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Talk Explores 'Art of Coaching,' Trouble With Specialization
By Shannon Boyer, Sports
10:33PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- USA Hockey has created a philosophy not only for the better of the youth in its own sport, but for the youth in sports across the map --- from soccer to basketball and lacrosse to football.   The core of the philosophy: Understanding age appropriate training and development and maintaining patience through those years as a parent and a coach.   Wednesday evening, the "Developing Young Athletes-Myth and Reality" discussion was held at the Williams College by Roger Grillo, a longtime hockey coach.  He coached at Brown University for 12 years before joining USA Hockey in 2009 to serve as its regional manager for the American Development Model,


Berkshire Tidbits: Thanksgiving Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:16PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2015

As the holiday approaches, everything is coming up Thanksgiving. Most of the Tidbits in this week's column will be about Thanksgiving as well. With just a smattering of the many, many food producers who go out of their way to create ultra-satisfying fare here in the Berkshires.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner
at Breaking Bread Kitchen

Chef Julie Gale and the team from Hevreh of the Berkshires will be making and serving a Thanksgiving dinner at the weekly Breaking Bread Kitchen at American Legion Post 340 on Route 7 in Sheffield this Thursday, Nov. 19.

Gale said the menu will be turkey with stuffing and gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds, rolls, cranberry sauce and


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

Residents Share Visions of Rural Health to Mark National Rural Health Day
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:05AM / Wednesday, November 18, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — What is your vision for rural health in Massachusetts?

The Massachusetts Office of Rural Health is looking to find out from residents from all across the state, from the tip of Cape Cod to North Adams, where Kirby Lecy, the office's outreach and communications coordinator, visited last week in advance of National Rural Health Day this Thursday, Nov. 19.

Lecy visited the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday to share that the National Organization of State Offices of Rural sets aside the third Thursday of every November  to celebrate National Rural Health Day. According to its website, "National Rural Health Day is an


Start Your Own Investment 'Traditions'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:16AM / Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And like all holidays, this one has plenty of traditions, such as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (started in 1924) and football (the first broadcast Thanksgiving Day game was played between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears in 1934).

Traditions are important, and you may want to establish some in one of the key activities of your own life: investing.

So, what sort of investment traditions could you start? Here are a few ideas:

* Invest regularly. By definition, engaging in a tradition means performing the same acts over and over. This type of behavior can impose discipline and consistency to your investing. For example, consider


Berkshire Medical Center Demonstrates Surgical Robotic Arm
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Dr. Kevin Mitts of Berkshire Orthopaedic Associates pushed against the bur, attempting to move the robotic drill into a different area of the leg bone.

But since the Mako Robotic Arm Interactive System was programmed to cut into a specific area, it resisted his efforts.

"It locks you in," he told the curious onlookers at Tuesday night's demonstration at Berkshire Medical Center. "It won't let you go elsewhere."

The new technology is designed to aid the accuracy of orthopedic surgeons in the operating room. The robotic arm, a product of Stryker Corp., a leader in orthopedic medical technology, has been in use at BMC for a few

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Williamstown Approves Amended Mount Greylock Agreement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:39PM / Tuesday, November 17, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Without a question from the floor or a single negative vote, a special town meeting on Tuesday approved the amended Mount Greylock Regional School District agreement.

The agreement now needs approval of the junior-senior high school district's other member town. Lanesborough voters are scheduled to hear the question on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School.

The amendment was drafted by the Mount Greylock School Committee, which wanted to make the district's apportionment of capital expenses more "fair, equitable and dynamic," School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene told Williamstown voters on Tuesday.

After she gave

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Lanesborough Officials Endorse Amended Mount Greylock Agreement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:11AM / Tuesday, November 17, 2015

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday voted 3-0 to recommend special town meeting's approval of the amended regional agreement for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.

It also tabled a controversial question on the town's educational future.

The Lanesborough special town meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 1, at the elementary school, to approve changes to the document that governs the district.

The only substantive change sought by the School Committee is new language on how the district apportions capital expenses. The proposed new formula was created in response to requests from Lanesborough town officials to make the apportionment more

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Community Outreach Volunteer Training for Residents to Bolster Community
01:34PM / Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in a free Community Outreach and Civic Engagement training program.

Ideal participants must be committed to strengthening the Northern Berkshires by exploring how they can make a positive impact and learning how to assist residents in accessing available services.

The training will take place over a five-month period and meet every Tuesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. beginning Feb. 16, 2016. As part of the training, participants will learn about the many health and human service providers and community organizations in the

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SyFy’s Ghost Hunters Return to The Mount for Season Finale
12:50PM / Monday, November 16, 2015

LENOX, Mass. — SyFy’s hit show "Ghost Hunters" will conclude its current season with a trip back to The Mount, Edith Wharton's home in Lenox, to investigate reports of increased paranormal activity since TAPS last visited in 2008. The episode entitled “1st Edition Apparition” will air on the SyFy channel on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m.

According to Rebecka McDougall, communication director for The Mount, the TAPs team contacted her last November to film a follow up to their previous investigation five years earlier. At that time, the Ghost Hunters felt the evidence was inconclusive. The 2008 visit was aired as the third episode of season five of the

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Ioka Valley Farm Donates Tons of Food to Area Food Pantries
11:51AM / Monday, November 16, 2015

Squash is en route to local food pantries from Ioka Valley Farm.

HANCOCK, Mass. - Many many families and individuals will enjoy cooking and eating squash and pumpkins that they received from pantries and food sites throughout Berkshire County as a result of the the generosity of the Leab family of Ioka Valley Farm.

More than 4,000 pounds of squash and pumpkins were gleaned this past week by volunteers coordinated by Hoosac Harvest. The cars of volunteers were fully loaded with tons of medium squash varieties ( Butternut, Buttercup, Acorn, Delcata), large Hubbard squash, Cheese Wheel and Crookneck pumpkins, and small sugar  pumpkins. Over a couple of pickups at

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Berkshire County Arc Celebrates Accomplishments
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:25AM / Monday, November 16, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc is as much family as support agency.

That was the message on Friday morning as some 200 staff and clients filled the Itam Lodge for the nonprofit organization's 61st annual meeting.

"When it started it was just a job, now it's become a passion ...  I've learned so much from every individual I've worked with, from every staff member, every supervisor and I can't imagine doing anything else for a living," said Barbara Tanski, BC Arc's brain injury site manager for 11 years and this year's recipient of the Carol Craighead Mission Award.

Craighead, who died in 2010, had been involved with BC Arc for

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Coalition Forum: A Healthy Future Is In Our Hands
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Monday, November 16, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although the abrupt closure of North Adams Regional Hospital a year and a half ago saddened and angered the community, that same community now has a unique opportunity to shape the future of health and health care.

That was one of the main messages emphasized Friday during the monthly Northern Berkshire Community Coalition forum, which focused this month on "Community Needs" in relation to health care. A second forum on "Community Solutions" will be held in January.   "The big central theme is participation," NBCC Executive Director Adam Hinds said to kick off the forum, attended by about 75 people. "It's really

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