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The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
We are a country divided. Washington is paralyzed. Half the country considers our president a joke and any and all legislation is dead on arrival, according to the TV talking heads. Social media is filled with outrage and despair. As a result, Americans are supposedly wringing their hands, or worse, hiding under the covers. Don't you
Berkshire Mountain Faerie Festival Returns This Saturday
ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival has grown beyond the town of Adams and is drawing magic from throughout Berkshire County.   And the festival set this Saturday, June 17, from 10 to 10 at Bowe Field is expected to double attendance.    "We have taken from last year what worked
'My Cousin Rachel': Relatively Mysterious
I kept thinking, "It can't be that ... it's too obvious." Thus were my incredulous musings while trying to figure if Rachel Weisz's title character in director Roger Michell's "My Cousin Rachel" was the husband-murderer her newest suitor initially thought she was. You see, I'm terrible at unraveling
Letter: Help Dad Quit Smoking for a Happy Father's Day
To the Editor: Are you looking for an original, meaningful, and inexpensive Father's Day gift? If your dad smokes, show him your love by supporting him in quitting smoking. Quitting can take many tries and he doesn't have to do it alone! If your father is thinking about quitting, start by telling him about the Massachusetts
Pittsfield Questioning Continued Use of 'Braves' For Taconic Mascot
There are only two high schools in Berkshire County that still use terms for Native Americans as a moniker and/or logos. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Taconic High School may need a new mascot.   The state Legislature is currently debating a bill that would ban the use of names, symbols, or imagery referring to Native
Pittsfield Approves $156.4M Budget, $22.4 Million In Capital
The City Council have its preliminary approval of the budget on Tuesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council approved a $156.4 million operating budget and $22.4 million in capital borrowing.    The $156,429,586 for the city and enterprise operations was approved Tuesday and is $39,168 less
The Cassical Beat: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music Prepare to Open
Finally! It's that longed-for time again: the summer "high season" of classical music is about to begin. After an arduous winter, the summer's musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present. This week,
Financial Gifts Can Help Dad for Years to Come
Father's Day is almost here. Dad will probably like any gift you give him, of course, but this year, why not go beyond the ordinary? By presenting your father with an appropriate financial gift, you can bring him some benefits that can keep on giving. For starters, how about a back-to-school gift for Dad? If you have children, you may
Pittsfield Finds Health Insurance Contract Overfunded
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The City Council cut another $39,168 from the budget Tuesday night after discovering a union contract had been overfunded.   In 2014, then Mayor Daniel Bianchi had negotiated with the Public Employees Committee to switch from the Group Insurance Commission to Blue Cross Blue Shield, which saved the city
McCann Postgraduates Ready for Workforce
The graduates flip their tassels over to show they've graduated. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was the second time that Jennifer Boucher of Adams had earned a diploma from McCann Technical School's postgraduate program.    And she held it tight as she danced her way out of
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