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Berkshire Tidbits: Leaping Into Spring
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:34PM / Monday, February 29, 2016

Maple trees are waking up all around the Berkshire area. At this point, this changeable but pretty warm winter, everybody is already tapping in the sugarbushes. Sap is running intermittently and being boiled into gallons of syrup.

Most producers have syrup to sell. Some producers have already made hundreds of gallons.

This is past weekend all the sugarhouses that serve sit-down meals opened up to serve their fresh syrup. Most of them like to have visitors come watch the syrup being made in the sugarhouse, too.

Here's who's open for you to eat homemade pancakes and waffles and "anything you can put maple syrup on!" as Tom McCrumm of South Face Farm at the

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Hillary Clinton Visits Western Mass on Eve of Primary
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:10PM / Monday, February 29, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Hillary Clinton wowed a small crowd of supporters in Springfield on Monday morning before heading off to a larger rally in Boston just a day before the state's primary.

"I will work as hard as I can every single day. ... I will get up and to go to work for you and fight for you," the Democratic presidential candidate said, asking for their votes on Tuesday. "I want us to make progress again. I am a progressive who likes to make progress."

The former secretary of state took aim at the candidates on the right, saying the Republicans left are "still peddling the same snake oil" that trickle-down economics will work.

"They

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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
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Williams Women Sixth at Middlebury Carnival
08:56AM / Monday, February 29, 2016

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The 2016 EISA carnival season came to a close on Sunday with the last Nordic races. The day, which included a 15-kilometer mass start classic race for the women and a 20-kilometer version for the men at the RIkert Nordic Center, was a dramatic one for the Williams College Ephs.

In the men's race, junior Eli Hoenig continued to make history by tying his own best result from earlier this season of second place in a carnival. Jack Hegman of Vermont, in a photo finish, ended up lunging his foot across the line about two inches in front of Hoenig.

 

Sophomore Jack Schrupp and freshman Braden Becker rounded out the scoring team in 11th and 12th while junior

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Greylock Boys Basketball 5th-6th Graders Wrap Up Season
08:07AM / Monday, February 29, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Greylock fifth- and sixth-grade travel basketball team wrapped up its season on Saturday with a two-point loss that eliminated the squad from the Berkshire County championship tournament.

Boys Club Blue defeated Greylock, 42-40, despite 20 points from Derek Paris and eight from Thomas Martin.

 

“It was a back-and-forth game which didn’t disappoint the fans,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “It was exciting and came down to the last possession. We just ran out of seconds.

 

“We had a great season. I am very proud of what these young boys have accomplished. The future is bright for Greylock

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100K Gift Helps Brien Center Expand Youth Substance Abuse Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:23AM / Monday, February 29, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — B. John and Rosaleen Miller lost their son to a drug overdose.   Their response 20 year ago is helping prevent that tragedy occurring to other families. Jim Mucia of the Brien Center says, "if we can get one kid off of heroin it is worth it."   Mucia heads the Patrick Miller Youth Substance Abuse Program at the Brien Center. The program brings counselors into schools all over Berkshire County, provides intervention programs and holds forums and presentations, all with a focus of keeping students away from drugs and alcohol.   "The best way to reduce the opioid problem, which is obviously become huge, is to not start. Once an addict

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Mount Greylock Committee Talks Over Lanesborough Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Monday, February 29, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the Mount Greylock School Committee spent much of Thursday's 2 1/2-hour meeting discussing Lanesborough's special town meeting, at which residents debated the district's proposed $64.8 million addition and renovation project.

Lanesborough officials placed a question for discussion of the proposed Mount Greylock School project at the special town meeting. School Committee members noted that most of attendees seemed to be in favor of passing the debt exclusion vote the town will hold on March 15 (Williamstown's vote is Tuesday, March 1).

But there were a number of objections raised — both by town officials who reiterated

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Mount Greylock's Draft 2017 Budget Up 4%
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:07PM / Sunday, February 28, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday discussed an evolving fiscal 2017 budget.

As presented by Superintendent Douglas Dias and Principal Mary MacDonald, the budget includes a 3.91 percent increase over FY16, from $10.6 million to just less than $11 million.

Much of the increase is attributable to a 14 percent hike in the cost of health insurance that is rippling through municipal and school budgets around the area.

At Mount Greylock, officials are projecting FY17 spending that includes two fewer teaching positions. One retiring teacher will not be replaced. Another will be subjected to a reduction in force.

"These two eliminations

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Greylock, Boys Club Win Youth Basketball County Titles
iBerkshires Sports,
07:36PM / Sunday, February 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Cole Wojtkowski scored 28 points on Sunday afternoon to lead Greylock to a 53-42 win over the Boys Club Black team in the Berkshire County Youth Basketball seventh- and eighth-grade championship game.

Toby Foehl scored 13, and Mitchell Jezouit added six for Greylock, which topped the Boys Club Black squad for the second time in 10-team double-elimination tournament.

Boys Club hung tough early, using 3-pointers by Nick Taylor, Laqeuin Brown and Zak Bernardo to take a 13-10 lead after one quarter.

But Greylock used its transition game — often with Wojtkowski on the finishing end — to take a 25-19 half-time lead.

Luke Hescock scored 14 — 10 in the

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@theMarket: Odds High That markets Will Continue to Climb
By Bill Schmick,
02:22PM / Sunday, February 28, 2016

The S&P 500 Index broke through an important technical level this week. It is an encouraging sign and could mean that over the next few days that index could move even higher.

There are all sorts of technical levels that traders study. In the intermediate term, they usually look at the 50-day moving average. For the first time since the beginning of the year, we have broken up and through that level at 1,954 on the S&P. For those less inclined to worry about the charts, all you need to know is that traders are becoming bullish.

As I suggested in my last column, it was a week where markets first consolidated, and then climbed higher, supported by an oil price that refused to drop

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Williamstown, Vermont Police Searching for Robbery Suspect
By Stephen Dravis,
01:40AM / Sunday, February 28, 2016

Vermont law enforcement were at the Stewarts Shop in Pownal after a robbery there on Saturday night.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Multiple police agencies from two states Saturday night were investigating back-to-back armed robberies in Williamstown and Pownal, Vt.

At 8:22 p.m., a masked man entered the Spirit Shop at 280 Cole Ave., brandishing a handgun and demanding the clerk open the cash register, Williamstown Police reported in a news release.

After a brief argument, the armed man fled the store without acquiring any merchandise or money.

About two hours later, a similar incident occurred at the Stewarts Shop convenience store in Pownal, Vt., about a quarter mile north of the

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Williams Women's Hockey Falls in League Tourney
06:25PM / Saturday, February 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Willliams College women’s hockey team fell to the Trinity College Bantams in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC championship, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon.

Williams (12-12-1) was ranked fourth and Trinity (15-8-2) seeded fifth the tournament. This is the third time the two teams have played in the quarterfinal round of the championship. Trinity beat Williams last year, 1-0, and went on to win the tournament while Williams beat Trinity, 3-2, the year before, also going on to win the title.

 

The Ephs came out of the box strong with an early goal at 1:54 into the first period. The puck hit a funny partition on the boards and senior Natalie Bernsteinwas

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Neal Rallies Support For Clinton Campaign in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Saturday, February 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is hoping the Democratic presidential primary is "put to bed" on Super Tuesday with Hillary Clinton sealing up the nomination.   The congressman joined local supporters in Clinton's Pittsfield campaign field office Saturday to rally support for the former secretary of state. Clinton is going up against Vermont's U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in seeking the nomination.   "We have a change to elect one of the most accomplished women in the world. I've known her forever and I've known Bill Clinton. A reminder: 23 million jobs, four balanced budgets, economic growth that surpassed 100 percent in some quarters,

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