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Baker, Polito Sign Compacts With 17 South County Towns
Lenox Board of Selectman Ed Lane signs the compact with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — It started with the six Southern Berkshire school districts.    School officials were looking at the cost of operating each district while noticing student population dropping. They realized they
Baker Cheers, Challenges BArT Charter Students
ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday congratulated the students of Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School on their accomplishments and challenged them to keep building for their futures.   "If we work it right, if we work hard and work smart and make good decisions, you wake up when you're 59
Berkshire Tidbits: Christmas Goodies, Year's End Events
Charles H. Baldwin & Sons Has Extracts Galore & Plenty More Monday through Saturday, 9 to 5; Christmas Eve, 9 to 3; reopens Monday, Dec. 28 When you are on tiny Center Street in tiny West Stockbridge, you cannot miss noticing that Charles H. Baldwin & Sons, aka Baldwin's Extracts, is really dressed for Christmas. Even
Superior Court Briefs: Dec. 15
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, Dec. 15.   Kevin Fowler, 45, of Rocky Hill, Conn. pleaded guilty to 11 counts of larceny over $250, 11 counts of uttering, and 11 counts of forgery.   He was ordered to serve two to three years at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Cedar Junction. Fowler
The Independent Investor: How Rising Interest Rates Will Change Your Life
It's official: Wednesday afternoon the Federal Reserve bank hiked the short-term interest rate, called the Fed Funds rate, for the first time in 9 1/2 years. It is the beginning of a new financial era for all of us and it behooves you to understand its implications. Let me first assuage any concerns you may have that this single 0.25
'Trumbo': Write and Wrong
Both fortunately and unfortunately, movies about bigotry and fearmongering in America always seem to be timely and appropriate. Hence, while director Jay Roach's engaging, wittily realized biopic about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo isn't especially artistic or cutting edge, it's dutiful, ultimately patriotic meditations in
Holiday Spending Can Help Teach Children About Money
During this holiday season, you likely will be spending money, in various amounts and in various ways. And you can use this experience to teach your children about money management. Here are a few ideas for doing just that: * Stick to a budget. Tell your children you have set aside a certain amount of money for gifts and holiday
Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshires Featured on Barefoot Contessa
The Barefoot Contessa Episode Featuring Berkshire Food Shops Saturday, Dec. 19, 8 a.m.; Monday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m. Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, came to the Berkshires with friends. They shopped, they filmed and the Barefoot Holiday episode that aired starting this past weekend. Berkshire Mountain
@theMarket: Where Oil Goes, So Goes the Market
Stocks had a tough week. All averages are now negative for the year once again and will continue to go lower until oil finds a bottom or the market disconnects from energy prices. The problem with that scenario is that no one knows if and when that will occur. The price of crude is down 14 percent since December 1 and 35 percent since May.
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