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Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival Announces Summer Lineup
By Stephanie Salvini, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:23AM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival co-Chairwoman Shirley Edgerton, left, Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount,  and festival co-Chairman Don Quinn Kelley.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Back for its third year, the Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival will be celebrating African-American heritage and freedom in the United States by partnering with community organizations to provide Berkshire County with a wide array of cultural events.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery and the festival is embracing the idea of freedom for all.

"We ask all to celebrate with us from June 14th to Aug. 22nd," said Festival Steering Committee co-Chairman Don Quinn-Kelley.

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Williamstown Voters to Shoppers: Bring Your Own Bag
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:24AM / Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Selectmen Thomas Sheldon, Jane Patton and Ronald Turbin vote for the anti-plastic bag bylaw. Selectmen Hugh Daley and Andrew Hogeland voted with the minority of town voters against the ban, urging more opportunity for community input. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday evening passed bylaws to ban the distribution of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food containers at retail establishments.   By a vote of 205-81, town voters passed Article 41 on the annual town meeting warrant that called for the ban on single-use bags and a mandatory fee of 10 cents per paper bag distributed by local retailers.   Voters then passed a companion bylaw aimed at


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

McCann Electricity Students Get Crash Course In Solar
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:57PM / Tuesday, May 19, 2015
McCann students pose with the solar panels they learned to mount using a sample roof.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical students in the electrical program partook in a solar installation training course.

David Lawless, a solar instructor from Kennebec Valley Community College in Maine, brought the school's "Solar Bus" to McCann last week to teach electrical and some carpentry students some tips and tricks from the field and actually install some panels on a practice ground-mounted "roof."

Electricity instructor Don Tatro said the program provides students with another venue in which they can take their McCann electrical education.

"It demonstrates


Lanesborough Residents Calling On Town To Oppose Pipeline
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:07AM / Tuesday, May 19, 2015
So many people attended Monday's board meeting that some had to stand behind the Selectmen. Others were out in the hallway because there wasn't enough room. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It was standing-room only in the Selectmen's office Monday night with dozens of residents asking the board to stop the proposed natural gas pipeline.   The proposed Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct project is eyed to install a high-pressure gas line through 19 properties in town on its way from the Marcellus Shale territory in Pennsylvania to Maine. The route cuts through Hancock, Lanesborough, Cheshire, Dalton, Hinsdale, Windsor and Peru. It runs along the electrical lines just


State Police Honor Berkshire Mountain Search Team
Staff Reports,
03:16PM / Monday, May 18, 2015
Michael Comeau, Stephanie Buzzella and Michael Williamson were all honored for their efforts in the rescue. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Members of the Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team were honored recently by the state police for their efforts in finding an 87-year-old man who went missing last year for four days.   Stephanie Buzzella, Michael Williamson, and Michael Comeau were given a Commander's Commendation for dedication and actions by the state police in Framingham for their efforts in the October rescue.   The volunteer group joined state police in Washington last Oct. 19 to help find the man, who suffers from Alzheimer's. He had been seen leaving his


Clarks' Granddaughter Blesses Clark's Expansion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, May 18, 2015
Javotte Ray, granddaughter of Sterling and Francine Clark, with the cake celebrating the 60th anniversary of the museum they founded. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nearly one year after it completed a $145 million expansion and renovation, the Clark has the blessings of the Clarks.   Javotte Ray, the granddaughter of Sterling and Francine Clark, on Sunday visited the art museum they founded to help the Clark Art Institute celebrate its 60th anniversary.   Sixty years ago to the day, the Clarks welcomed the world to a white marble building on South Street that the couple built to house its private collection.   Six decades later, that white building is just as impressive


Clarksburg's DeSanty Reflects on Williams' Golf National Title
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:24PM / Saturday, May 16, 2015
The Williams women's golf team, coached by Bill Kangas (also the men's hockey coach at the school) won its first national title on Friday. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — For Clarksburg native and former Williams golf coach Erika DeSanty, it was a moment six years in the making and one she'll never forget.   "I was watching them finish [Friday's NCAA Division III women's golf championship] on television, and as we see the team gather, they realize they've won, Sophie Kitchen has just signed her card and you see Shelby [Shote] grab her phone," DeSanty said on Saturday. "I look at my phone, and it says, 'We did it.'"   Shote, a

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MCLA Graduates Charged to Challenge the World
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:00PM / Saturday, May 16, 2015
MCLA presented diplomas and certificates to 417 graduates on Saturday. More photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts awarded 417 degrees and certificates on Saturday at its 116th commencement.

The crowd in the Amsler Campus Center shouted and applauded as the graduates took to the stage to receive 366 bachelor's degrees, 26 masters of education, nine Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and 16 Professional masters of business administration degrees.

Derrick Z. Jackson, award-winning Boston Globe columnist, photographer and Pulitzer Prize finalist, told the graduates they would join alumni who had found meaning in their careers in science,

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'5 Flights Up': A Cut Above
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:59PM / Saturday, May 16, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Focus World Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman are considering selling their New York apartment.

I heartily welcome films about Baby Boomers, such as director Richard Loncraine's "5 Flights Up," concerning a sixty-something couple trying to figure out what course in life to take next. I mean, we are the second greatest generation, right?

Of course I'm not so sure how I'll feel when these niche interest movies segue into hospitals, nursing homes and beyond, assuming that I'm cognizant of said transitions. But, not to worry. Heeding the advice my sister Ann gave me when,

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@theMarket: Another Record High
By Bill Schmick,
01:34PM / Saturday, May 16, 2015

This off-again, on-again market continues to grind higher, if only by a few points, but it is the direction that counts. This week it was the S&P 500 Index's turn to chalk up another record gain. And so it goes.

If you recall last week, we were at the bottom of the trading range before the "algos" (algorithmic trading programs of high frequency traders) kicked in and took us up again. This time the cast of characters responsible for lifting the markets included a declining dollar, higher interest rates and higher oil prices.

Before you ask, no, none of those reasons make any sense, but they are not supposed to. It's simply a case of more noise in a market that is


Mount Greylock Building Committee Sees Potential Designs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:13AM / Saturday, May 16, 2015
Nine different scenarios for a revamped high and middle school were reviewed on Thursday by the Mount Greylock School Building Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Thursday looked at the pros and cons of nine different scenarios to create a more functional junior-senior high school.   As a June 4 deadline looms to submit a short list of finalists to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the committee heard a presentation from its architect and received feedback from members of the community who attended the session in Mount Greylock's meeting room.   There will be at least two more formal opportunities for


Williams Women's Golf Wins National Title
10:44PM / Friday, May 15, 2015
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. — The Williams College women's golf team ran away from the field Friday to capture its the 2015 NCAA Div. III Championship — its first national title in only the program's 11th year of existence.    The Ephs held a six-stroke lead heading into the final 18 holes and second-place Washington University-St. Louis immediately cut that to three strokes early in the day, but it could not keep pace with Williams, which collectively had the best round of the day at 25-over par 313.    Williams wound up winning the championship by 18 strokes over second-place Wittenberg College after rounds of 319-322-309-313 for a four-day total of


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