SteepleCats Run Record to 8-1

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Joseph Porricelli and Josh Loeffler each homered, and three different pitchers combined on a four-hitter Wednesday as the North Adams SteepleCats beat Vermont, 6-0, at Joe Wolfe Field in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
 
Nicholas Payero started and went six innings on the mound to earn the win, striking out four while allowing three hits.
 
Jacob Abbott threw two innings of one-hit relief, and Madison Jeffrey worked a clean ninth inning.
 
Scott Knottswent 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs and his fifth double of the season.
 
North Adams (8-1) is off until Saturday, when it travels to Montpelier, Vt., to face the Mountaineers.
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Estate Plans Can Help You Answer Questions About the Future

Submitted by Edward Jones

The word "estate" conjures images of great wealth, which may be one of the reasons so many people don't develop estate plans. After all, they're not rich, so why make the effort? In reality, though, if you have a family, you can probably benefit from estate planning, whatever your asset level. And you may well find that a comprehensive estate plan can help you answer some questions you may find unsettling – or even worrisome.

Here are a few of these questions:

* What will happen to my children?
With luck, you (and your co-parent, if you have one) will be alive and well at least until your children reach the age of majority (either 18 or 21, depending on where you live). Nonetheless, you don't want to take any chances, so, as part of your estate plans, you may want to name a guardian to take care of your children if you are not around. You also might want to name a conservator – sometimes called a "guardian of the estate" – to manage any assets your minor children might inherit.

* Will there be a fight over my assets? Without a solid estate plan in place, your assets could be subject to the time-consuming, expensive – and very public – probate process. During probate, your relatives and creditors can gain access to your records, and possibly even challenge your will. But with proper planning, you can maintain your privacy. As one possible element of an estate plan, a living trust allows your property to avoid probate and pass quickly to the beneficiaries you have named.

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