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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

Senator Downing at the governor's signing of the energy diversity bill earlier this month in Boston. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.   Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions.   Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill that was aimed to significantly boost the state's


Williamstown's Highland Woods Fully Functional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational.   Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.   In February, just before residents were to begin moving into the complex, burst pipes caused water damage to the east wing of the three-story complex. Shortly after, people were allowed to move into the west half of the building, but the east wing only was opened in late July, Ogden said.   "The damage required us


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

Doll Makers Donate Two 'Babies' to Williamstown Nursing Home
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:49AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

'Caleb' is Kathi George's newest dolls for sale through her Until Forever Nursery. Next to Caleb's head is a blank doll head that will become a completed baby doll.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two new residents have moved into Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Jenna is only 3 months old and Angie is only a newborn. But they are fitting right in at the Adams Road facility.

"The residents really enjoy nurturing, holding, cooing and talking to them," said Janice Paquette, the center's activity director.

You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and


Clark Art Institute to Host Oct. 1 5K
02:32PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The inaugural Trailblazer Run will be held at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.   The 5K trail run, a great way to explore both the Clark's campus trails and the interconnected trails maintained by the town of Williamstown, features individual timed results and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Run or walk to celebrate the beauty of autumn and enjoy Stone Hill, the focus of the Clark’s special exhibition Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, open through Oct. 10, 2016.   Early registration through Sept. 17 is $25 ($20 for Clark members) and includes a race shirt; after September 17 is $30 ($25 for


Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
01:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic legacy of America’s state and national parks system, and serve as excellent examples of land conservation efforts that have been made across the country.

"I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service and their efforts of preserving this country’s natural resources, than going on a Centennial


Lanesborough School Officials Look To Shorten Bus Ride Times
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Bus routes can't be much more efficient than they are now, but school officials are looking at small ways to reduce the time students spend traveling to and from school.   Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that he traveled the three bus routes with a staff member from DuFour Bus Co. and could not find a way to truly reduce the time students spend riding. Instead, he's looking to see if there could be more common bus stops, instead of always bringing students to their doors.   "We want to see if we can reduce the time students spend on the bus to and from school," McEvoy said of his trip, which included using Map


Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The approach of Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as regional presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music during the upcoming fall.
This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be


Investors Can Learn Much from Workers
10:40AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors.

For example:

Perseverance: Have you ever read about an inventor who failed dozens of times before finally hitting on a winner? Or a scientist who studied the same problem for decades before discovering a revolutionary solution? All kinds of workers display this type of perseverance, in one form or another. As an investor, you, too, will need this "stick-to-itiveness" because you will face


State Senate Candidates Focus On Economics In 5th Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Adam Hinds cited his work with the U.N., Pittsfield Community Connection, and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as showing he has the ability to bring parties together to tackle tough issues. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As director of the Pittsfield Community Connection Adam Hinds reeled in a $5 million grant to fight crime an violence in the city.   Over the next 10 years, the grant will supplement salaries to put at-risk youth in jobs, provide job training, get them counseling, and employed outreach workers who had been in gangs or jail and can show the youth that that lifestyle doesn't work.   The crime numbers overlapped with the three most impoverished census


North Adams Downtown Hosts Motorama This Weekend
09:57AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 6th annual Motorama will roar back into the city on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 3.    Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.   Last year's Motorama brought more than 500 vehicles, and this year hopes to draw record attendance. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $15, but the public can enjoy the event free of charge. Trophies will be presented at the end of the event.   In


Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.   True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.   "To a department, the faculty talked about their commitment to students achieving their academic goals, which isn't always the case," James F. "Jaime" Birge said recently. "Faculty aren't always as uniformly committed to that purpose as our faculty here. Literally, every


Local Author Unveils Real Magic on Mount Greylock
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

Ilvermorny's granite castle may be fictional, but there's a granite tower at the summit.

ADAMS, Mass. — Local author Kristen Demeo has written "Shrouded in The Mist" to show kids the facts behind the fictional Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located on the summit of Mount Greylock.

When Demeo heard that J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" book series, chose Mount Greylock to be the home of her fictional North American wizardry school, she felt she could harness a teachable moment.

"It connects kids with local history and helps them learn through a subject that may really interest them," Demeo said. "I hope kids


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