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Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Celebrates 90th Anniversary
12:06PM / Friday, May 31, 2019

LENOX, Mass. — This year marks the 90th anniversary of Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the popular regional resource for outdoor exploration and nature connection is marking the milestone with a multi-event celebration extending from spring into fall.

The salute to the 1,400-acre-wildlife sanctuary — and how it has both engaged the Berkshires community while positively impacting residents and visitors — will focus on four major events:

* Family Fun Day, a free community event on June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that features nature exploration activities, live-animal presentations, music, and nature arts and crafts;

* Wild Thing Trail Race and


Five Williams Seniors Awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Fellowships
11:04AM / Friday, May 31, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Office of Fellowships has awarded Hubbard Hutchinson Memorial Fellowships to five graduating seniors pursuing careers in the arts: Leonard Bopp (music), eva henderson (art), Story Ponvert (creative writing), Thomas Robertshaw (theater) and Nicholas Wallach (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 $25,000 are awarded in the categories of writing, art, dance, theater and music.
Bopp, a music and English major from Schenectady, N.Y., will study


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

Red Cross Urges Safety Measures Around Pools, Swimming Areas
10:37AM / Friday, May 31, 2019

As the weather warms, people begin to open their pools and visit swimming areas including beaches, lakes and rivers. The Red Cross urges Massachusetts residents to learn how to be safe around bodies of water.

First, residents should secure their pools when they are not in use. This includes:

* Completely surrounding the pool with four-sided isolation fencing with a self-closing and self-latching gate that is out of the reach of a child.

* Installing a four-sided isolation fence (separating the pool area from the house and yard), which reduces a child’s risk of drowning 83 percent compared to three-sided property-line fencing.

* For above-ground pools, securing, locking or


Only One Complaint Lodged Against Mount Greylock Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Friday, May 31, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Despite a maelstrom of social media chatter and an online petition that generated nearly 250 signatures, the Mount Greylock Regional School district has to date received just one formal complaint against its superintendent in the nearly three years she has occupied the corner office.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady has directed the district continuously since she was appointed acting superintendent in the fall of 2016.   The district has received one formal complaint against her, in March of this year.   In Grady's capacities as acting superintendent and later superintendent, she has answered directly to the Mount Greylock Regional School


The Independent Investor: Cost of Caregiving Keeps Climbing
By Bill Schmick,
07:05PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
If you thought the nation has problems with Social Security and Medicare, you ain't seen nothing yet. Today, more than two-thirds of Americans assume they will be able to rely on a family member to meet their long-term care needs if needed. My advice: don't count on it, and here's why.   As it stands today, one-third of all U.S. families provide long-term care for a disabled or elderly family member. You may have guessed that two-thirds of those caregivers are women, although why it should be deemed a woman's task alone is beyond me.   If you want to look at the upside to care-giving, you could say that caring for a loved one who needs our help, is a chance to pay


'Aladdin': Wishful Thinking
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:07PM / Thursday, May 30, 2019
Three wishes. It sure seems like a lot. One would think you could solve all the world's problems as well as a few of your own if a genie granted them to you. But after mulling director Guy Ritchie's adaptation of the "One Thousand and One Nights" Arabian folktale Disney first treated us to in 1992, I'm still not certain how I'd proceed.    Are you sure you can't wish for more wishes? Yeah, I know, I know. That's the way it has to be. You see, it's all part of a built-in lesson about hopes, aspirations and the human condition, brought to the silver screen here in fine fettle.   Rated PG and boasting a bevy of positive beliefs, with special


Street Lighting Big Topic at Williamstown Fire District Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:42AM / Thursday, May 30, 2019

Williamstown Prudential Committee members, from left, Ed Briggs, Ed McGowan and John Notsley, participate in Tuesday's annual district meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several residents concerned about the threat of light pollution Tuesday pressed the leaders of the fire district to rethink a plan to replace town's street lights.   The occasion was the annual fire district meeting at Williamstown Elementary School, where voters re-elected a longtime member of the three-person Prudential Committee that governs the district and passed seven spending articles, including the omnibus $488,151 operating budget for fiscal year 2020.   But the expenditure that drew the


Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Hillsmen Take Home Awards
11:22AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Berkshire Hillsmen compete

The Berkshire Hillsmen, the Pittsfield chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, participated in the Western Regional Competition of the Northeastern District of BHS in Lake George, N.Y., on May 3 and 4. The Berkshire Hillsmen were awarded the 2019 Mountain Division Small Chorus Championship Trophy as a result of their performance. Berkshire Blend, the chapter’s quartet entry, won the 2019 Mountain Division Novice Quartet Championship.

The Northeastern District (NED) is made up of five divisions. The competition that took place in Lake George was for the Mountain and Yankee Divisions. The Mountain Division comprises of Western Massachusetts, New York from


Strong Towns Founder Brings Community Development Strategies to Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mill Town Capital organized both a large presentation at Barrington Stage in the evening and a small one for those involved in local community development. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Charles Marohn believes that humans are basically wired to highly value the immediate positive while discounting long-term negatives.   That's a well recognized and documented psychology. It explains why many people will eat poor food and sit down in front of a television rather than go to the gym.   But Marohn's specialty isn't psychology. He's a civil engineer. So why was he talking psychology in a room full of government officials and city planners?   "This is a


Mount Greylock School Committee Puts Turf Field Out to Bid
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:20AM / Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Mount Greylock School Committee Vice Chairwoman Regina DiLego, right, will be filling in for Chairman Joe Bergeron while he takes a temporary leave of absence from the panel. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday moved a step closer to building an artificial turf field on the Cold Spring Road campus.   By a unanimous vote, the five members of the School Committee at a special meeting decided to put to bid a field renovation plan that will include construction of an artificial field that will serve the school's soccer, lacrosse and football programs as well as providing more outdoor access to physical education classes at the


Williamstown Fire District Election, Meeting Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Monday, May 27, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District will hold its annual election and meeting on Tuesday at Williamstown Elementary School.   The polls will open at 6 p.m. for the annual election of officers and close at 8 p.m., to be followed by the meeting, where voters will be asked to approve, among other things, the district's nearly half-million dollar operating budget for fiscal year 2020.   One item on the meeting warrant is a complement to an article that passed without commen at last week's annual town meeting.   Without debate, town voters on a voice vote authorized the Select Board to seek a permanent easement on a Main Street parcel that the fire

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Williams Softball Finishes Fifth at DIII World Series
09:27PM / Saturday, May 25, 2019
TYLER, Texas -- Michaela Hartline homered twice for Trine in a 10-7 win over Williams College that ended the Ephs' run at the Division III College World Series on Saturday.   Kirstin Mapes and Casey Pelz each homered for Williams, which got a 2-for-3 performance at the plate from Rebecca Duncan.   Duncan was one of three pitchers used by Williams, throwing 3-1/3 innings and allowing two earned runs.   The Ephs left the University of Texas-Tyler with a fifth-place finish in the nation and the second-best effort in program history, a 39-7 record, which tied the 2018 team's mark.


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