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Village Ambulance Service Lands New Director
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With more than 30 years of experience in emergency medical services and a resume that included extensive experience in administration, Mike Witkowski was having a hard time finding his next professional challenge.   And when he saw the advertisement posted looking for someone to lead Village Ambulance Service, he was not overly optimistic.   "I was thinking it was a small organization, and they're probably going to say — like a lot of other small organizations I spoke with — 'You're overqualified,' " Witkowski recalled this week. "I said to myself, 'Well, it will just be another person telling me I'm

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Lanesborough FinCom Supports Greylock Project; Questions Mall's Tax Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:14AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2016
LANESBORUGH, Mass. — The Finance Committee is recommending voters approve the Mount Greylock Regional School project.   In a 3-2 vote, the committee supported the part-renovation and part-new construction of the secondary school. The project will cost $64.8 million with the town paying about a third of the district's $32.3 million share with the state funding the rest.   "The Mount Greylock building project has now been approved by the Finance Committee and the chair will no longer accept that as an agenda item," said Chairman Al Terranova, who halted debate on the item that has perpetually been added the committee's agenda.    The Finance

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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
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
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Pignatelli Seeking Return To House; Not Running For Senate
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:48PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016
LENOX, Mass. — None of the Berkshires' House of Representatives delegates are looking to move to the Senate.   On Tuesday, 4th Berkshire District Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli said he will not seek the Senate seat being left vacant by state Sen. Benjamin Downing, who is not running for re-election. Pignatelli will instead seek another term in the House.    "I love the House! I am honored to serve! In that spirit and in the best interest of my family and the district that I call home, it will be an honor for me to run for re-election to the House of Representatives. Together with each of you and with the Berkshire Delegation, we will continue to

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Berkshire Health Systems Opens Williamstown Walk-In Clinic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, February 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Since sick days are not scheduled and not all illnesses are emergencies, Berkshire Health Systems has opened its second walk-in care facility, this one in Williamstown.   North County BHS Walk-In Care is for patients ages 2 and up who are not able to be seen by their primary-care physician but whose condition is not so urgent that they need to visit an emergency room.   The facility opened on Monday and follows the model of BHS' walk-in facility at Pittsfield's Market 32 (the former Price Chopper) in Berkshire Crossing.   "It's worked well," said Dr. Ronald Hayden, head of the Berkshire Medical Center Emergency Department.

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Williams Men's Basketball Wins Monday Matinee
09:10PM / Monday, February 01, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's basketball team defeated the Maine-Fort Kent Bengals, 67-63, on Monday afternoon.   Bobby Casey led the Ephs (13-7) with 16 points, including 13 in the second half. Daniel Aronowitz was the only other Eph to reach double figures. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds.   Marques Glenn led the Bengals (18-13) with 20 points and 9 rebounds.    Williams travels to Wesleyan on Friday.   SKIING STOWE, Vt. -- The third carnival of the 2016 EISA season began with just the Alpine events this weekend.   On Friday, the Williams skiers competed against their peers at Mount Mansfield in giant slalom and returned

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Housatonic Boys Top Greylock
08:23AM / Monday, February 01, 2016
Housatonic defeated the Greylock fifth- and sixth-grade travel boys basketball team, 51-40 this weekend.   Derek Paris scored a game-high 22 points, and Thomas Martin added eight for Greylock, which fell to 3-4 in the county this season.

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Williams Men's Hockey Downs Conn College
09:48PM / Saturday, January 30, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's hockey team defeated Connecticut College, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.   Zander Masucci scored the game-winner for the Ephs (13-4-1, 9-2-1 NESCAC), breaking a 1-1 tie late in the second period.   Michael Pinios stopped 20 shots in the win.   Williams plays Trinity on Friday.   WOMEN'S SQUASH NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Williams College women's squash team Saturday lost to fourth-ranked Yale, 9-0, and sixth-ranked Yale, 7-2, at the Yale Invitational.   The Ephs face Wesleyan and Amherst on Sunday.

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Williams Students Teach Biology in Elementary School Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:22AM / Saturday, January 30, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — This month, fourth-graders in Lanesborough and Williamstown have traded in Four Square for Punnett squares.   Genetics is just one of the lessons being taught by the nationally-recognized science program BioEyes, which returned this winter to Williamstown Elementary School and made its first stop at Lanesborough Elementary.   The program, developed at the University of Pennsylvania, came to North Berkshire in 2010 through the efforts of Williams College neuroscience professor Martha Marvin.   She was back in the elementary school classrooms this week, helping her Williams students who taught the program to 9- and 10-year-olds, who studied the

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Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Through March 6
02:59PM / Friday, January 29, 2016

It's time for Do-si-dos, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and your other favorites: Girl Scout Cookie season has begun and will run through Sunday, March 6.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts set goals, develop people skills and learn business skills such as money management and decision-making.

In the Berkshires, there are the six varieties of cookies sold at $4 a box: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. And, Toffee-tastic, the limited edition gluten-free cookie, is available for $5 a box.

The public has the

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Lanesborough Elementary Earns State Commendation For MCAS Results
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, January 29, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The elementary school was one of just 45 schools in the state to receive commendations from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   The state's 2015 accountability data gave the school scores of 98 out of a 100 in closing proficiency gaps for all Lanesborough Elementary School students and a score of 100 for those with high needs. Both of those calculated scores are above the state's target of 75. The school is again ranked a Level 1 — the highest the state ranks — because of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores.   "I'm proud of all of these scores," Principal Martin McEvoy said on

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Lanesborough Elementary Considering Opening 14 School-Choice Spots
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:42PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent Douglas Dias is asking the School Committee to open up a total of 14 school-choice spots for the upcoming year.   "Where there is excessive space, we should open choice," Dias said. "Taking in students to a class that is half full doesn't add to the monetary weight."   School choice has been a topic of discussion among some town residents who feel the $5,000 in state support isn't sufficient. Some say since the cost per pupil is higher than $5,000, the town is being shortchanged.   However, school officials see the $5,000 per student as offsetting costs that are already being incurred. The classrooms

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BHS Dealing With Malware Threat
Staff Reports,
04:48PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is trying to heal some sick computers after they were infected with malware during the past week.

"No patient health or payment information was compromised during this event and that information is protected by a sophisticated and secure system," said BHS spokesman Michael Leary in response to an inquiry by iBerkshires.

Leary said the FBI's Boston office contacted BHS on Tuesday to share information on the malware threat, which has apparently caused problems at other businesses around the world recently.

Berkshire Health Systems personnel began seeing evidence of the event last weekend and brought in computer security

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