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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


Williams Pair Wins NCAA Doubles Title
10:40PM / Saturday, May 28, 2016
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Williams College doubles team of Juli Raventos and Linda Shin on Saturday earned its second straight NCAA Division III title.   The Ephs defeated Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman of Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.   "I think this is the best that Linda and Juli have played all year," Williams coach Alison Swain said. "They had fun, were focused and they were composed when CMS made their runs. In fact, they attacked back when attacked and they were most effective at that in the match."   Raventos and Shin are now 65-7 in two years as a doubles team and twice NCAA Doubles champions.


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

Lansesborough Bulldogs Open Tourney with a Win
04:46PM / Saturday, May 28, 2016
HINSDALE, Mass. -- Derek Paris, Panayiotis Constantopoulos and Landen Jamula each homered as the Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken All-Star team started its spring tournament schedule with a 20-9 win over the Vikings at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy on Friday.   Jamula’s homer was a grand slam, and Tristan Gardnner went 3-for-4 in a 16-hit attack for the Bulldogs.   “ All 12 players on our team scored during the game,” Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. “That is a great team performance. Are bats were alive. When they scored we came back and scored even more. We also batted through our order on both the third and fourth.”    Jack


@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy
By Bill Schmick,
07:05AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

You have to be impressed with the market's performance. In the face of a potential interest rate hike in less than three weeks and a June decision on whether Great Britain will exit the Eurozone, the market continues to grind higher.

As we enter this three-day weekend, (three for us, but most of the Street stretches it to four), don't expect this Friday to be a "tell" on what will


North Adams Airport Welcomes Drone Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:31AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

A volunteer steering committee has been formed to help people understand the rules of flying drones.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission welcomed a steering committee to help inform residents about proper drone and unmanned aircraft use.

Resident and hobbyist Stephen Roy came before the commission Wednesday and asked to form some sort of group that would work with the commission and the airport manager to better inform people about unmanned aircraft policy.

"It will just be a point of contact ... where people can get information," Roy said. "This is a hobby that is spreading."

Legally drones cannot fly within a five-mile radius of the airport without

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the


United Way Funds MCLA Writing Camp Scholarships
01:34PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Graduate and Continuing Education has received $350 in scholarship funding from the Northern Berkshire United Way for its Creating Writing summer camp for youth.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, June 6. The funding will pay for two scholarships for youth with limited financial means, who are residents of Northern Berkshire County.

Howard Jacob “Jake” Eberwein III, Ph.D., dean of Graduate and Continuing Education, said MCLA is very grateful to the Northern Berkshire United Way for their support of summer writing camp scholarships.  

“This generous gift will enable two students


Preschool Issue Spills Over Into Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, May 27, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The politics of preschool officially graduated to high school on Tuesday night.   The Side-by-Side special education program at Williamstown Elementary School became a topic for discussion at the monthly meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   The opening came when the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District's director of pupil personnel services gave the committee a periodic update on the special education program at Mount Greylock.   Kim Grady told the committee about the 86 Mount Greylock students who receive special education services, defined special education and explained how the school district works with outside


Greylock Trail Races Set for June 19
10:53PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Western Mass Athletic Club’s Mount Greylock Trail Races will be held Sunday, June 19, at 10 a.m.   There will be a 13.5-mile race and a 5-kilometer race, both starting at the Greylock Glen.   For an application and information, visit  


'The Nice Guys': The Case of the Dueling Detectives
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:54PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

First of all, you should know that most of the people who meet their untimely and often gruesome demise in director Shane Black's wacky combination of comedy and murder are bad.

Still, it takes a little getting used to the seesaw temperament in this throwback buddy movie dialed up to today's cynicism. But thanks to Black's smart tempo and the fine chemistry Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling conjure as nuttily contrasting private eyes, it works.

Debating if it's OK to laugh as the body count rises, you ultimately decide in favor of mirth. Set in that "L.A. Confidential" (1997), "Chinatown" (1974) kind of West Coast, film noir nihilism, things in "The


The Independent Investor: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Multi-Level Marketing
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

So you want to be your own boss, make lots of money and do it all from the comfort of your home? It is the siren song of direct sales that has recruited legions of Americans through the years. Some make it, most do not. Here are some tips to help you in your new adventure.

Whether you want to sell jewelry, vitamins, candles, cosmetics or home products, a healthy dose of skepticism should be applied to the promises these companies make on their websites. Many reports, including those filed with the Federal Trade Commission, warn that almost 99 percent of multilevel marketing (MLM) distributors lose money. In addition, the dropout rate is upwards of 60-70 percent per year. Those are


McCann Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, May 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Tech senior Samantha Dorwin is going places.

Or, to be more accurate, she is going MORE places, as the 18-year-old already has logged 15,000 miles in the air in last two years participating in SkillsUSA conferences. This coming summer, while attending SkillsUSA's National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., she will fly to Washington, D.C., for a couple days to be honored for receiving one most prestigious awards a graduating high school senior can earn: the U.S. Department of Education's Presidential Scholar award.

Appropriately for Dorwin, daughter of Daniel and Pamela Dorwin, she learned she was a finalist for the honor while on


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