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Youth Voices Lead Coalition Forum
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:09AM / Monday, March 18, 2019

Malina Ziaja, a junior at Hoosac Valley High School, speaks during the coalition youth forum on March 12.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The youth spoke, and the adults listened.

Seven young people from the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's Youth Leadership Program led the Coalition's monthly form on March 12. Representing all four North County high schools, the teens talked to the adults about why adults don't always listen to the point of view of teenagers — and how that can change.

While the youths lead a NBCC forum every year, usually they pick a topic. This year, however, NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw said, the topic came out the needs assessment

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One Contested Race, So Far, on Williamstown Election Ballot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:04PM / Sunday, March 17, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has one contested election and one elected office in search of a candidate with 11 days left to file paper for May's election.   Town Clerk Mary Kennedy said Friday that as of midday, there was one known contested election among the 10 seats that will be up for grabs.   The Planning Board, which has been the locus of much debate about the direction of town zoning bylaws in recent years, has one seat on the ballot.   Chairwoman Amy Jeschawitz has returned papers in a bid to retain that seat, and she has one challenger so far, Dante Birch, one of several residents who have been regular contributors from the floor of Planning Board

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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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Lund Leads WIlliams Men's Lax to Road Win
04:12PM / Sunday, March 17, 2019
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Cory Lund scored eight goals Sunday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to an 18-9 win over Connecticut College.   Calvin Collins scored four goals for the Ephs (3-1, 2-1 NESCAC), who got a combined 11 saves from Harry Gahagan and Will Bock.   Williams goes to Rensselaer Polytechnic on Wednesday.

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Q&A: Doctor with Pro Football Pedigree Treating Sports Injuries in Bennington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
06:56AM / Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dr. Ivette Guttmann BENNINGTON, Vt. — Sustain a sports injury in and around Bennington, and you might discover that your doctor has more than years of medical training to bring to your recovery plan.   She just might be a former professional football player, too.   Earlier this winter, Dr. Ivette Guttmann joined the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center as a sports medicine specialist.   Guttmann is board certified in pediatrics and primary-care sports medicine.   And she is a bona fide football hero, having set a record for touchdown completions in a season as a quarterback for the Orlando Starz and in the Independent Women's Football

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Williams Alum Wins Knight-Hennessy Scholarship
11:56AM / Friday, March 15, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eva Fourakis, a 2016 graduate of Williams College, has been awarded a highly selective Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

The scholarship allows recipients to pursue graduate studies at Stanford University. Fourakis will be one of 69 scholars from around the world to begin their studies this fall, as part of the 2019 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

Hailing from Middleton, Wisc., Fourakis received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and psychology from Williams. As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, she plans to pursue a juris doctor at Stanford Law School. An aspiring public defender, she hopes to combine her education and interests to provide legal representation to

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Williamstown Fifth-Grader Advances to State GeoBee
11:18AM / Friday, March 15, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School fifth-grader Everett Crowe has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2019 National Geographic GeoBee Massachusetts State Competition.

The contest will be held at Elms College in Chicopee on Friday, March 29.

This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition, which is now in its 31st year. School GeoBees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. Everett came in first at Williamstown Elementary.

School champions then took an online qualifying test, which they

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Bonnie Lea Instructor Becomes Certified Trainer
11:08AM / Friday, March 15, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lisa DeMayo of Bonnie Lea Farm has become a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) certified trainer.

This title is obtained through equine professional recommendations, Safe Sport Training, continuing education and examination.  

This USHJA certification formalizes DeMayo's years of experience in instruction, riding and training. She obtained her Massachusetts’ Riding Instructor License at 16 years old. With more than 50 foals born at Bonnie Lea Farm, she has a vast experience with training young horses and also retrains older horses. Over the years, she has ridden in clinics and lessons with George Morris, Frank Madden, Rodney

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Potluck Supper to Support Williamstown Farm After February Fire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Friday, March 15, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Since last month's late-night fire destroyed the sugarhouse and barn at Sweet Brook Farm, the family has been comforted by the support of the community.   On Saturday, the community will have another chance to show how much it cares.   Family and friends of Peter Phelps, owner of the South Williamstown farm, will hold a potluck supper and fundraiser for Sweet Brook at First Congregational Church from 6 to 9 p.m.   "Oh my goodness, I can't believe how generous our community is," said Sarah Lipinski, Peter's daughter. "It's so comforting, and it really has softened the blow of all this to know so many people support

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The Independent Investor: Does Our Debt Really Matter?
By Bill Schmick,
04:34PM / Thursday, March 14, 2019
The country's national debt hovers at historically record highs, as the nation's budget battle begins. It's a pretty safe bet to expect another budget-busting compromise as well as a hefty increase to our already-overwhelming debt load.   At times like this I wonder whether Americans are facing the prospect that someday the United States could be the world's largest impoverished nation, and if so, does it really matter?   Last week's column examined the subject of debt, both private and domestic, and how large it has become. This week, I begin by asking why debt matters at all? On a personal level, we know the answer, but what about the nation?   Debt has

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'Captain Marvel': Brave New Suffragette
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:43PM / Thursday, March 14, 2019
Unless you're a card-carrying, dyed-in-the-wool devotee of comic-book film extravaganzas like "Captain Marvel," they can be extremely difficult to follow. Each is chockfull of series lore, a veritable encyclopedia of minutiae that aficionados of the genre demand, and from which they deliriously kvell when given the slightest opportunity to relate in oral treatise. While too lazy to submerge my gray matter into the seemingly endless intricacies each example of the filmic breed holds, I am respectful of the passion, even if it's just to prove I'm not as much a fuddy-duddy and beside the point as I actually am.   As a stranger in a strange land, my modus operandi is

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Williamstown Voters May Be Asked to Consider Cap on Pot Shops
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Thursday, March 14, 2019

Town Manager Jason Hoch and Select Board member Jeffrey Thomas participate in Monday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board is weighing whether to let town meeting decide whether to pass a temporary limit on the number of retail marijuana establishments in the Village Beautiful.   Williamstown, where 61 percent of voters in 2016 voted in favor of a statewide referendum to decriminalize pot, currently has a retail store in the final phases of obtaining a green light from state regulators and another potential store beginning the approval process.   Select Board member Jeffrey Thomas has suggested that two may be enough and that the local market does not

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Berkshire Beat: Simon's Rock Preparing for 'Everyone Swims' Program
12:20PM / Wednesday, March 13, 2019
'Everyone Swims'

The Kilpatrick Athletic Center at Simon's Rock College of Bard will host the "Everyone Swims" initiative this spring to give students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages the opportunity to develop and strengthen their skills in the water. During Everyone Swims, the college will host free swimming lessons for children and adults. The initiative is one part of the year-round programming that promotes health, wellness, and safety.

Learners will focus on the five competencies of safe swimming as outlined by the American Red Cross: jumping in water over their head, treading water, turning 360 degrees, swimming across the pool, and getting

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