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Williams College President Falk Leaving the Purple Valley
03:44PM / Thursday, June 29, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Adam Falk will be stepping down from his post at the end of the year to become president of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in New York.   The announcement was made on Thursday in a  joint release from Falk and Williams College Board of Trustees Chairman Michael R. Eisenson, a 1977 graduate.   A search committee chaired by Eisenson will be announced at a later date.   Falk was was welcomed as the college's 17th president — and only the second scientist to lead the liberal arts college in its 217-year history — in 2010. He replaced Morton O. Schapiro, who left to head Northwestern University in


Playground Equipment Removed at Request of Williamstown Historical Museum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Thursday, June 29, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Safety concerns raised by the board of the directors of the Williamstown Historical Museum led to the removal of all playground equipment on the town-owned South Center School property in South Williamstown.   The museum has a 50-year lease on the property and earlier this year completed its move from its former quarters in the David and Joyce Milne Public Library.   Earlier this spring, at the museum's request, the town removed a swing set, basketball hoop and various playground equipment    WHM Board President Kathy Thompson said the board determined the equipment was not sound.   "The board of directors actually took a look at

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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

Classical Beat: Tanglewood, Taconic Music and 'Ragtime' at Barrington Stage
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:46PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood for the Fourth of July holiday.

For many music lovers, Tanglewood in Lenox virtually defines music in the Berkshires. It is the largest summer presenter, with the most comprehensive schedule of performances across the full spectrum of musical styles and genres. Before getting into imminent opening events, bookmark the Boston Symphony's website for the full summer concert schedule, season highlights, tickets and general information.

During the opening week's events, from Wednesday, June 28, through Tuesday, July 4, Tanglewood celebrates the opening of their 77th Music Festival with a generous sampling of popular, classical and new music/dance


SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest
01:29PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

'Dare to Jump' was the second place winner in the People's Choice.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has announced the winners of the SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest. Awards were presented before a crowd of 100 attendees at an SVMC Orthopedics Open House the evening of June 22.

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine


Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
12:08PM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 47 local students among the 135 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester, which ended May 31.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Jenna Crosier, Pittsfield; Rachel Freedman, East Chatham, N.Y.; Grace Guachione, Pittsfield; Gabriela Keator,

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Declare Your Financial Independence Day
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:43AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017

We're getting close to the Fourth of July, when we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy in this country. The U.S. constitution grants us many of these liberties, but we have to earn others – such as our financial freedom. What steps can you take to achieve the financial independence you need to reach your long-term goals?

For starters, always work to build your resources. Contribute as much as you can afford to your IRA and your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored retirement plan. At a minimum, put in enough to earn your employer's matching contribution, if one is offered. If you don’t take advantage of this match, you are essentially leaving money on the table.

While how


Mount Greylock Lets Elementary Schools, Towns Drive Regionalization Talk
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:04AM / Wednesday, June 28, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday reaffirmed its support for an affirmative vote to fully regionalize but urged its partners at Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary schools to take the lead in the runup to a planned November vote in each town.   The junior-senior high school district has been studying the possibility of inviting the two "feeder" elementaries into the regional district since 2013, when Mount Greylock conducted a yearlong study through its Regional District Amendment Committee.   After shelving the regionalization question to focus on a school building project, the Mount Greylock School


Williams College Looks to Reconfigure Spring Street Parking Lot
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Williams College's Jamie Art makes a presentation to the Board of Selectmen on Monday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College hopes to start expanding the Spring Street parking lot as soon as this fall.   The college's director of real estate and legal affairs was at Town Hall on Monday to explain the project to the Board of Selectmen and ask its permission to seek a modification to a 2008 special permit on the site.   The college owns the parking lot but operates it in a cooperative agreement with the town as a public amenity.   With the Board of Selectmen's assent, the college will ask the Zoning Board of Appeals for permission to reconfigure the

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Habitat for Humanity Asks to Develop Williamstown-Owned Parcels
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust last week received one response for its request for proposals to develop a couple of building lots.   But at its Wednesday meeting, the trust's board held off on committing to the respondent.   None of the trustees raised any serious concerns about discrepancies in the proposal from Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, but they decided to take a cautious approach and gather more information before taking a vote to accept the nonprofit's bid.   In 2015, the housing trust purchased properties on Summer Street and Cole Avenue with the intention of finding a non-profit to develop owner-occupied housing that will


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately


BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:


Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca


Two Berkshire County Women Named Unsung Heroines
12:24PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Cherri Sanes and Shavelle Boire.

BOSTON, Mass. — Two women from Berkshire County were named 2017 Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women during a State House ceremony on June 21.
According to the Commission, Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but who make a difference. They are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and the commonwealth is better


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