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Vascular Surgery Specialist Joins Berkshire Health Systems
11:30AM / Friday, March 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has announced the appointment of Dr. Elie S. Semaan, a vascular surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Semaan is accepting new patients in need of vascular care, and joins Drs. Michael Cohn, Eugene Curletti, Michael DiSiena, Christian Galvez, Andrew Lederman, Robert Lincer, Clayton Peterson and George Veinoglou at Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Semaan comes to the Berkshires from New Hampshire, where he operated a vascular surgery practice for the past year. Previously, he was director of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at NYC Surgical Associates


Lanesborough School Approves Level Service Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, March 10, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — After a brief public hearing the School Committee approved a budget that calls for a level-funded appropriation from the taxpayers.   This will be the third consecutive year the school has asked for an appropriation of $2,434,710.   The overall budget is up by $40,949 from last year but that increase is being covered by school-choice revenue and is not coming from the town. The total budget is set at $2,769,997 but $345,177 is coming from non-appropriated sources such as school choice and grants. That represents a 1.5 percent total increase in spending.   "We're looking at an additional $40,949 over the current budget which we will be


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

The Independent Investor: America's Road Toward Universal Health Care
By Bill Schmick,
04:51PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

The GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was introduced this week.  As one might expect, the Republican Party's long-awaited plan was met with a firestorm of protests from just about every conceivable lobbying group. That's exactly what one should expect, given that there is so much at stake.

Headlines throughout the week warned that if the plan were passed in its present form, health-care premiums could rise by 30 percent or more. Seniors could pay far more for coverage under the new plan, while between 6 million and 10 million people would lose their health insurance coverage altogether. The poor would get short shrift, while the wealthy would


LeClair Memorial 5K Set for May 7
03:23PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Berkshire Family YMCA will hold the 16th annual Jocelyn E LeClair Memorial Scholarship Race on Sunday, May 7, at Windsor Lake Park.   The 5-kilometer run and walk will kick off at 10 a.m. with a 1-mile fun run and walk to follow.   The JEL is dedicated to the memory of Jocelyn LeClair, a Drury High School student who died at age 15 in 2001 from spinal meningitis. The event was started by friends and family the next spring and taken over by the YMCA last year.   Proceeds benefit the Jocelyn E. LeClair Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to two high school students each from Drury and McCann Tech, the YMCA’s summer camps


'Logan': Makes Some Sharp Points
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:50PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

Judged solely on its surface value, director James Mangold's "Logan," the third and reputedly final escapade of the Wolverine/Marvel Comics/superhero/X-Men series, rates a six on my excitement scale. However, bear in mind that loyal adherents of this franchise evaluate their cherished, alternate world of right, wrong and not so sure by their very own, entirely proprietary measure. They couldn't care less about what this fuddy-duddy thinks.

Well, good. There is much philosophical baloney and wisdom to be gleaned from the generation gap. Hence, knowing my place as the Brave New World thunders outside my slightly blemished ivory tower of pontification, kindly acknowledge


Williams College Senior Reported as Missing Found Unharmed
Staff Reports,
01:47PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Police Department announced Friday afternoon that a Williams College student who had been reported missing on Wednesday was found unharmed.

Police said Nathaniel Luke Whittle, 23, a senior from Texas, was safe and in contact with his family.

Whittle was reported missing to police on Wednesday after last having been seen Monday at a bank in Bloomfield, Conn.



WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Police Department is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing Williams College student.

Nathaniel Luke Whittle, 23, a senior from Texas, was reported missing to police on Wednesday. At this


Girls AAU Basketball Team Seeks Players
12:02PM / Thursday, March 09, 2017
The Berkshire Mountaineers girls basketball team is looking for any girls interested in playing Spring AAU basketball.   Girls currently in the fifth thru 11th grade are eligible to participate. This is an advanced basketball program that will include weekend travel throughout New York and New England. The schedule has not yet been put together but is typically seven weekends beginning with the last weekend of April through June.  In addition, girls will practice two days a week.   For more information please contact Bill Robinson at 413-652-1055 or email     The Berkshire Mountaineers Girls Basketball Organization was established in 2009 by


Mount Greylock Students Present 'The Pajama Game'
11:05AM / Thursday, March 09, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11, at 7 p.m. at the '62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College. 

This year, Mount Greylock will present "The Pajama Game" by George Abbott and Richard Bissell, with music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross. Based on the novel "7 1/2 Cents" by Richard Adler, "The Pajama Game" takes place in the middle of America (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) in the middle of the 20th century.

Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful as sparks fly between new superintendent Sid


Walk with Me in the Berkshires Returns for 15th Season
11:29AM / Wednesday, March 08, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The popular community walking program, Berkshire Health Systems' Walk with Me in the Berkshires, is returning for its 15th year in late March, where it is expected that more than 3,500 people from across the region will participate in a program aimed at improving health and well-being through walking.

Community registration for the Walk with Me program is Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp on the iBerkshires website. Up to 2,400 people from the community, formed as teams of between two and 20 people each, will receive a free step counter and be able to log-in to a step-reporting site on iBerkshires in order to participate in the six week walking


Congressman Tours Southwestern Vermont Medical Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:25PM / Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Congressman Welch later spoke at Bennington's Town Meeting and spoke at a class at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., on Tuesday.

BENNINGTON, Mass. — Green laser lines crisscrossed Dr. Matthew Vernon as he explained how Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center's linear accelerator uses precision targeting to treat cancer with radiation.

Where a typical radiation treatment takes 20 minutes or more, the oncologist said, "the machine can actually just rotate around the patient with the beam on and these stencils move in and out and shape the beam in real time so in one or two arcs we can treat the same thing in about four minutes."

"That's just


Lanesborough Elementary Asking For Level Budget Appropriation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Chairman Ray Jones continued to push the issue about raising tuition rates.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee is not asking for any increase in this upcoming budget.   Interim Superintendent Kimberly Grady presented to the Lanesborough Finance Committee on Monday and said while the spending is up by 1.49 percent, that increase is being covered by school choice revenues.   Therefore, the appropriation from the town would be the same as this year to fund the proposed budget.    "In order to be mindful of the concerns in Lanesborough I've heard over the last several years and the new school, using choice we have been able to


Biz Briefs: March Is 'Massachusetts Maple Month'
02:26PM / Monday, March 06, 2017

How sweet it is: Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday declared March as "Massachusetts Maple Month" in an effort to support the commonwealth's many maple producers and encourage Massachusetts residents to purchase locally produced maple products. To kick off Maple Month, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) Commissioner John Lebeaux joined local and agricultural officials at Steve’s Sugar Shack in Westhampton for a ceremonial sugar maple tree tapping.

Massachusetts is home to approximately 300 maple syrup producers, including many who are open to the public throughout the sugaring season. Last year more than 77,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced and


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