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New Doctor Joins Pulmonary Practice at BMC
05:50PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Inna Kogan, a board-certified and fellowship-trained pulmonologist, has been appointed to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC. 

She is accepting new patients in need of pulmonary care and is partnered with doctors Hafez Alsmaan, Cynthia Callahan, Julio Miranda, David Oelberg and Jack Ringer at Pulmonary Professional Services of BMC.

Dr. Kogan is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine, and sleep medicine. She received her medical degree from St. Petersburg State Medical Academy, Russia, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Boston


Take Greater Control of Your 401(k)
04:26PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar plan, you’ve got a powerful retirement-savings tool at your disposal. And yet, how well you do with your 401(k) depends greatly on your choices and actions. What steps can you take to maximize the benefits of your plan?

For starters, be aware that your 401(k) may come with what might be called "standard" features, which you should review to determine their applicability to your situation. These features include the following:

* Default deferral rate: When you take a job, your employer may automatically enroll you in the company's 401(k) plan and assign a "default" contribution rate – the percentage of your


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

Old Williams Inn Furniture, Goods to be Sold at Benefit Tag Sale
03:23PM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Coffee makers and holiday decorations also will be sold this weekend.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The remaining contents of the former Williams Inn will be sold in a three-day tag sale held on Saturday, Nov. 9, through Monday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 1090 Main St.

The indoor sale will feature items such as full- and king-sized bed sets, dressers, nightstands, desks, TV cabinets, sofas, tables, chairs, flat-screen TVs, clocks, lamps, luggage racks, iron/ironing boards, linens, office furniture, mirrors, rugs, microwaves, hotel service carts, maintenance items, dishes and glassware, decorative items, pictures, coffee pots, electronics, and much more. 

There will be large

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Entry Level Soccer Official Class Offered
10:45AM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- The U.S. Soccer entry-level (Grade 8) Grassroots Referee course will be offered in Berkshire County in January.   The course is led by a U.S. Soccer-certified instructor and will include three parts. Students are required to complete the following:   1. Online Study Modules (approximately 4-6 hours work). To allow for verification, the modules must be completed a minimum 72 hours before classroom attendance.   2. Eight hours classroom attendance.   3. A test on the Laws of the Game - completed in the classroom, with a passing grade of 80 percent.   All three parts must be completed to certify   Note that U.S.-Soccer affiliated leagues can only


Mount Greylock School Committee to Decide on Administration Building
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Mount Greylock's Phase 1 Subcommittee meets on Friday at Lanesborough Elementary School. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee will be asked Tuesday whether it wants to accept one of two bids to build a new central administration building for the pre-K-12 school district.   On Friday, the School Committee's Phase 1 Subcommittee reviewed the bids received for the project, which will replace offices lost when portions of the old Mount Greylock were demolished last year and provide space for public restrooms to serve the middle-high school's athletic fields.   One key issue in deciding Tuesday's question: Does the School


BCArc Honors Individuals, Staff at 65th Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, November 04, 2019

Frank Felix, left, receives an Achievement Award at Friday's BCArc annual meeting on Friday at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc looked back at its accomplishments over the last year at its 65th annual meeting Friday morning at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

But for one recognition, it went way back -- 65 years, in fact, to the founding of BCArc in 1954.

President and CEO Kenneth Singer, who has been with BCArc for 40 of those years, said at the time of the agency's founding, the world was a very different place for people with disabilities, who were often institutionalized with little decision-making power over their

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Williamstown Fin Comm Weighs in on Mount Greylock Field Debate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, November 04, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the town's Finance Committee last month added their voices to those advising that the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee think twice before proceeding with a plan to install an artificial turf sports field.   Citing long-term impacts on the district's finances and relations between member towns Lanesborough and Williamstown, the six members at an Oct. 24 meeting authorized Chairman Stephen Sheppard to express their concerns to the School Committee, which for months has been getting an earful from proponents and opponents of the artificial turf field.   Much — but not all — of the opposition to date has centered on


Williams Men, Women Win NESCAC Cross Country Titles
05:35PM / Saturday, November 02, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's and women's cross country teams each won NESCAC championships on Saturday at Mount Greylock Regional School.   The men finished with 22 points, well ahead of runner-up Amherst, behind a first-place finish by Aidan Ryan.   Ryan covered the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 27.3 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Theo Henderson of Middlebury.   The Williams women finished with 58 points to place first ahead of runner-up Tufts (90 points). Eva Borton led the Ephs, finishing fourth in 22:15.7on the 6K course.   Field Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Simone Veale scored a goal and assisted on another as Williams came


@theMarket: Will Record Highs Beget Record Highs?
By Bill Schmick,
05:00PM / Friday, November 01, 2019
As third-quarter earnings wind down, the Fed cut interest rates again this week. Since both events seemingly matched investor expectations, what, then, will investors worry about in the coming months?   As predicted, the S&P 500 Index hit a modest new high this week based on the central bank's one quarter-point cut of the short-term Federal Funds interest rate on Wednesday. Robust earnings from certain favored companies, like Apple and Facebook, also helped sentiment and so the averages ground higher.   "You would think," said one miffed investor, "that after two years trapped in a trading range, we would have had a little more enthusiasm over this


Power Outage Impacts Northwest Part of County
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:32AM / Friday, November 01, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nearly 900 customers were without power on Friday morning after heavy winds blew through the area on Thursday night.   National Grid on Friday at 8:20 a.m. reported that 852 customers were affected by an outage that began at 11:27 p.m. on Thursday. About half that were still without power by 9:30 a.m.   The outage included the campus of Mount Greylock Regional School, which opened for classes on time with backup generator help.   Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson said Friday morning that the biggest report of storm damage he was aware of in town was a large pine tree that came down on Cold Spring Road (Route 7). He indicated that likely was


Trick-or-Treater Struck by Vehicle in Williamstown
Staff Reports,
09:22AM / Friday, November 01, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Cole Avenue during trick-or-treating hours showed no signs of visible injury, police reported Friday morning.   Chief Kyle Johnson said the person struck was transported by Northern Berkshire EMS to the satellite emergency facility at Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus as a precaution.   The driver involved was cited by police for a lights violation. The driver was operating with just the vehicle's daytime running lights illuminated after sunset, Johnson said.    The chief said it is his understanding that the pedestrian involved was a trick-or-treater. He could not provide the age of the


The Independent Investor: NCAA Up Against Ropes on College Pay for Athletes
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
This week the Board of Governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) met at Emory University in Atlanta to hear the pros and cons of allowing athletes to accept money for endorsements. It has been a long time coming.   This is an issue that has been around for as long as I can remember, but it has only been the recent moves by certain states, as well as the Federal government, that has forced the NCAA to at least acknowledge that the status quo is no longer working for them or for their students.   It is currently illegal for athletes to receive gifts or income related to their college athletic activities. If they do and get caught, the offending student and the


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