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Berkshire Groups Use Women's March Anniversary to Talk Next Steps
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local civic and advocacy groups are looking at how to build on the progressive movement launched by the massive Women's Marches last year.    The fight to raise people up from poverty, provide economic equity, health care and education, and ensure safe and welcoming communities, has to start at the grassroots level and include the voices of those most affected. That was the takeaway from Saturday's forum sponsored by Indivisible Pittsfield.    "We need to have everyone at the table," Shirley Edgerton of the Four Freedoms Coalition said. "Everyone needs to be making decisions about their own lives."   As millions

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Seek Players for 14U Travel Team
12:32PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The 14-and-under Bulldogs Baseball Club is looking for players interested in trying out for the travel team.   The Bulldogs plan to compete in six or seven tournaments in June and July, 2018, including a four-day tournament in Delaware.   Anyone interested in a tryout should contact the team as soon as possible by reaching out to either Gary Polumbo or Rick Paris. Polumbo can be reached at 413-822-4691‬ or gpolumbo@maxymillian.com. Paris can be reached at 413-281-9240 or parisrmd@verizon.net.

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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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Greylock Travel Basketball Team Goes 1-1 in League Play
12:08PM / Sunday, January 21, 2018
Derek Paris and Dylen Harrison each scored nine points on Saturday to lead the Greylock seventh- and eighth-grade boys travel basketball team to a 47-33 win over Mount Everett.   "We took a different approach and gave most of our bench the majority of the minutes," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "I was very pleased in how everyone shared the ball. This enabled all players on the team to get in the scoring column."   Thomas Martin and Seamus Barnes each scored five points in the win.   Mount Everett got a game-high 11 from Justin Foster and seven points from Tyler Duquette.   "Mount Everett is a very tall team, which worried us a bit," Rick

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1Berkshire President Discusses Economic Development With BRPC
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:29AM / Sunday, January 21, 2018

Butler outlined a number of programs his organization has to address economic development on a regional level. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It would be difficult for a Berkshire town to recruit a large biotech company on its own.   1Berkshire President Jonathan Butler knows that because he was a town administrator. Now his focus is on countywide efforts to build the Berkshire economy by heading the region's designated economic development agency and tourism council.   What he would suggest to towns is to get all of the little things in place to seize an opportunity should it arise.   "The first step is to identify the most high-value work you can do," Butler

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Williams Women's Hockey Ties Conn College
10:22PM / Saturday, January 20, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meghan Halloran scored with less than five minutes left to play to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 1-1 tie with Connecticut College on Saturday at Lansing Chapman Rink.   Christina Cleroux stopped 21 shots for the Ephs (9-4-4, 3-3-4 NESCAC), who go to Saint Anselm on Tuesday.   Men's Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one period and held on for a 4-2 win over Williams.   Nick VanBelle and Joe Welch each scored for the Ephs (10-7, 6-5), who host Tufts on Friday.   Men's Basketball MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Hilal Dahleh and Joey Leighton each scored 16 points to lead Middlebury to a 70-66 win over

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Adams Community Bank Announces Retirements and Promotions
01:48PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has announced the recent promotions of a number of employees, along with the planned retirements of two long-term staff members.

Rick Gurney, executive vice president of retail lending, will be retiring as of February 28, 2018, after 32 years of service. Bill Whitman, facilities manager for more than 38 years, retired on November 10, 2017. And Kathy LeClair, a teller/telephone operator at the Park Street branch, retired on December 29, 2017 after 33 years of service.

"These employees have served the bank with distinction over their careers. Their service to the bank earned the trust and loyalty of our staff and customers alike and we wish

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Attorney Named Partner of Local Law Firm
12:54PM / Friday, January 19, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Attorney Thomas W. Rumbolt has been named a partner in the local law firm Donovan O'Connor & Dodig.

Rumbolt has been with the firm since 2015 when he merged his prior practice.  

A native of North Adams and lifelong resident of the area, Rumbolt is very active in the Berkshire County community. He received his J.D. degree from Western New England University School of Law in 1997 and is a member of the Real Estate Bar Association and the Berkshire Bar Association. Rumbolt is licensed in both Massachusetts and Vermont and his primary practice areas include real estate, estate planning and probate, bankruptcy and commercial transactions.

He presently

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Mount Greylock School Committee Decides to Post Superintendent Position
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Friday, January 19, 2018

Mount Greylock students Jacob Hane and Morgan Pannesco, along with Joshua Duncan, presented the committee with a petition signed by more than 350 Mount Greylock students encouraging it to offer Kimberley Grady the job. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A divided Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee on Thursday decided to run an "expedited" search for a permanent superintendent.   On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided not to offer the job to interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, who stepped into the post on short notice when the then-Tri-District abruptly parted ways with Douglas Dias at the start of the second year of his three-year

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College Notes: January 2018
06:30PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018

Students and faculty in the Bard College at Simon's Rock dance program presented their work to the community at last fall's dance festival. Two programs showcased a total of 24 dance pieces and featured 45 students in performances created by two faculty and 20 student choreographers.

The following local students were recognized for dancing in the fall dance festival: Eliza Abrams, a freshman from Great Barrington; Georgiana Janko, a sophomore from South Egremont, and Daniel Packer, a senior from Williamstown.

    Academic Lists Valerie Goly of Pittsfield has been named to fall  2017 commendation list at Southern Vermont College in Bennington.   Samantha

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The Independent Investor: Is Bitcoin Broken?
By Bill Schmick,
05:14PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
Bitcoin, Ethreum, Ripple and a number of other crypto currencies have had a terrible week. Some of these digital dollars have lost 25 percent overnight, if not more. Today Bitcoin, itself, is down almost 50 percent from that level. Those who warned that this mania would come to a tragic end are crowing now. Are they right?   Last July, I wrote my first column on the phenomena of crypto currencies. Since then, Bitcoin vaulted to historic highs, briefly touching $20,000 on Dec. 17. Since then clients, friends, relatives and yes, even my mother-in-law, have asked me if I thought crypto currencies were a good investment.   The answer will always depend on the price I'm willing to

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'The Post': The Stuff of Pulitzers
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:12PM / Thursday, January 18, 2018
When we look back at this currently shameful nadir in American history, we will have heartening movies like Steven Spielberg's "The Post," about how the title newspaper fought a disingenuous U.S. government, to remind us of our successful defense of the 1st Amendment. It is a testament to the uses of history.    Although the film is an exciting, often heart-pounding chronicle of the Nixon-era Pentagon Papers scandal, we know full well that, just as the Korea-based "MASH" (1970) was about Vietnam, this past triumph is also crucial to the here and now.   Once again we are heroically reminded that the Founding Fathers knew what they were doing. Although

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Heskett Lifts Williams Men's Basketball Over Amherst
10:28PM / Wednesday, January 17, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James Heskett scored 22 points, including a 3-pointer with 14 seconds for the game's final points in a 72-69 Williams College men's basketball win over Amherst on Wednesday night.   Bobby Casey scored 17, and Matthew Karpowicz added 16 for the Ephs (13-3), who go to Middlebury on Saturday.   Women's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Madeline Eck scored 15 points to lead Amherst to a 52-43 win over Williams.   Amanni Fernandez scored a game-high 18 points, and Kristin Fechtelkotter had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Ephs (10-7), who host Middlebury on Saturday.   Women's Hockey RYE, N.Y. -- Amanda Reisman scored one goal and set up

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