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Holyoke Mayor Morse Challenges Neal In Congressional Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Morse is joined by a large crowd of supporters at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night. HOLYOKE, Mass. — They said he couldn't do it.   There is no way a 21-year-old, turning 22, could defeat an incumbent mayor with years of political experience. And there was no way the city of Holyoke was ever going to be as good as it had been.   "When I ran for mayor eight years ago, people had a few things to say. They said No. 1, wait your turn. No. 2 maybe run for something else. Or No. 3, don't run at all, you are too young, too gay, too progressive, you are not going get elected here in the city of Holyoke," Alex Morse said at the Unicorn Inn on Monday night to a

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State FY2020 Budget Has Funding for Flyer, Rural Schools
Staff Reports,
09:07PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A compromise state spending bill reached over the weekend contains good news for the Berkshires, particularly its rural school districts.    State Sen. Adam Hinds' amendment to increase the Rural School Aid grant program by $1 million, raising the total appropriation to $2.5 million, is included in the fiscal 2020 state budget along with $7.7 million for projects in the senator's district.   "This is a strong budget with serious investments in key areas such as public education and transportation, while addressing other pressing policy issues such as reducing the cost of prescription medications," Hinds said in a

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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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College Notes: June 2019
03:51PM / Monday, July 22, 2019
Madison Ryan of Adams was a member of a student team that recently completed an intense, hands-on research through the Worcester Polytechnic Institute project center in Australia. The rising junior, who is majoring in biomedical engineering at WPI, participated in "Developing a Training Kitchen and Social Enterprise Initiative." All WPI undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue.    In their project summary, the students wrote, "The Brotherhood of St. Laurence has identified a skills gap between the skills youth possess and the skills

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Review: 'Working: A Musical' Is Minimalist, Meaningful
By Nancy Salz, Guest Column
11:41AM / Monday, July 22, 2019

Why do we work? It's usually for more than money. To express ourselves, perhaps. To make a better life for our children. To create a legacy. To contribute to our country, our society. We can love our jobs or hate our jobs, but our reasons for working and our emotions about our jobs – which take up so much of our lives – are always deeply felt.

To explore these reasons fully, the author Studs Terkel crisscrossed America in the early 1970s recording more than 130 people in all kinds of jobs, from blue collar to professional. The result was a best-selling book – "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do" (published

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Tractor Trailer Overturns at Route 2 and 7 Intersection in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:15AM / Monday, July 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — No one was injured early Monday morning when an 18-wheeler overturned at the notorious junction of Routes 2 and 7 near Margaret Lindley Park.   Williamstown Police reported on Facebook that the single vehicle accident occurred at about 5 a.m. and warned that motorists should expect "intermittent delays" through mid-afternoon while the scene was cleared.   "[A] tractor trailer carrying food products flipped over at the Cold Spring Road/Taconic Trail intersection," police reported at about 8:15 Monday morning.   As of about 8:30, traffic was going in both directions without impediment. The truck lay on its side, well off the road,

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Berkshire Force 10U Squad Uses Big First Inning to Claim Title
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08:20PM / Sunday, July 21, 2019
DALTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under team Sunday scored 14 runs in the bottom of the first en route to a forfeit win in the title game of the 10th annual Dalton CRA Softball Tournament.   Mia DeJesus earned a perfect game of sorts, striking out the side in the top of the first.   After the Force rolled to its big inning in the bottom of the frame, its opponents from Latham, N.Y., threw in the towel and went home.   A.J. Pelkey and Madison Barber each had a pair of hits in the tournament-winning rally.   Earlier in the day, Pelkey hit a two-run homer in the Force' 8-0 win over Chatham, N.Y., to get to the title game.   Sunday's tournament win was

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Media Gallery on Main Street Offers New Artworks, Local History,
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Robert Giardini wants to get art on people's walls.    That's one of the inspirations for his pop-up Media Gallery that opened during the season's first DownStreet Art event last month.    Located at 70 Main St., the walls of the former Radio Shack store in the L-shaped mall that once displayed electronics have proved a perfect setting for hanging a variety of artworks from both local and Philadelphia artists.   "We've got about, I think 12 or 13 different artists here," Giardini said not long after opening. "Some photographers, we have printmakers, a couple painters. We got some letterpress people.

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Biz Briefs: Tourists Hotel to be Honored at Celebrate the Berkshires Event
12:07PM / Friday, July 19, 2019
Tourists awards

Tourists, the 48-room hotel that opened in North Adams in 2018, will receive the 2019 Putting the Berkshires on the Map honor in recognition of the substantial contribution that they have made to the Berkshire economy. This recognition will be presented at the 1Berkshires' ninth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 26 at Jiminy Peak.

"In the past 18 months, no property has garnered as much press or shone a light on the Berkshires more consistently than Tourists," said Jonathan Butler, CEO of 1Berkshire said. "With over $15 million in private investment, this project has assembled and reimagined a diverse collection of properties that illuminate

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Greylock Insurance Agency Producer Earns National Designation
11:43AM / Friday, July 19, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Andrew Alcaro, a Greylock Insurance Agency commercial lines producer in the agency's Williamstown office, has earned a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist designation from the Hartford School of Insurance.

"Andrew's accomplishments speak volumes to his character," Jay Marion, vice president, Commercial Lines Sales and Services, said. "We are proud to have a local team with so much knowledge and commitment to serve our business partners in North County."

The National Underwriter Company established the designation to highlight agents who demonstrate extensive knowledge in the areas of property and casualty insurance and have applied

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Excessive Heat, Humidity Forecast Through Sunday
11:10AM / Friday, July 19, 2019

The National Weather Service is forecasting excessive heat and humidity to begin this afternoon, peaking Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Daytime highs are forecast to be in the 90s to low 100s today through Sunday, with dew points in the low to mid 70s. Little cooling is expected to take place in the overnight hours, with lows in most areas only dropping to the mid 70s to near 80.

Heat index values are expected to reach 95 to 100 degrees this afternoon. Heat index values could reach 107 to 112 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for most of Massachusetts, with values between 96 and 102 locally in the Berkshires.

This level of heat and humidity is dangerous and relatively rare

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The Independent Investor: Paid Family & Medical Leave Overdue
By Bill Schmick,
04:28PM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
Paid family and medical leave are long-overdue in this country   What do the United States, Papua New Guinea and Oman have in common? Those are the only three countries in the world that do not legally obligate employers or taxpayers to pay for maternity leave.   Many American businesspeople will hide behind a knee-jerk response to the above statement: "We are a free-market society," they will argue, "and paid leave is paramount to just another form of socialism."   Good try, but that old argument is no longer based in facts. Free markets have given way to corporate socialism in this country, while corporations are now legally considered to have the same

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Williamstown Fire District Opts to Cancel Street Light Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Thursday, July 18, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After hearing widespread concern about potential health impacts, the Prudential Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to rescind a decision it made this winter to have LED bulbs installed in the town's street lamps.   The committee, which oversees the Fire District, at its monthly meeting decided to back out of an agreement with National Grid to swap out the current incandescent fixtures with light-emitting diodes that have bulbs that burn at 4,000 degrees Kelvin.   The color temperature of the planned bulbs generated considerable discussion at the district's annual meeting in May and again at a recent meeting of the town's

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