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Darrow School Names Top Students for Class of 2018
02:12PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Darrow School has named Mira Sneirson, of Savannah, Ga., as valedictorian, and Samuel LaPell of East Nassau and Will Peltz Smalley of Albany, as co-salutatorians of the class of 2018.    These students have earned Darrow's top academic honors, and will be recognized at the baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, June 1, and at the 86th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2.   "Mira, Sam, and Will represent the best of what students can accomplish at Darrow," said Head of School Simon Holzapfel in announcing the selections. "They are more than just proficient scholars, they are also exemplary artists, athletes, performers, and


Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney
01:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Criminal defense attorney Judith Knight has formally announced her candidacy for Berkshire district attorney.    Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes.    She is an advocate of criminal justice reform promoting alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders by imposing a stint of community service, restorative justice, or inpatient treatment for addicts instead of incarceration. Knight wants to end the school to prison pipeline and is committed to fighting the opioid crisis at all


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

WCMA Names New Director
12:02PM / Friday, May 25, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pamela Franks has been appointed as the Class of 1956 director of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Franks is currently the senior deputy director and Seymour H. Knox Jr. curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and previously worked at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Franks, who will begin her appointment in mid-September, comes to WCMA with a passionate commitment to the role of the museum in higher education and the inspiration art can bring to all audiences. After earning her Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Texas at Austin, Franks started her career as a postdoctoral curatorial fellow at YUAG and


Memorial Day Events 2018
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 25, 2018

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 85th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 27, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and the


Calendar Finally Taking Shape for Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee voted Thursday to approve a Sept. 6 start for classes in Grades 1 through 12.   The committee still does not have a full calendar to approve as the district continues negotiations with its union personnel, but Superintendent Kimberley Grady said she had been able to at least nail down the first day of school in order to give the district's families some certainty about when children will be returning to the classroom.   With a Sept. 6 start date, the final day of school — barring snow days — would be June 18, 2019.   With the inclusion of five potential snow days, the

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'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had


The Independent Investor: It Is No Longer Enough to Simply Manage Money
By Bill Schmick,
03:37PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
Back in the day, money managers were revered. News stories spotlighting the year's "hottest hands," or that hedge fund's rising star were all the rage. Retail investors chased performance and paid for it. But times are changing, and simply beating the market for a year or two fails to impress most investors.   And with good reason.   Most of us are in the investment game for the long haul. We are saving for retirement: a process involving decades of saving and planning. Chasing the firm or adviser that "beat the market" this year has turned out to be a disastrous approach to that concept.   Most of us have now realized that you can't beat the


The Choice for Western Mass: Lead or Lose
, Guest Column
02:22PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
State Houses across the country, and right here in Massachusetts, are facing a moment of generational change in leadership. Particularly in Western Mass, which is too often ignored by decision-makers on Beacon Hill, we will have to speak up — and fight together — for the funding, the projects and the policy priorities we need.   There are many issues where we are already leading the state. On the opioid epidemic, which has hit our region especially hard, we helped create the Narcan bulk purchase program that has saved thousands of lives. And our residents have banded together to form groups like Belchertown's Speaking Out About Addiction and Recovery, the Opioid Task


Northern Berkshire EMS Debuts at Ambulance Service's 40th Anniversary
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Thursday, May 24, 2018

The North Adams Ambulance Service gets its license around 1978 with longtime President Barbara Wagner in the middle.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Ambulance Service was created in 1978 to fill a void in emergency care in the city.   The closure of the private Mohawk Ambulance Service prompted a dedicated group of directors and about a dozen emergency medical technicians to form a new nonprofit to service the city and its environs.    Some 40 years later, its workforce is closer to 100 and it covers most of North Berkshire and a wide swath of Southern Vermont. It merged with Village Ambulance and it's ready to embark on its next chapter with a new name


Harrington Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Thursday, May 24, 2018

Shirley Edgerton said Harrington has a better sense of the power of the office. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington says the "status quo" in the district attorney's office is not working for Berkshire County.   "It is time to have a district attorney with integrity and who is accountable to this community," Harrington said.   The local attorney said North Adams has the highest crime rate per capita in the state and Pittsfield ranks ninth.The district attorney's office, which had been occupied by David Capeless for the last 14 years, can do much more in a preventative manner than it has been doing, she said.   Harrington is now running


Williamstown Fire District Passes All Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:52PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prudential Committee members, from left, Ed McGowan, John Notsley and Ed Briggs.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Attendees at the annual fire district meeting Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the Fire Department's budget and to fund a study to assess the town's future needs.   About 20 voters attended the brief meeting in the Williamstown Elementary School cafeteria, where district officials asked for approval of a $480,751 spending plan for fiscal 2019.   The district's operational budget represents a $1,554 increase over FY18, a change of 0.3 percent.   The budget adds about $2,500 to the line item for full-time salaries but cuts $5,000


College Notes: May 2018
05:01PM / Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Graduations Lauren Levardi from Pittsfield was awarded a bachelor of science in exercise and sports science from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., during commencement exercises on May 4-5. She was one of 1,183 students who walked during commencement, which had head football coach Joe Moglia as the speaker.   Assumption College awarded 617 degrees during its 101st commencement exercises on Sunday, May 13, held at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester, including to Taylor Kline of Adams and Sarah Morley of Pittsfield. The speaker was the Most Rev. Robert E. Barron, S.T.D., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.   Curry College in Milton awarded


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