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Berkshire Scenic Begins Summer Season Memorial Weekend
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Monday, May 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With several blasts of the train whistle, the Hoosac Valley Service's Budd Car 6126 moved along the backways of the city at a dignified 10 mph.

The ride from North Adams to Adams on Friday night was a precursor of the scenic rail line's first full summer season in North County — and a sneak peak for North Adams Chamber of Commerce members.

Jay Green, the nonprofit organization's rail director, acknowledged that some were dubious about the "scenic" part of the railroad in this very industrial area. But he promised the ride would be eye-opening.

"I challenge you to tell me after the ride that you didn't learn something or see


Letter: Williamstown Planning Board & Open Meeting Law
Letters to the Editor,
04:00PM / Sunday, May 22, 2016

To the Editor:

Let's get all the facts about my position on this topic, and not just what an editor would like to list to create a story.

I was not made aware that my complaint was a topic at the Planning Board meeting or I would have attended. Frankly, once filed, the Open Meeting Law Complaint has to run its course.

The Planning Board's position should surprise no one. It is erroneous for the Planning Board to assume that simply because the three members of the Board were not present in the same room at the same time, thereby not achieving a quorum, that an Open Meeting Law violation did not occur. By definition, an Open Meeting Law violation can occur when a majority of a


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

United Way Ends 'Day of Caring' With Dance Party
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:14PM / Saturday, May 21, 2016

A total of 50 book houses have been installed throughout Berkshire County. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hundreds of people shook it up on the dance floor at Hancock Shaker Village on Friday night.   The dance party Friday night capped of the Berkshire United Way's Day of Caring during which dozens go businesses found ways to donated to the organization's childhood literacy efforts. Further, 50 book houses were installed all over the county as a mini-lending library, part of the Little Free Library movement.   "The Day of Caring was a way for folks who couldn't participate in the book houses — restaurants and stores for example — who wanted to be


Letter: Get BART Smart Thanks
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, May 20, 2016

To the Editor:

On Saturday, April 9, Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) hosted our ninth annual "Get BArT Smart" fundraiser – and raised $20,291 (net) for the school's college preparatory programs! Over 150 people attended – and re-lived their high school years through our team trivia game. A huge "thank you” to all who played and made it a great evening!

The night couldn't have happened without the support of over a hundred local organizations and businesses.

Our High Honor Roll sponsors, Adams Community Bank, Adams Plumbing & Heating, Berkshire Bank, Cord Master Engineering, Scarafoni Associates, Shine Wire


Bay State Games Girls Basketball Tryouts Set
02:31PM / Friday, May 20, 2016
WESTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Tryouts for the Bay State Games Western Massachusetts girls basketball team will begin on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hampshire Regional High School.   The tryouts will be held over four dates, which include one at North Adams’ McCann Tech on Wednesday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.   Interested players must participate in at least one tryout to be considered for the team, which will compete at the Bay State Games July 15-17 at the Reggie Lewis Center in the Boston neighborhood of Roxbury Crossing.   The team is open to all girls in ninth through 12th grades (2016 graduates welcome) who either live in Massachusetts or attend a Massachusetts


'The Meddler': Mommy Nosiest
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:34PM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

If you believe that contemporary movies are too full of gratuitous violence, non-stop action and inundating special effects, then you might call director-writer Lorene Scafaria's "The Meddler" the exception that proves the rule.

Starring Susan Sarandon as Marnie Minervini, the loving helicopter mom who just can't keep out of her thirty-something daughter's business, it is a sweet cupcake of a movie, drizzled with just enough sour strife to make it satisfyingly real. We all know these characters. Some of them are us, and happy to indulgently play out our anxieties.

Act 1, scene 1, Mrs. Minervini, an attractive, recently widowed woman in her 60s, has jettisoned her


Hinds Tours Local Businesses, Stumps On Economic Development
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fire Cider owner Dana St. Pierre said his company is in the market for a commercial kitchen in Pittsfield but the available real estate is making it difficult. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seth Nash initially scoffed at the idea of paying a consultant to come in and look at his business operations to find more efficiencies.   The owner of Blue Q, which occupies most of a large warehouse on West Housatonic Street, was presented with the idea of hiring a lean consultant, a business process eyed to eliminate wasted time, space, and capacity.   He said no because of the cost. His wife, however, is a grant writer and — with his approval — submitted an application to the

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Williamstown Honors Greene, Turnbull at Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If you left Tuesday's marathon annual town meeting a little early, you were not alone, but you missed the best laugh of the night.

Way down toward the end of a 35-article agenda, the town was asked to revisit a plan it approved in May 2014 to put a ground-mounted solar array at Williamstown's capped landfill.

Town Moderator Adam Filson announced that he had a conflict of interest with the article and asked Town Clerk Marry Kennedy to take the gavel for one item.

"Mr. Moderator, I'm glad your conflict is with solar and not golf courses," Kennedy joked upon reaching the podium.

Golf courses — actually a particular golf course


Williams College Honors Pittsfield Police Chief
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:53PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Regional Association of Berkshire County awarded alum and Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn with its first regional Purple with Purpose Award.

The presentation to Wynn, class of 1993, was made at the Williams College Faculty House. The award is given to nominated alumni who have made a substantial impact in their communities.

"Thank you very much," Wynn said upon receiving the award. "This is overwhelming."

Wynn noted that his affiliation with Williams has remained a steadfast importance in his life and to give back to the community that allowed him the opportunity, he has taken it upon himself to expose the college as


Berkshire Tidbits: Farmers Markets Opening
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:33PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday dining, cooking demo, wine pairing series at Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, is ending its run until the end of October and it is going out with a bang!

This last evening, chef-owners Franck Tessier and Rachel Portnoy are taking their guests on a culinary journey to New Caledonia, a French outpost in the South Pacific.

Dinner will start with coconut-marinated fish as an appetizer followed by pork with caramel and spring rolls. Franck will demonstrate these courses and Rachel will make a Pavlova/crisp meringue cake filled with housemade lychee sorbet for dessert and will create the recipe sheets for diners to take home. And, as


Mt. Greylock Students Win Fourth in First Envirothon Appearance
By Julia Munemo, Williams College
01:14PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Jeffrey Rubel helped a team of Mount Greylock students take fourth place statewide in their first-ever appearance at Envirothon.

On May 12, the students competed in a statewide environmental science competition called Envirothon. The event, which takes place at Hopkinton State Park in eastern Massachusetts, brings teams from across the state to an outdoor, hands-on competition. Winning teams from each state will compete in Ontario in July at the North American Envirothon. A full list of the winners can be found here.

Rubel, a geosciences major, organized the team through his work at the Williams Center at Mount Greylock. He has coached


Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Leaving
11:34AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Joseph McGovern is leaving his post, effective June 10.

McGovern has accepted a new position as executive director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.

“It’s with a mixture of respect, pride, sadness, and thanks, that we make this announcement,” says Amy Giroux, president of the Northern Berkshire United Way Board of Directors. “Joe has made a tremendous impact on our organization and leaves the Northern Berkshire United Way well-positioned to continue its mission.”

McGovern joined the Northern Berkshire United Way in May of 2010. Over the past six years


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