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MCLA Announces Distinguished Alumni Awards
12:46PM / Friday, September 29, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts announces that this year's Distinguished Alumni Awards were given to Jamal Ahamad '11, Wayne A. Soares '89, Susan A. Bell '97, Russell J. Pearce '60, Daniel J. Trombley '90 and Ellen L. Kennedy '83, who were honored at an awards ceremony as part of MCLA's annual reunion weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Ahamad received the Young Alumnus Award, which is presented to the individual who, within 10 years of their MCLA commencement, has shown significant growth in their chosen profession and/or career path, received recognition as an emerging leader through professional and/or community achievements,

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Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to Governor's Race
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Friday, September 29, 2017

The Needham Democrat stopped at Dottie's for coffee and conversations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jay Gonzalez sees a lack of leadership coming from the governor's office.   The Needham Democrat says when it comes to transportation, health care, and early childhood education, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is happy with "the status quo."   "He's way too satisfied with the status quo. He is too often on the sidelines when he should be fighting for people. I think his approach to the job has been one where he basically looks at what we have and where we are and is trying to just do the best with what we have as opposed to figuring out where we need to

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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.
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Grant Helps Spread the 'Bee Friendly Williamstown' Buzz
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, September 29, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received a $9,120 grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at University of Massachusetts at Lowell to further its efforts to become "Bee Friendly Williamstown."

Last May, Williamstown residents approved a non-binding resolution declaring the town a pollinator-friendly community. The resolution seeks to change residential and institutional landscaping practices by promoting ways to reduce the use of pesticides and herbicides that scientists believe are killing bee populations.

Building on that, the town has partnered with several local organizations - Caretaker Farm, the Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema, Sam and Elizabeth Smith,

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Panel Explores Big Challenges Facing Local Education System
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Friday, September 29, 2017

The forum was moderated by NAACP President Dennis Powell and included Alicia Costa from Working Cities, Brendan Sheran from Pittsfield High School, Andrea Wadsworth from the Lee School Committee, and William Cameron, the former superintendent of the Central Berkshire Regional School District. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Education advocates have identified some major issues facing the future of the county's public school system in health insurance, private educational institutions, transportation, funding, and population.    On Thursday, Jobs with Justice held a forum to bring those issues to the forefront, hoping to build momentum behind solving the problems.   The

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Letter: Bosley Strongest Candidate for 1st Berkshire
04:43PM / Thursday, September 28, 2017

To the editor:

Who I vote for in our district state representative primary was considerably harder decision than our choices for mayoral preliminary. We have four candidates that all have qualifications to work in the State House, but none have served in a public elected state level before. When they walk into the chambers their first time they will be a junior state rep starting relationships, networking with incumbents, and making connections.

The word "connections" is key to me when thinking long term. Who do I feel will listen to the citizens in our district versus being influenced by those on the other side of the state, and will take what they hear from us and bring it to

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Letter: Towle Most Qualified for State Representative
04:40PM / Thursday, September 28, 2017

To the Editor:

I am supporting Kevin Towle for state representative for the 1st Berkshire District for several reasons.

I have worked with Kevin on the Lanesborough Economic Development Committee. His work ethic on this committee has been extraordinary. He has offered to take on projects involving analysis and research, charting results and has always come through with a final product that is most impressive. He has worked with students at Williams College inviting them to be part of many projects to assist in adding value to our work from the perspective of academia. He offers a lot of energy and knowledge to assist on this team at so many levels.

Knowing that he interned at the age of

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Letter: Suicide Prevention Walk Set in Adams
04:00PM / Thursday, September 28, 2017

To the Editor:

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 34; it is the only leading cause of death to have increased every year of the past decade. (Statistics provided by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention).

Members of the Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention Board (BCSP) recently met with a group of youths to talk about the risks to the emotional and mental health of young people exposed to deliberately cruel posts on social media. We discussed how forums intended to foster communication can be used to bully others, and how victims of cyber bullying can feel increased isolation and anxiety and experience low

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Nurses Association Endorses Towle in 1st Berkshire Primary
03:37PM / Thursday, September 28, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Massachusetts Nurses Association has announced its endorsement on Kevin Towle in the Democratic Primary for state representative for the First Berkshire District.   "The MNA enthusiastically endorses Kevin Towle in the upcoming special election in the 1st Berkshire District," said Donna Kelly Williams, a registered nurse and president of the MNA. "Kevin understands the vital role nurses play in delivering safe, high-quality patient care and will advocate for efforts to improve that care."   "The MNA and its members are vital to the health of the Berkshires. It is important that we stand together in support of their fight for

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'Brad's Status': What's It All About, Alfie?
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:31PM / Thursday, September 28, 2017
In "Brad's Status," Brad Sloan nearly drives us crazy with his unremitting regret and self-doubt as he accompanies his son, Troy, played by Austin Abrams, to look at colleges in Boston. Oh, we all do it. That's how we keep score. It's just that Brad, portrayed by Ben Stiller, is especially effective in showing us how unattractive this practice seems if not kept in check. Still, we are compelled to commiserate, appreciating that Stiller's imaging of the neurotic, 21st century everyman adds an insightful chapter to the human comedy.   Written and directed by Mike White, Brad's travail is entertaining in that alternately painful and bittersweet way, when

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Williams Field Hockey Comes Back for Road Win
09:25PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Hannah Goodrick scored a goal and assisted on two more Wednesday to lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 5-1 come-from-behind win at Springfield College.   The Ephs scored five goals in the second half to erase a half-time deficit.   Julia Cochran, Alex Bennett, Molly Lohss and Libby Dolan each scored a goal for the Ephs (6-2).   Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combined to make four saves for Williams, which hosts Connecticut College on Saturday.

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New York/Berkshire Rail Group Begins Research Into Passenger Service
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:44PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The working group is looking for ways to bring seasonal weekend rail service between NYC and the Berkshires. LENOX, Mass. — The working group looking to develop New York-to-Pittsfield passenger rail is beginning a deep dive into collating data and reaching out to possible stakeholders.   The initial focus will be on local connections, market potential, and railroad capacity issues as the group prepares a report to be delivered to the Legislature in March.    "It's an exciting charge that we have before us," said state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, who is spearheading the project and authored the legislation directing it. "The highlights are

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Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food
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12:03PM / Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Farmers market displays are colorful and eye-catching.

Some local food enthusiasts have called September "the best food month." All of the summer's produce — tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers and sweet corn — is still available locally, and the fall vegetables, like squash and parsnips, are coming ready too.

If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.

As you enter the market you will notice the beauty

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