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Ta-Nehisi Coates Featured Speaker at MCLA's Dukakis Lecture
04:37PM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Ta-Nehisi Coates NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Best-selling author, journalist and Marvel Comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates will be this year's featured speaker at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' annual fall lectures series.   Also speaking this fall will be Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Hinojosa, and Galen Nelson, senior director of innovation and industry support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center.   Coates is a winner of the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award and author of "Between the World and Me," a number-one New York Times bestseller in 2015, which was required or recommended reading at more than 400 colleges

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Locals Have Springfield College Football in National Rankings
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:56AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018
A trio of Berkshire County football alumni have helped Springfield College to a 2-0 start and the No. 25 ranking in the country according to   Pittsfield High graduate Chad Shade, Pittsfield resident Jonny Bianchi and Hoosac Valley graduate Zach Wright each is contributing for the Pride, who have outscored opponents by an average of 42-11.   Shade was recognized by the region’s college football writers after an eye-popping Week 1 performance against Western New England.   Shade was recognized with the New England Football Writers Association’s Gold Helmet Award after rushing for 247 yards and six touchdowns in a 42-21 win. Last week, the junior


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 Select Board Weighs Permit Fee Issue at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Select Board members Hugh Daley and Jane Patton.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday discussed whether the town should expect the Mount Greylock Regional School District to pay for permitting fees associated with the newly renovated and expanded middle-high school.   Resident Matt Sheehy asked the board to encourage the district to push for a waiver of the fees, arguing that makes fiscal sense for local taxpayers and political sense for the future of the two-town regional school district not to expect the bill to be paid.   Sheehy told the board that while Lanesborough residents on the School Building Committee and School Committee have been pushing


Berkshires Beat: SVMC Corridor Gallery Exhibits the Work of Bennington Murals Project
02:10PM / Monday, September 10, 2018
Mural work

The Bennington Murals Project will exhibit work from their first mural at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Corridor Gallery through Oct. 17. The exhibit is open to visitors daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The show will feature work by the nine artists who contributed to the project, which depicts animals native to Vermont in a scene that progresses from dawn to dusk. Among the artists are Bennington Murals Project Founder Forest Byrd of Bennington, Cristal Call of Bennington, Crystal Harris of Bennington and Katya Harris of Albany, N.Y.

Visitors to the show will be able to purchase prints of parts of the mural. Proceeds benefit both the Bennington Murals Project and the


Biz Briefs: Greylock's Lee Wildcats Debit Card Generates $2,130 for School
12:48PM / Monday, September 10, 2018
In their debit

In July 2016, Greylock Federal Credit Union introduced a new debit card featuring the Lee High School Wildcats logo and school colors. Since then, every time a credit union member signed up for a Wildcats debit card, Greylock made a donation to Lee High School, generating $2,130 for the school.

Lee Middle and High School Principal Gregg M. Brighenti said the funds have been used to purchase furniture for the library, to fund students who couldn't afford school trips, to pay for two dinners the students served to senior citizens, and to buy a small cookie oven for the Lee High School booster clubs to use at games as a fundraiser for their programs.

This news comes on the


Jones Scores Twice in Williams Women's Soccer Team's Win
08:01PM / Sunday, September 09, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Following the blueprint from Saturday's win over Trinity, the Williams College women's soccer team (3-0-0) Sunday got off to another hot start in the first half on the way to a 3-0 win over visiting Skidmore (3-1-0).   Sydney Jones, who had two goals against Trinity, scored at 10:15 off an assist from Aspen Piersen '21 to give the Ephs an early lead. The goal set the tone for a dominant first half in which the Ephs had seven shots on goal and Skidmore had one.   Jones finished with two goals, and Mikayla Kappes capped the scoring with her first collegiate goal.   Williams hosts Colby on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Williams College Inducts Mandel as 18th College President
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Sunday, September 09, 2018

Williams College's Zambezi Marimba Band performs outside Chapin Hall prior to the induction ceremony for President Maud S. Mandel. Saturday was marked with public events, picnics and a barbecue to celebrate. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Shortly after being inducted as the 18th president of Williams College, historian Maud S. Mandel shared a bit of her family's history that helps inform her worldview.   Mandel told the crowd gathered in Chapin Hall how her family fled the Holocaust in the 1930s only to have their ship of refugees denied entry into the United States. And she mentioned how lucky they were to eventually be given sanctuary by Great Britain, one of the few


Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Tourney Returns Sept. 22
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09:59PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Monument Mountain Cup Soccer Committee will host a 3-on-3 youth tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Monument Mountain Regional High School.   Boys and girls divisions will be contested in the under-10, under-12 and under-14 age groups.   All teams of three to four players are guaranteed at least three matches with the top four teams in each division advancing to the semi-finals.   The final games for each division will be played under the lights.   The entry fee is $100 per team. Each division is limited to 16 teams.   Teams from around the region are expected to attend.   For information and registration forms, visit


Women's Cross Country Wins Little Three Title
09:40PM / Saturday, September 08, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. -- The Williams College women's cross country team Saturday earned its 11th straight Little Three Championship, beating Amherst and Wesleyan with 33 points.   Juniors Emma Herrmann and Audrey Rustad and senior captain Emily Harris finished second, third and fourth, respectively, to help the Ephs edge runner-up Wesleyan by three points.   Men's Cross Country AMHERST, Mass. -- Host Amherst won the Little Three Championship on Saturday, earning 27 points to runner-up Williams' 32.   Williams' Aidan Ryan won the individual title in a time of 19 minutes, 28 seconds. Williams hosts the Purple Valley Classic at Mount Greylock Regional School on Sept.


Williams Volleyball Opens with Pair of Wins
11:03PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Williams College women's volleyball team opened its season Friday with a double-header on the first day of the Union College Invitational.   Williams faced Ramapo College (1-2) and Union College (2-4) and came away with two wins.   Williams came ready to play and earned the sweep against Ramapo with set scores of 25-15, 25-16, and 25-19. Behind the strong serving of junior, Alex Newton, and sophomore, Allison Frison, the Ephs came out swinging and never looked back to take the first two games. Although the third game started out slow, the Ephs quickly found energy behind Allison Frison’s powerful serving and secured the sweep. Against


BCC's Director of Nursing Resigns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Friday, September 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Director of Nursing Tochi Urbani has resigned from Berkshire Community College.   Dean of Enrollment Management Christina Wynn confirmed on Friday that Urbani submitted his resignation letter on Sept. 4 and will be leaving the college on Oct. 3. The resignation comes in the midst of college officials working to elevate the program's accreditation from a recently issued "approval with warning" status.   "At this point, we are placing a high priority on finding an interim director of nursing," Wynn said.    Wynn said the change will have no impact on the students who have just returned for the semester nor does she expect


This Week in Williamstown: Sept. 8-14
09:17AM / Friday, September 07, 2018

Good Morning!

Williams College celebrates the appointment of Maud S. Mandel as its 18th president with a formal induction ceremony on Saturday at 4 pm in Chapin Hall. This is a ticketed event, however you are invited to view the livestream of the Induction ceremony.

Hurry—it's your last chance to see The Clark's acclaimed exhibition Art of Iron...on view for one more week.

Here's what else you need to know...

Susan Briggs
Executive Director

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