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Greylock 5/6, 7-8 Boys Win Dalton Tourney
06:00PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
DALTON, Mass. -- The Greylock 7th- and 8th-grade and 5th- and 6th-grade travel boys basketball teams won the Jim Horth Memorial Tournament over the weekend.   7/8 Grade Championship Game Greylock 39, Dalton 32 Derek Paris scored 16 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Greylock.   "This was another great game which was close all the way through," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "Even though our shots were not converting today like we hoped, our kids hustled their tales off after every rebound and loose ball, I think that was the difference in the game. The good thing is we know if we are struggling offensively our defense can step it up. We


Berkshire Lacrosse Club Offers Youth Instructional Program
05:34PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Lacrosse Club is hosting a four-day instructional program at The Infield (10 Lyman St.) starting Feb. 3.   The program will focus on skill development, the rules of lacrosse, and organized game play. All equipment will be provided.   The dates are Feb. 3 and 10 and March 3 and 10.   The program will run in two sessions. Grades 3 to 5 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. and grades 6-8 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.   The cost is $35 through Jan. 21 and $45 after Jan. 21.   Register at   For information, contact Jeff Murray at


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

Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire County Residents Through Jan. 19
01:11PM / Monday, January 08, 2018
Free for all

Mass MoCA is opening the doors to its 250,000 square feet of galleries free to all Berkshire County residents (that's everyone who can show proof of residing within a zip code beginning with "012") through Jan. 19. The museum hopes to welcome as many friends and neighbors as possible with its second Free Berkshire County program — the first since its critically hailed and award-winning expansion doubled the space for the museum's visual arts exhibits last May with long-term installations that include James Turrell, Laurie Anderson, Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Gunnar Schonbeck and Robert Rauschenberg.
Since Mass MoCA’s inception, various


Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Report Addresses Sharing of Services
11:50AM / Monday, January 08, 2018
Share and share alike

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires has released the results of a report titled "Sharing Nonprofit Services in Berkshire County." Authored by Erin Sullivan, who works for a Berkshire nonprofit and initiated the research as part of a requirement for a master's degree in public administration, the four-page summary details findings on which nonprofits are willing to participate in shared services, what levels of shared services are of interest or seem most beneficial, the plusses and barriers to sharing services, and the need for more structure and support for these endeavors.

Sullivan collected both quantitative and qualitative data in the forms of an


Williams Men's Hockey Edges Wesleyan
08:39PM / Sunday, January 07, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Roberto Cellini scored early in teh second period to break a 2-2 tie and send the Williams College men's hockey team to a 3-2 win over Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.   Michael Pinios made 27 saves to earn the win in goal for the Ephs (7-4, 6-2 NESCAC).   The Cardinals (6-2-3, 2-2-2) scored first midway through the first, but Williams took a 2-1 lead on goals by Joe Welch and C.J. Shugart.   Wesleyan tied it with a goal in the 16th minute, and that is where it stood until Cellini scored his fourth goal of the season.   Williams goes to Brockport on Tuesday.


Williams Women's Hockey Posts Comeback Win
07:44PM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Annie Rush scored with 46 seconds left to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 4-3, come-from-behind win over Bowdoin on Saturday.   Brynn Puppe and Abby Brustad scored to erase a 2-0 Bowdoin lead.   Meghan Halloran gave the Ephs (7-3-2, 2-2-2 NESCAC) a 3-2 lead with 11 minutes, 43 seconds left, but the Polar Bears tied it with 10 minutes on the clock.   Williams goes to Colby next weekend.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Connecticut College's Kylie Caouette scored 12 points Saturday to lead her team to a 60-52 win over Williams.   Amanni Fernandez scored a game-high 23 for the Ephs (9-5, 1-1), who go to


Westfield State Women, Men Sweep MCLA
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
07:15PM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- With eight former Berkshire County high school athletes on the court at MCLA on Saturday, there were a number of local families in the stands for the Trailblazers’ MASCAC-opening double-header against Westfield State.   At least one family got to go home happy.   Westfield State junior Lucy Barrett scored 11 points and passed out four assists to help the Owls defeat MCLA, 101-62, in the opener.   In the nightcap, the Westfield State men earned a 104-87 win over the ‘Blazers despite a team-high 17 points from MCLA’s Joseph Wiggins.   In the first game, Westfield State’s women used their platoon-style substitution pattern and


Mount Greylock Committee Hikes Rate for Tuitioning Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Transition Committee on Tuesday decided to raise the anticipated cost of tuitioning students to the middle-high school by 23 percent.   With the advent of a fully regionalized PreK-12 school district, the committee, which is responsible for all financial decisions affecting Mount Greylock after July 1, needed to set a new tuition rate for the towns of New Ashford and Hancock, and Stamford, Vt.   Back in 2014, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee negotiated an agreement with the sending towns that looked to gradually raise the tuition rate to the level of the cost per student for Grades 7 through 12.   In fiscal 2019, that


@theMarket: Look! Up in the Sky! It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's the Stock market!
By Bill Schmick,
10:09AM / Saturday, January 06, 2018
The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained a thousand points in a month. In just the first three days of 2018, all three U.S. averages hit consecutive record highs. Overseas indexes did even better.   Japan, for example, was up more than 3 percent on its first trading day of the year. Emerging markets continue to make new highs, while European bourses continue to climb. Those who expected the markets to tank in the New Year have thus far been wrong. How long can this last?   Short sellers, convinced that stocks just have to come down, bet on a market decline and have had their head handed to them on a daily basis. Undeterred, they point to the "overbought" indicators that


Williams Women's, Men's Basketball Open League Play with Wins
09:50PM / Friday, January 05, 2018
WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. --- Lauren Vostal and Amanni Fernandez each scored 15 points Friday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 69-64 win over Wesleyan in the teams' NESCAC season opener.   Vostal hit a pair of free throws to break a 61-61 tie with three minutes left and made a layup with an assist from Gabby Martin on Williams' next possession to establish a lead the Ephs (9-4) never relinquished.   Kristin Fechtelkotter scored 13 for Williams.   Wesleyan (8-3) was led by Olivia Gorman, who scored a game-high 20.   Williams hosts Conn College on Saturday.   Men's Basketball MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Bobby Casey scored 23 points to lead


Williams College Awards Tenure to Four Faculty Members
12:11PM / Friday, January 05, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Executive Committee of the Williams College Board of Trustees voted to promote four faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure. 

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2018, for Phoebe Cohen, geosciences; Laura Ephraim, political science; Eric Knibbs, history; and Gregory Mitchell, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.

Cohen is a paleontologist who researches how life and environments have co-evolved throughout earth history, with a focus on life before the evolution of animals. She combines


Literacy Network Elects New Board Members
11:38AM / Friday, January 05, 2018

LEE, Mass. — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire has elected Leigh Doherty and Rebecca Riordan to the organization’s board of directors. 

“Our board is an unusually close-knit, generous, and hardworking group. Leigh and Rebecca are perfect fits, with deep and long-standing commitments to education, diversity, and community. We are thrilled to have them join our team,” said LitNet President Lucy Prashker.

Riordan is the vice president of human resources at Greylock Federal Credit Union, a position she assumed in July 2017. Riordan has more than 30 years of experience as an accomplished leader in the field of human resources, including 20 years at Country

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