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NBCC Forum: 'Domestic Violence is a Matter of Life or Death'
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meeting on Friday stood to indicate that they have been touched by domestic violence in some way, personally or professionally.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — By the end of the exercise, nearly everyone was standing.

Participants in the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum on Friday were urged to stand if they ever had responded to a domestic violence situation, counseled a domestic violence victim, suspected a friend or family member of being a victim of domestic violence, or were themselves affected by domestic violence. Nearly all of the 75 guests stood up.

"So we can see that we're already standing together for


Williams Softball Improves to 4-0
09:31PM / Monday, March 19, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. -- The Williams College softball team Monday used powerful performances to gain two more victories, hitting six home runs in a 17-11 win over Hendrix in the morning and then watching sophomore Rebecca Duncan hurl a one-hit shutout on a 1-0 win over Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the afternoon.    The Ephs (4-0) finished with 19 hits against three pitchers from Hendrix, out of Conway, Ark. Casey Pelz went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs. Jessica Kim was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Lexi Curt and Mackenzie Murphy each went 3-for-5 with two home runs each, going back to back in two different innings. Jenny Hickey and Cristine McElhinney each


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

Easter Events in the Berkshires
01:00PM / Monday, March 19, 2018

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way ... and so are lots of fun family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at


Saturday, March 24

Lenox: Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will offer its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops from 10 a.m. to noon and again from 1 to 3 p.m. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta. The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $30 for advance reservations and $35 for day-of admission. Children should be at


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Money Management Founder Allen Harris Publishes First Book
12:05PM / Monday, March 19, 2018
Written in stone

Berkshire Money Management founder and CEO Allen Harris has released his first book, written especially for business owners in the midst of transition. "Build It, Sell It, Profit," published by Advantage in February, as a longtime labor of love and valuable insight into preparing business owners who are looking to reap the benefits of their hard work.

"Build It, Sell It, Profit" is written for all business owners, including those who know what they need to do, but who are trying to navigate where to begin in the process. The book is about increasing an owner's income while making the business a better candidate for sale – either in two years


Community Baby Shower to be Held March 31
11:12AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — CHP/Berkshire South WIC invite all expecting and new parents to a Community Baby Shower on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to  1 p.m.

The first 10 women who attend will win a gift card for a free manicure. There will be free workshops on prenatal bonding, breastfeeding and returning to work, baby boxes and more. In addition to educational activities, there will be informational resources from local providers in the community to support new mothers and their families.

There will also be several give-a-ways, including a Graco Click & Connect Infant Car Seat and Stroller, Nursery Center Playard, Bright Starts Bouncer and more. Healthy, delicious


BMC Brings Endoscopy Services Under One Roof
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The new center, in the former radiation oncology space, held an open house on Thursday evening.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center recently opened a new Endoscopy Center on its main campus, bringing both in-patient and ambulatory care under one roof.   The $5 million investment in what was previously the radiation oncology suites has allowed the health system to better service patients.   "The past years have been at the Crane Center," said Dr. Jason Bratcher. "We were doing [in-patient] procedures in the operating room. It just wasn't as cohesive and together doing out-patients there and in-patients here. ...   "It makes it

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Mount Greylock Committee Opts to Keep Negotiating on Tuition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Monday, March 19, 2018

The Mount Greylock's three principals, Joelle Brookner, Mary MacDonald and Martin McEvoy address the Transition Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Transition Committee on Thursday voted unanimously to continue negotiations with the town of New Ashford about the tuition rate at Lanesborough Elementary School.   But at least one member of the committee sounded a cautious note about going too far without buy-in from town officials in the district's member towns.   New Ashford officially was notified by the district in September of a spring vote by the Lanesborough School Committee to institute a policy aligning tuition rates with the per pupil


Williams Softball Opens with Pair of Wins
08:11PM / Sunday, March 18, 2018
CLERMONT, Fla. -- The No. 4 ranked Williams College softball team opened its season Sunday at the National Training Center, opening with an 8-1 victory over Manchester University and following up with a 2-0 shutout over SUNY-Fredonia.   The Ephs continue their spring training trip Monday with a 9 a.m. game versus Hendrix College and an 11:30 a.m. contest against Wisconsin-Oshkosh.    "It was a good beginning," Ephs' head coach Kris Herman said. "We had a lot of contributions up and down the line-up and we're able to get a look at different combinations. Obviously, Mackenzie, Rebecca and Kirstin pitched well."   The nightcap was a pitcher's


Hillcrest Commons Promotes Concurrent Therapy To Neal
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:30PM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

Congressman Neal is on the Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicaid and Medicare. A bill in Congress now could expand concurrent treatment. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Hillcrest Commons would like to expand its group and concurrent therapy programs, but a 7-year-old Medicaid and Medicare law prevent it from doing so.   But, now there is legislation that could allow for those sessions to have greater coverage, which advocates say is a benefit to the patient, the health-care organization, and to the government.   "There is pending legislation in Washington that would allow for greater therapy services for people access their Medicare benefit. Instead of one-on-one

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DeMarsico's Wine Cellar Opens Tasting Room in the Norad Mill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Saturday, March 17, 2018

The DeMarsicos' wine list continues to grow. The winery operates on an agricultural license. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — DeMarsico's Wine Cellar has been elevated.    The "cellar" is now situated on the second floor of the Norad Mill, giving the winery plenty of space for production, retail and wine tastings.    "And we have windows," laughed Cheryl DeMarsico.    Cheryl and her husband, Glen, started making wine as a hobby but as demand for their product grew — and they scored some awards — they opened for business in the basement at 28 Marshall St., in a room below Grazie Italian Ristorante, about a year and a half


Berkshire County Arc Names New Director of Staff Development and Training
02:30PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has promoted Shaun Hall to the position of director of Staff Development and Training.

Hall has been a valued employee for BCArc for 18 years, most recently being honored with the 2017 BCArc Employee of the Year award. Previously he was a BCArc employment manager for 10 years, working to find employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

Seven years ago, Hall was promoted to the new position of staff development specialist. The position's focus was to standardize the training throughout the agency. He has been instrumental in this position for the agency and grew his department to a team of three additional staff to


New Member Joins MCLA Board of Trustees
02:25PM / Friday, March 16, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brenda Burdick, senior manager of marketing and public relations at General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, as been named the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is pleased to welcome Burdick to the board.

"Brenda Burdick brings more than 25 years of experience in business communications and marketing – as well as public, community, and government relations – to MCLA's Board of Trustees," Birge said. "Through her extensive community service throughout the Berkshires, which includes her work with the Berkshire Compact for Education and as a


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