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Williamstown Planning Board Nears Agreement on Waubeeka Overlay
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:47PM / Thursday, April 28, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Thursday came close to approving a compromise amendment on the Waubeeka Overlay District proposal.

At the latest in a series of meetings that started in September, the panel narrowed its areas of disagreement to one: whether a potential resort at the South Williamstown golf course is limited by the square footage of its buildings or by the area of a building envelope.

The board agreed to meet again on Wednesday, May 4, at 5 p.m., in hopes of finalizing an amendment to a citizen's petition that is acceptable to the petitioner — the attorney for Waubeeka Golf Links owner Michael Deep — in time to introduce said amendment at


'BOOM' Looks to Connect Local Musicians
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, April 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Calling all Berkshire musicians: BOOM has arrived.

The Berkshires may be brimming with musicians, but for whatever reason, few venture far from their favorite open mic or music venue — leaving a sometimes stagnant local music scene.

"The issue with the Berkshires is it is just a spread-out area ... and there is no central place to go," BOOM co-founder Sandy McKnight said. "A lot of people are not aware of what is going on past Pittsfield if they are from South County and vice versa if they are from North County ... we want to change that mentality."

So the Berkshire Organization for Original Music was born to help connect musicians with

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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

Berkshire Medical Center Gets OK to Expand Addiction Treatment
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:32PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center is taking the first steps in providing local comprehensive after-care for patients struggling with addiction.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved the proposal by BMC to create a new 30-bed unit to improve long-term recovery. The Clinical Stabilization Services center will be created on the first floor of the Edward A. Jones Memorial Building, which also contains the the McGee Recovery Center.

The 21-bed McGee unit provides short term — less than a week — of 24/7 supervised detoxification. But the closest longer-term support centers are in Springfield and Holyoke.

"McGee is a medically monitored


MPO Short On Ready Projects to Spend $2.5 Million
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The MPO isn't quite sure how to use up $2.5 million for road projects.   The money was planned to be used for a renovation of the intersections near Berkshire Medical Center. However, the state Department of Transportation and city officials say there is no chance the design will be ready in time for 2017. That delays the project to at least 2018 and leaves $2.5 million left to be programmed.   "We don't have 25 percent, we don't have the public hearing. It is a complicated project with right of ways," Mark Moore, of MassDOT District 1, said.    He said he has little confidence that the consultants the city is using to


Can You Make Your Investments Less 'Taxing'?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tax Freedom Day, which typically occurs in late April, according to the Tax Foundation, is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year. So you may want to use this opportunity to determine if you can liberate yourself from some investment-related taxes in the future.

Actually, Tax Freedom Day is something of a fiction, in practical terms, because most people pay their taxes throughout the year via payroll deductions. Also, you may not mind paying your share of taxes, because your tax dollars are used in many ways – such as law enforcement, food safety, road maintenance, public education, and so on – that, taken


Williamstown Selectmen Back Mohawk Trail Partnership
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:15AM / Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bob O'Connor of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, foreground, talks as Selectmen Andrew Hogeland and Jane Patton listen.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday agreed to support a drive to create a 21-community economic development and conservation project stretching from the Pioneer Valley across North Berkshire.

Tom Matuszko and Bob O'Connor of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Project told officials about the group's plan to seek enabling legislation in Boston to establish the partnership and open the door to federal grant money from the U.S. Forest Service.

Matuszko explained that since the woodland project


Berkshire Tidbits: Spring Cleaning, Mushroom Cultivation
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:05PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Mariette and James Rickard show other gardeners at Canoe Meadows community gardens one of their prized 'peanut' pumpkins at the annual end-of-season garden picnic celebration in 2010.

Last Saturday, April 23, was an Earth Day celebration and inauguration of the new community gardens at the Great Barrington Fairgrounds. This Saturday, April 30, from 9 to noon, will be a day to prepare the community gardens at Canoe Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Pittsfield, sponsored by Berkshire Sanctuaries during Massachusetts Audubon's Statewide Volunteer Day, for spring — for the 40th year!

Before that, Pittsfield's community gardens were near the old Burgner's turkey farm,


North Adams Man Injured in Hunting Incident
Staff Reports,
03:46PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A North Adams man was reportedly shot on Monday morning while hunting off Hopper Road.

Michael Pontier, 50, was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield by paramedics with Village Ambulance, according to Sgt. Scott E. McGowan. He reported that Williamstown Police responded to Hopper Road at about 7:25 a.m.

Pontier was later transferred to Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center with serious injuries.

Although police did not say what was being hunted, turkey season opened on Monday.

Police said the individual responsible remained at the scene and is cooperating with law enforcement. No name was provided for the individual. The investigation is being conducted by


Countywide Prescription Drug Take Back Day is April 30
02:34PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

This spring, community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host the biannual Prescription Drug Take Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at eight locations within Berkshire County.

The process of dropping off medication is anonymous and quick, and it has potential life-saving benefits. Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications should stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles are also accepted in puncture proof plastic containers. Please note that the following items will not be accepted: thermometers, IV bags, blood or infectious waste, nebulizers and oxygen tanks.

Locations include:



Williamstown Resident Joins Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees
02:29PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Joan B. Hunter has joined the Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees as its newest member.

Hunter, a Pittsfield native and Williamstown resident, brings a wealth of experience as a dedicated volunteer in the cultural community here in the Berkshires as well as her professional expertise in the field of education.

The trustees and staff of the museum are currently engaged in a long-range strategic master planning process, making this an exciting time to join the governing board for the Museum. The goals of the master plan are to create a sustainable, relevant institution that continues to provide high quality experiences for its participants in the 21st


Three Williams Students Named 2016 Goldwater Scholars
02:26PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College juniors David Burt, Sarah Fleming and William Kirby have been named 2016 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

The students are among 252 recipients of the scholarship, which is awarded to college sophomores and juniors nationwide who excel in mathematics, science, or engineering. Scholars receive awards of up to $7,500 to cover tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Williams Junior Ruby Froom of New York City also received an honorable mention.

Burt, a native of Middlebury, Vt., is majoring in mathematics and is engaged in ongoing research with professors Steven Miller of Williams


Berkshires Beat: Crafters Needed, Pittsfield Hydrants Being Flushed
01:13PM / Monday, April 25, 2016

Vendors are being sought for the popular Otis Craft Fair.

Call for vendors: The Otis Library Summer Crafts and Country Fair seeks artists, craftsmen and other non-food vendors for their annual fair on Saturday, July 9, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (rain or shine).

The fair is held on the lawn in front of the Otis Town Hall on Route 8 in Otis center. The popular event attracts tourists, second homeowners, Berkshire county residents and their guests.  The fair features about 55 quality vendors from throughout the nNortheast.  

Space is available on a first come-first served basis and sells out fast.  The cost is $40/space (bring your own table) before June 1 and $45 after if


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