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Bay State Games Figure Skating, Hockey This Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
11:56AM / Thursday, March 20, 2014
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The 2014 Bay State Games begin Friday with hockey and figure skating at Lansing Chapman and Vietnam Veterans Memorial rinks. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pittsfield's Joe Skutnik has been working with the Winter Bay State Games half a dozen years.   This weekend, he will get to enjoy some of the event as a spectator.   Skutnik has coordinated the alpine skiing competition for the winter sports festival since it moved to Bousquet Ski Area, where he is race coordinator.   This year, the Bay State Games are honoring Skutnik as one of the program's Berkshire Heroes, along with Bousquet ski instructor and coach Jill Johnson of Dalton and the Orchards Hotel in

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SU71 Committee Reacts to Open Meeting Law Complaint
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Thursday, March 20, 2014
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The SU71 Committee acknowledged an Open Meeting complaint against Committee member Robert Barton of Lanesborough and suggested he retake training on the law. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Superintendency Union 71 Committee on Wednesday acknowledged an Open Meeting Law complaint against one of its members and decided that member should undergo further training in the provisions of that law.   Lanesborough representative Robert Barton was the subject of a complaint filed by fellow resident Richard Cohen in reaction to Barton's actions at the Feb. 24 SU71 meeting.   According to Cohen's complaint, Barton violated the law by repeatedly — and against the advice of

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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,

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Cultural 'Pep Rally' Celebrates Collaboration Among Institutions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Mass MoCA Director Joseph Thompson said the collaborative nature of North County's institutions benefits the venues and visitors alike. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The leaders of North County's cultural institutions aren't interested in standing alone.   The directors of the Williams College Museum of Art, the Clark Art Institute and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the producer of the Williamstown Theatre Festival held a joint media event Wednesday morning at the college's Faculty House to talk about how their respective institutions are more cooperative than competitive when it comes to building the region.   "If we're competing,

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Bloomberg to Speak at Williams Commencement
03:00PM / Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will be the commencement speaker at Williams this year.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Former New York Michael R. Bloomberg will this year's principal speaker at Williams College's 225th commencement on Sunday, June 8.

The entrepreneur, philanthropist and founder of the eponymous Bloomberg LP financial news site will also receive one of the five honorary degrees being presented by the college.

The day before, religious scholar and author Karen Armstrong will be the baccalaureate speaker, and Stanford University physics professor and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will participate in a conversation on campus.

Bloomberg, Armstrong

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Williamstown Planning Board Looks to Rezone Parts of Simonds Road
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
03:05AM / Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Above, Planning Board Chairman Chris Winters points out proposed zoning changes on the map. Left, Cozy Corner owner Bhavin Shah wanted to be assured businesses detrimental to the area wouldn't be allowed. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Residents will be asked at the annual town meeting whether they want to expand Williamstown's Planned Business district along a stretch of Route 7 near the Vermont state line.   The Planning Board on Tuesday recommended three zoning bylaw amendments to May's town meeting.   Among the proposals is one that would rezone parcels immediately surrounding the intersection of Sand Springs Road and Simonds Road (Route 7) and an approximately

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Williamstown Woman Honored With Boston Post Cane
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
05:18PM / Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Pauline Piper, 105, poses at Sweet Brook Care Centers with a certificate recognizing her position as the town's oldest resident. A ceremony was held on March 2 presenting her with the Boston Post Cane.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pauline Piper has reached a milestone: 105.

A resident of Sweet Brook Care Centers, the centenarian skipped her regular exercise class recently to be presented with the town's Boston Post Cane by Brian O'Grady, director of the Council on Aging, to recognize her as Williamstown's oldest resident.
 
The tradition of the Boston Post Cane was also born 105 years ago, when the now defunct Boston Post's Publisher Edwin A. Grozier forwarded a

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That's Life: Celebrate the Day, Hold the Green
By Phyllis McGuire, iBerkshires Columnist
01:50PM / Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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I pray that my husband Bill is not turning over in his grave. It is St. Patrick's Day and I am not wearing green.

When Bill and I married 50 years ago,  I became a member of a clan composed of Patricks, Dennises, Maureens, Kathleens ... there is even a Tara. They seized every opportunity to gather for a party and spin tall tales.

I still don't know if Bill's oldest sister, Madeline, really had been a dance hall hostess when her future husband, Joe, first met her, according to the story their sons told. The truth went with Madeline and Joe to their graves.
 
When I met Madeline, she was a God-fearing woman who was thrown into a tizzy if her children or my Bill, who

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Lanesborough School Spins Wheels In Bus Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
07:50AM / Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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The Lanesborough School Committee met on Monday to discuss if there were ways to reduce busing costs.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — One cost of living in a rural environment is $32,000 to bus three children up a dirt hill.

The School Committee members took a look at busing costs — nearly double that of counterpart Williamstown but with fewer students — to see if they could save some money. An all-wheel-drive van and four large, yellow school buses make up the fleet, but few students this year utilize the van.

On a section of North Main Street, three students take the van home, up a road the bus company calls "treacherous."

"If you remove the van, they would

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Pittsfield Arts Groups Stress Need for Funding
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:33PM / Monday, March 17, 2014
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Pittsfield Director of Cultural Development Megan Whilden, left, looks over state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier's shoulder at Monday's arts discussion.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Artistic and cultural organization leaders made a pitch for more state funding on Monday by demonstrating how their programs benefit local youth.

State Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, listened to multiple representatives from local art groups at the Lichtenstein Center for Arts explain their programs and need for money.

"I am certainly thrilled to have learned more about a lot of your programs and learn for the first time about some of them," Farley-Bouvier said.

After cuts to the

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Downing Kicks Off Senate Re-election Campaign
By Andy McKeever,
09:17PM / Monday, March 17, 2014
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State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing kicked off his re-election campaign Monday night at Spice Dragon with St. Patrick's Day flavor.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — At age 24, Benjamin B. Downing stood on the steps of City Hall with a speech he rehearsed dozens of times to announce his candidacy for the open state Senate seat.

Eight years later, and seeing yet another term come to an end, he looked back on that speech and focused on a Bill Clinton quote he had altered: "It it our job not only to build a bridge to the 21st century but make sure that every one in every corner of the Berkshires and the commonwealth has the opportunity to cross that bridge."

He thought of the $90 million

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