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New Interfaith Group Sets Founding Convention For Jan. 25
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:00AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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Wendy Krom, lead organizer of Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, speaks about the new group with fellow member Sam Smith during a Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative meeting in December.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil."

In the spirit of Ecclesiastes 4:9, an interfaith group of clergy, lay leaders and their congregations has banded together to form an organization called Berkshire Interfaith Organizing, or BIO. The group will hold a founding convention from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, at St. Mark's School on Columbus Avenue in Pittsfield. In the event of snow, the convention will be held from

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Williamstown Economic Development Committee Holds First Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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Jeffrey Thomas was elected chairman of the committee on which he serves with Sandra Thomas (no relation). WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's newly formed Economic Development Committee may be the largest committee in town, but its members want to hear more voices.   The now 11-member panel held its first meeting on Monday evening, and although much of the discussion focused on the members getting to know one another and procedural matters, one theme that emerged was the need to garner more input from the community.   "I would like to call a public forum, and we can send invitations through the Chamber [of Commerce] and the media," committee member Paul

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AG Rules Barton, Lanesborough School Violated Open Meeting Law
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Wednesday, January 07, 2015
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The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee has been found guilty of violating open meeting law.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The attorney general's office has found School Committee member Robert Barton guilty of violating Open Meeting law after sending out an email expressing his opinion.   On Oct. 30, Barton sent an email out with an attached letter that he dubbed "Lanesborough 2020."   In it, he advocated that the town "must move away from its two-town districts with Williamstown" and outlined his reasoning.   iBerkshires ran the letter as a guest column and, according to the state, Barton also sent it to all of the other

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Intergenerational Orchestra to Benefit Uganda School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Tuesday, January 06, 2015
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Local musician and music teacher James Bergin founded the Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra last year. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Williams College lecture about a school in Uganda in September prompted a concert in December.   A December snowstorm pushed that event over to this Wednesday night.   Williamstown’s Community Intergenerational Action Orchestra will perform on Wednesday at 7:30 at St. John's Episcopal Church to benefit Grace Villa, a home for orphaned and endangered girls in Kampala, Uganda.   "Ashok Rai, who has a son in the orchestra, attended a talk that the director of Grace Villa gave at Williams," CIAO parent Molly Polk

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Williamstown Chamber Names Thomas Interim Director
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:49AM / Tuesday, January 06, 2015
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Sandra Thomas was named interim director of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce to keep things rolling. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Chamber of Commerce has chosen a familiar face to fill a leadership role.   The Chamber has named former Images Cinema director Sandra Thomas to serve as interim executive director while the group looks for a permanent replacement to Jennifer Civello, who announced her departure in November.   Thomas will serve for 90 days in the Chamber office starting this week, according to Williamstown Chamber President Jason Dohaney.   On Monday, Thomas agreed that the winter and early spring are particularly important times for the

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New Governor Baker to Visit North Adams, Pittsfield
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05:39PM / Monday, January 05, 2015
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Gov.-elect Charlie Baker, right, will be in North Adams and Pittsfield on Saturday as he makes his first official visit as governor.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Charlie Baker will "spotlight" entities in the two Berkshire cities just days after being sworn in on Thursday as governor.

Baker's Inaugural Committee on Monday released six "Spotlights on Excellence" across the state that the new governor and Lt. Gov.-elect Karyn Polito will highlight as they enter office.

They include the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and Soldier On in Pittsfield.

The Berkshires has been watching the installation of the new governor with some trepidation.

The region often

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Lanesborough Elementary Principal Boshe To Retire
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01:42PM / Monday, January 05, 2015
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Ellen Boshe announced on Wednesday that she will not return as the principal.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Elementary School Principal Ellen Boshe is retiring.   Boshe announced Monday morning that she will leave the position once her contract expires in June and then retire in September.    "While this isn't an easy decision the time is right. I will greatly miss working with the Laneborough Community — children, families, LES staff, and community members," Boshe said in an emailed announcement.   "I am, however, looking forward to retiring happy and healthy with the time to explore new opportunities while spending time

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As Cold Approaches, MEMA Offers Safety Tips
11:33AM / Monday, January 05, 2015
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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — The National Weather Service is forecasting bitter cold temperatures throughout the state for the remainder of the week.

"As the temperatures continue to plummet, wind chills are expected to reach 15 to 30 degrees below zero in some areas," said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

MEMA shares these cold weather safety tips:

* Continue to be aware of extreme weather conditions by monitoring media reports.

* Make sure you always have a well-stocked Winter Home Emergency Supply Kit that includes flashlights, portable radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food and a manual can

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Information Session on Proposed Pipeline Set Across Region
11:25AM / Monday, January 05, 2015
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Several information sessions have been scheduled to update residents on the proposed Kinder Morgan gas pipeline.

The 36-inch high-pressure pipeline is expected to cross Hancock, Lanesborough, Cheshire, Dalton, Hinsdale and Windsor, where a 60+ acre compressor station will also be built. The route, which runs under the Cheshire Reservoir and the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, will require a 100-foot expansion of the existing utility corridor. A number of local landowners and farmers are directly affected.

Residents will have the opportunity to hear how the pipeline will affect local communities and landowners, as well as its potential impact on landscape, air quality, and water supply for

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Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program Begins Spring Enrollment
10:32AM / Monday, January 05, 2015
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Enrollment is beginning at the Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program for Jan. 12 start of classes.

Free classes are offered for High School Equivalency Exam preparation (GED) and Pre-College Skills, English for Speakers of other Languages/US Citizenship Preparation and Basic Skills.  New programs include Career Pathways; college and career readiness and Distance Learning; online High School Equivalency Exam preparation. ​

New this year: North Adams residents may also be eligible to have the HiSET (GED) testing fee paid, receive one to one career planning and assistance in finding training programs, employment or post secondary

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