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Frigid, Blustery Weather on Tap for Thanksgiving 2018
11:00AM / Wednesday, November 21, 2018

People spending time outdoors during Thanksgiving Day into Black Friday may face some of the coldest conditions on record in the Northeast for late November:

— AccuWeather (@breakingweather) November 20, 2018 Mother Nature is preparing a one-two punch for the Thanksgiving holiday.   Intense snow squalls will move through the region Wednesday afternoon and wind-chill factors could make Thanksgiving Day one of the coldest on record.    Snow squalls are currently moving across New York State and will enter the Berkshires around mid-afternoon. The National Weather Service is warning of "rapidly changing weather and


Williamstown Fire District Voters OK Expansion of Prudential Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Prudential Committee members Ed Briggs and Ed McGowan follow Tuesday's special district meeting.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District on Tuesday approved a plan to restructure the way the district is managed.   Sixteen voters checked in to a special district meeting, where they unanimously approved a proposal to expand the Prudential Committee, which governs the town's Fire Department, from three to five members.   The same vote also authorized the district to change its clerk/treasurer position from an elected to an appointed office.   Both changes require a change to the district's charter and, therefore, need an act of the


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 Women's Hockey Wins Home Opener
09:36PM / Tuesday, November 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meghan Halloran scored a pair of power play goals to lead the Williams College women's hockey team to a 4-3 win over Endicott on Tuesday in the Ephs' home opener.   Mia Carroll had a pair of assists, and Chloe Helting stopped 16 shots for the Ephs (2-1), who host St. Anselm next Wedenesday.   Men's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Reserves Spencer Spivy and Vince Brookins scored 16 and 12 points, respectively as Williams defeated MCLA, 117-34.   Joaquin Scullark scored a team-high 13 for MCLA (1-3).   Williams (3-0) goes to Manhanttanville on Saturday.


How Should You Respond to Wild Swings in Financial Markets?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
07:01PM / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

What's going on with the financial markets? Specifically, what's behind the price swings of the past several weeks? And, more important, how should you, as an individual investor, respond?

To begin with, the recent volatility was not really all that extraordinary. The daily drops pushed U.S. stocks down about 10 percent from their recent record highs, although they have regained some of that ground. A 10 percent drop represents a “correction” – not a crash – and historically, corrections have occurred about once a year.

So what seems to have caused these market jitters? Here are the key culprits:

* Anticipated slowdown in economic growth and corporate


Unified Sports' Growth Evidenced at Western Mass Jamboree
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:32AM / Tuesday, November 20, 2018
CHICOPEE, Mass. — Eight years ago, Special Olympics Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association teamed up to offer Unified sports.   Seven high schools statewide started track and field teams.   On Monday afternoon at Chicopee Comp, eight schools in Western Massachusetts alone fielded teams in the state's second Unified sport, basketball.   "We knew that it would come," Special Olympics' Kathleen Lutz said as the season-ending Western Mass Unified Basketball Jamboree went on around her. "Once school districts see it, it's just an amazing offering for their whole student body.   "To bring this experience,

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Berkshires Beat: CATA's North Adams Exhibit Features A.R.T. Technique
02:28PM / Monday, November 19, 2018
Works of A.R.T.

Community Access to the Arts presents an exhibit of artwork by visual artists with disabilities at the MCLA Window Gallery at 49 Main St. through Dec. 2 that features a series of large-scale paintings created by artists from BFAIR (Berkshire Family and Individual Resources) using the innovative Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.) technique. The paintings will be accompanied by an installation of three-dimensional, hanging "CATApillars," which were constructed by Berkshire county students with disabilities.

The paintings in this exhibit were created by North County artists with disabilities using Artistic Realization Technologies (A.R.T.). This adaptive


Storm Could Dump a Few Inches of Snow on Berkshires
01:19PM / Monday, November 19, 2018

So apparently we are just in full-blown winter now.

After Friday's measurable-but-not-menacing snow, and Monday's nuisance inch or so, comes a winter weather advisory for 1 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. Snow will start by midnight.

Accuweather and the National Weather Service are predicting total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches, with the higher totals over the southern Green Mountains of Vermont and northern Berkshires. The hazardous conditions will likely impact the Tuesday morning commute with snow-covered roads and reduced visibilities. Snowfall rates could approach a half an inch to an inch per hour during the morning commute, according to the advisory.

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Neighborlies Honor Community Members' Dedication
12:26PM / Monday, November 19, 2018

More than two dozen youths were recognized with Neighborlies on Nov. 14.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its annual Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel on Wednesday, Nov 14.

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

"There are many wonderful attributes to living in Northern Berkshire County. At the forefront are the people and our sense


Get Covered, Stay Covered: It's Open Enrollment Time
11:43AM / Monday, November 19, 2018

Community Health Programs is offering in-person assistance during the Massachusetts Health Connector's open enrollment period, which began Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 23, 2019.

"Health insurance renewal is not automatic for people covered through the MAHealthConnector, and you still need to review if your current medical plan is adequate or your circumstances have changed," said Octavio Hernandez, senior enrollment specialist at CHP Great Barrington Health Center. "And anyone seeking help to purchase medical insurance for the first time should get the process started in November."

CHP enrollment specialists can assist income-eligible residents who are renewing


Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Habitat for Humanity Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, November 19, 2018

Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Andrew Hoar conducts Thursday's hearing.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday OK'd the construction of two homes on a pair of lots owned by the town's Affordable Housing Trust.   Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity requested a comprehensive permit for the development of the adjacent lots at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street. The non-profit intends to build two small single-family homes that will be owner-occupied and deed-restricted to remain affordable in perpetuity.   The permits were sought under the commonwealth's Chapter 40B provision, which allows relief from certain


Williams Women's Soccer Going Back to NCAA Final Four
07:30PM / Sunday, November 18, 2018
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Senior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill stopped four of five penalty kicks Sunday to push the Williams College women's soccer team past William Smith and back in the NCAA Div. III Final Four.   Williams (17-1-4) will face Christopher Newport in the national semifinal contest Friday, November 30 at 7:45 p.m. on the campus on the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The defending national champion Ephs advanced to their third Final Four in four years and their fourth in five years.    Eph head coach Michelyne Pinard talked about the significance of this year's team making it to the Final Four.   "Honestly, I don't really have words right now.


Williams Women's Soccer One Win from Final Four
07:18PM / Saturday, November 17, 2018
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Rain Condie converted in the fifth round of a penalty kick shootout to give the Williams College women's soccer team a 4-3 shootout win that sent the Ephs past the College of New Jersey in the NCAA Division III tournament on Saturday.   The Ephs (17-1-3) got three saves in 110 minutes of shutout play from Olivia Barnhill, but Williams could not put one into the TCNJ goal, sending the contest to the shootout.   Williams plays host William Smith on Sunday in the national quarter-finals.   Men's Cross Country OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Ryan Cox earned all-America honors and led Williams to an eighth-place finish at Saturday's NCAA Division III


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