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Williams Softball in Regional Final
08:55PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College freshman pitcher Alejandra Magana has been forced out of the circle for more than three weeks by a couple of nagging injuries.   But when the Ephs needed her most, she was ready, and came through with flying colors, tossing a complete-game three-hitter in Game 5 of the NCAA Tournament Williamstown Regional Saturday afternoon as Williams eliminated Johnson & Wales by a 6-1 score.    With that win and a 9-0 win over Western Connecticut earlier Saturday in the first elimination game of the regional, the Eph set a new single-season record for victories with 34, topping the 32 wins earned by the 2015 and 2004 teams.    The

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Graduates Leave MCLA Commencement 'One Degree Hotter'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016

Krystal Henriquez, organizer of last month's Figment North Adams, is among Saturday's graduates. She is starting an internship at Mass MoCA.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts made 404 graduates "one degree hotter" on Saturday morning.

And it wasn't from the traditionally steamy Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, but the awarding of 369 bachelor's degrees and 35 master's degrees and certificates at the college's 117th commencement.

"You will leave this room one degree hotter, you will be leaving this room with the knowledge and skills to face any obstacle thrown your way," Kelsey McGonigle, president of the class of

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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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Clark Curator Explores 'Enigmatic' Artist in New Book
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:30AM / Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Clark Art's Lara Yeager-Crasselt will speak on her new book this Sunday. Copies will be for sale.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lara Yeager-Crasselt's enthusiasm was palpable as she gestured to an image of a painting in her newly published book "Michael Sweerts (1618-1664): Shaping the Artist and the Academy in Rome and Brussels."

"This is called 'A Painter's Studio,' " Yeager-Crasselt said. "It was done when Sweerts was in Rome and shows how he approached the subject of artists at work 'with an exceptional degree of immediacy and complexity,' which distinguished him from his contemporaries."

Asked what motivated her to write

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Coalition Forum: Prevent Tomorrow's Addicts By Educating Today's Children
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Saturday, May 14, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The so-called "prevention parable" goes something like this: Imagine you were walking alongside a river and saw a bunch of people nearly drowning in the river. You and some other passersby jump in to help as many as you can, but soon it's too much to handle.

When you see one of the other passersby walking away, you yell out, "Where are you going?" And that person yells back, "To find out why everyone is falling in the river and to see if I can stop it."

That is part of a strategy called "looking upstream," and in the Berkshires right now, the analogy is being used to describe a way to tackle the region's substance

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@theMarket: Traders Build a Wall of Worry
By Bill Schmick,
05:33PM / Friday, May 13, 2016

The markets are marking time. Earnings season is just about over. The lofty levels of the stock market survived those results largely because they were not quite as bad as expected. Now it is on to the next worry.

Pick your poison — uncertainty over this summer's political conventions, can oil prices sustain these price levels or how about the possibility of a Fed rate hike in June? No question, there is a wall of worry out there, but so far the markets have weathered everything the bears have thrown at them. That is quite impressive given that we have had a 13 percent gain from the lows and hovering just a percent or so below all-time highs.

We have been trading in a tight

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Paris Pitches One-Hitter for Adams Community Bank
01:21PM / Friday, May 13, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Derek Paris threw a one-hitter to lead Adams Community Bank to an 8-0 win over Countryside Landscaping in Cal Ripken Baseball action on Thursday.   Paris struck out eight and allowed just two walks and an infield hit and picked off two runners at second base.   At the plate, Paris, Anthony Welch and Miles Cece each went 2-for-3. Paris and Paris and Welch each doubled, and Cece drove in a pair of runs.   Collin Booth earned the hit for Countryside.   Williamstown Police Edge Carbone WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown Police moved to 3-1 on the year with a 5-3 victory over Pownal, Vt.’s, Carbone Auto Plaza    Jack Gitterman and

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Downing Honored During Brien Center's UNICO Dinner
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, May 13, 2016

Maria Congelosi shared her story of how the Brien Center saved her life. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Maria Congelosi was feeling so low that she tried to kill herself.   Congelosi is a Romanian native who came to the Berkshires because she was adopted. By the age of 9 or 10, she started getting into physical altercations with her adoptive mother. Throughout school she felt self-conscious, had depression and anxiety. She was teased by her peers.   "Growing up wasn't easy. I had image issues. I didn't like myself. I was excluded a lot. I didn't have friends," Congelosi said.   Her mother put her in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and Congelosi

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The Independent Investor: Estate Planning The Final Chapter
By Bill Schmick,
12:49AM / Friday, May 13, 2016

The weekend is over. During the last two days your family came together and had that "talk," but before everyone goes their separate ways; some followup is required. Here are some of the things you should make sure are accomplished.

As readers may recall, in this series we have covered a wide variety of subjects from leaving your legacy to collecting and reviewing all of your assets. Trusts, insurance policies, tax deferred savings plans, wills, living wills and durable powers of attorney are just some of the items we have discussed.

We have talked about the family meeting and who should attend. Be sure that someone is responsible for taking notes during this event because you

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McCann School Says Farewell to Longtime Member
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Friday, May 13, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School celebrated some of its outstanding students on Thursday night, including its oldest: 86-year-old James R. Gazzaniga Sr.

The longtime School Committee member was presented with a special diploma to recognize his 36 years of service, as well as a proclamation from the state House of Representatives, a plaque from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and, perhaps more pointedly, a SkillsUSA medal and T-shirt from the students.

"Being on this committee ... it lived up to every expectation I ever had," Gazzaniga said. "To be associated with this school, these students, this School Committee, has been absolutely

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'Captain America: Civil War': This Isn't Your Father's Superhero
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:09PM / Thursday, May 12, 2016

It wasn't just because "Captain America: Civil War" was unnecessarily convoluted that I grew despondent as I sat through its 147 minutes of confusion. Later I would also be miffed by the lack of clues leading to the surprise conclusion. But I am beside the point. With nary a Smartphone a-texting, the kids around me seemed to love it, totally welcoming the cacophony and esoteric story details. Such is what Father Time wreaks.

A new generation's ascendancy first begins with the confiscation of popular culture. Anyway, who's to argue with someone who's pinned a small ball bearing to the tip of their tongue?

But hey, wait a minute now. Most of the superheroes who

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Williamstown School Committee OKs Third Half-Day Preschool Section
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, May 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee on Wednesday approved a plan to add a third half-day session to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program.

In a unanimous vote, the committee agreed to ask the town for an additional $58,424 on the budget it approved earlier this spring. The school is seeking about $6.14 million from the town for fiscal 2017, a 6.35 percent increase over this year.

The increased appropriation would cover increased salary and benefits for a half-time teacher and half-time paraprofessional and the reinstatement of the mid-day bus, which was previously excised from the budget.

As has been the pattern for several months, the

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MAC Treasures Aims to Re-Open in North Adams
01:38PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After four years at 600 Main St. in Williamstown, MAC Treasures has found a new home at the site of West End Auto at 362 State Road in North Adams.  

MAC Treasures is a donation-based tag sale that helps support the Minerva Arts Center, which provides performing arts opportunities to students in Northern Berkshire County.  

MAC Treasures provides an unique shopping experience, where you can find “treasures” including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories, books, children’s toys, music, housewares, furniture and seasonal items at reasonable prices. In addition to these “treasures”

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