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Community Health Programs Names New Chief Communications Officer
11:50AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named Elizabeth "Betsy" Strickler as chief communications officer for the CHP countywide health and medical network. In this role, she will lead strategic marketing, communication and fundraising initiatives for the organization.

"Betsy is a great addition to the Community Health Programs' organization as we expand our marketing, outreach and fundraising initiatives throughout the Berkshires," said CHP CEO Lia Spiliotes. "As we continue to strengthen our brand of health care throughout the Berkshires, Betsy brings the tools to make it happen."

Strickler has worked for Berkshire region


Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new buzzword appeared repeatedly throughout the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday.

That gathering, the first of the season, was the annual "needs assessment" forum, at which people can come throw out ideas for what future coalition meetings should focus on. In an effort to organize those thoughts, this year, the Coalition asked people to categorize their ideas into "topics," "needs" or "assets."

The one topic that was repeated several times throughout the meeting, which was attended by nearly 100 people, was "gentrification."

"Gentrification," according to Merriam Webster,


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

Mount Greylock Needs to Deal with Dirt Stockpile from Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Monday, September 17, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The ongoing dispute over permitting fees was not the only mess on the agenda of the Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Thursday.   The committee kicked off its monthly meeting with a discussion about dirt, specifically, the large pile of earth to the south and west of the renovated school and how to dispose of it.   The pile has always been part of the project. It was created with the earth excavated to prepare for the middle-high school's new three-story academic wing. And the plan was to use that earth to fill in the footprint of the old, sprawling single-story academic wings that have been demolished.   The issue is that


Pittsfield Couple Expanding Gravesite Business
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Monday, September 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her final days, Matthew Kudlate's grandmother mentioned that she regretted not getting to the cemetery to clean up the family plot.    She was dying of cancer, one of five losses for Kudlate in recent years, and he and his cousin went the very next day to do it. And that is when a new business idea set in.   "It was kind of a heartbreaking thing to hear your grandmother say. We went up there to clean it the next day and started joking that it would be a good business idea," Kudlate said.   Somebody visiting the grave of a loved one had asked the two if they did it professionally and Kudlate thought it might be a way to make some


Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once


Williams Women's Tennis Wraps Up Morehouse Invitational
07:57PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College women's tennis team wrapped up Day 3 of the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational, named for Eph and former women’s tennis captain Lindsay Morehouse, who was killed in the terrorist attack in New York City on Sept. 11.   Williams played four doubles matches against Skidmore and three singles matches against Middlebury, winning all seven. The tournament has no winner, as it is played in a round-robin style with no elimination, allowing for players to have more time on the court.   “First tournament [is] under our belts,”  head coach Anik Cepeda sai. “Competition gives us feedback on where we’re at and where


Williams Field Hockey Tops Colby
05:04PM / Saturday, September 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meredith Wright scored twice Saturday to lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 3-1 win over Colby.   Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combined to stop six shots to earn the win in goal.   The Ephs next matchup will be against Little Three Rival Amherst in Amherst on Saturday.   Football BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bobby Maimaron threw for a pair of touchdowns, and T.J. Dozier rushed for 128 yards to lead Williams to a 41-6 win over Bowdoin.   Maimaron completed 13 of 23 attempts for 146 yards and a pair of scoring strikes to Frank Stola.   Williams (1-0) hosts Colby on Saturday.   Men's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Aaron Schein made


Williams Volleyball Falls at Wesleyan
12:14AM / Saturday, September 15, 2018
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – For the first conference matchup of the season, Williams (4-2, 0-1 NESCAC) played last year’s winners of the NESCAC Tournament, Wesleyan University (3-1, 1-0 NESCAC).   In the first set, Williams and Wesleyan started off with a back and forth attack. The set was tied at 11-11 when the Ephs built a three-point lead behind two errors and a kill. The ultimate momentum shift resulted from Williams winning long rallies at the net to extend their lead to 18-12. Wesleyan made the set interesting and closed the gap to a one-point game by an error and six kills, three of which came from Wesleyan junior Nicole Hilton. Williams senior Tess Richman cut off the


Clark Art Institute Names New Deputy Director
01:30PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Larry Smallwood, a veteran arts executive, will join the Clark Art Institute's staff as deputy director on Oct. 29. Smallwood succeeds Tony King, who is retiring from the Clark after a 20-year tenure.

Smallwood is the deputy director and chief operating officer of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. He played a central leadership role in the organization’s recent $40 million expansion and has been a vital part of Mass MoCA's growth. In his current role, Smallwood manages multiple internal departments and budgets, and oversees Mass MoCA’s commercial real estate operations.

"Larry Smallwood brings unique skills


NEPR Hires New Berkshire County Reporter
01:20PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Nancy Eve Cohen will cover Berkshire County for New England Public Radio.

Cohen has been a freelance reporter with NEPR since 2012 and has produced an impressive body of reporting for the station including recent pieces on the legalization of marijuana in Massachusetts, local farming and school safety from the perspective of students and teachers.

"Nancy is an experienced and accomplished reporter," said NEPR news director Sam Hudzik. "She has a particular interest and expertise in environment and agriculture stories - and has produced some brilliant ones for us."

Cohen has worked in public radio for more than two decades. She served as the


New Executive Director Joins Berkshire Grown
01:04PM / Friday, September 14, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Grown's Board of Trustees has announced that Margaret Moulton has assumed the role of executive director of the organization.

Moulton's work with the Trustees of Reservations as an engagement site manager, and her long-time interest in sustainable agriculture as a volunteer educator at Stone Barns Center for Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., have uniquely prepared her to shepherd Berkshire Grown into its next stage of development, according to Allison Rachele Bayles, president of the Board of Trustees
"We are thrilled to have Margaret at the helm of the organization. She is uniquely suited to engage growers and eaters alike


Mount Greylock Building Committee Seeks More Information on Permit Fees
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:41AM / Friday, September 14, 2018

Williamstown resident Matt Sheehey asks the committee to take no action on payment for inspection services. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Thursday decided to defer action on an invoice from the town for inspection services and instead ask Williamstown's town manager to come before the committee and explain the basis for the bill.   At issue is up to $300,000 in fees that the school building project has incurred over the life of the addition/renovation at the middle-high school.   The town has provided the district with documentation that the project actually has run up $309,554 worth of fees already, based on the


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