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PGA Junior Series Returns to Taconic
02:02PM / Monday, July 06, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Top junior golfers from around the country will take on the par-71 layout at Taconic Golf Club this week.   For the second straight year, the PGA Junior Series will make a stop in Williamstown.   Three Mount Greylock students will be among the dozens vying for an exemption to August's 40th annual Junior PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas.   Kyle Alvarez and Matt Wiseman, who competed in the event last year, will be joined by Ben Gilooly, a rising freshman at Mount Greylock.   Sixty-four boys and 13 girls are registered for the event.   Last year's boys winner, Daniel Martinez of Austin, Texas, went on to finish in the top half of the


Tanglewood Picnic Book Seeing 'Amazing' Success
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16PM / Monday, July 06, 2015
Author Gina Hyams sells and signs her new book at the Lee Outlets over the 4th of July holiday weekend.

LENOX, Mass. — When local author Gina Hyams was working on a proposal for her 12th book — a book about the food culture of Berkshire County — she kept coming back to one chapter that excited her the most.

The topic of that chapter? Picnics on the lawn of Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and a cultural landmark in Berkshire County.

"I would just light up when I talked about it," Hyams said.

So she followed her instincts and pitched a book just on Tanglewood picnics. Her literary agent thought it was "too niche" for a


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

Great Barrington All-Stars Top Lanesborough Bulldogs
05:17PM / Sunday, July 05, 2015
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Great Barrington 12-under Little League All-Stars scored in each inning but one to hand the Lanesborough Bulldogs 11u all-stars a 9-2 loss on Sunday.   Panayoitis Constantopoulos went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored and pitched an inning of relief for the Bulldogs (3-4).   Jack Gangelosi and Tristan Gardner each had a hit for Lanesborough. Cangelosi also struck out four in two innings of work as the 'Dogs used four different pitchers.   Lanesborough hosts the Bennington, Vt., 12u all-stars on Tuesday at 5:45 at Bud Anderson Field in Williamstown.   The Great Barrington Little League hosts the 12-year-old District 1 tournament this


@theMarket: Global Markets Weather a Wild Week
By Bill Schmick,
08:02AM / Saturday, July 04, 2015

After weeks of trading in a narrow range, world markets broke to the downside. The culprit was once again Greece. Now investors must wait until this Sunday to discover if there is more selling ahead.

Last weekend's move by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Greece to call a voter referendum in the middle of last-minute negotiations with its creditors effectively destroyed what chance there had been for a reasonable solution to that country's debt crisis.

European negotiators from the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund (commonly known as the Troika) stormed away from the bargaining table. They withdrew further financial support from Greece,


'Ted 2': Raunchier Than the Average Bear
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:55PM / Friday, July 03, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Universal Pictures The irreverent Ted is back in all his foul-mouthed glory.

It is the juvenile innocence behind the unabashed raunchiness manifested by Mark Wahlberg's John Bennett and his title teddy bear come-to-life that makes this franchise so ridiculously inviting. Who among us didn't have a childhood filled with uncountable fantasies ... make-believe beings and anthropomorphic imaginings that made the world we were entering just a bit more perfect? Director Seth MacFarlane's "Ted 2" says let the no-nonsense spoilsports believe what they will. They're wrong. Ted


Clark Unveils 'Whistler's Mother' on Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

'Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)' by James McNeill Whistler is seen in this image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- For his last show as director of the Clark Art Institute, Michael Conforti did not get what he wanted.   He got something better.   The retitring director on Thursday morning met with the media to talk about "Whistler’s Mother: Grey, Black, and White," which opens at the Clark on Saturday, July 4.   The show is centered on James McNeill Whistler's "Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother)," as the


The Independent Investor: Same-Sex Marriage Good for Business
By Bill Schmick,
04:58PM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

Last week's Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage at the federal level was greeted with a sigh of relief by most large companies. It also makes my job a lot easier as well. Here's why.

Previously, the myriad laws that allowed or disallowed gay marriage cost the private sector at least $1 billion annually. Over two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies were offering health and retirement benefits to same-sex partners in states that did not recognize their marriage. That incentive became a nightmare for human resources departments throughout the country that tried to square their practices with that of the states.

Spousal benefits for employees' same-sex partners were also


'Tragic' Director Stages 'Comedy' at Shakespeare & Company
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Thursday, July 02, 2015

Taibi Magar, right, directs the cast of 'A Comedy of Errors' at Shakespeare & Company.

LENOX, Mass. -- In terms an Elizabethan would understand, the gauntlet has been thrown down - by the Bard of Avon himself.   Taibi Magar, somewhat to her own surprise, came to Shakespeare & Company to pick it up.   "He sets up a big challenge for a director," Magar said during a recent pre-rehearsal interview at the Tina Packer Playhouse. "He puts 'Comedy' in the title. It's like, 'A Comedy of Errors.' No hiding.   "It's really scary, actually. If you don't make the audience laugh, you have failed


Opinion: Crossfit Offended Diabetics Everywhere
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:30PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Crossfit offended diabetics around the world with offensive tweets linking drinking Coke to getting diabetes. But for those diabetics who are insulin-dependent, a Coke can actually save their lives when their blood sugar goes low.

I have seen first-hand the war that diabetes rages on the body.

I have an uncle who is blind. An aunt who is on dialysis. A daughter who battles highs and lows every day.

It's a disease that wreaks havoc on your life 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are no vacations from diabetes. No time off. Not even so much as a coffee break.

This is what diabetes of both kinds - type one and type two - does to a person. It's not a


The Classical Beat: All Systems Go At Tanglewood
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:34PM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

After celebrating July 4th in Boston, Keith Lockhart brings the Boston Pops back to Tanglewood on Sunday for opening weekend.

Tanglewood, the nation’s largest and most prestigious summer music presenter, officially opens its 75th classical festival season.

Here’s a rundown of the concerts that will take center stage during the coming week. Why go? Read below for all the stellar music making, with superstar performers interpreting great music from across historical eras – much of it beloved favorites by audiences worldwide.

• Thursday July 2, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: The Cleveland-based Baroque chamber orchestra Apollo’s Fire will present a


Village Ambulance Adds Vans With Wheelchair Lifts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:24AM / Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Village Ambulance Service conducts a training session for the use of a wheelchair lift in one of its non-emergency medical transport vans.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Starting today, Village Ambulance Service will start transporting mobility-impaired clients as part of a new non-emergency medical transport service.   NEMT/wheelchair transportation is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is available for medical and non-medical travel.   "There certainly are other services out there," said Erwin Steubner, the president of the VAS Board of Directors. "We'd like to keep it local, home grown. It's not going to be a huge

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Bennington Tops Lanesborough 11-year-olds
11:39PM / Tuesday, June 30, 2015
BENNINGTON, Vt. -- Panayoitis Constantopoulos drove in three three runs, but the Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-and-under baseball team dropped a 10-3 decision to the Bennington 12-and-under All-Stars on Tuesday night.   Constantopoulos gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead in the top of the third, but Bennington did all its damage one inning later with a 10-run outburst to put the game out of reach.   Roberto Barron went three innings on the mound for Lanesborough, striking out five. Constantopoulos and Landen Jamula each pitched in relief.   The Bulldogs (2-3) play Great Barrington's 12-and-under all-stars on Sunday afternoon in Great Barrington.

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