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Koperniak Homers in Trinity's Win over Williams
10:38PM / Tuesday, April 09, 2019
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Hoosac Valley graduate Matt Koperniak went 3-for-4 with a home run Tuesday to lead the Trinity College basetball team to a 3-2 win over Williams.   Doug Schaffer went 2-for-3 with a double for Williams, which got five innings from starting pitcher Charlie Carpenter, who allowed one earned run.   Williams (13-4) goes to Vassar on Wednsday.   Men's Lacrosse CLINTON, N.Y. -- Kevin Stump scored four goals to lead Williams to a 12-6 win over Hamilton.   Harry Gahagan stopped seven shots to earn the win in goal.   Williams (9-2) goes to Colby on Saturday.


Letter: DA's Decision on Prevention Programs Hurts Children & Families
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, April 09, 2019

To the Editor:

For 15 years,the Community Outreach and Education Department (COE) in the Berkshire District Attorney's Office has provided student-based, educational and prevention programming to elementary, middle and high school students throughout Berkshire County. Tens of thousands of students have received vital educational programming and support on bullying, online safety, safe and healthy relationships, substance abuse and leadership.

These grant-funded programs required data collection and the Berkshire results continually showed positive outcomes for our students. Alongside student programming, staff and parents have received the training and guidance they need to support


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 College Professor Receives Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
11:54AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Council of Learned Societies has named Gregory Mitchell, associate professor of women's, gender and sexuality studies at Williams College, a 2019 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellow.

Mitchell is the second professor from Williams to win the highly competitive fellowship, which provides "potential leaders in their fields with the resources to pursue long-term, unusually ambitious projects."

"In addition to making major contributions to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and the college, Greg Mitchell has already published pioneering work at the intersections of sexuality, gender, race, class and


Harrington Launches Plan to Address Domestic, Sexual Violence
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:38AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Freeman Center Executive  Director Janis Broderick said domestic and sexual assault has been a growing problem in recent years and a lot more can be done. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Domestic and sexual violence has hit a "crisis level" according to District Attorney Andrea Harrington.   On Tuesday, she announced a new countywide Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force that will focus on curbing what is now growing numbers of sexual and domestic violence cases.   The task force will focus on outreach, securing new resources, and providing education and training throughout the Berkshires in an effort to prevent such crimes from

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Easter Events in the Berkshires
10:23AM / Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at

April 13

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St. from 10 a.m. to noon and then again from 1 to 3 p.m. This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations.  Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her


Adams Lions Donate Magnifiers to Williamstown, North Adams Commons
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Monday, April 08, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Adams Lions Club has shined some light at Williamstown Commons — along with some magnification to make residents' game play easier.    The facility's resident council last week was presented with three floor-style magnifying lamps from club member and District 33Y Governor-elect Art McConnell.    "We use them for our jigsaw puzzles," said activities director Janice Paquette. "We keep them close to our puzzle tables so you can see the little pieces and where they need to go ... but we've also had some folks who have macular degeneration who have also asked if they could have something this in the

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Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
10:43AM / Monday, April 08, 2019

Berkshire County schools are starting to schedule preschool and kindergarten registration dates for the 2019-20 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

Adams/St. Stanislaus Kostka

Preschool open house and registration for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in the St. Stanislaus Kostka preschool building on


North Adams SteepleCats Kick Off 17th Season With Fundraiser
Staff Reports,
04:00PM / Sunday, April 07, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams SteepleCats are starting off the season with fundraising spaghetti dinner on Monday, a return to their traditional logo — and Slider.   A move to somewhat reinvent the New England Collegiate Baseball League team last year is being modified based on fan feedback. Matt Torra, who came in as general manager last spring, has taken the lead in rebuilding the board of directors and reformulating the team's brand.   "We will be having the blue and white and add some color ... It will be a blend of both," Torra told a meeting of 'Cats fans and supporters this winter. "I hope you understand ... we found the best we can


Williams Softball Sweeps Double-Header at Middlebury
09:34PM / Saturday, April 06, 2019
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Williams College senior Casey Pelz went 6 for 6 with 2 home runs and 7 RBI Saturday to help the Ephs sweep a NESCAC West doubleheader from rival Middlebury, 10-1 and 18-1, to extend their win streak to seven games.    The Ephs record improved to 18-4 overall, 5-0 in conference divisional play, with the third game of the three-game Middlebury series scheduled for Sunday at noon.   Both games Saturday went five-innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.    Baseball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams baseball team dropped a pair to Amherst on Saturday by scores of 7-0 and 8-4.   Chase Henley went 3-for-5 with a triple and an RBI to lead the


@theMarket: Markets on a Tear
By Bill Schmick,
04:22PM / Friday, April 05, 2019
As fearful as investors were back in December, the greedier they have become in April. Investor sentiment is climbing, interest rates are falling, and the Fed is on hold. All we need to push the markets even higher is a trade deal with China. It's coming.   The S&P 500 Index has tacked on a hundred points in nine days. The all-time record highs for that index is at 1,940 less than 50 points away. That index has been up seven days in a row. The Dow up 6 out of 7. Last week's worry, the inverted yield curve, which occupied everyone's attention, is a barely remembered footnote in buyers rush to own stocks.   Of course, there are warning signs sprouting up throughout


Rodgers Takes Over as Head of Berkshire Museum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:07PM / Friday, April 05, 2019

Rodgers watches as a student learns hands on about Leonardo Da Vinci machines. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Museum is a place you can grow up in, according to Jeff Rodgers.   Rodgers is the new executive director of the museum and started his new gig on Monday. He comes in the wake of a controversial period of the 116-year-old museum's history when museum officials sold off nearly two dozen pieces of its collection to raise $53 million. The sale of the art spurred significant backlash and tore a rift in the community.   For Rodgers, that's in the past. As his first week comes to an end, his goal is to build the inter-disciplinary experience at the


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Hosts Spring Supper
10:46AM / Friday, April 05, 2019
Spring Supper

Berkshire Grown chefs will celebrate the coming of spring at the Spring Supper on Monday, April 8. Host chef Alex Hammond of the Mezze Restaurant Group has assembled a talented group of local chefs: Daire Rooney Corcoran from Morgan's at Interlaken Inn, Alex Hammond from Mezze Catering, James Lowe of the Pittsfield Country Club, Peter Platt from The Old Inn on The Green, and Doria Polinger of H.R. Zepplin Fine Handmade Chocolates. The chefs are collaborating on a farm-to-table menu that will highlight the freshness of the spring season.

This year's event is at the Country Club of Pittsfield and benefits Berkshire Grown and its win-win project, Share the Bounty. Share


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