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Williams Geosciences Professor Awarded NSF Grant to Study Boulder Beach Response to Storms
11:11AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Rónadh Cox, the Edward Brust professor of geology and mineralogy at Williams College, has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The three-year, $340,000 grant will support her research on how boulder beaches respond to storms and how they change over time.

Boulder beaches record wave action on stormy coastlines, but surprisingly little is known about them. Cox's NSF-funded project, titled "Boulder Beaches: The Understudied Archive on High-Energy Coasts," aims to increase understanding of their dynamic evolution. The study focuses on 22 sites in Ireland, which has a wide range of boulder-beach settings, so that the


Holiday Hours: Independence Day
08:01AM / Thursday, July 02, 2020

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Because it falls on a Saturday this year, Friday is considered the federal holiday for purposes of employment and some closures. Call ahead if unsure of your destination's holiday schedule.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on


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

The Retired Investor: Big Banks & Big Brother
By Bill Schmick,
04:43PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020
It is an interesting time for bank stocks. In the aftermath of two federal regulatory actions last week, the money-center banks are becoming more public than private institutions.   First the good news. Federal banking regulators announced that they are relaxing provisions of the Volcker Rule, which was an important part of the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010. Readers might recall that act was passed in the aftermath of the financial crisis. It was meant to prevent another "too big to fail" scenario within the nation's banking system.   A key provision of the act prevented banks from using their own funds to invest in risky assets such as derivatives, options, private equity,


BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Nursing Graduates
04:38PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020

BCC, like many other schools, has been forced to be creative in recognizing its graduates during the pandemic. The graduates have often put their own spin on the unusual ceremonies. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. —Twenty-seven graduates of the practical nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College and 57 associate degree in nursing graduates were recognized on Tuesday night for a combination drive-through and remote ceremony in order to observe social distancing protocols because to COVID-19.     Ann Tierney, a nursing adviser, retired nurse practitioner and professor of nursing, addressed the practical nursing students while Lynn Geldert,

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Williamstown Fire District Voters OK Purchase of Tanker Truck
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Wednesday, July 01, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters on Tuesday unanimously approved the Williamstown Fire District's budget in a brief annual meeting at Williamstown Elementary School.   The Prudential Committee, which governs the district, had asked voters to OK a spending plan that calls for slightly less revenue to be raised from taxes in fiscal year 2021 than the district sought for the current year.   The largest of nine articles on the warrant, Article 5, covers the district's operating expenses for the year ahead. It was up by $7,714, or 1.6 percent, to $495,865.   The second largest appropriation came from the district's stabilization fund, which will pay the $380,000

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New Ashford Shows Love Love on 105th Birthday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Balloons and sign outside Love's house.  NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — There were balloons, there was family, there were noisemakers — actually, fire trucks — and there were jokes, courtesy of the guest of honor.   It was as good a birthday party as one could hope for in the age of social distancing.   Cecile Love celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday, and the town turned out to celebrate with her, even if most of the residents had to settle for delivering drive-by greetings at noon at her home on Route 7.   Asked how she explains her longevity, Love poked a little fun at herself.   "You've just got to stay on your feet and


Massachusetts Lifting 14-Day Isolation for Certain Travelers
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:49PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
BOSTON — The state is welcoming travelers from surrounding states that have controlled the spread of the novel coronavirus.    Beginning July 1, travelers from Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York or New Jersey will not be expected to abide by the 14-day self-quarantine advisory put in place more than two months ago.    However, those arriving from other areas — including residents returning home to Massachusetts from them — are still being asked to continue the two-week isolation period.   Gov. Charlie Baker said at Tuesday's COVID-19 update that lifting these restrictions is based on data showing that


BTG to Host 'Sunset Cinema' Outside at Taconic High School
11:26AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Theatre Group will show family-friendly films at its newly established Sunset Cinema outside at Taconic High School on Valentine Road on July 10-11 and July 16-18.

The cinema will begin on Friday, July 10, with Disney’s "Newsies: The Broadway Musical!," a movie about an intrepid group of kids called the newsies in 1899, who fought corporate America and won. Winner of two Tony Awards, "Newsies" follows the real life story of Jack Kelly, who takes on the system that cheats them out of wages while raising prices at their expense.

"Newsies feels so right for this time and for our community, BTG Artistic Director and CEO Kate


BCC Announces Spring Semester Deanís List
10:10AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its spring 2020 dean's list.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. 

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 138 students qualified for high honors:


Canaan: Kaitlynn Huften, Emily


Berkshire County Arc Announces Scholarship Winners
10:03AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc has announced its 2020 scholarship recipients for high school seniors pursuing undergraduate education in the field of human services.

The winners are:

• Madison Tobin, Pittsfield High School graduate to attend Roger Williams University with a major in elementary education/special education.

• Viictoria Tynan, Taconic High School graduate to attend MCLA and major in social work.

• Jordyn Gagliardi, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend Fitchburg State College to major in criminal justice. 

• Kate Mathews, Wahconah Regional High School graduate to attend University of New Hampshire's College of Health


Work to Achieve Your Financial Independence
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:51AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Over the past few months, just about everyone has felt the loss of some type of freedom, whether it's being able to travel, engage in social gatherings or participate in other activities we previously took for granted. 

Still, as we prepare to observe Independence Day, it's comforting to realize all the freedoms we still have in this country. And taking the right steps can also help you achieve your financial independence.

Here are some moves to consider:

• Build an emergency fund. It's a good idea to create an emergency fund consisting of three to six months' worth of living expenses, with the money held in a liquid, low-risk account. With this fund in place, you


Three Williams Faculty Members Awarded Nelson Bushnell Prize
09:46AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize for excellence in teaching and writing, an award given annually to the faculty since 1995. 

This year's recipients are Rashida K. Braggs, Mea Cook and Bernie Rhie: Braggs for the integration of her scholarship with her teaching and for mentorship of junior faculty members; Cook for her creativity in her classes and the deliberate approach to inclusive pedagogy; and Rhie for his highly effective teaching and mentoring for junior colleagues through various programs.

Rashida K. Braggs

Braggs is an associate professor of Africana studies and a faculty


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