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Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:00PM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires, Franklin County and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music. Call it a reward for enduring a long, hard winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters.
Whatever the reason, the classical canon, including a full summer's festival within a festival celebrating the wonderful music of Leonard Bernstein (it's his 100th birthday), will nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place - the Berkshires and environs.

My goal, as your musical guide, will be to assist you in choosing


Father's Day: Lessons About Money Can Be Priceless Gifts to Children
11:46AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Father's Day is almost upon us. If you're a dad, you certainly may enjoy getting cards and gifts, of course. But, over time, you will gain even greater satisfaction by what you can give your children – such as some valuable financial lessons.

These lessons can include the following:

Setting goals: If you are contributing to an IRA and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored plan, explain how you build these accounts now, while you are working, so you'll have enough money to enjoy a comfortable retirement someday. And you can bring your children into the picture, too, by telling them that another financial goal is saving enough to help send them to college or to further


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

Lanesborough Sixth-Graders Have Plan For Berkshire Mall
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:02AM / Wednesday, June 13, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Sixth-graders Tyler Hynes-Drumm and Riley Babcock understand the impact the struggling Berkshire Mall has on the town.   "This issue is important because," Riley told the Board of Selectmen on Monday and Tyler finished the sentence, "our town income is lower because the mall had just a big impact on our community."   "When it is gone, we have to pay higher taxes and tourist may stop visiting," Riley said.   The pair had sat down with Assessor Kelly Tolisano, who explained to them that the mall is valued at $19.5 million, resulting in a tax bill of $417,000 — a number that is significantly down from the mall's


Public Official Removed from Contentious Lanesborough Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:16PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A majority of voters at the meeting vote in favor of an amendment to increase the town's allocation to the Mount Greylock Regional School District budget.   LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — After a protracted debate that saw the chairman of the town's Finance Committee removed at the request of the moderator, town meeting Tuesday night approved the budget figure requested by the Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee.   The committee that governs the recently expanded PreK-12 school district needed to make an amendment on the floor of the meeting to bring the town budget in line with the assessment made to the town. Lanesborough's Finance Committee


State Officials Launch Passenger Rail Expansion Efforts
04:43PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The state is also launching a pilot passenger service between Greenfield and Springfield next year, from the Olver Transit Center. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The state is launching the first step in determining the feasibility of east/west passenger rail between Pittsfield and Boston.    Gov. Charlie Baker, surrounded by state and federal officials at Union Station, announced on Tuesday that the state Department of Transportation is soliciting requests for proposals for a consultant team to study the feasibility of east-west passenger rail service, the launch of a pilot for passenger rail service between Greenfield and Springfield, and one-seat service through Springfield to


College Notes: June 2018
03:37PM / Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Student Emma Whittum of Williamstown, a junior at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pa., studied in Spain during spring 2018 semester. The program she participated in is one of 100 study-abroad programs offered to undergraduates.

Graduations The University of New Hampshire at Durham awarded degrees to the following students during commencement exercises in May. Ryan Nagelschmidt of Pittsfield earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering Amanda McLeod of Dalton earned her master of science in natural resources and environmental economics Ellen Ross of Dalton earned a bachelor of science in occupational therapy, summa cum laude Kayla Goodwin of Williamstown earned a bachelor


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Realtors Host Battle of the Bartenders
02:47PM / Monday, June 11, 2018
Bartending for a cause

The Berkshire Realtors will host an evening of competitive bartending on Monday, June 11, at Gala Restaurant & Bar at Orchards Hotel in Williamstown. Six teams will square off in half-hour shifts to see who can raise the most tips during their time behind the bar. Proceeds support the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gala, located at 222 Adams Road (Route 2) in Williamstown. Bartending teams and schedules for the evening are: 5-5:30 p.m. Maureen Baran & Erin Scott; 5:30-6 p.m. Buffy Lord & Susan Gold; 6-6:30 p.m. Brooke Mead & Joe Bergeron; 6:30-7 p.m. Seth Alden & Terry Lamb; 7-7:30 p.m. Jason Dohaney & Sarah


Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for June
02:29PM / Monday, June 11, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The staff of state Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, will host two community outreach events during June.   The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of New Ashford and Worthington for this month's staff office hours on Wednesday, June 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, from 11 to 1, New Ashford Town Hall, located at 188 Mallery Road Wednesday, June 27, from 11 to 1, Worthington Town Hall, located at 160 Huntington Road All residents of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District are invited to participate in these sessions if


Berkshires Beat: CATA Publishes First Book
10:26AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
CATA book

Community Access to the Arts has published its first-ever collection of artwork and poetry, titled "You Can't Replace Yourself," featuring work by 46 artists and writers with disabilities. CATA celebrates the release with a Book Launch event at the CATA Studio in Great Barrington on Tuesday, June 12, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

"You Can't Replace Yourself" is a window into the lyrical and deeply felt work of writers and artists with disabilities. It draws from 25 years of poems, paintings and drawings created in CATA's weekly arts workshops. From touching observations and fantastic dreams, to tender musings on love, life, and hairdryers, "You


Mount Greylock Weighs Dropping April Vacation Week from School Calendar
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, June 11, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — April vacation will be a thing of the past — at least for one year — if the Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee approves a calendar proposal presented at Thursday's meeting.   Acting on direction from the committee to try to end the school year earlier than this year's snow day-induced June 25 release, Superintendent Kimberley Grady and her building principals developed a proposal that replaces the traditional week off in April with two long weekends.   By recovering the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday after Patriots Day, the district would have classes ending on Thursday, June 13 — or, with the state-mandated


Rooted in Responsibility, Mount Greylock Grads Go Forth
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018

Daniel MacWhinnie, chosen to speak by his fellow graduates, compared the classmates to trees that set down good roots at Mount Greylock which will allow them to grow. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Before they branched out into the "real world," Mount Greylock's graduating seniors were reminded of just how treelike they really are.   "When a tree is just beginning to grow, it's just a seedling," Daniel K. "Hoby" MacWhinnie told his classmates. "Seedlings need a good environment to grow, just like ourselves.   "As the years move along, we start to grow and develop good roots."   Grounded


Mount Greylock to Take Budget Request Directly to Lanesborough Voters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Saturday, June 09, 2018

Lanesborough resident and Transition Committee member Al Terranova is critical of the chairman of his town's Finance Committee.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Transition Committee on Thursday decided to take its case to the floor of Lanesborough's town meeting in order to secure the funding it requested from the town.   At issue is about $112,000, the figure that Lanesborough's Finance Committee decided to unilaterally cut from the assessment the regional school district made to the town.   The committee, which governs the recently expanded PreK-12 district until a new school committee is elected in November, reacted to


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