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Clark Art Institute to Host Oct. 1 5K
02:32PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The inaugural Trailblazer Run will be held at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 a.m.   The 5K trail run, a great way to explore both the Clark's campus trails and the interconnected trails maintained by the town of Williamstown, features individual timed results and is open to runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. Run or walk to celebrate the beauty of autumn and enjoy Stone Hill, the focus of the Clark’s special exhibition Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill, open through Oct. 10, 2016.   Early registration through Sept. 17 is $25 ($20 for Clark members) and includes a race shirt; after September 17 is $30 ($25 for


Centennial Hikes Across Massachusetts Celebrate 100th Anniversary of National Park Service
01:38PM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

BOSTON — The Department of Conservation and Recreation will lead park visitors on free "Centennial Hikes" at 12 parks across Massachusetts, including two in the Berkshires, on Thursday, Aug. 25, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The DCR-managed parks are part of the cherished and historic legacy of America’s state and national parks system, and serve as excellent examples of land conservation efforts that have been made across the country.

"I cannot think of a better way to celebrate 100 years of the National Park Service and their efforts of preserving this country’s natural resources, than going on a Centennial


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

Lanesborough School Officials Look To Shorten Bus Ride Times
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Bus routes can't be much more efficient than they are now, but school officials are looking at small ways to reduce the time students spend traveling to and from school.   Elementary School Principal Martin McEvoy said on Tuesday that he traveled the three bus routes with a staff member from DuFour Bus Co. and could not find a way to truly reduce the time students spend riding. Instead, he's looking to see if there could be more common bus stops, instead of always bringing students to their doors.   "We want to see if we can reduce the time students spend on the bus to and from school," McEvoy said of his trip, which included using Map


Post-Tanglewood, Area Chamber Concerts Blossom
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
11:30AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The approach of Labor Day marks the conclusion of the summer music festival season, and so the local classical music scene coalesces, as regional presenters favor intimate spaces for chamber music during the upcoming fall.
This will become the dominant genre of music making to be found until next June, when the warm late spring weather invites us to share massed performances outdoors at Tanglewood and other venues, large and small.

Looking ahead, you'll find a variety of concerts presented in churches, chapels, small auditoriums, halls and the like throughout the region. Even Tanglewood's acoustically superb Ozawa Hall is really too big for a string quartet or piano trio to be


Investors Can Learn Much from Workers
10:40AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. And there's a lot to celebrate, because our workers have accomplished great things and, in the process, demonstrated a variety of impressive character traits – many of which also can be useful to investors.

For example:

Perseverance: Have you ever read about an inventor who failed dozens of times before finally hitting on a winner? Or a scientist who studied the same problem for decades before discovering a revolutionary solution? All kinds of workers display this type of perseverance, in one form or another. As an investor, you, too, will need this "stick-to-itiveness" because you will face


State Senate Candidates Focus On Economics In 5th Debate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Adam Hinds cited his work with the U.N., Pittsfield Community Connection, and the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition as showing he has the ability to bring parties together to tackle tough issues. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As director of the Pittsfield Community Connection Adam Hinds reeled in a $5 million grant to fight crime an violence in the city.   Over the next 10 years, the grant will supplement salaries to put at-risk youth in jobs, provide job training, get them counseling, and employed outreach workers who had been in gangs or jail and can show the youth that that lifestyle doesn't work.   The crime numbers overlapped with the three most impoverished census


North Adams Downtown Hosts Motorama This Weekend
09:57AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The 6th annual Motorama will roar back into the city on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 9 to 3.    Main, Holden and Eagle streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic as downtown North Adams fills with cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, tractors and more. Anything with a motor is welcome.   Last year's Motorama brought more than 500 vehicles, and this year hopes to draw record attendance. Those interested in exhibiting their vehicles can register beginning at 7:30 a.m. the day of the event. The cost to enter a vehicle is $15, but the public can enjoy the event free of charge. Trophies will be presented at the end of the event.   In


Q&A With MCLA President James Birge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, August 23, 2016

  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Originally called the North Adams Normal School, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was founded to train public school teachers.   True to that heritage, today's MCLA faculty members take seriously their role as educators. That is the message the college's 12th president received when he arrived on campus earlier this year.   "To a department, the faculty talked about their commitment to students achieving their academic goals, which isn't always the case," James F. "Jaime" Birge said recently. "Faculty aren't always as uniformly committed to that purpose as our faculty here. Literally, every


Local Author Unveils Real Magic on Mount Greylock
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

Ilvermorny's granite castle may be fictional, but there's a granite tower at the summit.

ADAMS, Mass. — Local author Kristen Demeo has written "Shrouded in The Mist" to show kids the facts behind the fictional Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry located on the summit of Mount Greylock.

When Demeo heard that J.K. Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" book series, chose Mount Greylock to be the home of her fictional North American wizardry school, she felt she could harness a teachable moment.

"It connects kids with local history and helps them learn through a subject that may really interest them," Demeo said. "I hope kids


MassDOT Moves Forward on All Electronic Tolling
05:18PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation Board decided Monday to move ahead with plans to completely demolish the Interstate 90 toll plazas by the end of 2017 as a milestone in the state's progress toward All Electronic Tolling along Interstate 90 (the Massachusetts Turnpike), the Tobin Bridge and Boston tunnels.  

MassDOT said that AET will "go live" on Oct. 28. The board approved toll demolition contracts, reviewed data security and retention proposals and instructed MassDOT to proceed with public hearings on proposed toll rates designed to be revenue neutral and minimize changes in toll charges for current commuters.  

"The AET system


Senator Warren Holding Presentation on 'America's Agenda'
02:23PM / Monday, August 22, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be at Berkshire Community College on Saturday for a public forum on "America's Agenda."

Based on the PowerPoint presentation she made at the Democratic Convention last month in Philadelphia, the senator will look at "how the playing field got tilted against America’s middle class – and what we can do to fight back."

The former professor and expert on bankruptcy law was instrumental in implementing the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act and  the development of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

She describes herself as a "data wonk" and has been studying the financial


Women Team Up to Create Burial Gowns for Premature Babies
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:59PM / Sunday, August 21, 2016

The gowns are lovingly and delicately hand-stitched.  

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Jennifer Breen knows she’s one of the lucky ones.

The North Adams attorney was able to take her son home from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Baystate Medical Center, where he spent the first 10 weeks of his life after being born at 29 weeks’ gestation. She is now able to hug and hold her happy and healthy 15-month-old son Joey every day and put the terrifying ordeal behind them.   But not everyone is so fortunate, and as Breen stayed connected with the preemie community online, she realized there was one thing that made the trauma of losing a premature baby so much worse for


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