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Northern Berkshire United Way Sets Annual Campaign Goal
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Monday, October 09, 2017

James White II, the new executive director of BArT Charter Public School, speaks about community at the NBUW breakfast.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There was a lot of talk about numbers at the Northern Berkshire United Way annual meeting and campaign kickoff breakfast on Friday.

Twenty: the number of member agencies the NBUW funds. Eighteen-thousand: the number of Northern Berkshire individuals served through these agencies. Five-point-eight percent: the increase from the last year of this year's goal.

And, of course, the biggest one of all: $470,000. That number represents the campaign goal, which is a 5.8 percent increase — or $26,000 — over last year's

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Williamstown Elementary Committee Plans Final Outreach on Regionalization
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:57AM / Monday, October 09, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After years of study and conversation about expanding the Mount Greylock Regional School District, the marathon effort is in a sprint to the finish.   On Wednesday, the Williamstown Elementary School Committee discussed how it plans to gather any last-minute input from the community and educate any voters who need more information ahead of a planned Nov. 14 special town meeting to decide whether to amend Mount Greylock's regional agreement to incorporate Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary schools into what would become a pre-K through Grade 12 school district.   In addition to a special page on the website of the current Tri-District where

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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,

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by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
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Letter: Blackmer Best to Carry on My Sisterís Legacy
Letters to the Editor,
09:54PM / Sunday, October 08, 2017

To the Editor:

I am writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for state representative. I believe she is the best
candidate to fill the unexpired term of my sister, Gail.

Gail was committed to her district and the constituents she worked hard to serve. Lisa has that same dedication, compassion, and work ethic. She has gone above and beyond to advocate for our region in Boston through the Massachusetts Municipal Association and work hard right here at home as a city councilor.

Gail always fought the good fight and took on the tough challenges. She saw her role as one that should bring people together to solve problems and make progress for our district. Her legacy is one of grace,

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Letter: Blackmer Best Choice to Succeed Cariddi
Letters to the Editor,
09:26PM / Sunday, October 08, 2017

To the Editor:

Lisa Blackmer is the perfect candidate to follow the irreplaceable Gailanne Carriddi.

Rep. Carriddi was a strong voice for women during her too-brief career in the State House, and I believe that North Adams City Councilor Lisa Blackmer is a worthy successor to represent the district in the House. She mirrors Gail's public service to her home city; she has both public and private business experience and a deep commitment to North Berkshire.

I am not a resident in the district, but the Berkshire County legislative contingent has always hung together in its advocacy for our home county. I have always felt that my friend Gail represented me, too. I miss her sorely and want

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Williams Women's Golf Wins Third Straight League Title
06:11PM / Sunday, October 08, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams College Ephs took a one-shot lead over Amherst into the second and final round of the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Golf Championship.   With a second round of 306 to mirror their first-day score Williams (612) fashioned a two-day total of 612 and won its third consecutive NESCAC title by 12 shots over runner-up Amherst (324). The Amherst Mammoths carded a second day round of 317.   The Middlebury Panthers took third place with a team total of 628, shooting 315 today.  A final round of 329 placed the Hamilton Continentals fourth with a score of 679. Finishing fifth were the Polar Bears of Bowdoin College who shot 700 over the two days. The

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SVMC Grant Enables Data Collection to Boost Patient-Centered Care
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05PM / Sunday, October 08, 2017

Officials from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Southern Vermont Health Care and the Aircast Foundation gather in the SVMC Orthopedics office in Bennington, Vt., on Thursday. Right, the plaque marks the new collaboration.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — In 1950, Barbara Houle injured her leg in a skiing accident. She couldn't straighten or bend her knee, and the surgical solution at the time involved removing all the cartilage. That, however, had its own side effects.

"As I got older … it was bone on bone. The noise was worse than the pain," Houle said. "The pain I had I could cope with."

But this past summer, Houle's husband went to the Southern

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Q&A: House Candidates Field Questions Ahead of Special Election Primary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:33AM / Sunday, October 08, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — On Tuesday, the voters in the Democratic primary for the 1st Berkshire seat in the House of Representatives will choose from among four candidates who share many of the same policy positions but offer very different backgrounds.   John Barrett III, Lisa Blackmer, Stephanie Bosley and Kevin Towle each brings something different to the table as they vie to take on presumptive Republican nominee Christine Canning in November's special election to fill the seat once filled by deceased Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, D-North Adams.   Towle and Bosley are relative newcomers to electoral politics, but the former is the legislative aide in Cariddi's office, and

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Williams College's Football Team Wins, Goes to 3-1
11:12PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bobby Maimaron threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns Saturday to lead the Williams football team to a 47-14 win over Bates.   Frank Stola ran for 172 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Ephs (3-1).   Williams travels to Middlebury on Saturday.   Men's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Demian Gass scored two goals Saturday to lead the Williams men's soccer team to a 3-0 win over Curry College.   Bobby Schneiderman needed to make one save to earn the shutout for the Ephs (5-1-3), who go to Coast Guard on Tuesday.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Natalie Turner-Wyatt scored two goals to lead the Williams women's soccer

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50th Greylock Ramble This Weekend
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:56PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — The Greylock Ramble turns 50 this Columbus Day weekend with Ramblefest returning Sunday and the hike up Mount Greylock on Monday.   Back in 1965, a group of residents covertly named Operation Wonderful Town, chaired by Adams resident, businessman and champion Thunderbolt skier Bill Linscott, formed with the charge of organizing an annual hike to the summit of Mount Greylock.   And 50 years later, ProAdams has taken over where Operation Wonderful Town left off and hundreds still make the trek every Columbus Day.   "These events are important to Adams," ProAdams member Ray Gargan said. "Not only do they provide unique activities for the

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Letter: Berkshires Has Already Benefited From Blackmer's Work
Letters to the Editor,
04:00PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

We moved up to Massachusetts from New York a few years ago, looking for a comfortable place to live, work, and be involved in our community. The Berkshires have always been important to us and settling here was a dream come true. As artists, we love the community support afforded the arts and together with a few new friends we started the Adams Arts Advisory Board, hosted the first Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival, established the Art on the Trail initiative along the Ashuwillticook Trail in Adams.

Getting involved in several other area groups brought us connections in many towns of the NoCo region. We met folks who, like us had raised their children in more urban

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Letter: Blackmer Has Always Advocated for Community
Letters to the Editor,
03:54PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

I’m writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for state representative.

Yesterday, FaceBook shared a memory of my 2011 run for North Adams City Council. The photo reminded of the support I had from Lisa Blackmer when I chose to become involved in community service. It is a challenging job. Lisa supported me because she believes that our communities are better when all citizens are engaged.

Her energy, knowledge, and enthusiasm for our communities are unmatched. Not only has she served the city well for the past 10 years, both here and in Boston, but she has been a staunch supporter of every cause she comes across. She has worked hard on the Board of the Girl

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Letter: Blackmer Stands Above the Rest
Letters to the Editor,
03:49PM / Saturday, October 07, 2017

To the Editor:

I'm writing to express my support for Lisa Blackmer for state representative.

I met Lisa through volunteer work in the community and have always been impressed by her work ethic. She is everywhere at once and has always believed in contributing to the whole of Northern Berkshire, not just one town or city. Looking at all of the candidates, Lisa stands above the rest in her grace, knowledge, and experience. She and her husband, Bill, have shown their dedication to our community time and time again.

One of Lisa's most impressive qualities is her ability to listen to others and research every issue the community deals with. She takes in all of the sides presented

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