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Wilber Off to Strong Start at YMCA Nationals
11:27PM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Monument Mountain's Maeve Wilber got off to a strong start on Monday at the YMCA National Long Course swimming championships.   Wilber clocked a time of 58.73 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly, putting her 14th out of 163 girls competing in 21 preliminary heats.   The fastest time of the prelims in her event was 57.23, turned in by Siobhan Dale of East Hartford, Conn.   Emma Wilber clocked a 1:08.52 in the same event as five of the six Berkshire County swimmers competing for the Westfield YMCA team got their program under way.   In the 200 backstroke, Rowan Rice swam a time of 2:54 flat.   Caroline Bissaillon sprinted to a 28.59 in the 50

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Mount Greylock Alums Reunite to Play at Reunion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:59PM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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Members of the class of 1974 and '75 jam at the Youth Center on Friday before reuniting at the class '74 event on Saturday night.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Some veterans of the local music scene Friday recaptured a little of their youth at the Williamstown Youth Center.

Four members of Mount Greylock Regional School's classes of 1974 and '75 held a jam session in the center's music room as they geared up for Saturday's 1974 Class Reunion at the Williams Inn.

Mark and Paul "P.J." Roughan, Mike Immerman and North Adams' Tom Marshall rocked out to the sounds of Van Morrison, Golden Earring and the like.

And the youngsters on hand from the WYC's

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Local Swimmers Head to YMCA Nationals
02:25PM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Six Berkshire County residents hit the pool starting today for the weeklong YMCA National Long Course Championship at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus if Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.   Williamstown's Emma Whitney, who swims on the cooperative high school varsity team at Hoosac Valley High School, is joined by four girls and one boy from Monument Mountain: Caroline Bissaillon, Rowan Rice, Maeve and Emma Wilber, and Brandon Louison.   All six swim on the Westfield YMCA team coached by Jamie Bloom.   Whitney qualified in the 50-meter and 100-meter backstroke.   Bissaillon is competing in the 50 freestyle. Rice

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Letter: Williamstown Land Needs to Stay in Conservation
12:18PM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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To the editor:   I read with interest the iBerkshires,com report of the July 24th meeting of the Williamstown Conservation Commission.  Guess I march to a different drummer than several in the audience who urged developing  the Lowry and Burbank properties!  Here's why:   How many open spaces are left in town that are not privately owned, that could replace the Lowry and Burbank properties as open space and agricultural conservation land? Don't tell me the Spruces is one of them, because that property could never ever replace Burbank and Lowry.  The Spruces property lies along busy Route 2, has many large culverts buried underneath it, and long years of

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'Sex Tape': Risqué Behavior
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
12:13PM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Annie and Jay (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) fear  their home movie may become a viral hit in 'Sex Tape.'

Jake Kasdan's "Sex Tape" accomplishes a curious thing. It's the near surreptitious merging of traditional romantic farce with the new screwball raunchiness that's body-snatched the American film comedy in recent years. While the prim and proper are sure to be abashed by the complications engendered when a thirtysomething couple's tape of their marathon lovemaking goes viral, the jaded may be wont to wonder: When did such risqué behavior

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Fund for Williamstown Awards $14,000 to Individuals and Community Groups
12:10PM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fund for Williamstown, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, has awarded $14,000 to individuals, community groups and nonprofit organizations that proposed innovative projects and services to improve the quality of life for Williamstown residents.

Since its inception in 2006, the fund has become an agent for creative thinking about how individuals and organizations can better their community.

Grants were awarded to the following community groups and nonprofit organizations:

Community Access to the Arts: $1,000 to create an after-school drumming program through which children from the Williamstown Youth Center can come together with handicapped

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Williamstown's Overland Overcomes 'Worst Thing That Can Happen'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Monday, July 28, 2014
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Overland has come back from last year's biking tour tragedy stronger and with more focus on proactive safety. The parents of Merritt Levitan, who was killed in the accident, are raising awareness of distracted driving.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A year ago this month on a rural road in Arkansas, a driver struck and killed 18-year-old Merritt Levitan as she participated in a cross-country bicycle trip with the Williamstown-based Overland summer program.

It was the kind of senseless tragedy that could devastate a family ... or a business.

Instead, it galvanized both.

Determined to carry on the spirit of their daughter's life, Merritt's parents created a charitable foundation

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Officials Celebrate Progress on Williamstown Housing Project
By Stephen Dravis,
07:06PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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Berkshire Housing's Elton Ogden listens to Mollye Wolahan of the Women's Institute for Housing and Community Development at an event to celebrate the progress of the Highland Woods project. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There still is no date to start digging the actual foundation of Williamstown's new senior housing complex.   But the metaphorical foundation gathered in town's senior center on Friday to celebrate the project's progress.   "I spent 35 years in state government, and I can never recall an undertaking that was as collaborative as this one has been," Selectman Thomas Sheldon said at the afternoon gathering in the Harper

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Berkshire Gas Reports Customers Getting Fraudulent Calls
Staff Reports,
03:46PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Gas is reporting some of its business customers are being contacted by scammers claiming they are behind on their accounts and demanding immediate payment.

According to Berkshire Gas, the callers are asking for payment by credit over the phone.
 
Several of the fraudulent calls have showed up as originating from 617-419-5406 in the recipients caller ID. Berkshire Gas said it has reported this information to the state police, the attorney general's office and the Department of Public Utilities.

The scam sounds similar to one last year in which callers targeted local businesses claiming to be from National Grid and demanding they purchase money

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Superior Court Briefs: July 21 - July 24
Staff Reports,
02:50PM / Friday, July 25, 2014
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Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 21.   Catherine Brackett, 23, of North Adams pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws and single counts of distribution of cocaine and assault and battery on a public employee.    She was ordered to serve one year at the Berkshire County House of Correction on one count of conspiracy to violate drug laws and one count of distribution of cocaine. She was placed on one-year probation on the rest.    The incidents occurred in North Adams between January 1, 2013 and November 26, 2013.   Michael Cahalan, 44, of Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of knowingly possession visual material of a

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