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MCLA Adds New Minor in Entrepreneurship
01:21PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently approved a new minor in entrepreneurship within the Department of Business Administration and Economics. Although many of the classes required for this new minor already are offered at the college, new courses will be added when the program is officially offered in January 2018.

According to Dr. Thomas Whalen, associate professor of business, the entrepreneurship minor may be added to most – if not all – of the majors MCLA offers.

"I cannot think of a single major that cannot be brought into some sort of entrepreneurial endeavor," Whalen said. "For example, someone in education might


Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'
12:44PM / Monday, January 22, 2018
Doing right

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is a recipient of a 2017 Leading by Example Award from the commonwealth of Massachusetts for outstanding energy and environmental efforts in the Public Higher Education category. Lawrence R. Behan, MCLA's vice president of administration and finance, said the college is committed to reducing its energy and environmental impacts. The college has installed numerous clean energy technologies and has improved resiliency.

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a


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

'Claiming Williams Day' Aims to Foster Inclusivity, Equality
12:14PM / Monday, January 22, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College will hold its annual "Claiming Williams Day" on Thursday, Feb. 1, with events throughout the day that encourage discussions about inclusivity and inequality.

While most of the events are only for the Williams College community, three events are open to the public: Authors and social justice advocates Julissa Arce and Janet Mock will give the morning and evening keynote addresses; Arce will speak at 10:45 a.m. in Chapin Hall, and Mock will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Chapin Hall. Mock's address will be simulcast into Brooks-Rogers Auditorium. The public is also invited to participate in "Missing Books, Missing Voices," which


Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local civic and advocacy groups are looking at how to build on the progressive movement launched by the massive Women's Marches last year.    The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.    "We need to have everyone at the table," Shirley Edgerton of the Four Freedoms Coalition said. "Everyone needs to be making decisions about their own lives."   As millions

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Bulldogs Baseball Club Seeks Players for 14U Travel Team
12:32PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The 14-and-under Bulldogs Baseball Club is looking for players interested in trying out for the travel team.   The Bulldogs plan to compete in six or seven tournaments in June and July, 2018, including a four-day tournament in Delaware.   Anyone interested in a tryout should contact the team as soon as possible by reaching out to either Gary Polumbo or Rick Paris. Polumbo can be reached at 413-822-4691‬ or Paris can be reached at 413-281-9240 or


Greylock Travel Basketball Team Goes 1-1 in League Play
12:08PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
Derek Paris and Dylen Harrison each scored nine points on Saturday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team to a 47-33 win over Mount Everett.   "We took a different approach and gave most of our bench the majority of the minutes," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "I was very pleased in how everyone shared the ball. This enabled all players on the team to get in the scoring column."   Thomas Martin and Seamus Barnes each scored five points in the win.   Mount Everett got a game-high 11 from Justin Foster and seven points from Tyler Duquette.   "Mount Everett is a very tall team, which worried us a bit," Rick


1Berkshire President Discusses Economic Development With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:29AM / Sunday, January 21, 2018

Butler outlined a number of programs his organization has to address economic development on a regional level. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It would be difficult for a Berkshire town to recruit a large biotech company on its own.   1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler knows that because he was a town administrator. Now his focus is on countywide efforts to build the Berkshire economy by heading the region's designated economic development agency and tourism council.   What he would suggest to towns is to get all of the little things in place to seize an opportunity should it arise.   "The first step is to identify the most high-value work you can do," Butler


Williams Women's Hockey Ties Conn College
10:22PM / Saturday, January 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meghan Halloran scored with less than five minutes left to play to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 1-1 tie with Connecticut College on Saturday at Lansing Chapman Rink.   Christina Cleroux stopped 21 shots for the Ephs (9-4-4, 3-3-4 NESCAC), who go to Saint Anselm on Tuesday.   Men's Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and held on for a 4-2 win over Williams.   Nick VanBelle and Joe Welch each scored for the Ephs (10-7, 6-5), who host Tufts on Friday.   Men's Basketball MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Hilal Dahleh and Joey Leighton each scored 16 points to lead Middlebury to a 70-66 win over


Adams Community Bank Announces Retirements and Promotions
01:48PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has announced the recent promotions of a number of employees, along with the planned retirements of two long-term staff members.

Rick Gurney, executive vice president of retail lending, will be retiring as of February 28, 2018, after 32 years of service. Bill Whitman, facilities manager for more than 38 years, retired on November 10, 2017. And Kathy LeClair, a teller/telephone operator at the Park Street branch, retired on December 29, 2017 after 33 years of service.

"These employees have served the bank with distinction over their careers. Their service to the bank earned the trust and loyalty of our staff and customers alike and we wish


Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm
12:54PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the local law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Rumbolt has been with the firm since 2015 when he merged his prior practice.  

A native of North Adams and lifelong resident of the area, Rumbolt is very active in the Berkshire County community. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

He presently


Mount Greylock School Committee Decides to Post Superintendent Position
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Friday, January 19, 2018

Mount Greylock students Jacob Hane and Morgan Pannesco, along with Joshua Duncan, presented the committee with a petition signed by more than 350 Mount Greylock students encouraging it to offer Kimberley Grady the job. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Thursday decided to run an "expedited" search for a permanent superintendent.   On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year


College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Christine Kiernan of Lanesborough, a registered nurse who graduated last year from the College of Our Lady of the Elms' School of Nursing, was elected to Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing as a nurse leader. She was chosen to be inducted into the honor society as recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.   Also inducted into the Beta Zeta at-Large Chapter on Dec. 7, 2017, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst were Elms nursing students and seniors Tracey J. Fletcher of Adams, Jessica Lescarbeau of Clarksburg, Melanie Robins of Hinsdale and Martha J. Rodriguez of North Adams.   Membership to Sigma Theta Tau is by


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