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Relay for Life Kicks Off in North Adams

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Relay for Life kicks off with the survivors' lap at 6 tonight at Noel Field Athletic Complex.

This year's Relay theme is "Relay Time Warp: Celebrating 25 years of Hope" to mark the event's 25th anniversary benefiting the American Cancer Society.

Relay For Life will begin with the survivor lap recognizing those who have won the battle against cancer followed by the "caregivers" lap. Survivors and caregivers could start registering at 3 p.m. The luminaria ceremony in remembrance of those who have died will begin at 9 p.m.

New this year will be a drawing with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society. This event is open to the public and will continue through the night with teams and individuals walking to raise money for research for the cure for cancer and in support of those suffering from the disease.

For more photos of the event, click here.

For a follow-up on how much was raised, click here.



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Remote Work May Offer Financial Benefits

Submitted by Edward Jones
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been forced to work from home. But once we've moved past the virus, many workers may continue working from home. More than one-third of companies with employees who started working from home now think that remote work will stay more common post-pandemic, according to a Harvard Business School study. This shift to at-home work can affect people's lives in many ways – and it may end up providing workers with some long-term financial advantages.
 
If you're one of those who will continue working remotely, either full time or at least a few days a week, how might you benefit? Here are a few possibilities:
 
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  • Potentially lower car insurance premiums – Your auto insurance premiums are partially based on how many miles you drive each year. So, if you were to significantly reduce these miles by working from home, you might qualify for lower rates.
  • Lower expenditures on lunches – If you typically eat lunch in restaurants or get takeout while at work, you could easily be spending $50 or more per week – even more if you regularly get coffee drinks to go. By these figures, you could end up spending around $3,000 a year. Think how much you could reduce this bill by eating lunch at home during your remote workday.
  • Lower clothing costs – Despite the rise in "casual dress" days, plenty of workers still need to maintain appropriate office attire. By working from home, you can "dress down," reducing your clothing costs and dry-cleaning bills.
As you can see, it may be possible for you to save quite a bit of money by working from home. How can you use your savings to help meet your long-term financial goals, such as achieving a comfortable retirement?
 
For one thing, you could boost your investments. Let's suppose that you can save $2,500 each year by working remotely. If you were to invest this amount in a tax-deferred account, such as an IRA or your 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan and earned a hypothetical 6 percent annual return for 20 years, you'd accumulate more than $97,000 – and if you kept going for an additional 10 years, you'd have nearly $210,000. You'd eventually pay taxes on the amount you withdrew from these accounts (and withdrawals prior to age 59½ may be subject to a 10% IRS penalty), but you'd still end up pretty far ahead of where you'd be otherwise.)
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