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Lanesborough 11U Bulldogs Lose at Long Island Tourney
09:42PM / Friday, July 24, 2015
YAPHANK, N.Y. -- Shelter Rock of Mineola, N.Y., scored six in the fourth inning on the way to a 13-3 win over the Lanesborough Bulldogs 11-under All-Stars on Friday night in a tournaemnt at the Baseball Heaven sports complex on Long Island.   Derek Parish, Landen Jamula and Tristan Gardner accounted for the the three Lanesborough hits, and Jamula drove in a pair of runs with his.   But Shelter Rock jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and after the Bulldogs rallied for three in the third, the New Yorkers built on their lead in the fourth and ended the game with three more in the fifth.   Lanesborough, which is using the tournament as a tuneup for next weekend's Cal Ripken New


Superior Court Briefs: July 20 - July 22
Staff Reports,
12:16PM / Friday, July 24, 2015
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, July 20.   Sasha Santiago, 25, of Springfield had not guilty pleas entered on her behalf on single counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in heroin, and conspiracy to violate drug laws to wit: trafficking in cocaine.   He was released on the same $15,000 bail which was set when she was previously arraigned. Santiago is accused of selling cocaine and heroin in Berkshire County between January 20, 2015 and March 6, 2015.   Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Tuesday, July 21.   Brandon Phillips, 29, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to single counts of distribution of cocaine, and conspiracy to


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

Mount Greylock Building Project's Tax Impact Discussed
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Friday, July 24, 2015
Superintendent Doug Dias and Selectman Hugh Daley, a member of the School Building Committee, review minutes from a prior meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Thursday continued its evaluation of evolving designs for potential building projects and got its first look at what those projects could potentially cost.   The School Building and School committees held their second straight joint meeting in the meeting room of the junior-senior high school.   Although the largest part of the meeting was focused on the three designs that the School Committee hopes to narrow to one choice in one week's time, the cost


Senate Adopts Downing Amendment on Net-Metering
Staff Reports,
08:45PM / Thursday, July 23, 2015

BOSTON – An amendment by state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing increasing the state's solar net-metering cap was adopted by the Senate on Thursday.

The measure, designed to promote future solar development, aligns the net metering cap with the state's 1,600 MW goal of installed solar capacity and further directs the Department of Energy Resources to create a new solar incentive program when the 1,600 MW goal is reached.

Net metering allows residential and commercial customers who generate their own electricity from solar power to receive a credit for the unused electricity they feed back to the grid. The cap, which limits what utilities have to buy, was hit in March for National

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'Trainwreck': What Raillery
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:05PM / Thursday, July 23, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Universal Pictures Greg, Rachel and Earl face life and death in this Sundance-winning slice of modern teen angst.

Point of disclosure No. 593: My favorite film genre is the screwball comedy ... movies like Preston Sturges's "Sullivan's Travels" (1941), "The Great McGinty" (1940), "The Lady Eve" (1941), and George Cukor's "The Philadelphia Story" (1940), to name an iconic few.

While director Judd Apatow's very funny "Trainwreck," about a wayward career lass's search for love and truth, can't hold a candle to those

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The Independent Investor: Are You Ready for El Niño
By Bill Schmick,
01:51PM / Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's that time again. Trade winds in the Pacific are blowing west to east, pushing warm water to the surface. In times past, those conditions created havoc with much of the world's weather creating everything from fires to floods, sometimes, in epic proportions. Some weather models predict this year's El Niño could rank among the worse.

El Niño ("boy child" in Spanish) has been around for a long time, but it was only in the early '80s that scientists realized the global impact of these events. Their potential intensity is difficult to predict because they interact with other natural climate factors, which can change the outcome.

Since predicting


Bennington Museum Marks Year Filled with Acquisitions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:57AM / Thursday, July 23, 2015
Grandma Moses' painting of the Battle of Bennington includes its future memorialization with the tower in the top right corner. The anachronism led the DAR to reject the painting, which now resides at the Bennington Museum. BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Bennington Museum offers some things old, some things new and, thanks to the considerable generosity of donors over the last year, a great many more things not borrowed.   The museum held a celebration on Tuesday evening to recognize the benefactors who have added a record-setting number of artifacts and artworks to its permanent collection over the last 12 months.   "This is something we've never done before


Lanesborough Combining Third Grade, Splitting Kindergarten
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:31AM / Thursday, July 23, 2015
Principal Martin McEvoy, far right, outlines the reason for the grade changes for the School Committee on Wednesday night. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Principal Martin McEvoy is combining two third-grade classes into one and splitting the kindergarten class into two.   The third grade has 26 students and the kindergarten has 25. McEvoy said kindergarten students are experiencing school for their first time and pose more difficult challenges than third-graders.    "Twenty-five students in a kindergarten class is very challenging for the kids for many different reasons," McEvoy said.   This particular third-grade class is also outperforming all other grades

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The Classical Beat: Festivals Showcase Musical Innovation
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
11:24AM / Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mass MoCA in North Adams is in the midst of its carnival of musical merriment: Bang On A Can.

During late-July, the classical music festival “high season,” anchored by concerts at Tanglewood and at other regional venues, approaches its zenith, with sure-fire programming. Offerings this week include a celebration of Miguel de Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” by the phenomenal "The Knights" chamber orchestra, great symphonies by Mozart and Mahler and, for daring listeners, the Festival of Contemporary Music.

Not to be outdone, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams is continuing its ongoing three-week Summer

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Coaching Legend Russo to Coach Hoosac Boys
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:04PM / Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Retired Williams soccer coach Mike Russo, seen in this 2011 file photo, is moving to high school boys soccer at Hoosac Valley this fall. CHESHIRE, Mass. -- Mike Russo says he is looking forward this fall to coaching soccer ... and just coaching soccer.   "The recruiting is gone, and I don't miss that at all," Russo said Wednesday about taking over the boys team at Hoosac Valley Middle and High School. "It gives me an opportunity to teach and coach."   Russo did a great job at both -- and recruiting, too -- for 36 years at Williams College, where he retired after the 2014 season.   Through colleague Blair Dils, the head boys coach at Mount Greylock,


Williamstown Elementary to Add Assistant Principal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:01PM / Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Williamstown Elementary School's population has increased, one factor in the decision to hire an assistant principal. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Monday approved the creation of an assistant principal's position at the K-through-6 school.   The change was prompted by a suggestion from the school's new superintendent, said School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger on Tuesday morning.   "When Doug Dias came in, one of his first questions was, for a school the size of WES, who the assistant principal was," Caplinger said. "When he found out we didn't have one, he was surprised by that."   The school has

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Lanesborough Bulldogs Win State Tournament
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshire Sports
11:26PM / Monday, July 20, 2015
PEPPERELL, Mass. — After falling behind to a team that attacked with small ball, the Lanesborough Bulldogs used a big base-running play to regain the lead on the way to a 7-3 win in Monday's Cal Ripken 11-and-under State Championship Game.   Roberto Barron went 2-for-3 with a home run and a double and pitched five innings to earn the win as Lanesborough defeated host Pepperell to claim Massachusetts' berth in the regional championship later this month in Rhode Island.   The Bulldogs used a five-run rally in the bottom of the third to erase a 3-1 deficit.   The key play came with the game tied and runners at the corners.   Derek Paris and Josh Polumbo, who

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