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MCLA Opens 125th Year With New Strategies, Initiatives
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:31PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

President James Birge pulls tickets for some gift certificates as a thank you to the attendees.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Some legislators are calling it the "year of education" but for Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it's not about one year but about 125 years of education.

The college will celebrate its quasquicentennial in 2019 with a series of events, exhibitations, signage and celebrations. President Jamie Birge announced the anniversary along with other college news as the spring semester kickoff breakfast held in the Centennial Room on Tuesday morning.

Established in 1894 as the North Adams Normal School to train teachers, the college has gone through a

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Gas, Avangrid Foundation Supports Girls Inc. STEM Program
01:55PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Eureka! moments

The Girls Inc. Eureka! program at the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center has received continued support from the Avangrid Foundation, in partnership with Berkshire Gas. Eureka! brings girls in the Berkshires a unique opportunity to explore STEM-related subjects through intensive, hands-on programming over five years.

The first Eureka! cohort was launched in July 2018, made up of 14 girls entering eighth grade. The girls immersed themselves in a four-week summer experience studying a range of STEM subjects including physics, biology and environmental science with area professors from Berkshire Community College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on site at


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

Redefining Good Health - And Good Health Care
By Lia Spiliotes,
12:08PM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

A federal court ruling in December declaring that ACA unconstitutional raised yet another alarm-raiser for Obamacare customers around the country. Again, in the delicate realm of subsidized insurance, ACA customers were asking: Should I reapply? Is the ACA dead?  Will my coverage be canceled?

For now, the foreseeable future, the ACA remains the law of the land as this latest upheaval makes its way through the courts. Obamacare has withstood numerous challenges and two Supreme Court appeals, so advocates recommend people stay the course and get covered. During the recent enrollment period, which ended Jan. 23 in Massachusetts, our insurance counselors at Community Health Programs


Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:57AM / Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The year ahead offers new opportunities and experiences. But as you make plans throughout 2019, be mindful of the things that can derail those plans – such as the natural disasters that affected so many families in 2018. Every area around the country is subject to natural disasters, whether they're wildfires, hurricanes or tornadoes. How can you prepare for them?

Here are a few suggestions:

Maintain adequate insurance. It's a good idea to review your homeowners insurance at least annually to ensure it's still providing the protection you need. And make sure you know exactly what your policy covers in terms of natural disasters. You will also want to review your life and


Hinds Rolling Out 'Rural Agenda' In New Legislative Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is pushing a "rural agenda" in the new legislative term.   The Pittsfield Democrat is filing more than 60 bills, many of which are aimed at helping small rural areas. While he represents the Berkshires' only two cities, the bulk of his constituents reside in 50 towns spread over three counties. They have an average population of 1,900, ranging from Adams' at 8,200 people to Monroe with only 95.   "We really go through with what are we doing for a rural jobs act, trying to take away a lot of the problems that our towns face like PILOT payments, trying to get a PILOT commission. We are stick with the volunteer

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Williamstown Planning Board Plans Wednesday Info Session on Bylaw Proposals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board will hold an information session to discuss its proposed zoning bylaw amendments on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.   After months of debate and public input at its regular monthly meetings, the panel has crafted two proposals that allow more flexibility to homeowners who want to put a second or third dwelling unit on a residential lot.   Specifically, the proposals would: eliminate a maximum square-footage requirement on second units within an existing home; allow conversion of a single-family home to a two-family home on a non-conforming lot with the approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals; increase the


MLK Committee, Shine Wire Recognize Drug Recovery Group Founder
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK Committee members Kathy Keeser and Alex Daugherty speak at Monday's Martin Luther King Day gathering.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee awarded Kenna Waterman the 2019 Peacemaker Award and Shine Wire contributed almost $40,000 to her cause.    After a morning of community service Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, those who took the day on instead of the day off met at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to recognize local community leader and addiction assistance advocate Kenna Waterman.   "It is an honor to be recognized for using my voice and telling my story and spreading my passion for assistance and recovery


Berkshires Beat: Clark Art Institute Launches Free Snowshoe Program
01:53PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
Now that there's snow

The Clark Art Institute has launched a new snowshoe program to encourage exploration of the winter beauty of its Williamstown campus. Project Snowshoe provides visitors with the chance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Clark to trek the 140-acre campus during snow season. Details on snowshoe safety are available on the Clark's website.

The Clark has installed a snowshoe rack and benches adjacent to the west side of its Manton Research Center building. Snowshoes are available in three sizes for both adults and children to borrow. Visitors who prefer to use poles are welcome to bring their own. Participants should observe safety precautions, including


Hoosac Valley's Puppolo Joins DI Ranks Sports,
01:12PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
Hoosac Valley High School graduate Kali Puppolo Saturday signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Manhattan College and play softball for the Division I Jaspers.   Puppolo is in her second year at Herkimer College in New York, where she pitched a team-best 113 innings for the Division III junior college powerhouse.   Puppolo 15-3-1 with a 2.29 ERA for the Generals, who advanced to the title game of the NJCAA DIII National Championship.   Manhattan went 28-25 last spring, advancing to the semi-finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.   There is a fair amount of local talent already competing at the Division I level this winter.   On the basketball court,


SNAP Clients to Receive February Benefits Early
11:58AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Family Services of Community Health Programs advises SNAP clients that February benefits are being distributed early.

Clients are encouraged to budget this early February payment accordingly, as future benefits may not be reloaded until after the partial government shutdown comes to an end.

SNAP is the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for income-eligible individuals and families. Benefits are administered by the state.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) benefits will continue and can be accessed as usual. CHP will communicate any WIC updates to clients, as information is available.

Any South County WIC or


Health Drives Much of Pignatelli's Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, January 21, 2019
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli heard a story about a police officer who had witnessed someone die from an overdose while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.   Not all first-responders carry Narcan, which reverses opioid overdoses, and Pignatelli believes that if that officer's Police Department had it, the person could have lived.    "I am filing a bill that requires all first-responders to carry Narcan. We have this opioid epidemic all throughout Massachusetts and I find that several communities or first-responders do not carry Narcan," Pignatelli said.    "For instance, even locally the state police carry

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'EAT' Restaurant in Williamstown Opens in Colonial Plaza
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

EAT opened in a former pizzeria in the Colonial Shopping Center. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — EAT brings casual fresh Italian cuisine to town.   Owner Scott Grupe said when he cooks anything, above all it needs to be fresh.   "Everything is made from scratch," he said. "Everything including all of sauces, dressings, and dough. Pretty much everything."   Grupe said this was true of his last restaurant, East Arlington Takeout in Vermont, which he ran for six years. He said he has brought the same quality and inspired name (East Arlington Takeout or EAT) to Berkshire County.   He began considering a move about a year ago. His daughter goes to school


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