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Tri-District Search Committee Advises Interim Superintendent
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Regina DiLego updated the other members of the School Committee on the superintendent search process. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The school districts for Williamstown and Lanesborough won't have a permanent superintendent until at least July.   The superintendent search committee decided last week to recommend the district forgo its search for a replacement by Jan.1 for the retiring Rose Ellis.   The search committee was formed to sort applicants for recommendation after Ellis informed Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71 she would retire at the end of the year.   "The pool was not as deep as we hoped," Regina DiLego, who

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BMC Awarded $3M for Health Care Center in North Adams
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01:05AM / Thursday, October 23, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center will receive $3 million in state funding to create a "Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood" in North County.

That's on top of the $6 million that BMC is planning to invest in upgrades and expanded services announced on Tuesday.

The state award will help fund initiatives to align with the findings of the Stroudwater Associates' health needs report for North Berkshire.

Dr. Marc Pettus, BMC's director of medical education and population health, told WAMC Northeast Public Radio on Wednesday that the funds would be used to create a multi-care center at the former North Adams Regional Hospital in early part of

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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Williamstown Students Celebrate Power of Words
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11:43AM / Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Above, the littlest students at Williamstown Elementary School led the Words are Wonderful costume parade on Wednesday. Even the school's principal, Joelle Brookner, got into the spirit with her costume inspired by Olivia the pig from the series of children's books written and illustrated by Ian Falconer.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Harry Potter and Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" made a surprise appearance at Williamstown Elementary School on Wednesday morning.

Actually, multiple Harrys and Dorothys joined countless other characters from beloved books as part of the costume parade as part of the school's annual Words Are Wonderful celebration of

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Former Senator Bill Bradley Shares Insights at Williams
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:08AM / Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Bill Bradley, past NBA star and presidential candidate, speaks the state of American politics Monday night at Williams College.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Former U.S. Sen. Bill Bradley came to the Village Beautiful on Monday with a message of hope — for everything from the future of American politics to the woeful NBA franchise he once led to a world championship.

Bradley on Monday joined Williams College political science professor George Crane on the main stage of the '62 Center for an hourlong discussion that covered a wide range of topics and offered some anecdotes from the former senator and Rhodes Scholar's legendary careers in politics and sports.

On the latter,

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Williams Chapin Library Seeking Volunteers
01:15PM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The newly reopened Chapin Library at Williams College is seeking volunteers to aid staff and visitors.  

Chapin Library and Archives & Special Collections volunteers share information about the facilities and assist staff in maintaining a presence in the galleries in the new Sawyer Library, which contains both permanent and changing exhibitions and collections. A monitor's desk is located in the grand Chapin Gallery, with two other galleries nearby and contiguous.

Each volunteer will receive training in duties, procedures and other information he or she will need to know.

Volunteers are needed Mondays and Fridays from 10 to 1:30 and from 1:30 to

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Berkshire Health Systems Investing $6M in North County
11:48AM / Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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BHS is investing $6 million to expand services at BMC North.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems will invest $6 million in Northern Berkshire in the coming months.

The significant investment will mean the expansion of outpatient and imaging services, as well as upgrades to the technology at the BMC North campus.

The funds were approved in the capital budget by the Berkshire Health Systems Board of Trustees in October and includes infrastructure improvements, building renovations, expanded services and equipment purchases.  

"This is the next phase in Berkshire Health Systems' ongoing commitment to provide enhanced health-care services to the Northern

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BArT Students Get Lesson in Chocolate, Child Labor
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:28PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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Grenada Chocolate Co. co-founder Edmond Brown explains the making of organic chocolate at BArT on Monday. The students are selling the chocolate to raise funds for activities.

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School will sell Grenadian-produced chocolate to raise funds for special school events and to spread a message against child labor.

The organic "tree-to-bar" chocolate is produced by the Grenada Chocolate Co., a small company that fights against the child labor many of the other cocoa harvesters implement.

Edmond Brown, master chocolate maker and co-founder of the Grenada Chocolate Co., visited the school on Monday morning to show the

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Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween 2014
03:52PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns in orange have not been confirmed so check back. If you don't see your town listed and you know the hours, let us know at info@iberkshires.com or 413-663-3384, Ext. 29, or if your organization is holding something Halloween related.


Adams: 5:30 to 7; Adams Lions Club holds its annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 4:30, beginning from Adams Community Bank and marching to the gazebo for judging and awards. Hot

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Hunting Permits Available for Hopkins Forest
02:00PM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Hopkins Memorial Forest in Williamstown will again be open to deer hunting by special permit during the 12-day shotgun season this fall.  

The 2014 Massachusetts deer shotgun season runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 13, excluding Sunday, Dec. 7, and a limited number of complimentary permits will be issued to hunters from local communities. Applications, which can be obtained from the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams College, are due back to the Center by Nov. 1. They will be evaluated on a first-come, first served basis and permits will be issued to selected hunters by mid-November.

Annually, 75 to 100 hunters are awarded permits to hunt in this

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Adams Civic Club Seeking Broader Membership
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:05AM / Monday, October 20, 2014
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The Maple Grove Civic Club is accepting new members from surrounding communities to keep the club going.

ADAMS, Mass. — The Maple Grove Civic Club is casting a wider net to boost enrollment.

The civics association said it will welcome members from North Adams, Williamstown and other surrounding communities.

At one point, the Adams club regularly attracted more than 100 people at its monthly meetings at the Polish National Alliance Hall. But turnout has dipped dramatically, club President Stanley Cote noted at last month's meeting.

"We need to do something to keep this club going," Cote said. "We're down to like 35 members at a meeting."

The

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