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Williams Students Teach Biology in Elementary School Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:22AM / Saturday, January 30, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — This month, fourth-graders in Lanesborough and Williamstown have traded in Four Square for Punnett squares.   Genetics is just one of the lessons being taught by the nationally-recognized science program BioEyes, which returned this winter to Williamstown Elementary School and made its first stop at Lanesborough Elementary.   The program, developed at the University of Pennsylvania, came to North Berkshire in 2010 through the efforts of Williams College neuroscience professor Martha Marvin.   She was back in the elementary school classrooms this week, helping her Williams students who taught the program to 9- and 10-year-olds, who studied the


Girl Scout Cookies On Sale Through March 6
02:59PM / Friday, January 29, 2016

It's time for Do-si-dos, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Samoas and your other favorites: Girl Scout Cookie season has begun and will run through Sunday, March 6.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-led business in the country. From its earliest beginnings to its current popularity, the sale of cookies has helped Girl Scouts set goals, develop people skills and learn business skills such as money management and decision-making.

In the Berkshires, there are the six varieties of cookies sold at $4 a box: Samoas, Trefoils, Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos and Savannah Smiles. And, Toffee-tastic, the limited edition gluten-free cookie, is available for $5 a box.

The public has 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

Lanesborough Elementary Earns State Commendation For MCAS Results
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, January 29, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The elementary school was one of just 45 schools in the state to receive commendations from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   The state's 2015 accountability data gave the school scores of 98 out of a 100 in closing proficiency gaps for all Lanesborough Elementary School students and a score of 100 for those with high needs. Both of those calculated scores are above the state's target of 75. The school is again ranked a Level 1 — the highest the state ranks — because of Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores.   "I'm proud of all of these scores," Principal Martin McEvoy said on


Lanesborough Elementary Considering Opening 14 School-Choice Spots
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:42PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent Douglas Dias is asking the School Committee to open up a total of 14 school-choice spots for the upcoming year.   "Where there is excessive space, we should open choice," Dias said. "Taking in students to a class that is half full doesn't add to the monetary weight."   School choice has been a topic of discussion among some town residents who feel the $5,000 in state support isn't sufficient. Some say since the cost per pupil is higher than $5,000, the town is being shortchanged.   However, school officials see the $5,000 per student as offsetting costs that are already being incurred. The classrooms

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BHS Dealing With Malware Threat
Staff Reports,
04:48PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is trying to heal some sick computers after they were infected with malware during the past week.

"No patient health or payment information was compromised during this event and that information is protected by a sophisticated and secure system," said BHS spokesman Michael Leary in response to an inquiry by iBerkshires.

Leary said the FBI's Boston office contacted BHS on Tuesday to share information on the malware threat, which has apparently caused problems at other businesses around the world recently.

Berkshire Health Systems personnel began seeing evidence of the event last weekend and brought in computer security

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'The Boy': Best Seen by Mistake
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

There is only one reason or excuse to see director William Brent Bell's mediocre horror film, "The Boy." Luckily, such circumstances and the manner in which your humble auditor viewed the movie in question serendipitously ameliorated what would have otherwise proved a night at the Bijou, ruined. To follow my prescription, first you and a good friend must be closed out of the movie you originally intended to see because of a projector snafu. Then, with the clock ticking and après-theater dinner plans hinging, you pick a film, any film, with start and end times that fit.

Call it the "Sometimes you Get Shot out of a Cannon Method of Movie Selection." While not

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The Independent Investor: The High Price of Cash
By Bill Schmick,
02:36PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

Since the beginning of January, many investors have sold their holdings in the stock market and are sitting on the sidelines in cash. Is it too late to sell, or would selling out be a wise move?

Well over $7 billion was sold from U.S. stock funds thus far in January. In December, $48 billion exited stock funds. In hindsight, anyone who sold at the end of last year would presumably be sitting pretty, but that's not the case at all.

There's an old saying "I'd rather be out of the market wishing I were in, than in the market wishing I were out." Those are words that surely resonate with most investors right now. And as the financial markets worldwide continue to


Mickle Electric, MacFarlane Office Earn Youth Basketball Wins
08:03AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tej Patel scored 12 points Wednesday to lead Mickle Electric to a 28-20 win over Williamstown Police in the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association.   Thomas Martin added 10 points in the win for Mickle.   Will Broadwell scored eight, and Max McAlister added five for Williamstown Police.   In Wednesday's other game, Tate Kuster scored 10 and Derek Paris added seven for MacFarlane Office Products in a 28-20 win over Williamstown Police.   McAlister scored seven points in a losing cause in that game.


Amherst Men's, Women's Basketball Pound Williams
07:44AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Amherst College men's basketball team (15-3) Wednesday put on a dominating performance in Chandler Gym, defeating the Williams Ephs (12-7) by a final score of 71-50.    Williams did not have a lead the entire game.   Cole Teal led Williams (12-7) with 15 points. Daniel Aronowitz added 13 points and 7 rebounds.   Jayde Dawson led Amherst (15-3) with 17. Williams next plays Fort Kent on Monday.   WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AMHERST, Mass. -- Ali Doswell scored 27 points to lead the Amherst women's basketball team to a 66-54 win over Williams on Wednesday night.   Amanni Fernandez scored a game-high 28 for Williams


Berkshire Tidbits: Cupcake and Chili Wars
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:38PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! at Chez Nous Bistro Resumes   At Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! this Thursday, Chez Nous baker/co-owner Rachel Portnoy says she and her husband, chef and co-owner Franck Tessier will be, "diving into an exciting new cookbook by one of our favorite local cookbook writers, Darra Goldstein: Fire & Ice, Classic Nordic Cooking. All of the menu and recipes will be inspired by this gorgeous new book."   She said, "The menu will be inspired by the sea." Franck will be making and demonstrating how to make "brined ice cellar salmon, followed by crispy fried fish with a Nordic winter salad,"   And for dessert, Portnoy will bake a


WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum Perspectives
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:32PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts.

With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum of Art for a night, in addition to creating two upcoming projects with her brother, painter Dan Walsh.

Walsh's winter study course focuses on institutional critique, an art practice that casts its gaze back on the place that houses it, and asks questions about the purpose of art and museums. That will be put into action for Walsh's "WCMA At


Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting

Any student who will be graduating in the class of


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