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Mount Greylock Students: 'Have Difficult Conversations' on Gun Violence
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

More than 400 students stood in the snow to speak out against gun violence, joining marchers from schools across the nation.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several hundred Mount Greylock Regional School students Wednesday morning left the warmth of the classroom and chose instead to stand in a driving snowstorm.   But the frigid temperatures paled in comparison to the cold realities they gathered to confront.   "There have been 302 school shootings since 2013," Karen McComish told the crowd of seventh- through 12th-graders. "From 2013-2015, there was an average of two shootings per month in K-through-12 schools. In those K-through-12 shootings,

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BRTA Looking For Input on Storm Shutdowns
01:22PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) recently shut down bus service due to a snow storm. BRTA now is investigating the effectiveness of how adequate the communication was to the public.

The public is invited to take the survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete and is confidential, online here between now and March 30.

People can also take the survey at the BRTA Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC), 1 Columbus Avenue, Pittsfield, on the Customer Service Kiosk computer.

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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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Mount Greylock School Building Committee: Put Parking Lot in Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee last week unanimously recommended that the district go forward with a rebuild of the middle-high school parking lot at a cost not to exceed $975,000.   For months, the School Building Committee and the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee have been considering whether to include the parking lot in the ongoing addition/renovation project at Mount Greylock.   At issue is whether the district expects to have contingency funds available in the $64.7 million building project to pay for the parking lot, an expense that would be borne entirely by the district with no reimbursement from the Massachusetts School

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What Should Investors Know About Recent Volatility?
11:56AM / Wednesday, March 14, 2018

As you may have heard, the stock market has been on a wild ride lately. What's behind this volatility? And, as an investor, how concerned should you be?

Let's look at the first question first. What caused the steep drop in stock prices we experienced on a few separate days?

Essentially, two main factors seem to be responsible. First, some good economic news may actually have played a significant role. A 17-year low in unemployment and solid job growth have begun to push wages upward. These developments have led to fears of rising inflation, which, in turn, led to speculation that the Federal Reserve will tighten the money supply at a faster-than-expected rate. Stocks reacted

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Dem Candidate Palfrey Sees Policy Opportunities in Lt. Gov. Post
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:30PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Quentin Palfrey spoke with Greylock Together and laid out his positions and his optimism on Democratics taking the state's two top spots back.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Democrat Quentin Palfrey was drumming up support on Sunday not only for his run for lieutenant governor but for enthusiasm for an election he believes can take back the state's top spots.    "I would like to build a grassroots campaign from the Berkshires to the Cape doing the kinds of things that we know how to do," progressive Democrat said. "We know how to run successful campaigns. We know how to take back the corner office ... it's neighbor to neighbor, it's knocking

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Filson Undefeated in Oberlin Goal this Spring
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04:20PM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Oberlin College men’s lacrosse goalkeeper Cal Filson shows no sign of a sophomore slump.   The Mount Greylock graduate enters the week ranked 17th in the nation among Division III keepers with a .655 save percentage.   In his last two games for the 4-0 Yeoman, Filson backstopped the squad to a pair of overtime victories, stopping 15 shots in an 8-7 win over Thiel and eight in a 9-8 win over Mount Union.   Oberlin was scheduled to face La Roche College on Tuesday night.   Back in New England, Williamstown resident and Deerfield Academy grad David Hamilton has a record of 1-2 in goal in three starts for Trinity College this spring. The Bantams senior has turned aside

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Williams College Names Brown's Mandel as First Woman to Serve as President
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11:21AM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College announced Tuesday the appointment of Maud S. Mandel, dean of the college and professor of history and Judaic studies at Brown University, as its 18th president.   She will succeed Protik (Tiku) Majumder, who has served as interim president since Jan. 1, following the move, after eight years, of Adam F. Falk to the presidency of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Mandel will begin her tenure at Williams on July 1, 2018.   The announcement was made in an email to the college community from Michael Eisenson, chair of both the Williams Board of Trustees and the college’s Presidential Search Committee.   “Maud embodies the

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Mount Greylock Students Prep for Wednesday Walkout, D.C. March
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, March 13, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School junior Karen Magnusdottir McComish remembers how she felt the day the 26 people were gunned down in a Connecticut elementary school.   She never expected to have the same feelings more than five years later when 17 people were killed at a Florida high school.   "Just about everyone in high school right now was in elementary school during Sandy Hook," McComish said this week. "When I was in sixth grade, the only thing I knew about it was that it was scary. We didn't have a voice. People like Moms Demand Action became our voices.   "All of us grew up in this time when there are school shootings

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Condon Pitches MCLA Baseball Team to Victory
09:24PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
AUBURNDALE, Fla. -- The MCLA offense racked up 16 hits and freshman left hander Brandon Condon tossed six solid innings in leading the Trailblazers to a mercy rule 15-3 victory over Cazenovia Monday afternoon in the RussMatt Invitational.   MCLA improves to 3-2 as they head into an off day while Cazenovia drops to 1-2 on the young season.   Neither team was active over the first two innings of play, but then the MCLA bats came alive in the third. Drury graduate Logan Rumbolt doubled home Ben Durland for the games first run and then Jeff Bink tripled home Rumbolt and Christian Seariac to make it 3-0. Wahconah’s Joe DiMassimo connected for a long triple to right field scoring

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Baseball in the Berkshires Hosts 'Hot Stove Discussion' on Saturday
09:12PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- On Saturday, March 17, at 1 p.m., Baseball in the Berkshires Museum in the Berkshire Mall will host a “Hot Stove League Baseball Discussion” hosted by our own Kevin Larkin.   Kevin writes a blog for Central New York Baseball, as well as for Legends on Deck where he is currently writing on his greatest baseball teams of different eras.   Come discuss any topic in baseball, such as: Have the Red Sox done enough in the off season to conquer the Evil Empire? Are baseball players better today than they were in your day?   Baseball in the Berkshires is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6. The museum is located across from

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Williamstown American Legion Hosts Youth Pistol Team
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05:45PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- American Legion Post 152 recently began sponsoring a competitive youth pistol team.   Fourteen youngsters ages 11 to 15 participate on the team, which practices at North Adams American Legion Post 125.   A 2017 Junior Olympics competitor will be the guest speaker at the team's March 15 practice.

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Greylock Boys Finish Travel Season with South County Tourney Win
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02:39PM / Monday, March 12, 2018
SHEFFIELD, Mass. -- The Greylock boys seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team wrapped up its season by Adams, 57-53, in the championship game of the Grap Passetto Memorial Tournament at the Berkshire School.   “This weekend was a great way to go out,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “Originally we were possibly not going to play in the tournament but decided to play in the end, which ended up paying off. We were without our big Thomas Martin for the entire pool play as he was still recovering from his knee injury which he hurt during the county championships.   “He may not score a lot but he’s a huge part of our defense and rebounding.

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