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'Inside My Battle' Exhibit Reflects Artist's Cancer Experience
By Judith Lerner, Community Submission
10:05AM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Art Gallery at Bagels Too, 166 North St., for the month of July, will be showing the most recent series of artworks by beloved and powerful Berkshire artist Anne Pasko of Lanesborough.

Last summer, Pasko was diagnosed with and told she had inoperable pancreatic cancer. After her immediate shock, disbelief and despair, her feelings drove her into her studio to experience, express, work through and, ultimately, emerge as herself with new depths from the life-altering digression she was now enmeshed in.

As her feelings surfaced, she created collages to make them visible, one by one, for herself, the people most closely surrounding her, others who have gone or are


Constantopoulos Pitches, Hits Bulldogs to Win
10:11PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs stayed in the winners bracket and South Berkshire stayed alive on Day 2 of the Cal Ripken Baseball Western Massachusetts 12-and-Under Championship Saturday at Bill Laston Field.   Lanesborough 7, Greenfield 4   Panayiotis Constantopoulos and Jack Gitterman each homered and drove in a pair of runs as the Bulldogs won their second game of the double-elimination tournament.   “Our big inning came in the third,” Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. “With two out and none on, Derek Paris hit a curve ball into left. Then Landen Jamula hit a line drive down the third base line, scoring Derek. Then Panay hit a two-run


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

One-Car Crash Sends Lanesborough Man to Hospital
09:47PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A Lanesborough man was transported to Baystate Medical Center after a one-car motor vehicle crash at the intersection of Cold Spring Road and the Taconic Trail, Williamstown Police reported on Saturday.   Brandon C. Decelles, 22, of Scott Road in Lanesborough, early Satruday morning was operating a 1998 Subaru Legacy southbound on Cold Spring Road (Route 7), when he veered into the northbound lane and ultimately left the road completely, police said. Decelles narrowly missed a utility pole before striking a second one and finally impacting a large cement block in front of the A-Frame Bakery.   Decelles, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was


Berkshire Tidbits: Fire Company Breakfast, Farm Tours
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:24PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

The Yoked Parish of Becket presents its free monthly pasta dinner this Friday. All are welcome.

Parish minister, the Rev. Kevin Smail said that the meal includes a pasta dish, salad, Italian or garlic bread and an assortment of mostly homemade desserts and beverages.

The purpose of the regular meals is to build community, he said.

Becket resident Arlene Adler said she tries to attend the dinner whenever she can. She said it does make her feel connected with her neighbors.

"And there is always a meat sauce and a vegetarian sauce. Some nice salad. It's always good. Homemade," she said."

The free dinner will be at the parish house of the Becket Federated Church,


@theMarket: Fourth of July Started Early for Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:11PM / Saturday, July 02, 2016

It wasn't supposed to happen. After the British surprise vote to exit the European Union caught global investors leaning the wrong way last week, most traders expected a blood bath.

Instead, after a two-day 5 percent sell-off, markets have regained almost 90 percent of that loss in the last few days. So how could the "smart money" get it so wrong twice in one week?

Readers may recall that traders had at first bid the stock market higher in anticipation that the UK would remain in the EU. When that didn't happen, traders flipped the other way by selling and shorting. Most of the world markets were down by 5 percent or more between last Friday and Tuesday.

And then a


Williamstown Veterans Home to Cease Current Operation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:50PM / Friday, July 01, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After 20 years of providing transitional housing to veterans, Turner House is facing a transition of its own.

The Simonds Road nonprofit announced this week that it will end its current operations on Sept. 30, yielding to market forces that have made its model unsustainable in the relatively isolated, small town setting.   A big driver in the decision is an institutional change in focus at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which in recent years has placed more emphasis on placing homeless vets into permanent housing, rather than using the temporary, transitional beds at “Grant Per Diem” homes like Turner House.   “In many respects,


Cangelosi Pitches Bulldogs to Win in State Tourney Opener
08:09PM / Friday, July 01, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs' Jack Cangelosi struck out eight and allowed just three hits in a complete-game, 9-1 win over Westminster Friday in the opening round of the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-and-Under Western Massachusetts State Championship tournament at Bill Laston Field.   Cangelosi had a perfect game through four innings before Ben Mattson belted a solo home run for Westminster.   Panayiotis Constantopoulos went 3-for-3 with two homers, a double and three RBIs for the Bulldogs (6-6), who also got a homer and a pair of RBIs from Derek Paris.   Josh Polumbo doubled in a pair of runs in the win.   "We jumped on them early in the first,


Three Local Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award
11:51AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

HOLYOKE, Mass. — Anna Welch, Lily Edge and Eva Myers of the Williamstown/Lanesborough Girl Scout Troop 40003 each received their Silver Award in a ceremony in Holyoke on June 13.

The Silver Award is the highest award available for achievement to a Cadette Girl Scout, grade six through eight. Girls work alone, or together in small groups, to identify an issue/problem that they would like to work towards improving.  They spend at least 50 hours on the leadership project, which has to be approved by the Girl Scout Council. Each project has to have an element of sustainability, meaning that once the project is finished, there is something that will carry on in the future, such as a


Fourth of July Festivities Include Parades, Fireworks
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Festivities marking the nation's 240th birthday will be held around the Berkshires. All events are on Monday, July 4, unless otherwise noted. Planning a trip to Boston? See MassDOT's traffic information.

A list of what's open and closed on the holiday can be found here.


The annual July 4 Esplanade Events are Sunday night (no fireworks) and Monday night with fireworks following the Boston Pops. MBTA running free after the Monday's concert. More information here.


Shakespeare & Company is hosting its annual celebration featuring music, food, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.   Guests are invited to a ribbon cutting of Shakespeare &


Holiday Hours: Independence Day
09:01AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written

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The Independent Investor: Clicks vs Bricks — Who Will Win the Retail War?
By Bill Schmick,
07:46AM / Friday, July 01, 2016

Have you noticed that you are buying more products via the internet? Do you find yourself showroom shopping when you do make the trip to that department store or mall? It is happening to all of us and as it does, the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are feeling the loss.

That doesn’t mean the demise of malls or department stores altogether, but over the next decade there will be fewer of them, especially in depressed areas of the country. The main culprit in this story is e-commerce or internet shopping. In the first quarter of this year, e-commerce accounted for $74.9 billion. That might sound like a lot of money but it still only accounts for 7 percent of overall consumer


Terrorism Charges Leveled Against Ciccolo
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Thursday, June 30, 2016

ADAMS, Mass. — Alexander Ciccolo, held by federal authorities since his arrest last July 4, was indicted Thursday in connection with a plot to engage in terrorist activity inspired by and in the name of ISIL.

Ciccolo, a resident of Adams at the time of his arrest, was indicted on one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and one count of attempting to use of weapons of mass destruction.  

These charges from a superseding indictment were added to a pending indictment charging Ciccolo with one count of being a convicted person in possession of firearms and one count of assaulting a nurse during a jail intake process by use of a


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