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Hinds Tours Local Businesses, Stumps On Economic Development
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fire Cider owner Dana St. Pierre said his company is in the market for a commercial kitchen in Pittsfield but the available real estate is making it difficult. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Seth Nash initially scoffed at the idea of paying a consultant to come in and look at his business operations to find more efficiencies.   The owner of Blue Q, which occupies most of a large warehouse on West Housatonic Street, was presented with the idea of hiring a lean consultant, a business process eyed to eliminate wasted time, space, and capacity.   He said no because of the cost. His wife, however, is a grant writer and — with his approval — submitted an application to the

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Williamstown Honors Greene, Turnbull at Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Thursday, May 19, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — If you left Tuesday's marathon annual town meeting a little early, you were not alone, but you missed the best laugh of the night.

Way down toward the end of a 35-article agenda, the town was asked to revisit a plan it approved in May 2014 to put a ground-mounted solar array at Williamstown's capped landfill.

Town Moderator Adam Filson announced that he had a conflict of interest with the article and asked Town Clerk Marry Kennedy to take the gavel for one item.

"Mr. Moderator, I'm glad your conflict is with solar and not golf courses," Kennedy joked upon reaching the podium.

Golf courses — actually a particular golf course


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

Williams College Honors Pittsfield Police Chief
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:53PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Regional Association of Berkshire County awarded alum and Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn with its first regional Purple with Purpose Award.

The presentation to Wynn, class of 1993, was made at the Williams College Faculty House. The award is given to nominated alumni who have made a substantial impact in their communities.

"Thank you very much," Wynn said upon receiving the award. "This is overwhelming."

Wynn noted that his affiliation with Williams has remained a steadfast importance in his life and to give back to the community that allowed him the opportunity, he has taken it upon himself to expose the college as


Berkshire Tidbits: Farmers Markets Opening
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
01:33PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday dining, cooking demo, wine pairing series at Chez Nous Bistro, 150 Main St. in Lee, 413 243-6397, is ending its run until the end of October and it is going out with a bang!

This last evening, chef-owners Franck Tessier and Rachel Portnoy are taking their guests on a culinary journey to New Caledonia, a French outpost in the South Pacific.

Dinner will start with coconut-marinated fish as an appetizer followed by pork with caramel and spring rolls. Franck will demonstrate these courses and Rachel will make a Pavlova/crisp meringue cake filled with housemade lychee sorbet for dessert and will create the recipe sheets for diners to take home. And, as


Mt. Greylock Students Win Fourth in First Envirothon Appearance
By Julia Munemo, Williams College
01:14PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College junior Jeffrey Rubel helped a team of Mount Greylock students take fourth place statewide in their first-ever appearance at Envirothon.

On May 12, the students competed in a statewide environmental science competition called Envirothon. The event, which takes place at Hopkinton State Park in eastern Massachusetts, brings teams from across the state to an outdoor, hands-on competition. Winning teams from each state will compete in Ontario in July at the North American Envirothon. A full list of the winners can be found here.

Rubel, a geosciences major, organized the team through his work at the Williams Center at Mount Greylock. He has coached


Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Leaving
11:34AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way Executive Director Joseph McGovern is leaving his post, effective June 10.

McGovern has accepted a new position as executive director of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County in Aberdeen, Md.

“It’s with a mixture of respect, pride, sadness, and thanks, that we make this announcement,” says Amy Giroux, president of the Northern Berkshire United Way Board of Directors. “Joe has made a tremendous impact on our organization and leaves the Northern Berkshire United Way well-positioned to continue its mission.”

McGovern joined the Northern Berkshire United Way in May of 2010. Over the past six years


A 529 Plan Can Help with Those College Bills
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:25AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

We’re near the end of another school year. If you have younger kids, you might be thinking about summer camps and other activities.

But in the not-too-distant future, your children will be facing a bigger transition as they head off to college. Will you be financially prepared for that day?

A college education is a good investment – college graduates earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetimes than high school graduates, according to a study by Georgetown University. But a bachelor’s degree doesn’t come cheap. For the 2015–2016 school year, the average expense – tuition, fees, room and board – was $19,548 at a public four-year school


Williamstown Voters Pass Waubeeka Hotel Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:47AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Stanley Parese, the attorney for Waubeeka owner Michael Deep, addresses town meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters on Tuesday approved a zoning bylaw that creates an overlay district that would allow the creation of a hotel on the Waubeeka Golf Links property.   After a protracted debate that saw a series of amendments and amendments to amendments, the town passed the language preferred by Waubeeka's owner — the so-called "acreage-controlled" amendment that would allow a developer to seek a special permit to build a 120-room hotel and associated buildings in a 10-acre building envelope.   As a zoning change, the article needed a two-thirds


Williamstown Town Meeting Passes School Budget With Protest Cut
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:53PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2016

School Committee Chairman Dan Caplinger explains the reasoning behind the school budget at town meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday night approved the elementary school's requested fiscal 2017 budget — after cutting it by a symbolic $27.

There had been concerns that the $6 million budget would be "held hostage" by constituents angry at the reductions made to the school's Side-By-Side special education preschool program. But opponents expressed their displeasure with an amendment that cut the school's funding by $1 for every year that Side-By-Side has existed.

"It's not in keeping with the values of this community that we


Williamstown Fin Comm Advises Amended School Budget to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, May 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Monday voted 6-2 to recommend that the annual town meeting approve the amended elementary school budget passed last week by the School Committee.   After more than two hours of discussion that frequently veered off into conversations on pedagogy despite the best efforts of Chairman Michael Sussman, a majority of the panel decided not to second guess the conclusion of the administration and School Committee and instead endorse the request for an additional $58,424.   That means the school district on Tuesday evening will ask the town for 6.35 percent more money than the district received in fiscal 2016.   Ironically, the


Berkshires Beat: Seeing the Signs in North Adams
02:39PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Signs of the time: MountainOne Bank has given $10,000 to North Adams Partnership in support of new welcome and wayfinding signage throughout North Adams.

“The North Adams Partnership has undertaken the responsibility of developing a new branding campaign for North Adams as part of its economic development program. MountainOne Bank is committed to supporting this initiative, especially given that we are headquartered in North Adams," said Robert Fraser, president and CEO of MountainOne Bank. "We are dedicated to the communities we serve through robust lending and community banking programs, further enhanced by our Community Dividend grant program and volunteer leadership

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Williams College Awarded $500K Mellon Grant for WCMA
02:05PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Williams College $500,000 for the expansion of the museum’s online collection as a platform for experimentation, teaching and research.

With this grant the museum will inspire new ideas and practices in how campus museums in particular leverage their digital collections.

Enhancing engagement through online access has been a long-standing goal for the museum, which has now digitized much of its collection and made all of it available online. The three-year grant will support the development of in-depth cataloguing and metadata about the collection and openly accessible tools for deep engagement with collection


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