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Mount Greylock Envirothon Team Succeeds in First Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Recent Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Benni McComish says he long has been interested in environmental justice.

This year, he got into the science behind the issues.

McComish was one of eight Mount Greylock students who participated in the school's first Envirothon team.

Envirothon, a program of the National Conservation Foundation, is a nationwide environmental education competition that attracts 50,000 people from 4,000 public and private high schools each year.

It attracted McComish, who already was part of Mount Greylock's Youth Environmental Squad, because Envirothon offered a chance to do field research.

"I hadn't really been


Hinds Release Energy & Jobs Platform
04:29PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic candidate for state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his platform on energy and environmental priorities, with a plan to create jobs, save money for cities and towns, individuals, and businesses, and to establish the region as a leader in the green industry, while maintaining its identity as a leader on environmental issues.

Grow the Economy
To develop green energy industry here, I will work to ensure Western Massachusetts is a part of the growth in the green energy industry, which currently employs almost 100,000 people across the commonwealth. I will work to expand incentive programs that elevate local demand through MA Solar Loan and utilize


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

Lanesborough Bulldogs Drop Pair at Tennessee Tourney
10:18PM / Friday, August 05, 2016
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars dropped a pair of games on Friday at the Leconte Experience tournament.   In the first game, the Michigan Sting handed Lanesborough a 7-3 loss.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos had two hits and an RBI, and Jack Gitterman drove in a run for the Bulldogs, who got five innings on the mound from Josh Polumbo, who struck out six.   The Rockstars then defeated Lanesborough, 9-2. Oscar Low and Derek Paris split time on the mound.   On Saturday morning, Lanesborough plays the Connelsville Thunder in an elimination game.


Mount Greylock Student Leads Project for Lanesborough Holiday Tree
Community Submission,
05:40PM / Friday, August 05, 2016

Samantha Trybus hopes the 10-foot tree will grow into a symbol for the community to gather round.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Samantha Trybus had a vision.

The associate member of the Conservation Commission and Mount Greylock Regional School student believed that Lanesborough needed a symbol of unity in the town.

Trybus, in discussion with her parents and friends, found that while many other area towns have "holiday trees" that promote resident participation and goodwill gatherings, Lanesborough did not. She set off to change this.

She organized a fundraiser to purchase and plant a holiday tree. And with the help of fellow Commissioner Dean Maynard, of Maynard's


Lanesborough Bulldogs Open Tennessee Trip with Win
04:46PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Derek Paris doubled, drove in two runs and scored three on Thursday to help the Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars defeat the Erie, Pa., Outlaws Silver team at the Leconte Experience tournament.   Landen Jamula went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, and Oscar Low went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs (12-9).   Jack Cangelosi earned the win on the mound, striking out four and scattering four hits in four innings. Jamula finished up with one inning of one hit relief.   In the the Bulldogs' second game of the tournament, Lanesborough fell to the Connelsville Thunder, 9-6.   Cangelosi had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of


Adams Agricultural Fair Returns for 42nd Year
04:08PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The 42nd annual Adams Agricultural Fair kicks off this weekend, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, at Bowe Field.

The festivities begin a night early, on Thursday evening, with a performance by J.P. Murphy Band with Patrick Gray playing under the pavilion from 7 to 9:30. Admission is $5 to hear the popular Celtic band that plays all styles of music for all ages to enjoy.

The fair kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with the Massachusetts Truck Pullers Association's open truck pull in the Demolition Derby area. Trucks can be entered at any time. The Pullers Association will also hold pulls on Saturday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9.

Maple Grove Equipment will run the Children's Pedal tractor


'Café Society': Great Expectations, Woody Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:59PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

The short review for Woody Allen's "Café Society," if you'll pardon the slang, is, "He's still got it!" So now here's the longer version.

While the delightful, circa 1930s tale of a young man who leaves The Bronx for Hollywood in search of his raison d'etre and destiny isn't quite "Annie Hall" (1977), it's an entertaining addition to this national treasure's estimable body of work. It is witty, wise, poetic and, like most of the filmmaker's more recent films, reworks familiar topics with a storytelling art that elegantly synergizes styles from different eras of his career.

Of course the lead issue is love, with


Mount Greylock Faculty, Staff Clears Way for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Reading, writing, 'rithetic and ... redecorating.   Add another line to the resume for the staff at Mount Greylock Regional School, which helped kickstart the junior-senior high school's renovation and addition project this summer.   "I have to commend Jesse [Wirtes] and Larry Burdick, the head custodian, and all the custodians," Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald said last week while giving a tour of the sometimes torn up interior at Mount Greylock. "Larry had a one-month crew, actually it was faculty and staff who wanted some work. They cleaned this room. They got things moved.   "We were ahead of schedule, so


Starlight Stage Presents 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'
01:32PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Starlight Stage Youth Theatre will celebrate its 41st season with a stage adaptation of Douglas Adams' "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," directed by Brandon Burns, with performances at 7 p.m. Aug. 3-5 and 2 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the First Congregational Church on Main Street.
Moments before the earth is destroyed by a Vogon Construction Fleet, Ford Prefect manages to rescue his earthling friend Arthur Dent by hitching a ride on a series of alien spacecraft. Along the way they meet a variety of colorful characters – fjord specialist Slartibartfast, Zaphod Beeblebrox (voted "Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known


Thrilling Music at Tanglewood, Tannery Pond and Manchester
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
01:20PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

With the arrival of August, we are at the height of the music festival season. Programs at Tanglewood offer a diverse and intriguing mix of solo piano music by two stellar virtuosi on consecutive evening recitals; the Boston Symphony performing a feast of Romantic fare: Dvorák, Liszt, Mahler, Brahms, Richard Strauss and also contemporary master John Adams; superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his Silk Road Ensemble; and much more.

For additional options, head to Tannery Pond, in New Lebanon, N.Y., for the luminous Miro String Quartet and to Manchester, Vt., for no less than three (!) diverse musical offerings.



• Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Due to


Free Turnpike Transponders to be Handed Out at Pittsfield Farmers Market
12:34PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Jessica Vecchia of the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market have collaborated to bring the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s E-ZPass Van to the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, on The Common on First Street, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. to distriubute free transponders for the Massachusetts Turnpike.
MassDOT is currently in the process of transitioning to All Electronic Tolling (AET) for I-90, both directions. MassDOT intends to test AET software during the summer of 2016 and to activate AET by the end of the year. A previously scheduled "go live" date in the month of October


Diversification Is Still Important for Retirees
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:27PM / Wednesday, August 03, 2016

During your working years, your primary investment goal is generally growth – you need your money to grow so that you can eventually afford the comfortable retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But when you retire, should you change course and adjust your investment strategy from "offense" to "defense"?

Actually, it’s not quite that simple. To begin with, even while you are working, you don’t want your portfolio to be completely filled with growth-oriented investments, such as stocks. If it were, you would likely be taking on a degree of investment risk that’s too high, because, as you may know, stocks will fluctuate in price –


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