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Estate Plans Can Help You Answer Questions About the Future
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:48AM / Wednesday, July 17, 2019

The word "estate" conjures images of great wealth, which may be one of the reasons so many people don't develop estate plans. After all, they're not rich, so why make the effort? In reality, though, if you have a family, you can probably benefit from estate planning, whatever your asset level. And you may well find that a comprehensive estate plan can help you answer some questions you may find unsettling – or even worrisome.

Here are a few of these questions:

* What will happen to my children? With luck, you (and your co-parent, if you have one) will be alive and well at least until your children reach the age of majority (either 18 or 21, depending on where you

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Dalton Softball Tourney to Highlight Busy Weekend in Youth Sports
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:03AM / Wednesday, July 17, 2019
“Lazy days of summer”? Not for local youngsters on a variety of travel sports teams.   This weekend will be filled with tournament play on softball and baseball diamonds near and far.   One of the biggest local softball events of the year gets under way on Friday in Dalton, where 26 teams will compete in four age divisions at the 10th annual Dalton CRA Invitational.   Titles will be awarded in 10-and-under, 12U, 14U and 16U age groups.   Local teams in action include the hosts from Dalton, Great Barrington, the Berkshire Blaze, Berkshire Force and Adams-Cheshire-Savoy Swat.   The action gets underway on Friday. Pool play continues through Saturday in all

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Pittsfield Police Advisory Board Learns High-Speed Pursuit Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, July 17, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When two men came whipping into the city with police on their tail in March, residents didn't see Pittsfield Police officers hanging out the window trying to shoot out the tires. That only happens in movies.   In fact, residents didn't see Pittsfield Police on the suspect's tail at all. Chief Michael Wynn told his officers not to pursue because the policy of the department is that if a pursuit comes into the city from another jurisdiction, Pittsfield officers don't join unless they are asked to.   Residents didn't see a "parade" of vehicles on the suspect's tail either. That type of action is a thing of old. Now if a car

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Pittsfield Walk Raises Awareness For Pedestrian Safety
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:01PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The group met at City Hall at 10 a.m. on Monday to take the walk.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A group of residents took a walk down North Street on Monday in an effort to raise awareness of pedestrian safety.

And, fittingly, the group nearly got run over by a driver who did not stop.

The event was headed by Brian Fitzpatrick who wanted to particularly raise awareness regarding the safety of those with disabilities.   The walk kicked off from City Hall at 10 a.m. with Police Sgt. Marc Maddalena, Mayor Linda Tyer, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, City Councilor Kevin Morandi and more.    The group walked down North Street to Maplewood and back with Maddalena leading

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PEDA to Create Site-Readiness Report On Park's Largest Parcel
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:03PM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The 16-acre parcel will be looked at in depth so prospects know what they need. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It wasn't long ago that a company got "scared away" from building on the William Stanley Business Park because it wasn't sure what was in the ground.   The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority doesn't want to see that happen again so it is spending about $27,000 to perform a "comprehensive" analysis of the land.   "This one is site-specific," said Chairman Mick Callahan at Tuesday morning's PEDA meeting. EDM will be looking at the largest parcel at the park known as Site 9.   "This is a very comprehensive

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Completion of Lafayette Trail Celebrated in Hancock
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hancock officials celebrate the designation recognizing the role the town had in history. HANCOCK, Mass. — During the American Revolution, famed French general the Marquis de Lafayette played a significant role as an ally of the rebellious colonies.   So much so that President James Monroe invited him on a farewell tour of the nation in 1824, celebrating the country's 50th birthday.   Lafayette traveled all 24 of the United States, including going directly across the Berkshires on his way to Boston.   Now, the Berkshires have recognized his contributions by designating the trail he took from Hancock to Hinsdale on his way back Boston with an official

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Lanesborough Closes Book on Fiscal 2019
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Board of Selectmen recognized Town Clerk Ruth Knysh for six years of service. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen closed the fiscal year's books on Monday after transferring some $63,538 from health insurance to cover deficits elsewhere in the budget.   Of particular concern for Finance Committee member Ronald Tinkham was a $45,167 overage in winter roads supplies and repairs.   The town, under the previous manager, had been creeping that budget figure up to become more accurate. Tinkham believes that should continue to eliminate deficits.   "We need to be sensitive to that when we establish next year's budget," Tinkham

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Pittsfield Nationals Hold Off Holden, Secure Sectional Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
08:58PM / Monday, July 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Monday’s sectional final in the Little League 8- to 10-year-old tournament had a little of everything: big offensive rallies, sterling defense, gutsy pitching and drama.   A little more drama than anyone expected going to the bottom of the sixth and a whole lot more drama than the hometown fans wanted to see.   But, in the end, the Pittsfield Little League National Division All-Stars held on for a 10-9 win and a berth in the state tournament.   The Nats, playing as designated visitors on their Myron Gray Field, took a 10-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Holden rallied to draw within one and had runners at second and third when Brenden Socie

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Pittsfield Stars Travel Baseball Team Improves to 5-2
02:47PM / Monday, July 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Pittsfield Stars 18-and-under baseball team earned a pair of wins over the weekend against the Frozen Ropes in the Eastern New York Travel Baseball League.   In the first game, Christian Marchbanks earned the win on the mound and went 3-for-4 with three doubles.   In the second game, Caden Frazier pitched Pittsfield to victory as it improved to 5-2 this summer.   The Stars go to Waterford, N.Y., on Wednesday.

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Dr. Radin Named Grand Marshal of 64th Annual Fall Foliage Parade
12:30PM / Monday, July 15, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Len Radin has been selected as grand marshal for the upcoming 64th annual Fall Foliage parade presented by 1Berkshire.

The parade will be held in downtown North Adams on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. This year's parade theme is "The Wizard of Oz," both in celebration of the 80th anniversary of its Hollywood premiere, and in the promotion of the message that "there's no place like home in the Berkshires."

Dr. Radin was selected for this honor not only because of all he has done for the community, but for his enduring love for "The Wizard of Oz." He has spent more than 60 years in the theater business, including founding the

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Let's Reverse the Rural Physician Shortage
By Lia Spiliotes,
10:17AM / Monday, July 15, 2019

Across the nation, unequal access to health care raises urgent, pressing problems for individual and community health. For rural and underserved communities, the most urgent challenge for patients is our shrinking supply of primary care physicians.

Data show that by 2030, the United States will face a primary care physician shortfall as high as 49,300. Only 25 percent of medical school graduates enter the primary care field; many head straight to higher-paid medical specialties.

In rural regions, this looming physician shortage is already hurting patients. A new poll by Harvard, NPR, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that one-quarter of those surveyed had trouble accessing

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Carmel Seeks To Improve Efficiency Of Council With Ward 6 Bid
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Monday, July 15, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Keep it simple.   That's what Edward Carmel believes. But he doesn't believe the current City Council is doing that. He feels the council spins its wheels tinkering with things and not accomplishing anything.   He uses the recent debate over trash disposal, which has been ongoing for three years to no avail as an example.   "Make it simple. The council has been sitting there for over a year now just twisting and turning the ties on the bags - that's what I call it - because they don't think rationally. There are a couple that do but the rest of them, they're thinking outside of the box but don't think outside of the box

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