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Weiner Leads Williams Field Hockey to Victory
11:04PM / Saturday, October 13, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Allie Weiner scored twice Saturday to lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 5-1 win over Wesleyan.   Libby Dolan had a goal and an assist as the Ephs roared back after going down, 1-0, midway through the first half.   Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combined to make two saves in the win.   Williams (7-3, 5-2 NESCAC) hosts Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon.   Men's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nathan Song had a goal and an assist to lead Williams to a 3-0 win over Wesleyan.   Aaron Schein stopped three shots to earn the shutout for the Ephs (7-3-1, 3-2-1), who host Bowdoin on Sunday.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --

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Unified Basketball 'Takes Off' in the Berkshires
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
10:27PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- As an educator, an administrator and a dad, Aaron Robb had a lot to be excited about on Friday evening.   But as a new era in Berkshire County sports began, one of the biggest highlights was how the game ended.   “What you saw at the end of the game, that’s the culture of the school,” Robb said. “It’s hard to describe, but if you were here and saw what just happened, that is the culture of the school here every day.”   At the end of the first ever Unified Basketball game in Berkshire County, the large and vocal student section in the stands came down on the court and congratulated players from both teams after Mount

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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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Williamstown Woman Killed in Pownal Crash
02:15PM / Friday, October 12, 2018
POWNAL, Vt. — A Williamstown, Mass., woman was killed Friday morning after her sport utility vehicle was totaled in a three-car accident on Route 7.    Kristie M. Kuziel, 54, was taken by medical helicopter to Albany, N.Y., Medical Center, where she later died.    According to state police, a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe operated by Kuziel was northbound on Route 7 when her vehicle crossed into the left lane in Center Pownal and collided head-on with a southbound 2013 Honda CRV. The energy from the collision forced the Honda into the rear-end of 2016 Ford E45 transit van, which was parked on the southbound shoulder of the roadway.    State troopers

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Clark Art Names New Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs
01:34PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has appointed Anne Leonard as the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs.

Leonard will be responsible for the care and growth of the Clark's works on paper collection, oversee the ongoing exhibition program in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper, supervise the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper, and contribute to other curatorial and academic initiatives. She joins the Clark staff in January 2019.

"Anne Leonard is an inspired curator and a talented teacher—a combination that will be so important to her role as the Manton curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs," said Olivier Meslay,

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CHP Receives $285,000 Grant to Enhance Mental Health Treatment
01:28PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - Community Health Programs has received a $285,000 federal grant for expanded treatment of behavioral health disorders that can place patients at risk of substance abuse.

The grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration is part of a $396 million federal allocation. Of this, $12 million will be shared by 38 Massachusetts-based community health centers.

CHP will strengthen its integrated behavioral health strategy by adding two full-time licensed clinical social workers to its primary care practices at CHP Lee Family Practice and CHP Great Barrington Health Center.

"This award helps us to double-down on the underlying

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CHP Dentist, Dental Educator Receives Prestigious NYU Fellowship
01:23PM / Friday, October 12, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Ronald Maitland, clinical director of the dental residency program at CHP Neighborhood Dental, has been honored by New York University for his contributions to dental education over more than five decades.

"This is an extremely prestigious award for Dr. Maitland, and so well-deserved," said Lia Spiliotes, CHP's chief executive officer. "CHP, and the Berkshire County community, are so fortunate to have Dr. Maitland leading educating of future dentists, at the dental residency program at Neighborhood Dental Center."

Maitland was inducted as a fellow of the NYU College of Dentistry Academy of Distinguished Educators on Sept. 14 at

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BCC Names Interim Director of Nursing
Staff Reports,
10:29AM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Christine Martin will take over as interim director. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christine Martin is taking over as head of the nursing program at BCC.   Berkshire Community College named Martin the interim director of nursing on Thursday. The appointment comes a month after former director Tochi Urbani resigned from the position in the midst of trouble with the program's accreditation.    Martin is no stranger to the program. She has taught at the college since 1993 and has worked as a tenured Professor in the Practical Nursing Program as well as the Associate Degree Nursing Program, an Adjunct Clinical Nursing Faculty member, an instructor of the Bridge Course

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Williamstown Town Manager, School Building Committee Members Clash over Permit Fees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, October 12, 2018

Town manager Jason Hoch addresses the school building committee on Wednesday at Williamstown Elementary School.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town Manager Jason Hoch on Wednesday explained to the Mount Greylock School Building Committee his rationale for assessing permitting fees on the district's $64 million addition/renovation project, including his words in an oft-quoted December 2015 email.   At issue is about $154,000 billed to the regional school district for permitting. In fact, the town is owed about $295,000, based on its standard permit fee schedule, but about half of that has been passed through to subcontractors on the school building project.   Hoch

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'A Star is Born': Yet Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:21PM / Thursday, October 11, 2018
With four "A Star is Born" iterations in the books and probably many more to come — expect one every ensuing generation — the universality of the tale is a given. Until some bold director makes a woman the established star, and the up-and-comer a male, the formula remains the same. He's a major star flirting with the decadence that comes of success, with booze and/or substance abuse the tell-tale sign of his looming, downward spiral. She's the talented, innocent and grateful ingénue he discovers.   I remember how surprised I was in my youth when I found there was an earlier version of another, oft-remade movie of which I was particularly enamored. I

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Berkshire Works Rebrands as MassHire
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Secretary of Labor and Workforce  Development Rosalin Acosta said boards and centers throughout the state are being rebranded under the MassHire name and logo. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — We have jobs.   That's what numerous elected officials proclaimed Wednesday morning. There are thousands of jobs available.   But, at the same time, there are still thousands of people in the Berkshires looking for jobs.    "We have jobs, lots of jobs, nearly 1,500 every day. Jobs from travel and tourism to engineering to health care, executives and entry-level and every level of talent," Mayor Linda Tyer said. "We have jobs. The Berkshires are ready to

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How Can You Become a 'Sustainable' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:19PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Your values are important to you – and so are your investments. But you don't have to keep these two parts of your life separate if you pursue sustainable investing.

If you haven't heard of this term, you might know it by other names: socially responsible investing, values-based investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. Essentially, sustainable investing incorporates non-financial or indirect financial considerations, specifically environmental concerns (climate change, renewable energy, water scarcity), social concerns (human rights, product safety or liability) and governance issues (corporate behavior, executive compensation, lobbying and so on).

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Flu Shot: Get the Vaccine to Protect You And Those Around You
By Dr. Everett Lamm,
12:12PM / Wednesday, October 10, 2018

With flu season around the corner, your health care providers, employers, pharmacists and others are sounding the annual reminder: "Get your annual flu shot." We encourage this for you — and for the people around you, too. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it.

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and perfect health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits,

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