Berkshire South to hold Swim-A-Thon fundraiser in March

The Berkshire South Regional Community Center will hold its sixth annual Swim-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, March 5. All funds raised will support adaptive needs programming and equipment at the center.

Registration is open through March 1. Individuals or relay teams are eligible. Registration packets can be obtained at Berkshire South, 15 Crissey Road in Great Barrington. Donations for participants can be made online at

Information: Aquatics Manager Travis Bailey, 413-528-2810 ext. 12, or


Adams Community Bank hosting College Prep Night

Abby Conyers, an admission counselor at Williams College, will present an information session on the college search and application process on Wednesday, Feb. 10.

The session will take place at 7 p.m. at the Williams Inn in Williamstown. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Registration: Kris Bona 413-749-1165, by Feb. 8.


AIM Business Confidence Index rises in January

The Associated Industries of Massachusetts Business Confidence Index rose 0.5 points in January to 55.8 to begin 2016 above the 50 mark that denotes a positive economic outlook.


The increase was driven by a 1.8 point surge in the index measuring employer attitudes about Massachusetts. However, confidence remained lower than it was in January 2015.

The fact that employer confidence remained strong despite a 9 percent drop in the S&P 500 Index shows the underlying strength of the state's economy, said AIM spokesman Raymond G. Torto.