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Local Lawyer Named Fellow at National Association
12:21PM / Friday, September 22, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Chris S. Dodig has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony at which Dodig became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of 900 persons during the 2017 Annual Meeting of the College in Montréal, Québec.

Dodig is a longtime partner in the firm of Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, with offices in North Adams and Pittsfield, Mass., and Bennington, Vt. He has been practicing with the same firm for 27 years, after graduating from Albany Law School in 1990.  His primary area of practice is serious personal injury litigation, with a focus on

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Missing Williamstown Woman Located
07:54AM / Friday, September 22, 2017
UPDATE: At a little after 9 a.m. Friday morning, Williamstown Police Chief Kyle Johnson reported Ms. Coll had been located and is alert and conscious.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Wllliamstown Police are asking for help in finding Marilyn Coll, 84, who was last seen Wednesday evening around 5 p.m. on Stone Hill Road.   Anyone with information, please call Williamstown Police at 413-458-5733.   Searching has resumed in this area Friday morning, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

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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
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Democratic House Candidates Sound Similar Themes at Williamstown Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:18AM / Friday, September 22, 2017

A large crowd packs the Meeting Room at Williamstown Town Hall on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in three days, the four Democratic candidates for the 1st Berkshire District seat in the House of Representatives sat on the same stage to discuss the issues.   This time around, it was the Williamstown League of Women Voters hosting a forum for the candidates on the ballot for the Oct. 10 primary to face presumptive Republican nominee Christine Canning.   And as it was 48 hours earlier in Lanesborough, the four Democrats tended to agree on far more than they disagreed. There were some differences in approach and, of course, very different backgrounds

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Williams Cross Country Meet Saturday at Mount Greylock, Off-Site Parking Available
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09:09PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's and women's cross country teams will welcome 27 schools to Mount Greylock Regional School on Saturday for the Purple Valley Classic.   Due to the building project at the junior-senior high school, the college is asking fans to park at Margaret Lindley Park and use a shuttle bus to and from the school.   Five of the top 10 women's teams in Division III are scheduled to take part in the race.   The Williams women, who are  ranked fourth in the nation, will be joined by third-ranked MIT, fifth-ranked Geneseo, seventh-ranked Ithaca and eighth-ranked Middlebury.   Head coach Pete Farwell is excited to see his

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The Independent Investor: Time to Check Your Insurance Policies
By Bill Schmick,
03:35PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
With hurricanes to the left and right of us, maybe a review of your home owner's insurance policy makes sense. You may find out that at today's real estate values, you are underinsured.   If you are like me, the last time you visited the insurance subject was during the Katrina/Sandy hurricanes. Since then, houses in some areas have appreciated by more than 30 percent. If so, a devastating event such as the widespread destruction recently caused by Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida could really decimate what is probably your most valuable asset.   Given the fact that hurricanes seem to be sprouting up all over the place, if you have been spared thus far doesn't mean

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Getting Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter
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02:11PM / Thursday, September 21, 2017

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If you're like most of us, you probably used your snow thrower a lot last winter. But then, winter finally came to an end, and you could put your snow thrower away.

If you had fuel in the gas tank at that time and haven't thought about it since, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you want to use it again.

Unless you used a fuel stabilizer that is specifically formulated to deal with the ethanol in today's gasoline, or drained the fuel tank and carburetor completely, your snow thrower may not start when you need it this winter. Today's gasoline tends to go stale fairly quickly.

To check your

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North Adams Ambulance, Village Ambulance Plan Merger
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
11:32AM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The leaders of North Adams Ambulance Service and Village Ambulance Service Thursday characterized their pending merger as a win-win for both agencies and the residents they serve.


And while it was precipitated by a financial crisis at the Williamstown-based VAS, the move is consistent with a broader trend toward regionalization in the emergency management services industry, the officials said.


“This is so beneficial that even with two agencies that are financially successful, this model would still make sense,” Amalio Jusino of NAAS said. “That’s why the rumors and the talk have gone on for years and years and years.


“We could be

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Williamstown Fire District Sets Date for Special Meeting on Land Purchase
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Prudential Committee on Wednesday set Oct. 24 as the date for a special Fire District meeting to decide whether to purchase a 3.7-acre parcel on Main Street.   The committee, which oversees the district, has entered into a purchase and sales agreement to buy the so-called Lehovec Property on Main Street (Route 2) with the hope of someday building a new fire house on the site.   The agreement is contingent on a vote of district residents to authorize the $400,000 acquisition, which the committee plans to make through the use of its existing cash reserves; the district has a long practice of accumulating reserves to purchase fire trucks

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Williams College Volleyball Sweeps MCLA
09:30PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WILLIAMS COLLEGE, Mass. -- The Williams College volleyball team received 27 assists from Alex Newton and 10 kills from Ally Ostrow to beat the MCLA Trailblazers 3-0 on Wednesday.   In the loss, Trailblazer senior Mele Enomoto recorded her 1,000th career dig in the second set to join the "grand" club at MCLA (2-11). She ended the night with a team best 16 digs.   Williams (4-4) started slow in the opening set but then ran away from MCLA, taking set one 25-12. The Ephs were tested in the second set, but prevailed, 25-19, before closing out the match with a 25-12 win in the third.   The Ephs Ostrow spearheaded the offense with her 10 kills on 37 attacks. She added 11

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Letter: Bosley, Fresh & Ready to Be Our State Representative
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To the Editor:

When Stephanie Bosley says she is ready to be our 1st Berkshire District state representative, by making positive change from a fresh perspective, I believe her.

Stephanie is genuine, a local North Adams girl, where she lives with her husband, Josh, and their dog Striker, and whose father, Dan Bosley, served in the state Legislature for 24 years. So working for the people of this district through government is a passion she has inherited — and she has made sure to get the right education and experience to accomplish that.

Educated in the North Adams Public Schools, she has a B.S. in Political Science from UMass Amherst and M.S. in Public Affairs from UMass Boston.

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Health Alliance Offering Flu Vaccinations
03:37PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Public Health Alliance will offer flu vaccination clinics with no out-of-pocket charges around the county over the next month.

People should bring their insurance card(s) with them and wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. In 2017, a study in Pediatrics was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination also significantly

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Letter: Recovery in North Berkshire
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To the Editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the community is invited to come together to celebrate recovery from addiction and mental illness in our region at the Voices for Recovery Walk, Rally and Vigil. It will take place at Colegrove Park on Church Street in North Adams from 1-3:30 p.m. This event, organized by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, is part of a national observance of Recovery Month, a time to talk about and celebrate recovery.

Addiction, and the mental health issues that surround it, are challenges that many find hard to talk about and feel helpless to address. However, there are positive and affirming actions we can take to respond to the epidemic of

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