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Pittsfield Officer to Carry Torch in Austria For Special Olympics World Games
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:39AM / Saturday, February 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The job of a police officer means dealing with people on their worst days, day after day.   And it wears on the officers. Eight years ago, Officer Darren Derby started getting involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. He's raised more than a half-million dollars in support of those athletes.   He does it because he feels those athletes do more for him than he could ever do for them. They give him a joy that gets torn away from officers on a daily basis dealing with the worst of the worst.   "The job itself brings a tremendous amount of stress. A lot us wonder 'is this the right job for us,


'The Oscar Picks: Betrayed': The Great Goldberger Squirrel Conspiracy of 2017
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:20PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

OK, maybe the Academy Award leak previously alleged to exist, the one the squirrels in my back yard either engineered or facilitated and which allowed me to successfully predict a good percentage of last year's Oscar winners, indeed exists. But first a little backstory for those unfamiliar with the bushy-tailed adventures of the Goldberger Squirrels.

Thankful for the assorted nuts I've occasionally thrown on the lawn to ensure their strength and safety against neighboring squirrels and other varmints who would illegally cross property lines to take what is rightfully theirs, last year the Goldberger Squirrels showed their loyalty with a bold act. Braving the gridlock caused by the


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

Williams College Art Professor Has Book on 'Choice' List
01:10PM / Friday, February 17, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College art professor Guy Hedreen's book on the persona of the artist in ancient Greek art and literature is among several titles on the prestigious 2016 Choice list for Outstanding Academic Titles.

Choice is a publication of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Hedreen's book, "The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece" (Cambridge University Press, 2016), uses lyric poetry and pictorial art to explore the emergence of artistic subjectivity in early Greek culture.

Every year in the January issue, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that


Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County
11:29AM / Friday, February 17, 2017

Schools across Berkshire County are holding registration days for next year's kindergartners. Schools can submit their information to be added to this list to

* Adams: C.T. Plunkett Elementary School will hold kindergartden registration on Friday, March 10, from 8:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the office at C.T. Plunkett Elementary School, 14 Commercial St. Adams.  

Incoming children must be5 years old by Aug. 31.  Parents registering their children must bring their child’s birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence. Call the office at 413-743-0876 with any questions.

* Williamstown: Williamstown Elementary School will hold


Mount Greylock Hires Architect to Look at Options for Capital Endowment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has decided to hire a Greenfield architect to help develop a plan to spend a $5 million capital endowment.   The school district received the gift from Williams College last year to help cover improvements not included in the $65 million addition/renovation project at the junior/senior high school.   The district received two responses to its requests for proposals to help determine cost projections for 10 potential projects ranging from a new parking lot to a home for the central administration offices shared by Williamstown's and Lanesborough's public schools to lighting and sound


Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Friday, February 17, 2017
BOSTON — State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.   Newly elected State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, was named Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, as well as Senate vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.    He is also a member of the Joint Committees on Higher Education; Housing; Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Recovery; Municipalities and Regional Government; and Intergovernmental Affairs. Hinds is also the Senate co-chair of the Rural Caucus


School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School.   Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.   Hoch's budget calls for a 1.98 percent increase in the town's operating budget — a hike of $151,310 that is offset by increased revenue and a reduction in the town's debt obligations.   On the other hand, the Mount Greylock budget is coming in just more than 5 percent above FY17 — an increase that


Williamstown to Propose Engineering Study to Look at Broadband
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town.   Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."   The committee recommended three avenues for the town to direct its efforts: press Charter Communications to see whether the cable company can improve on the speeds it needs to offer customers under


Father Daughter Dance Set in North Adams
02:08PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.

Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val's in Adams and Where'd You Get That?! in Williamstown.

Due to safety concerns and requirements at the venue, the amount of tickets for sale this year has been reduced. Once you purchase your tickets please print your name on the back of each one as you can enter them in a drawing to win the door prize.

All proceeds of our dance go directly to supporting a local organization in our community. Details on Facebook.



Lanesborough-Williamstown Superintendent: Districts 'Not Dysfunctional'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown public schools sought Tuesday evening to allay concerns about the stability of the central administration.   "Through this process, I do need everyone to recognize there have been some constants," Kim Grady told a special meeting of the school committees that govern the Tri-District. "Our administrative assists at the building level have been constant, I've been a constant."   Grady spoke to the members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee and Superintendency Union 71, the joint committee of Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary school


Lanesborough-Williamstown School's Business Manager Departs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:26PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in four months, the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is looking to fill one of its shared administrative positions.   On Feb. 4, Business Manager Nancy Rauscher announced her intention to leave the central office in an email to the chairs of the school committees at Mount Greylock Regional, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary.   Representatives from the three committees will discuss the turnover at the post at a special meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 at the junior-senior high school. In November, another special meeting was called to discuss the tenure of second-year Superintendent Douglas Dias, whose departure was


Biz Briefs: Young People Start to Work on Their Own Businesses
04:59PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

Planning on business: The business planning program for young people, which is presented by BerkShares in partnership with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Berkshire Regional Office and in collaboration with Berkshire Community College's South County Center, has involved community members as mentors, teachers, and advisors for young entrepreneurs over the past two years. On Jan. 25, this year's program started off with a whole new level of community involvement.
Students in the program, who range in age from 14 to 27, are asked to write business plans that address gaps in the local economy, meeting needs for basic goods and services that we


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