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Williamstown Youth Center Receives Donation of 25 Tablets
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10PM / Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Youth Center director Michael Williams speaks at the presentation in the center's gym.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Youth Center could have started a Writers' Club for its afterschool program that involved having the kids sit down and print their musings by hand.   But thanks to a donation from Charter Communications, the cable and internet provider known locally as Spectrum, the facility has 25 brand-new tablets to help engage youngsters.   "It's not really writing if you're on a screen, right," WYC Executive Director Michael Williams joked on Wednesday afternoon.   Williams emceed a brief ceremony in the center's

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Something for All Ages at Williamstown's Annual Holiday Walk
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:34AM / Wednesday, December 04, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With 36 events spread over 23 venues in two towns over three days, Williamstown's 36th annual Holiday Walk weekend has something for everyone … and way more than anyone could manage.   Fortunately for the promoters at the Chamber of Commerce, there are dozens of partners to help stage the annual celebration that gets under way on Friday morning.   "The Community Chest runs the Penny Social, Habitat for Humanity does the Tree Showcase," Chamber Executive Director Susan Briggs said this week. "I'm more than happy to put the schedule together and coordinate the loose ends, but to have the organizations do the bulk of the

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Berkshire Family YMCA Appoints New CEO
02:06PM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Family YMCA's board of directors has appointed Jessica Rumlow as CEO and executive director for the organization.

Rumlow was appointed interim CEO and executive director in May after Randy Kinnas, the nonprofit's CEO for the last 19 years, moved on as director of Member Advancement for the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs.

"We're thrilled to work with Jess as the Y's new leader. Transition in leadership can pose several challenges; however, this has been seamless given her vast Y experience and understanding of the needs of the Berkshire County community," said Peter Moore, board president of the Berkshire Family YMCA.

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Northern Berkshire United Way, Williamstown Community Chest Holding Diaper Drive
12:52PM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest are holding a collaborative Diaper Drive.

The drive will kick off on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 3, and end on Tuesday, Dec. 17. All of the diapers and wipes collected will go to the Berkshire Community Diaper Project, which will distribute the diapers to agencies in Northern Berkshire.

BCDP raises funds and collects diaper donations to provide these essential items for parents/guardians and caregivers who struggle to afford them for their children. In Berkshire Country, 2,000 children qualify for one of three WIC Programs located in Berkshire County.

"Food and financial insecurity usually goes along with diaper need. Both

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PRP: New Treatment for Osteoarthritis
By Dr. Ivette Guttmann,
11:45AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

For years, treatment options for osteoarthritis (OA) were rather limited: exercise, anti-inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, physical therapy and, in extreme cases, joint replacement. But a new treatment option is showing great promise and offering much-needed relief to some sufferers.

Platelet-rich plasma, or PRP for short, has been found effective for reducing pain and increasing function in joints affected by osteoarthritis. Best of all, it uses your body's own resources and healing powers to create change.

In short, PRP therapy involves taking some of a patient's blood and running it through a high-tech centrifuge to extract platelets and plasma. The resulting mixture

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Invest in Your Family and Community
11:16AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Why do you invest? For many people, here's the answer: "I invest because I want to enjoy a comfortable retirement." And that's certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we're retired. But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.

Let's start with your family members, particularly the younger ones. How can you invest in their future? One of the best ways is to help send them to college. A college degree is still a pretty good investment: The average lifetime earnings of a college graduate are nearly $1 million higher than those of someone with a high school degree, according to a study by the

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Village Closet Close to Finding New Home for Children's Clothing and Gear
11:11AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

CUMMINGTON, Mass. — When the Village Closet, a Cummington-based donation center for infant and children's clothing and gear, lost its space in September, hundreds of families in western Massachusetts were left without access to free kids clothing and diapers that were desperately needed.

"Many families have come to rely on the Village Closet as a way to make ends meet," said Lisa Goding, program director at It Take a Village, the nonprofit organization which manages the Village Closet. In 2019 alone, the Village Closet distributed more than $130,000 worth of free baby clothing, diapers and gear to 1,500 families from 84 different towns throughout western

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Hescock, Benzinger Look Ahead to Bowl Bids
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:38AM / Monday, December 02, 2019
Winter has -- prematurely -- arrived back home in the Berkshires, but for at least two county alumni, their fall seasons are continuing.   Wake Forest senior Jake Benzinger of Williamstown and Central Florida junior Jake Hescock of Pittsfield each has helped his college football team qualify for a bowl game.   Hescock, a former Taconic High student-athlete who finished his secondary education at Connecticut's Salisbury School, is a junior at UCF.   This fall, the tight end has nine catches for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The UCF Knights are 9-3 and carry a two-game winning streak into the post-season.   Benzinger and the Demon Deacons dropped a heartbreaker in

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Williams Women's Hockey Posts Shutout To Win Tourney
05:36PM / Sunday, December 01, 2019
BOSTON, Mass. -- Elizabeth Welch and Brianna Hill each scored a goal to lead the Williams College women's hockey team to a 2-0 win over Stevenson Sunday in the championship game of the Codfish Bowl tournament.   Marissa Anderson made 14 saves to earn the shutout win in goal.   Williams (4-3) travels to Elmira on Sunday.   Men's Hockey GENESEO, N.Y. -- Cnnor Kucharski scored two third-period goals for Williams to break a 4-4 tie and send the Ephs to a 6-4 win over SUNY-Geneseo.   Tyler Scott scored twice in the second go give Williams a 4-3 lead, but Geneseo tied it midway through the third with a power play goal.   Kucharski then scored with assists from

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Major Storm Forcing Delays and Cancelations
11:32AM / Sunday, December 01, 2019

School Closings: Check our page for school closures. Currently, Stamford and Abbott Memorial will be closed Monday as well as all schools in the Southwestern Vermont Supervisory Union. 

Other closings and delays: 

Mass MoCA opens at noon MCLA closed BCC closed Williams College offices and child care closed Bennington College opens at 10 a.m. Freight Yard Pub in North Adams open with limited staff; call ahead 413-663-6547 Berkshire Community Action Council offices closed; fuel emergency call 413-418-3661 or 413)-418-3657, heating system failure 413-418-3664. All CHP offices & practices will be closed; patients will be contacted for

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Support Group Helps People Deal With Loss
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, November 30, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The holiday season can be difficult for people who have experienced a severe personal loss.

That's why Corinne Case encourages people dealing with such a loss to consider attending a session of the Northern Berkshire Loss Support Group, which she has facilitated for many years, most recently at the Harper Center in Williamstown. Upcoming sessions are Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; for information call Case at 413-242-4495.

"It's just really important," said Case, particularly around the holidays. "The worse thing we can do is stay in denial. Nor can we stay in anger."

Case is a licensed mental health counselor, but she

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville
02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk, owner of Neathawk Signs and Design, to create a 3D sign for the business.

Neathawk installed the sign late Monday afternoon that features multicolored hand prints from the children as the leaves of a tree poking out of the top. Underneath the name and address "a place to grow" is written. The children's hand prints were taken at the school and Neathawk then scanned them into her design programs to create the sign.

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