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World-Class Architect Climbs Aboard Model Railroad Museum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

Award-winning architect Frank Gehry addresses the crowd at Friday's event. The 88-year-old Gehry will design the model railroad museum. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials with the proposed model railroad museum are confident that they will have the funding in hand next year to move forward on the $65 million project.    The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has so far raised $2.5 million from private contributions and state grants; it expects to reach 50 percent of its goal by January with the balance by June 2018. The principals, including former Guggenhaim director Thomas Krens and former Govs. William Weld and Michael Dukakis, believe the


Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Names 2017 Vision Award Honorees
02:00PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Every September, Southwestern Vermont Health Care presents the Vision Awards at the Harvest Ball, an event sponsored by the SVHC Foundation. The ball will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park in Bennington.

This year, SVHC will honor a physician and a family for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities. The honoree for SVHC's 2017 Health Care Leadership Award is Dr. Brian Cunningham. The Hoyt Family is the recipient of SVHC's 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award.

"Dr. Cunningham and the Hoyts have made irreplaceable contributions to both SVHC and the surrounding


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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Williams College Museum of Art Announces Interim Leadership
12:31PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Museum of Art has announced the interim leadership following the departure of Class of 1956 Director Christina Olsen. Olsen has been named director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

WCMA's current deputy director for Curatorial Affairs, 2000 Williams graduate Lisa Dorin, will become interim director. Dorin joined the museum in March 2013 from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she had served as associate curator of Contemporary Art. Since her return to campus, she has been a key member of the WCMA senior team, developing and implementing the museum's strategic plan, co-supervising the graduate curatorial workshop, and

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Attorney Guides Towns on Local Options For Marijuana Regulation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 01, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Attorney Raymond Miyares is advising towns to adopt moratoriums on recreational marijuana — six months ago.   Miyares is legal counsel for a number of towns across the state. He says the timeline for implementation of recreational marijuana is putting towns in the position of being "stampeded" with little chance to regulate.   "It seems to me that most towns are not going to be ready to write their zoning bylaws next spring," Miyares said.   But that's when something will need to be on the books in order to limit where such facilities can go. The law allows for marijuana retail to be allowed anywhere a town is zoned for

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Williamstown Fire District Plans Outreach on Land Acquisition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Friday, September 01, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fire District officials will take their case for acquiring a Main Street parcel to Town Hall before an expected October special meeting to approve the purchase.   The Prudential Committee plans to ask Fire District voters to approve $400,000 for the purchase of the 3.7-acre so-called Lehovec property next to the new Aubuchon Hardware on Main Street (Route 2).   At a special meeting of the three-person committee on Wednesday, the Prudential Committee discussed its outreach initiatives to generate support for the acquisition.   This is the second time the district has attempted to purchase the same property for a prospective new fire station. The


Bust Returned to Family of Keith Laughlin
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The grateful family of Keith W. Laughlin on Thursday received the bust carved by his longtime friend.   Gail King delivered the sculpture carved by her late niece, Ruth Ellen, to Laughlin's mother, Karin Morandi, at the home of Morandi's daughter, Kris Bona.   "I'm so glad we found you guys," King said. "We knew this had to mean something to somebody."   And King was determined not to discard the bust when she returned to the area from North Carolina to clean out the Bennington, Vt., home of her recently deceased sister, Jean Ann King.   Jean Ann had prominently displayed the artwork of her daughter and kept


1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Qualifies for Democratic Primary
04:20PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Kevin Towle, Democratic candidate for 1st Berkshire representative, said his campaign submitted more than the 150 required signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office on Tuesday.    "Just 24 hours after the deadline to submit nomination papers to town and city clerks for certification, we were able to qualify for the primary ballot today," Towle said in a statement Tuesday. "This is the first major hurdle of the campaign, and I want to thank my wonderful team for their hard work and dedication."   Towle also announced the launch of a new campaign committee website,


'Wind River': Opens the Floodgates of Indignation
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:09PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
Writer-director Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River," a murder-mystery inspired by true events, deserves plaudits not only because it is a skilled piece of filmmaking, but also owing to its eye-opening exposé of the disgraceful socioeconomic conditions on Native American reservations.   While the majority of Americans are more or less cognizant of the poverty that wreaks havoc in our urban ghettos, far fewer citizens are familiar with this rural brand of destitution ostensibly swept under the carpet of our national conscience. See it up close and the mind boggles.   Be warned, this is tough viewing. In service to its ugly divulgences, there are few punches pulled.


Are You a 'Hardworking' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:45AM / Thursday, August 31, 2017

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

So, what are these lessons? Here are a few to consider:

Be consistent. The most successful workers are the ones who show up, day after day, and strive to overcome the inevitable obstacles that crop up. As an investor, you, too, need to be consistent in your habits – which means you should keep investing in all types of markets. If you take a


Latest Mount Greylock Regionalization Proposal Maximizes Local Control
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Williamstown School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron explains the funding mechanism for elementary schools in the new proposal for an expanded Mount Greylock Regional School District.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The latest proposal to expand the Mount Greylock Regional School District would allow each member town to control the budget of its elementary school.   The elementary school committees from Williamstown and Lanesborough met Tuesday to review a draft regional agreement that would expand Mount Greylock Regional School District to include both its "feeder" schools.   Both Mount Greylock's member towns have agreed to Nov. 14 as the potential date


Election 2017: Candidate Forums & Debates
03:44PM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017
This is a listing of public forums and debates for candidates in the municipal elections in North Adams and Pittsfield and for the special election for state representative in the 1st Berkshire District. This list will be updated as information is received. If your organization is hosting a forum, please send the details to   Thursday, Aug. 31 The North Adams Public Library will be hosting the candidates for mayor at an informal coffee klatch at 6 p.m. in the library's main reading room. Candidates Thomas Bernard and Rachel Branch have confirmed; Peter Oleskiewicz, Robert Moulton, and Robert Martell have also been invited.   Monday, Sept. 11 ProAdams will


5 Unique Pizzas You Need to Try Today!
10:30AM / Wednesday, August 30, 2017

True pizza lovers like to change up our beloved pie into all kinds of different combinations. We have been unable to live life by pepperoni alone, even though we a lot of us are die-hard pepperoni fans. More than anything, I think we are guilty of just loving all the cheesy combinations a good pizza can provide.

The best thing about pizza, aside from automatically putting us in a better mood, is that there are endless ways to enjoy it. There is a saying that goes We totally agree!

If you're looking to try a new slice of pie, here are five unique pizzas made in the Berkshires that you'll totally want to order this weekend.



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