater productions. He's an Eagle Scout and a taekwondo instructor. McKeon was the recipient of the Dartmouth College Book Award and the Elmira College Key Award.    He will be attending Clark University in Worcester in the

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Fairie Festival Drumming Up Enthusiasm for Annual Event
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18PM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The reading was followed by painting colorful rocks, all part of the outreach program for the upcoming Berkshire Mountains Fairie Festival in June.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The audience was small but its members rapt as Kristen DeMeo read her book "The Garden Fairies" at the Williams Bookstore on Saturday morning.    The reading, along with some painting activity, is part of a push to get fairies front and center this spring in anticipation of the third annual Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival on June 16 at the Adams Agricultural Fairgrounds.   Gail Sellers, adorned in a woodsy tiara with butterflies, said the organization is reaching into the

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Free Fun Fridays Coming Back for 10th Season
09:35AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

A record 100 cultural venues across Massachusetts will open their doors for free on Fridays this summer, marking the 10th anniversary of Free Fun Fridays, funded by the Highland Street Foundation to offer visitors no-cost access to museums, theaters, historic sites, archives and treasured collections.
 
Free Fun Fridays 2018 will take place for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 29 and continuing through August 31 — with 100 venues welcoming visitors in a free-of-charge public celebration of culture and history that is unprecedented outside of the national museums in Washington, D.C.
 
Over the course of the past decade, the Newton-based Highland Street

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Pulmonary Specialist Joins BMC Physician Practice
09:31AM / Wednesday, May 30, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Julio Miranda, a board- certified and fellowship-trained pulmonary and critical care specialist to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Miranda is accepting new patients in need of Pulmonary Care and is partnered with doctors Hafez Alsmaan, Kashif Aslam, Cynthia Callahan, Twinkle Chandak, Daniel Doyle, Michael Mortelliti and Jack Ringler, physician assistant Colleen Halvorsen Sinclair and registered nurse Rebecca Schaffrick at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Miranda is board-certified in internal medicine, critical

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Great Barrington Stays Perfect in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
08:34PM / Monday, May 28, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. -- Scott McFarland homered and drove in three runs, and Mickey Kammeyer had a pair of doubles to lead the Great Barrington Millers to a 12-7 over the Knights as the Millers stayed unbeaten in the Berskshire Adult Baseball League.   The Millers improved to 3-0 to stay atop the 20-year-old division of the league.   Housatonic also stayed perfect in the 20-year-old division, beating BBA, 3-1, to move to 2-0 on the season. Jared Habershaw threw four shutout innings, striking out seven, to earn the win on the mound.   Cornerstone defeated Lenox, 8-5, to take over third place in the division. Jeff Fields hit a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs in the

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Memorial Day Brings Reminders of Sacrifice, Obligations
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Monday, May 28, 2018

Applause for World War II veteran Frank Lazarczyk of Cheshire at the Adams Memorial Day service on Monday. See more photos here. ADAMS, Mass. — It was some 55 years ago that Francis Bourdon stood in Maple Street Cemetery to recite the Gettysburg Address as a member of Boy Scout Troop 38.    "If you had told me that someday I would be speaking here, I would have laughed," said the retired lieutenant colonel on Monday at the annual Memorial Day service in Adams. "One day in the not too distant future one of the youths here may have that honor ...   "You're embarking on a life of adventure secure in the freedoms by the sacrifices of your

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Saturday, May 26, 2018

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 28. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Closed:
Federal, state and local offices; no mail

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@theMarket: Nothing Memorable in the Markets this Week
By Bill Schmick,
04:35PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
Most indexes ended the week where they started. While day traders may have lost or gained from intraday moves, serious investors simply ignored the constant and contradictory stream of news coming out of Washington.   It isn't worth the space to comment on all the on-again, off-again series of tweets and statements that has become part of our daily diet. The main events that did carry some substantive weight were the House rollback of the Dodd-Frank rules. This easing of regulations on all but the largest banks, removes the required ‘stress tests' from most banks. While it relaxes some of the more stringent rules on banks, it does continue to regulate those areas that

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Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney
01:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Criminal defense attorney Judith Knight has formally announced her candidacy for Berkshire district attorney.    Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes.    She is an advocate of criminal justice reform promoting alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders by imposing a stint of community service, restorative justice, or inpatient treatment for addicts instead of incarceration. Knight wants to end the school to prison pipeline and is committed to fighting the opioid crisis at all

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