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Magical Wings Herald Unique Airlift for Dragonflies
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:28PM / Sunday, October 06, 2019

A mating pair of ebony jewelwings will remain coupled for hours in a bizarre configuration with the male attaching behind her head, and female attaching at first abdominal segments instead of conventional distal end. As a boy of seven years outside in the flower garden teaming with life, I was free to observe the natural wonders of flying insects abounding at assorted flowers including tiger swallowtails, mourning cloaks, silver spotted skippers, and the many bees, paper wasps, from honey bees to hornets and cicada killer giants. Katydids and praying mantis, too.   Thanks to incentive provided by my dear parents, Leonard and Eleanor Hansen, my appetite for insect studies was

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Letter: Resources Available to Stop Vaping
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Sunday, October 06, 2019

To the Editor:

Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions. I'm asked frequently what can be done to turn the tide, and now new resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping.

Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping. To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at mass.gov/vaping. It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes: both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young

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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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Williams Football Blanks Colby
05:14PM / Saturday, October 05, 2019
WATERVILLE, Maine -- Dan Vaughn ran for 111 yards, and the Williams College defense posted its first shutout of the season, beating Colby, 17-0, on Saturday.   Joel Nicholas rna for 92 yards and a touchdown, and Bobby Maimaron completed eight of 15 passes for 125 yards and a TD.   The Ephs (3-1) take a three-game winning streak into Saturday's home game against Hamilton.   Field Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Shea van den Broek scored a pair of goals to lead Williams to a 4-1 win over Colby.   Catherine Torres and Allie Weiner each scored, and Abby Lloyd made three saves for the Ephs (9-1, 6-1 NESCAC), who have a non-league game against Skidmore on

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Berkshire Sheriff's Special Olympics Humvee Push Comes to North Adams
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:55PM / Saturday, October 05, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire County sheriff's office held its Special Olympics fundraiser "Humvee Push" on Saturday for the first time in North County.   About 100 people showed up to Wal-Mart on a picture perfect autumn day, including members of the Adams Fire Department, Adams Ambulance and Northern Berkshire EMS, and Cheshire Police Chief Timothy Garner and a bevy of sheriff's office personnel.   For Deputy Jacob Gaylord, it was something he wanted to do for a long time.   "The first year we had it was in Pittsfield but being raised in North County, I wanted to have more events up here because there are great people," he said.

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Waubeeka's Pro Misses Cut at Senior PGA
01:15AM / Saturday, October 05, 2019
AUSTIN, Texas -- Waubeeka Golf Links professional Erik Tiele Friday carded an 87 on the second day of the Senior PGA Professional Championship at the Barton Creek Resort and Spa.   Tiele managed just one birdie, on the par-5 fifth hole at Barton Creek's Fazio Foothills Course.   His two-day total of 25 over par left him well back of the tournament's initial cut line of 2-over.   On Friday, California's Chad Sorenson took over the lead of the 31st annual event with a 63 to go to 11-under for the two days, which saw all golfers play one round on each of two courses at the resort.

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'Ad Astra': Stellar Search for Self
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:28PM / Friday, October 04, 2019
— Shakespeare   While I don't love director James Gray's "Ad Astra," a space cowboy adventure about an accomplished astronaut's (Brad Pitt) mission to locate his legendary astronaut dad (Tommy Lee Jones), previously presumed dead but perhaps gone rogue, I must extol its valuable subtext. You know how you might just be fantasizing about that dream house on a lake in Vermont and suddenly you start getting email advertisements on your phone about just such an abode? Well, per this highly prescient movie set "in the near future," the thought is we are just about there.   In this predicted tomorrow, that sort of mind intrusion has been honed to a

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@theMarket: An October to Remember
By Bill Schmick,
04:30PM / Friday, October 04, 2019
October is certainly living up to its reputation. This week, we witnessed a more than 1,000-point decline in the Dow Jones Industrial Average before recovering at the end of the week. Behind the volatility: worry over a slowing economy.   On Thursday morning (Oct. 3,2019), the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) announced that the non-manufacturing index hit a three-year low. This was on the heels of earlier negative news from the manufacturing sector. The Institute said that sector had experienced its worst contraction since 2009 with the index falling to 47.8 percent from 49.1 percent in September.   Economists and traders alike already knew that manufacturing was in a

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Berkshire Regional Planning Tackles Rural Issues
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:55AM / Friday, October 04, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Rural communities and the unique challenges they present took a front seat on Thursday at the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Executive Committee.   Thomas Matuszko, executive director of BRPC, presented the board with an executive summary of the 108-page Rural Policy Plan released Wednesday by the state's Rural Policy Advisory Commission.   "This plan looked at how rural communities, which are the majority of communities in Berkshire County, have different needs and different impacts," he said. "They came up with a list of strategies for each of the different sectors and what is really important for rural

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New Voices Heard in Mount Greylock Turf Field Debate
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, October 04, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rob Abel appeared before the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee to make a point that probably united everyone in a very crowded meeting room at the middle/high school.   "I want a grass field," Abel said. "Grass is better in so many ways. Grass is not controversial."   And then Abel got to the crux of his argument.   "Unfortunately, a grass field would be great for four months, and two of those months, school is not in session," he continued. "Even the best maintained grass in all of Western Massachusetts, right here at Taconic Golf Club, is not ready for play until late April or early May.   "I

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Waubeeka's Tiele Struggles on First Day of Senior PGA Professional Event
iBerkshires.com Sports,
09:33PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019
AUSTIN, Texas -- A rough start left Waubeeka Golf Links pro Erik Tiele with some work to do after one round of the 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship.   Starting on the 10th tee at the Barton Creek Resort and Spa's Coore Crenshaw Course, Tiele made the turn at 8-over after a front nine that included a pair of double bogeys.   He made his first birdie of the day on his 11th hole, the par-4 No. 2.   He ended the day with a 10-over 80 and stands tied for 255th place in the field.   After Round 2 on Friday, the field will be cut to the low 90 plus ties. The top 70 will make it into the fourth round on Sunday.   Frank Bensel Jr., of Florida's Century Golf

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The Independent Investor: Markets Bogged Down by Politics
By Bill Schmick,
06:32PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019
Recently, financial and economic events have taken a back seat to politics. Whistleblowers, United Nations speeches, White House tweets, and the on-going trade wars seem to be moving markets far more than unemployment or earnings reports. Is this simply a short-term phenomenon, or is something else happening that is becoming a longer-term trend?   As readers are aware, over the last three years, financial markets have been increasingly governed by what is happening in Washington. At first, markets keyed off big developments like the tax cuts and what they would or would not accomplish from an economic point of view. From time to time, markets would also focus on the possibility of

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Williams College Chemistry Professor Wins NIH Grant
12:59PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Katie Hart, assistant professor of chemistry at Williams College, has won a three-year $378,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to research the relationship between the chemical composition of proteins known as beta-lactamases, a family of enzymes involved in antibiotic resistance, and their ability to degrade medicinal drugs.

The grant will also enable new equipment for Hart's lab and support student research assistants during the summers and academic years.

Hart's lab at Williams studies how drug resistance evolves at the molecular level with a particular focus on protein stability. Many forms of drug resistance depend upon a small

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