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Berkshire Tidbits: Community Celebration, Co-Op Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to
10:28AM / Friday, July 08, 2016

This Saturday, July 9, the towns of Becket and Washington will be holding a community fair, their Hilltown Brouhaha, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in various locations around the center of North Becket Village in the elbow of Route 8.

All the towns' hidden treasures will show themselves for the benefit of the community.

There will be food samplings from Dream Away Lodge and cooking demonstrations by Kushi Institute. Jacob's Pillow will present a dance performance, fairy houses will appear and there will be a book sale. Becket Arts Center and Athenaeum will have a silent auction.

Bowie the Magic Clown will be there and Smokey Bear, as well. Artisans, crafters and other vendors will sell


Williamstown Seeks Volunteers for Hiking Trail Maintenance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:43AM / Friday, July 08, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission wants you.   The panel is looking for volunteers to attend a July 14 lesson on how to help maintain town-owned hiking trails.   At its June 23 meeting, hiking enthusiast and commission member Robert Hatton asked his colleagues to organize the session, scheduled for 6:30 at Town Hall in advance of the committee’s next regular meeting.   Hatton first announced his plan to generate a volunteer trail maintenance crew at a Board of Selectmen meeting on June 14.   A week later, he explained to his colleagues on the Conservation Commission why it is necessary to find new volunteer labor for continuing maintenance

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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

Ciccolo Pleads Innocent to Terror Charges
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Thursday, July 07, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — An Adams man facing two terrorism-related charges pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Thursday afternoon.

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arraigned on several charges leveled in a superseding indictment released last week by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.   To each count, Ciccolo answered in a loud, clear voice, “not guilty,” in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson.   After the 15-minute hearing, Ciccolo’s attorney declined to speculate about the possibility of a plea bargain on the charges, which include accusations that he attempted to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and attempted


BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:21PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nineteen graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the College’s Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Pins and certificates were presented to the following graduates:

Adams: Kaylee Leja

Belchertown: Anne Kimani

Cheshire: Shayla Moquin

Dalton: Taylor Conrow

Lee: Becky Goulet

Pittsfield: Angela Alfonso, Louis Anwobor, Phyllis Arthur-Badoo, Grace Ezan, Valerie Goly, Rosario Hammond, Nicole Kibbe, Kara Kolodziej, Robin Norton, Arpita Patel, Amanda Walton

Sandisfield: Ashlee Downer

South Egremont: Jennifer Lechleitner

Southfield: Michelle


Tanglewood, Manchester Music Festival Season Begin
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:42AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Tanglewood opens its classical season this week this Friday, July 8, but there’s still diverse programming, with stimulating concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall.

As always, there’s music to suit every taste: from a brass extravaganza to early music from Africa and the New World; from the Boston Pops featuring writer/director/song stylist Seth MacFarlane to the superlative Emerson String Quartet performing classic Haydn and Berg quartets and much more.

Why go? Simply because the amazing range of great music can, and should, be enjoyed by all music lovers. Here are this week’s listings.

• Wednesday July 6, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Tanglewood Music Center vocal

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Programs Offer Incentives for Changing Out Old Woodstoves
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10:59AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — There are now several ways for Massachusetts residents to replace their old woodstoves with more efficient ones - and save them money on heating costs and help protect the environment, too.

But time is running out.

From now through Aug. 22, 2016, Massachusetts residents can apply for the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out program, a partnership between MassCEC, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy Resources, offers rebates to assist Massachusetts residents in replacing non-EPA-certified wood stoves with cleaner, more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves.

Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if


Be Aware of Challenges to Managing Retirement Income
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:53AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

When you retire, will your cost of living decline? Some of your expenses may indeed drop, but others won’t. Plus, you may have some new ones to consider.

So, all in all, it’s a good idea to think about ways to boost your retirement savings now, before you’re retired. And once you do retire, you’ll need to be adept at managing your income.

But whether saving today or planning for tomorrow, you should familiarize yourself with the key financial challenges you will face during your retirement years.

Specifically, consider these areas:

Longevity: Obviously, the longer your retirement lasts, the more money you’ll need. And you could be retired for quite some


Lanesborough Bulldogs Win Western Mass State Title
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
08:47PM / Tuesday, July 05, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- After scoring five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to comeback in Sunday’s state tournament semi-final, the Lanesborough Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning on Tuesday to take control of the game early.   And Bulldogs kept tacking on runs to earn an 11-0 victory over Narragansett to earn Lanesborough’s second straight Cal Ripken Western Mass State Championship.   Thomas Martin went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI, and Panayiotis Constantopoulos and Jack Cangelosi combined to strike out nine and allow one hit as Lanesborough earned a berth in the Cal Ripken New England Regional, July 15-22 in Chelmsford.   The


SVMC Health Blog: How to Use Sunscreen
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08:08PM / Tuesday, July 05, 2016

You just read the title of this column and thought, “Well, that’s silly. You just put it on.” Actually, there is more to it than that. 

July is Ultra Violet (UV) Safety Month. UV rays come from the sun and can cause sun burns and skin cancer. Both brief sun exposures all year round and as few as a few severe sunburns in a lifetime can add up to increase the risk of the most deadly type of skin cancer, melanoma.

Sunscreen is a valuable tool, but millions of people are over-relying on their incorrect use of sunscreen to protect themselves and their family members. Here are a few commonly held beliefs and the science to refute them. Follow the tips to make the best use


State Economic Development Secretary Tours Williamstown's Waubeeka
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Secretary Ash checks out a carving at Waubeeka after being invited to the course by owner Michael Deep. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The commonwealth's top economic development officer said last week that he liked what he saw at Waubeeka Golf Links and thinks it might be a good fit for the kind of resort and conference center envisioned by its owner.   Secretary for Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash spent Tuesday evening touring the South Williamstown golf course and chatting with local government and non-profit leaders.   He told the group assembled in the clubhouse that, in his mind, the venue had potential as a destination conference center.   "I have


Williamstown Yoga, Massage Operations Relocate, Maintain Connection
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Natasha Judson, center, leads a class at Tasha Yoga on Spring Street in Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At Williamstown Wellness, business was going so well that a single space was no longer enough.   But even though the massage and yoga branches have gone their separate ways, the connection between them remains strong.   "Just because we're at two different locations, I don't think of us as separate," said massage therapist Nicole Methot, who continues under the Williamstown Wellness name at the former Williamstown Financial Center on Main Street.   "There's a Williamstown Wellness website I'm building, and it has links to Tasha


Soccer Domain Academy Offers Youth Camps
08:05PM / Monday, July 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Soccer Domain Academy is offering position-specific clinics in July and August as well as a five-day soccer camp the third week in July.   The clinics will focus on topics that include ball mastery, striker training, defender training, goalkeeping, and SAQ (speed, agility and quickness).   A monthly pass to all sessions is $90.   The clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 12-14 and Aug. 9-11 at Fred Garner Park.   SDA will offer 5 Days of Soccer Fun for four different groups -- juniors 7-9, high performance 7-9, youth academy 9-12 and elite training 12-14 -- Monday through Friday, July 18-22, at Clapp Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   For


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