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Bruins Bag Banner With OT Win in Kittredge Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
10:03PM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Caleb Kollmer capped the 46th Gib Kittredge Hockey Tournament in style.

The Berkshire Bruins defenseman Sunday scored midway through the second overtime to give the hosts a 4-3, come-from-behind victory over Avon, Conn., in the Bantam Division title game.

Seamus Hayes scored with just less than three minutes left in regulation to complete the Bruins’ comeback from a 3-1 deficit, and Nate Haley made two saves in the last 10 seconds of regulation to send the game to OT.

“Whenever you win the Kittredge, you get to look at the banner for a couple more years,” Bruins’ coach Rob Abel said. “A lot of these guys, this is their last

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BCC Enters Home Stretch Of Renovation Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Sunday, January 15, 2017

The classroom spaces have have much more natural light with the renovations. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's oldest community college is starting to look more like the newest.   Berkshire Community College is wrapping up renovations to two academic buildings. The $30 million renovations have been under way since the spring 2015.   The renovated Hawthorne Hall was opened on June 1 and construction workers are putting the final touches and equipment is being moved into Melville Hall in anticipation for an opening later this month.   "We're looking late spring or early summer," Director of Facilities David Moran said of the entire project, which


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

'La La Land': On the One Hand, and Then on the Other
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:43PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

I already knew I was somewhat of a dreamer, but my generally warm and starry-eyed acceptance of wunderkind writer-director Damien Chazelle's "La La Land," a throwback/homage to the nascent movie musicals of the 1930s, also confirms that I am a hopeless romantic. The curious idea to have Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling play the sort of aspiring showbiz kids Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell portrayed in vehicles like "42nd Street" (1933) won me over despite the film's unrealistic plotting and a minor litany of incongruities.

But then again, this is the movies, and just how much suspension of disbelief one is willing to assume is always in direct proportion to how much


Acitivities Planned for King Day of Service on Monday
01:53PM / Friday, January 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Martin Luther King Jr. Day this Monday will feature events and volunteer efforts across the county.

In North Adams, the Martin Luther King Day Committee welcomes volunteers for its 24th annual Day of Service and celebratory lunch.

The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' Church Street Center. There will be projects on-site and at more than 10 other sites around the area such as Goodwill and the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA beginning at 9 a.m. Service tasks are suitable for all ages and abilities and include tasks such as painting, cleaning, organizing, building, winterizing, or sewing.

The free luncheon and


Superior Court Briefs: Jan. 9 - Jan. 12
Staff Reports,
12:57PM / Friday, January 13, 2017
Cases heard before Judge John Agostini on Monday, Jan. 9.   John Smith, 52, of Hinsdale pleaded guilty to three counts of larceny of a firearm, and single counts of unarmed burglary, breaking and entering in the nighttime, larceny over $250, and conspiracy to commit a crime.   He was ordered to serve 18 months of a two and a half year sentence at the Berkshire County House of Correction on all charges except for unarmed burglary. He was placed on three years probation on that charge.   The charges stem from a housebreak in Pittsfield on May 28, 2012.   Richard Martel, 27, of Pittsfield pleaded guilty to a single count of aggravated assault and battery by means of a


Contact Your Elected Officials
11:27AM / Friday, January 13, 2017

Have something to say? Here's how to get in touch with your local officials, both on the national and state level.


U.S. Senate

Markey, Edward

Warren, Elizabeth


U.S. House of Representatives

Neal, Richard


State Senate Hinds, Adam
617-722-1625 413-344-4561


State Representative Cariddi, Gailanne
413- 664-6812   Farley-Bouvier, Tricia
413-442-4300   Mark, Paul

Pignatelly, William


Mount Greylock Building Committee Hears Good News, Prepares for Worst
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, January 13, 2017

Mike Ziobrowski of Turner Construction tells the Mount Greylock School Building Committee about the structural steel package for the district's building project. WLLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Tuesday approved a series of potential cost reductions that officials hope never to implement.   By a unanimous vote, the panel OK'd the recommendations of its value engineering working group, which was charged with evaluating design elements that could be modified or eliminated if bids on the project come in over budget.   That has not happened to date. On the contrary, the committee received some good news Tuesday night


Investment Tips for 'Millennials'
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:50AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2017

If you are a "millennial" – a member of the age cohort born anywhere from the early 1980s to the late 1990s – then you're still in the early chapters of your career, so it may be a stretch for you to envision the end of it. But since you do have so many years until you retire, you’ve got the luxury of putting time on your side as you save and plan for retirement.

Here are some suggestions for making the best use of that time:

* Invest early – and often. Even if you are at the very beginning of your career, make investing a priority. At first, you might only be able to contribute a small amount each month, but something is far better than nothing


Williamstown Donates Cole Avenue Site for Affordable Housing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:11AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Selectmen Jeffrey Thomas, left, and Hugh Daley each asked last month to take more time to consider the land donation. On Monday, Daley voted for the deal. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday decided to donate the town-owned property at 330 Cole Ave. to the developer vying to build 46 units of affordable housing at the site.   The vote came after the president and CEO of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. explained how the town contribution will improve the chances that the program will be funded.   Elton Ogden, who also spoke at the meeting, sent the board a letter outlining the impact of potential town support.   Berkshire Housing and the


Adams Boys Top Greylock in Youth Basketball Tourney Final Sports,
10:37AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
DALTON, Mass. -- Carson Meczywor scored 27 points Sunday to lead the Adams travel boys basketball team to a 41-34 win over Greylock in the championship game of the Jim Horth Memorial Basketball Tournament.   Adams was able to take control of a back-and-forth game that saw Greylock hold a small lead in the fourth.   "Carson Meczywor just kept attacking the hoop and had a few [conventional three-points plays] to help Adams pull away in the last minute or so," Greylock coach Rick Paris said. "Carson was just playing really well, and we could not stop him.   "I'm just very proud of our kids. They played so hard all weekend. They had to battle through foul

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All Girls Youth Hockey Team Hits the Ice
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:08AM / Tuesday, January 10, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Bill Rech had a simple message for his hockey team the first time it hit the ice.   “I told them, ‘Girls, look around. Do you remember the first time you ever took the ice when you were kids? Remember the smell of the rink? Remember walking on the bench and it was kind of scary? Look around you. Own this moment. This is the first time you’ve ever skated with no boys. This is your team, your organization,” Rech recalled recently. “This is your team. This is your opportunity to be girls.   “And they absolutely thrived on it. From there, the girls exploded.”   The explosion reverberating through local rinks this

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MCLA Recognized for Community Service
02:29PM / Monday, January 09, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — In recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts recently was named to the 2016 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

MCLA President James F. Birge said the college is pleased to be recognized for the community service that students, faculty and staff engage in throughout the year.

"MCLA has a long history of volunteer service," Birge said. "Whether it's volunteer work, civic engagement or service-learning in the community, or even beyond the Berkshires, these efforts prepare our students


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