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Newer Investors: Don't Panic if Bear Market Returns
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:16PM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

If you're in your 20s or 30s, you might be starting to focus more on investing to reach your financial goals. Because of this, you also may be more attuned to moves in the financial markets.

Depending on your age, you may have only experienced the bull market of the past nine years, so you might not know what to expect – or how to respond – whenever the next bear market strikes.

Of course, just recently, you've witnessed a market correction – a drop of at least 10 percent in the major stock market indices, such as the S&P 500. This sudden plunge made big news and reminded many investors of how volatile the financial markets can be. But a full-fledged bear


Pittsfield Council Approves Parking Meter Expenses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:15AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Since the parking meters were installed in January 2017, just short of $200,000 has been collected.   And with that, the city is looking to spend $146,000 on parking-related expenses. The council had previously approved spending $130,000 and approved increasing that by $16,000 Tuesday night to cover additional fees associated with the four newest meters in the renovated First Street parking lot and increased processing fees from more people using the app to pay.   "I'm seeking a $16,000 increase in the total appropriation and I am confident in my projections that the expenses will come in under that $146,000," Director of Finance Matthew


Inauguration 2016
by Soapbox 02:00PM / Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Kids 4 Harmony Provided The Music At The Inauguration Reception
by Soapbox 08:38PM / Monday, January 06, 2014

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
by Soapbox 04:10PM / Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Easter Events in the Berkshires
11:00AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


Hinds Launches Re-election Bid for State Senate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The senator introduced his staff to the audience. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds has set his sights on 2020.   And that starts with his election bid in 2018. The Pittsfield Democrat won election in 2016 to fill the seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing and has now launched his first re-election bid just over a year of serving in office.   "The whole objective for the last year has been based on addressing the concerning trends we have in the county — our population decline and the impact it has on municipal budgets and education budgets, and the fact that we often have health outcomes below the rest of the state, educational attainment below the


Gold Medalist Shiffrin Tells Youngsters to Have Ambition, Perseverance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shiffrin was in town to visit her grandmother after winning a seventh career World Cup title.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — You could have watched hours of coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics and not gotten an answer to the kind of hard-hitting question asked by Lanesborough Elementary School pupils on Monday afternoon.   "Why do the athletes bite their gold medals?" two-time gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin was asked by one of the youngsters during a schoolwide assembly.   "I don't know," the downhill skier replied. "Isn't that strange? It's not a cookie. Maybe it's to see if it's real gold.   "It


Purple Valley Aquatics' Boyd, Kuster Compete at Sectional
Community submission,
07:56AM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
ITHACA, N.Y. - Purple Valley Aquatics swimmers Isaac Boyd of Pittsfield and Cole Kuster of Williamstown traveled to Ithaca College last weekend to join more than 600 other excited athletes for the Speedo Sectional Championship swim meet.   Boyd and Kuster competed in a combined 11 events and two time trial swims from Thursday through Sunday. The meet is set up in a trials/finals format which means that each athlete must swim fast enough in the morning to place top 36 to make it back for the evening swim. For the evening finals session, they swam that event again for final placing.   Boyd, 16, competed in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke, 200 individual


Lanesborough Considers Police Station's Future, Hinds Looking For Funds
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Lanesborough Police Station dates back 150 years. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — More than a century ago, volunteers built the Police Station.   Over time, volunteers also stepped up to renovate it. Now, Selectmen Robert Ericson has been working toward doing that again, especially in the face of the officers' union issuing multiple formal complaints about the building.   But others in town are questioning whether the time has just gotten too far away from it. State Sen. Adam Hinds has joined the conversation and is now working to find the town money to build a new station and many town officials are suggesting building new rather than following through with


Missing Pittsfield Man's Body Found Off West Street
06:26PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The body of a Pittsfield man missing since Saturday was found Monday afternoon in Hancock.   Investigators say the death of 66-year-old Dan Lewis does not appear to be suspicious.   Pittsfield Police received a 911 call shortly after 4 p.m. saying a person had been found unresponsive about a quarter mile past the locked gate at the end of West Street. When first responders arrived at the scene, they found the body of Lewis, who was reported missing Saturday evening.   He was last seen on video surveillance walking west on East Street in front of Berkshire Mazda at 9:05 p.m. on Saturday, and near a home at the intersection of Dalton and Plastic


Colonoscopies: A Worthwhile Effort
By Adnan Sohail, MD,
02:36PM / Monday, March 26, 2018

Dr. Adnan Sohail is a gastroenterologist at SVMC.

Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.  Approximately 4.6 percent of men (1 in 22) and 4.2 percent of women (1 in 24) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.

Some of the factors that increase risk are age, sex and race/ethnicity. Aside from age and race, many of the known risk factors for colorectal cancer are behaviors traditionally associated with high-income countries such as sedentary lifestyles, Western diet and smoking. Non modifiable factors that increase the risk are related to hereditary and medical history, including a personal or family history of


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
01:35PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
40 Under Forty
This year's awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29.

Berkshire Community College, in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle, is hosting the third annual Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards. The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The event, taking place on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., will be held at Berkshire Plaza Hotel.

The selection process again this year for winners was competitive and nomination driven. Nominees needed to demonstrate a commitment to business success, personal growth and community involvement. The judging panel was made up of


Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars
01:02PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
Cupcake Wars

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County raised approximately $15,000 at its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Feb. 1, 250 in attendance. The event began with an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO of Pittsfield. Following dinner, three judges sampled the unique confections prepared by the following bakers and bakeries vying for the best cupcake in various categories: Gould Farm; Linda's Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; Simply Sweet; Gimme Some Sugar; Sarah's Cheesecakes & Cafe; and Jennifer's Cookies, Cupcakes & Confections.

The winners were:

People's Choice: Simply


Democratic Candidates For Governor Share Views at Pittsfield Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three Democratic candidates all believe that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.    It is just a matter of which one of them will be on the ballot against him.   Will it be former Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie?   "There is a not a single issue where the majority of people feel he is doing a good job," Gonzalez said of Baker.   Polls have constantly shown Baker as being a very popular governor. But, the Democrats say when it comes to the issues, the Republican is just


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