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St. Joe High Accredited, Approves Strategic Plan
02:54PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — St. Joseph Central High School has been accredited for 10 years by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

The recent acknowledgment by NEASC affirms the academic excellence of the diocesan high school's programs and offerings, said school officials. The self-evaluation process, which is also extended to public schools, sets specific criteria as it reviews all aspects of a school.

School Board President John O'Brien applauded the many individuals and their countless meetings involved in the accreditation process, stating that it was "no small undertaking. We are extremely pleased with the NEASC commendations and have incorporated all of

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Tractor Supply Paper Clover Drive Benefits 4-H
01:38PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, launches its 2016 Spring Paper Clover Campaign this week

Local Tractor Supply customers can purchase paper clovers between April 13 and April 24 for $1 or more during checkout. All funds raised will be used to support 4-H youth development program activities in the communities where Tractor Supply stores are located.

 "We were so thrilled by the results of last year's Paper Clover Campaign, and with the help of our dedicated customers we hope to meet and exceed that goal this year," said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply. "Partnering

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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
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Williamstown Selectmen Vote Opinion on Town Meeting Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday unanimously recommended that town meeting approve a zoning change that would allow Williams College to proceed with a planned hotel at the bottom of Spring Street.

But in response to issues raised by a resident opposed to the project, members of the board were quick to note that the expansion of the Village Business District is the first of several town approvals that would be needed before the creation of a new Williams Inn.

Roger Lawrence of South Street asked the board to "slow this juggernaut" and recommend against the zoning change, which will require a two-thirds vote at the May 17 annual town meeting.

Lawrence

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Campaign Statement: Addressing the Heroin Crisis in Western Mass
By Adam Hinds, Guest Columnist
04:53PM / Monday, April 11, 2016

I recently attended the National Summit on Heroin in Atlanta, where President Obama announced new federal action to combat the epidemic. A week earlier, Massachusetts Governor Baker signed legislation intended to curb opioid use. These actions at the state and national level signal that we are moving from sounding the alarm on heroin addiction to practical steps aimed at turning the tide. Yet more needs to be done, especially in Western Massachusetts.

Getting ahead of this epidemic requires addressing it as a major public health crisis. We need a comprehensive, community approach that links law enforcement and the medical community with mental health professionals and accessible

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Flood Insurance: What Berkshire County Homebuyers & Homeowners Need to Know
Presented by Greylock Insurance, SPONSORED CONTENT
04:54AM / Monday, April 11, 2016

While we love our rivers, lakes and waterfalls here in the Berkshires, they do make us much more susceptible to flood from heavy rains, ice jams, snowmelt, and more. Whether you own or are planning to buy a home, it's equally imperative that you understand property flood risks, your coverage options, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a flood catastrophe.

Sharon MacEachern, AVP, operations manager for Greylock Insurance, a Berkshire County based neighborhood agency, reminds us that the unexpected can happen anytime, anywhere.

"In the past decade we've witnessed the devastating effects of two major storm systems, Hurricane Katrina and, closer to home,

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Williams Women's Tennis Wins Spring Home Opener
04:06PM / Saturday, April 09, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Juli Raventos and Linda Shin teamed for an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles and then each won a straight-set victory in singles to lead the Williams College women's tennis team to a 7-2 win over Middlebury on Saturday.   Williams, playing its first home match of the spring indoors, improved to 8-2 overall.   The Ephs host Wesleyan and Conn College on Sunday.   WOMEN'S LACROSSE MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Wesleyan College women's lacrosse team outscored Williams 7-2 in the second half to earn a 10-9 win on Saturday.   Emma Tenbarge and Micaela Dussel each scored three goals for the Ephs (4-6, 2-4 NESCAC), who got seven saves from Ana

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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Discuss the Future
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Saturday, April 09, 2016

Susan Puddester, who is running for the five-year term on the Planning Board, speaks as Bruce MacDonald, candidate for the unexpired two-year term, looks on. Sarah Gardner, also running for the five-year term, was out of town but sent a video statement.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The five candidates for two spots on the Planning Board shared their visions on Wednesday for the town and what they would do to implement those ideas.

Four of the five attended a candidates forum sponsored by the Greylock Independent at Williamstown Elementary School. A fifth, Sarah Gardner, was unable to attend but supplied a brief videotaped statement. A sixth potential candidate, Lindsay Errichetto, has

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Williams Baseball Falls at Amherst
10:53PM / Friday, April 08, 2016

AMHERST, Mass. -- The Williams College baseball team dropped its first game of the three-series versus Amherst, falling, 11-4.

The Ephs (5-11/1-3 NESCAC) will face Amherst (13-3/3-1 NESCAC) again Saturday in a doubleheader for the final games of the series at 1 p.m.

Amherst started off strong, including Yanni Thanopoulos' home run in the third inning sending the Ephs into a 5-0 hole by the third inning. Thanopoulos led the Amherst offense with 3 hits and 4 RBIs on the day.

Luke Rodino took the loss in today's contest, dropping to 2-1, giving up eight hits and seven earned runs over seven innings pitched while striking out two.

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The Independent Investor: Long-Term Care Insurance Can Be Crucial to Your Future
By Bill Schmick,
05:08PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

It is a subject that most Baby Boomers want to ignore. Many of us are gambling on the hope that we won't need long-term care, or if we do, our medical insurance, Medicare, or, at worst, Medicaid will cover the cost. Think again.

In last week's column I outlined what long-term care insurance is all about and why you might want to consider purchasing some insurance against the possibility of avoiding economic disaster at an advanced age. Assuming you might be interested in this prospect, let's examine some of the ways and questions you need to ask in your search.

First, realize that long-term care insurance is complex. The insurance covers "assisted daily living

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'Hello, My Name Is Doris': Puts the Sex in Sexagenarian
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:53PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

In director Michael Showalter's "Hello, My Name Is Doris," Sally Field as the loveably quirky Doris Miller manages, in one fell swoop, to deliver a treatise on individualism, joie de vie, grace in aging and how to battle the challenge of unrequited love. It is a tour de force that entertainingly reminds what a national treasure this now older gal next door has become.

We meet the eccentric, 60-something lady on the sad occasion of her 91-year-old mother's funeral, and soon gather that the title character has spent the better part of her life devotedly caring for Mom. Commuting from Staten Island to her New York City accounting job in some non-descript new age company

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Letter: Waubeeka Important to All of Williamstown
Letters to the Editor,
01:00PM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

To the Editor:

In the Tuesday, April 5, Eagle article, "Waubeeka owner plans to offer concessions," the writer seems to imply that opposition to Mr. Deep's Waubeeka proposal is only from "some members of the Planning Board and some residents of South Williamstown."

Opposition quoted was from "South Williamstown neighbors." With all due respect, Waubeeka is not just a South Williamstown issue. People from all parts of town are concerned with various aspects of the way Mr. Deep's initial proposal seems to have morphed into something quite different from the initial golf course with a "3 to 5 acre boutique country inn."

My own opposition lies

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Empty Bowl Dinner to Raise Funds for Berkshire Food Project
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:16AM / Thursday, April 07, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The menu sounds like a fancy feast. Red lentil & apricot. Chicken with white bean chili. Potato ramp vichyssoise

Those and a couple dozen other soups are being served this Friday, April 8, not as part of a luxurious extravaganza but as part of the 12th biennial Empty Bowl fundraiser for the Berkshire Food Project.

But no one ever said a fundraiser to fight hunger couldn't tempt and please the palate.

"It's pretty fancy stuff," Valerie Schwarz, executive director of the Berkshire Food Project. 

The soups are donated by eateries as varied as the Williams and MCLA dining services (hearty vegetable and rattlesnake chili, respectively) to

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