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@theMarket: June Is Off the Table
By Bill Schmick,
05:39PM / Friday, May 22, 2015

The notes of the Fed's April policy meeting, released this week, may have confused more people than not. The central bank committee revealed that they were unlikely to raise short-term interest rates in June. That statement could be taken as both a positive and a negative, depending on your investment position.

The official notice of a delayed rate hike was greeted with relief by some, although the markets had largely baked in that outcome. Many Fed Heads contend that a rate hike in September is still only a 50/50 proposition, while others argue any increase in rates won't happen until sometime next year.

This, they argue, is because the growth rate of the economy is simply not


Superior Court Briefs: May 22
Staff Reports,
02:39PM / Friday, May 22, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Jeffrey Kinder on Monday, May 4.   Kyle Bailey, 22, of Glendale had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of motor vehicle homicide while under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently, operating under the influence of alcohol and operating negligently causing serious bodily injury, possession of an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speeding, and failure to stay within marked lanes.   He was released on $4,000 bail. Bailey is accused of being the operator of a motor vehicle which struck a utility pole on East Street in Great Barrington on April 4, 2015. Garrett Norton, 21, of Housatonic died as a result of the


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: Memorial Day
12:00PM / Friday, May 22, 2015
Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 25. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Federal, state and local offices; no mail


Memorial Day Events 2015
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 22, 2015

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at North Becket Cemetery, ending at Ballou Park for ceremonies at 11.

Parade steps off from the Senior Center at 1 p.m.;

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The Independent Investor: Will Memorial Day Kick Off a Strong Summer?
By Bill Schmick,
04:26PM / Thursday, May 21, 2015

Brace yourself for a crowded holiday weekend. This year the kickoff to the summer season will see 37.2 million Americans take to the roads. It will be the strongest volume in travel in over a decade. And the summer is only beginning.

The joyful combination of low gasoline prices and a stronger economy is expected to improve the economic health of sectors ranging from hotels to autos to summer jobs for teenagers. After a dismal winter, this rebound should allow the economy to bounce back and then some.

Memorial Day weekend, for example, is typically one of the four best times each year to purchase an automobile (with tax season, Labor Day weekend and the end of the year the remaining


Lanesborough FinCom Will Support Mount Greylock Budget Request
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:48PM / Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Board of Selectmen were not happy that the Finance Committee opted to support the school instead of the board. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Finance Committee is supporting Mount Greylock High School's budget, to the chagrin of the Selectmen.   The Selectmen previously voted to short the Mount Greylock budget about $16,000 because those funds were added after the town agreed to a lower amount.   The Mount Greylock School Committee presented one budget at the public hearing and then later added an additional $42,100 for a late bus and middle school staff team meetings. School officials say they heard at the public hearing the desire for those items at the hearings

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Dr. Merselis Awarded Honorary Business Doctorate From Antioch
01:32PM / Thursday, May 21, 2015
Dr. John Merselis accepts his honorary doctorate at Antioch University New England’s commencement exercises on Saturday.

KEENE, N.H. — Antioch University New England bestowed longtime trustee Dr. John G. Merselis Jr. of Williamstown with an honorary doctorate degree in business at its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, in Keene.

Merselis practiced internal medicine for nearly 30 years with Williamstown Medical Associates. He then enrolled as a graduate student at Antioch University New England and earned his master of science in management degree in 1996. Beginning in 1997, he served on the governance board of Antioch University for a dozen years. In 2009, he was

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Williams Women's Tennis Wins 7th NCAA Title in Eight Years
08:06PM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
MASON, Ohio – In a clash of NCAA Division III women's tennis titans it was only fitting that it would take just under five hours to find a difference between the No. 1 ranked Ephs of Williams College and No. 2 ranked Eagles of Emory University.   Eph sophomore Linda Shin prevailed in three sets at number two singles to give Williams a 5-4 win over Emory and its seventh NCAA title in the last eight years under head coach Alison Swain '01. Since 2001 when Williams won its first NCAA title Emory and Williams have combined to win 14 of the last 15 NCAA titles. Williams has won a Division III record nine titles, including a record six in a row, and in that time Emory won five.

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'Mad Max: Fury Road': Insane Is More Like it
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:26PM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Warner Bros. The insane and grotesque vie with hope and change in a furious mix of mechanical mayhem on Fury Road.

If it were indeed the future, and we had the technology to download the cogent and savory core of director George Miller's highly ambitious, postapocalyptic bedlam without having to suffer its long, extraneous stretches of gratuitous pandemonium, such would be my recommendation.

'Tis the best movie I didn't like in a long time. Its excesses can be oppressive to anyone with a normal attention span. But now, at home in armchair, safe from the inundating madness of

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Williams Grant Recipients Show Off Fruits of Their Labor
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47PM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Perry Burdick from McCann Technical School shows off the robot that McCann students built in an after-school robotics program made possible by an Olmsted Award grant from Williams College.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — What do robots, websites, books on bullying and youth choruses all have in common?

In North Berkshire, they were all projects able to be developed and presented to local public school students, thanks to Williams College's 2014 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development.

At a Wednesday morning breakfast in the college's Faculty House, President Adam Falk announced the winners of the 2015 grants to Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, Berkshire Arts and

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Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival Announces Summer Lineup
By Stephanie Salvini, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:23AM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival co-Chairwoman Shirley Edgerton, left, Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount,  and festival co-Chairman Don Quinn Kelley.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Back for its third year, the Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival will be celebrating African-American heritage and freedom in the United States by partnering with community organizations to provide Berkshire County with a wide array of cultural events.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery and the festival is embracing the idea of freedom for all.

"We ask all to celebrate with us from June 14th to Aug. 22nd," said Festival Steering Committee co-Chairman Don Quinn-Kelley.

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Williamstown Voters to Shoppers: Bring Your Own Bag
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:24AM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Selectmen Thomas Sheldon, Jane Patton and Ronald Turbin vote for the anti-plastic bag bylaw. Selectmen Hugh Daley and Andrew Hogeland voted with the minority of town voters against the ban, urging more opportunity for community input. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday evening passed bylaws to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food containers at retail establishments.   By a vote of 205-81, town voters passed Article 41 on the annual town meeting warrant that called for the ban on single-use bags and a mandatory fee of 10 cents per paper bag distributed by local retailers.   Voters then passed a companion bylaw aimed at


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