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Mount Greylock Set to Finalize $30M School Bond
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School building project is on track to hit a couple of milestones this week.   On Monday, the School Committee will float $30 million worth of bonds to pay for the renovation and expansion addition to the junior-senior high school.   On Friday, representatives of the Massachusetts School Building Authority — which is paying for about 60 percent of the reimbursable aspects of the $64.8 million project — will be in town for a ceremonial ground-breaking.   At its Sept. 20 meeting, the School Committee discussed the details of the bond issue, which will occur on Monday morning.   Clark Rowell of Unibank


@theMarket: Day Traders Rule the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
11:49AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016

What a week of volatility! The Dow was up or down 100 points or more every day while the other averages were equally as volatile. Brace yourself, because October should be just as crazy.

Pick your poison: the presidential debate, fears of a global banking crisis, a spike in oil — all of them provided a field day for short-term traders. Of course to profit, one must have known who would win the debate, that OPEC would come to a tentative agreement to cut production, and that the largest bank in Germany would experience even more financial difficulties.

I wrote last week that politics would impact the markets this month. The first presidential debate saw the market drop double-digits


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

Vermont Author Pens Fiction Novel Based in Local History
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:07AM / Sunday, October 02, 2016
STAMFORD, Vt. — Local author Peter Grudin has harnessed the spirit of Western Massachusetts and Southern Vermont in shaping a story that weaves through time.

The retired Williams College professor of English and literature said his novel, "Right Here," centers around a house and its history.  

"It's about people and the way they develop, but what makes it a little bit special it is very tightly fixed in time and space," he said. "I called it 'Right Here' because I sat at my desk and wrote it at a certain longitude and latitude and that's where the book takes place. Anyone reading it will recognize places, mountain ranges, roads, climate


Mill Children Exhibit to Open This Weekend in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:19AM / Saturday, October 01, 2016

Young boys posing outside the Berkshire Cotton Manufacturing in 1911. Lewis Hine's photos were instrumental in the passing of child labor laws.  ADAMS, Mass. — The "Mill Children" exhibit reopens this weekend at its new location in the Berkshire Mill.   Native William Kolis, who has been an advocate for arts, culture and economic development in Adams, said the exhibit, based on Lewis Hine's photographs of child mill workers in the early 20th century, finally has a home.   "We finally did it and it is a wonderful space," Kolis said. "It was difficult to get done but I have no qualms."   The exhibit was previously displayed


Second Congregational Church Installs Interim Minister
02:55PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Second Congregational Church of Williamstown has named the Rev. Barbara A. Kershner as its interim minister.

The Rev. Kershner succeeds the Rev. Penny Rich Smith, who served the congregation for 23 years. From 2001-2014, the Rev. Kershner served as pastor of St. John's U.C.C. in Orwigsburg, Pa., a medium-sized church in a rural area. She was educated at West Chester State University in Pennsylvania and received her master's of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. She was ordained at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge in 2000.

She lives in Stockbridge and has two grown sons - Seth, who lives in Lee and


SVMC Health Blog: Five Easy Swaps for a Healthier Lunch Box
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12:22PM / Friday, September 30, 2016

It's back to school time, which means parents and kids are shopping for items to fill up lunch boxes and brown paper bags. Sure, you could choose the same foods you chose last year, plus whatever new "superfoods" that just hit the supermarket.

However, just as the New Year is a good time to make resolutions, a new school year is a prime time to reexamine last school year’s lunch habits and try to incorporate healthier choices. Whether you are packing your child’s lunch or choosing your own lunch items, there are a few simple swaps you can make for a healthier lunch.


Switch to Whole Grains

Way back in 2010, the Chicago Tribune reported that wheat bread


Williams Professor 2017 Recipient of Richtmyer Lecture Award
10:50AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The American Association of Physics Teachers has selected Jay M. Pasachoff to receive the 2017 Richtmyer Memorial Lecture Award.

Pasachoff is recognized with the award for outstanding contributions to physics and effectively communicating those contributions to physics educators. The award will be presented at a Ceremonial Session of the AAPT Winter Meeting in Atlanta. In connection with the award, Pasachoff will deliver a talk entitled "Observing the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017."

Pasachoff is an astronomer and is Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy at Williams College and the author of textbooks and tradebooks in astronomy, physics,


Pittsfield Pols Discuss Importance of Millennial Voters At BCC Forum
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In just a few short years, college students will be graduated, looking for work, buying a home, having children, and pay off loads of student debt.

But right now they aren't thinking of that, at least not in the political sense.

The 18- to 29-year-old age bracket votes at a much lower rate than older generations. And because of that, it is easier for politicians to craft their views around the population that put them in office — ignoring the issues of the young.

"The 18-to-29 age group only has at best a 45 percent turnout. The highest voting group of people are over 60 and 72 percent turn out to vote, at least 72 percent. You want want


Special Ed Preschool Issue Continues to Vex Williamstown School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Friday, September 30, 2016

Superintendent Douglas Dias, left, and Chairman Dan Caplinger at Wednesday's meeting. Caplinger several times had to stop comments on school personnel. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger said he left the school's Side-by-Side program off the agenda for Wednesday's meeting because he felt the issue was settled, at least for the 2016-17 academic year.   Now, he said, he has to rethink that decision going forward.   The special education prekindergarten was the only thing on the minds of the three residents who participated in the public comment portion of Wednesday’s meeting. And, not for the first time, those comments strayed

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Eclipse Mill Quilt Exhibit Translates LeWitt Into Textiles
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:10PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

Carson Converse, left, and Michelle Jensen at Friday's reception.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new exhibit at the Eclipse Mill Gallery proves artist Sol LeWitt could have been a quilter. Or more to the point, a pattern maker.

The late artist was a leader in the conceptual movement and believed art was as much about the idea as the execution, and therefore could be reproduced. That concept is behind the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts' retrospective of 105 wall works, all produced on site from LeWitt's explicit instructions.

Those ideas also are on full display in "Sew'l eWitt: Quilts Inspired by Sol LeWitt," presented by the Northampton Modern Quilt


The Independent Investor: Dementia & Your portfolio
By Bill Schmick,
03:33PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, few elderly investors are willing to discuss a growing risk to their portfolio. The onset of diminished mental capacity can cause huge losses in your life savings. Many only realize the problem in hindsight. Don't let that happen to you.

The facts are concerning. For example, one in nine people, age 65 or older, suffer from some form of dementia. That skyrockets to one in two people over the age of 85. What's worse, there are at least 18 different diseases that bring on dementia. Alzheimer's disease is only the most prevalent of causes. No one can predict who will get this disease, but we do know that the older we get the higher the


'The Magnificent Seven': They Ride Again
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:48PM / Thursday, September 29, 2016

Hombres and women folk hankerin' for a good old-fashioned horse opera with just a touch of newfangled sensibilities might want to mosey on over to a movie theater showing director Antoine Fuqua's remake of "The Magnificent Seven."

It's a rip-roaring homage to John Sturges' 1960 version, the one starring Yul Brynner and Steve McQueen, which, you'll recall, was actually a cowboy variation on Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" (1954). The gist of the morality play about emancipation from tyranny remains entertainingly intact.

Point of disclosure: In my case, seeing the movie with Hesh, my friend since childhood, arguably added about half a popcorn


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