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Williamstown Finance Endorses Police Station, School Regionalization
Elisabeth Goodman was elected to chair Williamstown's Finance Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Wednesday heard about three projects that town voters will be asked to support at special meetings over the next few weeks.   The committee voted unanimously to support the plan of
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Work Group Discusses Stigma Associated With Heroin Use
  Michaels said the cost to society in dealing with substance use issues is in the $400 billion range. But, most of that is dedicated to dealing with the consequences after and not prevention or treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Terms like junky, addict, drug abuser, clean versus dirty, carry a
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The Independent Investor: Taketh Care of Your Workers and They Will Taketh Care of You
Employers have had it all their own way for a decade or more. They have been able to freeze wages, cut benefits, force overtime and even deny vacations with impunity. Now, for many, it's time to pay the piper.   There is a saying, "what goes around, comes around," which means in this case that if you have spent years
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Williamstown's Hirsch Scores in Williams Men's Soccer Win
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown's Eric Hirsch scored in the 36th minute Wednesday to lift the Williams College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win over Hamilton at Cole Field.   The Mount Greylock graduate gave the Ephs (8-1, 3-1-4 NESCAC) a 2-0 lead after Mark Sisco-Tolomeo's goal two minutes earlier gave Williams an
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BRPC Launching Search For New Executive Director
Nathaniel Karns is looking to retire in the first half of next year. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC's search for a new director will begin in earnest next month.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Nathaniel Karns is planning to retire in early 2018. A search committee has been formed
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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Because of recent inquiries and reports from the public about turkeys acting aggressively toward people, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is offering information about turkey behavior, tips to prevent turkey conflicts, and what to do if your town has an issue with an aggressive
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Put Lessons From 'Retirement Week' to Work
To raise public awareness about the importance of saving for retirement, Congress has designated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. What lessons can you learn from this event? First of all, save early – and save often. Too many people put off saving for retirement until they are in their late 40s –
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Holiday Festivals and Craft Fairs 2017
This is the season of harvest bazaars, holiday craft fairs and art shows. This list will be regularly updated throughout the fall. Send submissions to info@iberkshires.com.   Saturday, Oct. 21 CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE, Dalton, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: The annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale at the Dalton Senior Center, sponsored by
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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017
Trick-or-treaters around Berkshire County and beyond will be donning costumes and ringing doorbells in anticipation of treats on Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. Remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours on
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Mount Greylock Asks Towns to Put Regional Expansion to Vote
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to ask voters to approve the region's expansion to include Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary schools.   But there may be one more School Committee meeting to approve the final regional agreement language voters will
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