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Gold Medal Swimmer, Williamstown Resident to Speak at Bay State Winter Games
10:39AM / Monday, February 05, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Olympic Gold Medalist and former Bay State Games competitor Samantha Livingstone will share her story through her “Dreams Come True” presentation at the Bay State Winter Games.   Livingstone will  meet with the athletes and their families while at the annual Bay State Games’ Athlete Party. The party is part of the Bay State Games Figure Skating competition which takes place Feb. 10 and 11 and features nearly 450 performances by skaters from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island.   Livingstone is from Peabody and competed in the Bay State Summer Games as a swimmer from the North Shore Swim Club. She was a


Williamstown Housing Trust to Make Decision Thursday on Cole Ave. Property
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Monday, February 05, 2018
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust will vote Wednesday Thursday whether it wants Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to build two or three homes on a Cole Avenue parcel acquired by the trust.   The non-profit in December told the trustees that it was leaning toward building three three-bedroom homes on the property. Although the lot, at the corner of Cole and Maple Street, is zoned for two building lots, Habitat could subdivide it into three lots either by permission of the town's Planning Board or by applying the Chapter 40B provision in Massachusetts General Law.   After January's community forum where a

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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

Small Forgotten Hancock Library Spurred Back To Life
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:28PM / Sunday, February 04, 2018

After being elected as a library trustee, Olivia Johnson has dedicated herself to reviving the Taylor Memorial Library. HANCOCK, Mass. — Olivia Johnson loves the role libraries play in a community.    She went to her local library, the Taylor Memorial Library on Main Street, opened the doors and it was musty. The 1925 building retained moisture. The books on the shelves were breaking apart. They were disheveled. And most of them dated back to the 1950s or before.   There wasn't much of a catalog and what was there was out of order or mislabeled. She spun the globe that sat on one of the tables and when it came to a rest, she saw the

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Heskett Scores 31 to Lead Williams Men to Victory
10:05PM / Saturday, February 03, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 31 points Saturday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 72-55 win over Bowdoin.   Bobby Casey scored 12 for the Ephs (18-4, 6-2 NESCAC), who go to Amherst on Friday.   Women's Basketball LEWISTON, Maine -- Lauren Petit scored 14 points to lead Bowdoin to a 73-47 win over Williams.   Gabby Martin came off the bench to score 12 for the Ephs (11-11, 3-5), who got a steal in two minutes of play from Drury graduate Olivia Carlson.   Williams hosts Amherst on Friday.   Men's Hockey MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Tim Sestak stopped 21 shots to lead Wesleyan to a 3-0 win over Williams.   The Ephs (10-10,


Snowfall Predictions: Super Bowl Sunday
06:54PM / Saturday, February 03, 2018
Super Bowl Sunday is sizing up to be more rainy than snowy, but there's a chance of snow showers and sleet early in the week.    The National Weather Service is forecasting some light snow showers Sunday morning with a mix of rain and snow after midnight Sunday. The roads will be slippery so drive with care.    Greylock Snow Day is predicting 2 to 5 inches, on the other hand, with the possibility of school delays on Monday. This may be wishful thinking, as the blog points out. Accuweather shows the chance of up to 3 inches for the northwestern corner of the Berkshires — Williamstown and North Adams.    Monday is expected cold and blustery but the sun

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New Clark Art Exhibit Draws From Philanthropist's Collection
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:48AM / Saturday, February 03, 2018

Regular visitors to the Clark Art Institute might recognize this drawing or, at least, the sculpture it inspired. (Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), 'Three Studies of a Dancer,' c. 1880. Black, pink, and white pastel on light brown paper, 18 3/4 × 24 3/4 in. Thaw Collection, Morgan Library & Museum, 2001.12.)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jay Clarke, the Manton curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute, is going out with a bang.

Clarke, who is leaving the Clark after nine years to return to the Art Institute of Chicago in her hometown, has curated a show featuring one of the world's finest private collections of drawings: those


Halloran Goal Lifts Williams Women's Hockey
11:06PM / Friday, February 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meghan Halloran scored a goal and set up another Friday to lead the Williams College women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over Trinity.   After a scoreless first two periods, Halloran scored midway through the third on assists from Abby Brustad and Annie Rush.   With 23 seconds left, Halloran and Rush set up Brustad for an empty net goal before the Bantams put one in the net with 15 seconds left to play.   Christina Cleroux made 13 saves for Williams (10-6-5, 4-5-4 NESCAC), which hosts Trinity again on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Hockey HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity defeated Williams, 4-3, on Friday night.   Roberto Cellini had a couple of


BMC Opens Central County Renal Dialysis Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Friday, February 02, 2018

The hospital renovated the inside of the former Berkshire Hematology practice. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Edith King doesn't feel like the hours she spends receiving renal dialysis is a problem.   "This is the greatest place you can come to if you've got kidney problems. I feel like I don't have a kidney problem. I feel like I am just sitting here, visiting with friends, and having a good time. It is just a great place," King said on Friday as she awaited her doctors to start another procedure.   King is one of the 82 patients being served out of the newly opened renal dialysis center on Conte Drive. Berkshire Medical Center capped off a project to open


@theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, February 02, 2018
@theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets   Gains in a worker's paycheck are supposed to be a good thing, right? It means they can spend more, which contributes to growth in the economy, and maybe have a happier life. If all of that is true, why has the stock market swooned in response to Friday's labor report?   It's simple really. The non-farm payrolls report was another upside surprise. The nation gained 200,000 jobs in January, which is better than the 180,000 we expected. While the official unemployment remained at 4.1 percent for the fourth straight month, it was the growth in wages that surprised the market most.   Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent over the


'Hostiles': Requiem for the Horse Opera
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:08PM / Friday, February 02, 2018
You know that lyric from "Home on the Range," where the cowpoke asserts that "seldom is heard a discouraging word?" Well, if you go by the realistic take on the Old West proffered in director/writer Scott Cooper's "Hostiles," the reason no one says anything discouraging is that they're either dead or fighting like crazy to keep from being dead.    While poet Joel Barlow hoped his "Vision of Columbus" (1787) would be our version of "The Iliad," he was premature. There would be 100 more years of conquering the natives before America's character would be formed.   This is a very studied work, contemplative, moody,


Clark Art Institute Names Winner of Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing
01:07PM / Friday, February 02, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Scholar and writer Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby has been selected to receive the Clark Art Institute's 2017 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.

Grigsby is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. The award presentation will take place on Saturday, April 7, during an event at the Milton Resnick and Pat Passloff Foundation in New York City.

"The Clark Prize raises awareness of the importance of writing that bridges scholarly and popular interest in the arts and seeks to encourage support for such writing among publishers, editors and the public," said Olivier


New Trustee Joins MCLA Board
11:09AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Frederick J. Keator, the managing partner of Keator Group, LLC, in Lenox, as the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts board of trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is delighted to welcome Keator to the board.

"As managing partner of the Keator Group, Frederick has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of America's top independent financial advisors and will bring a wealth of knowledge to MCLA," Birge said. "Over the years, the Keator family has been a great supporter of the College and I look forward to working with him as we continue to advance the work of


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