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Berkshire Chamber Outlines 'New way' at Annual Meeting
By Paul Hopkins, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:49AM / Sunday, December 14, 2014
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Esther Quinn Award winner John Bissell is shown with his wife, Melissa, son, George, and daughter, Whidbey.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Leaders of the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce called for a renewed focus on economic development at the chamber's 103rd annual meeting Friday evening at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

President and CEO Jonathan Butler said the chamber will set the tone for a "new way" for a unified future, including greater promotion and awareness of the 1Berkshire collaboration (the chamber, Berkshire Creative and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau), assisting businesses with recruitment and retention, addressing population loss, and creating an entrepreneurial

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MassDOT: $60M to Maintain & Fix Western Mass Bridges
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Saturday, December 13, 2014
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The MPO was updated on the projects Tuesday afternoon. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state is currently spending more than $60 million in maintaining the 271 bridges in Western Massachusetts.   Peter Frieri, of the Department of Transportation's District 1, said nearly $10 million is being spent on emergency repairs and $51 million on rehabilitation projects.    "Currently, there is $10 million that has been spent or will be spent on bridges," Frieri told the Berkshire Metropolitan Planning Organization on Wednesday.   Deck repairs are the most expensive and are being done under a $2.8 million contract with MIG Corp. at various locations throughout

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Williamstown Housing Trust Awards First Mortgage Assistance Grant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Saturday, December 13, 2014
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Affordable Housing Trust Chairman Tom Sheldon gave a few details about the application.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Trust has awarded the first grant under its newly minted Mortgage Assistance Program.

On Wednesday, the trust's board voted unanimously to grant $15,000 to help a family of longtime residents and first-time homebuyers purchase a residence in town.

"The proposed use is for the purposes of downpayment and closing costs and set up of escrows and prepaid items the applicant will have to pay the seller of the house," trust Chairman Tom Sheldon told his colleagues. "The individual has lived in town for approximately 10 years and also was

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@theMarket: It's All About Oil
By Bill Schmick,
04:10PM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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Just three weeks to go before the end of the year, and stock markets should be celebrating. Instead, equity markets have been down as traders become increasingly spooked by the decline in oil prices. Granted, financial markets sometimes get it wrong, but the present atmosphere of fear is one for the books.

Investors are afraid that oil prices could go even lower. The question to ask is how low is too low? Someone somewhere came up with the price of $60 a barrel as a "fair" price for oil. This week it broke that price level and markets in Europe and the U.S. sold off. What are investors thinking?

For starters, some believe the decline in oil prices is indicative of slowing world

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Are We There Yet?: Take A Moment to Breathe This Weekend
By Rebecca Dravis,
02:41PM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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The snow is lovely on the trees. Doesn't it put you into a Christmas mood?

No, I don't mean shopping and baking and hurrying around. There are lot of places to see Santa and buy lovely presents, but this weekend, I'm going to recommend taking the family to enjoy some quieter holiday activities.

The First Baptist Church of North Adams will set up a living nativity on its front steps Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. The nativity will include live animals and there will be Christmas music as well.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, kids can get some invaluable outdoors time on a hike with Santa from 10 a.m. to noon at

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Clark Art Receives Never-Exhibited Winslow Homer Painting
02:05PM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), Charles Prentice Howland, 1878.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute recently received the gift of a significant, rare commissioned portrait by Winslow Homer.

"Charles Prentice Howland (1878)," an oil painting that has never been publicly exhibited, was donated to the Clark by the sitter's granddaughter, Susan Montgomery Howell. The painting, which had remained with the family since 1878, will be on view at the Clark beginning Dec. 12.

"We are grateful to Susan Montgomery Howell and her family for giving the Clark this important, little-known painting, which will now be enjoyed by the public. I have long known

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Amtrak Service Begins in Greenfield, Northampton
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11:59AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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The John W. Olver Transit Center has been waiting two years for Amtrak trains. Passenger service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., begins Dec. 29 with stops in Greenfield and Northampton.

GREENFIELD, Mass. — Amtrak will begin Amtrak Vermonter service to Greenfield and Northampton beginning Dec. 29. Tickets are now available for purchase.

The Vermonter will also add a stop in Holyoke later in 2015 when station work is complete. The added stops because of the reroute will replace service provided to the Amherst station, which will end on Dec. 28.

The restoration of train service to the Knowledge Corridor has been a goal of the state Department of Transportation and

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DCR Details $2M Fix for Mount Greylock Memorial Tower
By Paul Hopkins, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:55AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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Improvements to the War Memorial will include replacing six metal halide lamps with 12 LED clusters, which need less frequent replacement.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The $2 million renovation of the War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock in Adams will include an untested fix for water infiltration problems, but one that state officials seemed confident would work for at least 10 years.

Officials with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, along with a chief architect on the project, detailed the two-year project at DCR's West Regional Office on Thursday night. DCR Preservation Planner Jeffrey Harris said despite a reconstruction of the tower in the early 1970s and

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks Back on Career
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
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Superintendent Rose Ellis earlier this fall with Secretary of Education Matt Malone in Lanesborough.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fourteen years of leadership in Williamstown and Lanesborough public schools comes to end on Friday afternoon.

Tri-District Superintendent Rose Ellis, whose retirement becomes effective at the end of the year, is scheduled to work her final shift in the central administration office on Friday.

Ellis came to Williamstown to serve as superintendent of the elementary school district in 2000. In 2008, Williamstown joined with Lanesborough to form Superintendency Union 71. Two years later, SU71 joined with the Mount Greylock Regional School District to form the

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'The Pyramid': Pointless Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:56PM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  How do we get out of this movie again?

I have seen my share of horror movies, some gruesome, some absolutely terrifying, others jump- out-of-your-seat shocking and many just plain dumb. But when it comes to simply making its principal characters torturously and unceasingly miserable, director Grégory Levasseur's "The Pyramid" takes Miss Havisham's cake. This is typical B-movie horror, structurally unchanged since the subgenre took form in the 1950s. All that's missing is the forgivable innocence of nascency and the hokey effects that, in retrospect, made

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