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Panel Discussion, Film Screening Sheds Light On Heroin Epidemic
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Congressman Richard Neal headed the effort to bring the screening to BCC. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County has seen 105 people so far this year taken to the hospital after overdosing.   That's on pace for more than 300 in a year.   Last year, there were 158, a sharp increase from the average of 40 to 60 from 2011 through 2013. There were 36 deaths in 2015 from overdoses and so far in Pittsfield alone there have been nine. A total of 36 out of 800 babies born this year have been exposed to opioids while in utero.   Those statistics come from John Rogers, vice president and general counsel for Berkshire Health Systems. He detailed those numbers after a

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Williamstown Conservation Commission OKs Clark Solar Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Conservation Commissioner Robert Hatton said routine maintenance needs to be done to keep the trails passable. Anyone interested in helping can contact Andrew Goff at Town Hall. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has the go-ahead from the town to install a solar photovoltaic installation on its property.   The museum's partner, Framingham-based Ameresco, Inc., was before the Conservation Commission last week to explain the project and get its approval to proceed without a Notice of Intent, which would have triggered a much more rigorous review.   The commission unanimously agreed that the 400-kilowatt, ground-mounted installation will not


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

Brien Center's Adult Day Health Program Provides Dignity, Respite
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Susan Jusino, right, has been attending the Adult Day Health center since November.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A year ago, Susan Jusino was not in a good place.

"I had been suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts because I started losing my vision five years ago, and it keeps getting worse and worse and worse," Jusino recalled recently.

"They thought that the the socialization would be good for me because what I was doing was just sitting in my house doing nothing because of the depression.

"This place saved me, I can tell you."

"This place" is the Brien Center's Adult Day Health center.

Since November, Jusino has been a regular at the


Lanesborough Bulldogs Bow Out of New England Regional
09:33PM / Monday, July 18, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Lisbon, Maine, scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put away a 10-2 win over the Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old All-Stars on Monday at the Cal Ripken Baseball New England Regional.   “It was a great run for our boys, and it was a great experience,” Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. “It's sad it comes to an end of their Cal Ripken season, but some of the players will continue on and play one more tournament beginning Aug. 3, a five-day tournament at the Tennessee Cal Ripken complex. It will be a great way to cap our season off.    “We are very proud how these boys handled themselves and played. It


Congressman Neal Hosts Heroin Documentary, Panel Discussion
04:02PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal is hosting a screening of the HBO documentary "Heroin: Cape Cod USA" at Berkshire Community College on Tuesday.

Neal is joined in the event by Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer; North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright; Berkshire County Sheriff Thomas Bowler and Berkshire County District Attorney David Capeless.

The showing in the Koussevitzky Arts Center is free and open to the public. The event begins at 5 p.m. with brief remarks; a panel discussion about current efforts to reduce the drug problem in Berkshire County will follow the 77-minute film. It is expected to conclude by 7:45 p.m.

Panelists include Alcombright; Bowler; 


Biz Briefs: Rotary 'Citizen of the Year,' Bank Grants
03:21PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

Good citizens: The Rotary Club of Great Barrington presented its annual “Citizen of the Year” award to Sally and Fred Harris of Saint James Place.  A luncheon presentation took place on June 29 at Crissey Farm, with selection committee chair, MaryAnn Norris, presiding.

Each year Great Barrington Rotarians honor a member or members of the community exemplifying the Rotary motto “service above self.” Sally and Fred Harris were chosen for their significant contribution to Great Barrington in saving St. James Episcopal Church and embarking on a six-year long historic restoration to transform the church buildings into a cultural center destined to enhance the


Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners Announced
01:16PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

The winners are: Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have selected five winning submissions to their first photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

The winning photos were taken by Dana Goedewaagen of Glendale; Stacy McMahon of Great Barrington; John R. Morse of Stockbridge; and Sharon Siter of South Egremont. The photos show the Mary Flynn Trail; the Housatonic River as it courses through Stockbridge; Konkapot Brook, with Ice Glen and Beartown Mountain in the background; the Children’s Chime Tower by the Congregational Church in Stockbridge; and the Cat and


Long Ball, Defense Lift Lanesborough at New England Regional
05:09PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Thomas Martin and Landen Jamula homered in a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Lanesborough Bulldogs to a 10-7 win over Oxford, Conn., on Sunday at the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-year-old New England Regionals.   Lanesborough (1-2 in pool play) trailed, 7-4, going into the inning, but Martin led off with a homer to center field.   After Oxford got a pair of outs, Oscar Low drew a walk and Derek Paris doubled to center for Jamula, who hit a 2-0 pitch over the fence to give Lanesborough the lead.   Tristan Gardner homered to plate Jack Gitterman in the fifth as the Bulldogs went ahead, 10-7, and Low pitched a scoreless sixth to nail down the


Cages Tops South Troy Dodgers
05:07PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alex Carusotto hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Andrew Rickus to break a 4-4 and send the Cages Baseball Club on to an 8-5 win over the South Troy Dodgers on Sunday at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Carusotto’s RBI gave the home team a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Cages went on to score three more runs in the inning on RBI doubles by Michael Strizzi and Matt Braman and an RBI single by Brodie Altiere.   Braman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Dominic DeFelice drove in a pair for Cages.   Eli Holland gave up four runs in five innings before giving way to Dennis Cooney, who allowed no earned runs in four innings to earn


Lanesborough Bulldogs Drop Two at New England Regional
09:30PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars started the New England Regional on Saturday with a pair of losses by scores of 10-9 and 11-1.   In the Western Massachusetts champions’ opener, Lanesborough fell behind, 7-0, after three innings against Washington Park, R.I.   But the Bulldogs’ bats came alive in the fourth, and they went on to take a 9-7 lead.   Oscar Low got things started with a double, and Panayiotis Constantopoulos followed with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth.   Low finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Josh Polumbo and Jack Gitterman each had a pair of hits.   The Rhode Islanders


Cages Baseball Club Drops a Double-Header
06:27PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Cages Baseball Club dropped a pair of close decisions to the Champlain Mariners on Saturday.   Champlain won the first game, 2-0, and the second, 3-2.   In the 3-2 loss, Dominic DeFelice went 2-for-3 with a runs scored and an RBI, and Matt Braman had a hit and scored a run.   Alex Carusotto went the distance on the mound, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and one walk.   In the shutout loss, Josh Jezouit was the hard luck loser, allowing just one earned run and striking out seven over six innings.   The Cages Club is home on Sunday against the South Troy Dodgers at Mount Greylock Regional School at 2 p.m.  


Williamstown Rural Lands Adds 'QR' Codes at Trailheads
04:45PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is making it easier for hikers to access its trails on their own time with a system of downloadable maps and guides.

  WRLF has posted at the trailhead of three of its trails a QR (Quick Response) code that will enable a hiker with a smartphone who simply scans the QR code to download a trail map and a trail description, providing information about the length of the trail and its degree of difficulty, and describing the natural features to be encountered along the way.   All a hiker needs to do is to go to the "App Store" and enter "QR Code Reader" in the search box.   After clicking on the


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