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@theMarket: Stocks Grind Higher as Bond Yields Retreat
By Bill Schmick,
03:56PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
April is usually a good month for markets. Historically, it is one of the three best months of the year for equities. We all know what happens in May ("sell in May and go away") but we will worry about that later.   Over in the bond market, the bond vigilantes may have started to doubt their conviction that inflation is a fait accompli and so yields must go up. This week, yields declined a bit, which gave a boost to some sectors (gold and silver, for example), while banks pulled back a little. But Friday's Producer Price Index report for March reversed that. PPI was up 1 percent versus expectations that were only half that, which brings the year-over-year gain to 4.3

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Berkshire Organizations Receive Cultural Council Funding
11:53AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Humanities awarded over $25,000 to non-profit organizations in the Berkshires from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.   A new round of grants from Mass Humanities will give museums, historical societies and other cultural organizations the opportunity to reach their audiences digitally as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. From laptops to website upgrades, mobile walking tours to virtual exhibits, the Digital Capacity Grants announced provide residents with access to their heritage despite social distancing.   “These grants are part of our ongoing response to the pandemic, but they also provide a preview of the future of public humanities

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The Retired Investor: Water Becoming a Rare Commodity
By Bill Schmick,
06:00PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

America is running out of water. During the next 50 years, the nation could see its fresh water supply reduced by one third. But if you think that's a problem for the next generation, you are wrong. This year alone, as many as 83 out of 204 U.S. water basins could begin to feel the brunt of these shortages.

 And don't think these shortages will only affect those regions that we would expect to be dry. The central and southern Great Plains, the Southwest and central Rocky Mountain states, as well as the South, Midwest, and parts of California are all in danger. The twin culprits are rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns brought on by climate change.

The wettest

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Aims for Safe, Outdoor Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

WTF's Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield appears before the Board of Health on Thursday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mandy Greenfield's innate pessimism paid off for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the theater going public and the town.   On Thursday, the WTF's artistic director met with the town's Board of Health to discuss the summer season that the festival officially unveiled on Wednesday night.   Greenfield, who told the board that she always presumes "we're on the brink of disaster," said she committed to the idea of an outdoor 2021 season way back in August.   "At that time, I got some pushback from people saying, 'By

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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
12:03PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2021-22 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Clarksburg

Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, 2021. Call the school

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MCLA to Present Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs
08:02AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.    This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, teacher licensure programs, administrative licensure, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    Community members seeking to advance their educational credentials by attaining a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or educator license to become a teacher, principal, or superintendent are

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Pittsfield Police Chief Wynn Brings 'Unique' Background to State Policing Commission
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police Chief Michael Wynn is ready to represent Western Massachusetts on the state's new commission for police training.   Wynn's appointment to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission was announced last week by Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.   "The fact that I'm a Western Mass police chief is something that's been greatly talked about in the last several days," he said. "I don't think anybody expected that the governor's appointed chief would be from this far west."   The independent agency with appointees from the governor and attorney general was established by

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Baker: Vaccine-Eligible Community Should Find Appointments Before April 19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
REVERE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged Bay State residents currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations to find appointments before eligibility opens up to everyone 16 and older later this month.   "If you are over the age of 65, if you're over the age of 55, I think it would be great if you signed up, pre-registered, got an appointment to get vaccinated now that it's your turn," Baker said. "Because you are, based on all the data associated with vulnerable populations, among the most at risk when it comes to dealing with COVID.   "We're thrilled that we're over 80 percent with that population. We're above the national

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Berkshires in for Some Record Warm Temperatures
Staff Reports,
11:58AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021

There are so many of us that love Hummingbirds when they arrive.
(Normal years late April-Early May around here)

They are working northward...First sightings down in Poughkeepsie and Woodridge the past couple of days.
They are more widespread from Washington DC Southward. pic.twitter.com/yRfm0TF8CJ

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) April 6, 2021 Dare we say spring has arrived in the Berkshires?   As this is written, it is 60 degrees in North Adams but folks can expect a high of 67 degrees. People in Central and South County can expect similar temperatures.   According to Accuweather, more sunny weather can be expected with some possible record-breaking temperatures

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BCC Virtual Massage Therapy Virtual Info Sessions
11:57AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold three information sessions on its Massage Therapy Certificate Program on Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 pm, Saturday, May 22 at 10 am, and Thursday, June 10 at 12:30 pm.   The sessions provide prospective students with an opportunity to learn about the program, admissions, and more. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/massage-info or call (413) 236–4604.   Topics covered include: An overview of the Massage Therapy Certificate Program at BCC, including course pathway, class, labs, and practicum/clinical requirements How to apply to the program, including part-time evening and Saturday options Paying for

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RMV Implementing Grace Period for Certain Expired Inspection Stickers
08:08AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
QUINCY, Mass. — Due to the nationwide system outage of motor vehicle inspection services by its vendor Applus Technologies (Applus) impacting inspection stations and motor vehicle owners, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is allowing a grace period for specific motor vehicle inspection requirements outlined below.   The RMV is working in close partnership with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS), the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA), the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) and other stakeholders to mitigate the impacts of the outage.   The RMV continues to urge Applus to safely and swiftly restore services and provide

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Baker: Vaccination Program Working
Staff Reports,
05:57PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker touted the number of vaccinations completed in the state after receiving his first dose of the  Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday.   "Over 4 million doses of vaccine had been administered here in the commonwealth and today we'll hit the milestone of having over one and a half million people who are fully vaccinated. We're making significant progress on vaccinating our residents," Baker said at his COVID-19 update at the mass vaccination site at the Hynes Convention Center. "We obviously have more work to do. But we're making significant progress on vaccinating a larger and larger share of our population, which will help us get

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