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Berkshire Reps Serve Important Roles at Democratic Convention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:10AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988.   He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every single one since and volunteered at the 2004 convention in Boston that nominated Secretary of State John Kerry, then the state's U.S. senator. Now he'll serve an important role this week in Philadelphia — as a delegate. He's the only Berkshire County delegate from either party and either campaign.   "I was the first elected official in Massachusetts to endorse Bernie Sanders and I am co-chair of the Massachusetts Bernie Sanders


Hathaway Late RBI Lifts Cages on Road
07:42AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Kellen Hathaway singled to drive home Eric Leitch in the top of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie and propel the Cages Baseball Club under-22 team to an 7-6  win over the Capital City Reds on Saturday.   The win helped the Cages avoid a three-game sweep by Capital City after the hosts picked up an 8-0 win in the first half of Saturday’s double-header.   In the nightcap, the Cages jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings only to see the Reds come back and tie it in the bottom of the sixth.   Leitch led the Cages’ offense going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Hathaway also doubled in a 2-for-4 performance. Frank Rickus


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

Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:34AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tim Durrin and friends on bicycles. Durrin turned to social work after his military service. See the trailer here.

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas.

"A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Her path to making "A Small Good Thing"

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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:41PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dragon Dancers were part of the festivities. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden.

Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

"We believe that Naumkeag is more than a cultural icon. It is a work of art perched on the edge of 46 acres of pasture, woodlands and gardens,"Erickson said. "The artisans here made this


@theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains
By Bill Schmick,
07:50AM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned.

It is true that the markets, like the humans that trade them, tend to vacillate between these emotions when gains and losses begin to nudge the extremes. Of course, we would all like the markets to just continue to climb, but a line I read recently sums it up well.

"Keep in mind that betting on never-ending capital gains is the very definition of a Ponzi scheme."

The best thing that could happen to the stock market in the short-term would be to


Two Local Women Join Wild Oats Management Team
02:47PM / Friday, July 22, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, cafe and bakery, has added two local women to its management team.

Sarah Thurston Housman, a native of Williamstown, was appointed as marketing manager and Shannon Toye, of North Adams, was hired as prepared foods manager.

"We're very happy to welcome Sarah and Shannon to the co-op staff," said General Manager, David Durfee. "They each bring creativity, passion for local food and many years of experience in their respective fields. And as long-time members of the co-op, they both have a unique outside perspective as shoppers that will help us to continue to enhance our


Three Williams Faculty Receive Nelson Bushnell Prize
10:57AM / Friday, July 22, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing.

Andrea Barrett (English), Justin Crowe (political science), and Sarah Goh (chemistry) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize, an award given annually to faculty since 1995.

Barrett was noted for her impressive record of publication along with her enthusiasm for her students’ endeavors, Crowe for his skill as an instructor and involvement in both the current student and alumni community, and Goh for creating plentiful opportunities for student research in her lab.

Barrett, senior lecturer in English, is known for her historical


Williams Science Camp Serves Youngsters, Collegians
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Friday, July 22, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Learning went both ways at Williams College's Summer Science Lab this month.   "One of my interns said this morning, 'The kids were my teachers this week as well,' " lab director Stephen Bechtel said last week.   Bechtel spoke as week one came to an end at the day camp for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.   The program saw a bump in participation this summer, reaching its capacity of 36 children per week.   Those children explored scientific themes and did experiments under the direction of Williams professors Chip Lovett and David Richardson, who are assisted by 18 college interns from Williams and Massachusetts

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Olver Endorses Adam Hinds for State Senate Seat
05:01PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democratic state Senate candidate Adam Hinds has picked up the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. John W. Olver.

Olver, of Amherst, said he was "thrilled to endorse Adam Hinds for state Senate." The retired Democratic congressman is the highest profile endorsement for the Hinds so far; he has also been endorsed by North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright, Pittsfield School Committee Chairwoman Katherine Yon, and a number of the Pittsfield and North Adams city councilors.

"Having spent a lifetime in public service to Western Massachusetts, I understand the amount of time and effort that it takes to advocate for this region," Olver writes. "I


'Ghostbusters': The Graces of Wraith
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Ghostbusters," the third film in the franchise originated by Aykroyd, Ramis and Reitman in 1984, reboots the saga of paranormal booga booga with four funny ladies starring in what is essentially a séance gone wild. Asserting that anything the male Ghostbusters could do, they can do wackier, it is a movie of moments and ideas, most of them witty, some of them hilarious.

Unfortunately, the thinnest of refurbished plots is unable to meld the cerebral with the onslaught of special effects. It gets a bit out of hand.

Still, when isolated from the obligatory Sturm und Drang, the sketch comedy crafted by the endearingly enthusiastic Ghostbusters wins our affection. Each


Berkshire Tidbits: Gather-In Celebration, Farmers Markets
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:06PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

This Saturday, July 23, from noon to 7, the Berkshire branch of the NAACP, with the lead sponsorship of Greylock Federal Credit Union, hosts the free annual Gather-In Festival in Rev. Willard & Rosemary Durant Park, formerly Pitt Park, on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield.

Last year, the day was so hot and sunny. I even enjoyed getting my blood pressure taken by Berkshire Health Systems because I could go into a cool trailer for a few minutes. They gave me a nice, blue tote bag as a memento and to carry around my day's stuff in.

The weather is predicted to be in the mid-80s with sun and clouds for this afternoon of barbecue and other homemade foods, a basketball tournament, a stage


The Independent Investor: Candidates & the Economy
By Bill Schmick,
01:29PM / Thursday, July 21, 2016

As the GOP political convention winds down and the Democrat convention gears up, we continue to hear a steady stream of economic "one liners" from the candidates. We all know that fixing the economy is one of the major issues of this campaign but so far the candidates are long on words and short on specifics.

"If I'm elected," promise both candidates, there will be more jobs, trade, wages and growth. According to them, all we need do is check the right boxes come Election Day and the rest will be a foregone conclusion. Historically, Wall Street and corporations vote Republican because the GOP is good for business, while labor, minorities and the "have


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