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Neal Talks Renewable Energy Tax Breaks During Pittsfield Swing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Tuesday, July 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is gearing up for what he believes will be "strong negotiations" on the extension of various federal tax programs.   One of those is investment tax credits specifically for renewable energy. Neal held a "prelude" meeting with Berkshire Gas on Monday and is expected to see the company's parent organization Avangrid's wind farm in Florida.   "Part of the incentive on the renewable front has two issues that I've been very interested in for a long time. The wind production credit is what generates a lot of activity in the renewable space and the investment tax credit is critical. No matter what we


BMC Diabetes Education Program Achieves American Diabetes Association Recognition
10:39PM / Monday, July 29, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The BMC Diabetes Self-Management Education Program has again received the prestigious American Diabetes Association Education Recognition Certificate for a quality diabetes self-management education and support service. 

According to the ADA, the BMC program "offers high-quality education that is an essential component of effective diabetes treatment."

The association’s Education Recognition Certificate assures that educational services meet the national standards for diabetes self-management education and support. The standards were developed and tested under the auspices of the National Diabetes Advisory Board in 1983 and were revised by the


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

Williams Women's Soccer Coach to Step Down after Season
Williams Sports Information,
05:51PM / Monday, July 29, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College women's soccer head coach Michelyne Pinard announced today she will be leaving Williamstown after 18 seasons — and at least three national championships — following the 2019-20 academic year.    Pinard will become the athletic director at The Thacher School, a private boarding school in Ojai, Calif.    The Ephs are the two-time defending national champions and have won three of the past four national titles in Division III. Over 17 seasons to date, Pinard has compiled an overall record of 257-46-34, an .813 winning percentage, the fifth best active percentage in Division III. Pinard replaced current Williams


Free Forum Will Discuss Linkage Between Diet and Alzheimer's
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Monday, July 29, 2019

Avocado quinoa rolls.  LENOX, Mass. —  Edward Esko has been telling people for decades that their diet can directly lead to specific health problems.   He's authored more than a dozen books on the subject and founded non-profits aimed at helping people get on better diets to prevent disease. And he sees a big issue coming: Alzheimer's disease.   As the large baby-boomer population moves into the prime age range when the cognitive disease sets in, a lot of people and families will be affected.   "Even though the iceberg has been sighted, it is still miles away. We can still turn," Esko said, chief executive of Berkshire Holistic


North Berkshire Solarize Program to Hold 'Meet the Installer' Event Wednesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Monday, July 29, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams/Williamstown Solarize campaign will hold a "meet the installer" night on Wednesday, July 31, at 6 p.m.   The event will be held at the Norad Mill, 60 Roberts Drive, in North Adams.   The North Adams and Williamstown Solarize Mass Plus campaign recently selected SolarFlair Energy of Ashland as solar photovoltaic and battery installer for the project.   Solarize Mass Plus, a joint effort of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the commonwealth's Department of Energy Resources, enlists local volunteers to promote the adoption of renewable technologies, vet installers and ensure competitive pricing through aggregate


Education, Census, Opioid Task Force Highlights In State Budget For Mark
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:17AM / Sunday, July 28, 2019
DALTON, Mass. — The big news in the state's budget is $5.18 billion in Chapter 70 aid for schools, according to state Rep. Paul Mark.   "That is the most in the history of Massachusetts and it is also the biggest increase year over year in this account," the 2nd Berkshire representative said. "I think that is a really positive step toward what we have been working on getting this foundation budget changed."   Places like Pittsfield and Greenfield will be seeing massive increases in funding and all districts are seeing somewhat of a bump. This is start of what is expected to be the state's undertaking to significantly bolster education funding. It


Forum Makes Seniors Aware Of Cyber Scams
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Friday, July 26, 2019

Sen. Adam Hinds had an opportunity to bring the presentation to Pittsfield and it tied right in with the series of technology classes the senior center has begun. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The phone rings and the first six digits are local, looks like your number, so you answer.    Now all of a sudden your grandson is in trouble. He's being held overseas and the only way to free him and bring him home is to wire money to a foreign nation.    It's a scam. The caller wants you to feel urgent. They want you to feel like it is an emergency. And they want you to spend your hard-earned cash to an offshore account authorities will never be able to track


@theMarket: All Eyes on the Fed
By Bill Schmick,
04:47PM / Friday, July 26, 2019
It was a week of chop. That was to be expected, given it was the first week of second-quarter earnings results. While some individual big-name stocks made substantial moves, the overall indexes traded up and down but ended the week about where they started.   It was largely what I predicted would happen. The same will apply to this coming week with all eyes intently focused on the July 31 meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee taking place next Wednesday. Investors expect the Fed to cut the Fed Funds interest rate by at least one quarter percent. Let's hope they do.   In the meantime, aside from earnings announcements, investors were confronted with some bad news out of


Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey to Host Bruins' Learn to Play Program
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01:59PM / Friday, July 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League once again will host the Boston Bruins Academy Learn to Play Hockey Program.   This program takes place in two parts: Registration and fittings in August/September, and the four-week on-ice program at Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink starting the first weekend in October.   For a registration fee of $140, the program includes: a full set of CCM equipment to keep ($500 value); a professional personalized fitting led by Pure Hockey’s fit experts; four weeks of on-ice instruction led by certified coaches.   Sign up at   Skating lessons are highly recommended


Berkshires Beat: National Night Out to be Celebrated in North Adams, Williamstown
11:43AM / Friday, July 26, 2019
National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 6, North Adams and Williamstown residents are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out (NNO), an annual community-building event that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

The North Adams NNO event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Noel Field Athletic Complex on State Street. The event is sponsored by North Adams Emergency Services, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC), United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), and Mohawk Forest.

The Williamstown Police Department is celebrating NNO by opening the doors


BMC Achieves Awards for Stroke Care
10:52AM / Friday, July 26, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has received the Defect-free Care Award and three additional Stroke Care honors from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Defect-free care is achieved when a patient receives the appropriate care based on clinical guidelines.

The Coverdell Defect-free Care Award recognizes hospitals that, from the period of January 2018 to December 2018, provided defect-free care to 90 percent or more of their stroke patients by utilizing all of the interventions for which each patient was eligible. The number of Coverdell hospitals providing defect-free care to the majority of their patients


Williams Professor Wins Award Astronomy Research and Education
10:23AM / Friday, July 26, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College astronomy professor Jay Pasachoff has received the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's Klumpke-Roberts Award.

The award is given to an individual or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy.

Pasachoff’s passion and dedication to the field of astronomy goes beyond his main role as professor and researcher, touching numerous people across all generations. He wrote, in the Peterson Field Guide series, the popular "A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets," now in the 17th printing of its 4th edition; is lead author of "The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New


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