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Hinds Chats Priorities With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, January 14, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshires don't have the traffic congestion or real estate prices that the Boston area does.   Jim Lovejoy, from Mount Washington, sees that as an opportunity.   He envisions using the effort to expand broadband in Western Massachusetts as a chance to build a far superior internet connection that will incentivize companies to build and grow here instead of in the pricier eastern end of the state.   "If we took that middle mile and made a robust connection out of it, that was low cost, then you would have a situation where people would be incentivized to move here," Lovejoy said.   Lovejoy has been a longstanding member of the

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Williams Cross Country Skiers Start Season Strong
09:19PM / Sunday, January 13, 2019
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Day number two of the first carnival weekend has come and gone and the Williams College Nordic team is already climbing in ranks.   After the women’s race was delayed 30 minutes, due to freezing temperatures, the women commenced their 10-kilometer individual start classic race. By the end of the day, senior captain Sonya Jampel led the women, finishing 13th, only 6 seconds out of seventh place. Behind Jampel was sophomore Magdalen York, who ended her day in 22nd and junior Ingrid Thyr in 29th. The Ephs ended the day in the fifth place seat as a team, only 38 points out of third place overall.   The Williams men went on improve drastically from the

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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
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
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Five Years Later, 'Sustainable Berkshires' Plan Being Implemented
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:17AM / Sunday, January 13, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When it comes to local planning efforts, nothing was more ambitious than the Sustainable Berkshires master plan.   The 800 or so page document was developed by stakeholders throughout the county as it looked to create a master plan for the entire county. After three years of work, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission adopted the full document in 2014.   That process revealed what planners at the time called "sobering" information that the trends in the county were unsustainable and it developed 352 strategies to turn the tides.   But a plan doesn't do much if it just sits on the shelve collecting dust and Sustainable Berkshires was

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Williams Women's Basketball Blows Out Bates in Third Quarter
08:04PM / Saturday, January 12, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maggie Meehan scored 11 of her game-high 22 points in the third quarter on Saturday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 77-42 win over Bates.   The Ephs (8-7, 2-2 NESCAC) outscored the Bobcats, 35-6, in that third quarter to build on a 26-22 half-time lead.   Lauren Vostal scored 12, and the Ephs shot 52 percent from the field in the win.   Williams hosts Amherst on Wednesday.   Men's Basketball LEWISTON, Maine -- Bobby Casey scored 23 points to lead Williams to a 75-69 come-from-behind win over Bates.   The Bobcats led, 34-27, at half-time, but Williams shot 47 percent from the field and made six of 17 3-point

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Williamstown Elementary Names Citizenship Award Winners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Saturday, January 12, 2019

Principal Joelle Brookner reports on the winners of Williamstown Elementary's annual Citizenship Award.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders are being recognized for their kindness, enthusiasm and helpfulness.   Principal Joelle Brookner on Thursday announced the winners of the school's annual Renzi Citizenship Award, named in honor of former teacher, principal and superintendent Helen Renzi.   "She had a huge heart," Brookner told the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, telling the panel that Renzi was a Williamstown principal when Brookner attended the town's schools.   "This is the one

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@theMarket: Markets Bounce 10 Percent Since Christmas
By Bill Schmick,
10:34AM / Saturday, January 12, 2019
The stock markets have gained almost one percent per day since the beginning of the year. If you had panicked and sold during the Christmas holidays, you are sitting in cash wondering when to get back in. Here is some advice.   Patience should be at the top of your "to-do" list. If you believe we are in a bear market, then the kind of rebound we are seeing in the equity markets is completely normal. Bear markets are characterized by waterfall declines followed by sharp, explosive upside rallies. Unfortunately, these fantastic trading opportunities are just that — trades.   If you are not living the markets every single moment, day-in, day-out, then forget about

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Williams Women's Hockey Wins Fifth Straight
11:17PM / Friday, January 11, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Annie Rush scored twice Friday to lead the Williams women's hockey team to its fifth straight win, a 4-1 victory over Colby.   Chloe Heitling stopped 18 shots to earn the win in goal.   Williams (9-2-1, 5-2-0 NESCAC) hosts Colby again on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Hockey RIVERDALE, N.Y. -- Marcus Mollica scored twice, and Michael Pinios stopped 38 shots as Williams defeated Manhattanville, 6-3.   The Ephs (8-4-1) go to Plattsburgh on Saturday.   Men's Basketball MEDFORD, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 21 points, and all five Williams starters finished in double figures as the Ephs beat Tufts, 85-61.   Matt Karpowicz had 18

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New President Named at Berkshire Gas
04:00PM / Friday, January 11, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Franklyn D. Reynolds has been named to lead Berkshire Gas as its 11th president since the company's founding in 1853.

In this role, Reynolds will have overall responsibility for operations and management of the company and its 124-member workforce. Berkshire Gas provides natural gas service to 40,000 customers in 20 communities in the three westernmost counties of Massachusetts.

A 25-year veteran of the utility industry, Reynolds also serves as vice president of gas integration for Avangrid Networks, where he leads the restructuring of the gas operations and gas engineering lines of business.

"Frank is a proven leader with broad experience in the

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Two Appointed Department Chairs at Berkshire Medical Center
03:53PM / Friday, January 11, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointments of Dr. Marcella Bradway as chair of the Department of Surgery and Dr. Jessica Krochmal as chair of the Department of Pathology at Berkshire Medical Center, extending its history of equity in leadership. 

Dr. Bradway is the first female chair of Surgery and previously served as interim chair of Surgery for half of 2016 and throughout all of 2018, and was vice chair for five years. Dr. Krochmal is the second woman to serve as chair of Pathology, and she previously served as vice chair from 2016 to 2018. 

"Berkshire Medical Center has a remarkable medical staff, and its foundation is a physician

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Berkshires' First Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Opens to Long Lines
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Friday, January 11, 2019

Staff had come in well before the opening to prepare for what was expected to be a big day in retail sales. GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Cheers roared in the parking lot of Theory Wellness at 10 a.m. as staff held a signed reading "recreational cannabis, now open."   At that point, there were about 100 people standing in the blistering cold waiting to get through the doors. It's been more than two years since voters approved the legalization of recreational cannabis in Massachusetts and Theory became the Berkshires' first dispensary to sell the products, leading the way for an industry that has been bursting through the doors throughout the

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Shutdown Could Impact Renters, Landlords Who Rely on Section 8 Vouchers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Friday, January 11, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local landlords and recipients of Section 8 housing assistance could start feeling the pinch if the shutdown of the federal government continues much longer.   That is the assessment of the chief executive officer of Pittsfield-based Berkshire Housing Development Corp., a nonprofit dedicated to helping provide affordable housing throughout the region.   Elton Ogden indicated Wednesday afternoon that the shutdown is not having a major impact on Berkshire Housing or its clients — for now — but he is concerned about "mom and pop" landlords with tenants who rely on the federal subsidies to pay the rent.   "It's really the

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The Independent Investor: Changes to Social Security and Medicare Benefits
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Thursday, January 10, 2019
As the year begins, those who are retired, or who plan to soon, need to know the changes the government has recently announced to your benefits.   The good news is that retirees will get a 2.8 percent increase in Social Security payments. While that doesn't sound like much, it happens to be the largest cost-of-living adjustment in seven years. What that amounts to for the average couple in retirement is about $67 per month, or an average monthly payment of $2,448.   If you are one of those workers like me, who waited until 70 years of age before collecting benefits and are considered a "high earner," then you will be receiving as much as $73 more per month up to

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