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Hoosac Valley Kindergarten: How to Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey
Community Submission,
08:00AM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

Children in Poirot's class recreated the Mayflower. ADAMS, Mass. — The kindergarten classes of Heather Emerson and Robin Poirot at Hoosac Valley Elementary are again offering their knowledge on where to get a turkey how to cook it.    From Cheerio stuffing to proper time and temperature — anywhere from 4 minutes to six days at at least 6 degrees — these children offer a range of recipes for a Thanksgiving turkey.    The photos in the story are from Poirot's class. The main photo at the top is from Emerson's class.        Elliot Girard When I buy the turkey, it will be 2 pounds and about as big a Pilgrim kid. Mommy


During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:57PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that's only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It's obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active.

So, to help keep your important data under wraps during the holidays, consider these suggestions:

* Extend your protection to all mobile devices. Identity thieves can now


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

Williamstown Record Store Owner Looking to Sell Business, Retire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The record store is overflowing with albums that draw audiophiles from around the region, and around world. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Hal March has seen a lot of changes in the music industry over the last four decades.   But one thing hasn't changed: Vinyl records are the gold standard.   "Personally, I was a big record collector, but I made the switch to CDs when CDs came out," March said recently. "I can get tons of what I want, jazz and blues, on CD.   "CD sound isn't as good as vinyl, but it's a lot better than MP3 files."   March has sold plenty of LPs and compact discs in 40 years at Toonerville Trolley Records on Water


Curling Added to Bay State Winter Games
11:02PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
WOBURN, Mass. –The Bay State Games has added curling to its 2018 winter program.   Curling has gained popularity since the sport was reestablished consistently in the Olympic Games in 1998, after being first debuted in the 1924 Olympics.   As an exhibition sport in 2018, the Bay State Winter Games competition will be comprised of eight teams from curling clubs across Massachusetts. When curling is incorporated into the regular Bay State Winter Games’ program in the 2019 games, the competition will be opened up to the general public as well as clubs from the Northeastern United States.   “We are extremely excited to add curling to the 2018 games,” said


MCLA Women's Basketball Falls on Road
10:43PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Dean College's Morgan Turner scored 24 points and pulled down 15 rebounds to lead the Dean College women's basketball team past MCLA, 71-64, on Tuesday   Dean (2-2) jumped out to a 19-7 lead after a quarter of play and eventually led 33-23 at halftime. MCLA (1-2) came back to pull within 42-41, but a 6-0 spurt by the Bulldogs stemmed the tide and Dean took a 48-43 lead into the fourth quarter.   MCLA pulled within three at 52-49 after Sam Gawron knocked down a pair at the line, but Dean's Nicole Romero made back to back jumpers to push the lead to 56-49 with 6:19 left to play. MCLA clawed back to within four points at 60-56, but Dean was able to fend


Williams Men's Basketball Team Tops MCLA
10:33PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Kyle Scadlock had a double-double with 20 points and 12 rebounds Tuesday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 97-72 win over MCLA on Tuesday.   James Heskett scored 20 with eight boards as five players scored in double figures for the Ephs (3-0).   Noah Yearsley scored 16 points, and Tyler McKay and Ki-Shawn Monroe added 14 and 13, respectively, for the Trailblazers (1-2), who host NYU on Saturday afternoon.   Williams hosts Yeshiva on Sunday.   Women's Basketball SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Amannie Fernandez scored 15 points Tuesday to lead Williams to a 58-54 win over Springfield.   Maggie Meehan scored 12, and Kristin


Berkshire County Arc Recognizes Achievement at Annual Breakfast
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:23PM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The breakfast highlighted the achievements of those involved with BC Arc, like Christy Rich. See more pictures from the event here.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spending time in the hospital can be depressing, even if one is surrounded by supportive people.    So Kimberly and Katye Mozo, who know firsthand about medical challenges and spending numerous days in hospitals, wanted to help lighten the days of others with the same experience.    They formed K&K Pill Bottles and used donations to decorate and fill the vials with suprises to send to people with chronic and long-term illnesses.    "We try to put smiles on others faces that might be


Elks Lodge Donates Gift Cards For North Berkshire Veterans
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Veterans Services Office in North Adams is assembling goodie bags to give to the region's veterans.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The service of military veterans never ends, from long-term health and wellness struggles to giving back to the community in roles like firefighting or law enforcement.

Nowhere is that more evident than with Tony Sacco, a Vietnam veteran who spends much of his time raising money to give back to other North Berkshire veterans through his role with the North Adams Elks Lodge.

Sacco on Monday morning presented a stack of Walmart and Ocean State Job Lot gift cards to the Veterans Services Office in City Hall. He was joined by Allyson Lavigne, the exalted


McCann Technical Scores Level 1 on MCAS Tests
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, November 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School is back on top with a Level 1 rating from the state Department of Education.   "From the first day that the MCAS came about we had our sights on level one," School Committee Chairman Gary Rivers said Thursday's committee meeting. "The same level as a Lenox, Mount Greylock [Regional School] or some of the other highly touted academic schools in the area. We finally got there, but it took a took the work of dedicated teachers and motivated kids."    Principal Justin Kratz said McCann was a Level 1 district three years ago but because the vocational students typically perform well on the test, it was hard


Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
10:06PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School has announced its honor roll for the first quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.

Grade 12

Kristen Aliberti, Alex Babcock, Alexander Backiel, Angela Baumgartner, Katherine Bernardy, Isabelle Bote, Owen Brandriss, Aleya Cappadona, Elena Cerveira, Kayla Cerveira, Samuel Culver, Samuel Dils, Richard Donati, Emily Durant, Conor Fitzgerald, Caroline Flynn, Brady Foehl, Jacob Hane, Maia Hirsch, Taylor Hoffstedt, Lauren Howard, Grace Kelley, Cedar Keyes, Emily Little, Leah Majumder, Sean McCormack, Gabriella Orpin, Garret Ostheimer, DiMaggio Paris, Jade Phair, Owen Politis, Emma Polumbo, Kaitlyn Renzi, Jude Rorke, Cole


Q&A: Journalist, CNN Analyst Toobin Talks About the Current News Engagement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:35PM / Monday, November 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The last 10 months have been exhausting and invigorating for political and legal journalists, says CNN political analyst and legal writer Jeffrey Toobin.

Toobin was the speaker at last week's annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture series at  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Toobin is a Harvard-trained attorney and classmate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan. He spent time in the office of the independent counsel prosecuting the Iran Contra Affair and later was an assistant U.S. attorney in New York City. He wrote a book about Iran Contra and left the law in the 1990s to continue his writing career, including


Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Business Sponsors Thanksgiving Run/Walk to Benefit Autism Connections
03:27PM / Monday, November 20, 2017
What are you thankful for?

The second annual Thankful 5k Run/Walk to benefit Autism Connections will be held Thanksgiving morning at 8 a.m. at Berkshire Running Center at 34 Depot St. Pittsfield. Race Directors Shiobbean Lemme and her husband and co-owner Kent decided to offer a free event to thank the community support for their family owned run specialty store and training center. The free event was part of the celebration of their move into their spacious training center and cycling studio last November.

The Lemmes have been running the business and specializing in race directing and timing since 2010. Among the largest races they have directed is the annual Steel Rail Half Marathon


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