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Berkshires Beat: More Than 200 Compete in Charity Fishing Derby
11:48AM / Monday, June 13, 2016

Something's fishy: The annual Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held Saturday, June 4. This year, 220 fisherman competed for prizes. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Jimmy Fund in memory of Harry A. Bateman, a former member of Central Berkshire Bowman & I.U.E. Local 255 who was well-known throughout Berkshire County and who became a victim of cancer in 1992.

The winners in the children's categories are as follows:

Heaviest Game Fish: First place: Jason Sweetser, rainbow trout, 2 lbs. 5 oz.; second place: Rebecca Stimpson, rainbow trout, 2 lbs. 2 oz.; third place: Rose Proper, rainbow trout, 2 lbs. 2 oz.

Heaviest Non-Game Fish: First place:


Cangelosi Pitches Williamstown Police to Win
07:32PM / Sunday, June 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jack Cangelosi threw a complete game to lead Williamstown Police to victory over Krispy Kones.   Oscar Low had a home run among his three hits and T.J. Belleau knocked in two runs to lead the offense.   Jamie Golin had two runs batted in to lead Krispy Kone.  Golin and Damon Pause shared mound duties in the loss.


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

Letter: Williamstown Elementary School Committee & Side-by-Side Program
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Sunday, June 12, 2016

To the Editor:

An Open Letter to the Williamstown Elementary School Committee:

In the School Committee meeting of June 8, 2016, I, speaking as a member of the public, said that town meeting had voted by about 75 percent urging the School Committee to continue full-day Side by Side, and that in the spirit of discussion to which we were referring in the meeting at the time, people in this town were waiting for an answer to the following question: Why is the answer of this committee "No, we won't do that?"

Your only answer was to tell me that you disagreed with the premise of my statement. The facts, however, are clear; there is no room for disagreement. I would ask you please


Cages Baseball Club Splits Home Double-Header
05:13PM / Sunday, June 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mike Strizzi doubled in two runs in a six-run sixth inning that gave the Cages Baseball Club an 8-4 win and a split in Sunday’s double-header against the Champlain Mariners.   The Mariners took the first game, 6-4, and appeared to be headed for a sweep when they took a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Cages rallied to get to 2-4 on the season and snap a 20-game winning streak for Champlain.   Kellen Hathaway went 2-for-2, and Eric Leitch drove in a pair of runs in the win.   Alex Carusotto went the distance to earn the win, striking out six, walking two and allowing just one earned run.   In Sunday’s opener, Brodie Altiere


Clark Welcomes Masterpieces from the Prado
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:58PM / Saturday, June 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In 16th and 17th century Spain, many of the masterworks of Titian and Reubens were available only to the privileged few.

Starting Saturday, visitors to the Clark Art Institute have the privilege of seeing several of their important works, on loan for the summer from the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid.

"Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado," on view through Oct. 10, explores the relationship between Flemish master Peter Paul Rubens, his predecessor, the Italian Tiziano Vecelli (Titian) and their respective patrons, Spanish monarchs Philip IV and Philip II.

The relationship between Rubens and Titian is obvious. The former emulated,


McCann Technical School Scholarships & Awards 2016
07:36PM / Friday, June 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The following scholarships and awards were presented to the McCann Technical School graduating class of 2016 at awards night.

Adam Ziarnik Memorial Scholarship: Lukas Yelle

Adams Community Bank Scholarship: Amanda Vallone, Samantha Dorwin, Madison Vadnais, Lukas Yelle, Evan Delmolino and Jordan Reinhardt

Adams Lions Club Scholarship: Lukas Yelle

Adams Outdoorsmen For Youth Scholarship: Evan Delmolino, Abbigail Luczynski and Samantha Daniels

Alexander C. W. McNicol Memorial Award: Adam Rodriguez

Northern Berkshire Community Television's Alma L. Riello Scholarship: Samantha Daniels

American Culinary Federation Certified Junior Culinarians: Christopher


@theMarket: The Only Game in Town
By Bill Schmick,
05:31PM / Friday, June 10, 2016

Investors are scratching their heads in confusion. How can U.S. stocks, bonds, commodities and the dollar all go up at the same time? It flies in the face of historical relationships that have been around for years. Thank the central banks of the world for the present situation.

It all comes down to negative interest rates. This year, both European and Japanese central banks have instituted this tactic in an effort to jump-start their economies, weaken their currencies, and offer lending institutions a disincentive to hoarding cash, rather than lend it out.

So far, this strategy has had dismal results.

Foreign institutions have flocked to the American financial markets where in our bond


Girl Scout Troop Donates 'Buddy Bench' to School Playground
01:50PM / Friday, June 10, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -— Girl Scout Junior Troop 12940 is donating a "buddy bench" to Williamstown Elementary School in honor of a friend and classmate who passed away at the beginning of the school year.

The troop, composed of 12 fourth-graders from Williamstown and Lanesborough, presented a slide show to explain the donation to the Williamstown Elementary School Committee at its June 8 meeting.

A buddy bench is a bench placed on or near a playground on which a child who is feeling lonely can sit as a signal that he or she is looking for a friend or playmate. The troop is dedicating the bench in the memory of Eve Claffey, a fellow fourth-grader who died right before school


Williamstown Elementary Reserve Funds Running Low
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:28PM / Friday, June 10, 2016

Chairman Dan Caplinger engaged in dialogue with speakers during the public comment, breaking with tradition. The committee is trying to be more responsive to the community. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The elementary school district is on track to finish the fiscal year in the black — but not by much.   "We're pulling into the gas pumps on fumes in terms of the operation budget," Business Manager Nancy Rauscher told the School Committee at its monthly meeting on Wednesday.   If current budget projections hold the district hopes to close the books on fiscal 2016 later this summer with about $38,000 in its school-choice reserve account.   "To give


MCLA to Offer Violin Repair Workshops
11:46AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  once again will welcome violin repair expert Hans J. Nebel to campus as he presents four week-long workshops in June.

The workshops will include “Introduction to Proper Violin Set-Up” June 6-10, “Tonal Improvements” June 13-17, “Fitting New Upper and Lower Block June 20-24, and “Crack Repair and Crack Reinforcements” June 27-July 1.

Nebel is the fourth generation of violin makers in his family, and a graduate of the Bavarian State School of Violinmaking in Mittenwald, Germany.

Nebel started his professional career at Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., in New York City, where he worked


WES Sixth-Graders Present 'Lion King Jr.'
11:18AM / Friday, June 10, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School Deaprtment of Music and Performing Arts will present "The Lion King Jr." in three public performances this weekend in the school's auditorium.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 12.

The show is the annual sixth-grade musical performance and features dozens of the school's graduating sixth-graders as well as some of their younger siblings. It is directed by Betsy Reali, the school's vocal music instructor.

"The Lion King Jr." is a 60-minute adaptation of Disney's "The Lion King" created especially for the strengths and


The Independent Investor: How Does the Stock Market Perform in an Election Year?
By Bill Schmick,
02:34PM / Thursday, June 09, 2016

There is quite a bit of worry over this year's presidential elections. Most of that angst centers on the possibility that Donald Trump might be elected to the office and that this could be a disaster for the stock market. If history is any guide, those concerns may be misplaced.

Granted, we haven't seen a candidate quite like the "Donald" in modern history. Some would like to point out that Ronald Reagan, a movie star best known for co-acting with a chimp, did not give many Americans a warm, fuzzy feeling either. Others say Reagan was a pillar of common sense compared to Trump. A President Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, would be a down right relief.

Supporters will


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