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Perfect Fall Weather on the Horizon for Fall Foliage Festival Weekend
12:32PM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

A hint of color is creeping into downtown North Adams.

If the damp, cool week has got you worrying about the Fall Foliage Parade weather, have no fear: While there may be some clouds in the sky for the parade itself, the weekend looks to be crisp and dry.

In other words, a perfect fall weekend in the Berkshires to wrap up the annual Fall Foliage Festival.

The highlight of the festival, the parade kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday from Ocean State Job Lot and winds its way up Route 8, across Main Street and then down Ashland Street. Both Accuweather and the Weather Channel say it will be 63 degrees and cloudy on Sunday.

As for the events leading up to the parade itself, Friday night's


Lee Woman Receives Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award
11:54AM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

LEE, Mass. — Lee resident Eleanore Velez was honored by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus during a State House ceremony on Thuesday. She was one of 44 recipients of the Caucus’ 2019 Latinx Excellence on the Hill Award.

Velez was nominated for this recognition by state Sen. Adam G. Hinds.

"I know Eleanore to be passionate about education and her community," Hinds said. "When the MBLLC reached out seeking a nomination for this year's Latinx Excellence honors, she was the first constituent that came to mind, and in vetting her name with local stakeholders I received nothing but tremendous positive feedback.

"I'm proud that she is


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

Cities Seek Donation of Official Holiday Trees
10:55AM / Thursday, October 03, 2019

Pittsfield typically hosts its tree-lighting
ceremony the first Friday of December.

Do you have a tree that would be perfect to donate and serve as an official holiday tree for the city of Pittsfield or the city of North Adams?

Both cities are seeking residents to donate their official holiday trees for the upcoming season. Pittsfield's tree will be on display in Park Square; North Adams needs two trees to place on each end of Main Street.

In Pittsfield, criteria used to select the city's official holiday tree includes minimum height of approximately 30 feet; superior shape; ease of access to the tree for cutting; adequate room to safely fall the tree; and ease of transporting

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Conversation With Wayfair CEO Opens Neal's Economic Summit
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:32PM / Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Mayor Linda Tyer welcomes the gathering on Thursday.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The founder of Wayfair engaged in a conversation with U.S. Rep. Richard Neal on Wednesday morning, covering topics of technology, entrepreneurship, immigration, taxes and trade.    Niraj Shah, a 1991 graduate of Pittsfield High School, is bringing 300 jobs to his hometown with the development of a call center for the international home decor company. He was the keynote speaker at Neal's Economic Development Policy Summit hosted by Berkshire Community College.    Shah's father was one of the thousands employed by General Electric in Pittsfield. He'd emigrated from India


Mount Greylock Celebrates Building that 'Reflects Its Greatness'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Wednesday, October 02, 2019
State Rep. John Barrett III, a Mount Greylock alumnus, and student Charlie McWeeny listen to another speaker during Wednesday's ribbon-cutting celebration. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wednesday was homecoming day for state Rep. John Barrett III.   Barrett was one of the dignitaries asked to speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the recently expanded and renovated Mount Greylock Regional School.   Noting that the ceremony — forced indoors because of the threat of rain — was being held in one of the renovated portions of the middle/high school, Barrett said he was glad to be back to help the school celebrate its new era.   "I sat out there


Williams Field Hockey Wins Eighth Straight
10:36PM / Tuesday, October 01, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Isabel Perry scored in the second overtime Tuesday to give the Williams College field hockey team a 2-1 win over Hamilton.   The Ephs took the lead with a first-half goal by Simone Veale, but the Continentals responded in the third quarter.   Abby Lloyd made three saves to get the win in goal.   Williams (8-1, 5-1 NESCAC) looks for its ninth straight win on Saturday at Colby.


Flu Shot: It's That Time Again
By Dr. Everett Lamm,
11:45AM / Tuesday, October 01, 2019

With flu season around the corner, your health care providers, employers, pharmacists and others are sounding the annual reminder: "Get your annual flu shot." We encourage this for you — and for the people around you, too. We see evidence every year of the benefits of the flu vaccine, and we also see the risks of skipping it.

The flu vaccine has dramatic impacts on public health. However, since strains of the flu may vary from year to year, the vaccine must be received annually. Although the vaccine doesn't guarantee a flu-free winter and perfect health, medical research has convincingly shown that the flu shot reduces flu severity and reduces sick visits,


How to Become a Long-term Investor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:17AM / Tuesday, October 01, 2019

It's a fairly predictable pattern: When the stock market rises, more people invest, but after a large-scale drop, many of these same people head for the exits. But by staying out of the financial markets, and only putting their money in "safe" vehicles that offer few or no growth prospects, are they really helping themselves?

Here's the bottom line: If you're going to make progress toward your long-term goals, you have to become a long-term investor. But how?

To begin with, you need to understand that long-term investing involves accepting inevitable short-term price swings. You may not like seeing those sharp price drops, but it will help your outlook greatly if


Waubeeka Pro Tiele to Compete in Senior Pro National
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
05:24AM / Tuesday, October 01, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Most days from April to October, you can find Erik Tiele greeting golfers and answering the phone with his club’s signature phrase, “It’s a beautiful day at Waubeeka,” in South Williamstown.   This week, Tiele hopes to have some beautiful days in the Southwest.   Tiele, the head professional at Waubeeka Golf Links, departed Monday for Austin, Texas, site of this week’s 31st Senior PGA Professional Championship.   He won the right to compete in a playoff at the Northeastern New York Sectional Championship in July at the Edison Club in Rexford, N.Y.   This week marks Tiele’s first appearance in a national


Adams Man Charged With Murder In Columbus Avenue Shooting
02:50PM / Monday, September 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An Adams man has been charged in the murder of 32-year-old Stephanie Olivieri of Yonkers, N.Y.   Tyler Sumner, 25, was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court on a single count of murder on Monday.   He is being held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail.   Sumner was arrested in Adams on Saturday by Pittsfield Police, with assistance from Adams Police and North Adams Police. The charge is in connection with the Aug. 25 shooting on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield that killed Olivieri.   Olivieri, a native of Pittsfield, suffered a single gunshot wound while sitting in a silver sedan near the intersection of Columbus and


Williams Men's Golf Wins NESCAC Fall Qualifier
08:21PM / Sunday, September 29, 2019
WAYLAND, Mass. -- The Williams College men's golf team started Sunday at the NESCAC Fall Qualifier with a three-stroke lead over second-place Amherst. After a hard-fought round, the Ephs emerged victorious by two shots over Tufts after at Sandy Burr Country Club.   Will Kannegeiser led the Ephs again today with another under-par round. Kannegeiser started his round well again, birdieing holes 2, 3, and 7. After a string of pars, the senior ran into trouble, making bogeys on holes 13, 15, and 16. A birdie on the short par-five 17th and a par on the par-four 18th hole secured the 71 (-1) and the individual victory. Senior captain Sam Goldenring shot 73 (+1) to finish in second-place


Volunteers Needed for Williamstown Habitat House
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:29AM / Sunday, September 29, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Around a dozen volunteers were continuing the process of raising walls Friday morning on the first of two new houses being built by Habitat for Humanity in Williamstown — the organization's first home in five years.

But more volunteers are always needed.

The home under construction is at the corner of Cole Avenue and Maple Street. Habitat officials hope the first home, on the Cole Avenue side of the lot, will be framed out before the winter weather sets in.

Volunteers on Friday were working on the third wall, and work was scheduled to be done soon on cutting the curb on Cole Avenue to allow for the driveway to be situated.

Ground was broken on the


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