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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Archive Site Builds on Successful Season
12:25PM / Monday, October 03, 2016

Door to the past: Following the record-breaking success of Festival 2016 and the increased demand for its resources, Jacob's Pillow Dance announces year-round online access to its impressive archives through a new website. Beginning this year, digitized content and a large amount of information is available to the public, offering an unprecedented resource to the global dance community.

Festival 2016 was one of the most successful seasons on record for Jacob’s Pillow, a National Historic Landmark, National Medal of Arts recipient, and home to America’s longest-running dance festival. The Pillow hosted a record-breaking 108,000 visitor experiences throughout the summer,


BArT Announces Upcoming 'Shadow Day'
12:10PM / Monday, October 03, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School will host a "Shadow Day" for students interested in either enrolling at BArT for the upcoming 2017-18 school year or transferring into BArT during this current 2016-17 school year.

Shadow Days provide students with an opportunity to experience classes alongside current BART students. While interested students participate in BART's classes, parents and guardians are invited to take a tour of the school.  

Advance registration is required and can be completed by contacting enrollment Counselor Monique Nottke at 413-743-7311, ext. 732, or by e-mail at

Grades six, eight


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

Think About Test-Driving Your Next Tractor First
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10:36AM / Monday, October 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When you're buying a car, you probably take each car you are considering for a test drive, around the block or around town or even overnight.

After all, with such a big purchase, you want to make sure that it's a good fit. You want to make sure it's comfortable, that it accelerates and brakes responsively and clearly, and that it handles well.

Buying a tractor is the same thing; it is also a large investment that deserves your time and attention to detail.

"That's why one of the most important things you can do is take a tractor that interests you out for a test drive," said Kevin Stengl, marketing manager at Pittsfield Lawn and


Williamstown Lumber Yard Growing to Meet Demand
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, October 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Growing customer need means more buildings and more workers at R.K. Miles Inc.

The building materials supplier at the corner of Cole Avenue and North Hoosac Road has added five new buildings to its complex and more than doubled the number of employees.

Glenn Hebert, general manager of the Williamstown branch of the Manchester, Vt., based company, said when he first came on board, there were seven employees. This has now grown to 18 and the lumber yard has "outgrown" its facility.

"We have outgrown the area that we are in ... it became too small for us with the number of SKUs (items) that we carry, the number of vehicles and employees that we


Mount Greylock Set to Finalize $30M School Bond
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School building project is on track to hit a couple of milestones this week.   On Monday, the School Committee will float $30 million worth of bonds to pay for the renovation and expansion addition to the junior-senior high school.   On Friday, representatives of the Massachusetts School Building Authority — which is paying for about 60 percent of the reimbursable aspects of the $64.8 million project — will be in town for a ceremonial ground-breaking.   At its Sept. 20 meeting, the School Committee discussed the details of the bond issue, which will occur on Monday morning.   Clark Rowell of Unibank


@theMarket: Day Traders Rule the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
11:49AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016

What a week of volatility! The Dow was up or down 100 points or more every day while the other averages were equally as volatile. Brace yourself, because October should be just as crazy.

Pick your poison: the presidential debate, fears of a global banking crisis, a spike in oil — all of them provided a field day for short-term traders. Of course to profit, one must have known who would win the debate, that OPEC would come to a tentative agreement to cut production, and that the largest bank in Germany would experience even more financial difficulties.

I wrote last week that politics would impact the markets this month. The first presidential debate saw the market drop double-digits


Vermont Author Pens Fiction Novel Based in Local History
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
STAMFORD, Vt. — Local author Peter Grudin has harnessed the spirit of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont in shaping a story that weaves through time.

The retired Williams College professor of English and literature said his novel, "Right Here," centers around a house and its history.  

"It's about people and the way they develop, but what makes it a little bit special it is very tightly fixed in time and space," he said. "I called it 'Right Here' because I sat at my desk and wrote it at a certain longitude and latitude and that's where the book takes place. Anyone reading it will recognize places, mountain ranges, roads, climate


Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016

Young boys posing outside the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing in 1911. Lewis Hine's photos were instrumental in the passing of child labor laws.  ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill.   Native William Kolis, who has been an advocate for arts, culture and economic development in Adams, said the exhibit, based on Lewis Hine's photographs of child mill workers in the early 20th century, finally has a home.   "We finally did it and it is a wonderful space," Kolis said. "It was difficult to get done but I have no qualms."   The exhibit was previously displayed


Second Congregational Church Installs Interim Minister
02:55PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Second Congregational Church of Williamstown has named the Rev. Barbara A. Kershner as its interim minister.

The Rev. Kershner succeeds the Rev. Penny Rich Smith, who served the congregation for 23 years. From 2001-2014, the Rev. Kershner served as pastor of St. John's U.C.C. in Orwigsburg, Pa., a medium-sized church in a rural area. She was educated at West Chester State University in Pennsylvania and received her master's of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. She was ordained at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge in 2000.

She lives in Stockbridge and has two grown sons - Seth, who lives in Lee and


SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box
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12:22PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

It's back to school time, which means parents and kids are shopping for items to fill up lunch boxes and brown paper bags. Sure, you could choose the same foods you chose last year, plus whatever new "superfoods" that just hit the supermarket.

However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.


Switch to Whole Grains

Way back in 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that wheat bread


Williams Professor 2017 Recipient of Richtmyer Lecture Award
10:50AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Association of Physics Teachers has selected Jay M. Pasachoff to receive the 2017 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award.

Pasachoff is recognized with the award for outstanding contributions to physics and effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators. The award will be presented at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting in Atlanta. In connection with the award, Pasachoff will deliver a talk entitled "Observing the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017."

Pasachoff is an astronomer and is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and the author of textbooks and tradebooks in astronomy, physics,


Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want


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