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The Independent Investor: Truth About NATO & Defense Spending
By Bill Schmick,
04:19PM / Thursday, December 05, 2019
While it would appear that President Donald Trump left the London NATO Summit this week empty-handed, the truth is he has already achieved what several presidents before him could not. Unfortunately, it is a shallow victory at best.   Just a week ago, in preparation for President Trump's visit, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced a change in the funding of its budget. It agreed to reduce the United States' contribution to the alliance (now 22 percent) and redistribute the costs to other members. As a result, the U.S. and Germany will now pay the same amount. Each will contribute 16 percent of NATO's central budget.   The problem is that NATO's central

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Youth Football Team Seeking Community's Help for Trip to World Championships
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Thursday, December 05, 2019

Lanesborough Tigers coach Jason Pause, middle, poses with the team's captains, from left, Mitch Waynick, Damon Pause, Aiden Macpherseon, Judge Martin and Dominic Carnevale.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The life of a young athlete can get pretty hectic, especially when his or her team is so good that the season never seems to end.   When the Lanesborough Tigers two weeks ago wrapped up a Northeast Regional football championship on Saturday in New Jersey, some of the players had no time to enjoy their triumph.   "Basketball travel team tryouts were that Monday," Tigers coach Jason Pause recalled this week. "Some of the kids have a

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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
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MCLA Gallery 51 Annual Holiday Art Show Opens Thursday
10:31AM / Thursday, December 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Gallery 51 opens its Made by Hand Holiday Art Show will on Thursday, Dec. 5, just in time for the holiday season.    All art will be priced below $100 and will be available for purchase that evening through Dec. 28.   The public is invited to attend the show's official opening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Gallery 51 on Main Street. There will gifts choices from more than 40 local makers and artisans.   The holiday art show celebrates the artwork of local and regional artists and includes sculpture, ceramics, watercolors, jewelry, paintings, cards, collages, fiber, book arts, photography, and

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Sommer Center for Music & Art to Open Former Adams Church
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, December 05, 2019

Members of the Adams-Anthony Center and local officials at the former St. Mark's Church for the announcement of the academy. ADAMS, Mass. — The Olga C. Sommer Center for Music & Art will open in the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church and host the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies.   A group of New York-based musicians look to breath new life into the former church on Commercial Street. On Wednesday, residents and town leaders were asked to imagine what the Berkshires Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) could bring to Adams and the greater region.   "I like to say that every one of us have little candles in our heads that

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Mass MoCA Launches Winter Season With Free Admission
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Thursday, December 05, 2019

Mass MoCA spokeswoman Jodi Joseph welcomes the gathering of museum employees and volunteers to the winter season update. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is offering an early Christmas present to Berkshire County residents: Free admission to the galleries from Dec. 6 through Dec. 22.    "We do this once a year. We do it as a pop up," said Jodi Joseph, director of communications. "We delight in throwing open the doors to bring our friends and neighbors from all over the county here."    Art, she said, edifies and enriches us in these uncertain times. "It comforts, it nourishes, teaches, it inspires,

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Williamstown Youth Center Receives Donation of 25 Tablets
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10PM / Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Youth Center director Michael Williams speaks at the presentation in the center's gym.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Youth Center could have started a Writers' Club for its afterschool program that involved having the kids sit down and print their musings by hand.   But thanks to a donation from Charter Communications, the cable and internet provider known locally as Spectrum, the facility has 25 brand-new tablets to help engage youngsters.   "It's not really writing if you're on a screen, right," WYC Executive Director Michael Williams joked on Wednesday afternoon.   Williams emceed a brief ceremony in the center's

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Something for All Ages at Williamstown's Annual Holiday Walk
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:34AM / Wednesday, December 04, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With 36 events spread over 23 venues in two towns over three days, Williamstown's 36th annual Holiday Walk weekend has something for everyone … and way more than anyone could manage.   Fortunately for the promoters at the Chamber of Commerce, there are dozens of partners to help stage the annual celebration that gets under way on Friday morning.   "The Community Chest runs the Penny Social, Habitat for Humanity does the Tree Showcase," Chamber Executive Director Susan Briggs said this week. "I'm more than happy to put the schedule together and coordinate the loose ends, but to have the organizations do the bulk of the

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Berkshire Family YMCA Appoints New CEO
02:06PM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA's board of directors has appointed Jessica Rumlow as CEO and executive director for the organization.

Rumlow was appointed interim CEO and executive director in May after Randy Kinnas, the nonprofit's CEO for the last 19 years, moved on as director of Member Advancement for the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs.

"We're thrilled to work with Jess as the Y's new leader. Transition in leadership can pose several challenges; however, this has been seamless given her vast Y experience and understanding of the needs of the Berkshire County community," said Peter Moore, board president of the Berkshire Family YMCA.

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Northern Berkshire United Way, Williamstown Community Chest Holding Diaper Drive
12:52PM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest are holding a collaborative Diaper Drive.

The drive will kick off on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, and end on Tuesday, Dec. 17. All of the diapers and wipes collected will go to the Berkshire Community Diaper Project, which will distribute the diapers to agencies in Northern Berkshire.

BCDP raises funds and collects diaper donations to provide these essential items for parents/guardians and caregivers who struggle to afford them for their children. In Berkshire Country, 2,000 children qualify for one of three WIC Programs located in Berkshire County.

"Food and financial insecurity usually goes along with diaper need. Both

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PRP: New Treatment for Osteoarthritis
By Dr. Ivette Guttmann,
11:45AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

For years, treatment options for osteoarthritis (OA) were rather limited: exercise, anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, physical therapy and, in extreme cases, joint replacement. But a new treatment option is showing great promise and offering much-needed relief to some sufferers.

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, has been found effective for reducing pain and increasing function in joints affected by osteoarthritis. Best of all, it uses your body's own resources and healing powers to create change.

In short, PRP therapy involves taking some of a patient's blood and running it through a high-tech centrifuge to extract platelets and plasma. The resulting mixture

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Invest in Your Family and Community
11:16AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Why do you invest? For many people, here's the answer: "I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement." And that's certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we're retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

Let's start with your family members, particularly the younger ones. How can you invest in their future? One of the best ways is to help send them to college. A college degree is still a pretty good investment: The average lifetime earnings of a college graduate are nearly $1 million higher than those of someone with a high school degree, according to a study by the

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Village Closet Close to Finding New Home for Children's Clothing and Gear
11:11AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

CUMMINGTON, Mass. — When the Village Closet, a Cummington-based donation center for infant and children's clothing and gear, lost its space in September, hundreds of families in western Massachusetts were left without access to free kids clothing and diapers that were desperately needed.

"Many families have come to rely on the Village Closet as a way to make ends meet," said Lisa Goding, program director at It Take a Village, the nonprofit organization which manages the Village Closet. In 2019 alone, the Village Closet distributed more than $130,000 worth of free baby clothing, diapers and gear to 1,500 families from 84 different towns throughout western

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