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Mathematics Professor Satyan Devadoss Receives Teaching Award
03:38PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Professor of Mathematics Satyan Devadoss has received the 2014 Northeastern Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics, bestowed by the Mathematical Association of America.

Devadoss specializes in algebraic and combinatorial structures in topology and geometry, and he’s particularly interested in computational geometric ideas such as cartography and origami and the visualization of information. He returns to campus this fall after a year spent as a visiting professor at Stanford University.

Devadoss, who has taught at Williams for 13 years, gives much credit for his being honored to the professors who

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American Pickers Looking For Massachusetts Collectors
02:07PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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American Pickers is coming to Massachusetts just after Labor Day and currently is looking for private collections to feature on the program.

The show follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel primarily around the United States buying ("picking") various items either for resale, for clients, or occasionally their own personal collections.

This is an opportunity for Berkshire County and the surrounding areas to be featured on this very popular television show. They can only film in the area if collectors are identified.

To be considered, private collectors must email their name, phone number, description of the items (the more the better) and

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Feeding the hungry
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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,

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Community: Mary Grant Will Be Missed
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:21PM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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MCLA President Mary Grant, with the help of Gov. Deval Patrick, cuts the ribbon on the school's new science center in October 2013.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community reacted somberly to the news Friday that Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts President Mary Grant is leaving the school.

Grant is leaving MCLA to become the chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville. Grant became MCLA's 11th president when she arrived in 2002 and is responsible for expanding the school’s academics and infrastructure.  

 

"While I am sad to see her go, I am happy she has the chance to grow professionally and personally,"

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Mary Grant Leaving MCLA for North Carolina Post
11:33AM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — President Mary K. Grant, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 11th president and the first alumna to serve in that capacity, is leaving the college to become chancellor-elect at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Asheville.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside Dr. Grant.  Under her leadership the College has flourished.  I am excited and happy about the many opportunities that the future holds for both the UNC Asheville and MCLA communities," Tyler Fairbank, chair of MCLA's Board of Trustees said.

Grant came to MCLA in 2002. Over the past 12 years MCLA has expanded academic programming, technology, and

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Are We There Yet?: Everything IS Awesome
By Rebecca Dravis,
11:03AM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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Have you seen "The Lego Movie"?

I admit I was skeptical about it going into the theater and I did come out of the theater the first time I saw it thinking it was goofy but kind of fun. When it came out on DVD, we purchased it, and my daughter has since watched it at least 30 times, many of those in the car on her iPad. Which means I have HEARD "The Lego Movie" about 30 times, and I have to say, listening to it and instead of watching it has given me a new appreciation of the clever one-liners that are sprinkled throughout the movie. One of my favorites: The female lead (voiced by Pittsfield native Elizabeth Banks, FYI) says to the bad guy: "He would rather die than

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40th Annual Adams Agricultural Fair Runs This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:14AM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — The 40th Agricultural Fair returns this weekend at Bowe Field.

Berkshire County’s only country fair features rides, food vendors, games, animals and various competitions. The event kicked off with the annual Battle of the Bands on Thursday night.

The three-day fair official starts Friday evening at 5:45 with the “Up in the Air Discdogger” show, followed by the cruise-in when street rods, classic and custom vehicles, and Jeeps will be on display at 6.

At 6:30 p.m., there will be a knife-throwing show followed by “Bits and Pieces” dance and easy listening music, and the Children's Pedal Tractor Contest at 7.

Events start a bit earlier on

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North Adams Auto Parts Store Sets Grand Opening Sunday
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Friday, August 01, 2014
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Bond Auto Parts is introducing itself to the community with a picnic and demonstrations at its grand opening Sunday

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The new Bond Auto Parts store is looking to be a major competitor in the area — starting off with a revved-up grand opening on Sunday.

The event runs from 10 to 2 at the Curran Highway store.

Regional Manager David Eriksen said the event will be a lot of fun.

"The Bond family is coming down, and they get involved with just about everything and that what makes it so nice with the family owned and operated," Eriksen said. "We are going to have trailers here to show innovative paint systems, and we are going to have hot dogs

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Clark Opens Galleries With Abstract 'Make It New'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:10PM / Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Jackson Pollock's 'Number 1 (Lavender Mist)' will be featured in the Clark Art Institute exhibit that opens on Saturday, Aug. 2. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Call it the Clark Art Institute Phase 2.1.   The original plan for the museum's expansion called for a grand opening that featured two exhibits in the Clark's new special exhibition spaces along with renovated and improved gallery spaces devoted to 19th century and Old Masters paintings and the decorative arts.   That plan got scaled back when the Clark and the National Gallery of Art decided to delay the opening of a traveling exhibit of abstract expressionism.   On Saturday, the new Clark

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Bankruptcy Court OKs BMC Bid for Northern Berkshire Healthcare Assets
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Thursday, July 31, 2014
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U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Springfield approved the sale of Northern Berkshire Healthcare's assets to Berkshire Medical Center. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A U.S. Bankruptcy judge on Thursday morning approved the sale of the assets of the defunct Northern Berkshire Healthcare to Berkshire Medical Center for $4 million.   BMC, headquartered in Pittsfield, was the only bidder on the facilities that include the campus of the former North Adams Regional Hospital and the building off State Road that houses Northern Berkshire Family Practice.   Attorney John F. Rodgers, representing BMC's parent company, Berkshire Health Systems, said the outcome of the bidding process

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National Grid Meets With Local Officials Over Power Outages
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Steps Taken by National Grid

• Retained a consultant to analyze lightning protection
• Investigating the quality and stability of all breakers
• Evaluating the infrastructure at the Adams facility, most specifically as it relates to downtime
• Replaced a large transformer
• Control center upgrades are being put in place that are designed to reduce downtime
• Looking at ways to improve communication at the inception of, and throughout, an interruption

Above, a transformer at the Adams substation at the power outage on July 8. Several power interruptions have occurred over the

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