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Volunteers Sought for Humanitarian Mapping Projects
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:22PM / Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Volunteers are plotting uncharted territories in West Africa as part of a crowdsourced mapping project to help health care workers with the ebola crisis. Two workshops are being offered this week on the project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Doctors and health-care workers trying to contain the ebola outbreak in West Africa are looking for direction from Internet savvy volunteers around the world.

A crowdsourced mapping project is helping them locate small villages and pathways in the poorly charted region to bring aid to isolated populations and track the spread of the disease. And it's not just being used for the ebola, but for humanitarian crises of all stripes.

That prompted

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Williams Senior Harrier Wins National Honor
09:53PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS -- The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Williams College senior Colin Cotton the NCAA DIII National Men's Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Saratoga Invitational hosted by RPI.

Running in the event that the USTFCCCA had dubbed the DIII Meet of the Week in a field of more than 200 runners, Cotton finished ahead of NYU's John Lake and junior teammate Bijan Mazaheri.

Cotton was timed in 18 minutes, 45.5 seconds on the 6-kilometer course.

The lone returning All-American from the Ephs' 2013 NCAA team that finished fourth, Cotton served early notice that he is working hard to improve on his 22nd place finish

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Williamstown's Friendship Club Raises Funds for Outings
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
08:14PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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Shirley St. Pierre has been making afghans for the sale table to help support the Friendship Club's day trips.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Friendship Club of Williamstown is back on the road.

Members of the Friendship Club rode to Dalton on Aug. 12 to visit Berkshire Carousel on their first bus outing in more than five years.

"Bus trips were a thing of the past. It got too expensive," said Maggie Guiden, president of the club, which operates from the Harper Center.  

But this year Guiden, a spirited 89-year-old, spurred club members on to raise money to cover the cost of a bus trip.

She put the idea to her fellow senior citizens in her usual forthright manner,

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Williamstown Orchestra Focused on Community, Performance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:57PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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The Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra brings adults and students together. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School freshman Niku Darafshi knows about playing in orchestras with people of varying age groups.   When she was a kindergartener at Williamstown Elementary School, her mother lobbied to have the budding violinist be allowed to participate in school orchestra, previously an activity reserved for pupils in fourth, fifth and sixth grades.   "I was playing with all these sixth graders, and I was in kindergarten," she recalls. "I got to learn from them because I was so young. ... Now, there are kids in the orchestra from

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Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 8 - Sept. 11
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03:33PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Monday, September 8.   Brian Foley, 33, of Williamstown had not guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of operating under the influence of alcohol - his fourth offense - negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license as a habitual traffic offender.   He was ordered to to be held at the Berkshire County House of Correction without bail. The charges stem from a motor vehicle accident in North Adams on August 1, 2014.    Cases heard before judge John Agostini on Tuesday, September 9.   Erick Ruiz-Trujillo, 32, of Pittsfield was found guilty on a single count of rape of

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Williams College Football Looks to Bounce Back
02:14PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Coming off the first losing season in 28 years, 2-6, the 2014 Williams College football team is looking to rebound in a big way as they open their newly constructed Farley-Lamb Field with three home games in the first four weeks of the season.   Named for long time Eph head football coach and College Football Hall of Famer Dick Farley and the longest serving head men's lacrosse coach at Williams, Renzie Lamb (also a football assistant), the field will offer a lighted Field Turf Revolution playing surface. Farley-Lamb Field will not only offer the Ephs a new layout for games, but will also centralize the football program for the first time in school

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MCLA, Williams to Partner with North Adams Schools on Science
02:01PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has received an $810,876 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative venture with North Adams Public Schools and Williams College.

The four-year project, which runs from Sept. 1 through Aug. 18, 2018, allows undergraduates at MCLA and Williams to work with college science professors and teachers in North Adams Public Schools to develop science units based on the Next Generation Science Standards, and to teach curriculum to students in grades K-7.

"This grant is yet another evidence of the strong partnerships that exists between institutions, and I am grateful to NSF for recognizing the value of this

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Rx Roundup Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27
01:33PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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Two-thirds of teens that report abusing prescription medicine admit to getting them from friends, family and acquaintances. Educating yourself and talking to your child or grandchild about medicine abuse is essential – but there’s more you can do.

Safeguarding your prescriptions is a must. This will not only prevent your own teen, but his or her friends who come over, from taking drugs out of your medicine cabinet or kitchen.

So where do you keep your meds? Here are five things you can do at home to protect your medicines that can make a huge difference in keeping your family safe.

* Treat them like your best watch or necklace. Think about medicine in the same way you do

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SU-71 OKs Superintendent Search; Lanesborough Officials Seek to 'Study' Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
03:05AM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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School Union 71 agreed to a salary of $145,000 to $160,000 for a new superintendent to be shared with Mount Greylock. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The two-school Superintendency Union 71 on Friday morning approved the framework of the search for its next superintendent, even as town officials in Lanesborough prepare to study whether SU-71 should continue.   Four of the six SU-71 committee members attended Friday's meeting at Williamstown Elementary School, where the committee endorsed, among other things, the salary range of $145,000 to $160,000 previously OK'd by the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee.   SU-71, which consists of Williamstown and Lanesborough

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Williams Men's Soccer Falls, Women Win in OT
06:02PM / Sunday, September 14, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass —For 29 years, Mike Russo’s Williams College men's soccer team and Jon Anderson’s Babson team have clashed in an annual cross-state battle.   On Sunday, Anderson and his side prevailed one last time. In an upset, the unranked Beavers (6-1) got a 1-0 win against the No. 3 Ephs (3-1). With Russo set to retire at the end of the season, the two coaches will not face each other again, barring a meeting in the NCAA tournament later this year.   “There are mixed feelings, and it’s tough for me to see us beat him in the last game we’re going to face him” said Anderson. “But we play to win, and let’s face it,

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