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Halloween Accident Prompts Safety Discussion in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Chris Johnson addresses the Select Board on Monday evening. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and town manager Monday committed to developing a plan to address safety of trick-or-treaters following a single-car collision that sent one child to the emergency room this Halloween   The board responded to letters signed by more than two dozen residents and the comments of five residents who attended Monday's meeting, including the father of the child who was struck this Oct. 31.   "The police that evening did an incredible job," Chris Johnson told the board. "The emergency crew that came was incredibly professional. … As my wife and I arrived

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Williams Women Win in Double OT
11:03PM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mikaela Topper scored 23 points to lead four Ephs in double figures as the Williams College women's basketball team beat Vassar, 76-65, in double overtime on Tuesday.   Emily Chang scored 13, Maggie Meehan had 12, and Maddy Mandyck scored 10 to go with a team-high eight rebounds.   Williams (2-0) hosts Endicott on Friday.   Men's Basketball ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Harrison Deegan scored 23 points to lead SUNY Oneonta to a 74-69 win over Williams.   Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 17 points, and Jovan Jones ahd a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Ephs.   Williams (2-1) hosts Wesleyan on Saturday.

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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,

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Williamstown Fire District Voters Choose Moresi, Reynolds
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:05PM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN — Voters on Tuesday chose David Moresi for an 18-month term on the Prudential Committee and Richard Reynolds for a 30-month term.

Only 180 ballots were cast out of about 4,800 registered voters in town, Town Clerk Mary Kennedy said, or barely 4 percent.

Moresi received 137 votes to the 39 received by his opponent, Gerald Smith. Reynolds notched 114 votes to the 64 votes of his opponent, Bruce MacDonald.

Eventually, the two new seats on the expanding committee will be three-year terms, like the current three spots on the committee, which oversees the Williamstown Fire Department

Moresi and Reynolds join incumbents John Notsley, Ed McGowan and Ed Briggs on the Prudential

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Donates to Habitat for Humanity
03:54PM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Passing it on

The member-owners of Wild Oats Market have selected Northern Berkshire Habitat For Humanity as the recipient of this quarter's donation from its Pass It On Program. Created in April to coincide with Earth Day, this initiative promotes reusable shopping bags by charging 10 cents per paper bag requested at checkout.

Every three months, these funds are donated to a local organization chosen via an online vote by the store's membership. On Friday, Nov. 15, Northern Berkshire Habitat For Humanity's president, Elisabeth Goodman, visited Wild Oats and received the check for $765.20 from Operations Manager Renate Kopynec. For more information about Wild Oats' Pass It

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Lanesborough Tigers Head to National Tournament
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02:31PM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — On Thursday, the Lanesborough Senior Tigers will head to Sparta, N.J., to take part in the Northeast Regional of the Hall of Fame World Youth National Football Championship Tournament.   The Tigers are one of four teams invited from the Northeast and will start tournament play on Friday in Sparta. If the Tigers win this weekend’s tournament, they will have the opportunity to play at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on Dec. 7-15.   This group won the 2017 Juniors and 2019 Seniors Berkshire County Youth Football championships and have gone 25-0 since being together as Pee Wees back in 2015.   "It’s a talented group of

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Share Your Bounty with Family
10:59AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019

As Thanksgiving approaches, it's meaningful to reflect on the origin of the holiday –Native Americans and pilgrims sharing their bounty of food with each other. As you gather with your loved ones this year, perhaps you can think of ways to share not only your dinner, but also your financial bounty.

In terms of bounty-sharing, here are some suggestions you may find helpful, no matter your age or that of your children:

* Make appropriate gifts. If you have young children, you may want to get them started with a savings account to help them develop positive financial habits. You could even make it a Thanksgiving tradition to measure how their accounts have grown from year to year.

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Harvest Festivals and Craft Fairs 2019
10:20AM / Tuesday, November 19, 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, Nov. 23

Adams: Saint Stanislaus Kostka School will be holding its annual Christmas Bazaar at Kolbe Hall at St. Stanislaus Church from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will inlude Polish foods, raffles, Chinese auctions, country crafts, baked goods, a snack bar and more.

Lenox: The United Methodist Church of Lenox, 6 Holmes Road, will host its annual Holiday Craft Connection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature more than 30 vendors, Salvation from Hunger Cafe, cookie

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Berkshire Lax Team Competes in Regional Showcase
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10:04AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019
EAST LONGMEADOW, Mass. -- The Berkshire Lax Club played in the New England Showcase on Sunday at East Longmeadow High School.   After dropping the opening game, 5-1, to Lax Plus (Connecticut), Berkshire bounced back to beat Rev Lax (Boston), 8-3, and Mainiax (Maine), 6-5.   Sierra Murray (6 goals), Hannah Bowlby (4 goals), and Sarah Polumbo (4 goals) led the way on offense.   Emily Figiela, Maya Creamer, and Ainsley Able gave strong defensive efforts throughout the tournament, and Sydney Smith anchored the team in goal.      

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Education Task Force Continues Study on Countywide School District
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
04:02AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Project manager Jake Eberwein, center, presents his management plan to the task force. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force is trying to anticipate potential problems on the pathway to a unified county school district.    The task force meeting at Berkshire Regional Planning's office Saturday morning certainly didn't solve any problems but did try to outline where those challenges may arise.    As with all other education initiatives the first hurdle they have is money. More specifically the lack of it.   "The full proposal we pitched (to the state Department of Education) was $420,000 for each of the first three

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20 New McCann Graduates Welcomed Into Nursing Profession
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:15AM / Tuesday, November 19, 2019

See more photos of Monday's pinning ceremony here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Billie Allard opened her arms wide on Monday to welcome the newest cadre into the nursing profession.    Calling on other nurses in the gym at McCann Technical School to stand and be noted, the keynote speaker at Monday night's pinning ceremony told the 20 licensed practical nursing graduates that she had no idea what her life would become after her own pinning ceremony years ago.    "I have never regretted for one moment the decision I made nurses has nursing has helped me develop a deep and abiding love and appreciation for every person each day and each moment as

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Messy Mix of Ice, Rain, Snow Expected Monday Night
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Monday, November 18, 2019

A chilly rain for most of the Northeast Coast but more of a wintry mix with some ice (BOOOOO!) for parts of the interior Northeast. @LianaBrackett and I will time out the worst of the weather. 9am-1pm ET on the @weatherchannel. pic.twitter.com/rZSpzfG19q

— Alex Wallace (@TWCAlexWallace) November 18, 2019

The Berkshires missed any messy commute on Monday but that doesn't mean we're out of the woods. More sleet and freezing are on the way.

Forecasters over the weekend had warned of possible icy conditions on Monday morning that slipped on by us. However, there's a winter weather advisory in effect for Monday into Tuesday at 10 a.m. for freezing drizzle that could start by

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BCAC Taps Community For Needs Assessment
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Monday, November 18, 2019

Christina Maxwell of the Food Bank of Western Mass talks about food security. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Poverty was the topic of conversation on Friday to help the Berkshire Community Action Council gauge the needs in the community.   Community leaders and experts led a panel Friday morning at the Berkshire Athenaeum to help spark a conversation among participants focused on poverty and its different catalysts.      "We are all interested in working on the destabilizing effects poverty is having on our community and so we hope that we will get some good information here," BCAC Executive Director Deborah Leonczyk said. "So please give us your ideas,

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