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PCTV Documentary Finds Pittsfield Parade Dates Back to 1801
11:42AM / Saturday, July 04, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Pittsfield Community Television's recently released documentary "Fighting For Independence:  The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade" has traced the first Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade back to at least 1801.  

An article in the Pittsfield Sun from July 7, 1801, says that "at 12:00 o’ clock at noon a Procession was formed consisting of the Militia of the town."

Previously the Pittsfield Parade Committee acknowledged that the parade dated back to 1824.

"This was a fascinating discovery, as we researched to put this documentary together," said Bob Heck, PCTV’s coordinator of advancement and

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
11:06AM / Saturday, July 04, 2020

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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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
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Rep. Mark, Panel Push County Residents to Be Counted in Federal Census
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:34AM / Saturday, July 04, 2020
Adams Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti participates in Wednesday's virtual town hall. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Economic development agency 1Berkshire billed Wednesday's virtual town hall as one in a series of discussions dealing with non-pandemic issues.   But, as with most areas of life these days, the novel coronavirus was never far from the conversation.   The topic of the agency's weekly webinar was the decennial U.S. Census: its history, its importance and the efforts of local officials to ensure that Berkshire County will be accurately counted.   One of the big reasons the Census is important is that it determines how federal tax dollars are

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Bennington Museum Opens its Doors
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:23PM / Friday, July 03, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — With less than three hours to go before opening his institution to the public, Bennington Museum Executive Director Joshua Torrance was on Cloud 9.   Or, at least, close.   "I'm actually sitting on top of a tall ladder adjusting lights as I talk to you," Torrance said on Friday morning.   The Main Street museum, which shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, was making final preparations for its 1 p.m. opening.   Torrance said he and his staff are excited to be able to offer patrons a little happiness and a bit of normalcy during a trying time.   Not everything will be back to normal on Day 1, of

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'The Sunshine Boys': 'All the Men & Women Merely Players'
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:19AM / Friday, July 03, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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@theMarket: Markets Celebrate Fourth of July
By Bill Schmick,
10:43AM / Friday, July 03, 2020
The continuing gain in jobs cheered equity markets on Thursday, just before the holiday weekend. Given the surge in virus cases in more than half of the United States at the same time, some investors were dumbfounded. They just don't get it.   The nation added 4.8 million jobs in June, which was better than expected. It was the second month in a row that the employment data surprised investors by beating expectations. Remember, however, that this data is backward looking. The bounce back in the economy as a result of re-opening businesses resulted in these upside labor surprises. Readers should expect those employment gains to moderate next month for some obvious

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Williamstown Select Board Moves Toward Establishing Racial Justice Advisory Group
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Friday, July 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Wednesday moved to create a committee that will, in part, collect stories about residents' experiences with racial injustice.   But first, the board got a taste of the kinds of stories that committee might hear.   "I'm a student," Mohammed Memfis told the board. "My second year at Williams, I was in Thompson Chapel, in the basement, having a meeting with one of my student groups, and a Williamstown Police Department officer came into the chapel, specifically into the group we were meeting in. There were a group of students there, including Bilal [Ansari] and I sitting on the couch.   "A police officer

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Three Berkshire Museums Set to Reopen July 11-12
03:31PM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

Three of the largest museums in the Berkshires plan to reopen to visitors over the July 11-12 weekend, following Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s announcement permitting museums and other cultural organizations to resume operations.

The reopening schedule is as follows:

• Mass MoCA will reopen on Saturday, July 11, with operating hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., six days per week, closed on Tuesdays. The Mass MoCA Store and Lickety Split cafe will be open during museum hours. Museum campus amenities, including a brewery, restaurants, take-out, and shopping are also available. Museum admission tickets are available on sale now. Performance tickets go on sale July 6. Visit the

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Massachusetts Moves Into Phase 3; Gyms, Museums Can Open
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:33PM / Thursday, July 02, 2020
BOSTON — Fitness centers, movie theaters, museums and other enclosed venues will be able to reopen on Monday with restrictions and the number of people allowed in an indoor gathering is now raised to 25.    "We know that COVID-19 won't be taking any time off this summer. And we need to maintain vigilance if we wish to continue to move forward," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's announcement. "Today the public health data makes clear that Massachusetts is effectively bringing the fight to the virus as we've reopened. And thanks to all your efforts, Phase 3 will begin here in Massachusetts on Monday, July 6."   Dubbed

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Jacob's Pillow to Launch Virtual Festival
11:33AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow, home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, is set to launch a virtual festival with eight weeks of free programming running from July 7 to Aug. 29. 

Jacob's Pillow announced the cancellation of its 10-week festival for the first time in the organization’s 88-year history in March, due to the novel coronavirus. 

Weekly highlights feature streams of popular performances from the past 10 years, a series of new PillowTalks with leaders in the dance field, an online version of the beloved intergenerational movement class Families Dance together, and a new Master Class Series from The School at Jacob’s

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Williams Geosciences Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Study Boulder Beach Response to Storms
11:11AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rónadh Cox, the Edward Brust professor of geology and mineralogy at Williams College, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The three-year, $340,000 grant will support her research on how boulder beaches respond to storms and how they change over time.

Boulder beaches record wave action on stormy coastlines, but surprisingly little is known about them. Cox's NSF-funded project, titled "Boulder Beaches: The Understudied Archive on High-Energy Coasts," aims to increase understanding of their dynamic evolution. The study focuses on 22 sites in Ireland, which has a wide range of boulder-beach settings, so that the

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
08:01AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Because it falls on a Saturday this year, Friday is considered the federal holiday for purposes of employment and some closures. Call ahead if unsure of your destination's holiday schedule.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on

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