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Williamstown Fire District to Help Fund Ambulance Study
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:12AM / Thursday, March 30, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The body that oversees the town’s fire district pledged Tuesday to support a study looking at the viability of Village Ambulance Service.   But first, the Prudential Committee questioned the scope of the study and refuted the idea that the district has “loads of money.”   Village Ambulance, a private non-profit agency, went to town officials earlier this year to explain its financial crisis and ask the town to consider some sort of financial support to help keep the service afloat.   From those conversations came a task force that included representatives from Village, town government, Williams College and the fire


Pownal Man Dies After Car Crash in Williamstown
Staff Reports,
04:41PM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Pownal, Vt. man died Tuesday after his vehicle careened into a tree on Bridges Road.   Police said James Smith, 69, of Mason Hill Road in Pownal, Vt. was driving a 1995 Lexus sedan westbound when he drifted across the eastbound lane and then crashed into a tree. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle and no other vehicles were involved.   Smith was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he later died. The investigation is ongoing but Police say there is no evidence to suggest that speed, negligence, or impaired driver contributed to the crash. 


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

Mount Greylock Project's Timeline, Budget 'Going in the Right Direction'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47PM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald shows material samples, including carpets and the charcoal gray finish chosen for lockers, while reporting from the interiors working group to the School Building Committee on Tuesday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the three-story academic wing at Mount Greylock Regional School began to take shape this week, the budget for the renovation and addition project continued to take shape on Tuesday evening.

The School Building Committee voted unanimously to award $14.6 million in contracts — about 23 percent of the total $65 million building project budget.

The 12 bid packages it awarded — ranging from roofing to plumbing to HVAC —


Teach Your Children Well About Finances and Investing
11:04AM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017

High debt levels … lack of savings … the inability to budget – these problems all have several causes, but one of them is almost certainly financial illiteracy. Too many of us just never developed the money management skills necessary to cope with our complicated – and expensive – world. But if you have young children, you can teach them some money-smart lessons – and who knows? You could use the opportunity to give yourself a few valuable reminders, too.

Here are some suggestions for a financial "curriculum":

* Save for a goal. In our highly commercialized culture, it's almost inevitable that your children will eventually become


Berkshire United High School Rugby Seeks Players
09:22AM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Berkshire United High School Rugby Club is seeking new players for the 2017 season.   No experience is necessary. Berkshire United practices Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Osceola Park in Pittsfield.   Berkshire United has both high school girls and boys teams and needs 15 new players for the each team this spring.   Players must be in high school grades 9-12. Berkshire United High School Rugby Club has been comprised of players from Monument Mountain, Taconic, Pittsfield High, Mount Everett, Wahconah, Mount Greylock, Drury and Hoosac Valley.   Players from all Berkshire County schools are welcome.   Berkshire United


Williamstown Selectmen Discuss Mount Greylock School's Regional Expansion Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Selectmen questioned local control and other issues related to the elementary school district regionalizing.


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A veteran member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee explained to the Board of Selectmen on Monday why the school wants to ask both member towns to expand the region in November special town meetings.

  Carolyn Greene explained that there are several options to address deficiencies in the Tri-District arrangement that binds the three independent school districts: Mount Greylock, Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary. But there is one option that the school committee favors and another that the committee


Fake News Not New But Can Be Combatted: Panel
By Rebecca Dravis, iberkshires Staff
07:17PM / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This article is not fake news.

How do you know? Well, for one, it's appearing in a reputable publication. Two, there's a byline at the top of the story. Three, there are actual real people quoted within the story.

Those are just three ways media consumers can judge the veracity of something they see online, according to a panel of media and education professors. The panel participated in a forum on Monday evening called "Fact or Fabrication in Today's News," jointly sponsored by the North Adams Public Library and the Milne Public Library in Williamstown. 

State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi moderated the panel, which included Tammy Daniels,


Dr. Donovan Traces History of NARH to 1955; Third Volume in Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rachel Branch, whose family donated substantially to the old hospital, has her book signed by Donovan at Stamford Library. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams (Mass.) Regional Hospital opened March 2, 1884, and closed this day 130 years later.   It employed thousands over that long century-plus, leaving a legacy that Dr. Paul Donovan's been working to document over the past three years.    "A lot goes into caring for patients outside of the economics of 'I'm getting paid to take care of patients,'" he said on Thursday during a talk at the Stamford Community Library. "That needs to be said. A number of people dedicated their lives to the


Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing Exams, Licensing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Monday, March 27, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The times when Bill Schmick of Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him.   For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.   "We're just happy to give back after all you've given me," said Schmick, who also write money columns that appear on iBerkshires.   One of those


Non-Partisan Advocacy Workshops Offered
02:21PM / Monday, March 27, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Wondering how to make a difference on local, state and national issues? Looking to learn the basics of door to door canvassing, calling your legislators, or running for office? The Four Freedoms Coalition in partnership with Berkshire Community College, is offering a day of free non-partisan advocacy workshops called "Act Now: Civic Participation Workshops for Everyone" on Saturday, April 1.

Participants are welcome to stay for an hour or the whole day. All workshops will be held on the Berkshire Community College campus at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield, which is fully accessible.

The non-partisan Berkshire-based Four Freedoms Coalition was founded in


Berkshires Beat: Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality As 'River Smart' Month Nears
01:25PM / Monday, March 27, 2017

Help wanted: The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, with two watershed partners - the Hoosic River Watershed Association and the Housatonic Valley Association - invite interested individuals to a training on Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Bill Laston Memorial Park on Route 7 in Lanesborough.

Once a month, trained volunteers will collect water samples at designated locations on the Green River in the Hoosic Watershed and Wahconah Falls Brook and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River in the Housatonic Watershed. The samples will be tested to determine bacteria levels. Currently, all three tributaries are partly or wholly listed as "impaired" by the


Women's Commission Breakfast Focuses on Civic Engagement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:58AM / Monday, March 27, 2017

Mary Berle provided list of collaboration points used in her school, Muddy Brook Elementary.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tahirah Amatul-Wadud admitted she was "preaching to the choir" on Monday morning as she stressed the importance of community engagement in the politic process.

Her audience at Berkshire Community College of nearly 100 was mostly women and legislators who had shown up on a cold and rainy morning in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge for the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women's annual legislative breakfast.

Their presence spoke to the fact that they were already engaged, or interested in becoming so. But in light of the breakfast's theme of


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