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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic Development
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Adams Select Board member Christine Hoyt points to a map laying out the redevelopment sparked by the Berkshire Scenic Railway project in Adams.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Everyone can play a role in the economic development of the region, local officials and experts said at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's monthly forum on Friday.

"Every single one of you is involved in economic development," Jonathan Butler, CEO at 1Berkshire, told the nearly 70 people in attendance at the monthly forum at First Baptist Church.

Butler kicked off the forum by giving an overview of the economic situation in the Berkshires, more specifically northern Berkshire County. He shared


Area Residents Finish Strong at Boston Marathon
06:38PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
BOSTON, Mass. -- More than half the area’s competitors at Monday’s Boston Marathon finished in the top half of his or her respective age division, according to results posted Monday evening on the Boston Athletic Association website.   One of the top performances was turned in by Pittsfield’s Abigail Wright, who finished in 3 hours, 9 minutes, 42 seconds, placing 235th out of 6,619 women in the 18-39 age group, the top 4 percent of the division.   It was a big day for the Americans in Boston, where Michigan’s Desiree Linden was the top woman in a time of 2:39:54 and Arizona’s Sarah Sellers was second in 2:44:04.   The top runner overall was


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

Q&A: Superintendent Interviews Offer Window into Administratorsí Thinking
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was inevitable that someone was going to walk away disappointed from April 5 meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition.   But the School Committee members themselves were not disappointed in the answers they got from the two finalists for the district's superintendent post.   And while the panel only could choose one of the candidates, there were a lot of similarities in the responses it received from Taconic High School Principal John Vosburgh and interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, the eventual selection.   Each recognizes a growing need for emotional support for students, each has been challenged by the time


Central Berkshire Habitat Teams With Lowe's For Women Build
04:11PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year's National Women Build Week from May 5-13 and also for an additional five weeks following the national event.   More than 18,000 women construction volunteers unite nationwide to build up their communities with Habitat homeowners.   On Sunday, April 29, local volunteers will start Women Build month by attending a hands-on construction training workshop that will give them the necessary tools to build on the construction site. Lowe's in Hadley will host a workshop on Monday, April 23, which Women Builders can


Berkshires Beat: Thermal Cameras Available at the Milne Library
01:44PM / Monday, April 16, 2018
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The cameras show hot and cold spots in homes that are not visible to the naked eye.

Just in time for Earth Day, the Milne Public Library is making two thermal imaging cameras available for residents to check out. These cameras, which attach to a smartphone, show hot and cold spots in homes that aren’t visible to the naked eye, enabling homeowners to find air leaks and poor insulation. Common culprits for air leaks include doors, windows, exterior outlets, ducts and connections to the outside such as cables or plumbing fixtures. Areas that might need additional insulation include attics, walls, floors, foundations, crawl spaces and ducts.

The cameras were


Williamstown Con Comm Rejects Using Park Land for Cell Tower
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Monday, April 16, 2018

Commissioners Hank Art and Robert Hatton hear testimony on Thursday. Hatton's unqualified objection to the idea of using Margaret Lindley Park to host a cell tower effectively put an end to the idea. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday took more than an hour's worth of testimony on the notion of putting a cell tower at Margaret Lindley Park.   It took Commissioner Robert Hatton about 20 seconds to render it all moot.   "I worked at Margaret Lindley Park for at least 12 or 15 years, the best years of my life, when I was 34 to about 50," Hatton said. "I ran Margaret Lindley Park with a lot of help, a lot of people who


Legislature Looking at $200M in Chapter 90 Funds; $7.2M for Berkshires
01:23AM / Monday, April 16, 2018
BOSTON – Some $200 million in Chapter 90 road funds have been approved in both houses of the Legislature for fiscal 2019, with about $7.3 million headed for Berkshire County.    The funds are part of a three-year, $600 million Chapter 90 apportionment that passed the State Senate. The House the week before passed a single-year $200 million bill and both houses are now working to resolve differences in the two bills in order to get legislation to the governor's desk so that the funds can be released for this construction season.   "This legislation allows the current Chapter 90 program to continue and guarantees future funding in FY 2020 and FY2021," said

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Great Barrington Police Investigating Fatal Crash
07:36PM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Housatonic woman was killed late Sunday morning in a head-on collision near 200 Maple Ave.    Annemarie E. Bushka, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries incurred in the crash.    Bushka's motor vehicle collided with one driven by Robert Bacigalupi, 68, who police say crossed the yellow line into Bushka's lane.    Bacigalupi, of New York City, was charged with motor vehicle homicide and marked lanes violation. He was taken by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and will be issued a summons to appear in court at a later date.   The


Williams Women's Tennis Runs Record to 12-0
07:08PM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
HARTFORD, Conn – The Williams College women’s tennis advanced to 12-0 overall with a win over Trinity on Sunday.   Williams’ duos of Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Korina Neveux, and Chloe Henderson and Mia Gancayco swept doubles, sending the Ephs into singles matches with just two needed to clinch.   The Ephs ended with a surplus, with Raventos, Henderson, Gancayco, Cancio, and Neveux all earning their second wins of the day. Trinity's only victory came in the sixth singles match due to forfeit.   Williams goes to Bowdoin on Saturday.   Women’s Lacrosse WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kara Wollmers scored four goals


Williamstown's Art Runs Boston to Benefit Disabled Runners Group
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Sunday, April 15, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Qualified to run his 80th marathon at age 73, Hank Art shows no signs of slowing down.   Unless he wants to.   Art will toe the line in Hopkinton this Monday morning for his 16th Boston Marathon. But one of his most memorable experiences in a 26.2-mile event came a couple of hours to south, at the 2013 New York City Marathon.   "It was my personal record for my slowest marathon," Art recalled last week. "We started at 10 a.m. and ended up after 6 at night in Central Park."   That is because Art was running not for a time but as a guide with Achilles International, a New York-based nonprofit that helps mobility-impaired


Williams Men's Lacrosse Tops Colby
09:22PM / Saturday, April 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- James McFarland scored six goals Saturday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 16-12 win over Colby.   Cory Lund and Kevin Stump each had a hat trick, and Geoge Peele made 12 saves to earn the win in goal.   Williams (6-6, 5-3 NESCAC) finishes with three straight road games, starting at Western New England on Tuesday.   Women's Lacrosse WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby scored the game's last six goals en route to an 18-7 win over Williams.   Emma Tenbarge scored four goals, and Kami Cisneros and Anna Alvarenga combined for nine saves in Williams' goal.   The Ephs (5-7, 2-6) host Skidmore on Sunday at 2


Mount Greylock Building Committee Grapples With Technology Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:34PM / Saturday, April 14, 2018

Richard Cohen, center, participates in a School Building Committee meeting in January 2017 in this file photo.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One Mount Greylock School Building Committee member pressed hard Tuesday to make sure the new school is part of the digital age … in every sense of the word digital.   Richard Cohen pushed back hard against a decision not to purchase classroom whiteboards that are compatible with the touchscreen capability in the projectors the district has purchased — challenging both the decision itself and the process by which it was made.   Cohen, who has called in the past for greater committee oversight of purchases in the


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