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Williamstown Prudential Committee Thankful for College Contributions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Monday, June 29, 2015
Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley, left, and Fire Chief Craig Pedercini participate in last week's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — While some residents may have a love-hate relationship with the town's biggest landowner, the committee that governs the Fire District had nothing but praise for Williams College at its most recent meeting.   The Prudential Committee last Wednesday detailed how the college helps support fire protection in the Village Beautiful through monetary contributions and otherwise.   "The college has been very generous over the years letting guys serve," Prudential Committee Chairman John Notsley said, referring to the


Nominations Accepted for 2015 Woman of Achievement
11:36AM / Monday, June 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Business and Professional Women is accepting nominations for the 2015 "Woman of Achievement" award.

The award honors a Berkshire County woman for her considerable achievements and outstanding commitment to the community. The award will be presented at a dinner event Monday, Oct. 19, in celebration of National Women in Business Week. The monies raised at the dinner event are used for career advancement scholarships for Berkshire County women.

Berkshire Business and Professional Women has been honoring a local woman with this award since 1965. Past recipients include Dr. Ellen Kennedy, Ruth Blodgett, June Roy Martin, Christine Singer, Laurie


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 Economic Panel Hears From Local Business
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Monday, June 29, 2015
Realtor and Economic Development Committee member Paul Harsch records input from his group at Thursday's forum. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Econcomic Development Committee got an earful from the business community on Thursday.   Parking for brick-and-mortar businesses, better Internet service for companies that want to do business online and less red tape for all were some of the common concerns at a forum hosted by the committee.   "It there are two big problems, they would be parking and parking," deadpanned committee member Stephen Sheppard. "And the third problem would be parking. And, not to be redundant, there's also


Sagas of the Shire: The Madness of Sue Dunham
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
11:24PM / Sunday, June 28, 2015
Susan Dunham was a local legend in the hills and dales of the Berkshires.

SAVOY, Mass. — Author Thomas Pynchon called her "that beautiful and legendary drifter who last century had roamed all this hilltop country, exchanging babies and setting fires."

From depictions in literature and in visual art as well, there can be no doubt that the strange sad life of "Crazy Sue" left a significant impression, even on the memory of a region somewhat known for its eccentric characters.

"For fifty years, through the storms and heat, ice and snow, Sue traveled the roads of Berkshire, a poor, wild, aimless, and harmless being who recognized no family and no home,"


@the Market: Second Quarter Earnings on Deck
By Bill Schmick,
07:53PM / Sunday, June 28, 2015

Next week we get to do it all over again. The second quarter ends in three days and investors will begin to focus on company results once again. The first quarter was nothing to write home about and the second quarter may be more of the same.

The final revision of first quarter GDP resulted in a contraction of minus-0.02 percent, which was less than the minus-0.07 percent decline that was originally reported. The culprits: bad weather, the West Coast port disruptions, a decline in energy spending and a strong dollar. Over the second quarter some of these negatives should begin to dissipate.

Weather has taken care of itself. The ports are back to business, although the logjam that was


The Independent Investor: Tiny Houses Gain Appeal
By Bill Schmick,
05:01PM / Saturday, June 27, 2015

In this era of tight credit, high-priced McMansions and rapid life-style changes, the American Housing Dream may no longer be defined as a three-bedroom homestead on half an acre.

For many Americans of all ages, there is a movement afoot to downsize their living space dramatically.

The typical American house is around 2,600 square feet. Until recently, builders were taking the "barbell approach" by building bigger and bigger homes at one extreme and smaller and smaller apartments on the other. This trend, I suspect, largely reflected the growing disparity toward higher income inequality in this country. The rich, builders reasoned, wanted and could afford the sprawling


The Mom Review: Fairy Tales Come True at Jacob's Pillow
By Rebecca Dravis,
12:23PM / Friday, June 26, 2015

The stepsisters, far right, stole the show at 'Cinderella.'

BECKET, Mass. — One of the most amazing things about the New York Theatre Ballet's production of "Cinderella" was revealed after the show during a post-show question-and-answer session at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival on Thursday evening.

In a response to an audience question about the company's outreach in New York City Schools, founder and artistic director Diana Byer explained that the company had expanded a program that took children living in homeless shelters and introduced them to dance for two weeks to a scholarship program for children with talent and passion for


Mount Greylock Building Committee Adds Renovation Option
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Friday, June 26, 2015
Mount Greylock School Building Committee checks out the basement of MCLA's Murdock Hall, part of a tour of the building. The committee's architects, Design Partnership of Cambridge, did the renovation of the historic building. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday decided to add another renovation option to the two already being analyzed by architect Design Partnership of Cambridge.   At its most recent meeting, the committee moved forward two addition/renovation plans and one new building design, the minimum required at this stage of the Massachusetts School Building Authority's feasibility study.   But on Thursday,


'Inside Out': Out and Out Insightful
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:41PM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Walt Disney Studios We're feeling really good about Pixar's latest production that follows the anthropormophized antics of real emotions.

Directors Peter Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen's "Inside Out," an animated delight about the human psyche, sublimely bridges the parent-child gap and manages to be fully entertaining on several wonderfully perceptive levels.

It is that rare breed of cinema that, without kowtowing compromise, plays to all groups along the age spectrum. Tapping into heartwarming wisdom and proffering universal truths, it's charmingly indiscernible as


Berkshire Mountaineers Head to AAU Nationals
By Shannon Boyer, Sports
02:02PM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
“All joking aside” seems to be the perfect idiom for the 11th grade Berkshire Mountaineers girls AAU team in the 2015 season.   After winning the Massachusetts Division 3 State Championship, they proved that it was no joke and that a trip to Nationals in Florida was in order for planning.   “Jon [Frederick] and I had an ongoing joke with the girls that if we won this tournament we would go to Florida and play in the national tournament,” head coach Frank Field said. “Well, I thought it was just a joke until about 60 seconds after the finals match and one of the girls came up to us and said ‘Okay, let’s start planning our trip to


Williamstown Housing Trust OKs Three Grant Applications
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:31AM / Thursday, June 25, 2015
Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Richard DeMayo conducts Wednesday's meeting with Trustee Ruth Harrison. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday evening approved three new grants under its Mortgage Assistance Program.   The grants of $15,000 each will help two first-time homebuyers and one family displaced by the loss of a job at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, according to the senior vice president of Adams Community Bank who presented the applications to the board.   "I'm pleased to see that in response to the question, 'Would this loan be possible without the grant funds,' the answer is 'No,' "


North County Bids Farewell to NBCC Leader Bashevkin
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:45PM / Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NBCC's outgoing founder Alan Bashevkin was surprised at his farewell party with Red Sox paraphernalia and that the Sox were retiring his number (which really wasn't true.) See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's been a series of goodbyes for Alan Bashevkin.

The founder and longtime leader of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition announced in March that he was stepping down after 29 years "to try something different."

Community and agency officials have taken notice: the state Department of Public Health awarded him the 2015 Commissioners Leadership Award in April, he said his goodbyes at the annual NBCC meeting last week and on Friday was

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