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@theMarket: Nowhere Land
Most of the stock market went nowhere this year. With the exception of the NASDAQ, the rest of the market returned investors less than the average yield of a yearly CD. It was a disappointing year, to put it mildly. Recall the months of tension as the markets gyrated between up 3 percent and down by about the same amount. Then August hit
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Firefighters Learn Extrication Techniques in Dalton
DALTON, Mass. — On a chilly and early Saturday morning, more than a dozen new to early-in-their-career firefighters came out to meet with training officers and veterans to learn some valuable skills. This morning? The proper techniques of extrication from an automobile. Using a mixture of hydraulic and hand tools from Hurst, the
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'The Big Short': Hifalutin' Finance
Watching director Adam McKay's "The Big Short," you don't know whether to laugh or cry over the bald-faced bamboozlement perpetrated by the banks, Wall Street and other moneyed interests not quite so easy to identify. "How could it go on and on?" you ask, and then, in a sober reflection, remind yourself that
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Time for Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions
The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class. All are worthy goals, but why not add some financial resolutions as well? For example: * Pay yourself first. Even if
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Berkshire Tidbits: Brunch for New Year's
Berkshire Co-op Market Names New General Manager Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington announced last week that, after a national search, it has chosen a new general manager. Daniel Esko, currently operations manager for Shire City Herbals in Pittsfield will become the Co-op's new manager. Esko had worked in a variety of
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Storm Causes Some Delays
The first winter storm of the season has caused some minor delays:   BCAC OFFICES WILL OPEN AT 10 AM BERKSHIRE BANK WILL OPEN AT 10 AM BERKSHIRE COUNTY HEAD START PITTSFIELD/ JOHNSON OPEN NO TRANSPORTATION BERKSHIRE NORTH  & PITTSFIELD WIC OFFICES WILL OPEN AT 10 AM CHAIR YOGA AT THE ADAMS SENIOR CENTER
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Berkshires First Snowfall Of Season Expected
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The first snowfall of the season is predicted early this week.   The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Monday which will extend from 7 p.m. Monday night until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Berkshires could see between two to five inches of snow and around one to two tenths of an inch of
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Great Barrington Firehouse Sets CPR Open House After One of Its Own Is Saved
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ed McCormick, a Great Barrington firefighter for more than 50 years, has helped many people in emergency situations during his service to the town. At this past Thanksgiving's annual Turkey Trot Race at Bard College at Simon's Rock, some of his brother firefighters returned the favor by aiding him in
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@theMarket: Santa Comes to Town
He certainly took his own sweet time getting here. Investors had just about giving up hope that the traditional Santa Claus Rally would occur this year. But despite gyrating energy prices, worries over the economy and the looming next earnings season, stocks are on the upswing. Of course, I am writing this on the Wednesday before Christmas
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Guest Column: Christmas Homily 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Marking his second Christmas as bishop of Springfield, Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski spoke at the Christmas Eve liturgy at St. Michael's Cathedral of the light which illuminates from the Christ Child and in turn our Catholic faith, a light that breaks through the darkest night. Bishop's homily was part of
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