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BHS Dealing With Malware Threat
Staff Reports,
04:48PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is trying to heal some sick computers after they were infected with malware during the past week.

"No patient health or payment information was compromised during this event and that information is protected by a sophisticated and secure system," said BHS spokesman Michael Leary in response to an inquiry by iBerkshires.

Leary said the FBI's Boston office contacted BHS on Tuesday to share information on the malware threat, which has apparently caused problems at other businesses around the world recently.

Berkshire Health Systems personnel began seeing evidence of the event last weekend and brought in computer security

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'The Boy': Best Seen by Mistake
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:22PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

There is only one reason or excuse to see director William Brent Bell's mediocre horror film, "The Boy." Luckily, such circumstances and the manner in which your humble auditor viewed the movie in question serendipitously ameliorated what would have otherwise proved a night at the Bijou, ruined. To follow my prescription, first you and a good friend must be closed out of the movie you originally intended to see because of a projector snafu. Then, with the clock ticking and après-theater dinner plans hinging, you pick a film, any film, with start and end times that fit.

Call it the "Sometimes you Get Shot out of a Cannon Method of Movie Selection." While not

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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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The Independent Investor: The High Price of Cash
By Bill Schmick,
02:36PM / Thursday, January 28, 2016

Since the beginning of January, many investors have sold their holdings in the stock market and are sitting on the sidelines in cash. Is it too late to sell, or would selling out be a wise move?

Well over $7 billion was sold from U.S. stock funds thus far in January. In December, $48 billion exited stock funds. In hindsight, anyone who sold at the end of last year would presumably be sitting pretty, but that's not the case at all.

There's an old saying "I'd rather be out of the market wishing I were in, than in the market wishing I were out." Those are words that surely resonate with most investors right now. And as the financial markets worldwide continue to

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Mickle Electric, MacFarlane Office Earn Youth Basketball Wins
08:03AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tej Patel scored 12 points Wednesday to lead Mickle Electric to a 28-20 win over Williamstown Police in the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association.   Thomas Martin added 10 points in the win for Mickle.   Will Broadwell scored eight, and Max McAlister added five for Williamstown Police.   In Wednesday's other game, Tate Kuster scored 10 and Derek Paris added seven for MacFarlane Office Products in a 28-20 win over Williamstown Police.   McAlister scored seven points in a losing cause in that game.

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Amherst Men's, Women's Basketball Pound Williams
07:44AM / Thursday, January 28, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Amherst College men's basketball team (15-3) Wednesday put on a dominating performance in Chandler Gym, defeating the Williams Ephs (12-7) by a final score of 71-50.    Williams did not have a lead the entire game.   Cole Teal led Williams (12-7) with 15 points. Daniel Aronowitz added 13 points and 7 rebounds.   Jayde Dawson led Amherst (15-3) with 17. Williams next plays Fort Kent on Monday.   WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AMHERST, Mass. -- Ali Doswell scored 27 points to lead the Amherst women's basketball team to a 66-54 win over Williams on Wednesday night.   Amanni Fernandez scored a game-high 28 for Williams

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Berkshire Tidbits: Cupcake and Chili Wars
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
08:38PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! at Chez Nous Bistro Resumes   At Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! this Thursday, Chez Nous baker/co-owner Rachel Portnoy says she and her husband, chef and co-owner Franck Tessier will be, "diving into an exciting new cookbook by one of our favorite local cookbook writers, Darra Goldstein: Fire & Ice, Classic Nordic Cooking. All of the menu and recipes will be inspired by this gorgeous new book."   She said, "The menu will be inspired by the sea." Franck will be making and demonstrating how to make "brined ice cellar salmon, followed by crispy fried fish with a Nordic winter salad,"   And for dessert, Portnoy will bake a

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WCMA Artist Facilitates Unusual Museum Perspectives
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:32PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Oakland-based, socially-engaged artist Lexa Walsh creates experiences for her audiences, and that's exactly her current mission at Williams College on multiple fronts.

With her winter study program "Mapping The Museum," Walsh has worked with students to take over the Williams College Museum of Art for a night, in addition to creating two upcoming projects with her brother, painter Dan Walsh.

Walsh's winter study course focuses on institutional critique, an art practice that casts its gaze back on the place that houses it, and asks questions about the purpose of art and museums. That will be put into action for Walsh's "WCMA At

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Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Applicants for Scholarships Across New England
03:07PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LEE, Mass. — Living near a Simon Malls or Simon Premium Outlets property - like the Lee Premium Outlets - could help a graduating senior pay for college.  Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, has begun looking for a graduating senior who live within 50 miles of a Simon property.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls, Mills or Premium Outlets. The application period has begun and ends on March 1, 2016.

Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of

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HooRWA Celebrates 30 Years
03:01PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Hoosic River Watershed Association, a 501(c)3 no-profit organization founded in 1986 and based in Williamstown, held its 30th annual meeting on Jan. 11.

Re-elected to the Board of Directors were Wendy Hopkins of Pownal, Vt., and Karin Landry and Elayne Murphy of Williamstown. The program for the annual meeting included presentations by several members of the board on projects and collaborations now under way. These included the Thompson Mill site cleanup in Valley Falls, N.Y, the Spruces Recreational Area cleanup in Williamstown and the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership in northern Berkshire.

Many local projects taking place from Cheshire to Williamstown

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MSBA OKs Mount Greylock Building Project Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:53PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
BOSTON, Mass. — As expected, the Massachusetts School Building Authority on Wednesday gave the green light for the Mount Greylock Regional School addition/renovation project.   The MSBA Board of Directors unanimously approved a grant of $32,491,074 for the project, Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene reported in a Friends of the Mt. Greylock Building Project Facebook post.   "[The MSBA directors] were, once again, highly complimentary of our education program, which is the foundation of the building design," Greene wrote in her post.   Earlier this month, the School Committee approved the appropriation of a $64.8 million debt to pay for

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Letter: Residents Should be Informed Before Mount Greylock Vote
02:00PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the Editor:

To the People of Lanesborough and its Board of Selectmen

Greetings. I have the privilege of serving on the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee. I attended the Lanesborough Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, Jan. 25. I was heartened that the board allowed many audience members to speak, balancing the desire to hear our voices and move through a lengthy agenda. I was allowed to state my views several times, and I thank them for that courtesy and for scheduling a vote on the building project on March 15. I strongly urge members of both our towns to inform themselves of the facts of the building project (see http://www.wlschools.org/page.cfm?p=534) and vote as they see

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Put Your Financial 'Puzzle' Together
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 29 is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists – is something of a mystery.

But as an investor, you can find value in the concept of a puzzle – specifically, in putting together the pieces of your financial puzzle.

What are these pieces? Here are the essential ones:

* Growth: At different times in your life, you will have various goals – purchasing a first or second home, sending your children to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement, and so on. While these goals are diverse, they all have one thing

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