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The Independent Investor: Cost of Caregiving Keeps Climbing
By Bill Schmick,
07:05PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
If you thought the nation has problems with Social Security and Medicare, you ain't seen nothing yet. Today, more than two-thirds of Americans assume they will be able to rely on a family member to meet their long-term care needs if needed. My advice: don't count on it, and here's why.   As it stands today, one-third of all U.S. families provide long-term care for a disabled or elderly family member. You may have guessed that two-thirds of those caregivers are women, although why it should be deemed a woman's task alone is beyond me.   If you want to look at the upside to care-giving, you could say that caring for a loved one who needs our help, is a chance to pay

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'Aladdin': Wishful Thinking
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:07PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
Three wishes. It sure seems like a lot. One would think you could solve all the world's problems as well as a few of your own if a genie granted them to you. But after mulling director Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the "One Thousand and One Nights" Arabian folktale Disney first treated us to in 1992, I'm still not certain how I'd proceed.    Are you sure you can't wish for more wishes? Yeah, I know, I know. That's the way it has to be. You see, it's all part of a built-in lesson about hopes, aspirations and the human condition, brought to the silver screen here in fine fettle.   Rated PG and boasting a bevy of positive beliefs, with special

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Lee High Names Valedictorian, Salutatorian for 2019
11:01AM / Wednesday, May 29, 2019
LEE, Mass. — Homer P. Winston and Anna Wang have been named valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, for Lee High School's class of 2019.    Graduation ceremonies will take place on Saturday, June 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Koussevitzky Music Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Winston is the son of Amy Winston of Lee. He is a member of the National Honor Society, played on the varsity football and lacrosse teams, and participated in mock trial. He is the recipient of the University of Rochester's George Eastman Young Leaders Award, and the Cornell University Junior Award.    He will be attending Williams College in Williamstown in the fall and studying

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Hillsmen Take Home Awards
11:22AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Berkshire Hillsmen compete

The Berkshire Hillsmen, the Pittsfield chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, participated in the Western Regional Competition of the Northeastern District of BHS in Lake George, N.Y., on May 3 and 4. The Berkshire Hillsmen were awarded the 2019 Mountain Division Small Chorus Championship Trophy as a result of their performance. Berkshire Blend, the chapter’s quartet entry, won the 2019 Mountain Division Novice Quartet Championship.

The Northeastern District (NED) is made up of five divisions. The competition that took place in Lake George was for the Mountain and Yankee Divisions. The Mountain Division comprises of Western Massachusetts, New York from

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Strong Towns Founder Brings Community Development Strategies to Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mill Town Capital organized both a large presentation at Barrington Stage in the evening and a small one for those involved in local community development. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charles Marohn believes that humans are basically wired to highly value the immediate positive while discounting long-term negatives.   That's a well recognized and documented psychology. It explains why many people will eat poor food and sit down in front of a television rather than go to the gym.   But Marohn's specialty isn't psychology. He's a civil engineer. So why was he talking psychology in a room full of government officials and city planners?   "This is a

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@theMarket: Markets Held Hostage by Trade & Machines
By Bill Schmick,
03:19PM / Friday, May 24, 2019
If it were not for computer-driven trading, it might actually be funny. Financial markets are careening up and down on a daily basis based on the next tweet or comment from the Trump administration or its counterparts in China. We could see more of the same next week.   Rhyme or reason has truly left the station. Day by day, the trade war of words is accelerating. This week, the U.S. banned China's largest technology company, Huawei, from doing business with American companies. The president accused the company of espionage. The Chinese responded by threatening to drop trade negotiations. Markets collapsed, led by semi-conductor and technology stocks.   A day later, the

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'John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum': How Can I Kill Thee? Let me Count the Ways
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:27PM / Friday, May 24, 2019
There are two things in this world that really confound me. Nope, it's not wondering what the secret of life is. I've got that figured. It's to get a Ferrari. And it isn't how many angels can you fit on the head of a pin, either. Fifty-six, I reckon, same as DiMaggio's hitting streak.    No, the first of my dual quandary is, how anyone in America isn't repulsed by the administration currently besmirching the sanctity of democracy down in Foggy Bottom? The second dilemma that really has me scratching my head is why on Earth someone would want to see director Chad Stahelski's "John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum?"    I concur with Hesh

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Greylock Names New Senior Vice President
12:00PM / Friday, May 24, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has promoted Rebecca Riordan to senior vice president, human resources.

"Rebecca's positive impact on our organization and culture is undeniable," President and Chief Executive Officer John L. Bissell said. "She has proven to be a transformational leader who brings her boundless expertise, energy and joy to Greylock employees every day. She understands that hiring, training and developing the best employees is the key to Greylock's continued success."

Riordan joined Greylock in 2017 as the vice president of human resources, where she continues to direct all HR and training functions of Greylock's

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BFAIR Hires Director of ABI/MFP, Director of Homecare Services
11:48AM / Friday, May 24, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Family and Individual Resources has hired people to fill two key agency vacancies; sirector of Acquired Brain Injury/Moving Forward Plan (ABI/MFP) and director of Homecare Services.

Both positions are filled by veterans in the human services industry with more than 20 years of experience in the field. The first was filled by an internal promotion of Deanna Davila and the second was filled by Tim Brelsford, who came from Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth.

Davila holds a bachelor's degree in human services and joined BFAIR in April 2017 as a house manager in Northampton in the Acquired Brain Injury program. She assisted in opening a new

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Big Y's Real Estate and Development Group Names Senior Manager
11:36AM / Friday, May 24, 2019

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Foods has announced the appointment of Colin M. D'Amour as a senior manager of procurement within Big Y's Real Estate and Development team.

In this role, he is responsible for managing all aspects of purchasing and equipment buying for the company's 80 plus locations. As part of their Real Estate Committee, he is involved in evaluating viable expansion opportunities across all operating formats, including Big Y World Class Markets, Fresh Acres, Table & Vine and Big Y Express divisions. He is also project manager for the expansion of Big Y's Distribution Center current expansion project.

In addition, he oversees multiple programs and

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The Independent Investor: Don't Take Loans From Your Tax-Deferred Accounts
By Bill Schmick,
04:49PM / Thursday, May 23, 2019
It sounds too good to be true. Why borrow from a bank when you can take a loan out from your 401(k) or 403(b) and pay yourself back in both interest and principal? If that sounds like a great deal, it's not.   Money purchase plans, profit-sharing plans, 457(b) plans and both 401(k) and 403(b) plans may offer loans, but IRAs, SEP IRAs, and SIMPLE IRAs do not. The IRS does have some restrictions on the borrowing. It limits how much you can borrow at any one time. In general, you are limited to the smaller of 50 percent of your vested account balance, or $50,000. However, there is one exception (hardship) that allows you to borrow up to $10,000 even if it exceeds 50 percent of the

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Memorial Day Events 2019
By Staff Reports,
05:00PM / Wednesday, May 22, 2019


*Adams
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Building and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street. This is the parade's centennial. 

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 87th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 26, 9 a.m. There will be

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