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Local Christian Lecture Series Focuses on Role of Virtue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Looking out for No. 1 is merely a distraction from seeing what is important in life.   That is one message of a five-week lecture series that begins Wednesday evening at Sts. Patrick and Raphael Roman Catholic Parish.   "Virtue and Happiness" brings five scholars, authors and clerics from throughout the Northeast to Williamstown to talk about the theme of virtue and how it can be applied to day-to-day life.   "Virtue is a better path to happiness than pleasure seeking or self-expression or any number of things that we hear a lot about," said Jack Miller, a parishioner and one of the organizers of the lecture series. "This

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Pignatelli: Use Volkswagen Settlement Money for Electric Car Infrastructure
02:26PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, joined 37 other legislators who weighed in last week on the allocation of $75 million that the state is scheduled to receive from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund.    Members urged the state Department of Environmental Protection, which is charged with dispensing the money, to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure and invest the balance of the funds in fully-electric transit and school buses.   The money will be received as part of a multi-state settlement with Volkswagen after it used a cheating computer system that ran emissions controls during testing but not during

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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
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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Chiropractor Sponsors Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
01:53PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Habitat Support

Dr. Kurt Schagen, owner of New Life Chiropractic, has once again chosen Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to be the recipient of his annual philanthropic campaign. To support Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach program.

During community events, as well as part of our Wellness at Work program, all participants have the opportunity to schedule an initial consultation and examination for only $25. All of the money raised is then donated directly to Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity. In 2017 Dr. Kurt Schagen of New Life Chiropractic donated $2,525 to Central

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Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
01:36PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 46 local students among the 140 girls schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 24.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

 

Head's List

Grade 12: Kelsey Brown, of Lee; Lillian (Lilly) Climo, Great Barrington; Shae Daley, Pittsfield; Anouk Jolly, Lenox;

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Berkshires Beat: Grazie, Mingo's Take Top Honors in Chowder Cook-off
12:39PM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The winners are

Hundreds of hungry WinterFest fans swarmed downtown to try samples of the nine fierce competitors at this year's annual Chowder Cook-off (find more photos here). Hundreds of ballots were cast for "People's Choice" favorites and write-ins for the "Only in North Adams" most unique chowder award. Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first-place mark, two points for each second-place mark, and one point for every third-place mark.

In first place with 467 points was Grazie; a close second, Boston Seafood Restaurant snapped up second place with 460 points; and

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North Adams First-Graders Send Textbooks to Kenya
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brayton Elementary School first-graders pose with the books they sent to students in Kenya.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It takes a village to get a load of books from North Adams to an African village.

Brayton Elementary School first-grade teachers Elizabeth Patenaude and Jacqueline Thomas recently spearheaded an effort to send 60 reading textbooks to Chesegem Primary School in Eldoret South, Kenya. They were assisted by Leon Aalberts, a retired teach and minister from Williamstown, as well as Williams College student and Kenyan native Felix Biwott, and two classes of eager first-grade students who not only got to learn about geography but also about the joy of giving back.

The project

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New 'Boutique Bridal Show' Offers Couples Quieter, Personal Meetings With Vendors
10:55AM / Monday, February 19, 2018

With Valentine's Day having passed and the "engagement season" now officially over, future newlyweds are wondering what's next: "Where will our venue be? Who will cater? Is this vendor reliable?" In a time that should be filled with excitement, the wedding planning process can quickly become a hodgepodge of questions and stress.

Sure, you can ask married friends for advice, but what if you both have different definitions of "good"? Yes, you can read Internet reviews for hours, but who is to say they are completely legitimate? Ultimately, nothing beats meeting with a vendor face-to-face, but it can be tricky to find the time to meet with 10 different

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Williams Men's Basketball Advances in League Tourney
07:12PM / Saturday, February 17, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 25 points Saturday to lead the Williams College men’s basketball team to a 73-71 win over Trinity in the quarter-finals of the NESCAC Championships.   Bobby Casey scored 18 and grabbed a team-high six rebounds, and the Ephs (20-5) held the Bantams to 44 percent shooting from the field.   Williams travels to Amherst on Saturday to play Hamilton in the conference semi-finals.   Men’s Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Daniel Woofenden and Max Fuld each scored twice to lead Williams to a 6-5 win over Amherst.   The Ephs (13-10, 9-8) led, 6-1 after two periods and held off an Amherst comeback in the third to secure their

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@theMarket: Markets Have Best Week in Five Years
By Bill Schmick,
05:12PM / Friday, February 16, 2018
Stocks have had what is called a "V" shaped recovery this week. The indexes climbed every day at least one percent or more. Will it continue or ...   It wouldn't surprise me if stocks took a breather about now. A bout of profit-taking after the stupendous come-back we have had would be entirely reasonable. If the S&P 500 Index, for example, fell back 2-3 percent over the next week or so that would be healthy.   Remember, we are still in that period of the markets where investors are driven by the fear of missing out. As interest rates continue to climb and bond investors experience losses, the natural thing would be to sell bonds and buy equities.    In

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New General Manager Appointed at Orchards Hotel
12:56PM / Friday, February 16, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Janell LaFleche has been promoted to general manager of Orchards Hotel.

LaFleche was welcomed to Hay Creek Hotels as the director of sales for Orchards Hotel in 2013. After increasing revenue during her three-year tenure in that position, she was promoted to assistant general manager, while maintaining her role in sales.

"Not only did Janell successfully balance both positions, she demonstrated exceptional leadership skills and an unabashed passion for the hotel. It is my pleasure to present this next chapter in her progressing career," said George Soderberg, vice president of operations for Hay Creek Hotels.

Originally from Cheshire, Mass.,

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Snowfall Predictions: Saturday Night Snow
11:27AM / Friday, February 16, 2018
 

Ha, ha. You thought spring was here as you shed the heavy winter coats this past week!

But alas, a winter storm is moving into the Northeast on Saturday night, bringing with the potential of 3 to 6 inches of snow in Berkshire County, according to AccuWeather, which is putting the probability of snow at around 50 percent.

The Weather Channel says most of Berkshire County will 1 and 3 inches falling in the overnight hours of Saturday into Sunday.

Our friends at WTEN say the further south and east you go, the more snow you will encounter, with the most snow falling from New York City into Southern New England. Their maps put most of Berkshire County in the 1- to 3-inch

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Williamstown Zoning Board Demands Verizon Go to Conservation Commission
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, February 16, 2018

A big crowd -- mostly in opposition to Verizon's request -- attends Thursday's Zoning Board of Appeals hearing.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday decided it really, really wants the Conservation Commission to hear a request from Verizon Wireless to site a cell tower in Margaret Lindley Park, even if that request is ultimately doomed to fail.   After 90 minutes of testimony in a public hearing continued from December, the ZBA voted unanimously to require the petitioner to make a formal request to the Con Comm, which has jurisdiction over the park, located across the Taconic Trail (Route 2) from site where Verizon seeks special

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