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Nigerian Novelist Speaking at Williams' 228th Commencement
03:59PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer and recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 228th commencement exercise on Sunday, June 4.    The day before, former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will former Williams College provost and current president of Washington and Lee University Will Dudley; public health and environmental advocate Gina McCarthy; and Gavin A. Schmidt, the director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie is the leading African


SVMC OB/GYN Service Now Available at Pownal Campus
03:24PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Women in Pownal, Vt., and nearby Berkshire County can now schedule gynecologic and prenatal appointments closer to home. Gynecologist Dr. Malcolm Paine has begun seeing patients at SVMC’s Pownal Campus in Pownal, Vt.

"Regular visits are so important for women of all ages, especially moms-to-be and their babies. This change allows women who live south of Bennington to travel a lot less to make their appointments," Paine said.

Dr. Paine offers all of the same services at the Pownal Campus that he currently offers at his office in Bennington, including screenings, prevention, treatment, and prenatal care.

Dr. Robert Tarnas, one of three primary care


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 Announces Second Round of Grant Deadlines
03:17PM / Wednesday, March 15, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the second round of deadlines for competitive grants in 2017.

Regional nonprofits, students, school communities and individuals are invited to apply for funding during the spring grants cycle from April through June.

For nonprofits

The Fund for Williamstown's DeMayo Bright Futures Innovation Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, businesses or individuals who are passionate about solving community challenges with innovative practices in Williamstown. The award recipient will receive $1,000. Nominations are due April 15.

The Wassermann-Streit Y’diyah Memorial Fund supports educational projects about


North Adams Children Sell 'Rainbow Rocks' for Charity
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mason Stred is interviewed by Channel 6 on about the art fundraiser.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An effort to raise $500 for a local cancer support group has brought in five times that much, largely thanks to an outpouring of support and the sales pitch from some of the area's youngest residents.

Rainbow Rocks, a fundraiser organized by parent Jaycee Stred, brought children and parents together to paint colorful rainbows on rocks. On Sunday at Lickety Split, they presented PopCares with a check and cash for $2,500.

The best part of the activity was "to sell them to people with cancer," said Mason, Stred's 7-year-old son, between licks of a celebratory ice cream cone.

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iBerkshire Storm Center: Weather Updates & Cancellations
02:04PM / Monday, March 13, 2017
The National Weather Service's winter storm warning expires at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, but cleanup from Tuesday's blizzard may take several days.    A number of schools systems in the Berkshire are closed and others on 2-hour delays. The courts are also on a 2-hour delay and will open at 10 a.m.

• List of School Closings

Motorists should continue to take precautions; many side roads still need plowing and roads may be narrow.    Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer said city crews have been working since 3 a.m. on Tuesday.    "It's been a battle to keep the mains open," she wrote on Facebook at about 7 p.m. "Neighborhood streets will


Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office
12:23PM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Insurance merger: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance of Great Barrington has purchased the Great Barrington office of GoodWorks Insurance.  The purchase brings together two firms that are consistently ranked among the top independent insurance agencies in the region, according to George A. Ryan, Jr., president of Wheeler & Taylor.  

Chad Yonker, chairman of GoodWorks Insurance, will become a shareholder and chairman at Wheeler & Taylor. Ryan will continue in his role as president indefinitely and remains the company’s majority shareholder. Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no


Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'
11:40AM / Monday, March 13, 2017

Freedom reigns: For the second year, Norman Rockwell Museum is teaming up with New York's Capital Area Art Supervisors to present a unique exhibition of student artwork exploring what freedom means in the 21st century. "Reimagining The Four Freedoms is on view at Norman Rockwell Museum from March 18 through April 9."

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State. Works from students enrolled in Studio in Art classes in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady County will be on view. Each work will relate to a freedom most important


@theMarket: Mushy Markets in March
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Friday, March 10, 2017
Investors took a break this week from the ongoing Trump rally, even as the pace of change in Washington seems to be accelerating. Both the financial downside and political upside should be positive for your investment portfolio overtime.   The minor consolidation I have been expecting in the stock market began this week. The averages have pulled back a little, but the S&P 500 Index, for example, has lost less than one percent from its all-time highs. That's not exactly the end of the world ...   I see a meandering two steps back, one step forward, kind of market with the downside risk somewhere between 2,300 and 2,330 on the S&P 500 Index. That would equate to about a


Williams Professor Receives 2017 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
12:26PM / Friday, March 10, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Council of Learned Societies has named Dorothy J. Wang, associate professor of American Studies, a 2017 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow. Wang is the first professor from Williams College to win the highly competitive fellowship, which provides "potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects."

The Burkhardt Fellowship carries a $95,000 stipend and a $7,500 research budget, allowing awardees to take up a yearlong residency at an institution whose resources and scholarly community are suited to facilitate his or her research project. This year, 22 fellows were chosen out of 160


Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms This Weekend
11:46AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

BOSTON — State fire officials are reminding people that as they change their clocks this weekend to check their smoke detectors as well.

"Prevent that annoying chirp of a dying smoke alarm battery by replacing the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms now, unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries,"  State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey said. "Check the age of your alarms. Smoke alarms need to be replaced after 10 years usually, and carbon monoxide alarms after five to seven years."
Ostroskey said time is the enemy during a fire, and alarms offer precious seconds to evacuate before poisonous gases and heat make


Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
11:30AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Elie S. Semaan, a vascular surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Semaan is accepting new patients in need of vascular care, and joins Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez, Andrew Lederman, Robert Lincer, Clayton Peterson and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Semaan comes to the Berkshires from New Hampshire, where he operated a vascular surgery practice for the past year. Previously, he was director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at NYC Surgical Associates


Lanesborough School Approves Level Service Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 10, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — After a brief public hearing the School Committee approved a budget that calls for a level-funded appropriation from the taxpayers.   This will be the third consecutive year the school has asked for an appropriation of $2,434,710.   The overall budget is up by $40,949 from last year but that increase is being covered by school-choice revenue and is not coming from the town. The total budget is set at $2,769,997 but $345,177 is coming from non-appropriated sources such as school choice and grants. That represents a 1.5 percent total increase in spending.   "We're looking at an additional $40,949 over the current budget which we will be


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