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Lanesborough Sets Bar High With Strong MCAS Scores
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Friday, December 15, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Elementary school teachers and students have set the bar high.   The school held its first tests of the newly revamped Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests last year and the newly revealed scores show Lanesborough students trending ahead of state averages in nearly every category.   The state is not placing an accountability rank on schools that have moved to the new system, but the first year will set a benchmark to measure growth in the future.   Principal Martin McEvoy reported that last year's sixth-graders tied for second in the county when it came to English language arts. Thirteen percent of the students exceeded

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December
01:29PM / Thursday, December 14, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during December.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Ashfield and Dalton at the following locations: Wednesday, Dec. 20,  from 11 to 1, Ashfield Town Hall, 412 Main St. Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 11 to 1, Dalton Senior Center, 40 Field St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government they wish to share, or if they require assistance from the senator's

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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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Williamstown Planning Board OKs New Williams Dorm
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Thursday, December 14, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday gave the OK to Williams College's plan for a new dormitory and discussed zoning bylaw changes the board may bring to town voters in May.   The college was before the board to seek a parking determination and a finding of functional equivalency for the planned 40-room residence hall to replace Garfield House on South Street.   College attorney Jamie Art explained that the new dorm will have fewer than half as many parking spaces as the existing structure, part of the college's initiative to reduce vehicular usage on campus and promote healthy lifestyles.   "Right now, I think there are 16 spaces by the

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Department of Agricultural Resources Has Tips to Keep Pets Safe This Holiday Season
04:19PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

BOSTON — The state Department of Agricultural Resources' Division of Animal Health is reminding residents to ensure their pets remain safe and healthy by planning ahead when traveling and being aware of potentially harmful holiday foods and decorations. 

"I want all families to enjoy the holiday season with their pets by planning ahead and being aware of how holiday decorations, food and even new guests in a home may affect pet health," said MDAR Commissioner John Lebeaux. "I encourage residents to talk with their local veterinarian to discuss what types of holiday plants and other greenery items are safe to have indoors and to purchase them from a local

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Rainbow Seniors Hires New Director
03:10PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County has named Kenneth Mercure as its new director. Rainbow Seniors is the county's social and support network for LGBTQ elders.

Mercure, a Berkshire County native, was the driving force behind the Berkshire Pride festival and a lead organizer of the Berkshire Transgender Day of Remembrance in 2017. A natural organizer, his earliest effort was the founding of an LGBTQ youth program in Great Barrington – at age 15! The group flourished for two years.

Mercure began working as a Lyme disease community organizer and patient advocate in 2010 and went on to found the Lyme Alliance of the Berkshires, which holds monthly meetings

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Time to Review Your Investment Strategy for the Year
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:21PM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

As the year draws to a close, it's a good time to review your progress toward your financial goals. But on what areas should you focus your attention?

Of course, you may immediately think about whether your investments have done well. When evaluating the performance of their investments for a given year, many people mistakenly think their portfolios should have done just as well as a common market index, such as the Standard & Poor's 500. But the S&P 500 is essentially a measure of large-company, domestic stocks, and your portfolio probably doesn’t look like that – nor should it, because it's important to own an investment mix that aligns with your goals,

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary Pitched in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:45AM / Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Norman Burdick tells the Select Board that medicinal marijuana had helped his quality of life.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After nearly two hours of discussion about the market, the legal framework and the mechanics of running a medical marijuana dispensary, resident Norman Burdick said his piece at Monday's Select Board meeting.   "A lot of people my age — you want the last few years of your life to have a little quality of life," Burdick said. "I wasn't having it, and I know some other people my age who weren't.   "It's something long, long overdue. I can't see anything but good coming from it."   Burdick told

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Berkshire County Groups Call for Action to Protect Net Neutrality
By Mark Hurwit, Community Submission
08:24PM / Tuesday, December 12, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 40 bundled-up Berkshire citizens gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Pittsfield Verizon store last Thursday evening, holding home-made placards and signs, to join tens of thousands of others for a day of peaceful protests at more than 600 Verizon store locations across the country.   The issue at hand — one they insist affects everyone — is an upcoming congressional vote on the Federal Communications Commission's plan to repeal the rules that currently restrict how large broadband companies can control their users' access.   Eileen Raab, who organized the Pittsfield rally, said she was "very pleased with the

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Mount Greylock Building Committee Talks Parking Lot Deadline
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Tuesday, December 12, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday pressed its construction team for an answer to the most pressing project-related question facing the district.   "Where are we on the contingency?" committee member Al Terranova asked. "The one that's going to pay for the parking lot."   The district hopes to pay for a $700,000 renovation of the middle-high school parking lot from a $2 million "owner's contingency" built into the $64.7 million budget for the addition/renovation project.   On Thursday, the building committee approved $117,000 worth of change orders, including about $80,000 for a change to

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Celebrates 35 Years As Cooperative in Williamstown
02:13PM / Monday, December 11, 2017
35 and counting
Wild Oats is seen in 1982 when it first opened as a retail store in Colonial Shopping Center.

Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe, will celebrate 35 years as a cooperative, community-owned business on Saturday, Dec. 16, in conjunction with Owner-Appreciation Day. The main event will be a cake cutting at 3:35 p.m., but the celebration will go on all day with vendor demos throughout the day, including Maplebrook Farm, Hop2o, Heritage Cider and Niman Ranch.

The hot bar, salad bar, sandwich bar and soup will be 35 percent off for all shoppers that day and a small coffee will be just 35 cents There will also be specials on beer

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present
01:10PM / Monday, December 11, 2017
Home at last

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating a new home to a local family on Saturday, Dec. 16. The public is welcome. The formal presentation will begin at 1 p.m. with local leaders as well as state Sen. Adam Hinds and Roberta McCulloch-Dew, director of Administrative Services in the Office of the Mayor.
 
Thanks to the tremendous support of donors, volunteers, neighbors, community partners and construction leaders, the DelSonno family will be moved into their new home at 92 Clarendon Street, Pittsfield, just in time for the holidays. Days after the foundation had been poured, building commenced on May 6 with Habitat's annual Women Build event and

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Williamstown School Committee Member Questions Education's Emphasis on Technology
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28AM / Monday, December 11, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN. Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Wednesday discussed the role of technology in education and, specifically, whether it is being overemphasized in the classroom.   The discussion was sparked by Principal Joelle Brookner's report on pupil performance on the 2017 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exam.   In addition to laying out the continued success of the school's children on the standardized test, Brookner noted that last spring the school's fourth-graders took the MCAS on computer for the first time and that the fourth- and fifth-graders will do so this year.   The school is phasing in a transition to meet the

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