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McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2019
01:40PM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Thursday, Sept. 5. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.

Cheshire/Adams        (10th; a.m. 715 / p.m. 611)

6:58     425 Wells Road
7:00     Wells Road at Pine Valley
7:02     63 Wells Ave.
7:03     Route 8 at Briggs Drive
7:05     Route 8 at Arnold Court
7:15     Old Windsor Mill
7:16     Commercial at


Berkshires Beat: Woofstock 2019 to be Held at The Common in Pittsfield
11:24AM / Tuesday, September 03, 2019
Woofstock 2019

Berkshire Humane Society’s Woofstock, an annual 5K Run and Downtown Dog Walk celebrating people and their pups, will be held Sunday, Sept. 8, at The Common in Pittsfield. Runners will be timed by Berkshire Running Center, and walkers will stroll along North Street to help raise awareness for the shelter's mission. Leashed canine companions are welcome during both events. Afterward, participants and supporters are invited to enjoy family-friendly activities, canine games, food trucks, music, and raffles.

All participants are encouraged to collect pledges to benefit homeless animals, and registration includes a free online crowdfunding tool. BHS receives no state or


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

Letter: Letter to the Mount Greylock School Committee
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, September 02, 2019

To the Editor:

Below is the text of an email I submitted to the MGRSD School Committee today (Aug. 29):

Members of the MGRSD School Committee:

I'm writing to you in support of the work of your Phase 2 Subcommittee and its recommendation to install a turf field at Mount Greylock's campus.

I ask you to trust the members of the Phase 2 Subcommittee, and your members you appointed to that subcommittee, in their lengthy due diligence and public deliberation -- of both the financial and alleged health risks in light of current medical research -- in determining that a turf field is best for the school and its students.

As a parent of scholar-athletes involved in the field sports at


Williamstown Fire District Holding Event for Potential Candidates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:52AM / Monday, September 02, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District will hold an open house on Wednesday for anyone interested in running for two new seats on the Prudential Committee, which governs the district.   At a special meeting of the district last fall, voters approved a plan to expand the committee from three seats to five seats.   The election of those two new committee members is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School.   Nomination papers are available in the town clerk's office at Town Hall starting Tuesday, Sept. 3. Papers with nominating signatures will be due back to town hall on Monday, Sept. 30.   The initial terms for the two


Pollinators Abound in Search for Sweet Nectar
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
04:27PM / Sunday, September 01, 2019

Long dash skipper stretching proboscis to secure nectar deep within a blossom. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In the early morning sun way up on Mount Greylock, I muse among the wildflowers blooming trailside on a grassy service road adjacent to the reservoir, where tall white fleabanes bloom.    At first, the predominant moth is like a small sphingid moth with scalloped wings adorned with large white wing patches, with heavy body again like the hawk moths (family: Sphingidae).   However, the appearance may in turn mimic the sphinx moths. But this window-winged moth is Thyris maculata in family Thyrididae, not the Geometridae. See Charles Covell, author of "Eastern


@theMarket: The Summer of Financial Discontent
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Friday, August 30, 2019
As we close out the summer, investors have had anything but a sleepy three months. The volatility caused by the Fed's actions, Donald Trump's tweets, Brexit, and tariff threats had markets gaining and losing billions — if not trillions — of dollars in assets on a weekly, and sometimes, daily basis.   The question you might ask is "Will it continue?" The short answer is yes, at least into October, unless a trade deal is signed. And what are the chances of that happening? Not very high, if you listen to the experts who profess to know and understand China.    A respected Deutsche Bank economist, Yi Xiong, wrote in a recent report that China has

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Williams Professor Wins Award for New Research in Computer Science
08:33PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Stephen Freund, professor of computer science at Williams College, received the 2019 Most Influential Paper Award at this year's Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Conference on Programming Language Design and Implementation, the premier forum for researchers, developers, practitioners, and students to present research on computer programming languages.

This award recognizes research that has pushed forward the state-of-the-art, opened new research directions, and had a significant practical impact on the computing field as a whole over the past decade.

Freund and his co-author Cormac Flanagan (University of California, Santa Cruz) published the work

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New Sports Medicine Specialist Joins Northern Berkshire Orthopedics
08:20PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Residents of the northern Berkshires who are experiencing joint pain or a sports injury now have convenient access to a new specialist. Dr. Ivette Guttmann, a sports medicine specialist, is now seeing patients at Northern Berkshire Orthopedics in Williamstown, Mass.

Guttmann also sees patients at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Orthopedics in Bennington and Twin Rivers Medical in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. SVMC and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics have been partners in providing orthopedic services since early 2018.

“The partnership between SVMC and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics is a great way to provide patients with convenient access to our


The Independent Investor: The Rising Costs of Hurricanes
By Bill Schmick,
04:58PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019
Over the last few decades, hurricanes have wreaked havoc on this country. Hurricanes have caused the most deaths, the greatest damage, and cost the most money of any weather or climate-related disasters in U.S. history. Some say we're just getting started when it comes to the intensity and frequency of these super storms.   The frequency of hurricanes (like just about any other subject you can think of in this country these days) can be a political football depending on who you talk to. Environmentalists blame a warmer climate and rising sea levels, caused by greenhouse gas emissions, for the rise in super storms. If you are in the Trump camp, the tendency is to deny that there is

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'The Peanut Butter Falcon': Wrestling With Bigotry
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:23PM / Thursday, August 29, 2019
It is big-hearted, pleasantly pie-in-the-sky save for some routine tumult in the climax, and provides a good service in dramatizing the realities of living with the genetic disorder known as Down syndrome. But my problem as I viewed "The Peanut Butter Falcon" is that I was more fascinated by the lead actor, Zack Gottsagen, than by the story.    You see, Gottsagen does indeed have Down syndrome. And his starring role in this Twain-like adventure yarn about a man institutionalized because of his Down syndrome who takes it on the lam to claim his destiny as a professional wrestler, is no small watershed, either for cinema or for others possessing that third copy of


Holiday Hours: Labor Day
11:30AM / Thursday, August 29, 2019

Labor Day is being celebrated Monday, Sept. 2. Labor Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress and is held on the first Monday of September. Read a history of Labor Day here.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The union encouraged the development of a workingman's holiday and a number of states began setting a day aside. Parades and picnics or similar events were not uncommon in its early days; it is now seen as part of the last three-day weekend of the summer prior to the start of school in many localities. 

Massachusetts was among the first states to


Williams College Redoes Section of Pavement in Spring Street Lot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:39PM / Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Workers remove pavement in preparation for repaving in a small section of the lot. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Repaving work in the Spring Street parking lot was isolated to a small section at the east end of the lot and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the day on Wednesday.   The college's senior project manager Wednesday morning characterized the project as "punch list work" on a multiphase rebuild of the parking lot that was completed last year.   "It's just one section of pavement that, when we paved last fall, did not come out well due to cold temperatures," Jason Moran said.   Early Wednesday morning, personnel from


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