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Berkshire Blizzard Brings Home Trophy
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02:53PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The Berkshire Blizzard 14-and-under girls hockey team won the the Thousand Island Ice Out Tournament last weekend.   "The girls fought hard going with two big wins on Saturday before going to the championship game," Blizzard coach William Rech said.   The team includes: Kellie Harrington, Lizzy Hunt, Serena Batacchi, Jordanne Brazie, Beatrice Garvey, Meg Loring, Nyla Hess,  Maddy Rawling, Christy Rech, Mia Paligo, Tori Jarvis, Mia Alfonso and Cyra Pacher. 

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Steinman Leads St. Anselm into Elite Eight
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12:21PM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The remarkable run by Pittsfield’s Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione and the St. Anselm College women’s basketball team continued Monday into the quarter-finals of the NCAA Division II tournament.   The Hawks defeated LeMoyne College, 63-61, to advance to next Tuesday’s Elite Eight games in Columbus, Ohio.   Steinman played every minute of the Sweet 16 contest, scoring 19 points, including a 3-pointer and 12-for-12 shooting at the free throw line.   “It’s surreal,” Steinman said in the post-game press conference. “I’m going to use the word again, it’s electric down there. We got knocked out early in the NE-10, and we

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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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Berkshire Beat: Herberg Team Wins 20th Annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge
11:21AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tyler Vosburgh (left) and Bella Zeno operate the Herberg HBP robot during the championship match. Robotics Challenge

Herberg Middle School HBP (Heavy Brain Power) defeated Williamstown Elementary School (WES) LEGOHeads I, 78-54, in the finals to win the championship of "Into Orbit," the 20th annual Berkshire Robotics Challenge, conducted March 16 at Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.

The competition involved 16 Berkshire County teams comprising more than 130 students ages 8 to 14 using programmable robots built from LEGO kits to complete a variety of hypothetical missions that focused on space-themed missions – such as growing food in space, fighting muscle atrophy

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Williams College Admits 1,205 Students to Class of 2023
10:55AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,205 applicants for the Class of 2023. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 9,715.

"We are thrilled to invite this incredibly talented group of students to Williams in the fall," says Sulgi Lim, director of admission. "We know they will enrich our community — both in the classroom and beyond — with their talents, interests, and perspectives."

The admitted students represent 893 high schools, and their academic profile is exceptional. Ninety-two percent of the students who submitted high school rank are projected to graduate in the top 10 percent of their class.

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Solid Waste District Considers New Materials Recovery Contract
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District may look at switching materials recovery facilities but only if the price right.   Program Director Linda Cernik told the commissioners Thursday that the district has the opportunity to switch from TAM in Pownal, Vt., to Springfield Materials Recovery if the commission chooses so.   "I called TAM and told them we are by no means jumping ship but I just have to do my due diligence and present this to the board," Cernik. "I am very happy with TAM ... but this is an opportunity to join if the district wants."   Cernik said the opportunity has arisen because the state Department of

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March
01:45PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Plainfield and Alford for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, March 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Alford Town Offices, 5 Alford Center Road Plainfield Town Offices, 304 Main St., from 11 to noon Plainfield Town Hall, 348 Main St., from noon to 1 p.m., during the senior lunch Appointments are not necessary but can be booked in advance by calling the Pittsfield office at 413-344-4561 or the Williamsburg office at

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Workers Still Without Contract
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01:15PM / Monday, March 18, 2019
UFCW planning Chicopee rally Area UFCW locals are hosting a rally at the Stop & Shop in Chicopee on Wednesday, March 20, as the grocery and union representatives have made little headway in contract negotiations.     UFCW Local 1459, representing about 2,000 workers in the Berkshires and Western Massachusetts, voted a week ago to authorize a strike if the contract talks continue to bog down. Local 1459's vote is in accord with four other UFCW locals that together represent some 30,000 workers in the grocery chain's New England stores.    Local 1459 President Tyrone Housey said in a video message on Friday that the grocer made some economic package

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Mount Greylock School Committee Amends Budget to Preserve Music Instruction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 18, 2019

Mount Greylock School Committee members Joe Bergeron and Regina DiLego participate in Thursday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday decided to add to the fiscal 2020 budget in order to restore hours slated to be trimmed from the Lanesborough Elementary School music program.   After hearing from several teachers at the elementary and high school level who argued against the cut, the six members of the seven-person panel in attendance voted unanimously to restore about $6,000 to the $22.4 million gross operating budget for the three-school, PreK-12 district.   "I see 100 students by 9 a.m. on Mondays, but that's

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Youth Voices Lead Coalition Forum
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Monday, March 18, 2019

Malina Ziaja, a junior at Hoosac Valley High School, speaks during the coalition youth forum on March 12.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The youth spoke, and the adults listened.

Seven young people from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Youth Leadership Program led the Coalition's monthly form on March 12. Representing all four North County high schools, the teens talked to the adults about why adults don't always listen to the point of view of teenagers — and how that can change.

While the youths lead a NBCC forum every year, usually they pick a topic. This year, however, NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw said, the topic came out the needs assessment

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One Contested Race, So Far, on Williamstown Election Ballot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Sunday, March 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has one contested election and one elected office in search of a candidate with 11 days left to file paper for May's election.   Town Clerk Mary Kennedy said Friday that as of midday, there was one known contested election among the 10 seats that will be up for grabs.   The Planning Board, which has been the locus of much debate about the direction of town zoning bylaws in recent years, has one seat on the ballot.   Chairwoman Amy Jeschawitz has returned papers in a bid to retain that seat, and she has one challenger so far, Dante Birch, one of several residents who have been regular contributors from the floor of Planning Board

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Lund Leads WIlliams Men's Lax to Road Win
04:12PM / Sunday, March 17, 2019
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Cory Lund scored eight goals Sunday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to an 18-9 win over Connecticut College.   Calvin Collins scored four goals for the Ephs (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC), who got a combined 11 saves from Harry Gahagan and Will Bock.   Williams goes to Rensselaer Polytechnic on Wednesday.

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Q&A: Doctor with Pro Football Pedigree Treating Sports Injuries in Bennington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
06:56AM / Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dr. Ivette Guttmann BENNINGTON, Vt. — Sustain a sports injury in and around Bennington, and you might discover that your doctor has more than years of medical training to bring to your recovery plan.   She just might be a former professional football player, too.   Earlier this winter, Dr. Ivette Guttmann joined the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a sports medicine specialist.   Guttmann is board certified in pediatrics and primary-care sports medicine.   And she is a bona fide football hero, having set a record for touchdown completions in a season as a quarterback for the Orlando Starz and in the Independent Women's Football

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