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Williamstown to Study Potential Roundabout at Water and Main
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, October 27, 2017

Motorists navigate the intersection of Main and Water Streets on Tuesday morning.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town officials are asking whether a traffic circle could be a solution to a longstanding snarl at the junction of Water Street and Main Street.   On Monday, the Board of Selectmen authorized the town manager to use Chapter 90 funds from the commonwealth to do design work for a roundabout at the intersection of the roads, also known as State Routes 2 and 43.   Water Street ends in a "T" at Main Street, and traffic frequently backs as motorists attempt to turn left (west) onto Main Street.   Town Manager Jason Hoch told the board he hopes to


BRTA Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation
07:04PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation.    The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.   It included identifying where the employment centers are, what the various shifts are, and how to connect these employees to their jobs oncepublic transportation ends.   Berkshire County residents are invited to attend a public meeting to hear the aspects of the study and to provide feedback on


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

'Victoria and Abdul': The Queen and I
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:18PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
Remember the first time you heard someone opine that "The rich get richer and the poor get more children?" You looked up from your playpen and thought, "Gee, that's not a very good starting point. Guess I'll have to grow up to be either rich or a social reformer, whatever that is?"   Thus, faced with that cynical, socioeconomic fact practically since birth, and having fought the good fight for one side or the other throughout a good portion of your life, a little ameliorative drama to ease the class warfare battle scars is always welcome. "Victoria and Abdul" provides it.   In this sweet, nicely filmed tale based on the actual relationship


'Baseball and the Berkshires' Offers Special Events this Weekend
12:27PM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit at the Berkshire Mall will hold its next “Talkin’ Baseball” presentation on Saturday from noon to 1, when former minor league pitcher Peter Greenbush will be the guest speaker.   A North Adams native and former Colorado Rockies farm hand, Greenbush will be in the Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit to meet, greet, sign autographs and talk baseball with all attendees.   Baseball in the Berkshires, in conjunction with the Berkshire Mall’s Malloween event, is presenting "Batmania: A History of Baseball Bats," presented by Larry Moore, outreach educator from the National Baseball Hall of


State OKs Language in Proposed Mount Greylock Regional Agreement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Thursday, October 26, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The state is satisfied, the school committees are united.   And the voters on Nov. 14 will have the final say on whether to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District to include its two feeder elementary schools. The final proposal (added Nov. 1) it is at the end of the article, here.   In a special single-item meeting on Wednesday evening, the Mount Greylock School Committee voted unanimously on amended language to the regional agreement that earlier Wednesday received its final blessing from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   Lanesborough's Board of Selectmen on Monday is scheduled to finalize a warrant for

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Escape From Irma Brought Octogenarian Back to Berkshires
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
05:54PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When Helen Chouinard paid for her purchases in a chain store last month, the cashier gave her a discount coupon.     "Can I use this in any of your stores?" Chouinard said. "I'm a refugee from Georgia."   Chouinard, age 86, fled from her home on Jekyll Island on Sept. 8 to escape the wrath of Hurricane Irma. As she locked her front door, she did not know when she would come back or if she would have a home to come back to.    A native of Worcester's West Side, Chouinard became familiar with the Berkshires through visiting an aunt and uncle who lived in the Spruces Mobile Home Park.  "And I began

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Mildred Elley Opens Admissions Office in North Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — With a new admissions office on Main Street, Mildred Elley is ready to connect Northern Berkshire residents with career training and education opportunities.   Director of Admissions Jennifer Bushika said 20 percent of Mildred Elley's student population comes from Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont and that opening up a satellite facility in North Adams will make it easier for current and potential students to connect with the Pittsfield school.     "We really just wanted to make it easier…because when you are thinking about education sometimes getting your foot in the door is the hardest hurdle to get over," she said


Roots Teen Center Hosting Halloween Fundraiser For One-Year Anniversary
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Roots teen center opened for business one year ago on Eagle Street.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — When the Roots teen center's youth board of directors started to brainstorm a fundraiser for the month of October, the answer was as plain as ... well, as plain as the pumpkin on the porch.

A Halloween event, of course. And thus was born the idea for the inaugural youth-led fundraiser, a "Haunted Harvest Festival," an all-ages event to be held in downtown North Adams on Friday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Events will begin at the teen center, located at 43 Eagle St., where people can get tickets for activities, raffles and contests for $1 each and then spread out at other


Does Market Volatility Scare You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:05PM / Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Halloween is almost upon us. Of course, on Halloween night, you may see a parade of monsters, demons, Transformers and other frightening individuals stopping by your house, exercising their right to demand candy. Fortunately, their appearance will be unlikely to cause you unpleasant dreams.

But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets. One way to keep those fears at bay is to avoid certain impulsive moves, such as the following:

Avoid ducking out of the market. Consider this: In March 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at about 12,275 points. Exactly two years later, in the immediate aftermath of the


Williams Women's Soccer Team Takes First Loss
11:03PM / Tuesday, October 24, 2017
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury's Anna Glovin scored in the 83rd minute Tuesday to give the Panthers a 1-0 win over the Williams College women's soccer team.   Whitney Lincoln stopped two shots for the Ephs (13-1-1, 8-1-1 NESCAC).   Men's Soccer MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury's Drew Goulart scored midway through the first half to lift the Panthers to a 1-0 win over Williams.   Bobby Schneiderman made three saves for the Ephs (8-3-4, 3-3-4).   Field Hockey MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury's Erin Nicholas scored twice and set up a goal to lead the Panthers to a 6-2 win over Williams.   Libby Dolan and Hannah Goodrick each scored for Williams (11-4, 6-4),


Williamstown OKs Fire District's Land Purchase
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:30PM / Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cory Thurston, right, and the three members of the Williamstown Prudential Committee vote yes at Tuesday's special fire district meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By an overwhelming margin Tuesday, the voters in the Fire District chose to acquire a 3.7-acre Main Street parcel where officials hope to someday build a new fire station.   Four years after district officials twice tried and narrowly failed to achieve the needed two-thirds majority vote in favor of the acquisition, voters Tuesday night approved the measure by a margin of 194-22.   The positive vote enables the Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, to complete a purchase-and-sales agreement for


Letter: Vote for Chris Canning
Letters to the Editor,
03:28PM / Tuesday, October 24, 2017

To the Editor:

North Adams, Massachusetts is the eighth poorest city in Massachusetts. John Barrett has a lot to do with North Adams' poor record. The people of Northern Berkshire County deserve a state representative who can bring the 1st Berkshire District new and better ideas. Christine Canning offers such ideas, has great experience in education and business.

It is time for Berkshire County and the commonwealth of Massachusetts to move forward and think about the citizens and not the insiders. Christine Canning will help drain the Swamp on Beacon Hill, not join it.

A vote for Christine Canning is a smart vote for the future. I wish I could vote for her again.



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