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Mount Greylock Regional Selects 2017 Graduation Speakers
04:20PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dagny Albano was chosen by the faculty at Mount Greylock Regional School and Joshua B. Narey by the senior class to speak at the 2017 graduation to be held at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday, June 3, at 11 a.m.   Dagny has been a member of the Student Council for four years. She served as parliamentarian in her junior year and was elected president in her senior year. As a sophomore, Dagny was able to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership program. She was also selected for the National Honor Society in her junior year.   She has participated in junior varsity basketball and lacrosse. She was a star athlete on the volleyball team


State Police Seek Information on Credit Card Fraud Suspects
12:00PM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

The State Police Detective Unit assigned to Hampden District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni's office is seeking the public's help in identifying three individuals authorities believe to be involved in numerous credit card fraud cases in Western and central Massachusetts, Connecticut, and possibly Rhode Island.

The credit card fraud took place in March 2017. The suspects traveled to numerous Walmart stores and used stolen credit card information to make fraudulent purchases worth thousands of dollars. The suspects traveled together in a white Ford expedition EL (extended length) SUV at the time, which may have been a rental car with possible Rhode Island or other out-of-state


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

Williamstown Prudential Committee Criticized at Fire District Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

Prudential Committee members Ed McGowan, left, and Ed Briggs participate in the Fire District's annual meeting on Tuesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A frequent critic of the town's fire district used Tuesday's annual district meeting to offer advice to the Prudential Committee that governs the district, express his respect for the members of that committee and put them on notice that he may run for one of the panel's three seats if they don't follow it.   Dan Gendron of the town's Finance Committee spoke from the floor of the fire district meeting to suggest that the Prudential Committee should ask Williams College for more financial support to the


Coalition on the Move for Transportation Discussion
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Thursday, June 01, 2017

The new legs of the bike path were part of the transportation discussion.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has been on the move this year.

Breaking from its long tradition of Friday morning forums at First Baptist Church, the coalition took some different approaches this year under the leadership of new Executive Director Amber Besaw. First was making a meeting go mobile throughout downtown North Adams, having another one on a Friday evening to try to attract different attendees and the latest change of pace: a forum on May 19 held outside at Colgrove Park.

"This has been a year of experimentation with our forums," Besaw said in introducing


Guest Column: Time to Reassess growth Across the Commonwealth
By state Sen. Adam Hinds & Dan Hodge, Guest Column
05:38PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Massachusetts budget process demonstrates economic progress does not always create revenue for the commonwealth. Total employment is eclipsing previous highs, unemployment rates are below 4 percent, and per capita state GDP is strong. Yet the state's budget is difficult to balance and news stories about revenue shortfalls feel like waking up in Groundhog Day.
Balancing the budget in an imbalanced economy with limited income growth, regional disparities and outdated tax codes will always be difficult. Health care costs and other non-discretionary budget items pose central expenditure challenges that we must address. But underperforming revenue – statewide and regionally

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Unpublished Edith Wharton Play Discovered by Scholars
12:55PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

LENOX, Mass. — Two scholars have made a new archival discovery: a previously unknown, original, full-length play by Edith Wharton called "The Shadow of a Doubt."

The location of the discovery at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin was unexpected. Wharton scholars have been traveling to the Ransom Center for more than three decades to research Wharton's papers. The source of their interest, however, was the author's correspondence to her lover, Morton Fullerton. What scholars missed was hidden, in plain sight, in the center's Playscripts and Promptbooks Collection (Performing Arts): two typescript copies of "The Shadow of a


What Does Conservative Investing Mean to Older Investors?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:02PM / Wednesday, May 31, 2017

If you're a certain age, or getting close to it, you might hear something like this: "Now that you're older, you need to invest more conservatively." But what exactly does this mean?

For starters, it's useful to understand that your investment preferences and needs will indeed change over time. When you're first starting out in your career, and even for a long time afterward, you can afford to invest somewhat aggressively, in stocks and stock-based investments; because you have time to overcome the inevitable short-term market drops. At this stage of your life, your primary concern is growth – you want your portfolio to grow enough to provide you with the


Cages Travel Baseball Team Opens Season in Hinsdale
12:02PM / Tuesday, May 30, 2017
HINSDALE, Mass. -- The Cages 14-and-under travel baseball team got off to a rough start to its spring season over the weekend with four losses at the Duquette Sports Academy.   The closest game was the Cages' opener, an 11-8 loss to the Vikings Northmen, who used a six-run sixth inning to jump out to a 9-5 lead. and never looked back.   Oscar Low went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Landen Jamula was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.   Paul Roeder went four innings on the mound, allowing just two runs, both unearned.   The Cages team is scheduled to play a double-header against the Pittsfield Thunder 14U squad on Sunday at Deming Park.


Berkshire Force Softball Team Wins Greenfield Tourney
11:37AM / Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The 10 and under Berkshire Force softball team won the Greenfield Memorial Day Bash Tournament with a 5-0 record over the weekend of May 27-28.   The team was 3-0 in pool play, outscoring the competition 35-5. The girls then won the semi-final game, 5-3, before securing a 6-5 win in the championship with clutch hitting, great fielding, and tremendous pitching.   The team is coached by Will Glebus, Jessica Potter, Rick Arpante and Kevin Sherman and includes: Kamryn Renata, Audrina Maloney, Caroline Sherman, Natalie Arnhold, Taryn Bannon, Ja’Leah Rosa, Michaela Hinckley, Jaezsa Bartolotta, Amanda Pou, Cheyann Goddard and Mia Arpante.


Mount Greylock School Committee Hears About Parking Lot Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mount Greylock Regional School Committee members Al Terranova, left, and Steven Miller disagreed on changing the panel's policy for how meeting agendas are set. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week signaled that the School Building Committee should consider keeping a parking lot rebuild and outdoor amphitheater on the table as the true cost of the school building project comes into sharper focus.   The School Committee engaged in the discussion during a presentation from building committee Chairman Mark Schiek, who reported that his committee at its May 4 meeting authorized its architect to do final design work and get an estimate


Berkshires Beat: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Annual Event Joins with Survivors Day
05:00PM / Monday, May 29, 2017

Kicking cancer: For the last few years, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., has hosted two cancer-related events during the first weekend in June: The Cancer Center Community Crusaders Day of Celebration on Saturday and National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday. For the first time in 2017, the events will be combined.

Both events will be held on Saturday, June 3. The program schedule begins with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Cupcake tasting, raffles, music and kids’ activities — like inflatable bounce houses and face painting—continue throughout the day.

Attendees are invited to tour the Cancer Center’s newest addition, the linear accelerator,


North County, Pittsfield Remember the Fallen on Memorial Day
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:38PM / Monday, May 29, 2017

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer speaks at Memorial Day services. See more photos from the event here. This Memorial Day, Mayor Linda Tyer put on a commemorative bracelet featuring the name of Marine Capt. Francis E. Visconti with the date of Nov. 22, 1965.   The bracelet was her mother's and it was supposed to be worn until the serviceman whose name is inscribed returns home, or his remains do.    At age 2, her father was deployed to Vietnam but she was too young to understand exactly what that meant. But a few years later, when she was age 6 or 7, she felt the "sad tug" at her heart.    "My mom and I were watching TV. There was video footage of


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