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Program Aims to Make Berkshires 'Age-Friendly'
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Between 40 percent and 50 percent of the population in most towns in Berkshire County is older than the age of 50. And if 50 is the new 30, and middle age is now considered 60, then half of the population has a lot of living left to do. That's why the Berkshires have joined an effort to be an
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@theMarket: Markets Need a Break
The stock market has climbed 10 percent in the last three weeks from its February lows. That is a substantial gain, over a year's worth of historical performance for the S&P 500 index. And as such, it's time for a break. That doesn't mean a sell-off will happen, but it never hurts to prepare one's mind set for a bout of
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Chamber Sees Increased Number of Employers at Annual Career Fair
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Chamber of Commerce is hoping to connect those seeking jobs with employers seeking workers.   One tool is the annual career fair, which on Thursday saw an increased number of employers than in recent years.   "It's larger than we've had in the last three years,"
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'Eddie the Eagle': Doesn't Soar
I didn't mind too terribly the obviousness and predictability of director Dexter Fletcher's "Eddie the Eagle," a biopic about the underdog (and lone) British ski jumper who charmed everyone at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Rather, I let its goodwill and well-meaning parable about determination in the face of
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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Hires New First Grade Teacher
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School welcomes Renée Far as first grade teacher for the 2016-2017 school year. At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, as at many Waldorf schools all over the world, the class teacher stays with students from first through eighth grade. The class grows
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Should You Retire in 'Stages'?
For many people, the concept of retirement can be scary, both emotionally and financially. If you, too, feel somewhat anxious about what awaits you, you might feel more comfortable in knowing that, depending on where you work, you might be able to retire in stages. As its name suggests, retiring in stages typically involves reducing
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Arrowhead Opens Baseball Exhibit on Friday
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Bagwell may be the best player of his generation not yet to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame. The career .297 hitter retired after 15 Major League seasons, all with the same club, in which he hit 449 home runs, earned a National League MVP trophy, garnered three Silver Slugger awards and was named the NL Rookie
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The Independent Investor: Why Wall Street Is Worried About Trump
Normally, Wall Street loves GOP presidential candidates. Historically, Republican presidents have been good for business, tend to cut taxes, and slow the rate of government spending. So why does Donald Trump give them the willies? For starters, the investment community worries that Trump is an unpredictable wild card. Remember, that
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Girls Lacrosse Youth Programs Offered
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield-based youth girls lacrosse programs are available for players in grades 3 and up this spring. Pittsfield’s Boys and Girls Club offers programs in two age groups: juniors (grades 3 to 6) and seniors (grades 7 and 8). New players are welcome and no experience is required.   The
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Great Barrington Attorney Announcing for State Senate
RICHMOND, Mass. — A local attorney has decided to run for the Democratic nomination for state Senate. Andrea Harrington plans to formally announce next Tuesday morning for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District seat being vacated by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing. Adam Hinds of Pittsfield, executive director of the
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