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Williams Men's Lacrosse, Softball Win in NCAA Tourneys
06:30PM / Saturday, May 11, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Cory Lund scored five goals to set Williams College's single-season scoring mark as the Ephs defeated St. John Fisher, 17-12, in the NCAA tournament on Saturday.   Lund finished the day with 62 goals, eclipsing the record of 58 set in 2000.   Kevin Stump also scored five times on Saturday, and Harry Gahagan stopped nine shots while allowing 11 goals before departing the game with 19 seconds on the clock.   Williams (17-3) on Wednesday will play the winner of Saturday's late game between Union and Rochester Institute of Technology.   Softball CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Mackeznie Murphy and Mara Kipnis each doubled in a run in the top of the eighth to


Northern Berkshire United Way Presents Spirit of Caring Awards
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:11PM / Saturday, May 11, 2019

Tracy McConnell is this year's Spirit of the Future Award recipient. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Steve Green reached into the past on Thursday in expressing what he liked so much about volunteering.    Green and his wife, Susan Walker, were being presented with the second annual Al Nelson Spirit of Caring Award, presented by the Northern Berkshire United Way to recognize their many efforts on behalf of the community.    "The one that I spoke about particularly is one that I long felt was incredibly important to me," he told the gathering at the Richmond Grille at the Holiday Inn Berkshires of his reason for volunteering. "And that is being with


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

@theMarket: Tariffs Trash Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
08:44AM / Saturday, May 11, 2019
Volatility in the form of U.S. trade tariffs levied on China cut through investors' complacency with a vengeance this week.  It took less than three days to drop the markets by 3 percent. Is it over or do we have another 5 percent or so to endure?   My bet is that it is over — for now. Sometime during the on-going trade negotiations occurring in Washington today and tomorrow, the thorny trade issues, (such as intellectual property (IP) protection for U.S. companies) will be kicked down the road. A compromise on other, easier issues will be announced as "on-going" (although not inked) and the Chinese delegation will fly home in an atmosphere of


Duncan Leads Williams Softball in NCAA Tourney Opener
09:37PM / Friday, May 10, 2019
CORTLAND, N.Y. -- The Williams College softball team Friday scored two runs in the bottom of the first, and Rebecca Duncan struck out 11 to make the lead stand up for a 2-0 victory over Framingham State in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.   Duncan scattered six hits and walked just two en route to her 13th win of the season.   She also helped her cause with a two-run single to score Mara Kipnis and Mackenzie Murphy in the first.   Williams (34-5) plays St. John Fisher in the Cortland subregional on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Letter: Birch for Williamstown Planning Board
Letter to the Editor,
08:00PM / Friday, May 10, 2019

To the Editor:

We were opponents in a Williamstown election in 2016. Today we jointly endorse Dante Birch for the Williamstown Planning Board. There is no question that Dante embodies the qualities and dedication needed to plan for Williamstown into the 21st Century.

Chris has known Dante for many years, first through Dante's work at Mass MoCA in bringing to fruition an important cultural asset in our community, and more recently in Chris' Berkshire-grown business, Kapiloff's Glass, where Dante is a senior manager. Dante excels in the academic work of project management and puts his work boots on whenever the team needs him to work with his hands. His combination of humility


U.S. Census Jobs Already Available Ahead of 2020 Count
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:12PM / Friday, May 10, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Census may still be another year away, but there are jobs available now.   U.S. Census Bureau media specialist Keith Goralski said the bureau is already hiring people for address canvassing this year. The job asks people to confirm addresses of homes, looking for newly built homes and identify homes that may no longer exist. The goal is to get an accurate list of the addresses when the Census process rolls out in 2020.   "We are basically telling everyone that there are opportunities now because there are," Goralski said.   The bureau will be hiring throughout the country for part-time and full-time positions from now through 2020. The


Williams College Junior Awarded Beinecke Scholarship
11:41AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Joseph Moore, a junior at Williams College, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship in support of his graduate education.

The scholarship grants $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 during graduate school. He is one of 20 students in the United States to receive the award this year.

Moore, a comparative literature major from Stroudsburg, Pa., plans to pursue a Ph.D. in comparative literature, studying the political dimensions of English, Spanish and French language literatures of the 20th century in a comparative context.

"Specifically, I’m interested in the international character of a lot of this


Berkshires Beat: 'Pleiades' Now on Permanent Loan to Ventfort Hall
11:16AM / Friday, May 10, 2019
'Pleiades' on display

Local sculptor Andrew DeVries has been for many years an exceedingly devoted friend of Ventfort Hall. His pair of bronze "Pleiades" - in ancient mythology seven sisters who became a cluster of stars - is now on permanent loan to Ventfort Hall.

The two Pleiades were first placed at Ventfort Hall when DeVries was the resident sculptor at the mansion in 2004 and 2005. After leaving Ventfort Hall for a time, they returned about five years ago and will now be on permanent display. DeVries sees this donation of the two Pleiades as a fitting way to thank Ventfort Hall, and everyone else, who helped in the rebuilding efforts of his Middlefield studio, as


1Berkshire Youth Leadership Program Graduates Class of 2019
10:58AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Fourteen students from across the Berkshires graduated from 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program on Tuesday, May 7. Having completed the entirety of this 10-month leadership program, the students shared the product of their collective impact project with attending family, friends, and regional leaders, and were recognized for their program completion.

For their collective impact project, the Class of 2019 chose to conduct a sustainability fair in coordination with the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market. Through their project, they engaged more than 60 people and helped educate them about ways to be more environmentally sustainable in their own lives.


Birch, Jeschawitz Vying for Williamstown Planning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

Dante Birch is attempting to win a five-year seat on the Williamstown Planning Board. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The issue that figures to draw the most debate at the May 21 annual town meeting is at the center of the only contested race in the Tuesday, May 14, town election.   Newcomer Dante Birch, who is vying for a five-year seat on the Planning Board, used a candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters to explain why he believes one of the current board's zoning proposals is flawed and ought to be amended on the floor of town meeting.   Birch is challenging incumbent and current board chairwoman Amy Jeschawitz, who is in a 3-1 majority of planners who


My Core Floor Wins Lever Health Tech Challenge
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 10, 2019

Dr. Lara Aillon-Sohl was the runner-up with her  product ThriveText.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There is a waiting list to see Brittney Cappiello but not many women want to talk about why.

She specializes in pelvic issues, treating women suffering from pain or even peeing their pants on a treadmill or a trampoline. 

"Even in this rural area, I currently have a three-month waiting list of people coming to see me," she said.   Woman pay a lot of money for diapers, pads, medications, or even surgeries every year to address a problem that they feel is unique to only them. She said the most common question she gets is whether or not she has seen such cases


The Independent Investor: What Does Your 401(k) Investments Look Like?
By Nate Tomkiewicz and Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, May 09, 2019
It might surprise you to know that many retirement savers religiously contribute to their tax-deferred savings plans but have no idea what investments they own. Many plan representatives simply suggest that if you don't know, just invest in a target date retirement fund. Is this a good idea?   Most 401(k)s and 403(B)s plans, for example, have between 20 and 30 investment options you can choose from.  This menu of choices normally includes bond and stock funds as well as international funds. There are also balanced or blended funds, which invest in a mixture of stocks and bonds. Many plans also have some kind of annuity-like investment as well as target date


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