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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
11:06AM / Wednesday, July 04, 2018

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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Force, Thunder in Babe Ruth Regional this Weekend in Pittsfield
01:42PM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force and Greylock Thunder will take the field on Thursday for the start of the four-day Babe Ruth New England Regional Softball Championships in the under-14 and under-16 divisions.   Up to 34 games will be played between Thursday and Sunday at the Doyle Complex on Benedict Road with two teams advancing from the regional to earn the right to play in the 2018 Babe Ruth World Series in Jensen Beach, Fla.   There are seven teams from five New England states competing in the U14 division.   The Greylock Thunder, representing Western Massachusetts, will meet the host Berkshire Force at 6 p.m. on Thursday to open the tournament.   Each team

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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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More Drury Student Art Installed on Cascade Building
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Drury art teacher Phoebe Pepper, left, stands with four of the student artists whose work now appears on the Cascade School Supplies building in Brown Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This was the seventh year new artwork by Drury High School students has been installed on the side of the Cascade School Supplies building on Brown Street.

"Again we stand here in awe," Cascade President Pete Cote said Monday during a brief ceremony.

This was the first year that Mayor Thomas Bernard was on hand during the ceremony to see the art and a handful of the artists first-hand.

"It's incredible," Bernard said.

And this was the last year that Drury High art teacher

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Williamstown's Fourth of July Offers Full Day of Activities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From Founders to frankfurters to fireworks, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce has you covered for July Fourth fun.   A day of holiday fun gets underway on Wednesday with a 5-kilometer run and 1-mile walk, the Race for Independence, sponsored by Nature's Closet. The event begins at 8 a.m. on Williams College's Chapin Lawn and signals the start of activities that will not conclude until the grand finale of the second annual fireworks shot at Taconic Golf Club.   Chapin Lawn also will be the site of a morning yoga and meditation session hosted by Tasha Yoga and open to the public at 9 a.m. In the event of rain, the event will be moved inside

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Biz Briefs: Mack Molding Gives $5 Million to SVMC ER Project
02:57PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
Mack gift

Mack Molding, the privately owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for the emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. "The Kendall Emergency Department" will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event once the future project is approved by the state and construction is completed. The gift constitutes the largest in the health system’s history since Henry W. Putnam, Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of this community hospital over 100 years ago.

Don Kendall is the CEO of Mack Group, the parent company of Mack Molding, a leading supplier of contract

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Berkshires Beat: Community Access to the Arts Show Celebrates Creativity
02:16PM / Monday, July 02, 2018
Part of it all

Community Access to the Arts presents its annual art show, "I Am a Part of Art," part of CATA's 25th anniversary year, in partnership with the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass., and the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield, Mass.

The first exhibit runs from July 1-Aug. 19 at the Clark Art Institute’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill at 227 South St., Williamstown, MA, with a free "Meet the Artists" event on Aug. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. The Clark Art Institute is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the course of the exhibit. Admission is free.

The second exhibit hangs at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts at 28 Renne Ave. in

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Hoosic River Host to Mother Merganser and Ducklings
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
03:58PM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

Watercolor by the columnist of a female red-breasted merganser catching a tidewater minnow in a salt marsh. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — What came as a complete surprise while I was surveying wildlife at the Hoosic River was an armada of little ducklings paddling to keep up with their mother merganser. I had heard of ducks laying up to 12 eggs per nest, but 16 fuzzy red heads all in tight single file seemed incredulous. Perhaps she had taken on another missing mother gander's offspring.    As time passed, I counted five ducklings able to catch a ride on mamma's back, while the rest paddled wildly behind, reminiscent of loons carrying baby loons while crossing an

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County Youth Soccer Teams Compete in State Tournament
10:52AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018
The Berkshire Hills United 14-and-under boys soccer team won two games at the Division I level at the recent Massachusetts Tournament of Champions.   Eight teams from the county qualified for the event, and the Berkshire Hills United boys had the best results, going 2-1 with wins over Mashpee and Oakmont.   The Williamstown Lions U12 boys and Dalton U14 boys each received sportsmanship awards at the event.   Other teams qualifying included the Pittsfield Soccer Club Foxes U12 girls, Lenox Youth Football Club Gold U12 girls, Pittsfield Soccer Club Gunners U12 boys, Pittsfield Soccer Club Hammers U14 girls and Dalton U14 boys.

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Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

Festivities marking the nation's 241st birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Tuesday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.

Boston

The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Monday night practice (no fireworks) and Tuesday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops, which begin at 8. MBTA usually runs free after the July 4 concert. More information here.


Lenox

Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual free celebration with music and activities, with food available for purchase, beginning at 1:30 and with a reading of the

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
09:01AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Wednesday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was

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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Police to Hold Alcohol Compliance Checks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:00AM / Sunday, July 01, 2018

NBCC's Wendy Penner speaks to the Select Board about upcoming compliance checks. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a break of a couple of years, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition again this summer is teaming up with local law enforcement to do compliance checks on establishments that sell alcohol.   The NBCC's director of prevention and wellness told the Select Board on Monday about the coalition's plan to work with local police departments to send underage volunteers into retailers and restaurants that serve alcohol to see whether the prospective "buyers" will be carded.   Wendy Penner said that several years ago, the coalition decided for a

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Hundreds Gather in Pittsfield to Protest Trump's Immigration Policies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:07PM / Saturday, June 30, 2018

Hundreds filled Park Square, all dressed in white, to protect the Trump administration. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — After years of living under Pol Pot's reign in Cambodia, Sopheap Nhim's family knew they had to get out.    In the fall of 1979, they made their break. Four adults and five children found themselves on the shores of the United States, just as so many other immigrants had throughout the history of this country.    "It is a miracle that 11 of us, five adults and six children, children between the ages of 18 months and 10 years of age, together we were able to escape and come to the United States. I am the youngest of those six children,"

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