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Williams College 'Still In' on Paris Climate Agreement
12:09PM / Friday, June 09, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams President Adam Falk is among the more than 1,200 governors, mayors, businesses, investors and higher education leaders from across the United States who declared their intent to continue to ensure that the United States remains a global leader in reducing carbon emissions.

Falk signed on to the "We Are Still In" statement earlier this week. The statement can be found online.  

The "We Are Still In" statement says, in part, that "the Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of

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Parents Sought for Substance Abuse Focus Groups
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Friday, June 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is looking for parents of children ages 9 to 14 to participate in focus groups aimed at identifying best ways to communicate information about underage substance abuse to parents.

Two focus groups are being held: 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, and at noon Thursday, June 15. Both groups will be held at the coalition offices at 61 Main St. and will include child care and food. Participants also will receive a $25 gift card for gas or groceries. Register online here and/or take a short online survey here.

Wendy Penner, the director of Prevention and Wellness at the Coalition, said the idea for the focus groups came from work

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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

The Independent Investor: The Client Comes First
By Bill Schmick,
05:19PM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

As of Friday, putting a client's needs first becomes law.

Despite a bitterly contested battle by brokers, banks and insurance companies to kill it, the on-again, off-again Department of Labor fiduciary rule becomes effective June 9, 2017. Investors should cheer the news.

That's right — it is no longer just a slogan that slick marketers use to woo unsuspecting retail investors into their fee-based, commission-based, fee-sharing web of duplicity and immoral behavior. Since I am already a fiduciary, I tried over the years to advise readers on what is in their best interests since their advisers certainly were not. The new law changes all that.

If your adviser, broker, wealth


McCann Graduates Encouraged to Be Brave & Live for the Moment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:05AM / Thursday, June 08, 2017

Salutatorian William D. Galipeau told his classmates to live in the now, not the next. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School class of 2017 was encouraged to live in the moment and to be brave in the face of failure.   School Committee Chairman Thomas Mahar said he'd had a hard time thinking of what advice to give the school's 55th graduating class that hadn't been said before.   "I realized I didn't have anything new to say," Mahar told the 112 graduates seated in the Amsler Campus Center gym at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "Then it struck me, you don't hear much about

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Locals Compete in Mass Amateur Qualifier at Waubeeka Sports,
10:42PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Ronald Laverdiere carded a 2-over-par 73 Wednesday to lead a field of 26 players in the Massachusetts Amateur Open qualifier at Waubeeka Golf Links.   Laverdiere of Hickory Ridge Golf Club led four players who qualified for the state am from the event.   Cameron Sheedy of Vesper Country Club, Andy Drohen of the Ranch Golf Club and Jesse Morgan of Amherst Golf Club each finished at 3-over 74 to tie for second and punch their ticket fr the Massachusetts Amateur.   Three players, Aaron Corn, Connor Phillips and Mark Millay, were named alternates to the state am after finishing at 75.   The event drew two Berkshire County competitors.   Berkshire


McCann Tech Names Top Students for Graduation 2017
04:10PM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has named William Andrew Peter Kipp and William David Galipeau as valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, as announced by Principal Justin Kratz.   Both students will graduate from McCann with high honors on Wednesday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at the Amsler Campus Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.   Kipp, son of Aaron and Wendy Kipp, is a senior in the Machine Technology Program. He is a recipient of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent's Award for Academic Excellence. He is a member of the pre-engineering program, Project Lead The Way, the National


Financial Gifts and Tips for New Graduates
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:09AM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017

It's Graduation Season again. If your child is graduating from high school or college, you have reason to celebrate. But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life.

What sort of gifts and tips should you consider? Here are a few ideas:

* Give a few shares of stock. Everyone should understand the financial markets and how they work. One great way to encourage this interest is to give your child a few shares of stock. Young people enjoy owning a piece of a company that makes the products and services

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Mount Greylock's Regionalization Committee Discusses Benefits, Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, June 07, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee looking at expanding the Mount Greylock Regional School District discussed on Monday how to make the case for expansion to voters who may be on the fence.   The district's revived Regional District Amendment Committee held its second meeting since it was reconvened by the Mount Greylock School Committee this spring, and it was clear that the panel has strong arguments on its side and serious concerns to overcome.   Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald and Lanesborough Elementary School Principal Marty McEvoy told their colleagues on the RDAC about the educational gains that have been made in the last few years as cooperation between


Williamstown Police Gets Pair of Cal Ripken League Wins
08:05AM / Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Hayden Singer had three hits, including a double, to lead the Williamstown Police to a 10-8 win over Adams Community Bank in recent Cal Ripken Baseball League play.   Seamus Barnes doubled twice and was one of three pitchers to take the hill for Williamstown Police. Quinn McDermott got the win on the mound with one inning of one-hit relief; he also struck out one.   McDermott and Caleb Low each had a pair of hits.   For ACB, Averen Superneau doubled, and Caedin Ostellino, Anthony Welch and Matt Johnson each had a pair of hits.   Williamstown Police 6, Adams Community Bank 4   Austin Buda and Judge Martin combined for the win on the mound for WPD.   Barnes


Change Order Prompts Debate for Mount Greylock School Building Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:05AM / Tuesday, June 06, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee last week voted to authorize a quarter-million dollar change order that, as written, did not sit well with several members of the committee.   At issue was an undisclosed modification to the $65 million addition/renovation project related to building security. Taking advantage of an exception to the commonwealth's Open Meeting Law, the committee held a one-hour executive session at the start of its June 1 meeting.   It then voted in public on the monetary impact of the issue it discussed behind closed doors. And although the committee did not reveal exactly what the issue was, at least one member had

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Closing at Noon on June 7 for Day of Volunteering
03:21PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Giving back: Berkshire Bank will close all locations at noon on Wednesday, June 7, for its company-wide Xtraordinary Day, The Power of Giving Back. Xtraordinary Day provides all Berkshire Bank employees the opportunity to volunteer in communities the Bank and its affiliates serve.

This second annual Xtraordinary Day is set to focus on more than 60 community projects with approximately 90 percent of employee participation across the country. The previous year's Xtraordinary Day marked the first year the bank as a whole closed its doors to dedicate an entire afternoon to give back to the communities in which it serves. Last year, employees were able to help 54 different nonprofit


Berkshires Beat: Eighth-Graders Sew Patriotic Pillowcases
01:27PM / Monday, June 05, 2017

God bless America: Hoosac Valley eighth-grade students in Terry Vivori's Family & Consumer Sciences class made patriotic pillowcases for Women of Soldier On in Northampton, Mass. The student learned how to use patterns and sewing machines in class.

Vivori set the class up like a manufacturing company with students picking different areas of production. Some students chose laying out patterns and pinning, others cut out the patterns, and the rest sewed or ironed the pillowcases. The students included a letter of thanks to each veteran for their service.   The pillowcases were presented to the Dr. George L. Curran Auxiliary to Post #996 on Sunday, May 28, by Vivori, who is a


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