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Children's Musical Set For Dec. 2-3 in Williamstown
11:47AM / Friday, December 01, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Bible Church will present its annual children’s Christmas musical at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 3.

This year’s production is titled “Angels Aware” and tells the story of what came before the night Christ was born - way before. Gabriel calls a meeting to announce God's plan to send his son to Earth. The angels are shocked to learn that Jesus will be sent to Earth as a baby.

“Angels Aware” features two dozen local children ranging in age from 4 to 14 singing, dancing and acting in a Broadway-style musical. It is directed by Connie Sheehy, with musical direction by Trish Clairmont and costumes by

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Wahconah Regional Earns MIAA Sportsmanship Award
05:42PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School's student-athletes have been presented with the Sportsmanship Award for District G from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.   The award was made at the MIAA's annual Sportsmanship Summit, held this year on Nov. 17, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. It was presented in conjunction with Friendly's Restaurants, which partnered with the student sports association as its official "family restaurant."   Awards are presented to one school chosen by member school athletic directors in each of MIAA's eight athletic districts. Wahconah was also named to the Sportsmanship Honor Roll for 2016-17

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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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'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri': Signs of the Times
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
Director Martin McDonagh's compelling "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" features, among other things, misogyny, police brutality, racism, rape, child molestation, white supremacy, unrestricted gun possession, and anti-gay sentiments.    But no, it's not about Roy Moore's quest to represent Alabama in the U.S. Senate. Rather, equally provocative and similarly chilling, the superbly acted film details a mother's rage over her daughter's unsolved murder to the backdrop of a small town rendered dysfunctional by the above-listed disgraces.   Frances McDormand, playing Mildred Hayes, the infuriated mom, is the beleaguered face of survival in

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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Holds First Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, November 30, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Transition Committee of the Mount Greylock Regional School District Tuesday discussed the work ahead of it as the two-town district expands to include its two elementary schools.   Tuesday was the first meeting of the group, which does not formally have authority over the three schools — Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary — until the new regional agreement goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018.   But the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Boston has advised district officials to start meeting and preparing so it can hit the ground running next year.   "Part of what we’re

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Harvest Run Raises $15,000 for BCC nursing program
02:10PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017

More than 170 runners took part in the annual Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run to benefit the Berkshire Community College nursing program.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Healthcare Harvest Run raised more than $15,000 for the Berkshire Community College nursing program scholarship on Oct. 21 during the annual trail run and cook-off. More than 170 runners, including adults, students and children, participated in the trail run, relay and kids race.

"This was our most successful Harvest Run. We are very grateful to all the participants and the Berkshire Healthcare affiliates for their energy and enthusiasm," said Ellen Kennedy, president of Berkshire Community College.

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Consider These Year-End Tax-Smart Financial Moves
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:31PM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017

With the holiday season upon us, you may be getting pretty busy. But once the holidays are over, you will enter into a new season – tax season. The filing deadline for the 2017 tax year is April 17, 2018, but until that date – and especially before the end of the calendar year – you may want to explore some tax-smart financial moves.

Here are a few to consider:

Boost your 401(k) contributions. If you're like most people, you probably don't usually contribute the maximum amount to your 401(k), which, in 2017, is $18,000, or $24,000 if you're 50 or older. Unless you have a Roth 401(k), your contributions are made with pre-tax dollars, so the more you put in,

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Williamstown Welcomes Solar Array At Landfill
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The photovoltaic array will provide power to the town's buildings, streetlights, and the first district. It has already generated 31,000 kilowatt-hours. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Even as they face the shortest days of the year, Williamstown residents had a ray of sunshine this month.   "As of Friday, Nov. 17, the landfill solar installation went live," Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Board of Selectmen on Monday evening. "It's connected and it is generating power."   How much power? According to a monitoring site provided to the town by its partners, the 19-megawatt facility on the capped landfill has put out nearly 31,000 kilowatt-hours

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SteepleCats Reveal New Look, New Logo
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:20AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The SteepleCats are relaunching with a new look, a new attitude and new leadership.   "We're changing the brand, and we're changing the look, and we're changing the feel," says new President Allen Hall. "A lot of things are going to change this year to be more North Adams-centered and focused in terms of its approach, its affordability, and our marketing and corporate packages."    The New England Collegiate Baseball League team is switching out its friendly fuzzy black and yellow cat for a leaner, meaner blue panther. The Drury blue logo and uniforms, with black, white and gray, is meant to evoke a more assertive,

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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides on School's Name
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, November 27, 2017

Sheila Hebert, right, again will chair the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, which will be reconstituted in the November 2018 election as Mount Greylock transitions to a preK-12 district. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School's name finally jibes with its reality.   The district's School Committee last week formally voted to change the name of the middle-high school to reflect the fact that it serves students in Grades 7 through 12, removing the word "high" from the title.   Although the two-town regional school district has been known as the Mount Greylock Regional School District since its inception, the one school it has

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TEDx North Adams Features 11 Speakers at Mohawk Theater
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Monday, November 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The environment will be spare but the organizers of the first-ever TEDx North Adams are sure that the ideas shared will be illuminating.    Eleven speakers will be featured at the Mohawk Theater in January for a full afternoon of talks and videos around the basic TED theme of "Ideas Worth Sharing."    Organizers announced on Sunday that the empty Mohawk on Main Street would be the venue for the event.   "We knew it would be bare bones and continue to be bare bones," said Benjamin Lamb, one of the organizers and president of the City Council. "We thought it was a good way to activate the space in a different

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Williams Women's Hockey Completes Weekend Sweep
09:18PM / Sunday, November 26, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Christian Cleroux stopped 33 shots, and seven different players scored a goal Sunday as the Williams College women's hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Oswego with a 7-1 win.   Avery Dunn, Eliza Quigley and Abby Brustad each had a goal and an assist for the Ephs (2-2).   Williams plays its first road game of the season Friday when it visits Wesleyan.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Amanni Fernandez scored 25 points Sunday to lead Williams to a 71-60 win over Smith College.   Kristin Fechtelkotter scored 17 points, and Lauren Vostal added 13 for the Ephs. Each also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.   Williams

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Barrett Promises to Fight For The Glen
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:27AM / Sunday, November 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Newly elected state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, spoke at the Maple Grove Civic Club about the importance of bringing the Greylock Glen project to fruition.   Barrett spent just under an hour Sunday fielding questions from club members at the Polish National Alliance and although he touched on issues that faced Northern Berkshire County as a whole, he zeroed in on the notorious Greylock Glen project that he promised to work toward completing.   "This project has been held up now for quite some time for no reason, and I see millions go into other projects that I think will do far less than what the Greylock Glen can do for this community,"

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