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Hinsdale Realtor Elected to Massachusetts Association of Realtors
01:05PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

HINSDALE, Mass. — Barbara Osborne, a Realtor at Bishop West Real Estate, has been elected Western Regional Representative for the Massachusetts Association of Realtors for 2019.

As regional representative for the Western region, Osborne will coordinate association objectives and activities within the Berkshire County Board of Realtors and the Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley. She will meet regularly with local and regional leadership to discuss real estate industry issues of statewide importance. She automatically becomes a member of the MAR Executive Committee and Board of Directors as a result of her election as a regional representative.

On the state level, Osborne was a

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Goodwill Taps New Director of Retail Operations
12:54PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont has announced that it has appointed Stephen Rotter as director of retail operations.

In his new position, Rotter will oversee Goodwill's donated goods and retail operations, working closely with Goodwill's leadership team to meet the needs of an ever-changing economy.

A native of Portland, Ore., Rotter holds a B.A. in business management and is a graduate of Western Oregon University and Western Governors University. Most recently Rotter was the direct store delivery operations specialist for Shaw's Supermarkets, with stores throughout New England. Previously he held management positions for

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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
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Barrington Stage Board of Trustees Welcomes New Member
12:50PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Barrington Stage Company has welcomed Richard Seltzer to the Board of Trustees.

"Richard has demonstrated unwavering commitment and leadership in support of the arts in Berkshire County. We are very pleased to welcome him to our board," said Barrington Stage Board President Marita Glodt.

Seltzer graduated from Harvard College in 1965 magna cum laude and then obtained a JD degree from Columbia Law School, where he was a Stone scholar. He spent all of his professional career at the New York City law firm of Kaye Scholer, chairing its real estate litigation group and also practicing in its patent group.

In the Berkshires, he has enjoyed participating in

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Clarksburg Woman Joins Greylock Mortgage Team
12:40PM / Friday, December 07, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union announces the hiring of Sarah E. Gaffey as a mortgage and business development officer based in the North Adams branch.

Gaffey will build upon Greylock's success as the number one mortgage lender in the county by enhancing customer service and ease of access to Greylock’s mortgage lending products in North County.

"Sarah is the perfect fit for the Greylock family," said Jodi Rathbun-Briggs, senior vice president and chief lending officer with Greylock. "She has a keen understanding of mortgage lending and is known throughout the community for her exceptional customer service. We are thrilled that Sarah has

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The Independent Investor: Will Our Country's Military Win the Next War?
By Bill Schmick,
10:51AM / Friday, December 07, 2018
There was a time, not long ago, when most Americans would answer that question in the affirmative without much thought. It was one of those "truisms" that we didn't give much thought. But today, many experts are debating that answer.   Back in the day, after World War II, our military prowess, (aided by the development of the atomic bomb) was unquestioned throughout the world. Growing up, it was never a question of spending on defense for me, it was simply how much. Republicans wanted more, Democrats wanted less. Today, not only is the amount of spending crucial but also its predictability and even more importantly, what those billions are spent on.   The

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2018
10:20AM / Friday, December 07, 2018

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 8

Adams: The Adams Free Library Friends will host a Small Town Holiday Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the library. All FAFL clothing will be on sale at reduced prices.  Also available will be books, baked goods, Lottery Christmas Tree Raffle, 2019 Keepsake calendars, Christmas Cards and items from local vendors.

Pittsfield: Shire City Sanctuary hosts its annual Holiday Shindy from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature more than 50 artisan vendors,

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State Crafting Plan For Unique Issues of Rural Towns
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, December 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rural towns can have unique challenges apart from their urban counterparts. And now the state is taking a closer look at these issues.    In 2015, the Legislature created the Rural Policy Advisory Commission and this year the group has been on a listening tour to dig into problems and situations that smaller towns are grappling with.   On Thursday, the tour was in Berkshire County to get a better understanding of the issues here.   "It will be the first time Massachusetts has really focused on rural areas," said Linda Dunlavy, the Franklin County representative on the commission.    Dunlavy said Secretary of Housing and

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Williams Men's Basketball Tops Union
10:26PM / Thursday, December 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kyle Scadlock scored 25 points, and James Heskett added 21 as the Williame College men's basketball team defeated Union, 87-70, on Thursday night.   Williams (8-0) is off until Dec. 30 when it faces Montclair State at Moravian College.   Women's Basketball POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Jackie Cenan scored 15 points to lead Vassar to an 81-71 win over Williams.   Maggie Meehan scored a game-high 19 for the Ephs (3-4), who go to Wesleyan on Saturday.

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Home From Afghanistan, Mount Greylock Vice Principal Settling In
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Thursday, December 06, 2018

Schutz speaks to the young students about personal responsibility and the school climate. He says he's still acclimating to the new school.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Vice Principal Jacob Schutz welcomed the class of 2024 to the middle-high school on Wednesday, even as the Mount Greylock community continued to welcome Schutz back to the United States.   Schutz addressed the 120-member class of seventh-graders in a midday meeting in the school's gymnasium, on his third day back after serving a year in the National Guard.   "I've been at Mount Greylock for five or six years," he told the 12- and 13-year-olds by way of

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Renovated Olympic Pizza Reopens in Williamstown
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Thursday, December 06, 2018

Stella Giannaris and her husband, Dimitris Sfakianakis, closed the pizzeria for six weeks to make the renovations.    WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Olympic Pizza has reopened on Main Street after substantial renovations.   Owner Stella Giannaris has reopened the eatery with a new look and expanded menu after being closed for six weeks.   "After all the support we have received from our faithful customers we found ourselves in a position to give them a vibrant dining experience," she said. "As a result, we decided to redesign and upgrade the Olympic concept."   Giannaris said she took ownership of the pizzeria in 2011 and knew then

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Letter: FCC Rule Endangers Existence of PCTV
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, December 05, 2018

To the Editor:

Over the last 30 years, Pittsfield Community Television has served a special role in our community, providing information, entertainment, sports, and access to cable subscribers in the area. These programs are not provided by any Albany or Springfield channels.

PCTV's unique programming includes coverage of local events such as the Fourth of July Parade, high school graduations and school concerts, School Committee meetings, City Council and dozens of other municipal meetings, press conferences, local high school sports events, Veterans Day parade and memorial service, programs by and for the elderly, faith-based programs, and a host of volunteer-driven programming

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Chapter Two Books Opens in Williamstown to Support Milne Library
Community Submission,
04:38PM / Wednesday, December 05, 2018

The store offers thousands of titles in good condition. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new store on Spring Street is providing a second chance for thousands of tomes to find their way to eager readers.    Chapter Two Books, operated by Friends of the David and Joyce Milne Library, held its grand opening on Thursday at its location at 37 Spring St. with a ribbon cutting celebrated by local officials, library employees and Friends.     "Today was a celebration of our community and its love for all things book-related," said Dr. Michael Sussman, president of the Friends. "We have enjoyed welcoming community members through our doors, whether as

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