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Your Financial Advisor Can Do Some 'Life Coaching'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:55AM / Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Life coaches – not surprisingly – strive to improve the quality of life of their clients. And financial professionals essentially embrace the same mission. So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some "coaching" as you work toward all your important objectives, such as sending your kids to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement and leaving a legacy that can benefit the next generation.

What tips from life coaches might you also get from your financial advisor? Here are a few:

* Create a plan. A life coach can help you create a plan for your future, taking into account your career aspirations, relationships, hobbies, charitable

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Former Pittsfield Cub to Appear at Baseball Museum
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07:00AM / Tuesday, February 12, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former Pittsfield Cub star Bryan House will be “Talkin’ Baseball” at the Baseball in the Berkshires museum at the Berkshire Mall on Saturday, Feb. 16.   The former pro will meet and greet attendees and sign autographs free of charge as part of the museum’s Talkin’ Baseball program.   Attendees also will be able to have their picture taken with House, who will appear from 3 to 4 p.m.   The museum is located in the Berkshire Mall.

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Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum, Collective Arts Brewing Host Student Art Contest
11:02PM / Monday, February 11, 2019
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Norman Rockwell Museum and Collective Arts Brewing have announced a new partnership designed to promote illustration programs around the country and highlight career paths available to artists. The museum and the craft beer company have teamed up to host the first annual Art of Brewing Contest, open to art students in the United States. The submission deadline is March 31.

Eight winning entries — selected by a jury of representatives from Collective Arts Brewing, Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary illustrators — will be showcased on a Collective Arts Brewing can series, distributed across North America. To be eligible, students must be 21 or older and

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Local Youths Advance in Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
02:22PM / Monday, February 11, 2019
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Eight local boys and girls have earned the right to compete at the Western Mass regional of the Knights of Columbus free throw shooting contest.   Patrick McLaughlin, Jason Sibley, David Kirchner, Danielle Glasier, Katie Shove, Jocelyn Fairfield, Grace Julieano and Ahna Balcom advanced in their age groups from a field of 15 competitors at Crosby Elementary School.   The winners are eligible to compete at the March 9 regional competition at St. Thomas the Apostle School in West Springfield.  

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Wintry Mess Coming Our Way
01:07PM / Monday, February 11, 2019

Update of closings and cancelations for Tuesday, Feb. 12: 

Pittsfield City Council meeting canceled Adams Community Bank offices close at 4 MountainOne offices close at 3 Northern Berkshire ABE session on the personal care attendant fundamentals class rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 20,  at 1 p.m., Freel Library, MCLA. Russell Field Renovation Project in Adams has been rescheduled to Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. "Moby Dick: The Mini-Series" parts 1 & 2 for tonight and Thursday at the Berkshire Athenaeum are canceled. Both programs will be rescheduled. Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires is closing at 4:30. All activities after 4:30 are

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Koperek Wins Gold at Bay State Winter Games
08:42PM / Sunday, February 10, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Yvonne Koperek of Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club earned a gold medal this weekend in the Bay State Winter Games at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink.   Koperek topped a field of 10 skaters in her group in the Excel Pre Juvenile Girls Free Skating division.   The Bay State Winter Games continue the first weekend in March with events in North Adams and Pittsfield.   The masters ice hockey tournament will be held at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink, March 1-3.   The inaugural Bay State curling competition will be held March 2 and 3 at the Pittsfield Boys and Girls Club. CurlBerkshires will host the

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In Pursuit of Beetle Happiness: Part 1
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:19PM / Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dogbane beetles feed on dogbane, a plant similar to milkweed.    Beneficial beetles belong.    In pursuit of beetle happiness, I can cast a note of optimism about the many beetles at large in museums and private collections, that may bring us a profound joy, allowing our sense of inquiry to thrive like a child set loose in New York's American Museum of Natural History.    Looking into my own remnant beetle collection, I see what remains of former halcyon grandeur, plus some foreign purchased papered specimens, acquisitions prepared without display pins in order to emphasize the extraordinary anatomy, namely jointed legs, frontal horns, and armored

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MCLA Softball Program Offers Youth Clinics
02:45PM / Sunday, February 10, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The MCLA softball program this winter will host a pair of clinics that will focus on skill development of a wide range of age levels.   The first clinic is for youth players aged 7-13 and will be held on Feb. 24. The second clinic is set for March 3 and will be for high school student-athletes.   Registration is required for both clinics. Registration is not complete without payment and the corresponding health forms above. All players must bring the consent form prior to participation.   The cost for each clinic is $50.   The youth clinic will run from 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 24. It will focus on the following:   Skill

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Harrington Chats Vision With Local NAACP
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:40PM / Saturday, February 09, 2019

Helen Moon, director of special projects, outlined the vision for a juvenile diversion program that is currently being developed by the office. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — District Attorney Andrea Harrington doesn't see her job as simply tossing people into jail cells.    Instead, she is seeking to create a culture and environment where causes such as drug or mental health problems are addressed in the community so the crimes don't happen again.    "My vision, and it is a big vision, is for structural change and to reallocate resources from a system of prosecuting people, processing through the courts, and incarcerating people to a system that is more of

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Barrington Stage Celebrates 25th Season With Four Premieres
01:01PM / Saturday, February 09, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The award-winning Barrington Stage Company marks its 25th anniversary season this year with four world premieres: A new musical from BSC's Musical Theatre Lab, "Fall Springs" by Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro" by Stacey Rose; "American Underground" by Brent Askari; and Ragtag Theatre's "Hansel and Gretel," commissioned by BSC.    "For our 25th season we are celebrating some of the brilliant undiscovered playwrights whose work is on the pulse of what's happening in America today," said Artistic Director

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@theMarket: Markets Are China Dependent
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, February 08, 2019
Profit-taking is a natural and expected part of the stock market. That's why no one should be surprised that this week we are witnessing a period of consolidation. It is actually a good thing.   Given that most investors need a reason to explain any market declines, this week's announcement that President Trump is postponing his meeting with Xi, his Chinese counterpart, was both a surprise and a disappointment. It shouldn't be.   Over the last few months, I have tried to reduce investors' expectations of an easy, one-shot, Chinese break-through on the trade front. The postponement is actually a positive, in the sense that both sides are taking the negotiations

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Edgerton, Jackson Receive 'Black Excellence on the Hill' Award
03:20PM / Friday, February 08, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Two Pittsfield residents were honored with a 2019 "Black Excellence on the Hill" award during a State House ceremony on Monday, Feb. 4.

Ty Allan Jackson, local author, literacy advocate, publisher and motivational speaker, and Shirley Edgerton, founder and director of the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program, director of Youth Alive and cultural proficiency coach for the Pittsfield Public Schools, were honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

Jackson was nominated for this recognition by state Sen. Adam Hinds and Edgerton was nominated by state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier

The MBLLC celebrates Black History month and the

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