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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2018
03:15PM / Monday, November 19, 2018

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at (Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.( And see below for a guide to Christmas tree lightings in towns across the Berkshires.

  Holiday Events Sunday, Nov. 24

Great Barrington: The Berkshire Bach Society will hold its annual Messiah Sing at 4 p.m. to kick off the holiday season at the First Congregational Church at 251 Main St. The event will be led by choral conductor Frank Nemhauser, accompanied by the Berkshire Bach Players, a seasoned instrumental ensemble of professional musicians, including Lucy Bardo, one of America’s finest viola da


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


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

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.

What say our


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


@theMarket: Markets Need to Hold Here
By Bill Schmick,
01:24PM / Saturday, November 17, 2018
This week saw a re-test of the October lows. That is to be expected in most stock market corrections. What is important to the future well-being of equities globally is that the averages do not decline much further from here.   That does not mean that if the S&P 500 Index, for example, falls by another percent or so the ball game is over. Remember, folks, calling the levels of the stock market is an art, not a science. Sure, we could overshoot (most times we do), thrash around a bit more, and then recover. What I don't want to see is a solid and definitive drop lower over a week or more.   On the S&P 500, if we were to break 2,685, the next level of technical support


Williams Women's Basketball, Men's Hockey Win Openers
09:47PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Williams College women’s basketball team began its season on Friday with a home opener, defeating the Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-3), 65-35.   Leading the Ephs in points were co-captain Lauren Vostal (11 points, 11 rebounds), Katie Brule (12 points, eight rebounds), and Emily Chang (11 points). Sophomore Gabby Martin, Junior Emily Peckam, and Vostal amassed three rebounds each.   The Ephs will continue play in the Morin Memorial Classic Saturday against Oneonta State at 3 p.m.   Men's Hockey BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Marcus Mollica had a hat trick, including a short-handed goal, to lead Williams to a 4-1 win over Bowdoin in both teams' season


Letter: Thanks Someone For Quitting Smoking This Thanksgiving
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, November 16, 2018

To the Editor:

This Thanksgiving season, I'd like to remind readers to thank a co-worker, friend or family member who has quit smoking, vaping, or using other nicotine delivery products. Many users say quitting is the hardest thing they have ever done and any amount of recognition can help someone stay quit.

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death and disease in Massachusetts. Nicotine is the very addictive substance in tobacco products as well as in e-cigarettes and vapes. As a result, repeated tobacco and nicotine use is not a habit, it's an addiction that should be treated as a chronic relapsing condition. It takes most people with a nicotine addiction several


The Independent Investor: The Apple of Our Eyes
By Bill Schmick,
12:44PM / Friday, November 16, 2018
Go into just about any supermarket right now and what do you see? Bins and bins of gorgeous red, green, and golden apples. The harvest is overwhelming, but some apples are worth more than others.   If you are like me, an average consumer, it takes about 23 minutes to do my grocery shopping, according to Proctor and Gamble. During that spate of time, I buy an average of 18 items out of maybe 30,000 to 40,000 choices. I have little time to browse and, most of the time, I don't even check the prices, which brings me back to the apple cart.   You see, I value my fruits and vegetables. The more local, the better, because to me, the taste is everything. Until recently, I was partial


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