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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc's 23rd Annual Golf Classic Raises $43,000
02:05PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Green stuff: Berkshire County Arc raised $43,000 at its 23rd Annual Golf Classic at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield on May 25. More than 180 golfers on 45 teams participated in the tournament, which raised $43,000 to support individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries throughout Berkshire and Hampden Counties.

Approximately 100 organizations contributed sponsorships to the Golf Classic, including Corporate Sponsors Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency. In addition, more than 50 volunteers and organizations donated time, raffle prizes and silent auction items. To date, the agency's annual Golf Classic has raised approximately


BCC Announces Spring Semester Dean's List
12:39PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced its Spring 2017 Dean's List.

To be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major, completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester, and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 136 students qualified for High Honors:


Adams: Michael A. Corkins, Rebecca


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

Two Berkshire County Women Named Unsung Heroines
12:24PM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Cherri Sanes and Shavelle Boire.

BOSTON, Mass. — Two women from Berkshire County were named 2017 Unsung Heroines by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women during a State House ceremony on June 21.
According to the Commission, Unsung Heroines are women who don't make the news, but who make a difference. They are women who use their time, talent and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and the commonwealth is better


Coalition Remembers Cariddi, Looks Back During Annual Meeting
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, June 26, 2017

Jim Mahon, second from left, and Paula Consolini, third from right, accept the Northern Berkshire Hero Award on Friday. (Photo by Bert Lamb)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's annual meeting is always a time to look back at the previous year.

This year, the Coalition began its meeting by looking back one week to the death of state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi and then looking back at her decades of service to the Northern Berkshire community.

"Gailanne was amazing," Coalition Executive Director Amber Besaw said simply as she introduced a slideshow of photos of Cariddi over the years set to the song "Kind & Generous" by


Bay State Girls Basketball Tryout Sunday at McCann Tech
03:39PM / Saturday, June 24, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The final tryout for the Western Massachusetts girls basketball team for this summer's Bay State Games is Sunday, June 25, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at McCann Tech.   The team primarily is for girls entering grades 9 through 12, though recent graduates are welcome. Each team is allowed up to three 2017 grads.   Players must be a full-time resident of Massachusetts and a full-time student at a recognized academic institution.   The tryout fee is $38.   The 2017 Bay State Games are July 14-16 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury Crossing.   For information, contact Amy Cyr at


Mount Greylock School Committee Reapproves Concussion Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:57AM / Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mount Greylock Director of Athletics Lyndsey von Holtz addresses the School Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday reviewed the school's concussion policy and some historical data about head injuries among the student body.   The school's director of athletics and co-curricular activities explained the policy, which was up for a standard biennial review.   Lindsey von Holtz also shared data she has compiled about the instance of head injuries at the school — whether on the playing field or not.   The Mount Greylock policy, which is centered on a Graduated Return to Play Protocol and includes

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Williamstown Police Apprehend Streaker in Woods
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:01PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Police on Friday apprehended a man found naked in the woods of South Williamstown after passing motorists reported someone was harassing them, police said.   The incident led to a two-hour implementation of the "stay in place" protocol at Mount Greylock Regional School, though there was never any indication the man was close to the junior-senior high school.   At 7:31 a.m., the police received a call about a man placing objects in the roadway near the junction of Routes 2 and 7, Police Chief Kyle Johnson said. A second caller said his vehicle was struck by a man on the roadside who then, "took off all his clothes and ran into


Buxton School Teacher Awarded 2017 Kapteyn Prize
02:38PM / Friday, June 23, 2017

Linda Burlak, front and center, with her 2017 Buxton graduates.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Linda Burlak, a science teacher and academic dean at Buxton School in Williamstown has been awarded the ninth annual James C. Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching,the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced.

She will receive a $10,000 award for study or travel to enrich her teaching, and the school will receive a $2,000 grant in her name.

Currently in her 29th year at Buxton School, Burlak has taught biology and physics, algebra and geometry, and popular electives in marine science, astronomy and nature writing. She has served as a soccer coach, dormitory parent and college


'Cars 3': It Thinks it Can, It Thinks it Can
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
01:27PM / Friday, June 23, 2017
Point of disclosure: I am a lifelong, died-in-the-wool car enthusiast. As a child I spent endless hours on the floor pushing toy cars around, speeding under the kitchen table, through my mother's legs, around the linoleum perimeter, over the saddle leading to the foyer for the long straight to my bedroom. There, circling to the cheers of my other toys, I issued an acknowledging "zoom, zoom, rhoom, rhoom," then scooted back into the hallway and made a hairpin right into the carpeted living room, the off-road part of my imaginary Indy 500.   Thus I know and embrace firsthand the special, magical relationship some of us humans have with the spiritual successor to Old Dobbin,


Mount Greylock Student Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident
Staff Reports,
09:28PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One occupant of a car involved in a single-car accident on Hopper Road was airlifted to a regional hospital on Thursday afternoon.   The injured party was a student at Mount Greylock Regional School, and school officials are doing their best to notify members of the school community, Mount Greylock's interim superintendent said on Thursday night.   "We are aware students and families are anxious and are working as a school community to make sure we have students supported as they enter school tomorrow," Kimberley Grady said.   "[Principal Mary [MacDonald] has reached out to families, staff and coaches so that we have everyone


The Independent Investor: A Tale of Two Charities
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017
As Senate Republicans unveil their version of a new health care law replacing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Democrats are already crying foul. But while politicians are busy back-stabbing each other, there are real people out there who are sick and getting sicker.   These are Americans who can't afford, or can no longer find, insurance. Their stories are evidently not "newsworthy." Instead, the media prefers to accentuate the divisions among our lawmakers, while President Trump describes the House "Choice Act" as "mean." In the meantime, who is taking care of all those sick and elderly victims in this supposedly divisive America? Well, the


Social Media Attacks Take Toll on Mount Greylock Public Servant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mount Greylock School Committee member Wendy Penner has expressed an interest in taking Carolyn Greene's place on the RDAC. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing personal attacks on social media, the Mount Greylock School Committee member who has chaired the district's committee looking at full regionalization announced Tuesday she is stepping back from the latter group.   Carolyn Greene told her colleagues on the School Committee at its monthly meeting that she hopes School Committee member Wendy Penner will be able to fill in for her on the Regional District Amendment Committee, which Greene chaired in 2013 when the school launched its initial study and earlier this year


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