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Budget Uncertainties Abound for Expanded Mount Greylock District
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Subcommittee of Mount Greylock's Transition Committee sat down Tuesday with members of the finance committees in Williamstown and Lanesborough to explain how the school district's fiscal 2019 budget is being developed.   School officials showed how the formerly three independent schools are being brought into a single spending plan, how costs are are going to be allocated between the district's member towns and how the schools' expenses are being recoded to align with new nomenclature from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   They could not yet show hard numbers for what the district plans to

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Miss Hallís School Presents 'Cry-Baby'
02:25PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Miss Hall's School will stage 'Cry-Baby' this weekend in Pittsfield.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Miss Hall’s School Theater Ensemble will bop back to the 1950s for its winter musical, "Cry-Baby," the stage adaptation of the cult-classic John Waters film.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 2; 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 3; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Woods Theater of the Elizabeth Gatchell Klein Arts Center on the Miss Hall’s campus. General admission is $10, and reservations are recommended. Go online for tickets or call 413-443-6401. Also, please note, the performance and subject matter are PG-13 and not suitable for

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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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BCC Workshops Focus on Small Business and Nonprofits
01:55PM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's spring slate of workshops continue at its South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington with classes tailored to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits.

Michael Cohen, marketing consultant, is offering a new workshop, "Human Marketing in the Digital Age," on Thursdays from March 1 to April 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. New technologies have given consumers a platform for publishing, networking, and organizing. User-generated content and conversation are now driving public perception while empowering individuals and consumers. This has created unprecedented business opportunities for individuals (versus

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Make Sure You Choose the Right Financial Professional
11:21AM / Wednesday, February 28, 2018

What kind of lifestyle do you hope to have in retirement? Do you have a strategy to get there? If you don't have confidence in your plan, it may be time to engage a financial professional. But how do you choose the one who's right for you?

These days, you have more options than ever – including so-called "robo-advisors." Robo-advisors typically use algorithms to assemble investment portfolios, with little to no human supervision, after customers answer questions online. Generally, robo-advisors are fairly cheap, and their recommendations are usually based on sound investment principles such as diversification.

However, when considering a robo-advisor, you should

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College Notes: February 2018
03:13PM / Monday, February 26, 2018

The trip was the culmination of a cross-cultural nursing course and required the participants to work in a hospital in Tanzania.  Aundrea Pansecchi of Adams, who is studying nursing at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, joined a other junior and senior students and faculty in early January to visit the country of Tanzania to experience health care and life in another culture.    The semester leading up to the trip was spent "book-learning" about politics, health care, government, agriculture, environment, social and lifestyle, culture, and religion in the East African country through the Cross-Cultural Nursing course taught by instructor Christa

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
01:45PM / Monday, February 26, 2018

Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2018-19 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Adams-Cheshire

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will be conducting a developmental preschool screening for all Adams and Cheshire 3- and 4-year-olds on Monday, March 5,

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Berkshires Beat: SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships
12:50PM / Monday, February 26, 2018
Great gift

Southern Vermont College has received $100,000 from award-winning former IBM executive Nicholas M. Donofrio to support scholarships for new nursing students entering the bachelor of science in nursing program. The scholarship also applies to transfer students entering the BSN program. Distribution of The Nicholas Donofrio Distinguished Nursing Scholarship funds will begin in the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 30, 2018, with mid-April decisions and notifications to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

SVC's BSN program prepares

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Williams College Men's Squash 21st at Nationals
11:29AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
HARTFORD, Conn. - Williams College fought its way to a No. 21-ranked finish at the 2018 men’s squash nationals.   The Ephs competed in the third division of the tournament, which meant they were playing for the No. 17-24 postions nationally.   The Ephs opened their nationals campaign with a nail-biting loss to Middlebury in a match that for the whole day felt like it could have one either way. After the first two rounds of play, the match was deadlocked at 3-3, with highlights including a strong four game win from senior co-captain Jamie Havran (No. 9), a really solid 3-0 win from junior John Fitzgerald (No. 2), and a sensational marathon win from senior co-captain Andrew

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Ways & Means Holding Hearings on Human Services in Pittsfield
10:07AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and state Sen. Adam G. Hinds will chair one of eight statewide fiscal 2019 state budget hearings on behalf of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means in Pittsfield on Monday, March 12.   These hearings focus on specific areas of state spending and help the House of Representatives and Senate  prepare their spending recommendations. The Pittsfield hearing is one of two focused on agencies under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services.   While the hearing is open to the public, testimony is limited to senior Baker administration officials by invitation of the committee only. It is expected that commissioners and

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Hoosac Valley's Ciempa Ties School Record at Merrimack
iBerkshires.com Sports,
02:54AM / Monday, February 26, 2018
Hoosac Valley graduate Trevor Ciempa has had a successful indoor track and field campaign at Merrimack College this winter.   The Merrimack senior won the high jump, tying the school record of 2.04 meters, at the Northeast-10 Championships. His score helped the team place fourth out of 11 teams at the meet. Earlier this year, he won the high jump at the Southern Maine Invitational, clearing 1.99 meters at the event.   Michael Kotleski (Monument Mountain) helped lead the Bridgewater State men’s track and field team to a first-place finish at the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championships. Kotleski finished fifth in the the 400 meters (52.20 seconds) and

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Local Woman's Murder Sparks Rally to Raise Transgender Awareness
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:53AM / Monday, February 26, 2018

Jahaira DeAlto of Berkshire Pride speaks about the experience of transgender women of color and the likelihood of them being abused or killed. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The call at Saturday's rally following the murder of Christa Leigh Steele-Knudslien could be summed up in two angry words: No more.    No more murder of trans people. No more hate. No more suffering.     "I'm sick and tired of us being murdered," said Ben Power, a close friend of Steele-Knudslien who organized the Stop Killing Trans People! Rally and March, adding, "It's not enough to just read the names of our dead and mourn their loss. We must do

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Williams Men's Basketball Wins NESCAC Title
04:52PM / Sunday, February 25, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 17 points Sunday to lead the Williams College men’s basketball team to a 70-58 win over Wesleyan in the championship game of the NESCAC tournament.   Matthew Karpowicz scored 14 points, and Cole Teal and Bobby Casey each grabbed six rebounds for the Ephs (21-5), who learn Monday where they will be seeded in the NCAA Division III tournament.   Nordic Skiing RIPTON, Vt. – The final day of the Middlebury Carnival and Regional Championships unfolded Sunday at Rikert Nordic Center as EISA racers tackled a slushy course to close out the season.   In the men's 20-kilometer skate mass start, Williams’ Braden Becker led the

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