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OT Thriller Decides Wednesday Summer Lacrosse League
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
09:33PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The signature moment of the Berkshire County Wednesday night summer lacrosse league may have come before Wednesday’s first league semi-final.   The team from Adams-Cheshire only had eight players on hand to face Dalton for a berth in the league championship game.   The officials asked the Dalton players whether they wanted to play eight-on-eight or field 10 players against a short-handed opponent.   Without hesitation, the Dalton players replied, “eight-on-eight.”   That is what the summer league is all about: love of the sport and friendly competition.   “It's a great opportunity for them to learn and play more and


'The Dark Tower': Fighting Horror with Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
05:19PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017
At best, director Nikolaj Arcel's "The Dark Tower," a sci-fi, fantasy western gleaned from Stephen King's best-selling, eight-volume series, might serve as a vicarious mitigation of the horror currently befalling America. The film is clearly about the war between good and evil, albeit related only coincidentally to the nightmarish battle between those forces now commanding our national stage. Whereas our real fight waits for afeared and hesitant patriots to awaken, the movie provides a quick fix of honesty and justice.   But otherwise, while fans of the horror meister's franchise might be pleased to see the saga all gussied up in celluloid, the great unwashed will


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.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Crumbling of Slavery in Massachusetts Celebrated on 'Elizabeth Freeman Day'
04:50PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — On Aug. 21, 1781, in Sheffield, slavery began to crumble in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman successfully sued for her freedom from slavery more than 80 years before the Emancipation Proclamation.

On Sunday, Aug. 20, The Trustees of Reservations will host a day of activities to celebrate the story of Elizabeth Freeman at the Ashley House in Sheffield. Activities will include guided tours of the Ashley House and a performance by storyteller and actress Tammy Denease, with her dramatic re-telling of "Mumbet's Story."

Preceding the afternoon performance, the public is invited to follow in the footsteps of


BArT School 2017-2018 Bus Routes
01:40PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School begins the school year on Monday, Aug. 21. School days have been restructured to begin at 8:20 a.m. and end at 3:40 p.m.


Enjoy Great Music at Tanglewood, Music Mountain, Tannery Pond
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:15PM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pianist Emanuel Ax comes to Tanglewood on Thursday, Aug. 17.

Come late August, classical aficionados are grateful for the cornucopia of musical riches the Boston Symphony bestows to rapt audiences within the incomparably bucolic setting that is Tanglewood. Many of those superlative concerts will reside in our collective memory for a long time.

During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a range of classical fare in varied genres: from chamber and vocal music by Bach, Dvořák, Schubert and Mahler to symphonic works by Beethoven, Brahms and Richard Strauss.

Looking ahead, these last two months of magnificent music making are but a


Stay Calm on the Investment 'Roller Coaster'
11:33AM / Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Unless you live near an amusement park that does a lot of advertising, you probably didn't know that Aug. 16 is National Roller Coaster Day. Actual roller coasters provide people with thrills. But as an investor, how can you stay calm on the "roller coaster" of the financial markets?

Here are some suggestions:

* Know what's in front of you. If you've ever ridden a roller coaster in the dark, you may find it scarier than if you boarded it in daylight – after all, it can be unsettling not to know where you're going. The same can be said about investing: If you have no idea what's in front of you, you might find the journey unnerving – and if that


Letter: Ways to Protest Safely
Letters to the Editor,
05:00PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

To the Editor:

With hate groups marching in cities across the U.S., it's tempting to attend to show opposition. However, direct confrontation will only escalate tensions. Hate-mongers are always wrong. Let them be wrong a little farther away from you in order to de-escalate the cycle a bit.

I fear we're heading toward more intense violence at protests in the U.S. and even possibly civil war (sounds far-fetched, I know, but it wouldn't take much).

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a guide titled "Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide."

To reduce the chance of violence:

"Do not attend a hate rally. As much as you might like to physically

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Williamstown Con Comm OKs Culvert Replacement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Conservation Commissioners Stephanie Boyd and Philip McKnight participate in Thursday's public hearing. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd Williams College's plan to replace the culvert that carries Christmas Brook under downtown, and the panel took its first look at the final plans for the new Williams Inn.   The culvert replacement project will replace an existing, undersized pipe with a conduit that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet and hopefully eliminate the flooding that occurs during heavy rain events.   The senior project engineer from Manchester, Conn., civil engineer Fuss & O'Neill was on hand to answer any


Williamstown Weighs Timing of Vote on Retail Pot Ban
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Tuesday, August 15, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Now that the commonwealth has legislation in place to regulate the recreational marijuana industry, it is up to the Board of Selectmen whether it wants to ask town voters about banning production and sales of the drug in town.   Town Manager Jason Hoch explained to the board on Monday that the law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker this summer offers communities a chance to prohibit the pot industry. The mechanism differs depending on how voters in said town voted on the November 2016 ballot initiative that decriminalized marijuana in Massachusetts.   For towns where the majority of voters voted against legalized pot, the ban on retail can be accomplished


Biz Briefs: Bennington Subaru Collects Blankets for SVMC
02:52PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

Blanket statement: Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, accepted a donation of dozens of blankets from Bennington Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter. Representatives of Bennington Subaru also brought lunch boxes filled with art-making supplies for children who visit the center.

"Blankets are so comforting to patients," said Wendy Petitt, the manager of the Cancer Center at SVMC. "We know patients will appreciate both the blankets and the thoughtfulness Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have shown them."

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Berkshires Beat: Naumkeag Celebrates New Greenhouse With Party
02:18PM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The new Naumkeag greenhouse complex was celebrated on July 22.

Quite a party: More than 250 guests from the Berkshires and beyond attended The Trustees' annual Naumkeag Garden Party on Saturday, July 22. This year's event was hosted by The Trustees and a Host Committee including several supporters of the organization from the Berkshires and beyond.

The evening featured the celebration of the construction of the new Naumkeag greenhouse complex in Fletcher Steele and Mabel Choate's historic and recently restored gardens as well as the launch of Naumkeag’s new flower fields. Garden inspired libations and bites by Berkshire Mountain Distillers and STARR Catering were


Hundreds Rally in Williamstown to Stand With Charlottesville
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Monday, August 14, 2017

The rally was put together in a day.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Within 24 hours of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., more than 300 area residents circled Field Park to protest the actions of white supremacists.    The gathering swiftly organized by Greylock Together was one of nearly 800 known rallies against racism across the nation, including one at Park Square in Pittsfield by the Four Freedoms Coalition.   "A lot of people wanted to get to together and show support for our country against white nationalism, against domestic terrorism," Geraldine Shen said as a cacophony of horns blared in support as drivers entered the rotary. "I think

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