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SteepleCats Reveal New Look, New Logo
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:20AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The SteepleCats are relaunching with a new look, a new attitude and new leadership.   "We're changing the brand, and we're changing the look, and we're changing the feel," says new President Allen Hall. "A lot of things are going to change this year to be more North Adams-centered and focused in terms of its approach, its affordability, and our marketing and corporate packages."    The New England Collegiate Baseball League team is switching out its friendly fuzzy black and yellow cat for a leaner, meaner blue panther. The Drury blue logo and uniforms, with black, white and gray, is meant to evoke a more assertive,


Mount Greylock School Committee Decides on School's Name
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, November 27, 2017

Sheila Hebert, right, again will chair the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, which will be reconstituted in the November 2018 election as Mount Greylock transitions to a preK-12 district. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School's name finally jibes with its reality.   The district's School Committee last week formally voted to change the name of the middle-high school to reflect the fact that it serves students in Grades 7 through 12, removing the word "high" from the title.   Although the two-town regional school district has been known as the Mount Greylock Regional School District since its inception, the one school it has


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

TEDx North Adams Features 11 Speakers at Mohawk Theater
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Monday, November 27, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The environment will be spare but the organizers of the first-ever TEDx North Adams are sure that the ideas shared will be illuminating.    Eleven speakers will be featured at the Mohawk Theater in January for a full afternoon of talks and videos around the basic TED theme of "Ideas Worth Sharing."    Organizers announced on Sunday that the empty Mohawk on Main Street would be the venue for the event.   "We knew it would be bare bones and continue to be bare bones," said Benjamin Lamb, one of the organizers and president of the City Council. "We thought it was a good way to activate the space in a different


Williams Women's Hockey Completes Weekend Sweep
09:18PM / Sunday, November 26, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Christian Cleroux stopped 33 shots, and seven different players scored a goal Sunday as the Williams College women's hockey team completed a weekend sweep of Oswego with a 7-1 win.   Avery Dunn, Eliza Quigley and Abby Brustad each had a goal and an assist for the Ephs (2-2).   Williams plays its first road game of the season Friday when it visits Wesleyan.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Amanni Fernandez scored 25 points Sunday to lead Williams to a 71-60 win over Smith College.   Kristin Fechtelkotter scored 17 points, and Lauren Vostal added 13 for the Ephs. Each also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds.   Williams


Barrett Promises to Fight For The Glen
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:27AM / Sunday, November 26, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Newly elected state Rep. John Barrett III, D-North Adams, spoke at the Maple Grove Civic Club about the importance of bringing the Greylock Glen project to fruition.   Barrett spent just under an hour Sunday fielding questions from club members at the Polish National Alliance and although he touched on issues that faced Northern Berkshire County as a whole, he zeroed in on the notorious Greylock Glen project that he promised to work toward completing.   "This project has been held up now for quite some time for no reason, and I see millions go into other projects that I think will do far less than what the Greylock Glen can do for this community,"


Shugart Scores Pair to Help Lift Williams Men's Hockey
05:42PM / Saturday, November 25, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- C.J. Shugart scored twice and assisted on a third goal Saturday to lead the Williams College men's hockey team to a 4-1 win over Babson.   David Italiano and Colby Cretella each scored a goal in the second period as the Ephs built a 3-0 lead. It was 3-1 with fewer than three minutes to play when Shugart added an empty-net goal on a power play opportunity.   Michael Pinios stopped 29 shots to earn the win in goal.   Williams (3-0) goes to Tufts on Friday night.


@theMarket: Sweet Spot for the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:31PM / Friday, November 24, 2017
Thanksgiving weekend usually marks the beginning of a great seasonal run in the equity markets that continues through January of next year. There are some additional reasons why this year may prove to be a good one.   No one disputes the fact that we have had an unusual year for equities; all three U.S. indexes have gains in excess of 15 percent. That is more than twice the average gains of the S&P 500 Index on a historical basis. In addition, those spectacular gains have been accomplished without any declines of more than 3 percent all year. If that is not a record, it is pretty close to one.   The economy, unemployment and inflation have all been moving in the right


Williamstown Zoning Board OKs Former School's Conversion to 'Live/Work' Rentals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Friday, November 24, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local man has the town's go-ahead to develop the former Broad Brook School into eight live/work studio apartments.   The Zoning Board of Appeals last week issued three special permits sought by Williamstown resident Ben Greenfield to renovate the school, which was opened in 1931 and closed in 1982. That year, the ZBA approved the former school building's use by a music publishing company.   The changing nature of the publishing industry with the growth of the internet has pushed that business out of the 141 White Oaks Road site, Greenfield's attorney, Donald Dubendorf, told the Planning Board earlier this month.   Greenfield's

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The Independent Investor: Why Stocks Continue to Climb
By Bill Schmick,
05:30PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
As we approach the end of the year, most investors are both dumb-founded and pleased at the stock market's performance. President Trump and his followers would like us to believe it is all because of them. Hog wash.   There has been no substantive legislation since the new administration took office. Promises can only take us so far. Some say any further upside will be short-lived, because living on hope alone has already taken us too far. And yet, somehow the economy is still growing, even gathering momentum.   Recall, too, that Donald Trump and the Republican Party gained power on the promise of undoing many of the trade agreements the U.S. has forged over the past 40 years.


'Justice League': Oh Superman, Where Art Thou?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:59PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
Prior to becoming one special effects-crammed battle scene after the next, director Zack Snyder's "Justice League" spends an inordinate amount of time detailing the difficulties of putting together the folks necessary to saving the world. Mind you, I'm not talking about the 20 or 30 influential U.S. senators and congresspeople it would take to flip their brethren in the noble pursuit of preserving America's currently endangered democracy, though that'd be a real good idea. Only the autocrats have fun in an autocracy. But no, this is just about superheroes.   All the same, this movie rendition about that gang of DC Comics crusaders who attempt to solve their


Happy Thanksgiving to All Our Readers
04:00PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017

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Missing Pittsfield Plane Crashed in Vermont
02:21PM / Thursday, November 23, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The pilot of a small plane that left Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday died when the plane crashed on it's way to Middlebury, Vt.

The pilot was identified late Thursday afternoon as Norman Baker, 89, of Windsor. State Police said Baker was an experienced pilot who had been flying since he was 13.

Police say they located the crash site on the east side of Route 7 in the town of Pittsford. The plane sustained heavy damage and the pilot was deceased at the scene.

The plane, a white Cessna with maroon trim, was reported missing late Wednesday when the pilot failed to arrive on schedule.

The Federal Aviation Administration put out an alert for the plane.

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