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Williams Football Coach Resigns
06:03PM / Wednesday, December 16, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Aaron Kelton announced today that he is resigning as head football coach at Williams at the end of this month to pursue other opportunities.

In his six seasons at Williams, Kelton compiled a record of 23-25 (.479). In his first season the team went undefeated and won both the NESCAC and Little Three titles. He was the first Eph head football coach to debut with a perfect season.

Kelton came to Williams in 2010 from Columbia University, where he had served as the Lions' defensive coordinator and, before that, as secondary coach. Kelton succeeded Mike Whalen as head coach of the Ephs, who served for six seasons before becoming the head coach of his

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Holiday Spending Can Help Teach Children About Money
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:42AM / Wednesday, December 16, 2015

During this holiday season, you likely will be spending money, in various amounts and in various ways. And you can use this experience to teach your children about money management.

Here are a few ideas for doing just that:

* Stick to a budget. Tell your children you have set aside a certain amount of money for gifts and holiday events, such as hosting parties, and that you won’t exceed it. And if you have saved money throughout the year in a special holiday fund, let your kids know about that, too. This information should help impress upon them the importance of sticking with a budget and saving for a goal.

* Discuss credit and debt. Ideally, you won’t have to use your

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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

Williamstown Economic Development Committee Submits Final Report
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49AM / Wednesday, December 16, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee on Monday presented its final report to the Board of Selectmen.   Chairman Jeffrey Thomas explained that while the full document contains more than 50 potential action items for the town, his committee came up with six core recommendations after its yearlong study.   The panel is recommending the town focus on continuing its investment in education, increasing the availability of moderately priced housing, marketing the town, increasing participation in regional economic development efforts, streamlining Town Hall processes and growing the town's population.   "The good news is, if we do one through five,

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Lanesborough Selectmen Consider Surveying Residents on School Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:22PM / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are considering mailing a survey to residents to help guide its decisions regarding the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.

A draft version asks residents to choose one of the following three statements:

1) I urge the Selectmen to support the Mount Greylock project even though this project will have a noticeable effect on town property taxes because supporting education is important and also because a highly rated high school is good for the town and supports property values.    2) I urge the Selectmen to try to keep taxes as low as reasonably possible even if that means not supporting the Mount Greylock Renovation

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Lanesborough Considering Options For School Project Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Residents may or may not have a chance to vote on the Mount Greylock Regional School building project at a special town meeting.   Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carrie Greene told the Selectmen on Monday that a special town meeting vote isn't needed to authorize the borrowing but the Selectmen could call one anyway.   The part renovation and part new build was last estimated at $64.8 million with the two towns splitting somewhere between $31.9 million and $35.8 million. To fund Lanesborough's portion — likely to around a third of the district's share — the town may need a debt exclusion vote but not authorization to

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Williams Eyes Solutions to Museum Building's Deficiencies
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Monday, December 14, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The building that houses the Williams College Museum of Art is bursting at the seams.   Making matters worse: There are too many seams to burst.   The college is looking at locations to build a new home for the museum and art department.   The current home Lawrence Hall, which was built in 1846 and expanded in 1890, 1915, 1926, 1938 and, most significantly, 1986, when the college finished a major renovation designed by architect Charles Moore.   All those expansions make it problematic to house and display valuable works of art within the Main Street museum.   "The museum does not have a continuous air barrier," WCMA Director


Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshires Featured on Barefoot Contessa
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:24PM / Monday, December 14, 2015
The Barefoot Contessa Episode
Featuring Berkshire Food Shops

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, came to the Berkshires with friends. They shopped, they filmed and the Barefoot Holiday episode that aired starting this past weekend.

Berkshire Mountain Bakery, the actual bakery in Housatonic, behind the scenes where all the work gets done, made the cut. And baker-owner Richard Bourdon offering his Bread & Chocolate bread.

Robin's Candy and Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers in Great Barrington are in the episode as is The Southfield Store.

Robin Helfand, owner of Robin's Candy, said they will be prominently featured. Her next-door neighbor Tune


Group Marches Through Williamstown to Advocate for Gun Safety
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:48PM / Sunday, December 13, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Carrying signs reading “#enough,” “change the laws or change Congress” and “Stop the NRA” and wearing orange knit caps, a group of upward of 65 people walked down Spring Street on Sunday afternoon calling for change to current gun control laws.

The Williamstown “Orange Walk for Gun Safety” was one of 100 across the nation held this weekend and the only one in Berkshire County. It was held on the eve of the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff members dead in a small Connecticut town.

Organized by Williamstown residents Holly Hardman,


Williams Men's Basketball Team Rallies Past Springfield
08:28PM / Saturday, December 12, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Freshman guard Bobby Casey converted a three-point play with 34.4 seconds remaining to give the Williams College men's basketball team a 70-62 lead over the Springfield College Pride and put the game out of reach.   The Ephs (6-2) went on to win Saturday by a final score of 72-62 after overcoming a 15-point halftime deficit.   Cole Teal led the Ephs with 15 points, while Daniel Aronowitz and Kyle Scadlock each contributed 14.   Josh Altman led Springfield (3-5) with 11.    Williams next plays on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at home vs. Ursinus at 7 p.m.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY UTICA, N.Y. -- Natalie Bernstein scored a late goal to lead the Williams


Kuster, Paris Lead Team to Youth League Win
04:17PM / Saturday, December 12, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tate Kuster scored 10 points and Derek Paris added nine to lead MacFarlane Office Supplies to a 25-22 win over Mickle Electric on Wednesday in the Lanesborough-Williamstown Youth Basketball Association.   For Mickle, Thomas Martin scored 11 points and Alex Axt scored four.


@theMarket: Where Oil Goes, So Goes the Market
By Bill Schmick,
09:34AM / Saturday, December 12, 2015

Stocks had a tough week. All averages are now negative for the year once again and will continue to go lower until oil finds a bottom or the market disconnects from energy prices. The problem with that scenario is that no one knows if and when that will occur.

The price of crude is down 14 percent since December 1 and 35 percent since May. Controversy rages over whether the precipitous decline in oil over the last year from $114 a barrel to $36 a barrel is a supply or demand imbalance. New technology in the form of hydraulic fracking has unearthed a huge new supply of natural gas and oil worldwide. So much so that consuming these new sources of energy will require decades. At the same


Williams Wrestlers Blank Trinity
10:15PM / Friday, December 11, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass – The Williams College wrestling team opened the dual match portion of its season with a 53-0 win over Trinity (0-2) in historic Lasell Gym.    The Ephs entered their first dual match of the year off a fourth-place finish at the York (Pa.) College Invitational where Jake Savoca (149), Jorge Lopez (157), and Chris Chorzepa (184) each won titles. Lopez was named the most outstanding wrestler at the invitational. All three of the Ephs are ranked nationally with Lopez No. 1 at 157, Chorzepa No. 2 at 184 and Savoca No. 8 at 149.   Williams recorded seven pins on the night.   Williams senior Dan Seidita at 133 battled back from a 4-2 deficit heading


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