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Williamstown's Art Chairing Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:48AM / Friday, February 07, 2020

Tom Matuszko, left, of BRPC and Hank Art appear before the Select Board to discuss the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership last year. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership took a half-dozen years to come to fruition, but its member towns are wasting no time taking advantage of the opportunities it provides.   "We were only authorized in the fall, and there's been a round of small grants," Williamstown representative Henry Art said last week. "Ten towns have applied for $25,000 $20,000 in grants from the state for trails and access improvement or carbon sequestration projects. … The towns will manage woodlands not just for saw


Williams College, North Adams Public Schools Present 'Let's Dance!' Performance
03:20PM / Thursday, February 06, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with the Dance Department, the Center for Learning in Action and the North Adams Public Schools, has expanded its dance program "Let's Dance!"

Piloted last spring, "Let's Dance!" brings NAPS students from the 21st Century Afterschool program to Williams for a multi-week learning experience, offering students in grades three through five an introduction to the basic concepts of ballet and modern dance. After the success of the spring 2019 program, Let's Dance! has been expanded, with the generous support of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, to a full-year program


Berkshires Beat: Schools Sought for Humane Society PAWS Read-A-Thon
12:39PM / Thursday, February 06, 2020
PAWS Read-A-Thon

For the first time in the program's five-year history, Berkshire Humane Society will open its annual PAWS Read-A-Thon to all pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in Berkshire County.  Materials to participate are available online and the deadline to apply is Feb. 10.

In the PAWS Read-A-Thon, children find sponsors to pledge an amount to donate to Berkshire Humane Society for each minute the child reads during March, National Reading Month. Prizes are awarded to top readers and schools in various categories. Each child enrolled in the read-a-thon will receive a Berkshire Humane Society goody bag.

In the past, Berkshire Humane Society worked with a


Vermont State Police Welcome Newest K9 Member
02:35PM / Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Det. Trooper Chris Hunt and Loki. WATERBURY, Vt. — The newest member of the Vermont State Police will be making her public debut on Friday at the State House in Montpelier.    Ten-week-old Loki, a Plott hound, will specialize in tracking missing people and fugitives from the law. She is the state police's first hound dog in more than 30 years.   She arrived in her new home in the Green Mountains last week accompanied by her handler, Detective Trooper Chris Hunt, who traveled to Houston, Texas, to pick up Loki from the breeder.   State police say Loki has long, floppy ears and likes frolic with co-worker but also has a "powerful nose for public


Be Aware of Social Security Myths
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:34PM / Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Social Security can be one source of retirement income for you and your spouse. To maximize your benefits, you will need to make some key decisions and be aware of some common myths.

• Myth 1: Always take Social Security early. You can file for Social Security benefits as early as 62, but you could get 25 percent to 30 percent more if you wait until your "full" retirement age (likely between 66 and 67). You can receive even more if you wait until 70, at which point your benefits will "max out." However, there's no right time to file for everyone – it depends on your situation, including factors such as your life expectancy, employment, financial need and


'No Visible Bruises': Presentation on Domestic Abuse Slated Thursday
03:46AM / Monday, February 03, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nine people have died from domestic violence in Bekshire County in the last three years.     Requests for restraining orders is 33 percent higher in Berkshire County than in the rest of the state.   "Those are indicators that we have a problem," says District Attorney Andrea Harrington, describing it as a public health issue as much as a crime issue.   Harrington's office, through the Berkshire Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force, is bringing award-winning journalist Rachel Louise Snyder to Pittsfield to speak about her latest book, "No Visible Bruises: What We Don't Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill


Veteran Spotlight: Cpl. Massaconi and Terror of Iwo Jima
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:25PM / Sunday, February 02, 2020

Cheeso Massaconi entered the service in 1942. CHESHIRE, Mass. — Many people tend to overuse the word "amazing," however, in the case of this week's featured veteran, it is entirely appropriate.   [Charles] Narcheeso "Cheeso" Massaconi is a lifelong resident of Cheshire and served his country admirably in the Army from 1942 to 1945. My interview with Massaconi took place in his own man cave (his garage) and was an evening of pure enjoyment, complete with, peppers, cheese, sopressata, a little bit of wine and an abundance of history.    "We didn't have much, but we made the most of what we had" said the 97-year-old veteran, and


BArT Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
12:50PM / Sunday, February 02, 2020

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the second quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Grade Six

High honors: Kobby Asare, Cole Leggett, Brooke McKeon, Garcia Mongue, Eduardo Mottos, Rowan Weber, and Andy Zheng.

Honors: Josafeena Bell, Bishop Casey, Frederick Grant, Dareen Hage, Alonna Hall, Audrey Larkin, Hailey Loynes, Emerson Maloney, Nicholas Martinez, Vincent Miksic,


Williams Men's Hockey Downs Tufts
10:13AM / Sunday, February 02, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Niko Karamanis had a goal and an assist Saturday to lead the Williams College men's hockey team to a 5-3 win over Tufts.   Nick Altmann, Tyler Cooligan and Mac Carso scored after the Jumbos tied the game, to give Williams a 4-1 lead early in the third.   After Tufts scored twice in the last three minutes, Jack McCool tacked on an empty-net goal to put the game away.   Evan Ruschil made 35 saves for Williams.   The Ephs (13-4-1, 10-2) go to Wesleyan on Friday.   Women's Hockey NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Sammi Estes scored in overtime to give Connecticut College a 2-1 win over Williams.   Gabi Montembeault scored a power play goal in the


Williams Men's Hockey Tops Conn College
10:08PM / Friday, January 31, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Evan Ruschil stopped 36 shots Friday to lead the Williams College men's hockey team to a 3-1 win over Connecticut College.   Nick Altmann scored a short-handed goal midway through the second period to snap a 1-1 tie.   Nick VanBelle and Niko Karamanis also lit the lamp for the Ephs (12-4-1, 9-2 NESCAC), who host Tufts on Saturday afternoon.   Women's Hockey NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Gabi Montembeault scored late in the third period to give Williams a 1-1 tie at Conn College.   Chloe Heiting stopped 26 shots for Williams (9-5-4, 6-3-2), which plays at Conn College again on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Basketball NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Matt


@theMarket: Coronavirus Correction
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Friday, January 31, 2020
The death toll mounts. The number of cases worldwide builds. Every new update drives the stock market up or down. Where it will end is anyone's guess.   It is called a "geopolitical" event. We suffer through them from time to time. The assassination of Iran's key military leader followed by the Iranian rocket attack on two Iraqi military base that injured dozens of American servicemen was the last such event. We never know when they will occur and, in some ways, these events are simply the price of doing business in the financial markets.   Some market watchers, while recognizing the severity of the coronavirus outbreak, argue that the markets needed to correct


MacDonald to Step Down as Principal at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Friday, January 31, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald surprised many in the school community this week by announcing that she will be stepping down this summer from the post she has held since 2013.   But the move came as no surprise to her boss.   "With her being at the helm in everything we've been through — regionalization, the building project — with the hours that were put in … last year, when we had an English position open, Mary talked to me about stepping down at that point," Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Kimberley Grady said this week.   But MacDonald agreed to stay in the principal's chair

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