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Bay State Girls Basketball Tryout Sunday at McCann Tech
03:39PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The final tryout for the Western Massachusetts girls basketball team for this summer's Bay State Games is Sunday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCann Tech.   The team primarily is for girls entering grades 9 through 12, though recent graduates are welcome. Each team is allowed up to three 2017 grads.   Players must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts and a full-time student at a recognized academic institution.   The tryout fee is $38.   The 2017 Bay State Games are July 14-16 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing.   For information, contact Amy Cyr at


Mount Greylock School Committee Reapproves Concussion Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:57AM / Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mount Greylock Director of Athletics Lyndsey von Holtz addresses the School Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday reviewed the school's concussion policy and some historical data about head injuries among the student body.   The school's director of athletics and co-curricular activities explained the policy, which was up for a standard biennial review.   Lindsey von Holtz also shared data she has compiled about the instance of head injuries at the school — whether on the playing field or not.   The Mount Greylock policy, which is centered on a Graduated Return to Play Protocol and includes

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

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

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Williamstown Police Apprehend Streaker in Woods
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:01PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police on Friday apprehended a man found naked in the woods of South Williamstown after passing motorists reported someone was harassing them, police said.   The incident led to a two-hour implementation of the "stay in place" protocol at Mount Greylock Regional School, though there was never any indication the man was close to the junior-senior high school.   At 7:31 a.m., the police received a call about a man placing objects in the roadway near the junction of Routes 2 and 7, Police Chief Kyle Johnson said. A second caller said his vehicle was struck by a man on the roadside who then, "took off all his clothes and ran into


Buxton School Teacher Awarded 2017 Kapteyn Prize
02:38PM / Friday, June 23, 2017

Linda Burlak, front and center, with her 2017 Buxton graduates.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Linda Burlak, a science teacher and academic dean at Buxton School in Williamstown has been awarded the ninth annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching,the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced.

She will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich her teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in her name.

Currently in her 29th year at Buxton School, Burlak has taught biology and physics, algebra and geometry, and popular electives in marine science, astronomy and nature writing. She has served as a soccer coach, dormitory parent and college


Mount Greylock Student Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident
Staff Reports,
09:28PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One occupant of a car involved in a single-car accident on Hopper Road was airlifted to a regional hospital on Thursday afternoon.   The injured party was a student at Mount Greylock Regional School, and school officials are doing their best to notify members of the school community, Mount Greylock's interim superintendent said on Thursday night.   "We are aware students and families are anxious and are working as a school community to make sure we have students supported as they enter school tomorrow," Kimberley Grady said.   "[Principal Mary [MacDonald] has reached out to families, staff and coaches so that we have everyone


The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
As Senate Republicans unveil their version of a new health care law replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Democrats are already crying foul. But while politicians are busy back-stabbing each other, there are real people out there who are sick and getting sicker.   These are Americans who can't afford, or can no longer find, insurance. Their stories are evidently not "newsworthy." Instead, the media prefers to accentuate the divisions among our lawmakers, while President Trump describes the House "Choice Act" as "mean." In the meantime, who is taking care of all those sick and elderly victims in this supposedly divisive America? Well, the


Social Media Attacks Take Toll on Mount Greylock Public Servant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mount Greylock School Committee member Wendy Penner has expressed an interest in taking Carolyn Greene's place on the RDAC. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing personal attacks on social media, the Mount Greylock School Committee member who has chaired the district's committee looking at full regionalization announced Tuesday she is stepping back from the latter group.   Carolyn Greene told her colleagues on the School Committee at its monthly meeting that she hopes School Committee member Wendy Penner will be able to fill in for her on the Regional District Amendment Committee, which Greene chaired in 2013 when the school launched its initial study and earlier this year


Community, Massachusetts House Bids Farewell to Rep. Cariddi
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:12PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Cariddi was to be buried in Bellevue Cemetery in Adams.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A litany of elected state and local officials, friends and family packed into St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church on Thursday to bid farewall to state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who died Saturday at age 63.    "It's an honor to be here on behalf of an institution that Gail Cariddi loved and, by the way, loved Gail Cariddi," said Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.    More than 100 state representatives, from as far as Cape Cod, came by bus and car to attend the funeral, a testament to how they felt about her, said state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox,


Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Katharine Moore, RN, left, Dr. Kevin Curtis and Dr. Victoria Martin on a live feed from Darthmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Connected Care.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — An emergency room patient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center came in recently with a life-threatening cardiac arrhythmia. The attending physicians and nurses were able to resuscitate him.   While they were continuing to attend to him, his heart slipped back into the abnormal rhythm. One of the attendings noted the changes on the heart monitor, and called out, "check the monitor!"   Not an unusual situation for a fast-paced emergency department, except that the person noting the change was

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Mount Greylock Looks to Buy Former Restaurant for Central Office
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Tuesday discussed acquiring a closed restaurant to be the new home of the district's administration.   The committee discussed a plan to use part of a $5 million capital endowment from Williams College to purchase the former Taconic Restaurant at the junction of Routes 2 and 7, across from the A-Frame Bakery.   The committee has known for a couple of years that it needs to find new accommodations for the central administration, which oversees Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School under the Tri-District shared services agreement.   The addition/renovation project


Wahconah Football Program to Hold Youth Camp in August
Community submission,
09:25PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- The Wahconah Regional High School football program this summer will host a Youth FUNdamental Football camp.   Coach Gary Campbell Jr., will conduct the camp, scheduled for Monday, Aug. 7, through Thursday, Aug. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Campbell's teams have won four out of the last five Western Massachusetts titles and in December 2016 played in the state final at Gillette Stadium for the second time in three years.   Players from the Wahconah team will join Campbell to teach fundamental skills, teamwork, self-discipline and how to achieve your potential on and off the field.   The coaching staff will instruct each camper in every position, and all


The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
12:48PM / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The summer concert season is virtually upon us, and how lucky are we music lovers to be living right here, in the Berkshires, at what can only be described as "Music Central"?

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood. Added to this, Taconic Music offers a feast of chamber music by Strauss and Ravel, and a master class with the distinguished classical cellist/mentor Sharon Robinson.

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