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SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Kids Korners donated by Bank of Bennington gave two waiting areas much-needed face-lifts to make them welcoming for children.  BENNINGTON, Vt. — Little hands and active minds now have something to keep them occupied while waiting for a new sibling or to see their doctor.   Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has transformed two waiting rooms into welcoming spaces for young families with the help of a $25,000 donation from the Bank of Bennington.    A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all


Greylock 7th- and 8th-Grade Boys Reach Tourney Semis
10:44AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Carson Meczywor scored 21 points Sunday to lead the Adams seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team past Greylock, 57-44, in the semi-finals of the CYC Tournament.   Logan Davis scored 11, and Kobe Valois added eight in the win.   "This was a back-and-forth game until the fourth quarter when Adams extended a four-point lead to 12 and we just could not close the gap as we had two of our big guys foul out early in the fourth," Greylock coach Rick Paris said.    Derek Paris scored a game-high 25, and Chase Doyle added eight for Greylock, which went 2-1 in pool play.   Housatonic 41, Greylock 30 Connor Hanavan hit a pair of


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

Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Has Just Two Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The last couple years, there have been two constants in the deliberations of the Community Preservation Committee: a large number of applicants and a debate among committee members about whether the town should do more to build up a reserve of CPA funds.   The former will not be an issue this year.   The committee meets Wednesday to begin considering the two applications the town received for Community Preservation Act money in 2018.   The trustees of the town's Affordable Housing Trust are looking for $20,000 to help income-qualified residents purchase materials used to make needed home repairs under Northern Berkshire Habitat for


Biz Briefs: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues
03:38PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
'I do'

Crissey Farm has been named a winner of the 2018 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for Wedding Venue in Great Barrington, a recognition they have received five years in a row. WeddingWire Inc., the leading global online marketplace for the wedding and events industry, annually recognizes the top 5 percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. The top local wedding professionals in more than 20 service categories from venues to florists are awarded the prestigious accolade.

Crissey Farm was recognized as a recipient solely based on reviews from newlyweds and their experiences working


Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project
03:01PM / Monday, January 15, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is seeking volunteers for its seventh annual Human Library, which will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, and Saturday, Feb. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky student center.

Founded in 2001 in Denmark, the Human Library seeks to promote human rights and social cohesion by creating greater understanding between people. It provides an opportunity for people to learn more about each other while working through stereotypes and discrimination. The event has been held at Williams annually since 2012.

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title


Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought
02:15PM / Monday, January 15, 2018
Real women

The 32nd Berkshire County Real Women Essay Contest has been announced by the Berkshire County Real Women Essay contest task force. The contest was created to honor National Women's History Month in March as an effort to increase awareness of contributions made by women to our society and used to promote students literacy and writing skills.

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them. Students can write about a role model or mentor, a woman on the national stage who has inspired


Gubernatorial Candidate Warren Talks Opioids In Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:01AM / Monday, January 15, 2018

After brief opening remarks, the Democrat opened the floor to the community to hear what their thoughts on the best way to tackle the issue. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Gubernatorial candidate Setti Warren says five people a day are dying from opioid addiction.   "In 2014, Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency around opioid addiction. We were the first state in the country to do so. Since then, 6,000 people have died of opioid addiction in our state, 250,000 are living with addiction in our state right now and that number is growing. Over five people a day are dying from opioid addiction or are sick. This at a cost of $10 billion annually," Warren


Pollinator-Friendly Events Planned in Wiliamstown This Spring
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:52AM / Monday, January 15, 2018

Williamstown resident Bridget Spann tells the Select Board last week about some of the initiatives to encourage practices that help bees, butterflies and other pollinators.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A number of public events are planned for this spring to raise awareness of pollinator health.   Last May, town meeting adopted a non-binding resolution declaring Williamstown a pollinator-friendly community and encouraging landowners to adopt management practices to protect the bees, butterflies and insects that are critical to the ecosystem and the, specifically, our food supply.   Last week, the Select Board heard a presentation from three Williams College

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Williams' Anderson Posts Shutout Win
06:36PM / Saturday, January 13, 2018
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Marissa Anderson stopped 41 shots Saturday to lead the Williams College women’s hockey team to a 3-0 win over Colby.   Abby Brustad had three assists for the Ephs, who got goals from Amanda Reisman, Olivia Stokes and Candace Lu.   Williams (8-3-3, 3-2-3 NESCAC) goes to Manhattanville on Wednesday.   Women’s Basketball LEWISTON, Maine -- Kristin Fechtelkotter scored 17 points to lead Williams to a 56-44 win over Bates.   Amanni Fernandez scored 11 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Ephs.   Williams (10-6, 2-2) goes to Amherst on Wednesday.   Men’s Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 23


@theMarket: Melt-Up Continues
By Bill Schmick,
11:53AM / Saturday, January 13, 2018
It's been the best two weeks for the U.S. markets in decades. Investors seemingly can't get enough stocks in their portfolios, no matter how high the indexes climb. Ain't it grand?   Over the past few weeks, I have explained in detail that the stock market is in "melt-up" mode. You may think it's crazy, or that the gains are a result of excessive exuberance. You may even be sitting there with your arms crossed, pointing your finger at me and predicting this is all going to end badly for investors. That's fine, provide as many opinions as you like, but stay invested in the meantime.   Some ask me how you can have the U.S. dollar declining, while


Williams Men's Hockey Tops Manhattanville
11:44PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- David Italiano scored a power play goal and set up a goal to lead the Williams College men's hockey team to a 3-1 win over Manhattanville on Friday night.   Tyler Scott and Roberto Cellini each scored a goal, and Michael Pinios made 29 saves for the Ephs (9-4, 6-2), who host Plattsburgh on Saturday evening.   Women's Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby scored midway through the third period to tie Williams, 1-1, on Friday night.   Meghan Halloran had an unassisted goal, and Marissa Anderson stopped 21 shots for the Ephs (7-3-3, 2-2-3), who face Colby again on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Eric Savage scored


'Darkest Hour': Saving The World 101
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
07:14PM / Friday, January 12, 2018
It is said that if you're hungry and motoring in a hurry, unable to stop due to time constraints, ubiquitous eateries will line the road. Likewise, an analogous case exists in times of sociopolitical crisis. Looking at our current situation in America, I see metaphors everywhere.   But in viewing Gary Oldman's tour de force portrayal of Winston Churchill in director Joe Wright's "Darkest Hour," it takes no great stretch of the imagination to draw comparisons. A threat to civilization is a threat to civilization.   The difference is that while the United Kingdom and eventually most of its allies, including the United States, faced an external menace back in


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