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Mount Greylock Grad Barrett Earns Regional Honor at Westfield State
11:25AM / Tuesday, January 15, 2019
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Westfield State senior guard Lucy Barrett (Mt. Greylock/Williamstown, Mass.) Tuesday added New England Women's Basketball Association weekly honor roll honors to her resume after picking up the MASCAC Player of the Week award on Monday.    Barrett averaged 27.5 points, six rebounds, 4.5 steals, and shot 51.4 percent (19-for-37) from the floor in a 2-0 week for the Owls. She scored a game-high 31 points on 9-18 shooting from the floor and a perfect 10-10 at the line to propel the Owls past #25 Middlebury, handing the Pathers their first loss of the season.   Barrett connected on 10 of 19 shots from the floor and 3-for-7 from downtown while scoring a


College Notes: January & February 2019
04:53PM / Monday, January 14, 2019




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Academic Lists & Awards

Curry College in Milton has named three local students to the dean's list for the fall 2018 semester: Hannah Race of Ashley Falls, Kirby Bryce of Clarksburg, Jules O'Connor of Dalton, Matthew Stewart of North Adams and Michael Strizzi of Williamstown.

Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., has named the following local students to the dean's list for the 2018 fall semester: sophomore Riley Nichols, a graduate of Pittsfield High School, and first-years Samuel Dils and Jacob Hane, both of Williamstown and graduates of Mount Greylock Regional High School.

The University of Rhode Island at Kingston


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

Auditor Makes Recommendations to the District Attorney's Office
04:06PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An audit of the Berkshire County District Attorney's Office released Monday found that improvements were needed to the office's internal controls and recording of forfeited funds.     The audit covers the period from July 1, 2016, through March 31, 2018, and was requested by former District Attorney Paul Caccaviello shortly after his March 2018 appointment.   "As Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington takes the reins of the office, I encourage her to use this audit as a roadmap for improvement," State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump said in a statement. "The recommendations in this audit will ensure the office


Berkshires Beat: Mt. Everett Students Join Dance Exchange Program in India
01:23PM / Monday, January 14, 2019
International experience

As part of the World Education Alliance program, five Mt. Everett students traveled to India in the fall, joining a group of 29 students from around the world. At the start of this academic year, the Keswick Public School in Madurai hosted Dance Mela, a workshop and dance performance that brought together international youth to learn Indian dance and experience Indian culture.  

Produced by Chris Graham, station manager of CTSB, a short video detailing the performance and workshop is now available online on the Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) website or on Vimeo. A documentary sharing the full story of the Mt. Everett student experience in


Williamstown Package Store Keeps Customers Coming Back
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, January 14, 2019

Gold Leaf is coming up on its first anniversary after a successful year in Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Family-owned Gold Leaf package store wants to keep it personal and supply its customers with exactly what they want.   "It is a family business and we want this to be personal. People who walk through the door know who we are what we have to offer and they know if they want something we can get it," owner Reena Sharma said. "A lot of the stuff you see is what people have recommended. We started off with two racks."   Manager and husband Sanjay Sharma agreed and pointed to the wall of various wines and beers in the Colonial Plaza package

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Williams' BioEYES Program Expanding to Six More Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, January 14, 2019

Brayton third-graders look at zebrafish hearts through a microscope. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — For 10 years, North County elementary students have been learning about how zebrafish populations multiply and grow through the BioEYES science program.   This year, the program itself is multiplying with plans to go into more than twice as many schools throughout the region.   BioEYES, a curriculum developed by the University of Pennsylvania, has been used for a decade by Williams College professor Martha Marvin and Williams students to teach about genetics and basic biology in third- and fourth-grade classrooms.   The outreach started modestly, with Marvin and a single


Hinds Chats Priorities With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, January 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires don't have the traffic congestion or real estate prices that the Boston area does.   Jim Lovejoy, from Mount Washington, sees that as an opportunity.   He envisions using the effort to expand broadband in Western Massachusetts as a chance to build a far superior internet connection that will incentivize companies to build and grow here instead of in the pricier eastern end of the state.   "If we took that middle mile and made a robust connection out of it, that was low cost, then you would have a situation where people would be incentivized to move here," Lovejoy said.   Lovejoy has been a longstanding member of the


Williams Cross Country Skiers Start Season Strong
09:19PM / Sunday, January 13, 2019
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Day number two of the first carnival weekend has come and gone and the Williams College Nordic team is already climbing in ranks.   After the women’s race was delayed 30 minutes, due to freezing temperatures, the women commenced their 10-kilometer individual start classic race. By the end of the day, senior captain Sonya Jampel led the women, finishing 13th, only 6 seconds out of seventh place. Behind Jampel was sophomore Magdalen York, who ended her day in 22nd and junior Ingrid Thyr in 29th. The Ephs ended the day in the fifth place seat as a team, only 38 points out of third place overall.   The Williams men went on improve drastically from the


Five Years Later, 'Sustainable Berkshires' Plan Being Implemented
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:17AM / Sunday, January 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When it comes to local planning efforts, nothing was more ambitious than the Sustainable Berkshires master plan.   The 800 or so page document was developed by stakeholders throughout the county as it looked to create a master plan for the entire county. After three years of work, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission adopted the full document in 2014.   That process revealed what planners at the time called "sobering" information that the trends in the county were unsustainable and it developed 352 strategies to turn the tides.   But a plan doesn't do much if it just sits on the shelve collecting dust and Sustainable Berkshires was


Williams Women's Basketball Blows Out Bates in Third Quarter
08:04PM / Saturday, January 12, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maggie Meehan scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter on Saturday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 77-42 win over Bates.   The Ephs (8-7, 2-2 NESCAC) outscored the Bobcats, 35-6, in that third quarter to build on a 26-22 half-time lead.   Lauren Vostal scored 12, and the Ephs shot 52 percent from the field in the win.   Williams hosts Amherst on Wednesday.   Men's Basketball LEWISTON, Maine -- Bobby Casey scored 23 points to lead Williams to a 75-69 come-from-behind win over Bates.   The Bobcats led, 34-27, at half-time, but Williams shot 47 percent from the field and made six of 17 3-point


Williamstown Elementary Names Citizenship Award Winners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Saturday, January 12, 2019

Principal Joelle Brookner reports on the winners of Williamstown Elementary's annual Citizenship Award.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders are being recognized for their kindness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.   Principal Joelle Brookner on Thursday announced the winners of the school's annual Renzi Citizenship Award, named in honor of former teacher, principal and superintendent Helen Renzi.   "She had a huge heart," Brookner told the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, telling the panel that Renzi was a Williamstown principal when Brookner attended the town's schools.   "This is the one


@theMarket: Markets Bounce 10 Percent Since Christmas
By Bill Schmick,
10:34AM / Saturday, January 12, 2019
The stock markets have gained almost one percent per day since the beginning of the year. If you had panicked and sold during the Christmas holidays, you are sitting in cash wondering when to get back in. Here is some advice.   Patience should be at the top of your "to-do" list. If you believe we are in a bear market, then the kind of rebound we are seeing in the equity markets is completely normal. Bear markets are characterized by waterfall declines followed by sharp, explosive upside rallies. Unfortunately, these fantastic trading opportunities are just that — trades.   If you are not living the markets every single moment, day-in, day-out, then forget about


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