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BCArc Honors Individuals, Staff at 65th Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Monday, November 04, 2019

Frank Felix, left, receives an Achievement Award at Friday's BCArc annual meeting on Friday at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc looked back at its accomplishments over the last year at its 65th annual meeting Friday morning at the Berkshire Hills Country Club.

But for one recognition, it went way back -- 65 years, in fact, to the founding of BCArc in 1954.

President and CEO Kenneth Singer, who has been with BCArc for 40 of those years, said at the time of the agency's founding, the world was a very different place for people with disabilities, who were often institutionalized with little decision-making power over their

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Williamstown Fin Comm Weighs in on Mount Greylock Field Debate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:48AM / Monday, November 04, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the town's Finance Committee last month added their voices to those advising that the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee think twice before proceeding with a plan to install an artificial turf sports field.   Citing long-term impacts on the district's finances and relations between member towns Lanesborough and Williamstown, the six members at an Oct. 24 meeting authorized Chairman Stephen Sheppard to express their concerns to the School Committee, which for months has been getting an earful from proponents and opponents of the artificial turf field.   Much — but not all — of the opposition to date has centered 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

Williams Men, Women Win NESCAC Cross Country Titles
05:35PM / Saturday, November 02, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's and women's cross country teams each won NESCAC championships on Saturday at Mount Greylock Regional School.   The men finished with 22 points, well ahead of runner-up Amherst, behind a first-place finish by Aidan Ryan.   Ryan covered the 8-kilometer course in 25 minutes, 27.3 seconds, 14 seconds ahead of runner-up Theo Henderson of Middlebury.   The Williams women finished with 58 points to place first ahead of runner-up Tufts (90 points). Eva Borton led the Ephs, finishing fourth in 22:15.7on the 6K course.   Field Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Simone Veale scored a goal and assisted on another as Williams came


@theMarket: Will Record Highs Beget Record Highs?
By Bill Schmick,
05:00PM / Friday, November 01, 2019
As third-quarter earnings wind down, the Fed cut interest rates again this week. Since both events seemingly matched investor expectations, what, then, will investors worry about in the coming months?   As predicted, the S&P 500 Index hit a modest new high this week based on the central bank's one quarter-point cut of the short-term Federal Funds interest rate on Wednesday. Robust earnings from certain favored companies, like Apple and Facebook, also helped sentiment and so the averages ground higher.   "You would think," said one miffed investor, "that after two years trapped in a trading range, we would have had a little more enthusiasm over this


Power Outage Impacts Northwest Part of County
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:32AM / Friday, November 01, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nearly 900 customers were without power on Friday morning after heavy winds blew through the area on Thursday night.   National Grid on Friday at 8:20 a.m. reported that 852 customers were affected by an outage that began at 11:27 p.m. on Thursday. About half that were still without power by 9:30 a.m.   The outage included the campus of Mount Greylock Regional School, which opened for classes on time with backup generator help.   Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson said Friday morning that the biggest report of storm damage he was aware of in town was a large pine tree that came down on Cold Spring Road (Route 7). He indicated that likely was


Trick-or-Treater Struck by Vehicle in Williamstown
Staff Reports,
09:22AM / Friday, November 01, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A pedestrian struck by a vehicle on Cole Avenue during trick-or-treating hours showed no signs of visible injury, police reported Friday morning.   Chief Kyle Johnson said the person struck was transported by Northern Berkshire EMS to the satellite emergency facility at Berkshire Medical Center's North Adams campus as a precaution.   The driver involved was cited by police for a lights violation. The driver was operating with just the vehicle's daytime running lights illuminated after sunset, Johnson said.    The chief said it is his understanding that the pedestrian involved was a trick-or-treater. He could not provide the age of the


The Independent Investor: NCAA Up Against Ropes on College Pay for Athletes
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019
This week the Board of Governors of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) met at Emory University in Atlanta to hear the pros and cons of allowing athletes to accept money for endorsements. It has been a long time coming.   This is an issue that has been around for as long as I can remember, but it has only been the recent moves by certain states, as well as the Federal government, that has forced the NCAA to at least acknowledge that the status quo is no longer working for them or for their students.   It is currently illegal for athletes to receive gifts or income related to their college athletic activities. If they do and get caught, the offending student and the


BCC Hires New Faculty and Staff, Reorganizes Staff Positions
03:23PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has hired new faculty and staff on campus – as well as new titles for other current staff.

Maryann Carnes has been hired as an assistant professor of nursing. Carnes recently retired from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, where she worked as the risk manager and subsequently as the diabetes educator and the program manager of care coordination and telehealth. She also has previously worked as an adjunct nursing instructor at BCC and has an associate degree in nursing from BCC, a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Elms College, and a master of science degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix.

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Williams College Announces Tenure for Latino/a Studies Faculty Member
03:10PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of Williams College voted to appoint Nelly Rosario, the 2017-18 W. Ford Schumann Distinguished Visiting Professor in Democratic Studies and the 2018-20 Artist in Residence of Latino/a studies, to the position of associate professor with tenure.

The appointment took effect July 1, 2019.

Rosario's research interests range from creative writing, world literature and graphic novels to history, archival studies and data visualization. Author of "Song of the Water Saints: A Novel" (Pantheon, 2002), winner of a PEN Open Book Award, and its translation "El canto del agua: Una novela" (Emecé Planeta, 2003), her


BCArc COO Earns Both National and Statewide Award Within a Week
02:44PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc Chief Operating Officer Maryann Hyatt was awarded the national U.S. Arc's 2019 NCE Exemplary Mentor Award in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, and the Massachusetts Provider's Council Award of Excellence one week before that.

At the ARC event, Hyatt told the crowd, "I have always believed that I have a responsibility as a professional woman to provide an accessible path so other women have opportunities to bring forward their natural talents and develop the proficiencies necessary to go beyond internal and external professional limits."

As COO of more than 800-plus employees at BCArc, she has worked to transcend countless young


Rain, Wind Will Make Halloween a Dark & Stormy Night
02:42PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween came in with mild temperatures in the 60s but that's expected to drop into the 40s over the weekend. Halloween is set to be a dark and stormy night with heavy rain and gusty winds arriving the Berkshires.    The forecast lead a number of communities to postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday evening, which is expected to be clearer but colder. See our listings for updates on hours.   This is the first time the candy collection has been postponed since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012.    The National Weather Service is predicting high winds across the state, with wind gusts up 40 mph across Western Mass and in the 50-mph range along the cost. An


MCLA Alumni Association Announces 2019 Awards
12:51PM / Thursday, October 31, 2019

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Alumni Association held its annual award ceremony on Oct. 5 to recognize the achievements of alumni and supporters of the college.

More than 60 alumni and friends of the college gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2019 alumni honorees, and remarks were given by MCLA President James F. Birge, MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Denise Marshall '81, and Alumni Association Board of Directors President Dan Summers II '07.

This year's award recipients are Chelsey Burke '11 (Young Alumna Award); Susan Gold (Outstanding Service to the College Award); Larry Gould '71 (Outstanding Educator Award); Todd


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