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Williamstown Finance Endorses Police Station, School Regionalization
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Friday, October 20, 2017

Elisabeth Goodman was elected to chair Williamstown's Finance Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Wednesday heard about three projects that town voters will be asked to support at special meetings over the next few weeks.   The committee voted unanimously to support the plan of local school officials to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District and the proposed purchase of a Simonds Road property for a new police station — questions likely to be posed to the town at a special town meeting on Nov. 14.   And the committee discussed a Fire District plan to purchase a Main Street parcel for a new fire station. That proposal will

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Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Thursday, October 19, 2017

 
Michaels said the cost to society in dealing with substance use issues is in the $400 billion range. But, most of that is dedicated to dealing with the consequences after and not prevention or treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a negative connotation when it comes to the opioid epidemic.    That stigma makes it even more challenging to address the nationwide problem, according to Dr. Jennifer Michaels, medical director of the Brien Center.   Michaels spent about two hours Wednesday morning with many who are combating the opioid epidemic in one way or the other to discuss the impact stigma

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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
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The Independent Investor: Taketh Care of Your Workers and They Will Taketh Care of You
By Bill Schmick,
03:30PM / Thursday, October 19, 2017
Employers have had it all their own way for a decade or more. They have been able to freeze wages, cut benefits, force overtime and even deny vacations with impunity. Now, for many, it's time to pay the piper.   There is a saying, "what goes around, comes around," which means in this case that if you have spent years abusing your employees, the first company that offers them even the slightest uptick in benefits or salary will pick off your best workers in the time it takes to sign on the dotted line.   I can walk into a company and tell you within seconds whether or not its employees are well treated and happy. I'm sure you can, too. It shows on their faces, in

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Williamstown's Hirsch Scores in Williams Men's Soccer Win
10:48PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown's Eric Hirsch scored in the 36th minute Wednesday to lift the Williams College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Hamilton at Cole Field.   The Mount Greylock graduate gave the Ephs (8-1, 3-1-4 NESCAC) a 2-0 lead after Mark Sisco-Tolomeo's goal two minutes earlier gave Williams an one-goal edge.   Bobby Schneiderman made three saves for Williams, who hosts Tufts on Saturday  

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BRPC Launching Search For New Executive Director
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Nathaniel Karns is looking to retire in the first half of next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed to find who will become the agency's third executive director.   Karns said he wants to retire no earlier than Jan. 1 and no later than Sept. 1, 2018, but is "pretty flexible" with what that date will be.   "I think a realistic goal at this point is to try to have someone selected, so we know exactly where we are moving forward, by March,

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys
03:36PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Because of recent inquiries and reports from the public about turkeys acting aggressively toward people, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering information about turkey behavior, tips to prevent turkey conflicts, and what to do if your town has an issue with an aggressive turkey.     Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks (or rafts) organized by pecking order.

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Put Lessons From 'Retirement Week' to Work
03:05PM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event?

First of all, save early – and save often. Too many people put off saving for retirement until they are in their late 40s – and even their 50s. If you wait until you are in this age group, you can still do quite a bit to help build the resources you will need for retirement – but it will be more challenging than if you had begun saving and investing while you were in your 20s or early 30s. For one thing, if you delay saving for retirement, you may have to put away large

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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017
11:04AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This is the season of harvest bazaars, holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 21

CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE, Dalton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the Dalton Senior Center, sponsored by the Friends of the Dalton Council on Aging to support programs at the Senior Center, will include quilts, woodwork, paintings, homemade soaps, jewelry and other items produced by local crafters. There will also be a bake sale of the Friends of the Dalton Free Public Library. A hot lunch may be purchased from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Senior Center is located at 40

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017
10:45AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood.

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on Halloween, unless otherwise noted. Those towns that are crossed out 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.

There are also plenty of other fun holiday-related events happening in the Berkshires, too! If your organization is holding something Halloween related,

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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools.   But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will see at Nov. 14 special town meetings in each community.   The junior-senior high school committee convened for its monthly meeting with hopes of reviewing a final draft of a plan that has been in the works for years. But the draft currently is under review by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Boston, which has the final say on the

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Who Withdrew?: MNA Mixes Up Labor Board Complaints
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nursing Association has withdrawn one of the multiple unfair labor practice charges it filed against Berkshire Medical Center.    In July, the registered nurses' union filed a charge against a new absentee policy the hospital's administration had established. The claim was that there was a modification to the contract because the new policy was not negotiated. The union said the hospital broadened the circumstances around absences for discipline.   However, according to a union spokesman, it was later learned that the policy was not going to be implemented for the union's membership. Last week, on Oct. 13, the union

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Education Task Force Panel Answers Questions at NBCC Forum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Panelists Jake Eberwein, left, Paul Butler, Douglas McNally, Robert Putnam and Tony Mazzucco, all members of the task force. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The vision of the Berkshire County Education Task Force is a single, countywide school district that would create sustainable educational opportunities and academic support to a dwindling student population.

The controversial recommendation, made in July after two years of study and modeling, hasn't been an easy sell in the small towns fearing that consolidation means school closings and loss of local control.   But task force members are hoping that officials, parents and community members will see the benefits of at least

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