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Williams Names Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies
10:38AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the appointment of Neil Roberts, associate professor of Africana studies, as the W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies. Roberts will assume the position beginning on July 1.

The Schumann Faculty Fellow works to promote campus dialogue on the subjects of democracy and civic responsibility. In addition, one of the foundational elements of the endowment is the W. Ford Schumann Visiting Professorship. During his tenure as faculty fellow, Roberts will work to identify and recruit candidates for that position.

"I am excited to start my term this summer as the W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow," Roberts said.


Bay State Games Return Feb. 10
05:39AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
WOBURN, Mass. – The 2018 Bay State Winter Games Figure Skating competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, at the Williams College’s Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown.   This marks the 33rd year of the event and features nearly 450 performances from skaters representing Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Skaters ranging in age from 5 to over 65 represent the United State Figure Skating Association or the International Skating Institute.   Local skaters scheduled to compete include:   From the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Daniella Santamarina, Rebecca Drager, Aimee Boulais, Katie Malone, Dakota Marquis,


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

Mount Greylock Transition Committee May Back Off on Size of Tuition Hike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Transition Committee last week indicated it may reconsider its "take it or leave it" tuition offer to towns who send students to the preK-12 district.   Chairman Joe Bergeron and committee member Chris Dodig told their colleagues at their Jan. 25 meeting that the district received some push back from officials in New Ashford and Hancock about the committee's decision to raise tuition at Mount Greylock by 23 percent and charge $17,843 per student from kindergarten through 12th grade.   "It was a good meeting," Dodig said. "They were respectful of what we were doing. They were a little concerned about it.


The Independent Investor: Health Care and the 3 Musketeers
By Bill Schmick,
10:28PM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
Earlier this week, three of the country's most influential corporate titans sounded a call to battle. Given the inaction of our government, these modern-day musketeers are preparing to storm the battlements of sky-rocketing health care costs.   Jeff Bezos of Amazon may not have the swash-buckling prowess of Athos, nor does JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon compare in physical strength to Porthos. And granted, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway would be a stretch in playing Aramis, but make no mistake, they do bring a combination of strengths that could revolutionize what I believe is the single greatest threat to our nation's economy.   Back in May of last year, I wrote a


Neal Ready to Negotiate an Infrastructure Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:34PM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The ranking Democrat in the U.S. House's Ways and Means Committee wants to get to negotiations on an infrastructure bill.   President Donald Trump is proposing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill to fix the nation's roads, bridges, airports, and railways. And that is exactly the kind of bill U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been wanting for years. But, the Berkshire's congressional representative says negotiating how that will be paid is still on the table.   "The improvements in the public arena are our responsibility and they should be done. So when the president says he wants to do a big infrastructure program, alright let's get on to


Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Sets Tryouts
10:58AM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball program will hold tryouts Feb. 11 for its under-14 and under-16 squads.   Any player from any town is welcome to try out for the squad. Players who participated in the fall tryouts are encouraged to attend.   The Feb. 11 tryouts will be at Williams College's Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sneakers are required.   The program will hold tryouts for its under-12 team at a later date.   For information, email


Dreaming Of A White Groundhog's Day?
01:53PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

After a few days of seeing grass, snow is back in the forecast tonight, with a chance of snow showers, mainly between midnight and 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, and then again on Thursday into Friday.

Just how much snow will we get on the day Punxsutawney Phil lets us know when winter will end?

The National Weather Service predicts less than 1 inch overnight tonight into Thursday and snow showers overnight Thursday into Friday, with less than 1 inch possible. Snow showers might continue into the afternoon on Friday. Temps will turn cold Friday, with a low around 4 and a high of only 22 on Saturday.


The Weather Channel is predicting snow showers early tonight, with


Put a Trusted 'Quarterback' on Your Financial Team
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:17PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

On Feb. 4, the eyes of most of the country – and much of the rest of the world – will be on Minneapolis, site of the most-watched football game in the United States. As a fan, you can admire the way quarterbacks in the Big Game direct their teams. But as an investor, you can learn something from the big game by putting together your own team to help you achieve your financial goals – and you may find it helpful to have your own "quarterback."

Who should be on your team? Your financial strategy will involve investments, taxes and estate planning, so you will likely need a financial advisor, a tax professional and an attorney. Ideally, your financial advisor


Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It
11:54AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for premature babies, organ transplants and more. As a result, many claim that antibiotics are the most important medical advance of the 20th century.

What's troubling about antibiotics is that scientists are discovering fewer antibiotics than ever, and those we have are losing their effect. Bacteria and other microorganisms, which cause infections and disease, use several ways to impede antibiotic action and thus become "resistant" to the antibiotic. They can change themselves by


Williamstown Town Election Nomination Papers Available Thursday
10:30AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nomination papers for elected offices in the town of Williamstown  will be available on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the town clerk's office.   Offices on the May 8 annual town election ballot will be one selectman's seat for a three-year term, two Elementary School Committee members for a term to expire June 30, 2018, one library trustee for a three-year term, one Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional (McCann) School Committee member for a three-year term, and one Planning Board member for a five-year term.    Candidates seeking to run for office must go to the town clerk's office in Town Hall to receive nomination papers. Completed


Mount Greylock Transition Committee Defines Process for Superintendent Search
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A subcommittee is meeting this Wednesday morning to hash out language to be placed in the posting for a new superintendent of schools.    Steven Miller, Carolyn Greene and Joe Bergeron were charged last week to also develop a slate of names to recommend to the full committee so it can name the Search Committee early next month.   The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee empowered the ad hoc subcommittee of its members to develop the district's advertisement for the position and, if no members ask for a meeting to consider the language, to post that advertisement as soon as possible.and voted to establish a seven-person search


Mount Greylock Gets Use of its Gymnasium
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Tuesday, January 30, 2018

One of two new scoreboards located on each sided of the gym.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When first-time visitors stepped into Mount Greylock Regional School's renovated gymnasium Monday morning, it was hard not to look up — at the new scoreboards, the pristine light-reflecting white walls, the giant fans that will better circulate the air, the windows at the east end that were preserved as part of the renovation.   Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald was looking down.   "Are those sneakers?" she asks a physical education student about to head onto the floor for an informal shootaround.   Confirming that they're not, she asks the

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