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Rabasco Leads County Contingent at Boston Marathon
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:08PM / Monday, April 17, 2017
BOSTON -- Pittsfield’s Matt Rabasco was Berkshire County’s top finisher on Monday at the Boston Marathon, clocking a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 17 seconds over the historic 26.2-mile course.   Rabasco was the only sub-three-hour finisher among 11 county residents registered for the race with official times listed on the Boston Athletic Association on Monday night.   The races top finishers were Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) for the men and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) for the women.   Rabasco, 22, was listed in 532nd place overall, 399th in his division, after setting a mile pace of 6:28.   Berkshire County’s second-fastest time was turned in by Matt

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Letter: Support Pollinator Resolution
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, April 17, 2017

To the Edtor:

I'm greatly encouraged by the citizens in Williamstown who want to make the community more pollinator friendly. Stephen Dravis' article, "Williamstown Resolution Looks to Change Bee-havior" (iBerkshires April 9) reports how bees are a vital natural resource for food production and biodiversity protection.

Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, as emphasized by Williams College Biology Department Chair Joan Edwards, who spoke at the town's recent Agricultural Commission meeting. Sharing this concern, a number of other communities launched Western MA Pollinator Networks six months ago to expand pollinator safe habitat through education, tours, and

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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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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Holding Baby Shower for Kittens
10:57AM / Monday, April 17, 2017

A purr-fect idea: Throughout the month of April, the Berkshire Humane Society is hosting its third annual Baby Shower in honor of kitten season, a supply drive collecting donations of needed items for kitten and mother cat care. Kitten season typically begins in May and winds down in October. 

In addition to the drive, BHS trains foster volunteers to care for litters from their own homes, greatly expanding the number of animals the shelter can accommodate. BSH also works with other organizations – like Animal DREAMS – to reduce unwanted cat populations in Berkshire County. Collected supplies will be shared with Animal DREAMS to assist in their work with feral

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Bishop Mitchell Rozanski: Easter Homily
By Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, Guest Column
11:05AM / Sunday, April 16, 2017
Acts: 34a, 37-43 Psalm 118 Colossians 3: 1-4 John 20: 1-9 We greet this Easter Day with the bright promise of new life.   Where just a few weeks ago a snow storm reminded us that winter does not give up easily, we now can behold buds on the trees, daffodils and forsythia blooming and enjoy the warmth that permeates the air. Spring does beckon us to new life! And indeed, we can have faith in this new life because of what we celebrate in our lives: Our Savior's promise to us has been fulfilled. When all seemed lost, disciples scattered, hopes were dashed and mourning dominated the scene, that first Easter morning changed everything.   Last month, with a group of pilgrims,

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Williamstown Conservation Commission Green Lights Water Street Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:35AM / Saturday, April 15, 2017

Charlie LaBatt of Guntlow & Associates talks about the Water Street project in front of the Conservation Commission on Thursday.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A planned rehabilitation of Water Street should be coordinated with efforts to alleviate water issues that have plagued an adjacent neighborhood, the Conservation Commission was told on Thursday.   Representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation were in front of the commission for permitting on the road project, which is expected to go to bid this fall for construction in 2018 and '19.   Con Comm members and residents questioned whether the road work can coincide with a needed rerouting

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'Going in Style': Bank Heist Steals Your Heart
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
11:59PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
  My first inclination when hearing that Alan Arkin, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman would star in director Zach Braff's remake of 1979's "Going in Style," which featured George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was to scream "Sacrilege!" But I was at a funeral and, fearing the outburst might be inappropriate, contained myself.    Later, my calmed head prevailing, I got philosophical about it. While the older set of oldsters was terrific in this seriocomic bank heist film, one good turn should deserve another, especially if it showcases such national treasures.   Besides, pity is, the economic situation that stirred the original gang to

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Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship Applications Accepted
11:29PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.

A one-time grant of $250-$500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.

Lola Greene taught at Mount Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time she developed the school’s

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Wiliams Junior Wins Truman Scholarship
10:27PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Anna DeLoi has been awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a prestigious award given to college juniors demonstrating exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in public service.

DeLoi plans to pursue a joint degree through the Stanford Graduate School of Education's Master of Arts/Master of Public Policy (MA/MPP) program to prepare for running a community music education organization in an under-resourced, rural community.

DeLoi is one of 62 recipients chosen from an applicant pool of 768 from 315 colleges and universities. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 in support for graduate study, in addition to

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The Independent Investor: Tense Times in Trumpland
By Bill Schmick,
04:56PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017
The geopolitical landscape is heating up. U.S. relations with Syria, North Korea, China and Russia are in turmoil as the Trump administration flexes its military muscle. None of it bodes well for the stock market.   War cries and wealth are like water and oil. They don't mix well. For investors, there are far too many unknowns, especially when U.S. warships are steaming toward the Korean Peninsula. In Syria, American troops were spotted alongside Jordanian Special Forces troops along the border, despite our president's assurances that boots on the ground are out of the question. Actually, that isn't quite true, since U.S. Special Forces have been operating alongside our

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Easter Events Around Berkshire County
02:12PM / Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hippity, hoppety, Easter is on the way - and so are plenty of holiday events around Berkshire County.

Got more to add to this list? Just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, April 8

* Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Walker Street, Lenox, 10 a.m-noon and 1-3 p.m.: The mansion will present its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Children should be at least 12 years of age.

 

Sunday, April 9

* Adams Youth

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Total Eclipse Preview Enthralls Williamstown Students
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:20PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Who's up for a road trip this summer?

Maybe the entire fifth and sixth grades at Williamstown Elementary School, after hearing Williams College astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff tell them all about the rare solar eclipse set to take place on Aug. 21 from the coast of Oregon to the coast of South Carolina.

Pasachoff and Williams sophomore Brendan Rosseau came to Williamstown Elementary on April 4 to talk about the eclipse, which will only be at 70 percent strength here, meaning "it won't get very dark and you won't barely know what's happening," he said. But the "path of totality" — where the total eclipse will be

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Monday, April 16, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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