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@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again

I warned readers in my column last week not to chase commodities. I repeat that warning now. Recall what happened to the Chinese stock market when regulators curbed speculation last year? Stocks fell 40 percent and took global markets down with them. Could that happen again in the commodities markets? Is the Pope Catholic?

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North Adams Pupils Help With Windsor Lake Trout Stocking

The city's entire fourth-grade class turned out for the fish stocking event, getting some information on the four types of trout Mass Wildlife raises in its four hatcheries and getting the chance to help with the annual event. The day was designed to promote outdoor recreation, and provide the children an opportunity to be involved in a conservation project. The Berkshire County League of Sportsmen's Clubs was also involved.

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New Adams Store Opens Up in Memory of Noah Brown

A new shop will be celebrating its opening this weekend, but its first day of business on Sunday will be bittersweet. Kayla Pierce and her fiance, John-Michael Bradbury, are opening up "Smalls" at 64 Summer St. for two reasons: to support local crafters and to keep her son's memory alive.

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BFAIR Meeting Shows How Far Services Have Come

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources on Friday recognized Doris Sartori and her family with BFAIR's inaugural Lifetime Advocacy Award at the non-profit's annual meeting. Weisenflue explained just how difficult a road Doris and her late husband Aldo faced when they became advocates for their three children, one of whom, Bobby, is a model employee at the North Adams Big Y through a program operated by BFAIR.

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Pittsfield Highlights Chestnut Seed Orchard to Celebrate Arbor Day

The American Chestnut tree was so woven into the fabric of early American life that it was referred to as a "cradle to grave" in when a child was born, he was placed in a Chestnut cradle and when he dies, in a Chestnut coffin. Between four to five billion of the trees crowded the Eastern United State's landscape and was used for construction and food for both humans and animals. It was economic for wood and nut harvesters. It was a fixture in the ecosystem for wild animals. Farmers used the n

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The Independent Investor: What Do Prince, You and a Will Have in Common?

Prince had no spouse or children but he does have several siblings and an estate valued at $300 million. There is also the supposed treasure trove of unreleased musical material, a sizable estate tax bill (if no estate planning was in place) and who knows what else. One thing is sure; there will be plenty of time, effort, controversy and expense necessary to resolve a settlement through probate court. All of which was unnecessary if Prince had lived long enough to read this column.

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True North Insurance Appoints Broker, Vice President

As an employee benefits specialist and Vice President, Drake will be responsible for developing new business relationships and providing strategic guidance to employers on their medical, dental, life and disability insurance plans and benefit administration solutions.

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Cheshire Elementary Makes Reading Easy As Pie

All the students and staff members gathered in the back yard of the school to see if the challenge had been met and if so, who the lucky pie throwers would be.

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North Adams Library Names DiLego as Assistant Director

DiLego was the unanimous choice based on her 20 years of experience at the library, her familiarity with library procedures, and the depth of her local history knowledge.

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MCLA Signs Agreement with WNEU School of Law

With this agreement, signed Tuesday by MCLA President James F. Birge, WNEU Provost Linda Jones and WNEU School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin, qualified undergraduates at MCLA may substitute the first year at the law school for their senior year at MCLA. As a result, they may earn their bachelor’s degree and juris doctor degree in six years instead of the typical seven.

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Carr Hardware Joins Forces to Expand into Connecticut

This partnership will come in the form of Carr Hardware at Brightwood Center, located under one roof on Route 5 in neighboring Enfield, Conn.

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Montessori School Kicks Off $2.95 Million 'Go Beyond' Capital Campaign

Campaign is raising funds for a 7,300-square-foot expansion to the existing 9,000-square-foot building. Students, families, teachers and MSB board members attended the event.

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Williams College Alumna Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Her plan for graduate research at Oxford is to acquire expertise in education policy. Afterward, she plans to work in the Malaysian government or at a research institute or university doing policy research.

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MCLA Gallery 51 Seeks Camera Phone Photo Show Submissions

A collaborative group project of MCLA and Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, “Waiting” will include more than 1,000 photographs, which will be selected for exhibit in MCLA Gallery 51.

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Cal Ripken Opens Saturday in Williamstown

The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Williamstown Elementary School, marches up Cole Avenue (where traffic will be stopped briefly) and ends at Bud Anderson field.

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Financial Advisers Deliver Dreary News to Pittsfield Officials

The City Council and the School Committee on Thursday were shown just how bad a shape the city's finances are in. "There is no doubt that we have some legitimate challenges with our financial condition. I think tonight's presentation was meant to be an honest look at what those challenges are and set the framework for the need for all of us to work together in a variety of ways to address this issue," said Mayor Linda Tyer said. "There is no one single simply solution. While people wa

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Mount Greylock Tower Repairs Resume

Work on the Mount Greylock Memorial Tower has commenced again and should be completed by September. Mount Greylock State Reservation Supervisor Alec Gillman told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council on Thursday that construction started last week and a protective road was installed on the summit lawn so trucks and equipment to prevent damage. He added that scaffolding should be erected next week.

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Clarksburg Holocaust Program Remembers the Rescuers

Clarksburg School's Holocaust Studies program has in the past explored the roots of genocide, discrimination and prejudice, the failure of political will to protect individual rights, and the rise of Nazism. With the theme "Rescue and Remembrance," the 15 students told the stories of the saviors, including Miep Gies, Raoul Wallenberg, and Chiune Sugihara, who had risked their lives and careers to help Jews escape Nazi Germany's "Final Solution."

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Williamstown Planning Board Nears Agreement on Waubeeka Overlay

The Planning Board on Thursday came close to approving a compromise amendment on the Waubeeka Overlay District proposal. At the latest in a series of meetings that started in September, the panel narrowed its areas of disagreement to one: whether a potential resort at the South Williamstown golf course is limited by the square footage of its buildings or by the area of a building envelope.

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Three Vying for Adams Board of Selectmen

With two selectmen seats up for election in Adams, incumbents Joseph Nowak and Richard Blanchard will attempt fend off former selectman Michael Oullette next week. The only race on the ballot is for the two selectmen seats. Polls will be open at the town garage from 7 to 7 on Monday, May 2.

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Mount Washington Man Dies After Vehicle Collided With Train

A Mount Washington man died Thursday after his vehicle was struck by a train. According to the district attorney's office, Gary Cane, 75, died in the collision. His vehicle was struck by a Housatonic Rail Road train at the crossing on Route 23, near the intersection of West Street.

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Pittsfield Police Make Arrest In Stabbing Investigation

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday for a stabbing on Linden Street earlier in the week. Selvin Orlando Gonzalez-Castillo is being charged with a single count of armed assault with intent to murder in relation to the incident. Police say on Gonzalez-Castillo stabbed a 29-year-old man on April 23.

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'BOOM' Looks to Connect Local Musicians

The Berkshires may be brimming with musicians, but for whatever reason, few venture far from their favorite open mic or music venue — leaving a sometimes stagnate local music scene. "The issue with the Berkshires is it is just a spread-out area ... and there is no central place to go," BOOM co-founder Sandy McKnight said. "A lot of people are not aware of what is going on past Pittsfield if they are from South County and vice versa if they are from North County ... we want to change that ment

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