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Berkshires Beat: Freeman Center Snags State Award for 'Money School'
11:52AM / Monday, April 10, 2017

Money School award: Elizabeth Freeman Center's Money School was presented with MOVA's Innovation Award at a ceremony at the State House in Boston on April 4, in recognition of its ground-breaking work to advance financial independence for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance  recognize individuals and agencies that have made notable contributions to victim rights and services.

The Freeman Center's Money School puts survivors of abuse or sexual violence on a path toward economic security and well-being.  The program, developed by the American


Police Dog, Handler Thank Karate Students for Funding Vest
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Monday, April 10, 2017

Millie serves in the Bennington County Sheriff's Department.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Villari's of Williamstown teaches karate to kids and adults to help them stand on their own two feet.

On Saturday, some of those students got to meet a new friend who stands on four feet.

Millie, a German shepherd who serves with the Bennington County Sheriff's Department in Vermont, and her handler, Sgt. Joel Howard, came to Villari's studio to thank the students for raising $1,050 to purchase a protective vest. The vest, from Vested Interest In K-9s, is both bullet-proof and knife-proof to help protect Millie while she finds missing people, sniffs out drugs and tracks suspects on

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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

Williamstown Resolution Looks to Change Bee-havior
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:39AM / Sunday, April 09, 2017

North Adams beekeeper Tony Pisano talks about declines in the local bee population. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dandelions are dandy.   What homeowners think of as weeds are actually an integral part of the food web that sustains human life, and a group of residents want to help change the way town residents think of lawn care in light of the that fact.   A non-binding resolution at May's annual town meeting will ask Williamstown voters to declare the Village Beautiful a "pollinator-friendly community" that "encourages the adoption of policies and practices that support pollinator health."   On Wednesday, supporters of the resolution addressed


Ten McCann Machine Tech Students Receive Level 2 Certification
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:24PM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ten McCann Technical School students were recognized on Thursday for achieving Level 2 certification, the highest available, in their machine tech studies.    Administration, teachers and parents attended a special presentation in the McCann library to acknowledge the success of the juniors and seniors who after scoring highly on the Manufacturing Advancement Center Workforce Innovation Collaborative, or "MACWIC," exam, received a certification proving that they are ready for the workforce.   "When we talk about what makes McCann unique and what we have to offer to our students one of the things we really try to focus on as a school

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County's Students Inspired To 'Envision Their Future' At Youth Conference
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:31AM / Saturday, April 08, 2017
Some of the workshops got the students more in touch with their artistic side, while others taught students about job-searching resources available in the community. PITTSFIELD, Mass, — The morning started with a "when I was your age" type story from children's author Ty Allan Jackson.   Jackson was speaking over the sound of the rain beating on the top of a large party tent. His audience: just about 120 high school students from across the county. When he was their age, the ghettos of New York City had broken education systems, there were issues of poverty and crime. And nobody was listening to the what those in the neighborhood had to say.   It was those

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'Ghost in the Shell': Machine Politics
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:42PM / Friday, April 07, 2017

Viewing director Rupert Sanders' highly imaginative "Ghost in the Shell," based on Shirow Masamune's Japanese comic series, it occurred to me: How do I know I'm not a cyborg, installed by some great Machiavellian organization to surreptitiously spread their deceptions through my film criticisms? It can't be .. I'm just a nice liberal guy, trying to make sure folks spend their movie money wisely. Or is that simply what I've been programmed to think?

Although still not sure, as sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick asked, if androids dream of electric sheep, I now must move on to wondering if Ancestry.Com might help a disillusioned cyborg learn his identity. All of

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@theMarket: Uncertainty Descends Upon the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, April 07, 2017
Pick your poison — U.S.-Syrian strife, weak employment numbers, China-U.S. relations — those are just some of the issues investors had to contend with this week. Despite these potential roadblocks, the averages hung in there, losing little ground as the week closed.   There was even more bad news, if you include the latest minutes of the Federal Reserve Bank's FOMC meeting. There was much discussion among the members and a chorus of assent to begin the delicate task of reducing the Fed's $4.5 trillion balance sheet later this year. Recall that the Fed bought mountains of U.S. Treasury bonds over the last eight years in an effort to keep interest rates low (and


Superior Court Briefs: March 31 - April 5
Staff Reports,
12:42PM / Friday, April 07, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Friday, March 31.   Jason Pennell, 28, of Holyoke had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute - his second offense - and conspiracy to violate drug laws.   He was ordered to be held at the Hampden County House of Correction on $5,000 bail. The charges stem from the execution of a search warrant in Williamstown on January 18, 2017.    Terry Martizna, 26, of Lanesborough pleaded guilty to single counts of illegal possession of a large capacity feeding device, armed career felon, illegal possession of a firearm, and possession of ammunition without a firearm


Williamstown Professor Wins Fulbright Fellowship for Brazil Research
11:52AM / Friday, April 07, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass — Anne Skinner, senior lecturer emerita in chemistry at Williams College, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to spend four months doing research in Brazil in 2018.

Skinner's project, "Shining Light on the Early Human Occupation of Northeast Brazil: A Multi-Institutional and Multidisciplinary Approach," will combine excavations in the UNESCO Human Heritage region of Parque Nacional Serra da Capivara with lectures and demonstrations at four Brazilian institutions, using excavated material to improve inter-laboratory collaboration. Her research dates fossils by measuring the accumulation of radiation damage during burial. Her previous studies in


Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, April 07, 2017

Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to

* Adams: St. Stanislaus Kostka School is now registering for the 2017-2018 school year. Openings are available in grades pre-kindergarten through grade eight. Financial aid is available for qualified applicants. Schedule a shadow day at 413-743-1091.


* Clarksburg: Kindergarten registration has begun for the Clarksburg Elementary School. Call the school at 413-663-8735 to register your child for the fall. Children must be five years of age by August 31, 2017.


* Florida: The Gabriel Abbott


Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation Names New Director
11:25AM / Friday, April 07, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation has named David McGowan of Brookline, Mass., as its next executive director.

McGowan has dedicated his career to conserving land throughout Massachusetts. After receiving his graduate degree from Antioch New England University in 1996, he worked at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. There, he worked on projects throughout the commonwealth – securing critical inholdings at Bradley Palmer State Park and Willard Brook State Forest, and helping conserve the 900-acre Spectacle Pond Farm at Otis State Forest.  

In 2006, McGowan took a position with The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.

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Williamstown Author Wins Literature Prize
11:04AM / Friday, April 07, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williams College fellow has won the 2017 Blake-Dodd Prize in Literature.

Elizabeth Kolbert is a local resident and the Class of 1946 Environmental Fellow-in-Residence at Williams College. She won the $25,000 prize, one of 12 prizes totalling $265,000 awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Academy's 250 members propose candidates, and a rotating committee of writers selects winners.  This year's award committee members were John Guare (chairman), Thomas McGuane, Anne Tyler, Rosanna Warren, and Joy Williams.

Kolbert will receive the prize in New York City at the Academy's annual ceremonial in May.

Kolbert has been a staff


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