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Local Students Earn Williams College Degrees
11:41AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College President Adam F. Falk conferred Bachelor of Arts degrees to nine local graduates at the college's 228th commencement on Sunday, June 4.


Hinsdale, Mass.

Ivy Adair Ciaburri, daughter of Michael and Diane Ciaburri, majored in biology and French. Ciaburri received highest honors in biology and was elected to the scientific honor society Sigma Xi.


Pittsfield, Mass.

Megan Katherine Bird, cum laude, daughter of Laurence and Kelly Bird, majored in psychology. Bird was a member of the Aristocows, a Disney a cappella group; and participated in concert choir.


Williamstown, Mass.

Luke Thomas Costley, son of Liz and Tom Costley,

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Senate President Gets Feel For Berkshires' Economic Future
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Monday, June 05, 2017

Christopher Kapiloff of Laminate Technologies showed off a piece of bulletproof glass his company is selling in large numbers, but said it will be made elsewhere if the state can't lower the cost of doing business. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Unemployment, wages, and innovation are high points for the state's economy, all of which the commonwealth is doing the best in the nation.    But the state has stalled on education, transportation, and revenue. If those don't change, then Senate President Stanley Rosenberg believes the state will lose growth.   "Overall, in general, the commonwealth as a whole, we are a high-quality state for life, work, building


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 Graduates Cast Off from 'Bay in the Berkshires'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Sunday, June 04, 2017

Jeffrey Rubel tells his classmates they are liked polished sea glass. Nine local students graduated Sunday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Williams College's grandest occasion, in front of its biggest crowd and surrounded by the trappings of pomp and circumstance, the student speakers at Sunday morning's commencement exercises focused on the mundane.   The tone was set by Jeffrey Rubel of Dallas, Texas, selected by the members of the class of 2017 as the day's first speaker.   Rubel framed his speech around the metaphor of sea glass.   "When broken glass first falls into the ocean, it has sharp edges," Rubel said. "But it's in the sea, a


North County Softball Travel Team Tryouts Monday and Tuesday
08:02AM / Sunday, June 04, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Adams Lassie League and Northern Berkshire Girls Softball League will hold tryouts for its summer tournament travel teams in the 12-and-under, 14-and-under, and 16-and-under divisions.   Teams are being formed to compete for a chance to qualify for the 2017 Babe Ruth World Series as well as play additional tournaments throughout New England.   Tryouts are open to girls interested in playing Babe Ruth softball from the towns of Adams, North Adams, Cheshire, Savoy, Clarksburg, Florida, Williamstown, Stamford Vt., Windsor, Hinsdale, Dalton, and surrounding hilltowns.    Players interested in trying out should message us on Facebook  through the


BArT Charter School Sends Class of 2017 Off to College
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017

Emily DePietro says she has grown during her time at BArT. See more photos here. ADAMS, Mass. — The 16 college-bound Berkshire Arts and Technology Public Charter School graduates were charged Saturday with taking control of their own narrative.   After reading the state's profile of the school's 10th graduating class, teacher Sean Johnson explained that in his opinion, this class was a group of survivors.   "That is the state of Massachusetts' story that is told by a spreadsheet but that is not your story. Let me tell you another story about the class of 2017," he told the graduates and their families during graduation exercises in the


Mount Greylock Grads Told: Go Balls to the Wall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:22PM / Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hugh Sanford speaks about the late Marjorie Keeley, who was posthumously awarded Teacher of the Year.  See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some will tell you that you learned everything you needed to know in kindergarten, but Mount Greylock Regional School's 2017 class speaker had a different idea.   "When we were younger, most of us read Aesop's fable about the tortoise and the hare," Josh Narey reminded his classmates at Saturday morning's graduation. "The moral of the story is: ‘Slow and steady wins the race.'   "And it's a load of crap.   "That guy Aesop was a complete clown. Slow and steady does


BCC Grads Showed 'Grit' To Earn Degrees, Certificates
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:30PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago says the graduating class had grit to persevere and get their degrees. See more photos here. LENOX, Mass. — Jeremy Patterson admires the traditional college graduate, the ones who had the foresight and commitment to delve right into higher education.   Patterson is not a traditional graduate. At age 26, neither he nor his wife had even graduated high school. He was out of work and trying to care for their three children. One day in 2007, they packed everything they owned into a 1992 Oldsmobile and left their rural home in Florida, driving to a new home in the Berkshires.   "We were petrified. While staying with a


@theMarket: Markets Still on a Roll
By Bill Schmick,
05:55PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

Additional gains propelled stocks higher this week with all three averages closing at record highs once again. Despite the fact that more and more experts are warning of a possible fall in the averages, investors continue to pile into stocks. Should you?

The short answer is no, wait for that decline, unless you have no exposure to the stock market. That would be hard for me to believe if you have been reading my column regularly. My readers also know that the threat of a pullback hangs over the market all the time since we can expect as many as 2-3 declines in the stock market every year.

The economy, however, is still growing enough, and interest rates are still low enough, to justify


Five Williams Seniors Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships
01:14PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Office of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowships to five graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts: Ariel Chu (creative writing), Mia Hull (theater), Samantha Stone (music), Brian Trelegan (art), and Maria Vicent (dance).

The Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowship is a cash award established in 1940 that is granted to a member or members of the graduating class to support their continued work in the creative and performing arts. Prizes of $22,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater and music.

Chu is an English major from Corona, Calif. Knowing that she wanted to be a professional


Berkshire Natural Resources Council President to Depart
01:09PM / Friday, June 02, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Natural Resources Council president Tad Ames will depart the organization on December 31, 2017, after more than 27 years of service, the last 16 as president.

Ames said that he has made the decision to resign from BNRC in order to make a change in his professional career and to seek new opportunities.

"I am now in my mid-50s and I've reached an age and a stage in my professional life where I have the opportunity to create one more chapter," he said. "It is not easy to leave a place and people whom I love so much, but I want to seize the opportunity to be part of another story. It's time to pass leadership to a new leader to bring


'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales': Many Asleep in the Deep
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
06:01PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to over-analyze "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." I do that whenever I can't fathom for the love of me why someone would want to see the second-rate movie in question. After all, directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg's rambling, rambunctious and dysfunctionally repetitious absurdity should spell an easy day for the critic. The temptation is to write, "It's lousy and that's that. Trust me. I've been writing film criticism for years. This is strictly for those possessing the bad movie gene."   But of course I can't. Besides the fact that such short shrift would put my


The Independent Investor: Elder Care in an Age of Confusion
By Bill Schmick,
05:54PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
Many Americans confess that they are confused when faced with the myriad Medicare choices available to them. Others are simply not planning, nor saving enough to meet the challenge of health care costs in old age. In response, a whole new industry has sprung up nationwide.   It's called "life care planning," an off-shoot and a natural progression for those practicing elder law. What, you may ask, is elder law and why has it become so important? Attorneys that practice elder law are essentially advocates for the elderly and their loved ones. They routinely handle a range of legal issues that usually accompany an older or disabled person.   Many of these topics have


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