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BHS Honors Employees With Donation to Berkshire COVID-19 Fund
05:19PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is giving $50,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Berkshire County, co-led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest.  

The donation, which was made in honor of all BHS employees and medical staff, will be designated to support two major programs that provide reliable access to healthy food for residents of Berkshire County.  

"From restaurants and small businesses to physicians and hospitals, we are all hurting as a result of COVID-19. After learning about the significant increase in food pantry needs in recent

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BArT Grad: 2020 Not a Dream Year, Not 'a Freak Show'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
ADAMS,  Mass. — At a time when most are thinking of limitless potential and endless possibilities, BArT senior Will Schrade invited his classmates to embrace mediocrity.   Perhaps not forever, but at this particular moment, as the class of 2020 huddled around their computer screens in quarantine instead of gathering in a gymnasium bursting to capacity, the concept of "good enough" has a certain appeal, Schrade argued.   He was one of four Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School students to provide "senior reflections" during Saturday's hourlong graduation exercises, the first virtual high school graduation in Berkshire

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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
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Berkshire Immigrant Center Celebrates National Immigrant Heritage Month
09:03AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Beginning June 1, the Berkshire Immigrant Center invites the community to honor the more than 10,000 immigrants in the Berkshires and by joining the annual observance of national Immigrant Heritage Month and helping to launch a $10,000 fundraising campaign for the center.

"During Immigrant Heritage Month, we proudly honor the many ways immigrants make the Berkshires a better place," said BIC Executive Director Michelle Lopez. "This year we are especially grateful for the hundreds of foreign-born doctors, medical technicians, nurses and staff who are caring for people at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, and nursing homes, and for local

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MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners
08:22AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although this year's MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists' pitches.

The finalists, all seniors who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining the solution to the problem, developing a budget and business plan as the roadmap for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

Granito’s "Detailing Dream" won first place, which came with a $7,500 award.

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Williamstown Moving Ahead With Month-to-Month Spending Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is moving ahead with a plan to pay its bills in the short term but is a long way from knowing what the budget picture looks like for the rest of the fiscal year.   With fiscal year 2020 ending on June 30 and no plans currently to hold the postponed annual town meeting, Town Manager Jason Hoch on Tuesday received the blessing of the Select Board to submit a "1/12th" budget to the commonwealth for approval of the town's July expenditures.   He explained the month-to-month spending plan to both the Select Board and Finance Committee in video conferences on back-to-back nights.   That plan is relatively straightforward and

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North County High Schools Make Graduation Plans
01:43AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local high schools have been trying to figure out how to properly send off their graduates in a middle of a pandemic.    The administrations at four schools in North County have come up with ways they think will adhere to state guidelines to ensure graduates safety from the novel coronavirus.   School officials representing Drury High School, Hoosac Valley High School, Mount Greylock Regional School and McCann Technical School have been meeting regarding the challenges of school closures because of COVID-19.   State Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on May 21 issued specific guidance regarding graduation plans.

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BCC Graduates Recognized in Remote Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:03PM / Friday, May 29, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Any other year, the graduates of Berkshire Community College and their friends and families would be filling The Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.

  But instead of taking the stage, speakers stood alone in front of a backdrop. And instead of being handed their certificates and diplomas, the more than 200 graduates' names were read as their pictures were shown.    What didn't change was the ceremony's broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television, allowing at least a virtual coming together of the BCC community to mark their significant accomplishments.   President Ellen Kennedy reminded those watching how commencement celebrates not just

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Crane Stationery Leaving North Adams for New York
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Friday, May 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane Stationery is pulling up stakes after more than 200 years making paper in the Berkshires.    In a statement released Friday afternoon, company officials said they had made the "difficult decision" to shift operations to parent company Mohawk Fine Papers in Cohoes, N.Y.   The news isn't a surprise: Crane announced a month ago it would be laying off nearly its entire workforce of more than 200 by June 19.   "For almost 220 years, Crane has made its home in the Berkshires. It's an indelible part of our history and our culture, and an enormous point of pride," said Thomas O'Connor, CEO of Mohawk in a statement.

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Grants from Williams College
11:08AM / Friday, May 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has awarded the 2020 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to nine area schools.   Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.   The schools and districts are Hoosac Valley Regional School District in Cheshire, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School in North Adams, North Adams Public Schools, Pownal (Vt.) Elementary School, and Mount Greylock Regional School, Williamstown Elementary and  Pine Cobble School, all in Williamstown.   Hoosac Valley will expand its practices of

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Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Principals Named
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:13AM / Friday, May 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Faced with two strong contenders or a single principal position, the Mount Greylock Regional School District hired them both.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady on Thursday afternoon announced she has named Jake Schutz to be the principal at Mount Greylock Regional School and Kristen Thompson to the corner office at Williamstown Elementary.   Schutz is the current vice principal at the middle-high school. Thompson is an assistant principal at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque, N.M.   Three weeks ago, Schutz and Thompson were announced as the two finalists for the Mount Greylock position being vacated after seven years by Mary

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The Independent Investor: The Culling of America
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, May 28, 2020
As the death toll attributed to the coronavirus breached 100,000 in the Unites States this week, among the hardest hit Americans are those in the elderly population. The numbers simply illustrate what we all know. Eighty percent of the known fatalities were at least 65 years old. As such, the virus appears to be very good at selective slaughter.   As one of those who are most susceptible to dying from this virus, I have done a lot of soul searching over our future.  Today, I will begin to share some of these thoughts. Aside from the human loss, for example, what potential impact will this pandemic have on health care costs in the future?   Today, according to the most recent

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BMC Cancer Center to Host Survivor Thriver Event on Zoom
12:49PM / Thursday, May 28, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Medical Center Cancer Center will present its annual survivor thriver event using the Zoom online platform. 

"Celebrate & Thrive: Health and the Rhythm of Life" will be presented by Dr. Mark Pettus, medical director of Population Health for BMC, on Thursday, June 4, from 4 to 5 pm.

Dr. Pettus will discuss healthy hints for thriving through cancer. The event is designed for cancer survivors and their families and is in honor of National Survivorship Day, sponsored by the Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council and Survivorship Committee.

To register for this Zoom event, call 413-395-7992 and leave a message with your email

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