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Don't Let Your Investments Take a 'Vacation'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:07PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's summer again – time for many of us to take a break and possibly hit the open road. But even if you go on vacation, you won't want your investments to do the same – in summertime or any other season. How can you help make sure your portfolio continues to work hard for you all year long?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Avoid owning too many "low growth" investments. As you know, different investments have different characteristics and can help you in different ways. For example, you typically own stocks because you want them to grow in value so that you can eventually sell them for a profit. Other investments, such as certificates of deposit (CDs), provide

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Area Grads Wrap Up Successful Spring Campaigns
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:10AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Rob Buffis earned all-tournament recognition from the Empire 8 Conference after helping Ithaca win the conference title and a berth in this spring’s NCAA Division III Championships.   On May 11, he went 6-⅔ innings on the mound, scattering four hits and one earned run in a tournament win over Elmira. Two days later, he came out of the bullpen to throw two innings of one-hit, shutout relief in the title game against St. John Fisher.   He made one appearance in the NCAAs, going 5-⅔ innings in a loss to Oswego. On the season, he had a 4.52 ERA and a 6-2 record in 14 appearances.   Kevin Donati (Pittsfield) led Division I University at Albany with a .327

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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

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Plan to Exclude Pittsfield Parks From Mosquito Spraying Rejected
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07AM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Parks Commission is deferring to the Health Department on whether or not the public parks should be sprayed for mosquitoes.   The Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project heads efforts to prevent mosquito-spread disease through a control program, using pesticides to limit the population. There is an option for property owners to exempt their land from being sprayed and Parks Commissioner Joe Durwin, a strong opponent of the use of the chemicals, proposed using that exemption for city parks unless there is a public health emergency.   "There is a lot of debate about the efficacy and the residue," Durwin said. "It was a very murky area

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Incumbents Win Poorly Attended Lanesborough Election
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:27PM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Moderator Robert Reilly was one of just two candidates on the ballot to campaign - the other was Selectman Henry "Hank" Sayers. Neither had opponents. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — There was a lack of interest in this year's town election, from voters and from candidates.   Just 222 of the town's 2,286 registered voters made it to the polls — which beat town meeting's attendance of 93 voters — on Tuesday.   But, there wasn't much to vote on either. All of the seats up for re-election were incumbents and the few ballot questions had little significance in town operations.   The lack of interest from candidates actually created

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Plenty of Nail-Biters in Berkshire Adult Baseball League
11:33AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Three pitchers combined on a 4-3 win Sunday that lifted B.B.A. into first place in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League’s 20-and-over division.   Seamus Morrison, Connor Lein and Joe Delsoldato threw for B.B.A. in the win over the North County Knights, who slipped to 0-5-1 this summer.   B.B.A. improved to 5-1, pushing it past Lenox and Housatonic, who are tied for second in the seven-team division at 4-2.   On Father’s Day, Jesus Lay went 1-for-1 with two walks and scored twice for B.B.A.   The Knights got a pair of hits from Joe Boucher.   Lenox Bulldogs 9, Great Barrington Millers 8   Great Barrington scored four times in the top of the seventh to

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Senate Chair on Global Warming Takes Input on Energy Policy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, June 20, 2017

State Sens. Adam Hinds and Marc Pacheco visit Seth Nash of Blue Q on Monday afternoon, before the hearing. Nash is one of the private-sector businesses to install a photovoltaic array to power his business.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Marc Pacheco has chaired the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture and thought he had heard everything about the environment.   Until 11 years ago, when he saw Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."   "I saw the reality come to life on a movie screen," Pacheco said.   He signed up to become a "climate messenger" and went to a training in Nashville, Tenn.

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Making the Loop
by Soapbox
04:44PM / Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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We had some free time this week to walk the 2-mile loop through the downtown. Here's a few of things that caught our eye. (In between taking photos, we were heel-toeing and arm-pumping as prescribed.)

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Let's Go Paperless
by Soapbox
05:07PM / Monday, February 06, 2012
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This is from Ward 6 Councilor John Krol's eblast today. His switch to digital immediately caught our attention. With the associated costs - nearly $4,000 a year for paper alone! - zipping councilors "the packet" (as we in the know like to call it) over the ether makes loads of sense. Digital also means the average citizen gets far better access to these public documents than ever before. The city clerk's office has been diligent about posting meeting agendas and, where possible, relevant documents. So in terms of saving money and time and getting information out efficiently, digital is the way to go.

I would like to thank City Clerk Linda Tyer for agreeing to print out one less city council packet, as I have officially gone paperless for council meetings - which I hope will be a trend that can be extended throughout city government.

The bulky (and often, very bulky) city council packet that councilors use for a reference costs an average of $170 per meeting for paper alone. Add the additional costs of ink/toner, wear and tear on city hall copiers, and the time and energy of staff who put it all together - and a simple transition away from paper benefits everyone.

With the packet now fully digital in pdf form, all councilors, and everyone with an internet

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Berkshire Music School Kicks Off 2012 Classes With Open House
by Soapbox
12:29PM / Sunday, January 29, 2012
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The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments ...and more than a few delighted squeals.


January 29, 2011
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dozens of youths, many of them under the age of 5, attended an open house at the Berkshire Music School Saturday, as the educational nonprofit enters its 70th year at its 30 Wendell Avenue home.
The open house featured a sample class, access to musical instruments, information for parents, refreshments... and more than a few delighted squeals, proving once again the inherent interest in making a joyful noise is not generational, and will never go out of style.
The open house featured a Music for Preschoolers class, designed to "children’s awareness of rhythm, ability to sing and move creatively to music," which

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Daniel Bianchi Sworn In As Mayor
by Soapbox
11:55AM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Video taken on Jan. 2, 2012, by Joe Durwin of Daniel Bianchi being sworn in for his first term as mayor of Pittsfield.

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Generals Fall to Wildcats on Tuesday
by Soapbox
02:11PM / Wednesday, December 21, 2011
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Check out the action between the Pittsfield Generals and the Lee Wildcats on Tuesday night.

Pittsfield at Lee High - Boys Basketball 12/20/2011 from iBerkshires on Vimeo.

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Pittsfield Cuts Ribbon at Skate Park
by Soapbox
09:14PM / Tuesday, December 13, 2011
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Don't try this at home. :D

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