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Village Closet Close to Finding New Home for Children's Clothing and Gear
11:11AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

CUMMINGTON, Mass. — When the Village Closet, a Cummington-based donation center for infant and children's clothing and gear, lost its space in September, hundreds of families in western Massachusetts were left without access to free kids clothing and diapers that were desperately needed.

"Many families have come to rely on the Village Closet as a way to make ends meet," said Lisa Goding, program director at It Take a Village, the nonprofit organization which manages the Village Closet. In 2019 alone, the Village Closet distributed more than $130,000 worth of free baby clothing, diapers and gear to 1,500 families from 84 different towns throughout western

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Fall has arrived, bringing with it many craft fairs and harvest festivals around the Berkshires. This list will be updated as we get more information. Have an event to add? Email us at info@iberkshires.com.

 

Saturday, Dec. 7

Dalton: Roots Rising’s Handmade Holiday Festival, a Berkshire winter tradition and curated holiday marketplace, will be held at The Stationery Factory at 63 Flansburg Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with over 60 artisans, farmers, and food producers. All proceeds from the $2 entrance fee will support Roots Rising's mission to empower youth and build community through food and farming. From pottery and jewelry to gourmet food items and body care products,

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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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Hescock, Benzinger Look Ahead to Bowl Bids
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:38AM / Monday, December 02, 2019
Winter has -- prematurely -- arrived back home in the Berkshires, but for at least two county alumni, their fall seasons are continuing.   Wake Forest senior Jake Benzinger of Williamstown and Central Florida junior Jake Hescock of Pittsfield each has helped his college football team qualify for a bowl game.   Hescock, a former Taconic High student-athlete who finished his secondary education at Connecticut's Salisbury School, is a junior at UCF.   This fall, the tight end has nine catches for 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The UCF Knights are 9-3 and carry a two-game winning streak into the post-season.   Benzinger and the Demon Deacons dropped a heartbreaker in

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Williams Women's Hockey Posts Shutout To Win Tourney
05:36PM / Sunday, December 01, 2019
BOSTON, Mass. -- Elizabeth Welch and Brianna Hill each scored a goal to lead the Williams College women's hockey team to a 2-0 win over Stevenson Sunday in the championship game of the Codfish Bowl tournament.   Marissa Anderson made 14 saves to earn the shutout win in goal.   Williams (4-3) travels to Elmira on Sunday.   Men's Hockey GENESEO, N.Y. -- Cnnor Kucharski scored two third-period goals for Williams to break a 4-4 tie and send the Ephs to a 6-4 win over SUNY-Geneseo.   Tyler Scott scored twice in the second go give Williams a 4-3 lead, but Geneseo tied it midway through the third with a power play goal.   Kucharski then scored with assists from

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Major Storm Forcing Delays and Cancelations
11:32AM / Sunday, December 01, 2019

School Closings: Check our page for school closures. Currently, Stamford and Abbott Memorial will be closed Monday as well as all schools in the Southwestern Vermont Supervisory Union. 

Other closings and delays: 

Mass MoCA opens at noon MCLA closed BCC closed Williams College offices and child care closed Bennington College opens at 10 a.m. Freight Yard Pub in North Adams open with limited staff; call ahead 413-663-6547 Berkshire Community Action Council offices closed; fuel emergency call 413-418-3661 or 413)-418-3657, heating system failure 413-418-3664. All CHP offices & practices will be closed; patients will be contacted for

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Support Group Helps People Deal With Loss
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:23PM / Saturday, November 30, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The holiday season can be difficult for people who have experienced a severe personal loss.

That's why Corinne Case encourages people dealing with such a loss to consider attending a session of the Northern Berkshire Loss Support Group, which she has facilitated for many years, most recently at the Harper Center in Williamstown. Upcoming sessions are Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; for information call Case at 413-242-4495.

"It's just really important," said Case, particularly around the holidays. "The worse thing we can do is stay in denial. Nor can we stay in anger."

Case is a licensed mental health counselor, but she

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'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood': What This World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:03PM / Friday, November 29, 2019
Can you say inspirational?   I can't remember the last time I left the movie theater thinking that what I had just seen was inspirational. Crazy? Yes. Funny? Yes. Sad and foreboding? Yes, quite often. But inspirational, in this cynical environment, with the Philistines at the gate? Nah, couldn't be. Who'd buy it?   But true enough, relying on the wonderfully positive legacy Fred Rogers bequeathed us, that's the overriding motif of director Marielle Heller's splendidly etched "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."   You see, borrowing from Mr. Rogers' overwhelmingly positive spiel, I believe even the most disingenuous supporters of the evil

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Williamstown, Great Barrington Join 'Fair Saturday' Celebration
05:05PM / Thursday, November 28, 2019

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will show 'The Wizard of Oz' at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, as part of Great Barrington's participation in Fair Saturday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Cultural District is participating in the first celebration of "Fair Saturday" in the United States.

Williamstown will be involved as part of the state's inaugural participation, which is being coordinated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In Berkshire County, the town of Great Barrington also is participating. The complete list of participating towns and cities and more information can be found online.

Fair Saturday is an independent not-for-profit

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The Independent Investor: Will Santa Satisfy Retailers?
By Bill Schmick,
04:25PM / Thursday, November 28, 2019
Ready, get set, go! That's what the nation's retailers are hoping you will do, preferably before your Thanksgiving dinner has barely been digested. Black Friday has become Black Week, while holiday shopping now officially includes the entire months of November and December.   In 2019, retail sales nationwide are expected to increase by 3.8-4.2 percent from last year, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). That would amount to a total of between $727 billion to $730 billion being rung up in the nation's cash registers. That's not a bad haul when you realize the average holiday sales increase over the last five years was 3.7 percent.   Those numbers are

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Happy Thanksgiving
11:59AM / Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Mount Greylock Committee Recognizes Top Scholar, Reorganizes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:40AM / Wednesday, November 27, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School senior Amelia Murphy was recognized this month as a "top scholar and an active participant in the classroom and the school community."   District Superintendent Kimberley Grady gave Murphy a Certificate of Academic Excellence during the monthly meeting of the School Committee.   "[Murphy] commands a great deal of respect from her peers and faculty for her level of maturity, integrity and enthusiasm for learning," Grady said.   She said Murphy's active life in and out of school includes hiking, gardening, rowing, Nordic skiing and karate. And with a primary academic interest in science,

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Williams Men's Basketball Tops MCLA
10:10PM / Tuesday, November 26, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Spencer Spivy scored 22 points Tuesday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to an 87-57 win over MCLA.   Alex Stoddard came off the bench to score 12, and Jovan Jones had nine points and eight rebounds.   MCLA got nine points from Noah Yearsley.   The Trailblazers (3-4) host Russell Sage on Tuesday.   Williams (4-1) goes to Albertus Magnus on Sunday.   Women's Basketball SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Emily Chang scored 28 points to lead Williams to a 68-46 win over Springfield.   Gabby Martin scored 18, and Katie Brule grabbed eight rebounds for the Ephs.   Williams (5-0) goes to Wesleyan next

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