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News and events in Williamstown, Mass.

Lanesborough Bulldogs Shut Out Pittsfield Nationals
08:25PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Four different pitchers combined on a six-hitter as the Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken Baseball team defeated the Pittsfield Nationals Little Leaguers, 16-0, on Sunday.   Jack Cangelosi, Panayiotis Constantopoulos, Derek Paris and Josh Polumbo split time on the mound, striking out 11 while walking just one.   At the plate, Constantopoulos had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. Paris had three hits, including a double, and Oscar Low had a single, a double and two RBIs.   "Our team really came out swinging the bats scoring six in the first with another four in the second," Bulldogs coach Rick Paris said.   "We lost to


Jezouit Pitches Cages to Shutout Win
08:17PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Josh Jezouit threw a complete game three-hitter, and Jesse DiLego went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Cages Baseball Club under-22 team to a 2-0 win over Albany Baseball Fest on Saturday.   Mike Strizzi went 2-for-2 and scored a run, and Dan Flynn went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored for Cages.   Jezouit struck out five and walked five without allowing an extra-base hit.   Cages travels to face the South Troy Dodgers on Wednesday.


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

North Adams Artist Finds Expression in Ancient Paper Craft
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
03:41PM / Sunday, June 26, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The technique of paper quilling isn't a common one in the contemporary art world, but North Adams resident Lisa Nilsson embraced the antediluvian medium and elevated even beyond her contemporaries to her inventive and intricate — and almost obsessive — images that stretch the form to its limits.

Quilling is a hundreds-of-years-old paper craft that involves rolling strips of colored paper into formations to create images with a three-dimensional quality.

Nilsson had previously worked in the format of box assemblages, which allowed her to create in a variety of mediums and she was always on the lookout for something new to add. After becoming


Berkshire Mountaineers AAU Team Goes 4-0 in Maine
04:29PM / Saturday, June 25, 2016
The Berkshire Mountaineers seventh grade AAU girls basketball team went 4-0 to win a recent tournament in Portland Maine.   The team is 19-4 with one more tournament left in its season.   The sixth/seventh-grade team includes: Delaney Babcock, Abby Bird, Rylie Bishop, Abby Hugger, Alyssa Garabedian, Jayden Johnson, Sharaya Keele, Averie McGrath, Kaylee Tatro, Grace Towler and Rylynn Witek.   The team is coached by Shaun McGrath and Jeff Johnson.


Lanesborough Bulldogs Top South County
04:20PM / Saturday, June 25, 2016
LEE, Mass. -- Oscar Low had three hits and scored three times to help lead the Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken Baseball team to a 10-1 win over South Berkshire on Friday.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos homered, and Josh Polumbo had two hits in the Bulldogs' attack.   "Offensively we put pressure on our opponent every inning to make plays," Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. "We only struck out twice all night."   Four Lanesborough pitchers combined on a two-hitter, led by starter Jack Cangelosi, who struck out three in two innings of work.   Cam Redstone and and Peter Free had the hits for South Berkshire. Redstone scored their run.   The


Williamstown's Spruces Committee Looking for Design Help
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18AM / Saturday, June 25, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Spruces Land Use Committee this month moved forward with hiring an engineer to work on plans for converting the former mobile home park to a community amenity.   At its June 15 meeting, the committee agreed to send a request for proposals to three firms. It's looking for help with wetlands delineation and a conceptual design for playing fields, a community garden, a bicycle loop and or any other items that might fit on 42 acres of the former Spruces property.   Town meeting in May agreed to give the committee $41,500 in Community Preservation Act funds for the predevelopment work.   The committee hopes to have an proposal for the first


@theMarket: Who Is Next?
By Bill Schmick,
07:59PM / Friday, June 24, 2016


The vote is in and all you have to do is look at world markets to discover the verdict. The citizens of the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union. Chaos reigned for today but tomorrow may be a different story, at least for U.S. investors.

Do not panic. Most of my readers are heavily invested in the U.S. equity and bond markets. As such, the fallout from Brexit will be short-lived here at home as investors come to the realization that, for now, the United States is the only game in town. As I look at Friday morning's damage to our markets, I am impressed at how well we are doing compared to Europe. Essentially, all we have done is give back a week's speculative


Berkshire Food Festival Offers Up Tasty Fare on Sunday
02:46PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams will play host to the 14th annual Berkshire Food Festival on Sunday, June 26, from noon to 4 p.m. on Main Street.

This year's Berkshire Food Festival is presented by 1230-AM WNAW and WUPE-FM and features the cuisine from numerous area restaurants and food vendors along with a selection of beer.  Some of the restaurants represented will be Boston Sea Foods, Bousquet Catering, Gramercy Bistro, Krispy Kone, Lickety Split, Mint Indian Lakeside Cuisine, Oh Crepe, Papa John's, Slick Willie's and The 413 Grill.

Attendees will also be treated to the live music between 1 and 3 p.m., along with a corn hole tournament and other entertainment,


BCC’s Swimming Pool to Open Daily Starting June 25
01:35PM / Friday, June 24, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The swimming pool at Berkshire Community College will officially open for the season on Saturday, June 25, and will be open daily from noon to 5:45 p.m.

The pool, which is staffed by a certified lifeguard at all times and is handicapped accessible, is 3.5 to 8 feet deep and is approximately 70-feet-long. Male and female locker rooms, equipped with showers, are also available.  

BCC students and staff may use the pool and all of the other Paterson Field House amenities for free with a valid BCC ID.

Daily rates are $5 for individuals and $20 daily for families (five or more). Season rates are $75 for individuals and $200 for families.

For more information


Subcommittee Appointment Latest Point of Contention at Mount Greylock
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:19PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Chris Dodig took Sheila Hebert's place on the Tri-District's Administrative Review Subcommittee in January. The timing of that switch was challenged this week. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Despite assailing his committee chair on a number of fronts, Richard Cohen was quick to support her for a lifetime achievement award on Monday evening.   It was that kind of night for the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   The committee held its final formal meeting before taking its usual summer hiatus, and it had several items to wrap up, including its annual evaluation of the district's superintendent, a process which drew sharp criticism from Cohen.   But


The Independent Investor: Pet Insurance & Why You Should Have It
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Whether you are adopting a pet or buying that pure blood breed, the first thing you should consider is pet insurance. Skipping this step could cost you several times the purchase price of your new pet each year. Better be safe than sorry.

Pet insurance is like any other insurance, human or otherwise. The cost of coverage is based on your pet's age, health profile, breed and however much insurance you want to purchase.

You will pay a yearly premium, have a deductible, co-pays and a maximum cap on how much your insurance covers per year.

The best time to take out insurance is before your pet develops health problems. Learn from my mistakes. In my case, Titus our seven-year-old,


'Finding Dory': It'll Find You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:23PM / Thursday, June 23, 2016

Watching "Finding Dory," the sequel to the 2003 megahit "Finding Nemo," it occurs that perhaps even children of John Birchers and Ku Klux Klan members exposed to the high-minded sentiments of this sugary tutorial in liberalism will leave the theater a bit more tolerant.

However, while colorful, intelligent and starring the witty articulations of Ellen DeGeneres as the winsome title fish, Andrew Stanton and Angus Maclane's undersea metaphor could have better tickled its target audience's funny bone. I laughed more than the kids did.

Granted, my observations are anecdotal. Maybe it has something to do with cell phones and unconscious multitasking. But the mostly


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