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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.   Like the committees at Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary, the Mount Greylock School Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the plan, which would partition K-6 funding apart from the shared operating expenses at the junior-senior high school and see each town pay for its own elementary school.   "As the working group members from the elementary school

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Women's Political Caucus Endorses Blackmer for State Representative
11:52PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
BOSTON — Lisa Blackmer has earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee for state representative.   The North Adams city councilor is running in the special election for the 1st Berkshire district, which includes the communities of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford,  Williamstown and city of North Adams.    The primary election will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and the general election to follow on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to fill the unexpired term of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, the first woman to hold the seat.   "MWPC is proud to endorse Lisa for the

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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
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Guest Column: Why Are Smoke-Free Homes So Important?
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07:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Secondhand smoke comes from a lit tobacco product, like a cigarette, cigar or pipe — and it's not just a nuisance — it's a health hazard and it's dangerous. 

Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and poisons, and at least 50 of these are known to cause cancer. It stays in clothing, hair, furniture, curtains, and carpets even after a cigarette is put out and can harm people who come in contact with it, especially children. Keeping your home smoke free is important to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, guests, neighbors, and even your pets.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous, even if you can't smell it. Opening a window, sitting in a separate

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Letter: First Berkshire District Needs John Barrett
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To the Editor:

A recent article in The Boston Globe titled "Tourism booms but locals struggle: Behind the two worlds of the Berkshires" simply confirmed what most of us already knew; while tourism and the second home market are growing substantially in the Berkshires, the poverty rate has risen by almost a third since the year 2000.

Livable wage jobs are few and far between and our population continues to decline. And probably the most frightening statistic was provided by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, which recently conducted a survey to learn more about the pressing issues facing our region. As mentioned in The Boston Globe column, Berkshire Taconic states that

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Democratic Candidates for State House Discuss Issues in Lanesborough
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Paul Mark, who represented Lanesborough when it was part of the 2nd Berkshire, moderated the 90-minute panel.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Education and transportation were among the chief topics of conversation at a Monday forum for Democrats running to fill the unexpired term of deceased state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi.   The four candidates on the ballot in the Oct. 10 Democratic primary discussed their platforms and qualifications to represent the 1st Berkshire District on Beacon Hill in a 90-minute forum hosted by the town's Democratic Committee and moderated by state Rep. Paul Mark, D-Peru.   North Adams' John Barrett III, Lisa Blackmer and Stephanie Bosley

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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.   The committee had a full agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting at Nessacus Middle School, but Thursday's decision from the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee to withdraw from the task force colored the conversation.   Chairman John Hockridge opened the meeting by addressing the vote head on.   "I just wished they'd put off the discussion for one more meeting to give us the opportunity to tell them where we're coming from," Hockridge said of the

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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Paul Hickling of the Brien Center talks about his organization's initiatives, including a new recovery center for new mothers. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.    But while the partnerships are strong, a lack of resources has left this fragile safety net overwhelmed and with too many gaps for those seeking help to fall through.    "You need help and

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Clark Art Celebration Honors Contemporary Artist
03:23PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Helen Frankenthaler (American, 1928–2011), Essence Mulberry, 1977. Eight-color woodcut from four woodblocks on handmade paper, 39 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. Helen Frankenthaler Foundation © 2017 Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In celebration of the life and work of contemporary artist Helen Frankenthaler, the Clark Art Institute plans a weekend of special events, including musical performances and public lectures, on Saturday, Sept. 23, and Sunday, Sept, 24.

The events coincide with the Clark's special exhibit "No Rules: Helen Frankenthaler Woodcuts"

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Introduces Co-op Cash for Class Program
02:21PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Cashing in: Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe in Williamstown, has unveiled Co-op Cash for Class, a new program aimed at raising money for local schools. To participate in the program, schools must register online. They can then download a customizable flyer to share with parents and students encouraging them to enroll.

It is even easier for parents to participate. Families simply register online and designate up to two schools. As soon as they sign up they will immediately begin to earn points each time they shop. There are no receipts to deal with and every purchase counts. The more families that participate and shop, the more money

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's
12:23PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Touring art: Community Access to the Arts will exhibit at Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield as part of ​CATA's "Art on Tour" gallery series. The exhibit, featuring artwork created by Pittsfield-based CATA artists with disabilities, runs through Oct. 31, with a public reception on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The curated exhibit includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work. All works in the exhibit are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists. The

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SBA Honors Red Apple Butchers And Yummy Treasures
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Apple Butchers is a nose-to-tail shop that opens its expanded location this week. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was about 10 years ago when Beth Carpenter wanted to get rid of some excess jewelry making supplies.   She sold them online and turned a decent income. Sales grew and eventually took over her living room. It got so large of an operation she brought her husband, Greg, on to help run the business.   Yummy Treasures continued to grow from there.   Two years ago, she opened a storefront on Commercial Street.   Now, Yummy Treasures is the No. 1 shop on Etsy for jewelry and crafting supplies and the winner of the Massachusetts Small Business

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Williams Inn Project's Approval Pushed Back a Week
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, September 18, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday heard feedback from the town's consulting engineer on Williams College's application to build a new Williams Inn and decided to continue the hearing on the project for at least one more week.   The college came to Thursday's meeting hoping the Con Comm would finalize its orders of conditions for the inn and associated expansion and renovation of the Spring Street municipal parking lot.   But one of the proposed conditions left too much ambiguity in the opinion of the commissioners.   The project team had proposed that the committee approve the project on Thursday night subject to final

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