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Final Jocelyn LeClair 5K Set for Sunday
By Shannon Boyer, iBerkshires Sports
01:02PM / Monday, April 27, 2015
The race begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Clarksburg State Forest; the 1-mile walk at 10:30. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In August 2001, Jocelyn LeClair passed away at the young age of 15 from spinal meningitis.   The following spring, in 2002, her friend and Drury High School teammate Allison Holmes founded the Jocelyn E. Leclair Memorial Scholarship race to honor LeClair and create an event to bring friends and family together to remember Jocelyn's fun and loving spirit.   Now, 14 years later, her parents Bob and Pat LeClair have decided that this year's Sunday, May 3, race will be the last run.   "Pat and I just decided we wanted to step down from doing

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'An Uncommonly Fine Head': The Life and Times of Agrippa Hull
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
08:26PM / Sunday, April 26, 2015
Agrippa Hull, a Revolutionary veteran, was a well-known resident and landowner in Stockbridge.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — In the days following the War for Independence, he came to be one of the most celebrated African-American Berkshirites of his time, yet sadly his name is not particularly well known to locals today.  

Not nearly as well remembered as that of Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett), with whom he worked and lived beside, Hull's life nonetheless intersected with pivotal pieces of history and left a lasting legacy on the struggle for racial equality in the United States.

"Agrippa Hull was one of the most remarkable and unnoticed African Americans of the revolutionary

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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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Clark Exhibit Celebrates Underappreciated Medium
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Saturday, April 25, 2015
Clark Art Institute's exhibit 'Machine Age Modernism' features Claude Flight's linocut prints, a form of printing popular in 1920s and '30s London.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In the first part of the 20th century, Claude Flight and his disciples were doing some cutting edge work.

Literally.

Flight is an innovator and leader of a short-lived boom of linocut printmakers that thrived in London in the 1920s and '30s.

He and his contemporaries are celebrated in the Clark Art Institute's exhibit "Machine Age Modernism," on view in the Clark Center through May 17.

The show features colorful, intricate and often highly abstract images of everyday life

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@theMarket: Buy on the News
By Bill Schmick,
02:42PM / Saturday, April 25, 2015

The worst of earnings season is behind us and it isn't nearly as bad as investors feared. Led by the tech sector, market averages are once again near their highs and appear to be on their way to even higher highs. Halleluiah.

If you recall that last week at this time, world markets looked to be at death's door and the recovery in five days has been encouraging. It is not only the U.S. market that has seen a strong recovery. The highly volatile Chinese market, after experiencing close to a 5 percent sell off in two days, rebounded nicely, erasing all losses and then some. The same can be said for Hong Kong and Japan. And now Taiwan is getting into the mix with more than a 3 percent

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'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2': Bargain Basement Bull
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
09:03PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Columbia Pictures Kevin James keeps the mean streets of the mall safe in the retread comedy 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.'

Mrs. Goldberger taught me nothing if not to be a snob. But I think if I were sitting at her kitchen table, having endless cups of coffee, puffing on cigarettes (we all smoked then) and discussing "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," she'd laugh and, in her European accent, say, "He's so silly, and he needs to lose weight badly. But he's brave, and he loves his daughter so much. She's a little overweight already, too. She should watch. The second wife

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Taconic Golf Club Building Membership, Opportunities to Play
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Taconic Golf Club plans to open this Saturday. The club's seen a significant growth in membership for its top-rated course. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The leadership of Taconic Golf Club is excited about Saturday's planned opening of the course, which traces its roots to the 19th century.   But those same leaders are more excited about the innovations that are ensuring Taconic's success well into the 21st century.   "We're trying to really build the future of Taconic," head professional Josh Hillman said this week.   "It's extremely affordable now the way the membership committee and marketing committee have set it up. ... We have

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Superior Court Briefs: April 17 - April 23
Staff Reports,
11:13AM / Friday, April 24, 2015
Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Friday, April 17.   Sasha Santiago, 25, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, and single counts of trafficking in heroin and trafficking in cocaine.   She was released on $15,000 bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle stop in North Adams on March 2, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge Daniel Ford on Tuesday, April 21.   James Colbert, 53, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of assault and battery and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.    He was ordered to be held at the Berkshire County House of

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Williamstown Housing Trust Reviews Proposals for Land Purchase
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Friday, April 24, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday agreed to continue considering three of five proposals it received for properties the trust can purchase for the purpose of building or renovating owner-occupied, deed-restricted homes.   The trustees issued a request for proposals earlier this year for landowners looking to sell to the town. The trust's goal is to create one or more owner-occupied dwellings that would be perpetually affordable for residents at a given income level.   Five landowners submitted proposals, although one was not considered because it did not include an offering price as required under the terms of the recent request for

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The Independent Investor: Should You Manage That 401(k)?
By Bill Schmick,
05:47PM / Thursday, April 23, 2015

When the Federal government, together with Corporate America, offered the American worker 401(k) and 403(b) tax-deferred savings plans, as an alternative to pension plans, they forgot one thing. The vast majority of employees have no idea how to manage these plans.

Back in my Dad's day, managing American's retirement savings was the job of professional pension plan managers. The money was invested conservatively, with a long-term view, regardless of market conditions. Clearly, it was the tortoise approach to investing, but by the time he retired his nest egg had grown considerably.

Today, less than 3 percent of all workers are enrolled in traditional pensions. The demise of

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Hoosic River Revival's Grinnell Honored by EPA
Staff Reports,
01:25PM / Thursday, April 23, 2015
Judith Grinnell at last year's announcement of funding for design work on the Hoosic River's South Branch. Grinnell, founder of the Hoosic River Revival, was honored by the EPA on Wednesday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hoosic River advocate Judith Grinnell has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for her efforts. She was the only Western Massachusetts award recipient.

Grinnell, who founded the Hoosic River Revival in North Adams, was one of 11 New England recipients of the 2015 Environmental Merit Award. Some 27 awards in all were presented on Wednesday, Earth Day, in Boston.

Grinnell was presented with an individual award for her vision to turn the

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Boston Medical Center HealthNet Ends Coverage For BHS Patients
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Thursday, April 23, 2015
Some 12,000 Berkshire Health System patients will have to find new insurance since Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan ended its coverage. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Some 12,000 local patients need to find a new insurance company or change plans.   Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan ended its coverage of patients at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, the Berkshire Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice and other Berkshire Health Systems affiliates.    "Berkshire Health Systems is disappointed that BMC HealthNet has chosen to terminate its coverage for patients of BHS, but with their similar termination with Baystate Health System last year it was not a

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Spring Prescription Drug Take Back Day Set for April 25
12:53PM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This spring, community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host the biannual prescription drug take back day on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be seven locations across the county.

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications should stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal use needles are accepted, but only in puncture proof plastic containers. Because the aim is to collect prescriptions, the locations cannot accept thermometers, IV bags, blood or infectious waste, nebulizers, and oxygen tanks.

For northern Berkshire County, the Rx Round Up will occur at the Adams Police Station, the North

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