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Pittsfield Man Killed in Train Accident
Staff Reports,
07:18PM / Tuesday, February 25, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Authorities are investigating the death of a Pittsfield man who was hit and killed by a train late Tuesday afternoon.   Rodney Sumner, 54, died in the collision shortly after 4 p.m. Investigators believe Sumner was in the area observing nearby construction and was unable to get out of the path of the eastbound train.   According to reports in The Berkshire Eagle, Sumner had apparently been watching the demolition work on the Tel-Electric dam on Mill Street for most of the day. The man was apparently on the tracks above the river between South Church Street and Mill Street when a train came through and was unable to get off in time.     A


Berkshires Beat: 'Mom's Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser Re-do Set for March 6
04:14PM / Monday, February 24, 2020
Mom's Day Off

On Friday, March 6 Bromley Mountain ski resort will hold their 18th annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser. (The previous date was cancelled as a result of weather conditions.) Moms ski or ride for just $25 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Once again, this year's event will benefit women's breast cancer care at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Cancer Center will receive the entire $25 lift ticket cost as a donation.

During the day, participants will be able to meet some of the physicians and staff of the Cancer Center, whether on the slopes or


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

Williams College Senior Senior Receives Luce Scholars Fellowship
03:01PM / Monday, February 24, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Summer-Solstice Thomas has been named a Luce Scholar by the Henry Luce Foundation for the 2020–21 academic year.

Each year, between 15 and 18 college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals are chosen for this recognition, which provides funding, language training, and professional placement for college seniors and young professionals interested in working in Asian countries. Approximately 70 colleges and universities nominate candidates with limited experience in Asia or who might not otherwise have an opportunity to work in Asia. Luce Scholars can possess an academic background in any field besides Asian


Eversource Hosts Seventh Annual Student Challenge
11:46AM / Monday, February 24, 2020

Writing a poem, drawing a cartoon strip, or creating a superhero are just three ways Eversource is encouraging students to demonstrate their knowledge of energy efficiency.

The energy company is reminding students that submissions are still being accepted for its seventh annual Student Challenge. The contest promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability and is open to kindergarten to high school students in its Massachusetts electric communities. The deadline for registration is March 17. All entries must be received or postmarked by March 27.

"From posters and poems to persuasive speeches and community projects, Massachusetts students continue to impress us


New Doctor Joins Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC
10:47AM / Monday, February 24, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Richard Basile, board-certified in general surgery and certified by the American Board of Venous & Lymphatic Medicine, to the physician staff of Berkshire Surgical Services of BMC.

Dr. Basile, who has operated Basile Vein Specialists for many years, has been named the medical director of the Berkshire Vein Center at BMC. As a result, he is closing his Basile Vein Specialists practice and will provide advanced vein care services at the Berkshire Vein Center beginning on March 2.

Basile had a busy practice in general and vascular Surgery for more than 20 years at Berkshire Medical Center and has also served as medical


Williamstown Finance Committee Begins Review of FY21 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, February 24, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town Hall does not plan to ask for any increase in property taxes to cover the town's expenses in fiscal 2021, the town manager told the Finance Committee last week.   The town's assessment from the Mount Greylock Regional School District remains an unknown.   The Finance Committee on Wednesday began its annual review of the town's spending plan that will be put before voters at May's annual town meeting.   Town Manager Jason Hoch reported that the net of anticipated increases for revenue and expenses shows the town $103.03 in the black for FY21 without any change in the tax rate. Hoch cautioned that he had not yet received an


Grasshopper and Spider: One jump too Many Into Oblivion
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:06PM / Sunday, February 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Curiosity can lure a biologist into the field, leaving the secure footpath to engage in actual research on the life of grasshoppers that thrive in a maze of grasses, and forage among vivid wild flowers burgeoning in benign weedy neglect.    Therein lurk in floral disguise their natural predators, the spiders. Many species garner bold arresting colors that in contrast may deter predators by announcing their yellow and black warning colors of hidden toxicity.    They spin elaborate silken webs remarkably crafted, as orb web weavers do, that intent upon capturing flying insects, exhibit their ingenious methods of wrapping prey in volleys of


Williams Women's Basketball Advances in League Tourney
06:04PM / Saturday, February 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Katie Brule scored 17 points Satuday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 65-56 win over Trinity in the quarter-finals of the NESCAC tournament.   Maggie Meehan scored 15, and Maddy Mandyck had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Ephs, who shot 45 percent from the field.   Williams (18-7) heads to the league semi-finals next Saturday at Tufts.   Men's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Garrett Day scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Amherst to an 89-86 overtime win over Williams in the NESCAC quarter-finals.   Williams (13-12) got 20 points from Spencer Spivy and 15 points and 10 rebounds from Jovan


Mount Greylock School Committee Chair Vacates Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:59PM / Saturday, February 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in eight months, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee is one member short.   Chairman Dan Caplinger on Friday informed the district's superintendent and his colleagues on the committee that he is stepping down from the elected office "effective immediately."   The move comes less than a year after then-Chairman Joe Bergeron, also of Williamstown, informed the district that he was relocating out of state and no longer would be able to serve on the committee.   Caplinger gave no specific reason for his departure when he spoke to Superintendent Kimberley Grady on Friday afternoon, she


Greylock Thunder Still Has Spots for U14 Travel Softball Team
Community submission,
09:08PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder will hold an informational meeting for families of players interested in joining its under-14 travel team on Sunday, March 1, at 6 p.m.   The meeting will be held at the Bishop West Real Estate office at 10 Center St., and will include information about fees, schedules and tournament locations.   If a player has been cut from a roster or decided to play late in the season, this is another chance to compete this season. The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball League offers competitive instruction and play in Berkshires and surrounding areas.   For inforomation, contact Lesley Kowalczyk at 413-281-8466 or


@theMarket: Corvid-19 Impact Coming Home to Roost
By Bill Schmick,
04:11PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
It began Sunday night with a warning from one of America's largest icons. Through the week, other companies followed suit, issuing warnings that the China-spawned virus is beginning to impact revenues and profits. Investors are bracing for further announcements in the days ahead.   Now that the Corvid-19 virus has been spreading out through the world for more than three weeks, some companies are beginning to get a handle on at least some of the damage that will incur to their businesses as the virus persists. Apple was the first major company to warn investors that their iPhone sales in China will take a hit in the first quarter. Since then, a number of companies have sounded the


'Criminal' Reveals the Human Stories Behind the Crimes
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
04:03PM / Friday, February 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Podcasts about serial killers are part of the modern aural landscape, a combination of the heightened interest in true crime and the ability of anyone with a computer to create a podcast. Boasting journalistic chops and professional production, the podcast "Criminal" exists as the gold standard of the genre, not just telling stories about crime, but examining the human stories revealed through the crimes.   For the last six years, host Phoebe Judge has guided her audience through crimes in history and more recent transgressions. Sometimes they have a larger social significance, other times they bring to light curious characters. Sometimes they


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