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Berkshire Mall Baseball Exhibit Offers Special Program Saturday
03:58PM / Sunday, September 03, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- A long-time sports journalist and two former pros will share their insights into America’s pastime on Saturday at the Berkshire Mall.   “Baseball in the Berkshires: A County’s Common Bond,” the permanent exhibition of memorabilia at the mall, will offer an afternoon of presentations at its inaugural Baseball Day.   Former Colorado Rockies farmhand Peter Greenbush of North Adams will open the day by greeting fans and signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m.   At 1:30 in the mall’s Center Court, former Providence Journal and ESPN reporter Steve Krasner will offer a creative writing workshop for teachers, parents and students of

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Williams College Astronomer's Photo Has Left the Solar System
10:44AM / Sunday, September 03, 2017

Jay Pasachoff

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — NASA is celebrating the 40th anniversary of two spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, that were launched toward Jupiter and Saturn, which they reached in 1979 and 1980, respectively. Voyager 2 went on to Uranus and Neptune, passing Neptune in 1989. Since then, they have continued outward, one even leaving the solar system.

Each of the Voyagers contains a golden record that contains 115 photographs, greetings in many languages, and samples of music from Bach to Chuck Berry. The images are encoded in analog form.

One of the photographs was taken by Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff.

"Carl Sagan had the idea for the golden record, and our

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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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Cultural Council Announces 'EBT Card to Culture'
04:35PM / Saturday, September 02, 2017
STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The state's "EBT Card to Culture" will offer low-income families access to more than 100 nonprofit arts, history, and science venues across the state through free or discounted admission.    State officials and cultural leaders formally launched the new program on Wednesday at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which offers free admission to cardholders. Supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Baker-Polito administration, the EBT Card to Culture is considered the most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation to open doors to arts and cultural experiences for low-income families.   "In our new strategic plan, the

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World-Class Architect Climbs Aboard Model Railroad Museum
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:36PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

Award-winning architect Frank Gehry addresses the crowd at Friday's event. The 88-year-old Gehry will design the model railroad museum. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Officials with the proposed model railroad museum are confident that they will have the funding in hand next year to move forward on the $65 million project.    The Extreme Model Railroad and Contemporary Architecture Museum has so far raised $2.5 million from private contributions and state grants; it expects to reach 50 percent of its goal by January with the balance by June 2018. The principals, including former Guggenhaim director Thomas Krens and former Govs. William Weld and Michael Dukakis, believe the

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Names 2017 Vision Award Honorees
02:00PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Every September, Southwestern Vermont Health Care presents the Vision Awards at the Harvest Ball, an event sponsored by the SVHC Foundation. The ball will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park in Bennington.

This year, SVHC will honor a physician and a family for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities. The honoree for SVHC's 2017 Health Care Leadership Award is Dr. Brian Cunningham. The Hoyt Family is the recipient of SVHC's 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award.

"Dr. Cunningham and the Hoyts have made irreplaceable contributions to both SVHC and the surrounding

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Williams College Museum of Art Announces Interim Leadership
12:31PM / Friday, September 01, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Museum of Art has announced the interim leadership following the departure of Class of 1956 Director Christina Olsen. Olsen has been named director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art.

WCMA's current deputy director for Curatorial Affairs, 2000 Williams graduate Lisa Dorin, will become interim director. Dorin joined the museum in March 2013 from the Art Institute of Chicago, where she had served as associate curator of Contemporary Art. Since her return to campus, she has been a key member of the WCMA senior team, developing and implementing the museum's strategic plan, co-supervising the graduate curatorial workshop, and

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Attorney Guides Towns on Local Options For Marijuana Regulation
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Friday, September 01, 2017
LENOX, Mass. — Attorney Raymond Miyares is advising towns to adopt moratoriums on recreational marijuana — six months ago.   Miyares is legal counsel for a number of towns across the state. He says the timeline for implementation of recreational marijuana is putting towns in the position of being "stampeded" with little chance to regulate.   "It seems to me that most towns are not going to be ready to write their zoning bylaws next spring," Miyares said.   But that's when something will need to be on the books in order to limit where such facilities can go. The law allows for marijuana retail to be allowed anywhere a town is zoned for

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Williamstown Fire District Plans Outreach on Land Acquisition
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Friday, September 01, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fire District officials will take their case for acquiring a Main Street parcel to Town Hall before an expected October special meeting to approve the purchase.   The Prudential Committee plans to ask Fire District voters to approve $400,000 for the purchase of the 3.7-acre so-called Lehovec property next to the new Aubuchon Hardware on Main Street (Route 2).   At a special meeting of the three-person committee on Wednesday, the Prudential Committee discussed its outreach initiatives to generate support for the acquisition.   This is the second time the district has attempted to purchase the same property for a prospective new fire station. The

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Bust Returned to Family of Keith Laughlin
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:47PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The grateful family of Keith W. Laughlin on Thursday received the bust carved by his longtime friend.   Gail King delivered the sculpture carved by her late niece, Ruth Ellen, to Laughlin's mother, Karin Morandi, at the home of Morandi's daughter, Kris Bona.   "I'm so glad we found you guys," King said. "We knew this had to mean something to somebody."   And King was determined not to discard the bust when she returned to the area from North Carolina to clean out the Bennington, Vt., home of her recently deceased sister, Jean Ann King.   Jean Ann had prominently displayed the artwork of her daughter and kept

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1st Berkshire Candidate Towle Qualifies for Democratic Primary
04:20PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Kevin Towle, Democratic candidate for 1st Berkshire representative, said his campaign submitted more than the 150 required signatures to Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin's office on Tuesday.    "Just 24 hours after the deadline to submit nomination papers to town and city clerks for certification, we were able to qualify for the primary ballot today," Towle said in a statement Tuesday. "This is the first major hurdle of the campaign, and I want to thank my wonderful team for their hard work and dedication."   Towle also announced the launch of a new campaign committee website,

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'Wind River': Opens the Floodgates of Indignation
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
02:09PM / Thursday, August 31, 2017
Writer-director Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River," a murder-mystery inspired by true events, deserves plaudits not only because it is a skilled piece of filmmaking, but also owing to its eye-opening exposé of the disgraceful socioeconomic conditions on Native American reservations.   While the majority of Americans are more or less cognizant of the poverty that wreaks havoc in our urban ghettos, far fewer citizens are familiar with this rural brand of destitution ostensibly swept under the carpet of our national conscience. See it up close and the mind boggles.   Be warned, this is tough viewing. In service to its ugly divulgences, there are few punches pulled.

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Are You a 'Hardworking' Investor?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:45AM / Thursday, August 31, 2017

Next week, we observe Labor Day, a celebration of the American worker. You work hard your whole life with the hope that your efforts will ultimately allow you to achieve your financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement. But for that to happen, you may need to apply some of the lessons of the workplace to your efforts as an investor.

So, what are these lessons? Here are a few to consider:

Be consistent. The most successful workers are the ones who show up, day after day, and strive to overcome the inevitable obstacles that crop up. As an investor, you, too, need to be consistent in your habits – which means you should keep investing in all types of markets. If you take a

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