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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
We all know snow globes are fun to shake, and they make cute mementos. But you might not realize that snow globes are easy and inexpensive to make. A jar from your refrigerator or pantry can substitute for a globe. Your local craft or … more
Q: Where can you find craft breweries in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont? A: Whether you want to stock your fridge or give a growler this holiday season, there are several options and opportunities to share local libations. From … more
Editor's note: We believe good manners are timeless, that's why we're introducing a once-a-month etiquette column offering you tips and advice on how to handle real-life situations.Whether your office cocktail party is at a restaurant or the boss' … 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
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
For many families, posing with the Jolly Old Elf himself is a quintessential holiday photo op. But it may not always be a pretty picture.You know the scene: It's a crowded day at the shopping mall, or maybe there's a bustling line to see Santa Claus … more
An early start to this winter has Berkshire and Southern Vermont homeowners boning up on their snow removal sooner than they were a year ago.Since late November, area retailers have seen a surge in consumers buying snowblowers, snow shovels and roof … 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
For me, the new year prompts a cleaning frenzy. No sense waiting until spring — I prefer to launch into the new calendar knowing that my house is spick-and-span. In addition to the areas of my home I clean regularly, such as the kitchen sink, … more
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