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New Pedestrian Bridge at Margaret Lindley Park
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
02:49AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
A new bridge has been built over Hemlock Brook. The old one washed away during heavy rainstorms in 2013.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new pedestrian bridge over Hemlock Brook in Margaret Lindley Park fills a void left by torrential rains of May 2013 that swept away the original much-used span.

"Walk the 25 yards upstream from the pond and see it for yourself," suggested Philip McKnight at last week's Conservation Commission meeting. "As John Keats so aptly put it, 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.' "

With the new handicapped-accessible bridge in place, visitors to the park will be able to cross Hemlock Brook and gain access to the walking trails on


Williamstown to Close North Hoosac Road to Through Traffic this Week
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Monday, October 12, 2015
North Hoosac Road will be closed from Cole Avenue to the North Adams line for reconstruction and repaving beginning this week. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — North Hooosac Road from Cole Avenue to the North Adams line will be closed to through traffic during the day beginning this week.   The town's Highway Department will be conducting a thorough repaving of the stretch, a popular alternative to Route 2 (Main Street).   The project will include grinding and grading the existing pavement, repaving and the installation of new curbs and driveway aprons.   The project is expected to take between two and three weeks depending on weather. Work crews will allow residents and


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

Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
01:18PM / Saturday, October 10, 2015
Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World, at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12th 1492' from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 12, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to reflect that others had


Berkshire Scenic Railway Offering Round-Trip Rides From Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Friday, October 09, 2015
Berkshire Scenic Railways' Budd Car will be rolling along the tracks between North Adams and Adams on Saturday.

ADAMS, Mass. — Toot! Toot!

It's been a long time coming but the scenic railway is about to start chugging.

Train enthusiasts will get a chance to ride the rails this weekend as the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum tests out its new Hoosac Valley Service.

But this is just a pilot program, cautioned Jay Green, the museum's railway director.

"It's designed to test out the service, to test the design, to test the track and the operations," he said on Friday. "This is a soft opening."

It's a big step forward in getting the scenic


'The Martian': Houston, We Have a Hit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
10:37AM / Friday, October 09, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Twentieth Century Fox A sure-fire hit is putting Matt Damon in a lonesome dangerous place — and then rescuing him. Although in 'The Martian,' his astronaut Mark Watney is good at keeping himself alive/

You may want to prepare a little before seeing "The Martian," Ridley Scott's fantastical journey to Mars — and maybe back — starring Matt Damon in the title role. If you have the time, getting a Ph.D. at MIT should put you in good stead to at least comprehend the technical jargon in this superbly crafted, Space Age update on the "Robinson Crusoe"


Independent Investor: Millennials ó The Misunderstood Generation
By Bill Schmick,
04:32PM / Thursday, October 08, 2015

Millennials are feeling good about their financial future, says one survey. Another poll tells us that this same class of Americans is giving up on getting rich. Both can't be right and yet they are.

The first thing you have to understand is that attitudes change depending upon one's circumstances. In a recent poll by Bloomberg, for example, 47 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-35 believed that they do not expect to live better than their parents.

That is understandable if, for example, you happen to be living under your parent's roof (and 15 percent of millennials are). It is darn difficult to imagine living better than your folks under those circumstances. This is


Lanesborough FinCom Continues Discussion On School Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:14AM / Thursday, October 08, 2015
Finance Committee discussed the future of the school system for nearly three hours on Tuesday. At the end, the board did not come to a conclusion or take a stance.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Whether or not the school should accept tuition and school-choice students is a decision made by the School Committee.   But the town's Finance Committee on Monday debated the issue anyway, wondering if it should ask the School Committee to shut down both options. Some members believe that will make the system less costly in the future; others that the additional students account for revenue the school wouldn't otherwise have.   Committee member Steve Wentworth outlined


Heating Leak Causes Thursday Closure at Williamstown Elementary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Crews work on an ethylene glycol spill in Williamstown Elementary School that will force the school to close to students on Thursday, Oct. 8.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School will be closed on Thursday to address a malfunction in the school's heating system.

School officials discovered an ethylene glycol spill in the school's gymnasium on Wednesday morning. A plumbing and heating company was called in and discovered a cracked pipe in the system, Superintendent Douglas Dias said on Wednesday afternoon.   Dias emphasized that the ethylene glycol, a common component of antifreeze, was a liquid, not a gas, and that students and staff


Girl's Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Holding Painting Party Fundraiser
01:14PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Noelle's Belles, the Walk to Cure Diabetes team of local fourth-grader Noelle Dravis, is teaming up with The Progressive Palette to offer a fun Halloween painting party for both children and adults.

The party will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sts. Patrick and Raphael parish center in Williamstown. The cost is $37, which includes all supplies, instruction and snacks. No painting experience is needed. Seating is limited and advance registration is required online at

Fund raised will benefit scientific research to better treat, prevent and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that


Avoid Emotional Investment Decisions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:39PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

What’s the biggest obstacle to your ability to invest successfully? Is it the ups and downs of the financial markets? Political events? The fact that you weren’t born rich?

Actually, the chief hurdle you face is something over which you have control: your own emotions.

Your emotions can lead to a variety of ill-advised investment behaviors, such as these:

• Cutting losses: Declines in the financial markets can lead some investors to try to “cut their losses” by selling investments whose price has declined. Yet, when prices have dropped, it may actually be a good time to buy investments, not sell them, especially when the investments are still fundamentally


Williamstown Dedicates New Hiking Trail
08:31AM / Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Jean Richardson, Jon Reidel and Ingrid Cyros celebrate the opening of the Carl H. Reidel Trail. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the family of Carl H. Reidel joined Williamstown officials on Saturday for the official opening of a hiking trail named in his honor.   The half-mile trail connects Stone Hill Road near the Lunder Center of the Clark Art Institute with other trails. The new route was established this year by members of the town's Conservation Commission, which manages the woodlot.   A brief ceremony and ceremonial first hike were held on Oct. 3


Williamstown Building Commissioner Addresses Economic Development Panel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:06AM / Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Building Commissioner Ryan Contenta addresses the town's Economic Development Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's building commissioner on Monday refuted the notion that his office is an impediment to economic development.   When the ad hoc Economic Development Committee this spring sought input from residents, a common complaint was that Town Hall needed a "more favorable atmosphere for business."   At Monday's meeting of the EDC, Building Commissioner Ryan Contenta and Community Development Director Andrew Groff appeared to talk about the town's application of Massachusetts building codes.   "The state building code is

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