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Locals Vying for Conference Titles on College Teams Sports,
04:49PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
Westfield State senior Jaclyn  Farrell earned six points to help the Owls women’s track and field team win the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference Championship last month.   The Wahconah alumna placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 11-¼ inches, and she was eighth in the long jump, hitting a mark of 15-7-½.   Earlier this spring, Farrell won the triple jump at the Springfield College Invitational, a non-team scored event.   Also at the MASCAC meet, Fitchburg State’s Michaella Vecchiarelli (Drury) tied for second in the pole vault, clearing 2.9 meters and helping Fitchburg finish fourth in the


'The Circle': The Shape of Things to Come?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:45PM / Friday, May 05, 2017
Do you find yourself peering endlessly into your smartphone, hoping to make connections, seeking information, wiling away the time, looking for the secret of life and maybe even G-d? It has become your crystal ball and indeed, if we take the cue from director James Ponsoldt's "The Circle," it may show the way to a very creepy future. More important than it is good, this fictionalized audit of the mass voyeurism that has become a frightening offshoot of the information explosion demands the attention of people who still care to think for themselves.   The delve into this world by Mae Holland, a young woman previously in a dead-end customer service job who is recruited by a


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

Williams College Senior Named Saint Andrew's Society Scholar
12:02PM / Friday, May 05, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Michael Q. May III has received a scholarship from the Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York to pursue graduate studies in Scotland in the 2017-18 academic year. May will receive $30,000 for his studies. May was one of two students chosen nationally to receive the scholarship.

A physics and religion double major from Crockett, Texas, May plans to pursue a master's in theoretical physics at the University of Edinburgh. He says he hopes to broaden his physics research in Scotland and that the experience helps him choose his specialty in the field. May previously studied particle physics at the University of Geneva while


Williams Professor Wins Award for Short Story
11:25AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jim Shepard, the J. Leland Miller professor of American History, Literature and Eloquence in the Department of English at Williams College, has won the 2016 Rea Award for the Short Story.

This is the second consecutive year a member of the Williams English department has won the award. Last year, Andrea Barrett, senior lecturer in English, won the award.

Shepard is the author of five short story collections and seven novels. His most recent collection is "The World to Come" (2017, Knopf), about which The Daily Beast wrote, "Without a doubt the most ambitious story writer in America, Jim Shepard spans borders and centuries with unrivaled mastery


Williams College Celebrates Staff Members on Appreciation Day
11:02AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College hosted its annual Appreciation Day, which honors staff members who have reached milestones in their service to the college.

The celebration included a luncheon for employees completing their 5th, 10th, 15th, or 20th year of service, and a dinner for employees celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th year of service, as well as those who are newly retired.

This year's retirees are Carol Allard, Nancy Bellows, Linda Burke, Jean Caprari, Diana Elvin, Margy Gwozdz, Wayne Haskins, Samuel Hurlbut, Patricia Hurlbut, Stephen Jones, Christine Maher, Alberta McCarthy, Jane Nicholls, Rebecca Ohm, Hideyo Okamura, Robert Scherr, James


Williamstown Fire District Budget Down Slightly for FY18
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Friday, May 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Prudential Committee on Wednesday sent the voters a budget that reduces the fire district's spending by nearly $10,000.   The town will have a chance to approve the district's fiscal 2018 spending plan at the annual Fire District meeting on May 30 — two weeks after the annual town meeting.   The district, a separate taxing authority apart from the rest of town government, plans to ask the voters for an operating budget of $549,197, down from $558,915 in FY17, a change of about 1.7 percent.   Most of the decrease stems from anticipated savings from the town's solar project on the capped landfill off Simonds


McCann Tech Welding Grads Hope to Spark New Careers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:24AM / Friday, May 05, 2017

Nick Lannan looks over his certificate of completion at Wednesday's graduation event.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Certificates of completion were awarded Wednesday to the dedicated graduates of McCann Technical School's evening welding course, part of a workforce development program to train for manufacturing skills.    "This is a compressed course. You went through a lot of material in a very short period of time," metal fabrication instructor John Kline said. "You know how far you've come in the short seven weeks we had here. ...   "I hope you got a lot of out of it, and not just the hands-on welding but what you learned in the


The Independent Investor: Only The Rich Are Saving
By Bill Schmick,
06:12PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
Last quarter, the  percent age of Americans' personal savings rate stood at 5.9  percent of their disposable income, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis'. Given that number had fallen to as low as 1.9 percent in 2005, that's a large improvement. But who is saving and who is not is the real question to ask.   Our savings rate is clearly higher than it used to be relative to other countries. It is nowhere near the Chinese savings rate of 38 percent of 2014, for example, but it has improved to the point that we are now somewhere in the middle of the pack when looking at the 35 member countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and


Health Screenings Save Time for Busy Moms
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03:20PM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
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Women lead busy lives. Many function in multiple roles in caring for their families every day including chauffeur, chief executive, banker, scheduler, professional organizer and cook. 

When you’re a mom, taking care of yourself can seem like a extravagant luxury. But visiting your healthcare providers for regular screenings can save you time and money in the long run - not to mention keeping you in good health so you can continue to juggle all of those responsibilities without getting run down.

Women’s Health Week begins on May 14, Mother’s Day. It is a great time to remind your mom and the other women in your life (even yourself) to


Weight Lifting Event Raises Money for Cancer Awareness
Community submission,
10:42AM / Thursday, May 04, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. - This past weekend marked the inaugural Balls Out Bash Push Pull Powerlifting Meet to Benefit Barballs, Inc., and its mission to help our communities battle cancer.   With the support of our community, Iron Bred Strength and the sport of powerlifting, Barballs, Inc., was able to raise $1,800.   This money will be used to help run many more awareness and cancer-based events as we continue our battle against cancer. Our "Strength Giving Strength" mission will continue to be our primary platform of bringing awareness as we take the strength sports we all love and give strength to those in need.   Barballs, Inc., is here to help. If you are looking to help


Letter: Winters Right Decision for Williamstown Planning Board
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017

To the Editor:

This Tuesday, May 9, is election day in Williamstown. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School. There is only one contested election this year, a five-year seat on Williamstown's Planning Board.

Contested elections in small towns are tricky things. Candidates often end up running against a neighbor or acquaintance and things can sometimes get uncomfortable. However, elections have consequences. We must approach them as dispassionately as possible, to make sure we make the right decision.

For Planning Board, the right decision is Chris Winters. Chris has served on the Planning Board for 11 years and we're delighted that someone


Berkshire Special Olympians Compete in Great Barrington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hundreds of athletes from throughout Berkshire County converged at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday for the 38th annual Berkshire Area Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.   Participants competed in running, throwing and jumping events, thrilling to their own accomplishments and inspiring those lucky enough to witness the event.   The opening ceremony featured a torch run conducted by area law enforcement officers, a performance of the national anthem by the Monument Mountain marching band and a reading of the Special Olympic Oath by Kaitlyn Critchley.   "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the

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