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Biz Briefs: Canyon Ranch Unveils Luxury Residences in Lenox
01:38PM / Monday, October 31, 2016

Luxury living: Canyon Ranch has launched Canyon Ranch Residences at Bellefontaine, a collection of exquisitely-designed condominiums at its 120-acre Lenox. location. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty Great Barrington, Mass., agents Gladys Montgomery and Marc Bachman will serve as the exclusive sales and marketing agents for the property.

Located on the grounds of the historic Bellefontaine Mansion in the heart of the Berkshires – approximately two hours from Boston and three hours from New York – the Residences at Bellefontaine will be comprised of 19 beautifully-appointed luxury condos ranging in price from $1.35 million to $3.5 million, all of which will have


Clark Art Receives Gift of Allan Sekula's Private Library
12:33PM / Monday, October 31, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's library recently received an important gift of the 15,000-volume personal collection of artist Allan Sekula. Art historian and professor Sally Stein made the gift of the Allan Sekula Library to the Clark in memory of her husband Allan Sekula (1951–2013).

The collection is housed in the Manton Research Center, which will reopen on Nov. 12 after an extensive renovation.

An international artist, photographer, filmmaker, and writer, Sekula was recognized as a public intellectual, art critic, and theorist, as well as for the social commentary, criticism, and activism that informed his life and work. He was a member of the


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

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $769,000 in Fall Grants Cycle
12:26PM / Monday, October 31, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have announced the recipients of the third round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed a total of $50,134 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves and grants totaling nearly $720,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Gateway Fund and Pauline Young Music Fund, both of which support projects for students in the North Adams School District.

Arts and Culture: Grants to arts organizations and arts programs in North Adams totaled $17,324. Select grant recipients include: Drury


Berkshires Beat: Cheshire Celebrates Halloween
11:35AM / Monday, October 31, 2016

Spooktacular: The Cheshire Elementary School PTG hosted its annual Halloween Dance Party on Friday, Oct. 21, in the school auditorium. DJ Bob Heck of Bob Heck Entertainment played music and games with the kids. The kids danced and played the night away.

The Hoosac Valley Cheerleaders came and volunteered their time to help run the game and craft tables. Many parent volunteers helped out to make this such a successful event. Each child came in their favorite costume and some parents dressed up as well. There was a large assortment of donated baked goods and treats. Each child received a pumpkin as they left and the pumpkins were donated by Whitney's Farm.

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Quinto Wins Junior Golf Event at Waubeeka Sports,
03:30PM / Sunday, October 30, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Under cloudy skies and cool fall temperatures, Kevin Quinto of Pittsfield High School Saturday won the American Junior Golf Association qualifier at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Quinto carded an even par 71 with three birdies and three bogeys.   South Windsor, Conn.’s, Jared Walter was second with a 4-over 75, but the highlight of the day was when he aced the 140-yard No. 7 using a Taylor Made 9 iron and a Titleist Prov1x.   First alternate position went to Connor Piecuch of East Longmeadow High School. Second alternate was Monica Mo of Guangzhou, China, by way of Pittsfield’s Miss Hall’s School.   The AJGA Preview Event now has a full


Williamstown Water Street Project on Track for 2018
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:40AM / Sunday, October 30, 2016

Filbert Yee of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, center, conducts the public hearing held on Oct. 19.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The long-anticipated reconstruction of Water Street is expected to get under way in spring 2018.

Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and engineering firm Greenman-Pedersen came to Town Hall this month for a public hearing on the project, which is 100 percent designed and ready to go to bid in August 2017.

"We've been working on it on and off with [Williamstown's Guntlow & Associates] for the last seven years," Greenman-Pedersen Project Manager James Noyes said. "Part of the delay was trying


No on 2 Campaign Rallies in Pittsfield as Election Day Nears
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016

MTA President Barbara Madeloni said so far 'the 413 is no on 2.' PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Corporations and big business cannot buy public education.   That is the message that those opposing Question 2, a ballot initiative calling for raising the cap on charter schools by a dozen, is sending.
  The opposition says the expansion of the charter school system will devastate the traditional public school system by allocating more public funding to the privately-run schools.   "The message you are sending across the nation is powerful. What you are saying is that big business, corporations, you cannot buy public education. That's the message that needs to

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Milne Library Hosts Author of 'Sniffer Dogs' and Real-life Sniffer
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:11PM / Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bloodhounds like Daisy can smell different aromas in the same way we can differentiate noises and voices. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nancy Castaldo's latest science book for children, "Sniffer Dogs," had a real life example on hand at the Milne Public Library with a special guest appearance by Daisy, the Police Department's K-9 unit   The award-winning Hudson Valley, N.Y., author presented some her research about the amazing capabilities of a dog's nose Tuesday afternoon at the library to a group of dog enthusiasts and explained how their sense of smell helps people.   She said because of her background in conservation, she was first attracted to


Letter: David vs Goliath
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

To the Editor:

My comments about the Massachusetts Senate race for our district: Berkshire, Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin).

I watched debates, read the articles, saw and heard local TV and radio appearances and have seen Facebook posts for both candidates. There are major differences between the two! Hurrah, a clear choice.

As a treasurer for a candidate many years ago, I know how to peek at the campaign finance reports (Everyone can: check OCPF for MA, next report 10/31). As of the end of August, Adam Hinds' campaign had reported $75,067 in donations and spent $54,681 vs Christine Canning-Wilson reporting $3,185 [in donations] and spending $2,922.

Seems like a financial Goliath


Mount Greylock Grad Dils Earns Academic Honor
02:42PM / Friday, October 28, 2016
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury College senior and Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus Tom Dils has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America District I First-Team Academic All-District selection.   Dils of Williamstown and his Middlebury teammate Adam Glaser each were recognized, the college announced on Friday.   The pair will be in action at Williams’ Cole Field on Saturday when the Panthers play the Ephs in the quarter-finals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship.   Dils currently boasts a 3.92 GPA as an English major. He has been a key contributor off the bench for the Panthers after moving up to a forward position a


'Jack Reacher: Never Go Back': Doesn't Quite Grab You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:35PM / Friday, October 28, 2016

It is what it is.

I contemplated saving approximately 805 words by simply having the above overworked phrase stand as my review of director Edward Zwick's "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back." However, despite its relatively appropriate description of this action-thriller starring Tom Cruise as the title maverick, fear of a random audit by the American Film Critics Oversight Committee induced me to proceed with the usual study in tortured prose that follows.

In this second film based on the character developed by novelist Lee Child, the ex-military police major-turned-vigilante once again fights for truth, justice and the American way — in his very own way. Expect the usual


Williamstown Elementary Surveying Families About Strategic Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:39AM / Friday, October 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School is asking its families about their aspirations for the K-6 school.   The district is in the process of developing a strategic plan, and part of that process will be an electronic survey that is being sent to stakeholders, Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday evening.   "We've asked people in the community to respond a week from this Friday so we can gather the data," Dias said. "The next step after that is to take the data, put it in a workable form and put together a group of staff, community, School Committee members and look at the data to see what we can come up with to


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