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Tax preparers do a big chunk of America's tax returns — more than 80 million a year, according to the IRS — but if you're nervous about handing confidential information to someone in a largely unregulated field, you're not alone.Here are … more
Although Chiffon margarine touted in a 1970s television ad campaign, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature," Berkshire and Southern Vermont green thumbs can trick the ole gal into having an early spring — at least indoors. more
I often hear disparaging comments about the word etiquette.For example, "etiquette is only for stuck up people, etiquette is old fashioned, etiquette does not belong in schools," or more discouraging, "etiquette is class-based." Even a friend … more
After all the pomp and circumstance is cleaned up after inauguration weekend, many are wondering: What next?After President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States' 45th president on Friday, his supporters, detractors, Congress, the … more
One of the most difficult, yet profound steps one can take when someone passes away, is to pay their respects to the family of the deceased.Recently, I experienced the passing of my mother. My heart overflowed with gratitude by all the cards, calls, … more
Q: Almost every night in Pittsfield, past midnight, CSX freight trains sound their horns frequently and loudly while traveling through the city, audible from miles away. Since there are no longer any railroad crossings in the city, why are the train … more
Q. Where did ''The Hopper' in Williamstown get its name?A. The Hopper, a glacial cirque or bowl-shaped depression on the western-side of Mount Greylock, was named after for the grain hopper. The grain hopper was a four-sided funnel, which delivered … more
Q. Several years ago, we bought some garden ornaments at two salvage/antique stores. I think the pieces were made of brass. They had a lovely verdigris finish, but it has rusted over the years. Is there any way to mitigate the rust, bring back the … more
You've found the perfect new home for your family, but your current house hasn't sold yet. You can't afford to carry two mortgages, or maybe you were counting on money from your sale to help with the down payment and closing costs. more
WASHINGTON — On Facebook, 210 friends "liked" the wedding announcement of Zita de Pooter and Jeremy Meek. Almost immediately, the good wishes began pouring in.Congratz!Good Looking couple!Wowowow!But offline, no one attended the … more
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