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Cheshire Author Uncovers Ancient Goliaths
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:17AM / Saturday, February 27, 2016

CHESHIRE, Mass. — A new book by a local author guides readers to some of the more mammoth and interesting boulders in Massachusetts, many of which sit in Berkshire County.

"There are some big rocks out there," said Christy Butler, coauthor and photographer of "Rockachusetts" a hiking guide focused on notable boulders in the state.

The Lynn native and Cheshire resident rambled throughout Massachusetts mapping and researching more than 150 boulders. One third of these are in Berkshire County.

Butler, a visual artist who has been involved in publishing, photography, and filmmaking, teamed up once again with writer and licensed hiking guide Russell Dunn, but


Williams Alum Documents the Making of 'Transformers' as Shared Event
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:30PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College alum Kevin B. Lee has been proclaimed the "King of the Video Essays" by the New York Times, a form that combines edited film footage with commentary.

Lee had been laboring away as a freelance film critic and says he began to make video essays about film topics as a way of understanding certain films better, paying tribute and offering insights in a visual way. In a typical essay, he might provide cover a film like "And God Created Woman" or a wider topic, like Spielberg's use of faces.

But Lee captured the most attention with his video "Transformers: The Premake," which examines the changing circumstance of


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

'Race': Takes the Silver
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:04PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

If only we were as proficient at correcting our social sins as we are at chronicling them. My case in point is director Stephen Hopkins' "Race," a dutiful but dramatically average telling of the heroic odyssey that made Jesse Owens a worldwide sports legend. We, in the more enlightened nooks and hollers, are properly abashed at the stumbling blocks  Owens had to hurdle on his way to glory in the 1936 Berlin Olympiad.

Yet, beneath our conceit, we shiver in the knowledge that there are still cave dwellers in those intolerant areas loath to celebrate humanity's égalité. So we watch respectfully, basking in this one victory, a steppingstone that etched


The Independent Investor: Social Security Update & Other Tidbits
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

Over the past few months there have been some changes to social security rules as well as an on-going effort to provide increased protection from brokers managing your IRAs. Here is an update to those topics.

Readers may recall a column I wrote as a result of last November's budget. Several changes were instituted to shut down some social security loopholes that could impact certain retirees. Prior to the new budget changes, a growing number of couples, 66 and older, could delay claiming benefits based on their own earnings record, while collecting a spousal benefit based on your spouse's earnings. This was costing the taxpayer millions and generating lifetime benefits for some


Arrests Made in Williamstown Hit-and-Run
Staff Reports,
03:57PM / Friday, February 26, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police on Friday afternoon announced the arrest of two residents in connection with a Feb. 9 incident on North Hoosac Road.

Sally J. Gould, 71, and John T. Gould, 69, of White Oaks Road were arrested at the Police Station following an incident that left Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, of White Oaks Road, hospitalized.

Police Sgt. Scott McGowan and State Trooper Ryan Dickinson made the arrests.

Sally J. Gould was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation. John T. Gould was charged with misleading, impeding and obstructing a police investigation.

On the evening of Feb. 9,


Mass MoCA Hosts Multimedia Project 'The Aging Magician'
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
02:21AM / Friday, February 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Coming to Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art for a residency and premiere of "The Aging Magician," composer Paola Prestini says multimedia productions are necessarily intimate and lengthy collaborations, children of multiple-parentage that reflect their genes seamlessly.

"I've been working on it with the same team for many, many years," she said. "Believe it or not, is really, really a collaboration where all the elements, we couldn't do one without the other."

The idea for the show began with Prestini hoping to reimagine the classic tale of Charon crossing the River Styx, in her version a journey to Coney Island that


Pine Cobble Announces First Term Honors
03:40PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pine Cobble School has announced its first term high honor, honor and effort/citizenship rolls for Upper School students.
The criteria for earning these honors are as follows: Honor Roll, all grades must be 80 or higher; High Honors; all grades must be 90 or higher; Effort/Citizenship, must receive all 1’s and 2’s for effort and citizenship.

High Honor Roll

Ninth Grade: Rachel Hemmer, Katrina Hotaling, Andrea Printz, Colette Stapp, Arianna Stetson

Eighth Grade: Katelyn Hemmer, Ethan Sheppard

Seventh Grade: Savannah Byrne, Sophie Schaeffer, Chloe Stitcher

Honor Roll

Ninth Grade: Isla Lyons, Jeffrey Merselis, Grace Miller

Eighth Grade:


How Should You Respond to Market 'Correction'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:45PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

As an investor, you may be gaining familiarity with the term “market correction.” But what does it mean? And, more importantly, what does it mean to you?

A correction occurs when a key index, such as the S&P 500, declines at least 10 percent from its previous high. A correction, by definition, is short-term in nature and has historically happened fairly regularly – about once a year. However, over the past several years, we’ve experienced fewer corrections, so when we have one now, it seems particularly jarring to investors.

How should you respond to a market correction? The answer may depend, to some extent, on your stage of life.

If you’re still


Williams College Names New Football Coach
11:53AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA –Williams College Athletic Director Lisa Melendy has announced the appointment of Mark Raymond as the college’s next head football coach. Raymond, who has served for the past six years as head coach at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., will begin in his new role at Williams in March.

“Mark brings with him a wealth of coaching experience that will serve our students well,” said Melendy, who led a search process that considered 100 candidates and brought four finalists to interview on campus. “Students, faculty, and staff across campus were impressed by his professional demeanor, his clear passion for teaching and coaching football, as


Williamstown Police Dispel Hit & Run Rumor; Indicate Investigation Progress
By Stephen Dravis,
11:37AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police on Wednesday morning said no arrest has been made in the Feb. 9 incident that left a resident injured on North Hoosac Road.

Police Chief Kyle Johnson characterized as "total rumor" a report circulating around town that someone has been arrested in connection with the incident, a possible hit-and-run that sent Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, of White Oaks Road, to Berkshire Medical Center in critical condition.

Asked about another part of the rumor — that a vehicle has been impounded in the case — Johnson again demurred.

"I won’t confirm or deny anything because I don't want to jeopardize the


Lanesborough Voters Debate Wisdom of High School Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:10AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2016

LANES BOROUGH, Mass — A combative special town meeting on Tuesday rehashed decades-old animosities and looked ahead to a momentous vote scheduled for March 15 on the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.

With considerable aplomb, Moderator Robert Reilly shepherded a more than three-hour debate punctuated by conflicting sets of "facts," personal attacks, catcalls and bursts of applause.

And when it was over, no decision was made and no one on either side expressed an inclination to change their opinion on the $64.8 million addition/renovation project.

In two weeks, the town's voters will be asked to OK the approximate $10.6 million town share of the


Mount Greylock, Wahconah Receive State Financial Literacy Program Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Along with reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic, students at Mount Greylock and Wahconah regional high schools this spring are going to focus on a fourth "r": the real world.   Earlier this month, State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg announced 24 Financial Education Innovation Fund grants to schools around the commonwealth.   Wahconah and Mount Greylock are among the group that will share nearly $60,000 to hold "Credit for Life" fairs.   At Wahconah in Dalton, that means a second and expanded "Reality Day," an initiative created last spring by business teacher Jeffrey Pike.   At last year's event, students picked a career, received a


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