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@theMarket: The Deals Begin
This week's ongoing controversy between Mexico and our new president over trade and the construction of "the wall” has investors concerned, confused and apprehensive. And still the markets gained ground. I believe we are witnessing the opening gambits of President Trump's "Art of the Deal” as it applies to
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'The Founder': The Original Hamburglar
'I think my father would have enjoyed John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," an enthusiastic account of how Ray Kroc, a previously failed salesman, turned the McDonald brothers' pioneering, fast-food restaurant into a worldwide phenomenon. But while he would applaud the title character's passion and persistence, he'd
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The Independent Investor: A Circus by Any Other Name Is Still a Circus
By now you may have heard that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are set to close in May of this year. That's the third circus in as many years to close their doors. You might say the announcement marks the end of an era stretching back for almost 150 years. I disagree. The circus will never die. It's been around since
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Bay State Winter Games Return this Weekend
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ice and snow and sweat and cheers are all on the agenda over the next five weeks as the 32nd annual Bay State Winter Games return to Berkshire County. For 37 days at six different venues, athletes from throughout Massachusetts and around New England will compete in sports ranging from ice hockey to
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Young People Set to Lift the Spirits of Berkshire Seniors With Valentine's Cards
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 15.5 million seniors in America live alone and face isolation due to declining mobility and geographic location. To help combat the negative effects of isolation, DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest
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Social Justice Discussion Set for Jan. 26 at Simon's Rock
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Magazine, Multicultural BRIDGE and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host a talk on "Social Justice: Ethics, Writing and Reporting for Social Change" on Thursday, Jan. 26. The workshop "Just Journalism: A Workshop on Public Writing" with speakeasy@simons-rock.edu will be
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When Do You Need a Financial Adviser?
Are you a "do-it-yourselfer"? If you can take care of home repairs, lawn work and other types of maintenance by yourself, you'll save money and probably gain satisfaction. But you will almost certainly need some help in other areas of your life – one of which may be investing. In fact, you could benefit from the
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Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a
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Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth
Baker kicked off his speech focusing on economic growth through the state. BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year.   Baker highlighted work on the
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Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior Luke Costley helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer
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