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Williams Men's Basketball Wins NCAA Tourney Opener
Williams College Sports Information,
11:30PM / Friday, March 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams College men's basketball (23–5) team defeated Bridgewater State (18–10), 56-45, Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.   After a sluggish start, a strong second half, along with a season-high 10 steals on defense, took the Ephs through to the next round.   "This is a seasoned group now," Williams coach Kevin App said. "We've proven we can weather those storms when shots aren't going in, and we've proven how reliable our defense is when we're locked in."   In the first half, the Bears employed a combination of man-to-man and zone defenses to keep the Eph offense in check.


United Way Grant Funds CHP Blood Pressure Cuffs
08:08PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way has funded a grant to purchase Omron blood pressure cuffs for hypertension patients at CHP North Adams Family Medicine. 

This equipment provides easy one-touch operation, allowing home blood pressure monitoring that is both simple and accurate. One blood pressure measurement is like a snapshot. It only tells what an individual’s blood pressure is at that moment. A record of readings taken over time provides a “time-lapse” picture of blood pressure history that can aid treatment. 

The American Heart Association recommends home monitoring for all people with high blood pressure to help the healthcare


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
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@themarket: Trump's Tariff Talk Trashes Global Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:42PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we are down $100 billion with a certain country and they get cute, don’t trade anymore-we win big. It’s easy!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2018 Stocks declined this week. This is a typical and largely expected reaction that should see the averages re-test the lows suffered in early February.  Investors should understand that this is no cause for alarm.   In past columns, I had warned investors that there may be another shoe to drop before the correction in the markets was truly


WES Sixth-Grader Qualifies for State Geography Bee
01:06PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School sixth-grader Quinn McDermott has qualified as a semifinalist eligible to compete in the 2018 Massachusetts National Geographic State Bee at Elms College in Chicopee on April 6.

Quinn is the son of Rebecca Mattson and Marc McDermott.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the


Williams Economics Major Named Global Citizen Finalist
12:58PM / Friday, March 02, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Will Turett, an economics major of Williams College and native resident of Irvington, N.Y., has been honored as a finalist for the IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award. 

The IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award is the first student-focused study abroad award of its kind, recognizing six U.S college students who studied with IES Abroad in 2017, positively impacted their communities through academic, philanthropic, or personal efforts while abroad, learned from their cross-cultural experience, and continued to better their communities, at home and abroad.

Through internships abroad with the European Environmental Bureau and European Forum


Mount Greylock Transition Committee Settles Tuition Rate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, March 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee is sticking with previous agreements when it comes to the tuition rate.   The committee agreed to set a split rate — $14,477 for New Ashford and Hancock students attending Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School and $17,314 for New Ashford students attending Lanesborough Elementary. Those figures are in line with votes the legacy school committees had adopted in prior years.   "Although it is not necessarily the norm, it is within our realm of possibilities to have two separate tuition rates," said Chairman Joe Bergeron.   It was four years ago when the Mount Greylock


'Black Panther': It's All Good
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:51PM / Thursday, March 01, 2018
As the film critiquing tumblers in my brain jumbled about during a viewing of Ryan Coogler's "Black Panther," one heck of an astute action-drama courtesy of Marvel Studios, I contemplated the complexities regarding one's point of view. Granted, this white, would-be silk stocking liberal was gratified by the racial and political wish fulfillment represented by the semi-secret, technologically advanced African kingdom of Wakanda where T'Challa, aka Black Panther, has just been elevated to the throne. But what remains of the kid in me took it a bit further.   I thought about heroes and what they meant to us in that portion of growing up that reveled in playing make


The Independent Investor: The Economy and What Could Go Right
By Bill Schmick,
04:13PM / Thursday, March 01, 2018
The markets are in a funk. Concern that Trump's tax cut will be too much, too late, has investors riled up. But there may be a flip side to this argument that bears watching.   First, the negatives, as authored by me way back when the tax cut was still being contemplated and the markets were riding high in anticipation of such. At the time, I voiced my concerns and it is worth repeating them.   Fiscal spending because of the Republican-inspired tax cut adds $1.5 trillion of stimulus to an economy that is already growing at a 3 percent clip. I bemoaned the fact that this tax cut was about eight years too late. Back then, I wrote that the fastest way to pull the economy out of


Berkshire Mall Bill Engrossed by State Senate
12:35PM / Thursday, March 01, 2018
BOSTON — The state Senate has engrossed a bill that would allow the Baker Hill Road District to own real property and enter into agreements related to the Berkshire Mall.    "This is an important economic development initiative for Lanesborough and northern Berkshire County," said state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield. "By expanding the legal role of the Baker Hill Road District to include the redevelopment of the Berkshire Mall property, we gain a powerful new capacity to create jobs. I hope the district will develop an aggressive plan to position the complex as a regional revenue generator and host for thriving businesses."   H.3760, An Act relative


Capeless Stepping Down After 14 Years as District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Thursday, March 01, 2018

First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello will take over the office. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was 14 years ago, following the unexpected death of District Attorney Gerard D. Downing, that the first assistant, David F. Capeless was called on to step up.   Capeless was appointed to fill Downing's shoes and has routinely been voted in over the last 14 years. But now, Capeless is calling it quits and letting his first assistant take over.   Capeless will retire on March 15 and Gov. Charlie Baker will appoint First Assistant District Attorney Paul Caccaviello to the job.   "I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career, and I leave with my head


Snowfall Prediction: March Coming in Like a Lion? ROAR UPDATE
10:00AM / Thursday, March 01, 2018

What a difference a day makes. Snow enthusiasts are still keeping a close eye on a storm developing for Thursday and Friday, the first two days of March that could bring up to a foot of snow to parts of the Berkshires.

The National Weather Service is now forecasting "Heavy wet snow and gusty winds expected. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches. Some gusty winds to 40 to 50 mph are possible during the afternoon into the early evening."

 So as the saying goes, March could be coming in like a lion ... and then perhaps leaving like a lamb 31 days later, maybe bringing spring for good? We can hope!

Accuweather is continuing to hedge its bets a bit, calling for a wintry


Williamstown Select Board Asked to Pledge to Work Against Bigotry
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Thursday, March 01, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A group of residents Monday asked the Select Board to sign on to a pledge committing the board to confront "intolerance and hate."   A delegation from the grassroots group Greylock Together told the board about the Not in our Berkshires initiative driven by the South County-based non-profit Multicultural Bridge.   The campaign mirrors the national Not In Our Town and Not in Our School programs that began in Montana in 1995.   In North County, the Greylock Together members recognized a need to bring Not In Our Town's principles of equity, safety, trust and justice to the region.   "Early last year, we realized we were going

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