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Three from Mount Greylock Compete at World Snowshoe Championships
08:57PM / Saturday, January 05, 2019
VAL DI NON, TRENTINO, Italy -- Two Mount Greylock Regional School graduates and a current Mountie Saturday earned medals in the junior division at the World Snowshoe Championships.   Mount Greylock student Jacqueline Wells was first female across the finish line, crossing in 24:15.93. Her sister, Mount Greylock grad and Williams College freshman Lilliana Wells, finished in 25:50.42.   In the male division, Mount Greylock alumnus Owen Brandriss was 10th across the line in the 5-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 14.22 seconds.   The winner, Jeremiah Vaille of Denver, finished in 19:32.90.


Berkshire Registers of Deeds to Standardize Procedures
07:07PM / Saturday, January 05, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The county's three registers of deeds say they will be working together to ensure consistency in procedures in the three offices.    Maria T. Ziemba, Northern Berkshire District Register of Deeds; Patricia M. Harris, Berkshire Middle District Register of Deeds; and Michelle Laramee-Jenny, Southern Berkshire District Register of Deeds, were all sworn into office in the Middle Berkshire District Registry of Deeds on Wednesday, Jan. 2.   All three registers have agreed to identify and standardize any differences in recording requirements and procedures between the registries in an effort to become more accommodating to law firms, financial

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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

Gov. Baker Highlights Success of Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:10PM / Friday, January 04, 2019

Following the tour of the facility, Baker has lunch with company officials, interns, and local elected officials. The governor was sworn into his second term of office on Thursday and was leaving to attend events in Holyoke, Springfield and Worcester.   LEE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker blitzed the commonwealth this week as he kicks off his second term in the corner office.   On Friday, Baker visited Berkshire Sterile Manufacturing where the state had played a role in helping the company both expand and bring on interns.   Baker toured the facility, met with the interns, heard from company officials about future plans, and highlighted it as an example of the

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Williams Offers Tenure to Six Professors
11:44AM / Friday, January 04, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of Williams College voted to promote six faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

Promotions will take effect July 1, 2019, for Julie Blackwood, mathematics; Matt Carter, biology; Jessica Fisher, English; Jeffrey Israel, religion; Aparna Kapadia, history; and Anjuli F. Raza Kolb, English and comparative literature.

Julie Blackwood, mathematics

Blackwood's research interests lie at the intersection of mathematics and ecology, developing mathematical models for analyzing large populations of organisms and the effect of their behavior in their environment. Her research is interdisciplinary and spans topics including


State Police Investigating 2 Separate Head-on Collisions
09:07PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019

Route 20 was closed for more than three hours after a head-on collision seriously injured three people.  HANCOCK, Mass. — Two separate head-on crashes occurred on Thursday evening that required the transportation of at least one person by medical helicopter.    The first occurred around 5 p.m. on Lebanon Road (Route 20) near the Overlook parking area in Hancock. Three people were taken to area hospitals with serious injuries. Traffic on Route 20 was detoured until the road was reopened shortly before 9 p.m.    The second accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Route 7 in New Ashford, near the Springs inn. Route 7 is closed in both directions from Mallery


Baker Upbeat, Stresses Bipartisanship in 2nd Inaugural Speech
06:19PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second inaugural address from the House Chamber on Thursday, stressing the benefits of bipartisanship and the initiatives he'll be pushing in the coming months.    Baker, who easily won a second four-year term in November, welcomed the new and returning legislative members who were sworn in on Wednesday to the ongoing work on behalf of the state.   "I'm quite sure you've heard about the good work that goes on here, as well as those areas in which we fall short," he said. "We all strive to build a commonwealth of hope, opportunity and possibility. ...    "And in this era of snapchats,


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for January
02:45PM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during January.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Blandford and Lenox for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Blandford Town Hall, located at 1 Russell Stage Road Legacy Room of the Lenox Library, located at 18 Main St. All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if they have an idea, question or comment about state government


Northern Berkshire EMS New Year's Eve Rides Offered Safe Option
Staff Reports,
01:09AM / Thursday, January 03, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It can be difficult to get a ride in a community with little access to forms of public transportation. Especially on a holiday night that is known more for merriment than sober judgment.   That dilemma was solved for more than 50 partygoers on New Year's Eve by Northern Berkshire Emergency Medical Services.   The ambulance company's van transport service was put into operation for the evening to provide rides to and from events for those who didn't want to take a chance driving — and running into "big blue" (police) or needing a "big red" (fire truck), said Assistant Chief Amalio Jusino.   "They were so


Becket Couple Welcome Berkshire County's New Year Baby
05:07PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Abigail Grace Lennon is the first baby born in Berkshire County in 2019.    The daughter of Katelyn and Mike Lennon of Becket arrived on New Year's Day at 11:40 a.m. at the Family Birthplace at Fairview Hospital.   Weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, she is 20 inches long and was delivered by midwife Lisa Chism-Fraine.  


Harrington Takes Over District Attorney's Office
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Harrington is joined on stage during the ceremony by her husband, Timothy Walsh, and their two sons Francis and Ennis. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington believes that "hope is not blind optimism" but rather a choice.   The new district attorney was inaugurated Wednesday morning and said she can envision a county free of sexual and gender-based violence, free of gun violence, free of addiction, and a place where people of all colors and genders can feel safe and protected.    But she cautioned, "nobody else is going to do it for us."   After being sworn in by retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis X. Spina, Harrington told a


Year-end: Put This Year's Investment Performance in Perspective
12:32PM / Wednesday, January 02, 2019

How can you assess your investment portfolio's performance in 2018? The year was full of wild swings in the financial markets, so your own results may well have bounced around quite a bit, too. But you can still get a clear picture of how you did if you keep your investments' returns in the proper perspective – by making sure your expectations are relevant, realistic and reviewed.

Let's look at how these terms can apply to a meaningful evaluation of your investment progress:

Relevant: Many investors compare their portfolio returns to a popular market index, such as the S&P 500. But this comparison is not really valid for a variety of reasons. For one thing, indexes


Williams Men's Basketball Improves to 11-0
07:31PM / Monday, December 31, 2018
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Williams College men's basketball team improved to 11-0 on the year with 81-72 win over host Moravian College (8-3) in the 39th Steel Club Classic Tournament on Monday.   This is the first time the Ephs have won their first 11 games of the season since the 2010-11 season when they opened with 13 wins in a row.    Bobby Casey and Matt Karpowicz led the Ephs with 19 points and James Heskett added 16. Karpowicz registered five dunks on the night.   Next up for the Ephs is a Friday night Little Three and NESCAC encounter with Wesleyan in Chandler Gym at 7 p.m.


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