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Young People Set to Lift the Spirits of Berkshire Seniors With Valentine's Cards
02:10PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — More than 15.5 million seniors in America live alone and face isolation due to declining mobility and geographic location. To help combat the negative effects of isolation, DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change, has teamed up with Meals on Wheels America, the oldest and largest national organization supporting community-based senior nutrition programs, for the fourth annual Love Letters campaign.

Berkshire seniors served by Elder Services of Berkshire County are set to receive handmade Valentine's Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country this Valentine's Day.

"Social connection and

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Social Justice Discussion Set for Jan. 26 at Simon's Rock
01:11PM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Berkshire Magazine, Multicultural BRIDGE and Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host a talk on "Social Justice: Ethics, Writing and Reporting for Social Change" on Thursday, Jan. 26.

The workshop "Just Journalism: A Workshop on Public Writing" with speakeasy@simons-rock.edu will be held at 5 p.m.; students are first priority.

The summit begins at 7 p.m. featuring Anastasia Stanmeyer, Berkshire Magazine editor, as moderator and panelist.  Eugenie Sills, founder of Womens Times and principal of TWT Media, and Jenn Smith of the Berkshire Eagle, also will participate on the panel.

Journalists, students, and the general public are

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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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When Do You Need a Financial Adviser?
11:23AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Are you a "do-it-yourselfer"? If you can take care of home repairs, lawn work and other types of maintenance by yourself, you'll save money and probably gain satisfaction. But you will almost certainly need some help in other areas of your life – one of which may be investing.

In fact, you could benefit from the services of a professional financial advisor at several points in your life:

* When you're starting out in your career: When you land your first "career-type" job, you will have some financial decisions to make: Should I participate in my employer's 401(k) or other retirement plan? (Hint: Yes!) If so, how much should I contribute? How can I

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Hinds, Mark Re-File Bill Aimed To Help Volunteer Ambulance Services
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A bill to change the staffing requirements of an ambulance service could be a game changer for struggling volunteer services.   But, the state Department of Public Health has opposed the bill in previous legislative sessions.   State Sen. Adam Hinds and state Rep. Paul Mark have sponsored a bill that would alleviate the requirement that two emergency medical technicians be on every basic life support transports. The change would allow for first responders, who are slightly less trained, to be drivers during those calls while a certified EMT handles patient care in the back.   "There are a number of communities in the district that bump up

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Williamstown Selectmen Look at Cooperation Beyond Town's Border
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dave Irwin of Adelson & Co. walks the Board of Selectmen through the details of the town's fiscal 2016 audit. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Regional cooperation was on the minds of selectmen on Monday night.   The Board of Selectmen meeting touched on several areas where the town can interact with its neighbors in North Berkshire and beyond, starting with a shared services arrangement with the town of Lanesborough.   Williamstown and Lanesborough already are linked through their membership in a two-town regional middle-high school district. On Monday, Williamstown officials approved an agreement that allows Town Planner Andrew Groff to work 10 hours per month with

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Gov. Charlie Baker Delivers Second State of the Commonwealth
08:49PM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Baker kicked off his speech focusing on economic growth through the state. BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker delivered his second State of the Commonwealth address Tuesday night highlighting successes in a number of areas and setting the groundwork for the next year.   Baker highlighted work on the economy, fiscal management, the Department of Children and Families, energy, high-speed internet, education, local municipal help, and more to say the "state of the Commonwealth is strong."   But, he said there is more work to do and despite changes on the federal level, he vowed to continue focusing on moving Massachusetts forward.   His remarks as prepared

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Mount Greylock Grads Competing on College Ski Circuit
12:24AM / Tuesday, January 24, 2017
The collegiate ski season got under way this weekend in Lake Placid, N.Y., where several Mount Greylock alumni were in action for their respective collegiate teams.   Williams College senior Luke Costley helped the Ephs finish sixth at the season-opening St. Lawrence Carnival. On Day 1, Costley placed 13th in the 1.5-kilometer classic sprint race.   Williams’ ski teams -- downhill and cross country -- combined to finish in sixth place after two days of competition at Whiteface and Mount Van Hoevenberg.   Colby College senior Kat Chenail helped the Mules place fourth in the event. Chenail was 67th on Saturday in a 5K skate race.   Freshmen Grace Smith and Ian

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Berkshires Beat: Human Library at Williams Seeks 'Books'
02:22PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Only human: Williams College is seeking "books" for its sixth annual Human Library, taking place on Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Paresky Center. Founded in 2001 in Denmark, The Human Library project aims to "promote human rights and social cohesion … create greater understanding between people… and provide a safe space where people can learn more about each other and work through stereotypes and discrimination present in our community in order to ultimately forge new connections between people."

The Human Library event has been held at Williams annually since 2012. A Human Library has "books" and

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Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program
01:35PM / Monday, January 23, 2017

Looking good: The American Cancer Society is seeking Pittsfield-area volunteer cosmetologists for its Look Good Feel Better program that instructs women who are undergoing cancer treatment beauty, skin care and hair techniques. The program runs at many locations in Massachusets, including Berkshire Hematology Oncology.

Look Good Feel Better is a free, non-medical, salon and product-neutral program offered through a collaboration between the American Cancer Society, the Personal Care Products Council Foundation and the Professional Beauty Association. The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their

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Greylock Youth Basketball's 'Big Three' Shine in Weekend Wins
07:58AM / Monday, January 23, 2017
Derek Paris scored 15 points, and Malcolm Waynick added 11 Sunday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 48-34 win over Mount Everett.   Oscar low chipped in with seven for Greylock (3-2 in the Berkshire County League), which plays Lenox on Saturday.   Jack Carpenter scored 15, and Kolby Bleau had 11 for Mount Everett.   On Saturday, Greylock beat CYC of Pittsfield, 42-31. Three players finished in double figures for Greylock: Paris with 13, Waynick with 11 and Low with 10.   “When Low, Paris and Waynick can score in double digits, we love our chances,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “It usually happens when we

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Williamstown Community Preservation Panel OKs 8 Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, January 22, 2017

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After an evening filled with votes, revotes, bargaining and multiple appeals from some applicants, the Community Preservation Committee on Tuesday finalized the recommendations for funding it will send to town meeting later this year.

In the end, all eight of the applicants received positive recommendations from the eight-person committee, which has the responsibility of vetting proposals and crafting articles for the annual town meeting warrant.

Four of the projects were recommended out of committee with the full funding requested. Four saw their requests trimmed as the committee struggled to develop some fiscal discipline and maintain some of

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Berkshire County Women Head to DC Women's March
10:24PM / Friday, January 20, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — iBerkshires rarely gets a chance to report outside its coverage area because of our focus on local news.

There's the occasional jaunt to Boston, Greenfield, Springfield, Bennington, Vt., and even Albany, N.Y.

But Friday night I'll be on a bus headed to the Women's March on Washington with a group from North County. Readers can follow along on my Twitter feed @iBerk_Editor and we'll have a story posted later on the front page.

Those interested in the march can also attend a free event the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield from 10 to 2 on Saturday hosted by WAM Theatre. The event is being held thanks to an anonymous donor covering the rental fee but

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