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Williams College's Log Reopens After $4.5M Renovation
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
01:07AM / Monday, November 30, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College students and alumni can breath a sigh of relief: The character of The Log has been preserved.

Following nine months of extensive renovations, college's favorite gathering place at 78 Spring St. reopened on Nov. 4.

Built in 1941 by Kenneth Reynolds, class of 1916, and donated to the college as an Alumni House, the Log holds many fond memories for Ephs.

"Our goal was to have it look and feel like the old Log, " said local contractor Albert Cummings, who managed the renovation project.

Original wood floors were refinished. Old tabletops, on which past students had carved their names or initials, were salvaged and put to use in

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Slow Formal Session Ends: Berkshire Reps Expect Busy 2016
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:48AM / Sunday, November 29, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Changes in state leadership has led to a slow start to the legislative session, according to the local representatives.

Formal session concluded for the year last week and all four local members of the House of Representatives said they had hoped to accomplish more by this point. But, the lawmakers say when the session resumes in January, there will be a lot on the agenda.

"It's been moving more slowly than any other session I've been in. I like to think it is happening because we have a new governor, though he has been in for 10 months he is still relatively new, and a new Senate president. As both of those gentlemen are getting their feet under

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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

Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks at Collaboration Among Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:51AM / Saturday, November 28, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Tri-District school superintendent told the Williamstown Elementary School Committee that he is looking at ways to better collaborate among the three districts.   Douglas Dias, who serves as superintendent for Williamstown, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional, said a recent incident involving a boiler replacement in Williamstown pointed to the need for the three schools to share services.   "As the boiler situation demonstrated, when we had the facilities manager at Mount Greylock come and assist our staff here, there is a need to have cross pollination between the buildings," Dias said at thee School Committee's


@theMarket: Markets Climb Wall of Worry
By Bill Schmick,
03:03PM / Friday, November 27, 2015

It was a week of geopolitical risks and yet the markets managed to hold their own. True to form, investors were bound and determined that this would be a good week for stocks and it was.

Historically, markets do well on Thanksgiving week and this was no exception. Since the turn of the last century, stocks perform well (at least two thirds of the time) during this 3 1/2 day trading week and into the end of the first week of December. So far, this year has been no exception.

Given the headline risks, its performance was quite impressive. Investors had to contend with the shutdown of Brussels for most of the week as authorities ransacked the capital of Belgium in pursuit of suspected


'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2': Clueless in Panem
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:09PM / Friday, November 27, 2015

Point of disclosure: I am beside the point as concerns director Francis Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2." Not a fan of the franchise, I can only be an object of disdain to the loyal cognoscenti, who will understandably raise their children to distrust me. The fact is, I just don't get it. Then again, I don't understand the whole Justin Bieber thing, either.

Nevertheless, though perhaps only in service to those moviegoers as out of the loop as I, your compromised film critic must trudge on and at least attempt to make sense of this phenomenon which, I am promised, is the final issue of the four-part film series. None of this is to say the


The Independent Investor: Financial Media May Be Your Worst Enemy
By Bill Schmick,
10:59AM / Thursday, November 26, 2015

The business of financial news reporting has achieved a high level of sophistication and timeliness. Almost anything noteworthy that happens around the world is instantaneously transmitted to you from a variety of sources. The question is should an investor act on that news?

The short answer is no, not unless the event is truly catastrophic — nuclear war, end-of-the-world type stuff.  Achieving your financial goals and objectives requires a well-thought out approach and an investment process, which is by its nature long term. That process will almost always be at cross purposes with those of the news media. Why?

It begins with the media's time horizon and business model. A


Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2015
01:11PM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Tree Lightings

ADAMS: Sunday, Nov. 29, 2 to 5, festivities at the Town Common start at 2 with music, free hayrides and hot cocoa and other refreshments provided by the Adams Lion and Elks clubs; Santa arrives at 3:30 and the tree will be lighted at 4:30.

CLARKSBURG: Sunday, Nov. 29, 6 p.m. at Town Field. Sponsored by the Peter A. Cook VFW Post, which will present donations to local groups and provide hot cocoa. Santa Claus will be lighting the tree and all residents are invited to attend.

Lenox Dale: Sunday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Santa will arrive by fire engine at Veterans Memorial Park at the intersection of Walker & Crystal Streets to light the tree then greet the children at


Mount Greylock PTO, NBCC Hosting Forum on Youth Substance Abuse
01:01PM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School PTO and Northern Berkshire Community Coalition are teaming up for a community discussion about preventing youth substance abuse.

The public forum, "What's the Harm?" will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at Mount Greylock Regional School.

Statistics show that the use of alcohol as a teenager dramatically increases the likelihood of illicit drug use and of developing a substance abuse disorder, or addiction.  Teens' brains are still developing, and as a result they are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of substance use.

A panel of experts will speak and be available to answer questions


2015 Bazaars & Craft Fairs
11:01AM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The craft fair and bazaar listings will be updated regularly through the fall. Send information to

Friday, Dec. 4

• Laurel Lake Assisted Living, at 600 Laurel St., in Lee, will host a Craft Fair from 10  to 3 featuring artists and vendors offering a variety of handcrafted goods and locally made products. Merchant goods include but, are not limited to maple syrup, baked goods, Tastefully Simple products, jewelry, home décor, and up-cycled crafts.


Saturday, Dec. 5

• Boy Scout Troop 38 will hold a Holiday Fair at the United Cerebral Palsy of the Berkshires' building next to the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway, North Adams. The event will


Williamstown Planning Board Narrows Focus for Waubeeka Zoning Change
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:29AM / Wednesday, November 25, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board is leaning toward a proposal to create an overlay district to accommodate a potential inn on the Waubeeka Golf Links property in South Williamstown.   At its most recent meeting, board members once again expressed their preference for using the request from Waubeeka owner Michael Deep as an opportunity to address larger zoning issues in the Five Corners district at the junction of Routes 7 and 43.   And Planning Board members said they were disinclined to address the issue through "spot zoning."   But given the response of South Williamstown residents, the board decided to forego the "big picture" approach and

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MassPIRG Warns of Dangerous Toys For Holiday Season
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:51PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — MassPIRG is asking gift buyers to be vigilant in making sure toys bought for children this holiday season are safe.   The Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group released its 30th annual report on toy safety in which it found dozens of toys inside local retail stores that are unsafe for children.    "The message today is clear: we need to protect America's youngest consumers from unsafe toys," said Michael Basmajian, of MassPIRG's Educational Fund. "We found examples of children's products that can poison or harm children."   The report released every year around Thanksgiving is intended to spread awareness

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How Can the Fedís Actions Affect You?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:44PM / Tuesday, November 24, 2015

When will the Federal Reserve raise interest rates? This question has been on the minds of economists and financial market prognosticators for quite some time now. But what does it mean to you, as an individual investor?

First of all, it’s important to understand just what is meant by “raising rates.” The Federal Reserve, or the “Fed,” directly controls short-term interest rates, although, through various measures, it can also affect long-term rates. Typically, the Fed will lower short-term rates to stimulate the economy. Conversely, the Fed will raise rates to slow down the economy if it seems to be “overheating” and threatening to push inflation

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