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Berkshire Special Olympians Compete in Great Barrington
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Hundreds of athletes from throughout Berkshire County converged at Monument Mountain Regional High School on Wednesday for the 38th annual Berkshire Area Special Olympics Track and Field Meet.   Participants competed in running, throwing and jumping events, thrilling to their own accomplishments and inspiring those lucky enough to witness the event.   The opening ceremony featured a torch run conducted by area law enforcement officers, a performance of the national anthem by the Monument Mountain marching band and a reading of the Special Olympic Oath by Kaitlyn Critchley.   "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the

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Mount Greylock Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
12:44PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional Middle and High School has announced its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2016-2017 school year.

Grade 12: Dagny Albano, Kyle Alvarez, Zachary Armet, Evan Arthur, Elizabeth Bartlett, Jenna Benzinger, Caroline Carlough, Cameron Castonguay, Catherine Cavalli, Serena Chow,  Abigail Coleman, Niku Darafshi, Grace Dodig, James Ellingwood, Olivia Gravel, Mercer Greenwald, Hailey Guest, Sydney Gurek, Cameron Hadley, Mark Hayden, Manas Jain, Aaron Kleiner, Matthew Kleiner, Lina Marcinczyk, Margaret Martin, Carly Munzer, Joshua Narey,  Sean Nemtzow, Neel Patel, Daniel Schiek, Darrien Smith, Sarah Stripp, Robert Sutter, Claire


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

Smart Investing Can Help You Race Toward Your Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:05PM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017

It's Kentucky Derby time again. Even if you're not much of a horse racing fan, you might appreciate all the Derby's pageantry – the mint juleps, the women's beautiful hats, the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home," and so on.

But if you look beyond the hoopla, you'll realize just how much work it takes to put on such an event. And the efforts of one group in particular – the jockeys – may be able to provide you with some lessons in life – and in investing.

For starters, consider the stamina the jockeys show as they steer 1,000-pound thoroughbreds around the track at Churchill Downs. Riding a racehorse is difficult, demanding and


Mount Greylock Prepping for Opening Day May 20
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The state is hiring a parks supervisor for Mount Greylock State Reservation but the individual will likely not be in place by the time the summit and Bascom Lodge open on May 20.    "That's good because in January, we got a letter saying we don't have any money," Mount Greylock Advisory Chairman Cosmo Catalano Jr. said. "It's a nice reversal of fortunes."   The advisory council has been advocating to replace the full-time, year-round supervisor who left last year — but the Department of Recreation and Conservation has been reducing its budget and its staffing.    There was no full-time staff on the


Williamstown Con Comm OKs Plan for Main Street Hotel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Wednesday, May 03, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission last week approved plans for a proposed hotel at 562 Main St.   The commission held a public hearing on the notice of intent from local hotelier Vipul "Vinny" Patel, who is seeking town approval for a three-story, 77-room hotel at the site commonly known as the Lehovec Property.   After hearing engineer Charlie LaBatt of Guntlow & Associates explain the proposal's plan for handling stormwater on the site, the Con Comm issued its permit with a number of special orders of conditions.   The scene now shifts back to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which recently continued a public hearing on Patel's


Pignatelli Secures Funds for County Initiatives, MassPike Study
05:48PM / Tuesday, May 02, 2017
BOSTON — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, secured funding and language for the 4th Berkshire District in the House of Representatives' version of the fiscal 2018 state budget was passed last week.   It includes language that would require the state Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of building a new exit between Exits 2 and 3 of the Massachusetts Turnpike and report back to the Legislature by next January. There are 29 miles between those two exits — Lee in Berkshire County and Westfield in Hampden County.    "The distance between Exits 2 and 3 of the turnpike is the longest on the state highway,"


Berkshires Beat: Adams Native Stars in ‘Peppa Pig’ Stage Show
10:54PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Pigging out: Adams native Evan M. Pinsonnault is an actor with Peppa Pig's first-ever U.S. theatrical tour, "Peppa Pig's Big Splash." The show splashes down in Springfield for the final performance in its spring 2017 tour ( The show will be at Symphony Hall on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

Pinsonnault, stage name Evan Michael, plays the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the live show. Springfield is one of more than 30 cities in the United States and Canada on the spring tour. Pinsonnault also played the roles of Daddy Pig, Mr. Bull and Danny Dog in the 2015-2016 tour, which visited more than 90 cities.

Pinsonnault is a 2001 graduate of Hoosac


Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Join In 'More Than Pink' Movement
03:07PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Thinking pink: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets across New England, including the Lee Premium Outlets, is holding its Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. As part of its pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities throughout the month of May.

Visitors to Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will notice the pink theme carried throughout the shopping centers with features such as pink-lit entrances, pink flowers on display, pink ribbon parking and more. Staff will also be donning


MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition
01:06PM / Monday, May 01, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced the recipients of the seventh annual Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. This award, given by MCLA in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents and Berkshire Community College, was created to honor the region’s exceptional teachers.

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The recipients are Lisa Kelly Kane (Early Childhood – Community Setting), director of St. Paul's Children Center of Stockbridge; Robin Poirot (PreK-Grade 2), a kindergarten


Power Outage Forces Williamstown Elementary to Close
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:55AM / Monday, May 01, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the third time in two years, Williamstown Elementary School pupils got some time off from school due to building issue.

But this time it was nothing that happened on the school's campus, and the kids will not have to make up the time at the end of the school year.

Principal Joelle Brookner Monday morning was forced to announce an early dismissal in the middle of an electrical power outage. The outage, which began at about 9 a.m., affected the K-6 school, the Williamstown Youth Center, and three properties across Church Street from the school: the Harper Center, Proprietor's Field and Highland Woods.   According to


Local Economic Specialists See Mall Site As An 'Opportunity'
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Monday, May 01, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nathaniel Karns posed a question to David Curtis: Does the county have a place for a manufacturer to construct a 150,000 to 200,000 square-foot facility?   "Yes until you impact the environmental issues that surround the parcels which make it unusable. So the answer is no," Cutis, the economic development specialist with 1Berkshire, responded.   Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's executive director prefaced the question by saying most of the county's homegrown manufacturing companies expanded 10 to 15 years ago. The next step would be to double again but there is no industrially zoned and developable land available in the


Williamstown-Lanesborough Schools Cleared of Open Meeting Charge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Monday, May 01, 2017

Mount Greylock School Committee member Carolyn Greene, left, chaired the committee at the time of the alleged Open Meeting Law violation. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The state attorney general's office this month cleared members of three local school committees of charges they violated Open Meeting Law but advised them to change their practice.   The complaint stemmed from a series of meetings and communications in 2015 and 2016 between then-Tri-District Superintendent Douglas Dias and the then-chairs of the school committees at Mount Greylock, Williamstown Elementary School and Lanesborough Elementary School.   In a letter dated April 6, Assistant Attorney General Kevin


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