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Berkshires Beat: CATA Publishes First Book
10:26AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
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Community Access to the Arts has published its first-ever collection of artwork and poetry, titled "You Can't Replace Yourself," featuring work by 46 artists and writers with disabilities. CATA celebrates the release with a Book Launch event at the CATA Studio in Great Barrington on Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

"You Can't Replace Yourself" is a window into the lyrical and deeply felt work of writers and artists with disabilities. It draws from 25 years of poems, paintings and drawings created in CATA's weekly arts workshops. From touching observations and fantastic dreams, to tender musings on love, life, and hairdryers, "You


Mount Greylock Weighs Dropping April Vacation Week from School Calendar
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — April vacation will be a thing of the past — at least for one year — if the Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee approves a calendar proposal presented at Thursday's meeting.   Acting on direction from the committee to try to end the school year earlier than this year's snow day-induced June 25 release, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and her building principals developed a proposal that replaces the traditional week off in April with two long weekends.   By recovering the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Patriots Day, the district would have classes ending on Thursday, June 13 — or, with the state-mandated


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

Rooted in Responsibility, Mount Greylock Grads Go Forth
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018

Daniel MacWhinnie, chosen to speak by his fellow graduates, compared the classmates to trees that set down good roots at Mount Greylock which will allow them to grow. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Before they branched out into the "real world," Mount Greylock's graduating seniors were reminded of just how treelike they really are.   "When a tree is just beginning to grow, it's just a seedling," Daniel K. "Hoby" MacWhinnie told his classmates. "Seedlings need a good environment to grow, just like ourselves.   "As the years move along, we start to grow and develop good roots."   Grounded


Mount Greylock to Take Budget Request Directly to Lanesborough Voters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018

Lanesborough resident and Transition Committee member Al Terranova is critical of the chairman of his town's Finance Committee.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee on Thursday decided to take its case to the floor of Lanesborough's town meeting in order to secure the funding it requested from the town.   At issue is about $112,000, the figure that Lanesborough's Finance Committee decided to unilaterally cut from the assessment the regional school district made to the town.   The committee, which governs the recently expanded PreK-12 district until a new school committee is elected in November, reacted to


'Adrift': Cast Away in an Inconvenient Genre
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:28PM / Friday, June 08, 2018
If your idea of a good time is anguishing aghast on tenterhooks as a couple of shipwrecked young lovers try to survive against all odds in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, director Baltasar Kormákur's "Adrift," loosely based on a true story, is for you. I, for one, don't really get the thrill, and have yet to receive a satisfactory response from either horror film or disaster flick aficionados when I question their inclination. Neither genre is my cup of tea. Just wondering what the morning mail will bode is more than enough suspense for me. Thus, I surprised myself.   In service to my fellow moviegoers who enjoy the blood pressure rush that film-induced fright


The Independent Investor: Trump's trade war
By Bill Schmick,
03:52PM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
Over the weekend, the G-7 group of nations met to denounce the recent actions of the United States. This coming Friday, these same leaders convene in Quebec. President Trump will attend and seems determined to face them down.   Ever since the Trump administration announced plans to raise tariffs on imported steel and aluminum by 25 percent and 10 percent respectively, our allies have been livid. Some are referring to the upcoming meeting as the G-6, plus the United States. You've got to hand it to the president, he doesn't back off, but given the circumstances, maybe he should.   I doubt that anyone in this country believes the present trade agreements we have signed


Williamstown Sails Through Audit, Receives High Bond Rating
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, June 07, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town received another clean bill of health from its auditor, the Select Board learned on Monday evening.   David Irwin from Pittsfield's Adelson and Company reported on the town's fiscal 2017 audit, taking the board through the highlights of his firm's analysis of the town's books.   The bottom line was a clean or "unmodified" opinion, Irwin told the board.   Irwin said his firm gave particularly high marks to the town's tax collection efforts. For FY17, it collected 98.79 of the property tax bills it issued; that's up a little from the 98.5 in 2016 and the 98.1 in 2015.   Personal property taxes were

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McCann Graduates Prepared For The World
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:55PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Valedictorian Aimee Dowling recalls the good times and the bad at McCann Tech's graduation ceremony on Wednesday night. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2018 reflected on memories of the past and were told to go forward with grit and determination.   Just over 100 graduates moved across the stage Wednesday during the school's graduation ceremony held in the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and valedictorian Aimee Dowling felt it was a good time if any to reminisce.   "Remember those nights where you were up until 2 a.m. cramming for a project and remember the days sitting

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Mount Greylock Building Timeline, Demolition on Track
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Mount Greylock School Building Committee co-Chair Paula Consolini, left, runs Tuesday's meeting as Principal Mary MacDonald follows along. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School building project is meeting its revised schedule and is on track to welcome students to the new middle-high school in September.   On Tuesday, the School Building Committee heard a confident update from the district's construction manager, Turner Construction.   "We're hopeful that with the work we've done over the last couple of months we've built up the confidence of the community to move forward with the plan," project manager Mike Giso


Thursday Session in Williamstown Looks at Threats from Climate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Thursday's meeting at Town Hall will review some of the potential threats that the town may face because of climate change. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — You cannot really know where or when the next natural disaster is going to hit.   But you can consider the possibilities and plan for the worst.   On Thursday at 6 p.m., Williamstown takes a step in that planning process when it holds a listening session for members of the public to consider the Municipal Vulnerability Plan the town is developing with the help of a grant from the commonwealth and advice from the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.   BRPC senior planner Lauren Gaherty will lead a discussion about

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Five Area Students Graduate From Williams College
05:10PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018

             Keiana Ruby West Seema Amin
Geff Halligan Fisher
Evelyn B. Mahon WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College interim President Protik "Tiku" Majumder on Sunday conferred bachelor of arts degrees to five local graduates at the college's 229th Commencement. Bob Schieffer, former CBS News reporter and award-winning journalist, was the principal speaker.

The local graduates are: 

Keiana Ruby West of Pittsfield, daughter of Yvonne West and Mitchell West, majored in psychology and concentrated in Africana


Mount Greylock Faculty, Seniors Name Graduation Speakers
04:22PM / Tuesday, June 05, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Seniors Richard K. "Ric" Donati and Daniel K. "Hoby" MacWhinnie have been selected to speak at the Mount Greylock Regional High School graduation on Saturday, June 9, at 11 a.m. in Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Amsler Campus Center in North Adams.    Donati, the son of Martino and Anne Donati of Williamstown, was chosen to speak by the high school faculty. While at Mount Greylock, he was recognized for excellent work in English, wellness, and science and technology. He is a three-sport athlete, an excellent leader, and a member of the National Honor Society. He also served as a delegate to Boys State.    He

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