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Ziemba Wins Six-Year Term as Northern Berkshire Register
Staff Reports,
12:33AM / Wednesday, November 07, 2018
ADAMS, Mass. — Maria Ziemba won a six-year term as Northern Berkshire register of deeds on Tuesday.    Ziemba will succeed Frances Brooks, who has worked at the Registry for more than 56 years, 14 of them as register.    "The results blew my mind I never expected such a turnout and I am so humbled," Ziemba said after being reached at home. "I am on Cloud 9 ... tonight has proven that people have responded to my campaign and I am forever grateful."   She and her opponent, First Assistant Register Deborah Moran, had run on their experiences working in the Registry. Both have more than two decades of experience.    Ziemba, however,

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Mount Greylock School District Elects New School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:17PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Christina Conry ran for Mount Greylock Regional School Committee because she wants to help the district's families educate their children.   On Election Day, Conry saw examples of parents doing the teaching.   "I honestly have to say I was thrilled at the number of people who voted and the number who brought their children, which sends them an important message," Conry said. "Men and women are still dying to give us this right. It's so important to vote."   And every vote counted in the three-person race for two four-year seats on the seven-member School Committee. Conry was the top vote-getter among the three,

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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
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Harrington Claims Victory in Berkshire District Attorney Race
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10:16PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Harrington's family joined her at the celebration party. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington has turned back a write-in challenge to claim victory as Berkshire County district attorney.    While her opponent, Paul Caccaviello has not conceded, Harrington has opened up enough of a lead that her supporters feel confident that she will carry the day.    "I am truly humbled by this opportunity and I make a promise to the people here today and the people of this community that I will always work for the best interest of Berkshire County," Harrington said to supporters gathered at Tavern at the A to celebrate her victory.   Harrington has won

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Berkshire County Election 2018
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04:51PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, just re-elected to his 13th term and his third representing the Berkshires, will become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in the next Congress. The Democrat is currently the ranking member and, with the Democratic takeover the House, is in position take command of the powerful committee.     State Elections   There were no surprises at the state level: Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito won another two-year term. Also re-elected were U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Secretary of State William Galvin,  Auditor Suzanne Bump, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'Decision Height'
03:28PM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall's School Theater Ensemble takes female empowerment to new levels with its upcoming production of "Decision Height," a dramatic story of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) of World War II.

The show opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, followed by shows at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. All performances will take place in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s School campus. 

General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Senior citizen and handicapped-accessible seating is available. Tickets can be bought online; after 4 p.m. Nov. 9, call

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State Releasing Extra Funds to Help Rural Schools
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said for years the state has been providing a 'one size fits all model' for funding and that is now changing with such programs as rural school aid. DALTON, Mass. — Rural schools will receive additional support this year after state Sen. Adam Hinds successfully secured a $1.5 million budget allocation for additional aid.   The budget line provides districts below certain incomes and density $100 extra per student. The sparsity aid program helps rural schools with funding struggles keep up with larger schools throughout the state.    "In a rural school our fixed costs are the

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Superior Court Briefs: October 17 - October 30
Staff Reports,
06:19PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Wednesday, October 17.   Brian Dillard, 32, of North Adams had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of motor vehicle homicide by negligent operation, leaving the scene of personal injury accident causing death, leaving the scene of property damage accident, use of a motor vehicle without authority, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.   He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Dillard is accused of driving a motor vehicle which collided with a motorcycle in Pittsfield on August 24, 2018. Alan Keefe, 49, of Pittsfield died as a result of injuries

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Biz Briefs: Main Street Hospitality Branching Outside Massachusetts to Rhode Island
01:49PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
Main Street, Rhode Island

Main Street Hospitality Group, owners and operators of boutique hotels in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts that include the iconic Red Lion Inn, has been named as the management partner for the new Hammetts Wharf hotel development on the waterfront in Newport, R.I.  This marks the company's first step outside of Massachusetts as it pursues growth throughout the Northeast.

When completed in the spring of 2020, the $29 million development will include an 84-room boutique hotel to be managed by Main Street Hospitality, as well as a 4,000-square-foot restaurant and 3,000 square feet of retail space.  Developed by Peregrine Group LLC, Hammetts

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Berkshires Beat: Two Firefighters Join Great Barrington Force
12:31PM / Monday, November 05, 2018
New firefighters

Two Great Barrington firefighters have graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy's Call/Volunteer program. At the ceremony on Monday, Oct. 29, call firefighters Mike Bissaillon and Iovan DeRis graduated alongside call and volunteer firefighters from throughout Massachusetts.

The Call/Volunteer academy program is a rigorous 240-hour course that is held twice per week as well as most weekends over a four-month period at the academy's Springfield campus. Time is spent in the classroom and on the drill yard, where students acquire the basic knowledge and skills for firefighting. All of the training concludes with live firefighting in the burn building. Participants

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District Attorney Write-In Campaign Could Delay Results
By Tammy Daniels & Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, November 05, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are only a few local races on the ballot Tuesday and their outcomes won't take too long to tally up. Except one.    It's possible that full results for the Berkshire County district attorney might not be known until Wednesday — or even Thursday.    The election for Berkshire district attorney has had plenty of twists and turns but the biggest has been the decision by second-place Democratic primary finisher Paul Caccaviello to mount a write-in campaign against the party's nominee Andrea Harrington.    Harrington's name is the only one on the ballot but there's always a spot on the ballot for a write-in

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BC Arc Celebrates Successes at Annual Meeting
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Monday, November 05, 2018

Awards were given to those individuals who made great progress in the last year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Those with autism, brain injuries or who are developmentally challenged should be treated just like everybody else and Berkshire County Arc tries to do just that.   Through numerous programs throughout the county, BC Arc doesn't just provide support and advocacy for those people, they work hard to integrate them back into the world.    "What would we be without BC Arc? What would we be if you weren't here? We'd be a community that doesn't take care of all of us, it doesn't give every single one of us an opportunity to live the life we want

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Mount Greylock's Welch Awarded Kapteyn Teaching Prize
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Monday, November 05, 2018

Kirsten Kapteyn, the widow of James Cornelius Kapteyn, talks about the reasons why Welch was selected for the honor. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 2018 winner of the James Cornelius Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching was hailed Sunday as an educator who combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the material, masterful comic timing and care and concern for the students who have walked into his classroom at Mount Greylock Regional School for more than two decades.   "Through all that I've learned about [Jeffrey Welch], what emerges clearly for me as Jeff's most important quality is his deep well of empathy," Kirsten Kapteyn, widow of James Kapteyn, said in

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