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Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship Applications Accepted
11:29PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250-$500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene taught at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time she developed the school’s


Wiliams Junior Wins Truman Scholarship
10:27PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Anna DeLoi has been awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award given to college juniors demonstrating exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service.

DeLoi plans to pursue a joint degree through the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Master of Arts/Master of Public Policy (MA/MPP) program to prepare for running a community music education organization in an under-resourced, rural community.

DeLoi is one of 62 recipients chosen from an applicant pool of 768 from 315 colleges and universities. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 in support for graduate study, in addition to


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

The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland
By Bill Schmick,
04:56PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix well. For investors, there are far too many unknowns, especially when U.S. warships are steaming toward the Korean Peninsula. In Syria, American troops were spotted alongside Jordanian Special Forces troops along the border, despite our president's assurances that boots on the ground are out of the question. Actually, that isn't quite true, since U.S. Special Forces have been operating alongside our


Easter Events Around Berkshire County
02:12PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hippity, hoppety, Easter is on the way - and so are plenty of holiday events around Berkshire County.

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Saturday, April 8

* Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Walker Street, Lenox, 10 a.m-noon and 1-3 p.m.: The mansion will present its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Children should be at least 12 years of age.


Sunday, April 9

* Adams Youth


Total Eclipse Preview Enthralls Williamstown Students
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Who's up for a road trip this summer?

Maybe the entire fifth and sixth grades at Williamstown Elementary School, after hearing Williams College astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff tell them all about the rare solar eclipse set to take place on Aug. 21 from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina.

Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to Williamstown Elementary on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said. But the "path of totality" — where the total eclipse will be

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monday, April 16, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to


Don't Get Swayed by These Investment 'Myths'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:00PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Over time, you will run into various suggestions for investing successfully. Yet upon closer inspection, many of these ideas turn out to be "myths" – which could cause you trouble if you treat them as solid advice.

Here are five of these myths, along with some reasons for ignoring them:

* You can find the next "big thing." All of us probably wish we could have "gotten in on the ground floor" of Apple or Microsoft or some other tremendously profitable company. And who knows? There may indeed be a similar other business out there, waiting to take off. But it's almost impossible for anyone to identify these potential "blockbusters."


Williamstown Selectmen: Pot Bylaw a 'Defensive Step'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Selectwoman Jane Patton publicly grappled with her conscience before voting against recommending town meeting approve a bylaw change regarding marijuana businesses. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided and conflicted Board of Selectmen on Monday voted its recommendations on a 40-article warrant to be presented to next month's annual town meeting.   The four selectmen in attendance made short work of most of the financial warrant articles, though a couple of the Community Preservation Act allocations generated some discussion.   The real sticking points came further down the warrant, when the board considered a bylaw amendment to create zoning regulations for marijuana

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Eastern Mountain Sports at Berkshire Mall Slated For Closure
Staff Reports,
02:58PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Eastern Mountain Sports could be the next store to leave the Berkshire Mall.   Eastern Outfitters is looking at closing 21 of 35 Bob's Stores and 27 of 51 Eastern Mountain Sports locations, according to the company's bankruptcy proceedings. The 4,226 square-foot retail space in the Berkshire Mall is one of those listed in the bankruptcy filings for closure.   Sports Direct has offered to buy Eastern Outfitters through a private sale but only wants some locations, not all. The plan is to close those identified locations and sell the rest. Eastern Outfitters asked for court permission to conduct store closing sales at those


BMC Named Among Top 10 Hospitals in U.S. for Patient Safety
01:23PM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that recognizes superior performance in hospitals that have prevented the occurrence of serious, potentially avoidable complications for patients during hospital stays.

The distinction places BMC among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data for its excellent performance as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"Berkshire Medical Center has consistently been rated among the safest hospitals in the nation, and this

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Tapestry's Syringe Access Program Holding Open House
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Only one person entered Tapestry's new syringe access program on West Main Street during its first month in February.    Then about 40 people came in during March.    "I think once word of mouth started to spread and people knew we were open, every single day for the last three weeks we've had at least two new people come in," said Sarah Dejesus, a clinical medical assistant in the new office.     The growing numbers point to the need for the program, the only one of its kind in the county.    "It is sad in a way that there is such a need for us but I'm glad that we can be here for people,"


Large Public Hearing Turnout Opposes Eversource Rate Increase
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Attorney General Maura Healey has been testifying against the increase throughout the state. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There were a lot of numbers being thrown around Monday night at the public hearing for Eversource's proposed electrical rate increase.    Seventy-three is the number of teachers the city is already planning to lay off while $6.1 million is the salary of Eversource CEO James J. Judge.   The figure of $708,336 is how much the mayor says the proposed Eversource rate increase would add to the city budget.   The electric company shut off power to 10,903 homes in 2015. One dollar and 30 cents per credit would be added to tuition at Berkshire


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