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The Independent Investor: Trump's Budget
By Bill Schmick,
06:44PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

It was late, "skinny," and guaranteed to send Washington lawmakers up a wall.  President Trump's first crack at a budget, released on Thursday, makes drastic cuts to many sacrosanct departments and programs while boosting spending in others.

If you haven't strapped in quite yet, now is the time to do so. The president's 53-page budget (less than half of his predecessor's lean, 134 pages) makes dramatic cuts to departments such as the Environmental Protection Agency (minus-31 percent) and the State Department (minus-28 percent), while increasing defense spending by $54 billion.

Areas that would also be hit hard were foreign aid, grants to multilateral

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'Kong: Skull Island': Serious Monkey Business
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:55PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

While director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' "Kong: Skull Island" asserts independence from the original, 1933 legend, as well as the 1976 and 2005 remakes, it is all the same, a throwback, a good old adventure yarn. To quote an eloquent teen in the theater lobby who ruminated it afterward with his pals, "That was a most satisfying movie experience."

The 14-year-old in me agrees; the curmudgeon has reservations. But despite some modernizations and nods to contemporary sensibilities integrated into the ethos of the tale, there is one heartening fact. Indeed, on this unchartered, South Pacific island where Charles Darwin would have enjoyed a veritable feast of evolutionary

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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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No Contested Elections So Far in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:10PM / Thursday, March 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a Tuesday deadline looming to submit completed nomination papers, all of the seats on May's town election ballot have one interested party.   Papers have been completed with the required number of signatures for five of the seven seats on the ballot. Potential candidates have taken out papers for the other two seats, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy reported on Thursday morning.   Nomination papers are available in Kennedy's office. Completed nomination papers must be returned to the Board of Registrars for certification no later than Tuesday, March 21.   For the Board of Selectmen, incumbents Hugh Daley and Andrew Hogeland each have returned

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Williamstown Fire District: No Request Received to Fund Ambulance Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, March 16, 2017

Prudential Committee members Ed Briggs, left, and Ed McGowan participate in Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen walked out of Monday's meeting thinking that a study to look at the financial viability of Village Ambulance Service would be paid for by the town, Williams College, the service and the Williamstown Fire District.   That was news to the members of the Prudential Committee that governs the fire district.   The committee held its monthly meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and the main focus was a published report from Monday's meeting at Town Hall, where Town Manager Jason Hoch reported a plan to split the cost of a

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Police Find Vehicle Of Missing Woman
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. - Authorities say the vehicle of 39-year-old Joanne Ringer has been found, but she is still missing.   Ringer went missing on March 2. She had last been seen in Clarksburg and was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta to Easthampton. On March 6, authorities found the vehicle in Easthampton but she remains missing.    Police are asking for any assistance in locating here. She is described as a white, standing 5-feet 7-inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has brown eyes, but police say she could be wearing colored contacts, and has brown hair with purple streaks. She has several tattoos including the full length of her right arm. Specifically, she has a tattoo

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Nigerian Novelist Speaking at Williams' 228th Commencement
03:59PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 228th commencement exercise on Sunday, June 4.    The day before, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will former Williams College provost and current president of Washington and Lee University Will Dudley; public health and environmental advocate Gina McCarthy; and Gavin A. Schmidt, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie is the leading African

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SVMC OB/GYN Service Now Available at Pownal Campus
03:24PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Women in Pownal, Vt., and nearby Berkshire County can now schedule gynecologic and prenatal appointments closer to home. Gynecologist Dr. Malcolm Paine has begun seeing patients at SVMC’s Pownal Campus in Pownal, Vt.

"Regular visits are so important for women of all ages, especially moms-to-be and their babies. This change allows women who live south of Bennington to travel a lot less to make their appointments," Paine said.

Dr. Paine offers all of the same services at the Pownal Campus that he currently offers at his office in Bennington, including screenings, prevention, treatment, and prenatal care.

Dr. Robert Tarnas, one of three primary care

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Berkshire Taconic Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about

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North Adams Children Sell 'Rainbow Rocks' for Charity
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mason Stred is interviewed by Channel 6 on about the art fundraiser.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An effort to raise $500 for a local cancer support group has brought in five times that much, largely thanks to an outpouring of support and the sales pitch from some of the area's youngest residents.

Rainbow Rocks, a fundraiser organized by parent Jaycee Stred, brought children and parents together to paint colorful rainbows on rocks. On Sunday at Lickety Split, they presented PopCares with a check and cash for $2,500.

The best part of the activity was "to sell them to people with cancer," said Mason, Stred's 7-year-old son, between licks of a celebratory ice cream cone.

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iBerkshire Storm Center: Weather Updates & Cancellations
02:04PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning expires at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, but cleanup from Tuesday's blizzard may take several days.    A number of schools systems in the Berkshire are closed and others on 2-hour delays. The courts are also on a 2-hour delay and will open at 10 a.m.

• List of School Closings

Motorists should continue to take precautions; many side roads still need plowing and roads may be narrow.    Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said city crews have been working since 3 a.m. on Tuesday.    "It's been a battle to keep the mains open," she wrote on Facebook at about 7 p.m. "Neighborhood streets will

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office
12:23PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Insurance merger: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington has purchased the Great Barrington office of GoodWorks Insurance.  The purchase brings together two firms that are consistently ranked among the top independent insurance agencies in the region, according to George A. Ryan, Jr., president of Wheeler & Taylor.  

Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Insurance, will become a shareholder and chairman at Wheeler & Taylor. Ryan will continue in his role as president indefinitely and remains the company’s majority shareholder. Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no

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Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
11:40AM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom reigns: For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9."

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady County will be on view. Each work will relate to a freedom most important

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