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Tools Are Great for Father's Day – and for Investors
10:43AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

If you are a dad, you may well be pleased to unwrap some tools as Father's Day gifts. Of course, it might be a stereotype that all men are handy at repairs; women certainly can be every bit as good when it comes to building and fixing things. In fact, the construction process is valuable for anyone to learn – and the same skills that go in to creating and mending physical objects also can be applied to financial projects – such as working toward a comfortable retirement.

Here are a few of those skills:

Diagnosing the challenge: A good craftsperson knows that the first step toward accomplishing any outcome is to assess the challenge. So, for example, if you want to build

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Pair of Unbeatens Remain in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
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07:30AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Cornerstone and the Adams Aces won their games this weekend to stay unbeaten in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Cornerstone (4-0) leads the 20-year-old league after taking a pair of games.   Cornerstone took a pair of games from the Great Barrington Millers over the weekend.   First, Jeff Field hit a grand slam in the seventh inning to help break open a close game that ended up a 10-3 Cornerstone win. Isaiah Provencher earned the win on the mound, striking out eight.   In Game 2, Cornerstone went ahead, 6-1, after two innings en route to a 9-2 win. Field homered twice and drove in eight runs in the win. Tanner Bird homered in a two-hit day.   The Adams Aces

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BCAC Celebrates Accomplishments at Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, June 11, 2019

State Sen. Adam Hinds speaks to the BCAC annual meeting on Friday after being presented with the Community Hero Award.  (Photo courtesy Angela Dimock Photography)

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community Action Council annual meeting aimed to showcase what has been done over the past year, but this year's keynote speech highlighted just how much work there is to do moving forward.

Nancy Wagman, the Kids Count director of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, gave a presentation to the more than 150 guests gathered at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Friday that went back in time to show when and how poverty started winning the war that President Lyndon Johnson

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Miss Hall's School Graduates 47 Students
02:18PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Forty-seven students, including 14 from Berkshire County and nearby communities, graduated on Sunday, June 2, during Miss Hall's School's 121st commencement.   Ceremonies took place under a large tent on the front lawn of the school's Holmes Road campus. Kristina Delgado, a social impact strategist and the founder of Hearts on Fleek, a social change consultancy, as well as a member of the class of 2009, delivered the address.   Among the graduates were the following local students: Charlotte Adelson, of Lee; Elizabeth Cachat, Dalton; Samantha Elliott, Pittsfield; Trudy Fadding, Glendale; Haylee Gleason, Pittsfield; Emily Grady, Pittsfield;

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Berkshires Beat: South Church Raising Money for Solar Panels
12:07PM / Monday, June 10, 2019
Solar project

To offset the growing cost of electricity required to sustain its much-needed community missions, South Congregational Church in Pittsfield has embarked upon a solar energy project. Vivint Solar is installing 100 solar panels on the church roof this summer, at a cost of $103,500. The church is seeking to raise funds to pay for the cost of this energy-saving solar project.

South Congregational Church's historical downtown Pittsfield building is a welcoming complex that serves as a meeting house for many groups in our community. Community organizations such as Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Pittsfield Squares, Music Together, and the Pembury Bridge Club meet

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Weekly Berkshire County Junior Golf Schedule Set
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10:19AM / Monday, June 10, 2019
The Berkshire County Junior Golf Program is open to boys and girls who are members of an Allied Golf Club and between the ages of 11‑18.   The participants compete in divisions determined by their age. Categories include 13 and under, 14 and 15, and 16 and over. There are six events to be held on Mondays throughout the summer with registration at the host club scheduled from 8 to 8:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 9. There will be optional tee times starting at 8:30 .   The host club will provide a short clinic on either the rules of golf or golf etiquette before players begin, providing there is time. The fee is $10 to 15 per player, which covers prizes and lunch. The field

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Pittsfield Hosting Firefighter Challenge Race This Weekend
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Monday, June 10, 2019

Teams from all over the world compete in the challenge. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters from all over will swarm Pittsfield next weekend to test their skills against each other.   The Firefighter Combat Challenge is an obstacle course that designed to test firefighters on different tasks they've had to accomplish immediately on the scene of a fire — whether than be rolling out a hose or carrying a victim.   Wearing full gear the firefighters will race each other up a five-story tower with a hose, hoist hoses from the ground, chop I-beams, drag hoses, and carry a 175-pound "victim" 100 feet.    "It's a really good test of fitness

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Lenox High Graduates Ready to Take Flight
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Sunday, June 09, 2019

Class President Jimmy Chassi says the class of 2019 is going to change the world. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — The 49 graduates of Lenox Memorial High School are ready for the risks ahead as they leave the close-knit class of 2019 and learn to fly.   The class is similar to the monarch butterfly that the students had rushed to see emerge from its chrysalis after weeks of waiting, said valedictorian Magdalena Sorrentino from the stage of the Shed at Tanglewood on Sunday afternoon.   "We want to so badly to witness this first life, to see the transformation of a little caterpillar to the majestic butterfly," she said, but their teacher advised patience

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Berkshires Receiving Nearly $8M in Chapter 90 Funds
Staff Reports,
05:11AM / Saturday, June 08, 2019

BOSTON  — Gov. Charlie Baker has signed H.69, An act financing improvements to municipal roads and bridges, which authorizes $200 million in Chapter 90 transportation funds to support all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts.

  About ‭$7,820,310 of that will be heading to the Berkshires with the largest amount — $1.4 million — going to Pittsfield and its nearly 200 miles of roads. The second largest amount  of $435,324 goes to the county's other city, North Adams, which has just over 70 miles of road. Berkshire County total has about ‭1,598.63‬ miles of locally governed roads.    Boston, not surprisingly, gets the

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'Rocketman': Godzilla vs. Elton John
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
07:25PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
I actually wanted to see the new "Godzilla." Not that I'm a big fan of the franchise. Maybe it's the kid in me or perhaps because the early stuff was so hokey and so terribly dubbed that it was entertaining. Composed of poorly constructed miniatures and the barest of plots, it was probably the hypersuspension of disbelief engendered in us moppets that stirred our imaginations more than the calamitous perpetrations themselves. My curiosity was up.    Hence, as the time approached to decide if it'd be "Rocketman" or "Godzilla" this week, the Japanese nomenclature became my recurring word of the day. "Gojira! Gojira!" I repeated in

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Sunshine, Warm Temps Finally Arrive in the Berkshires
06:01PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
After a rainy spring, this weekend might finally feel like summer in the Berkshires.   By the way, the feeling that it was raining all the time was not in your head: The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., reports that "the last time Albany had three days or more of dry weather without a minimally a trace of precipitation was March 24-27." And preliminary data for Pittsfield shows that there was measurable rainfall nearly every day of the month of May.   But that's in the past.   The Weather Channel — which has ironically changed its logo to say "The Water Channel" because of all the rain and flooding in the South and Midwest —

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@theMarket: When Bad News Is Good News
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, June 07, 2019
You would think that a non-farm payroll report that was way below expectations would give investors pause. After all, when the pace of employment slows, it usually means that the economy is slowing as well. So why did the stock market spike higher?   It comes down to what the Fed may do. Contrary to many investors' belief that tariffs (or the lack thereof) are the critical element in the stock market's fortunes, I believe the actions of the U.S. central bank trump Trump's antics on the trade front.    A look back to the last quarter of 2018 reveals why I believe this is so. While the press gave plenty of space to the on again, off again China/U.S. trade

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