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New Attorney Joins Donovan & O'Connor
11:55AM / Friday, January 27, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The law firm of Donovan O’Connor & Dodig has announced that Angela ("Annie") W. Haylon has joined the firm as an associate.

Haylon received her J.D. from Vermont Law School in 2016 and graduated from Colby College in 2011, earning a B.A. in Environmental Science. In pursuing her passion for the environment, Haylon worked as a research assistant to a lawyer at a firm in Washington, D.C., addressing climate change and has worked as an intern to a nonprofit advocacy organization in Boston researching state and federal fisheries laws and regulations.

Haylon will be working primarily out of the firm's North Adams office. She resides in


New Agent Joins Burnham Gold Real Estate
11:41AM / Friday, January 27, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Seth Alden has joined Burnham Gold Real Estate.

Alden, a native of Williamstown, grew up in the Berkshires. He brings with him significant commercial land sale experience, having worked and traveled around the country for Redstone Properties in Williamstown for six years. Many are familiar with his family as they owned Buxton Brook Bed and Breakfast on North West Hill Road in Williamstown, a favorite for many years among locals and visitors alike.

Alden attended school in the Berkshires before he headed out West to Colorado to follow his passion for snowboarding, skiing and adventure. Upon returning to the Berkshires to be close to family, he pursued a career in


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 Elementary Faces Budget-Busting Hike in Costs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Friday, January 27, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee heard some sobering news about the prospects for the fiscal 2018 budget talks it will begin in earnest next month.   The K-6 district expects costs for the fiscal year to increase by about twice the funding increase historically offered by the town unless cuts are found.   "As a starting point for planning for FY18, we asked: What happens if we just keep level staffing from this year to next?" WES Committee Chairman and finance subcommittee member Joe Bergeron told his colleagues at Wednesday's monthly meeting. "The reality is we're just a hair shy of a 5 percent increase."   The town,


Mount Greylock Without Full-Time Staffing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Friday, January 27, 2017

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — This spring means the reopening of the War Memorial atop Mount Greylock after a $2.3 million restoration. And likely more fans looking for Ilvermorny, the fictional Potterworld wizarding school.

More than 150,000 people visit the state's highest summit every year, but park officials are worried there won't be enough staff.

"The mountain is beautiful and it takes people to protect it. You just can't put signs and gates up," Joseph Rogge of the Mount Greylock Advisory Council said. "More people are needed and we are trying to get by with less."

The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Trails Coordinator Becky Barnes


The Independent Investor: A Circus by Any Other Name Is Still a Circus
By Bill Schmick,
06:03PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017

By now you may have heard that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are set to close in May of this year. That's the third circus in as many years to close their doors. You might say the announcement marks the end of an era stretching back for almost 150 years. I disagree.

The circus will never die. It's been around since the Romans were sticking each other with swords. It is a venue that is constantly changing that I believe will simply continue to evolve. Society has moved on from the need to see blood and guts on the sandy floor of the arena. For the last century and a half, we have been entertained instead by death-defying feats, acrobatics, wild animals and loud


Bay State Winter Games Return this Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
01:05PM / Thursday, January 26, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ice and snow and sweat and cheers are all on the agenda over the next five weeks as the 32nd annual Bay State Winter Games return to Berkshire County.

For 37 days at six different venues, athletes from throughout Massachusetts and around New England will compete in sports ranging from ice hockey to snowshoeing.

It all begins Saturday at Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink with two days of figure skating competition and the BSG's signature event, the Bay State Skate.

The annual Saturday night show features winners from Saturday's competition, special invited guests and the production team from the weekend's hosts, Christmas Brook Figure


Young People Set to Lift the Spirits of Berkshire Seniors With Valentine's Cards
02:10PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 15.5 million seniors in America live alone and face isolation due to declining mobility and geographic location. To help combat the negative effects of isolation,, the largest organization for young people and social change, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs, for the fourth annual Love Letters campaign.

Berkshire seniors served by Elder Services of Berkshire County are set to receive handmade Valentine's Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country this Valentine's Day.

"Social connection and


Social Justice Discussion Set for Jan. 26 at Simon's Rock
01:11PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Magazine, Multicultural BRIDGE and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host a talk on "Social Justice: Ethics, Writing and Reporting for Social Change" on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The workshop "Just Journalism: A Workshop on Public Writing" with will be held at 5 p.m.; students are first priority.

The summit begins at 7 p.m. featuring Anastasia Stanmeyer, Berkshire Magazine editor, as moderator and panelist.  Eugenie Sills, founder of Womens Times and principal of TWT Media, and Jenn Smith of the Berkshire Eagle, also will participate on the panel.

Journalists, students, and the general public are

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When Do You Need a Financial Adviser?
11:23AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Are you a "do-it-yourselfer"? If you can take care of home repairs, lawn work and other types of maintenance by yourself, you'll save money and probably gain satisfaction. But you will almost certainly need some help in other areas of your life – one of which may be investing.

In fact, you could benefit from the services of a professional financial advisor at several points in your life:

* When you're starting out in your career: When you land your first "career-type" job, you will have some financial decisions to make: Should I participate in my employer's 401(k) or other retirement plan? (Hint: Yes!) If so, how much should I contribute? How can I


Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a bill that would alleviate the requirement that two emergency medical technicians be on every basic life support transports. The change would allow for first responders, who are slightly less trained, to be drivers during those calls while a certified EMT handles patient care in the back.   "There are a number of communities in the district that bump up


Williamstown Selectmen Look at Cooperation Beyond Town's Border
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dave Irwin of Adelson & Co. walks the Board of Selectmen through the details of the town's fiscal 2016 audit. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Regional cooperation was on the minds of selectmen on Monday night.   The Board of Selectmen meeting touched on several areas where the town can interact with its neighbors in North Berkshire and beyond, starting with a shared services arrangement with the town of Lanesborough.   Williamstown and Lanesborough already are linked through their membership in a two-town regional middle-high school district. On Monday, Williamstown officials approved an agreement that allows Town Planner Andrew Groff to work 10 hours per month with


Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth
08:49PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Baker kicked off his speech focusing on economic growth through the state. BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year.   Baker highlighted work on the economy, fiscal management, the Department of Children and Families, energy, high-speed internet, education, local municipal help, and more to say the "state of the Commonwealth is strong."   But, he said there is more work to do and despite changes on the federal level, he vowed to continue focusing on moving Massachusetts forward.   His remarks as prepared


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