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Williamstown Honors Retiring Town Manager With Podium
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Peter Fohlin addresses the Board of Selectmen for the first — and likely final — time from a podium donated in his honor. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Peter Fohlin will be missed in the Selectmen's Meeting Room.   But his name will be hard to miss.   On Monday, the Board of Selectmen presented Fohlin with a going away present that he will not be taking away from Town Hall when he retires for good later this summer.   A new wooden podium was brought in at the end of Monday's meeting to replace the metal music stand that served that role for presentations from the public and, usually, for Fohlin's own town manager reports.   The new lectern


Pownal 'Boogie' Concert Canceled
07:15PM / Monday, August 10, 2015

POWNAL, Vt. — A music festival planned at the former Green Mountain Race Track has been canceled.

"Full Tilt Boogie" featuring ZZ Top, the Marshall Tucker Band and others, was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22. A posting on the Green Mountain Live website said the cancellation was because of safety issues, but did not elaborate. The webpage for Full Tilt Boogie has been removed.

"Due to circumstances beyond our control and out of concern for the safety of the festival goers we have decided to cancel The Full Tilt Boogie 2015.

"While we regret this decision, it was made in the best interest of public safety. We anticipate being able to resolve this situation in


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

North Adams Downtown Celebration Is Wednesday
03:11AM / Monday, August 10, 2015
The North Adams Downtown Celebration is this Wednesday. See photos from last year's celebration here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's annual block party takes over Main Street this Wednesday.

The 19th annual Downtown Celebration runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Main, Eagle and Holden streets with food, shopping, entertainment and conversation.

More than 100 participants, including local merchants, vendors, restaurants and organizations are expected this year, offering refreshments, games, crafts, raffles and information.

Attendees can expect to see stilt walkers, magicians, games, and performances.

Quite a few organizations are offering activities for families to enjoy.


Williamstown Vigil Remembers Ferguson Shooting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:33AM / Monday, August 10, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — About two dozen people gathered on Main Street on Sunday evening for a vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.   The crowd gathered in front of First Congregational Church with signs bearing the name of Brown and other recent victims of alleged police brutality and the slogan "Black Lives Matter."   Several motorists slowed and tooted their car horns in apparent support of the group, one of many around the country marking Sunday's anniversary.   "For those of us who are white, the events in Ferguson made us aware, like few events theretofore, of the grotesque inequality with which our


Williamstown Chamber Names Executive Director
08:59PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce has named Emily Watts as its new executive director, Chairman Jason Dohaney announced on Friday.   Watts, who currently curates and produces artistic work throughout North County, succeeds Sandra Thomas beginning August 2015.    “I moved to Williamstown just a couple of years ago and have fallen in love with this community. The Chamber has an important role in knitting together our values and our commerce, and I'm excited to a part of that,” Watts said.   For the past 15 years, Watts has brought organizational and operations expertise to a variety of cultural and economic development


'Van Gogh's Ear' to be Presented in Great Barrington
02:36PM / Friday, August 07, 2015

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Ensemble for the Romantic Century, a theatrical and musical group that combines fully staged dramas with live chamber and vocal music, has partnered with the Clark Art Institute to present “Van Gogh’s Ear” from Thursday, Aug. 20, through Sunday, Aug. 30, at the American Institute for Economic Research, located at 250 Division St.

Tickets are $85 per performance or $99 for a package ticket that includes admission to the Clark’s Van Gogh and Nature exhibition, on view through Sept. 13. View showtimes or purchase tickets online. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 413-458-0524.

Richard Kendall, the Clark’s curator at


Letter: Ice Cream Social Raises More Than $400 for Williamstown Youth Center
01:00PM / Friday, August 07, 2015

To the editor:

Wild Oats Market, a cooperative market in Williamstown, provided the Williamstown Youth Center with a check for $409, representing the proceeds from the co-op’s annual Ice Cream Social, which took place on Saturday, Aug. 1. The market provides the Youth Center with produce at cost throughout the year and has done so for more than a decade.

As a co-op, Wild Oats is in business to serve its members, many of whom are parents whose children have been involved in Youth Center programs. The Youth Center benefits many in the Wild Oats community as well as in the community of North Berkshire County. We’re extremely pleased to make them the recipient of the proceeds


The ROPES Camp Is In Full Swing
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:34PM / Friday, August 07, 2015
The ropes course for local youth at Windsor Lake has been instilling confidence for 19 years.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The ROPES summer camp program has entered its 19th year and shows no signs of slowing down. 

Driving through the Windsor Lake campground during the summer is often pretty quiet. But that isn't the case when camp is in session and even the loudest bird can't compete with laughing children on zip lines.

ROPES, which stands for Respecting Other People Encouraging Self-Esteem, is a free summer program that runs for one week twice during the summer. The program pits fifth- and sixth-graders from the Northern Berkshires against massive vertical obstacle courses


BRPC Seeking 'Economic Development District' Designation For County
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
BRPC's executive committee approved moving forward with the application to make Berkshire County and Economic Development District with the U.S. EDA. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is hoping to make the entire county the state's ninth "economic development district."   The designation through the U.S. Economic Development Agency and would increase the odds of projects in the county to receive grant funding.   Additionally, many districts receive annual funds to implement the countywide economic development strategy (CEDS) and, while there is a waiting list for the annual funding, a new board would oversee that activity. The


Williamstown Awards Another Mortgage Assistance Grant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Friday, August 07, 2015
Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Richard DeMayo leads Tuesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Tuesday awarded a fifth grant under the town's Mortgage Assistance Program.   By a vote of 4-0, the trustees agreed to give $15,000 to an single-income first-time homeowner looking to acquire a dwelling in town.   According to the application, the applicant sought the funds to go toward his or her down payment. The additional funds will remove the need for the borrower to carry private mortgage insurance, an additional monthly cost that stood between the potential homeowner and the loan, Trustee Stanley Parese said.   "Given


The Independent Investor: Boomers' Kids Don't Want Your Stuff
By Bill Schmick,
05:39PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015

You saved all your life, acquiring all sorts of assets that you now want to leave to your children. Today, more and more Baby Boomers are finding that their kids just don't want that antique auto or that original oil painting.

Too many of us fail to recognize that the Millennial generation has grown up with an entirely different view of the world, their possessions, one's life style and even value system. This may come as a shock. It did to me. As readers may recall, my wife and I have been downsizing for three years now. During the course of this process, we have offered our thirtysomething daughter and her husband all sorts of stuff that they didn't want. From snowboards to


'Irrational Man': Crime & Academics
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:26PM / Thursday, August 06, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Mysterious professor Joaquin Phoenix and bright-eyed co-ed Emma Stone get caught up in routine crimes and misdemeanors in Woody Allen's latest outing.

Each new Woody Allen film is inevitably judged against his body of work. Although generally unfair, it's deserved in the case of "Irrational Man," a dark and brooding meditation on crime, punishment and whatever else the auteur happens to have on his mind. He's good at that ... taking a plot and, in a cinema version of doodling abstractions on a notepad, filling the scenario with all sorts of stuff concerning the human


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