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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
11:28AM / Sunday, February 19, 2017

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virgina. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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BMC Rebuilt Surgical Residency Program Earns New Accreditation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:36AM / Sunday, February 19, 2017

Dr. Michael DiSiena worked to revamp the residency program, which received a new accreditation last month. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was 2014 when news came down that Berkshire Medical Center was losing most of its surgical residency program.   The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education pulled its accreditation and with it, a large part of the surgical unit's identity was going to change. The pool of residents shipped off to other hospitals and universities, dropping the total number of residents from around 15 to just two. The program head resigned.   Things were looking bleak and no matter what, the hospital had to find a way 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.
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
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Pittsfield Officer to Carry Torch in Austria For Special Olympics World Games
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:39AM / Saturday, February 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The job of a police officer means dealing with people on their worst days, day after day.   And it wears on the officers. Eight years ago, Officer Darren Derby started getting involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. He's raised more than a half-million dollars in support of those athletes.   He does it because he feels those athletes do more for him than he could ever do for them. They give him a joy that gets torn away from officers on a daily basis dealing with the worst of the worst.   "The job itself brings a tremendous amount of stress. A lot us wonder 'is this the right job for us,

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'The Oscar Picks: Betrayed': The Great Goldberger Squirrel Conspiracy of 2017
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:20PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

OK, maybe the Academy Award leak previously alleged to exist, the one the squirrels in my back yard either engineered or facilitated and which allowed me to successfully predict a good percentage of last year's Oscar winners, indeed exists. But first a little backstory for those unfamiliar with the bushy-tailed adventures of the Goldberger Squirrels.

Thankful for the assorted nuts I've occasionally thrown on the lawn to ensure their strength and safety against neighboring squirrels and other varmints who would illegally cross property lines to take what is rightfully theirs, last year the Goldberger Squirrels showed their loyalty with a bold act. Braving the gridlock caused by the

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@theMarket: Danger Zone
By Bill Schmick,
04:06PM / Friday, February 17, 2017



Something new is happening to the stock market, it has actually had two negative days in a row. That doesn't mean much after weeks of gains, but it just may signal a temporary halt to the Trump Rally.

My short-term target in this Trump-inspired rally was achieved this week. The benchmark index, the S&P 500, not only reached 2,330 (my target) this week, but went beyond it. The S&P 500 kept on climbing, reaching an intra-day, record-setting high of 2,351.31 on both Wednesday and Thursday. The index has subsequently fallen back but not by much.

The Dow, NASDAQ, the small-cap Russell 2000 Index, plus a slew of other averages also reached record highs. Make no mistake,

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Williams College Art Professor Has Book on 'Choice' List
01:10PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College art professor Guy Hedreen's book on the persona of the artist in ancient Greek art and literature is among several titles on the prestigious 2016 Choice list for Outstanding Academic Titles.

Choice is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Hedreen's book, "The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece" (Cambridge University Press, 2016), uses lyric poetry and pictorial art to explore the emergence of artistic subjectivity in early Greek culture.

Every year in the January issue, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that

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Mount Greylock Hires Architect to Look at Options for Capital Endowment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has decided to hire a Greenfield architect to help develop a plan to spend a $5 million capital endowment.   The school district received the gift from Williams College last year to help cover improvements not included in the $65 million addition/renovation project at the junior/senior high school.   The district received two responses to its requests for proposals to help determine cost projections for 10 potential projects ranging from a new parking lot to a home for the central administration offices shared by Williamstown's and Lanesborough's public schools to lighting and sound

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Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
BOSTON — State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.   Newly elected State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, was named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, as well as Senate vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.    He is also a member of the Joint Committees on Higher Education; Housing; Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery; Municipalities and Regional Government; and Intergovernmental Affairs. Hinds is also the Senate co-chair of the Rural Caucus

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The Independent Investor: 'Watch the Gap Please'
By Bill Schmick,
05:13PM / Thursday, February 16, 2017

If you haven't realized it by now, Medicare has a lot of "gaps" in its coverage. In order to close that gap, various private insurance companies offer plans that cover a lot of out-of-pocket costs — for a price.

Bare-bones Medicare coverage can leave you with some steep medical bills. As we discussed in our last column, if you are admitted to the hospital, for example, your first bill will tally $1,216 or more, which is the deductible you pay just for being admitted. After that, you pay 20 percent of the fee for every doctor visit, lab test, MRI, X-Ray and on and on. Remember, too, that there is no yearly limit for what you may have to pay beyond your basic Medicare

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School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School.   Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.   Hoch's budget calls for a 1.98 percent increase in the town's operating budget — a hike of $151,310 that is offset by increased revenue and a reduction in the town's debt obligations.   On the other hand, the Mount Greylock budget is coming in just more than 5 percent above FY17 — an increase that

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Williamstown to Propose Engineering Study to Look at Broadband
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town.   Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."   The committee recommended three avenues for the town to direct its efforts: press Charter Communications to see whether the cable company can improve on the speeds it needs to offer customers under

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Father Daughter Dance Set in North Adams
02:08PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.

Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val's in Adams and Where'd You Get That?! in Williamstown.

Due to safety concerns and requirements at the venue, the amount of tickets for sale this year has been reduced. Once you purchase your tickets please print your name on the back of each one as you can enter them in a drawing to win the door prize.

All proceeds of our dance go directly to supporting a local organization in our community. Details on Facebook.

 

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