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Berkshire Tidbits: From the Top of Mount Greylock
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:32PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bascom Lodge, 413-743-1591, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams will have its first musical evening of this year's season on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 in the Lodge lobby. This, as most events at the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Quintessential, a local Berkshires all-male a cappella/without instrumental accompaniment quintet — tenors Al Thorp, Jay Wise and Jim McMenamy and bass/baritones Steve Dahlin and David Anderegg — will be new to the Lodge.

However, "the men are all veteran performers who have appeared with other local musical groups, including the Berkshire Bach Society, the Berkshire Concert


Williamstown Fire District OKs Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District on Tuesday night approved a $582,000 tax bill that represents a 4.24 percent decrease from the fiscal year 2016 appropriation.   The three-person Prudential Committee that oversees the district faced a number of questions but no dissenting votes from the dozen or so residents who attended the annual Fire District meeting at the Water Street station.   Most of the questions centered on Article 5 of the eight-article warrant, the item that deals with the operations budget for the district.   The omnibus budget is up by about 3 percent for FY17, from $474,710 in the current fiscal year to $488,915 for the year that begins July


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

Del Gallo Launches Bid For State Senate Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Rinaldo Del Gallo made his announcement in front of 35 or so supporters at Shire City Sanctuary. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jim Martin had his daughter taken away from him and he didn't have the money to fight for custody in the courts.

Rinaldo Del Gallo offered his legal services pro-bono and put more than 100 hours into the legal representation.

"He is more concerned about justice than he is money," Martin said on Tuesday when Del Gallo formally announced his campaign for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing.    Mark Delmyer has a similar story about Del Gallo helping to fight off developers looking to divvy up his family farm into

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Regionalization, Collaboration Focus of Adams-Anthony Talk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

William Kolis, founder of the Adams Anthony Center, welcomes attendees to the latest issues talk sponsored by the center.

ADAMS, Mass. — A declining population and rising costs are pushing communities together to explore ways to share resources.

"We're going to have to look at how we maintain our way of life and continue the services that we need," said North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright at last week's Adams-Anthony Center talk on regionalization.

The talk was the lasted by the nonprofit organization, which brings together community and creative leaders to discuss various issues related to the Berkshires at the Adams Free Library. Last week, Alcombright was


Williams Celebrates Olmsted Awards for Local Schools
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In a year filled with ongoing discussions about "budgets and buildings," local educators still have managed to direct their time, attention and talents to where it matters most.

"It's about our kids," Williams College President Adam Falk told a crowd of local teachers and administrators who joined Williams staff at a breakfast to celebrate the local 2016 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development last week. "You really have focused on educating our students."

The local Olmsted Awards are funded by an endowment from the estates of Williams alum George Olmsted Jr., class of 1924, and his wife, Frances. The awards were

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Hosts Day of Caring
01:55PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day of caring: Berkshire United Way held its 2016 Day of Caring on May 20. Day of Caring is the name United Way has used to represent volunteer engagement and community building.

In the past, Berkshire United Way Day of Caring initiatives have included the installation of Born Learning Trails at Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, and Durant and Springside Parks in Pittsfield. To enhance literacy, volunteers have painted classrooms and held book drives in support of education. Volunteers also have cleaned the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, and held countywide forums with youth called “You First” to help them build aspirations.

At the heart of the 2016


Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
01:34PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shred it up: Greylock Federal Credit Union shredded over 5 tons of paper at its eighth annual Community Shred Day on May 21. The effort also raised $1,420 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

ProShred supplied two mobile shredding trucks featuring cameras inside the bin. People were able to watch their documents being shredded on the spot.

Millions of Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like name, social security number, or credit card number, without permission, to commit fraud or other


Lower Your Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen
01:02PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.

That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How can you protect yourself from becoming a statistic?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Secure your Social Security number. Identity thieves eagerly seek Social Security numbers — so don’t give out yours to anyone who asks for it. In fact, as a general rule, be reluctant to give it out at all. Always ask whomever you’re dealing with if he or she will accept another form of identification, or at the very least will take just


Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:40PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music.

Call it a reward for enduring a long, though relatively mild winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever the reason, the classical canon, plus a few surprises consisting of some unfamiliar works and premieres, nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place: a “cultural capital” indeed.

Music lovers, ravenous as they are for great performances of beloved, favorite masterworks, want still more: the lives of the

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Some Good News
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Retired Mount Greylock teacher Joan Devoe shares her story with the School Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Not all the talk at last Tuesday's Mount Greylock Regional School Committee focused on allegations of state law violations or rehashing of budget battles from the local elementary school.   Principal Mary MacDonald gave the committee a list of the colleges at which members of the class of 2016 have been accepted. Several members of the class have been accepted at multiple competitive colleges and universities, she said.   "There was a comment from an admissions counselor at Middlebury (Vt.), where we had three students accepted," MacDonald said.

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Memorial Day Marked in North Berkshire, Pittsfield
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Monday, May 30, 2016

Lanesborough held its services on Sunday; find the story here and more photos here.

Korean War veteran Robert Richards makes it a point to attend Memorial Day services.

He was at the Veterans Memorial in North Adams on Monday morning to remember his fellow soldiers who did not make it home.

"A lot of guys I took basic training with got killed in Korea. I was lucky. I signed up for the heavy weapons and ... they put me in Japan for three months so I missed that," Richards said. "On the way back, I ran across one of the guys I took basic with and he said most of the guys I took basic with got killed over there. That's why I am here. To remember for them."



Williamstown Fire District Meeting Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Monday, May 30, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Do not expect any fireworks when the town’s Fire District holds its annual meeting on Tuesday evening.   Unlike the annual town meeting a couple of weeks ago, the business of the fire district will be fairly routine when it sits down to approve the fiscal 2017 budget at the fire station at 8 p.m.   Tuesday's business begins with the annual fire district election of officers for the coming year. The polls open at 6 at the fire station.   At 8, the voters will be asked to approve an appropriation of $581,915, a 4.24 percent decrease from the FY16 appropriation.   The Fire District is a separate entity apart from town government with


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