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The Independent Investor: Will the Lights Go Out?
By Bill Schmick,
09:53PM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
The deadline looms. There is no deal in sight. Various political factions are jockeying to get their demands met. It is all part of an annual compromise to fund the government for another year.   So what else is new?   If the government does shut down on Saturday morning, it will be the 18th such occurrence in U.S. history. In every case, the nation has survived, although at times the cost has been great. There was, for example, a 16-day shutdown back in 2013 that resulted in a $24 billion hit to economic output and caused 850,000 workers to be laid off.   We all know it costs the American people more to shut down the government than it does to keep it open. In this age of


Williamstown Select Board Reviews Town Manager's Performance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, December 07, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Tuesday morning gave high marks to Town Manager Jason Hoch.   In a special session called to wrap up the body's annual review, Hoch was complimented for his management style, innovation and continuing to keep the town on a solid financial footing.   Based on Tuesday's discussion, Chairman Hugh Daley will write up the formal review for a vote of the board scheduled for Monday's regular meeting.   The board's review was based on its own experience and a survey it sent to town employees and members of other boards and committees.   "In almost every section, every question of every section, most of the

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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

Can You Afford to Retire Early?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:24PM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Some people dream of retiring early. Are you one of them? If so, you'll need to plan ahead – because a successful early retirement can't be achieved through last-minute moves.

So, if you're determined to retire early, consider taking the following steps:

Pick a date. Early retirement means different things to different people. But it's important to pick an exact age, whether it is 60, 62, 64, or whatever, so you can build an appropriate retirement income strategy.

Think about your retirement lifestyle. You may know that you want to retire early – but have you thought about what you want to do with your newfound time? Will you simply stay close to home and


MCLA Recognizes Adams Scholarship Recipients
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Tessa Langsdale, class of 2021, tells the students how she had been in their seats just last year.  See more photos from the event here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 Berkshire students were recognized at the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship reception at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   "I am really quite pleased to be able to welcome you and to be able to congratulate you on earning this scholarship," MCLA President James Birge told the recipients Tuesday at the Church Street Center. "It is a rigorous award to win and you have demonstrated your abilities to do that through your grades, standardized test performances ... and all


Fechtelkotter Leads Williams Women to Victory
09:46PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kristin Fechtelkotter scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds Tuesday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 66-55 win over Eastern Connecticut State.   Amanni Fernandez scored 12 points, and Emily Peckham grabbed 11 rebounds for the Ephs (6-2).   Williams travels to Wesleyan on Saturday.


Williams' Muellers Named Academic All-America in Two Sports
Williams College Sports Information,
02:00PM / Tuesday, December 05, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College men's soccer team captain and back Tobias Muellers has been voted to the Men's Division III Soccer Academic All-America team by the nation's College Sports Information Directors.   Tobias Muellers is majoring in chemistry.   Muellers is the 44th Eph athlete to be named to the Academic All-America team since 1993 and the third men's soccer player: Brad Murray (1997 - 3rd Team) and Patrick Huffer (2006 - 1st Team) were the two previous Eph men's soccer players honored.   Additionally, Muellers is the first Eph athlete to be named to two separate Academic All-America teams, having earned First Team honors on last


Greylock Boys Travel Basketball Opens with Win
07:24PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
Derek Paris scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel basketball team to a 39-27 win over the Boys & Girls Club Blue.   Dylen Harrison and Jack Cangelosi each scored five points for Greylock, which overcame a narrow 16-15 deficit at half-time.   "We had a little trouble defending Kevin Wilson in the first half, where he scored nine of his team-high 12 points," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "So in the second half we adjusted and switched up guys defensively and were able to hold him to only three points. He's a tough match-up for most players."   Derek Paris scored 12 of his 24 in a 16-point


McCann Tech Inducts Honor Society Students for 2017
02:52PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School inducted 28 juniors into the National Honor Society on Nov. 14.    These students were selected for membership based on scholarship, service,  leadership, and character.    The students are Raffaele Bedini II, Hannah Blake, Hope Blake, Andrea Brucato, John Daub, Nichole Demastrie, Cortney Devito, Elissa Fink, Krista Furlon, Nicholas Glidden, Megan Goyette, James Guiden, Madison Harrington, Holden Hopkins, Elisha Lesure, Emma Marino, Matthew McGrory, Jacob Newton, Matthew Norton, Samuel Parks, Ayrian Quinones, Caleb Rondeau, Aubrey Tetlow, Rutger Thurston, Brandon Vallone, Joseph Vigiard, Abigail Wojcik, and Kirsten


Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt
02:38PM / Monday, December 04, 2017
Helping hand

Berkshire Community College, with sponsorship from Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, is offering select students micro-grants to help them pay their past-due debts and stay on track to graduate. The program is called the "Guardian Value Scholarship," which identifies students who are in good academic standing but unable to re-enroll due to college debt.

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,500. If a student owes more than $1,500, they are expected to pay down the remaining balance of their debt


Coalition Forums Tackle Different Aspect of Addiction Epidemic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Monday, December 04, 2017

'Faces' debuted in 2016. At the December forum of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, the sequel, 'Voices for Recovery,' will be screened.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 8, in place of its regular monthly forum, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will host a screening of a new film about how the community has responded to the local epidemic of addiction.

At the coalition's November forum on Nov. 17, participants heard about a different aspect of the addiction issue: law enforcement. The issues are intertwined because, according to Al Bianchi, assistant deputy superintendent for programming with the Berkshire County sheriff's


Williams Men's Basketball Falls to Wesleyan in OT
02:50PM / Sunday, December 03, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- After holding the Williams College men's basketball team scoreless for the final four minutes of regulation on Saturday, the Wesleyan Cardinals earned a 72-67 overtime win.   Williams' Mike Greenman hit a pair of free throws with 4:14 on the clock to give the Ephs a 57-53 lead. But the Cardinals scored the next four, tying the game, 57-57, with 2:26 remaining.   That is where it stayed until OT, when Jordan Bonner scored six of his game-high 22 to lead Wesleyan (6-0) to victory.   Bobby Casey led Williams (5-1) with 17 points. Kyle Scadlock and James Haskett added 15 and 14, respectively.   Williams goes to Westfield State on


Williams Women's Soccer Wins NCAA Title
Williams College Sports Information,
05:45PM / Saturday, December 02, 2017
GREENSBORO, N.C. --  It may have been the best call Williams senior Natasha Albaneze has made in her young life.   Early in the second half of Saturday's NCAA Div. III national championship game versus the University of Chicago, her teammate Natalie Turner-Wyatt had played a ball into the Maroons' box. Albaneze and Alison Lu both had a play on the ball, Albaneze boldly called her teammate off the ball, and then buried a shot behind the Chicago keeper. That goal held up thanks to a vaunted defensive effort over the final 34 minutes that included junior goalkeeper Olivia Barnhill making three different 1 v. 1 saves.   The result was the Ephs second national championship


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