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Spring Prescription Drug Take Back Day Set for April 25
12:53PM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This spring, community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host the biannual prescription drug take back day on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be seven locations across the county.

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications should stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal use needles are accepted, but only in puncture proof plastic containers. Because the aim is to collect prescriptions, the locations cannot accept thermometers, IV bags, blood or infectious waste, nebulizers, and oxygen tanks.

For northern Berkshire County, the Rx Round Up will occur at the Adams Police Station, the North


Guest Column: An Earth Day Appreciation of Our Partners
By Martin Suuberg, Guest Columnist
12:16PM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day celebration – a day that many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement. More than 20 million people participated in that 1970 celebration and those efforts eventually lead to the formation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts a few years later.

In 1975, the General Court created the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering – the precursor of today's Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) – and built upon a healthy state, community and citizen partnership that still protects our natural


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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 Selectmen Candidates Address Town Issues
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43AM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015
State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, center, moderates a panel of candidates vying for an open seat on the Board of Selectmen. From left are Martino Donati, Anne O'Connor, Jack Nogueira and Alison O'Grady. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The four candidates vying to fill one open seat on the Board of Selectmen introduced themselves to the town in a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters.   Martino Donati, Jack Nogueira, Anne O'Connor and Alison O'Grady talked about their own experience and what issues they see confronting the town.   Unlike last year, when economic development dominated a similar forum, this year's panel discussed a wider range of issues

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Congressman Neal Files Bill To Combat Heroin Overdoses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Wednesday, April 22, 2015
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has filed a bill that would exempt those providing overdose-reversing drugs from civil liability.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal is pushing legislation that allows good Samaritans to save others from certain death without being sued.   The Springfield Democrat has filed a bill with fellow Congressmen Frank Guinta of New Hampshire and Barbara Comstock of Virginia that will exempt civil liability for those who use opioid overdose-reversing drugs.   Heroin and other opioid abuse has been a fast growing issue across the country and in Berkshire County. Drugs such as naloxone, which is marketed under the name Narcan, can reverse

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Local Restaurateur Donates to Walk to Defeat ALS
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
07:01PM / Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Restaurateur Jared Decoteau donated a percentage from the proceeds of his two restaurants to the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents recently had a chance to eat out for a good cause.

The local arm of the Massachusetts ALS Association chapter teamed up with restaurateur Jared Decoteau during the Dine2Donate fundraiser, one of a number of fundraisng events held in late March.

Decoteau offered to donate 15 percent of sales at Public Eat & Drink in North Adams and his new District Kitchen & Bar in Pittsfield for a week and match the results.

On Monday, Decoteau presented Team Berkshire County captain Sheryl Morehouse with a check for

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Kinnaman Leads Locals at Boston Marathon
07:40PM / Monday, April 20, 2015
BOSTON -- Lee's Matt Kinnaman ran the best time, and Williamstown's Hank Art had best divisional finish among a contingent of 12 Berkshire County residents who finished Monday's 119th running of the Boston Marathon.   Kinnaman covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 14 minutes, 19 seconds for a mile pace of 7:25.   That time was good for 5,618th overall among 30,000 runners participating in this year's race.   Kinnaman, 54, placed 281st in his age group.   The top age group finisher from Berkshire County on Monday was Art, 70, who placed 41st in his age group in a time of 4:21:22 (9:59 pace).   Seven men and seven women from the county posted times

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@theMarket: Right Back Into the Range
By Bill Schmick,
01:39PM / Monday, April 20, 2015

The first week of earnings season is behind us. The results were not nearly as bad as investors feared. Some averages, such as the Russell small and mid-cap indexes, actually made new highs. However, all the indexes fell back into a trading range by the close on Friday.

As I suggested in my last column, on average 75 percent of companies actually beat earnings estimates. This quarter seems to be following the same pattern, at least so far. The money center banks reported pretty good numbers and even the worst of them got the benefit of the doubt from investors.

The really big moves came from the overseas markets. China, which has been a red-hot market all year, finally stumbled. After


Berkshire Humane Society Subaru Raffle Under Way
10:56AM / Monday, April 20, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tickets for Berkshire Humane Society’s annual Subaru Raffle are now on sale.

One person will win a 2015 Outback that comes with all the extras – a premium all-weather package which includes a remote car starter and heated seats, a canine package complete with a back seat barrier, a seven-year 100,000 mile extended warranty, and so much more.  The total value is more than $31,000.

Tickets are still $40 each or three tickets for $100. Tickets can be bought at BHS in Pittsfield or Purradise or Catwalk in Great Barrington. The winning ticket will be drawn Sunday, June 28, at Woofstock 2015. You do not need to be present to win.

All proceeds from the


Mount Greylock Building Committee Holds Public Workshop
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:39AM / Monday, April 20, 2015
Community and committee members provide input on the needs for a new Mount Greylock Regional School at a workshop on Thursday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Building Committee took input from community members at a public workshop on Thursday evening in the school's meeting room.   It was the latest in a series of meetings that the committee and its consultants have used to determine the priorities for the design of a renovated or rebuilt junior-senior high school.   "We've been getting the voices of all the various constituent groups — students, parents, teachers, community members and all the various experts in our community who can lend

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Historic Williamstown Barbershop Changing Clippers
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
01:25AM / Monday, April 20, 2015
Roger St. Pierre, left, shakes hands with new barbershop owner Duane Griffiths. Empirecutz will open under Griffiths' management on Tuesday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The longest operating business on Spring Street has changed hands.

St. Pierre's Barbershop, founded in 1915, will no longer exist as such.

After owning and operating the family barbershop for 38 years, Roger St. Pierre, 65,  has sold the business to Duane Griffiths of North Adams who will rename it.  

"Duane is a good fit and I'm confident he will have respect for and continue the traditions of St. Pierre's Barbershop," St. Pierre said last week as he and Griffiths met at the


Pipeline Digging Could Yield Ancient Info
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
04:01PM / Sunday, April 19, 2015
Previous pipeline projects have prompted archaeological digs that turned up evidence of earlier than estimated occupancy of the Berkshires. Images courtesy of UMASS-Amherst Archaeological Services.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Controversy has been boiling locally since last spring over Tennessee Gas Co.'s proposed Northeast Energy Direct Project, a pipeline that would route fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania to Dracut.

As towns in North and Central Berkshires have vetted the project, all manner of considerations have been debated — energy needs and costs, jobs, environmental impacts, safety concerns.

While clearly paling in scale to these issues, and hardly relevant to


Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
12:07PM / Sunday, April 19, 2015

Monday, April 20, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to


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