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New Fans Seven in MCLA's Win

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BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. --  Pittsfield High graduate Bobby New scattered seven hits and struck out seven batters to lead the MCLA baseball team to a 7-0 win over Mass Maritime on Friday.
 
The teams will play a twinbill tomorrow in North Adams at Joe Wolfe Field, wrapping up their season series.
 
He walked just one batter and threw 135 pitches in the win as he improved to 3-3 this spring.
 
MCLA (7-17, 1-8 MASCAC) gave him plenty of run support and took advantage of six miscues for MMA (6-17, 3-7).
 
Dillon Maxon doubled home Joe Toledo in the second inning for a 1-0 advantage. In the fourth, MCLA added two runs as Christian Seariac's bunt brought home Ben Durland and then another run scored on an error to increase the margin to 3-0.
 
The score remained that way until the eighth inning when MCLA scored four runs to put the game away.  Seariac brought home another run with a double and then Jeff Bink singled home another run while two more scored on an error and a wild pitch to account for the final margin.
 
Maxon went 3-5 in the win to pace the offense while Seariac added two hits and two RBIs.
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Smart Financial Moves for 'Gig' Economy Workers

Submitted by Edward Jones

Not that long ago, most people worked for some type of an organization, such as a business or the government or a school district. But today, more and more workers are going their own way and joining what's known as the "gig" economy. If you will be one of them, you'll want to make the right moves to advance your financial goals in what can be a challenging work environment.

But first, you may find some comfort in knowing the prevalence of gig work. About 36 percent of U.S. workers are now gig workers, according to a study from the Gallup organization, which defines the gig economy as one made up of a variety of arrangements – independent contractors, online platform workers, contract workers, on-call workers, temporary workers and freelancers. People join the gig economy for many reasons, but most of them, like you, could benefit by considering these actions:

Establish your own retirement plan. When you're a full-time employee, your employer may offer a 401(k) or similar retirement plan. But as a gig worker, you need to save for your own retirement. Fortunately, you've got a lot of attractive options. Depending on your circumstances, you might be able to open a SEP-IRA or even a "solo" or "owner-only" 401(k), which offers many of the same features of an employer-sponsored 401(k). Both these plans allow you to make pre-tax contributions, which can lower your taxable income. Plus, your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred basis. (Keep in mind that taxes will be due upon withdrawal, and any withdrawals you make before you turn 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10 percent IRS penalty.)

Create an emergency fund. Working in the gig economy can bring rewards and risks. And one of those risks is unpredictable – and often uneven – cash flow. This can be a cause for concern during times when you face a large unexpected expense, such as a major car repair or medical bill. To avoid dipping in to your long-term investments to pay for these costs, you should establish an emergency fund containing at least six months' worth of living expenses, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account.

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