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Grandchamp, Local Boxing Legend, Ready to Film Life Story
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Thursday, June 18, 2015
Gail 'Champ' Grandchamp is finally ready to begin shooting the story of her struggle to become a boxer. She expects filming to begin in and around the city this summer.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gail Grandchamp can't sit still.

The professional boxer turned personal trainer has about dozen ideas floating above her head at all times.

When she's not riffing on the people she's met in the boxing world, she's talking branding or healthy living, or waxing rhapsodic about the beauty of the Berkshires.

All those aspects of her life are about to come together in one grand venture: A film about her struggles for the right to step into the boxing ring.

"I'm so

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Mount Greylock Committee Says Farewell to Interim Superintendent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:34PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy is bidding goodbye to the Wililamstown-Lanesborough schools after leading the districts for nearly seven months. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ten days after the high school held its commencement, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee said its goodbyes to a couple of "graduating" professionals on Tuesday night.   Interim Superintendent Gordon Noseworthy and Business Manager Lynn Bassett attended their last committee meeting in those capacities, and Chairwoman Carolyn Greene took advantage of the opportunity to thank each for serving the district.   Noseworthy, who was brought in this winter to replace recently retired

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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
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The Classical Beat: String Quartets Fill the Region With Music
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
03:01PM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Calidore String Quartet will play a Father's Day concert at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn., a lovely place to listen to music.

In my two preceding columns, I previewed the musical offerings at Tanglewood in Lenox, Tannery Pond in New Lebanon, N.Y., and the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y.

This week, I’ll turn the spotlight on South Mountain Concerts in Pittsfield and Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn.

If, like me, you’re a devotee of the string quartet, and music for solo strings generally, you will want to attend programs at the two venues in the region that specialize in this repertoire. The quartet medium is, to my mind, the

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Williamstown Police Go Worst to First in Cal Ripken League
09:03AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- With a 5-3 victory over Adams Community Bank on Monday night and an 8-1 victory over Pownal Carbone Auto on Tuesday, Williamstown Police completed a turnaround season and went from last to first in winning the North County Cal Ripken Championship.   In the 5-3 victory over ACB, Oscar Low got the win pitching, five innings and striking out seven while playing tremendous defense to lead Police to the victory and into the North County Championship. Jack Cangelosi and Joshua Polumbo had RBI singles to lead the offensive effort for Police.   In the North County Championship game victory over Pownal, Cangelosi pitched five sterling innings to get the win while

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Rookies Finish Strong Season in Williamstown Cal Ripken Leae
08:34AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Cal Ripken iBerkshires.com Rookie Team had a strong  finish to their season, which included two of three innings with three  defensive outs against a strong Pownal team.   Continuing a team tradition going back several years, coaches Steve Miller and Bernie Rhie presented players with certificates highlighting their contributions.   Krishiv Malhotra: Bert "Campy" Campaneris award for his incredible versatility in playing strong defense in every position.   Akosh Olchvary: Ozzie Smith award for wizardly defense in the field.   Kayla Miller: Cy Young award for great defensive plays from the pitcher's mound

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Williamstown Con Comm Clears Way for Solar Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Steven Wiehe of Peabody's Weston and Sampson addresses Williamstown's Conservation Commission about the landfill solar project. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday OK'd plans for a 1.9-megawatt solar project on the town's capped landfill.   The commission reviewed plans for the project with engineer Steven Wiehe of Peabody's Weston and Sampson.   Wiehe explained that the project will include about 6,000 solar photovoltaic panels on about 7 acres of the 12-acre site.   In order to avoid harming the liner that covers the landfill, the work will be done above ground, and the area with the panels will be covered by 4

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Vermont Hospital Official Says Jobs Key to Development
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:38AM / Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Economic Development Committee Chairman Jeffrey Thomas and Vice Chairwoman Karen Lartin at Monday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chief financial officer of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center told the town's Economic Development Committee that without an infusion of new jobs, nothing will develop in the region.   "One of the challenges of recruiting in this market ... we've lost four good physicians in trying to recruit them ... is there was no work for the spouse," Southwestern Vermont CFO and Williamstown resident Stephen Majetich said on Monday night.   "We've got to figure a way in Northern Berkshire and Southern Vermont to get

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Changes to Mather House Project Draw Neighbors' Ire
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:07AM / Monday, June 15, 2015
Neighbors of the newly relocated Mather House were surprised when balconies were installed. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Despite the objections of several neighbors, the Zoning Board of Appeals this month OK'd amendments to the development plan submitted by the owner of a North Street property that is under development.   Vincent Guntlow, who last fall rescued Mather House from the wrecking ball and moved it to 65 North St., was back before the ZBA to get its approval of changes to his original development plan: the addition of balconies for the second- and third-floor apartments and a garage door on the lower level.   The lower level, which was constructed at the site

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New North Adams Makerspace Opens on Main Street
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:48AM / Monday, June 15, 2015
The new Makers' Mill opened on Main Street to provide space and equipment for print and textile artisans and workshops.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The newest shop on Main Street is all about making things through community and collaboration.

The North Adams Makers' Mill opened last week at 73 Main St. to provide a common space for printers and textile crafters to work, share and learn. Dozens of people attended Friday night's public opening to try some of the activities and learn about the space.

"It's a philosophical shift from being a consumer to being a producer," said Chairwoman Katie Barber of the shared-space concept that began about a decade ago.

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@theMarket: Don't Try to Trade This Market
By Bill Schmick,
09:05AM / Saturday, June 13, 2015

Nothing really changed this week. The S&P 500 Index is up about one point from last Friday's close. It makes little sense to try and trade this market unless you are nimble and spend eight hours a day making small gains and getting out before the end of the day.

We continue to trade in a tight range with markets held hostage by the on-going Greek tragedy. Brinkmanship among all parties concerned continues with the International Monetary Fund deciding last night to walk out on the talks. Clearly, patience is wearing thin among the IMF, the ECB and the EU.

Unfortunately, the markets are still hanging on every word that Germany, Greece and other organizations utter. Investors have

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The Independent Investor: Why Interest Rates Are Moving Higher
By Bill Schmick,
04:02PM / Friday, June 12, 2015

After two years of warning bond investors that their days are numbered, the recent hike in global interest rates is making some of those smug bond babies stay up at night. They should.

We are entering our ninth year without a Federal Reserve-inspired hike in interest rates. It has been over 25 years since bond prices have dropped by any appreciable amount. Given that time period, it is no wonder that bond bulls are taking all these warnings with a grain of salt.

U.S. investors have been expecting the Fed to raise rates at any time. Most pundits think that a small September or November hike in short-term rates is in the cards. The problem is that the Fed has told all of us that a raise in

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Williamstown Board of Selectmen Picks Next Town Manager
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
03:30PM / Friday, June 12, 2015
Jason Hoch, selected the new town manager, met with residents on Thursday night at the Williams Inn.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It took the Board of Selectmen months to find the right person to be the next town manager.   The man they chose has been eyeing the job for a lot longer than that.   On Friday afternoon, the Selectmen voted unanimously to offer the job to Jason Hoch, currently the town administrator in Litchfield, N.H., south of Manchester.   During Friday morning's interview, the 1995 Williams College alumnus indicated just how much the corner office in Williamstown's Town Hall means to him.   "I had every

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