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Easter Events in the Berkshires
11:00AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


Williamstown's Sand Springs Recreational Center Seeks Town Funds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Sand Springs director Geraldine Shen tells the Select Board that the pool is seeking some operating support to keep it low cost for the community.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Sand Springs Recreation Center is asking the town for financial support to help keep the pool it operates an affordable resource for residents.   Sand Springs Executive Director Geraldine Shen was at Town Hall on Monday night to explain to the Select Board the non-profit's request that the town appropriate $19,000 toward operational expenses at the facility.   "We have not been something the town has given money in the past," Shen said. "We have successfully


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

Williams' Softball Coach Earns 700th Career Win
10:15PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. — Williams College head softball coach Kris Herman reached the 700-win milestone recently as her 2018 Eph squad finished a  their spring trip with a 13-3 record   The fourth-ranked Ephs Tuesday defeated Wisconsin-Whitewater, 5-3, before edging Buffalo State, 4-3, in their final games of the trip.   Herman's career mark stands at 702-375-5, a .651 winning percentage. She becomes the 17th coach at the Div. III level to surpass 700 wins in a career and is 13th on the active list.    "I share all of those wins with players and assistant coaches at both Tufts and Williams, and am thankful for the many mentors and colleagues who have had more


Gold Medalist Shiffrin Tells Youngsters to Have Ambition, Perseverance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Shiffrin was in town to visit her grandmother after winning a seventh career World Cup title.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — You could have watched hours of coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics and not gotten an answer to the kind of hard-hitting question asked by Lanesborough Elementary School pupils on Monday afternoon.   "Why do the athletes bite their gold medals?" two-time gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin was asked by one of the youngsters during a schoolwide assembly.   "I don't know," the downhill skier replied. "Isn't that strange? It's not a cookie. Maybe it's to see if it's real gold.   "It


Purple Valley Aquatics' Boyd, Kuster Compete at Sectional
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07:56AM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
ITHACA, N.Y. - Purple Valley Aquatics swimmers Isaac Boyd of Pittsfield and Cole Kuster of Williamstown traveled to Ithaca College last weekend to join more than 600 other excited athletes for the Speedo Sectional Championship swim meet.   Boyd and Kuster competed in a combined 11 events and two time trial swims from Thursday through Sunday. The meet is set up in a trials/finals format which means that each athlete must swim fast enough in the morning to place top 36 to make it back for the evening swim. For the evening finals session, they swam that event again for final placing.   Boyd, 16, competed in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke, 200 individual


Williamstown Residents Come Out in Force to Oppose Zoning Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, March 27, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There was no shortage of feedback on proposed zoning bylaw amendments being drafted by the Planning Board at Monday's Select Board meeting,    And all of it was negative.   Although the Select Board has no other role in the process than to make a recommendation to town meeting if and when the Planning Board issues a final proposal, several residents Monday asked the Select Board to block the bylaw — or, at the very least, send a strong recommendation that the town not give it the required two-thirds majority at May's annual town meeting.   A couple of themes emerged among the 13 people who addressed the Select Board at a


Williams Men's, Women's Tennis Win on West Coast
10:49PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The 11th-ranked Williams College men's tennis team (6-2) took on the Warriors of Westmont College (5-6) and prevailed, 9-0, in the Ephs' penultimate match on the west coast.   Westmont had won its last three matches and was 2-0 at home this season, while the Ephs entered off a win over No. 14 Pomona Pitzer their last time out.   Williams used its normal doubles lineup to begin the match and then altered the singles lineup, giving several players a chance to compete in a West Coast match. The closest doubles match was at No. 2, where Alex Taylor and Calvin Chung won 8-6.   In singles play, Deepak Indrakanti at No. 2, Ben Lebowitz at No. 4, and


CBS News' Schieffer Speaking at Williams' 229th Commencement
02:40PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bob Schieffer, former CBS News reporter and award-winning journalist, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 229th commencement exercise on Sunday, June 3.    The day before, Janet Murguía, civil rights activist and president and CEO of UnidosUS, will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will pediatrician and public health advocate Mona Hanna-Attisha and novelist and screenwriter John Irving.   Bob Schieffer   Schieffer has been a reporter for more than half a century. Before his retirement in 2015, Schieffer spent 46 years at CBS News, where he anchored the Saturday


Colonoscopies: A Worthwhile Effort
By Adnan Sohail, MD,
02:36PM / Monday, March 26, 2018

Dr. Adnan Sohail is a gastroenterologist at SVMC.

Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, which is why screening is so important.  Approximately 4.6 percent of men (1 in 22) and 4.2 percent of women (1 in 24) will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime.

Some of the factors that increase risk are age, sex and race/ethnicity. Aside from age and race, many of the known risk factors for colorectal cancer are behaviors traditionally associated with high-income countries such as sedentary lifestyles, Western diet and smoking. Non modifiable factors that increase the risk are related to hereditary and medical history, including a personal or family history of


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Community College Hosts Annual 40 Under Forty Awards
01:35PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
40 Under Forty
This year's awards ceremony will be held Thursday, March 29.

Berkshire Community College, in partnership with 1Berkshire and the Berkshire Eagle, is hosting the third annual Berkshire County 40 Under Forty Awards. The event aims to recognize outstanding young professionals who are excelling in their industries through their leadership roles. The event, taking place on Thursday, March 29, at 5 p.m., will be held at Berkshire Plaza Hotel.

The selection process again this year for winners was competitive and nomination driven. Nominees needed to demonstrate a commitment to business success, personal growth and community involvement. The judging panel was made up of


Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars
01:02PM / Monday, March 26, 2018
Cupcake Wars

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Berkshire County raised approximately $15,000 at its fourth annual Cupcake Wars fundraiser at Berkshire Hills Country Club on Feb. 1, 250 in attendance. The event began with an Italian dinner prepared by UNICO of Pittsfield. Following dinner, three judges sampled the unique confections prepared by the following bakers and bakeries vying for the best cupcake in various categories: Gould Farm; Linda's Pastries; Berkshire Pathways, a Program of Viability; Simply Sweet; Gimme Some Sugar; Sarah's Cheesecakes & Cafe; and Jennifer's Cookies, Cupcakes & Confections.

The winners were:

People's Choice: Simply


Democratic Candidates For Governor Share Views at Pittsfield Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, March 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The three Democratic candidates all believe that Republican Gov. Charlie Baker can be beat in the fall.    It is just a matter of which one of them will be on the ballot against him.   Will it be former Newton Mayor Setti Warren, former Secretary of Administration and Finance under Gov. Deval Patrick's administration Jay Gonzalez, or author and activist Bob Massie?   "There is a not a single issue where the majority of people feel he is doing a good job," Gonzalez said of Baker.   Polls have constantly shown Baker as being a very popular governor. But, the Democrats say when it comes to the issues, the Republican is just


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