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Berkshires Beat: Corpse Flower in Bloom at Darrow School
12:26PM / Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Corpse flowers bloom

It’s spring at The Darrow School in New Lebanon, N.Y. That means the sap is rising, the birds are singing, the sun is lingering, and something in the air stinks. This means that the rare corpse flower is in full bloom. Corpse flowers were first planted at Darrow in 2009 in the sheltered confines of the school’s Samson Environmental Center (SEC). Four bloomed in 2012, six in 2013, and now, according to Lily Corral, biology teacher, sustainability coordinator, and director of the SEC, as many as 10 flowers have sprouted, several of which are at the blooming stage.

"The corpse flower is a rare plant that is challenging to grow," Corral said. "It


Williams Women's Tennis Falls
Williams Sports Information,
09:18PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
LA JOLLA, Calif. – In a rough day for the Ephs, the Williams College women’s tennis team was defeated by the University of San Diego Tritons, 5-2, on Monday.   The division II Tritons were felled last year 7-2 by the Ephs, but returned this year with a vengeance to sweep doubles and collect most of the singles matches.    "It'll start coming together,” Williams coach Anik Cepeda said. “We lacked bite and consistent energy at the start of doubles - fought back in singles, but couldn't quite convert on the deuce points."   Two of Williams’ doubles matches of the day ran very close: senior Leah Bush and junior Emily Zheng,


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

Congressman Neal to Speak at MCLA 120th Commencement
04:02PM / Monday, March 25, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 120th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 18, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal, who represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts in Congress and who chairs the House Ways and Means Committee. Neal will receive an honorary doctor of public service degree.   In addition, Richard Alcombright, vice president of local business and the customer relations manager at MountainOne and who served as the mayor of North Adams for four terms, will receive an honorary doctor of public service


Mount Greylock Committee Keeps February, April Vacations for 2020
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

Mount Greylock School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron, left, and committee members Regina DiLego and Dan Caplinger participate in Thursday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday voted to preserve the district's February and April vacations for the 2019-20 academic year but signaled that the option of a single week in March remains a possibility in the future.   By a unanimous vote, the five committee members present at the special meeting approved a calendar that has the students returning on Sept. 3 with a last day of school — barring any snow days — of Tuesday, June 16.   The calendar also adds a day off


Albany Berkshire Ballet Looks Ahead — And Back — in 50th Anniversary Year
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Monday, March 25, 2019

Albany Berkshire Ballet has formed collaborations with organizations like Williams College, where ABB dancers join student dancers for performances.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The five dancers glided around the room, its purple-and-mirrored walls enclosing a faintly muggy space, either from powerful bodies working hard or a late-winter heating system still cranked up, or maybe a combination of both.

The three women and two men were rehearsing a dance for an upcoming showcase at Williams College, but on this day, their ballet slipper-clad feet pounded the dance floor in the second-floor studio of the Albany Berkshire Ballet headquarters on Fenn Street.

In the past, on a weekday


Williams Women's Track Wins in San Diego
Williams Sports Information, Williams Sports Information
05:44PM / Sunday, March 24, 2019
SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- This weekend, the Williams College women's track and field team traveled to Point Loma Nazarene University to compete against a strong cohort of schools at the Point Loma Invitational.   The field was a mixture of competitive Division I, II, and III schools, including California State Polytechnic Institution, Middlebury, Tufts, and University of La Verne. By the end of the meet, Williams finished with the most team points at 246, with Cal Poly Pomona in second with 243 points, and Point Loma University in third with 231 points. In a strong season opener, the Ephs came away with numerous NESCAC qualifiers.   The meet began with the field events. Representing


The Fear of Smell: Pungent Pot Plants Worry Williamstowners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Sunday, March 24, 2019

An overflow crowd on Thursday filled the Selectment's meeting room to oppose plans for a pot plantation on Green River Road.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than two years after town voters overwhelmingly supported legalizing recreational marijuana, some residents are feeling the unintended consequences of Question 4.   "As a state, we wanted to decriminalize marijuana, but we created a monster," Blair Road resident Jamie Barstow told the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening. "And we're the canaries in the coal mine on Blair Road."   Barstow was part of an overflow crowd at Town Hall as the ZBA heard a petition from Massflora, which


Williams Men's Lacrosse Tops Bates
05:53PM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Cory Lund scored three goals and assisted on two more Saturday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 16-14 win over Bates.   The Ephs had a five-goal lead entering the fourth quarter and hung on despite giving up four goals to the Bobcats.   Harry Gahagan stopped 12 shots for Willams (5-1, 3-1 NESCAC), which plays MIT in Colorado on Wednesday.   Women's Lacrosse LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates' Katie Allard scored three of the game's last five goals to lead her women's lacrosse team to a 13-11 win over Williams on Saturday.   Claire Fitzpatrick scored four goals, and Kami Cisneros made nine saves for Williams (3-3, 1-3


@theMarket: Does the Fed Know Something We Don't?
By Bill Schmick,
09:55AM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
Sometimes too much good news can be interpreted badly. Take the U.S. central bank's about face on monetary policy late last year. That was good news and investors responded by bidding the stock market up by 20 percent. But this week we may have received even better news, or did we?   The Fed did more than met investors' expectation this week at the central bank's monthly Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that there would be no more interest rate hikes for the remainder of the year (after saying back in December that two rate hikes were on the table for 2019). There was even some discussion that a rate cut might be possible, if


Williams College Senior Wins Carnegie Junior Fellowship
11:25AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Jeremy Smith has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Each year, approximately 12 to 14 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world’s leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.

Acceptance into the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is highly competitive, with approximately 5 percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials.


Local Entrepreneurs Complete 1Berkshire Get Mentored Program
11:21AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Starts Get Mentored program held its final meeting of the 2018-20 session in early March at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Get Mentored, a program of 1Berkshire, helps a selected cohort of five local entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures over the course of a five-month program by pairing them with experienced mentors from the Berkshire County business community.

At this year's final meeting, the Get Mentored cohort presented three-minute elevator pitches, honed over the course of five months of mentoring, to the assembled mentors. After each pitch, the mentors had an opportunity to pose questions and provide advice about the steps the


What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:52AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

If you were to receive a sizable inheritance, what should you do with it? This money could help you achieve some of your important financial goals – so you'll want to think carefully about your choices.

Of course, everyone's needs are different, so there's no one "right" way to handle a large lump sum. But here are a few suggestions that may be useful:

Pay off some debts. Depending on the size of your inheritance, you may want to consider paying off some, if not all, of your debts, such as car loans, personal loans and student loans. You might even consider paying off your mortgage, but you may not want to, as you might be able to get a better return on your


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