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McCann Technical Prepares For Upcoming School Year
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Monday, August 08, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School administrators are preparing for the upcoming school year and welcoming a small uptick in incoming freshmen.  

Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee on Thursday that 144 eighth-graders have shown an interest in going to McCann.

Although 144 students committed to McCann, only 117 actually sent in the paperwork solidifying their attendance. Kratz said this is normal.

"This is pretty typical. Right now we have 117 kids that have actually sent in their paperwork," the principal said. "I am hoping we will be high 120s, low 130s but until all of the dust settles, we won’t know for sure. Some students might


Comic, NPR Personality Eisenberg Coming to Williamstown Theatre Festival
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:58PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Theatre Festival in August welcomes a red-hot stand-up comic, an accomplished storyteller and a game show host — all rolled into one.   Ophira Eisenberg is a Canadian-born, New York-based comedian, the host of National Public Radio’s "Ask Me Another," and the author of the comic memoir "Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy."   During a recent visit to Boston for a stand-up date, Eisenberg talked with about her Aug. 8 performance on the Main Stage at the '62 Center for Theater and Dance and the intersection of her different professional personae.   "I feel like they all


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

Massachusetts Public Links Championship Contested at Waubeeka
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
06:47PM / Sunday, August 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Just before Jeff Bourdon teeded off in the Massachusetts Amateur Public Links Championship, a small but enthusiastic group of well-wishers near Waubeeka Golf Links’ first tee gave a cheer of encouragement.   “Go, Jeff,” the gallery yelled.   “I’ll just go by Jeff today,” quipped another member of Bourdon’s playing group. “Is that OK with everyone?”   The crowd laughed, and, being a golf crowd, applauded a good shot by any member of the group it followed around the course.   But it was clear that they weren’t there to cheer for Michael Matonis of Tour of Greater Boston or even the


Love Rekindled in Local Author's 'Save the Last Dance'
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:36AM / Sunday, August 07, 2016

The book is available at Water Street Books and through Amazon, which has a number of good reviews posted.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A reconnection between long-lost teen sweethearts has inspired a modern-day epistolary novel.

But rather than writing pages of snail-mail love letters, Adam Wolf and Sarah Ross in "Save the Last Dance" re-establish bonds through the swift and instantaneous communication of emails and texts.

Collaborators Eva Ungar Grudin and Eric Joseph used their own experiences as the jumping off point for this debut novel, which had a launch in June at Water Street Books.

"We went together up to 11th grade, and set a wedding date when we were

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Ousted from Tennessee Tournament
05:52PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- The Connellsville Thunder of Pennsylvania handed the Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-and-under Cal Ripken Baseball team a 14-4 defeat on Saturday to end the Bulldogs' run at the Leconte Experience tournament.   Landen Jamula had two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run for Lanesborough, which got another triple from Panayiotis Constantopoulos and a double from Tristan Gardner.   Constantopoulos and Gardner split time on the mound for the Bulldogs.  


Mount Greylock Envirothon Team Succeeds in First Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Recent Mount Greylock Regional School graduate Benni McComish says he long has been interested in environmental justice.

This year, he got into the science behind the issues.

McComish was one of eight Mount Greylock students who participated in the school's first Envirothon team.

Envirothon, a program of the National Conservation Foundation, is a nationwide environmental education competition that attracts 50,000 people from 4,000 public and private high schools each year.

It attracted McComish, who already was part of Mount Greylock's Youth Environmental Squad, because Envirothon offered a chance to do field research.

"I hadn't really been


Hinds Release Energy & Jobs Platform
04:29PM / Saturday, August 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic candidate for state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has released his platform on energy and environmental priorities, with a plan to create jobs, save money for cities and towns, individuals, and businesses, and to establish the region as a leader in the green industry, while maintaining its identity as a leader on environmental issues.

Grow the Economy
To develop green energy industry here, I will work to ensure Western Massachusetts is a part of the growth in the green energy industry, which currently employs almost 100,000 people across the commonwealth. I will work to expand incentive programs that elevate local demand through MA Solar Loan and utilize


Lanesborough Bulldogs Drop Pair at Tennessee Tourney
10:18PM / Friday, August 05, 2016
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars dropped a pair of games on Friday at the Leconte Experience tournament.   In the first game, the Michigan Sting handed Lanesborough a 7-3 loss.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos had two hits and an RBI, and Jack Gitterman drove in a run for the Bulldogs, who got five innings on the mound from Josh Polumbo, who struck out six.   The Rockstars then defeated Lanesborough, 9-2. Oscar Low and Derek Paris split time on the mound.   On Saturday morning, Lanesborough plays the Connelsville Thunder in an elimination game.


Mount Greylock Student Leads Project for Lanesborough Holiday Tree
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05:40PM / Friday, August 05, 2016

Samantha Trybus hopes the 10-foot tree will grow into a symbol for the community to gather round.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Samantha Trybus had a vision.

The associate member of the Conservation Commission and Mount Greylock Regional School student believed that Lanesborough needed a symbol of unity in the town.

Trybus, in discussion with her parents and friends, found that while many other area towns have "holiday trees" that promote resident participation and goodwill gatherings, Lanesborough did not. She set off to change this.

She organized a fundraiser to purchase and plant a holiday tree. And with the help of fellow Commissioner Dean Maynard, of Maynard's


Lanesborough Bulldogs Open Tennessee Trip with Win
04:46PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. -- Derek Paris doubled, drove in two runs and scored three on Thursday to help the Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars defeat the Erie, Pa., Outlaws Silver team at the Leconte Experience tournament.   Landen Jamula went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, and Oscar Low went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs (12-9).   Jack Cangelosi earned the win on the mound, striking out four and scattering four hits in four innings. Jamula finished up with one inning of one hit relief.   In the the Bulldogs' second game of the tournament, Lanesborough fell to the Connelsville Thunder, 9-6.   Cangelosi had two hits, including a double, and drove in a pair of


Adams Agricultural Fair Returns for 42nd Year
04:08PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — The 42nd annual Adams Agricultural Fair kicks off this weekend, Aug. 5, 6 and 7, at Bowe Field.

The festivities begin a night early, on Thursday evening, with a performance by J.P. Murphy Band with Patrick Gray playing under the pavilion from 7 to 9:30. Admission is $5 to hear the popular Celtic band that plays all styles of music for all ages to enjoy.

The fair kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with the Massachusetts Truck Pullers Association's open truck pull in the Demolition Derby area. Trucks can be entered at any time. The Pullers Association will also hold pulls on Saturday from 2 to 5 and 6 to 9.

Maple Grove Equipment will run the Children's Pedal tractor


'Café Society': Great Expectations, Woody Style
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:59PM / Thursday, August 04, 2016

The short review for Woody Allen's "Café Society," if you'll pardon the slang, is, "He's still got it!" So now here's the longer version.

While the delightful, circa 1930s tale of a young man who leaves The Bronx for Hollywood in search of his raison d'etre and destiny isn't quite "Annie Hall" (1977), it's an entertaining addition to this national treasure's estimable body of work. It is witty, wise, poetic and, like most of the filmmaker's more recent films, reworks familiar topics with a storytelling art that elegantly synergizes styles from different eras of his career.

Of course the lead issue is love, with


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