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BMC Opens Central County Renal Dialysis Center
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:06PM / Friday, February 02, 2018

The hospital renovated the inside of the former Berkshire Hematology practice. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Edith King doesn't feel like the hours she spends receiving renal dialysis is a problem.   "This is the greatest place you can come to if you've got kidney problems. I feel like I don't have a kidney problem. I feel like I am just sitting here, visiting with friends, and having a good time. It is just a great place," King said on Friday as she awaited her doctors to start another procedure.   King is one of the 82 patients being served out of the newly opened renal dialysis center on Conte Drive. Berkshire Medical Center capped off a project to open


@theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, February 02, 2018
@theMarket: Higher Wages Clobber Markets   Gains in a worker's paycheck are supposed to be a good thing, right? It means they can spend more, which contributes to growth in the economy, and maybe have a happier life. If all of that is true, why has the stock market swooned in response to Friday's labor report?   It's simple really. The non-farm payrolls report was another upside surprise. The nation gained 200,000 jobs in January, which is better than the 180,000 we expected. While the official unemployment remained at 4.1 percent for the fourth straight month, it was the growth in wages that surprised the market most.   Hourly wages rose 0.3 percent over the


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

'Hostiles': Requiem for the Horse Opera
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:08PM / Friday, February 02, 2018
You know that lyric from "Home on the Range," where the cowpoke asserts that "seldom is heard a discouraging word?" Well, if you go by the realistic take on the Old West proffered in director/writer Scott Cooper's "Hostiles," the reason no one says anything discouraging is that they're either dead or fighting like crazy to keep from being dead.    While poet Joel Barlow hoped his "Vision of Columbus" (1787) would be our version of "The Iliad," he was premature. There would be 100 more years of conquering the natives before America's character would be formed.   This is a very studied work, contemplative, moody,


Clark Art Institute Names Winner of Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing
01:07PM / Friday, February 02, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Scholar and writer Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby has been selected to receive the Clark Art Institute's 2017 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.

Grigsby is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. The award presentation will take place on Saturday, April 7, during an event at the Milton Resnick and Pat Passloff Foundation in New York City.

"The Clark Prize raises awareness of the importance of writing that bridges scholarly and popular interest in the arts and seeks to encourage support for such writing among publishers, editors and the public," said Olivier


New Trustee Joins MCLA Board
11:09AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed Frederick J. Keator, the managing partner of Keator Group, LLC, in Lenox, as the newest member of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts board of trustees.

MCLA President James F. Birge said he is delighted to welcome Keator to the board.

"As managing partner of the Keator Group, Frederick has been recognized by numerous organizations as one of America's top independent financial advisors and will bring a wealth of knowledge to MCLA," Birge said. "Over the years, the Keator family has been a great supporter of the College and I look forward to working with him as we continue to advance the work of


Williams Names Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies
10:38AM / Friday, February 02, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the appointment of Neil Roberts, associate professor of Africana studies, as the W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow in Democratic Studies. Roberts will assume the position beginning on July 1.

The Schumann Faculty Fellow works to promote campus dialogue on the subjects of democracy and civic responsibility. In addition, one of the foundational elements of the endowment is the W. Ford Schumann Visiting Professorship. During his tenure as faculty fellow, Roberts will work to identify and recruit candidates for that position.

"I am excited to start my term this summer as the W. Ford Schumann Faculty Fellow," Roberts said.


Bay State Games Return Feb. 10
05:39AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
WOBURN, Mass. – The 2018 Bay State Winter Games Figure Skating competition will take place on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10 and 11, at the Williams College’s Lansing Chapman Rink in Williamstown.   This marks the 33rd year of the event and features nearly 450 performances from skaters representing Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Skaters ranging in age from 5 to over 65 represent the United State Figure Skating Association or the International Skating Institute.   Local skaters scheduled to compete include:   From the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club: Daniella Santamarina, Rebecca Drager, Aimee Boulais, Katie Malone, Dakota Marquis,


Mount Greylock Transition Committee May Back Off on Size of Tuition Hike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:58AM / Friday, February 02, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Transition Committee last week indicated it may reconsider its "take it or leave it" tuition offer to towns who send students to the preK-12 district.   Chairman Joe Bergeron and committee member Chris Dodig told their colleagues at their Jan. 25 meeting that the district received some push back from officials in New Ashford and Hancock about the committee's decision to raise tuition at Mount Greylock by 23 percent and charge $17,843 per student from kindergarten through 12th grade.   "It was a good meeting," Dodig said. "They were respectful of what we were doing. They were a little concerned about it.


The Independent Investor: Health Care and the 3 Musketeers
By Bill Schmick,
10:28PM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
Earlier this week, three of the country's most influential corporate titans sounded a call to battle. Given the inaction of our government, these modern-day musketeers are preparing to storm the battlements of sky-rocketing health care costs.   Jeff Bezos of Amazon may not have the swash-buckling prowess of Athos, nor does JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon compare in physical strength to Porthos. And granted, Warren Buffet of Berkshire Hathaway would be a stretch in playing Aramis, but make no mistake, they do bring a combination of strengths that could revolutionize what I believe is the single greatest threat to our nation's economy.   Back in May of last year, I wrote a


Neal Ready to Negotiate an Infrastructure Bill
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:34PM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The ranking Democrat in the U.S. House's Ways and Means Committee wants to get to negotiations on an infrastructure bill.   President Donald Trump is proposing a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill to fix the nation's roads, bridges, airports, and railways. And that is exactly the kind of bill U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has been wanting for years. But, the Berkshire's congressional representative says negotiating how that will be paid is still on the table.   "The improvements in the public arena are our responsibility and they should be done. So when the president says he wants to do a big infrastructure program, alright let's get on to


Greylock Thunder Travel Softball Sets Tryouts
10:58AM / Thursday, February 01, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Greylock Thunder Travel Softball program will hold tryouts Feb. 11 for its under-14 and under-16 squads.   Any player from any town is welcome to try out for the squad. Players who participated in the fall tryouts are encouraged to attend.   The Feb. 11 tryouts will be at Williams College's Towne Field House, 82 Latham St., Williamstown, from 9 a.m. to noon. Sneakers are required.   The program will hold tryouts for its under-12 team at a later date.   For information, email


Dreaming Of A White Groundhog's Day?
01:53PM / Wednesday, January 31, 2018

After a few days of seeing grass, snow is back in the forecast tonight, with a chance of snow showers, mainly between midnight and 4 a.m., according to the National Weather Service, and then again on Thursday into Friday.

Just how much snow will we get on the day Punxsutawney Phil lets us know when winter will end?

The National Weather Service predicts less than 1 inch overnight tonight into Thursday and snow showers overnight Thursday into Friday, with less than 1 inch possible. Snow showers might continue into the afternoon on Friday. Temps will turn cold Friday, with a low around 4 and a high of only 22 on Saturday.


The Weather Channel is predicting snow showers early tonight, with


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