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BRPC Considering Expanding Role In Education Task Force
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Friday, October 13, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Education Task Force has asked BRPC to take an expanded role in helping school districts regionalize.   The task force had already released its recommendation that eventually the county should have a single school district. That process will take years and have many challenging steps. The group has now asked the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission to serve as the "backbone" to support any consolidation efforts county school district undertake.   "We're not setting policy direction for them, we are providing administrative support," said Executive Director Nathaniel Karns.   BRPC already serves as the fiscal


Dolan Scores Two for Williams Field Hockey Team in Comeback Win
09:52PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Libby Dolan scored her second goal of the game to snap a 2-2 tie and lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 3-2 win over Hamilton on Wednesday.   The Continentals took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Meredith Wright tied it for Williams in the 57th minute.   Seven minutes later, Julia Cochran set up Dolan for the game-winner.   Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combined to make two saves for Williams (9-2, 5-2 NESCAC), which goes to Wesleyan on Saturday.  


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 Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14
02:09PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Bins of goodies await shoppers on Oct. 14.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School PTO's annual clothing sale enters its second decade on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, items will be half-price for customers receiving a hand stamp and entering after 1:30 p.m.

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas. Shoppers will find all types of bargains for all types of weather for all four seasons - especially the seasons coming up.

“The clothing sale will feature great


Berkshire Health Systems Named a 2017 WWCMA WorkWell Massachusetts
01:41PM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and its Wellness at Work program have been named a WorkWell Massachusetts Award Program Gold Level winner for exemplary worksite health promotion.

The award recognizes Berkshire Health System's achievements developing, implementing, and participating in corporate health improvement and wellness programs. BHS is one out of four Gold Level award recipients for 2017.

Committed to the health and well-being of the entire Berkshire community, the BHS Wellness at Work team works with local employers as a partner to develop and implement a wellness program that best addresses the individual company's needs and budget.

"There is no


International Investing: Still a Journey to Consider
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:16AM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Columbus Day was observed on October 9. And while it may be true that Leif Erikson and the Vikings beat Columbus to the New World, Columbus Day nonetheless remains important in the public eye, signifying themes such as exploration and discovery. As an investor, you don't have to "cross the ocean blue," as Columbus did, to find opportunities – but it may be a good idea to put some of your money to work outside the United States.

So, why should you consider investing internationally? The chief reason is diversification. If you only invest in U.S. companies, you might do well when the U.S. markets are soaring, as has happened in recent years. But when the inevitable


Mount Greylock Building Committee Discusses How to Deal With Change Orders
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:03AM / Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The rounded exterior of the new cafeteria. The windows, which will face Mount Greylock to the east, will be up soon so interior work to continue through the winter. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee Thursday discussed its procedure for handling change orders during the busy construction months ahead.   That process changed a little this summer when the district’s construction manager, Turner Construction, gave the district a guaranteed maximum price for its portion of the $64.7 million addition/renovation project.   Prior to having the GMP, any change orders on the project — which broke ground in the summer of 2016


Williams Men's Soccer Edges Coast Guard on Road
07:26PM / Tuesday, October 10, 2017
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Bobby Fabricant and Mark Sisco-Tolomeo scored Tuesday to lead the Williams College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Coast Guard.   Bobby Schneiderman stopped three shots to earn the win in goal.   Williams (6-1-3) goes to Wesleyan on Saturday.


Barrett Runs Away with 1st Berkshire Democratic Primary,
06:24PM / Tuesday, October 10, 2017


  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Claiming a victory on behalf of the forgotten middle class, John Barrett III on Tuesday emerged the winner in a four-person Democratic primary to run in the Nov. 7 special election to fill the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives.

With the vast majority of the votes counted and seven of the district’s nine municipalities, including the city of North Adams, checking in, Barrett had 2,224 votes, more than 42 percent of the votes cast.

The former North Adams mayor had a 575-vote margin (11 percent of the total balloting) over his next closest rival, Stephanie Bosley, who had 1,649 votes with the towns of Florida and


Grieve to Speak at Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit
05:30PM / Tuesday, October 10, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires will have a special "Talkin' Baseball" program with Pittsfield native Tom Grieve on Thursday, Oct 12, from 6 to 7 p.m.   Grieve was a Major League outfielder and designated hitter with the Washington Senators, Texas Rangers, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals. He also was general manger of the Texas Rangers and now is a TV commentator for the Texas Rangers.   The Baseball in the Berkshires exhibit, which is located in the Berkshire Mall, will be open from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday for this special event.   For more information contact Larry Moore at


North County Goes to Polls for State Representative Primary
03:52AM / Tuesday, October 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Voters in much of North County head to the polls today to select the Democratic Party nominee for the 1st Berkshire District.    Only one winner will emerge in the state representative special election primary between John Barrett III, a former mayor; Stephanie Bosley, daughter of a prior holder of the seat; Lisa Blackmer, a city councilor; and Kevin Towle, a legislative aide.   More on the candidates can be found on our election page.   Based on past voting performance, Tuesday's winner could well be considered the presumptive state representative, although it's possible Republican candidate Christine Canning could pull an upset in the


Letter: Blackmer Will Be Dedicated, Passionate Public Servant
Letters to the Editor,
05:57PM / Monday, October 09, 2017

To the Editor:

My wife, Lisa Blackmer, is the most loving, hard-working, passionate person I know and she should be the
next representative for Northern Berkshire.

When we were married 30 years ago, our family included my children from a previous marriage. Lisa loved them and raised them as her own. I watched her take care of them when they were sick, shuttle them to football games, band and numerous other activities, and teach them all that she knows. She never once complained when I had to work long shifts or spent 15 months guarding the governor.

Working as a state trooper covering the whole region, I worked hard to keep the people of Northern Berkshire safe and meet their needs


Letter: Barrett Will Help Cheshire as State Representative
Letters to the Editor,
05:43PM / Monday, October 09, 2017

To the Editor:

This last year the parents of Cheshire children faced terrible choices. Because a lack of planning and more important a lack of state funding for our schools, we were forced to close our local school. Rather then see their small children spend hours on the bus to schools in Adams or see their young children mixed with high school students, parents chose to move or take their children out of the HVRSD [sic] or even move out of town.

We need leadership that will make sure that funding is made available to re-open our local school, not only for children but to help Cheshire grow.

Others in the past have promised to,help, but paid little attention to needs of Cheshire. I urge


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