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Forget about keeping up with the Joneses. This time of year you want your house to be as crummy as possible. Why? Because it's property tax assessment time, which means it's also assessment appeal time. And if you can successfully argue that your … 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
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
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
Nathan Williams is no novice to the political process. But suddenly there's a crop of people newly engaged and eager to participate, and since the November election, he's been looking for ways to help those people channel their desired activism.He … more
This week some lawmakers, but fewer than in the past, are conducting town halls. There they face angry, energized voters who are out to defend Obamacare or implore lawmakers to investigate President Donald Trump.If you, your family, friends or … more
On a Saturday afternoon in January, if you were to travel the windy hallways of the Williams College '62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown, Mass., you might find a group of students standing close to a mirror in a dressing room practicing … more
The weather outside may be frightful, but starting your vegetable garden inside is a delightful way to get a jump on the 2017 outdoor growing season in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont.Whether you're a seasoned green thumb or all thumbs when it … more
"Executive orders" — everyone seems to be talking about them these days, but how many of us really understand how they work?"They can be kind of this weird thing that's kind of vaguely defined in the Constitution under Article 2," says Eliana … more
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