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Substance Abuse Prevention Part 1: The Data
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:46AM / Sunday, April 23, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Prevention is just one aspect of tackling drug abuse issues in Berkshire County. So far, signs show local efforts are working, but there is still a lot more to be done.   Over the last 10 years, data collected from the Berkshire United Way is showing a decreasing percentage of county students using alcohol, marijuana, and tobacco products. However, compared to the national average, Berkshire students are still using those substances at a greater frequency than national averages.   The data is pulled from the biannual prevention needs assessment, which polls students with pointed questions designed to shed light on issues.    Since 2006, the

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New Gallery Drawn by North Adams' Air of Contemporary Art
by John Seven, iBerkshires Contributor
05:58AM / Saturday, April 22, 2017

The gallery is located at 44 Eagle, in the Flatiron Block.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new art gallery in downtown North Adams is the result of the city's unique relationship with contemporary art as a lure to artists from other places.

Gravity Gallery co-owners Lynn Richardson and Paul McMullan first became acquainted with the city in 2012 when both artists displayed work in Downstreet Art.

  Richardson's installation, "Arctic Garden," addressed climate change in context of Richardson's hometown, Winnipeg. McMullen's work was also featured in a pop-up gallery from Gallery 107, ceramic work that functioned as the "guardians of the

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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
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MCLA Makes It Official With Inauguration of President Birge
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:33PM / Friday, April 21, 2017

Birge takes the oath of his office from Susan Gold, chairman of the board of trustees. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — James F. "Jamie" Birge hadn't intended to become a college president.    After interviewing dozens of presidents of colleges large and small, private and public, for his dissertation in leadership studies, he came away with the impression it was too difficult, too demanding and fraught with financial pressures.   "Why would anyone want to do that job?" he joked on Friday afternoon as he gave his inaugural address as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. "After finishing my dissertation

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Husband's Ex-Girlfriend Charged in Case of Missing Clarksburg Woman
By Tammy Daniels,
12:44PM / Friday, April 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The husband of missing Clarksburg woman Joanne Ringer is the "sole suspect" in her disappearance, say authorities.    Ringer went missing on March 2; her husband, Charles "Chad" Reidy, was found dead on April 7 in the couple's garage.    "From the beginning, we have suspected foul play and have approached this as a homicide investigation and we have considered Joanne's husband, Chad Reidy, as the sole suspect," Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless said a press conference in Northern Berkshire District Court on Thursday. "Reidy's apparent suicide on April 7 has not changed that

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The Independent Investor: Should College Be Free?
By Bill Schmick,
07:15PM / Thursday, April 20, 2017
Recently, New York became the first state to offer a tuition-free college education to middle-class students at two- and four-year public colleges. Tennessee, Oregon and the city of San Francisco have also given similar benefits to students attending community colleges in their states. It's about time.   The headline of this column was taken from a series of articles I first published six years ago. At the time, I argued that the benefits of a college education today were about equivalent to the worth of a high school degree back in the 1940s and 1950s. Back then, graduating from high school opened the door to a good job, while creating a population of largely, law-abiding citizens

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Mount Greylock Counselor, Lanesborough School Committee Member Draws Fire Over Facebook Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33PM / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Facebook post by a member of the Lanesborough School Committee raised eyebrows in the Mount Greylock community. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Mount Greylock Regional School guidance counselor and member of the Lanesborough Elementary School Committee said on Wednesday that he regretted a "crude joke" on social media that led to condemnation by alumni of the high school.   P.J. Pannesco said a single comment that was captured and distributed to members of the Mount Greylock School Committee was part of joking exchange between himself and a former student.   Commenting on a story about the potential of a North Korean nuclear strike on the West Coast of the United

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'Gifted': The Long and Short of It
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:03PM / Wednesday, April 19, 2017
"Saw 'Gifted.' Little girl genius. Enjoyed it. Intellectual and emotional ... homage to brainpower. Good acting. Won't play the hinterlands."   Thus read my text to Hesh, my longtime movie sidekick who, absent from my viewing of director Marc Webb's touching but predictable tale about the trials and tribulations of a 7-year-old math genius, asked what I had seen. Succinct if not eloquent, I suggest it illustrates I'm able to pen a discourse on films considerably short of my usual 835 words. It should also prove a boon to those enduring, charitable readers who, while wishing to be apprised of the film in question, would just as soon not slog through my

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Be An 'Environmentally Friendly' Investor
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:05AM / Wednesday, April 19, 2017

On April 22, we observe Earth Day, a worldwide event focusing on protecting the environment. As a citizen of this planet, you may want to take part in Earth Day activities. And as an investor, you can learn some valuable lessons from the environmental movement.

Here are a few ideas to consider:

* "Recycle" proven strategies. Over the past few decades, we have discovered ways of bringing new life to objects we would have previously thrown away. When you invest, you also don't need to discard things you've used before – such as proven investment strategies. For example, one tried-and-true technique is to simply purchase investments appropriate for your needs and

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Solid Waste District Uncertain How to Dispose of Refrigerators
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:25AM / Tuesday, April 18, 2017
ADAMS, Mass. — Refrigerators and propane tanks can be a nuisance to get rid of, even for the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District.   After getting feedback from the Department of Environmental Protection, the regional organization unsure how to properly dispose of them.    Although the waste group's committee was unable to get a quorum Thursday, Program Director Linda Cernik told those who attended that district has to find a new way to dispose of refrigerators because they must be drained of Freon and documented before they are scrapped.   Typically the company taking the fridge will drain it, however, there has to be 25 units before it will

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Rabasco Leads County Contingent at Boston Marathon
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:08PM / Monday, April 17, 2017
BOSTON -- Pittsfield’s Matt Rabasco was Berkshire County’s top finisher on Monday at the Boston Marathon, clocking a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, 17 seconds over the historic 26.2-mile course.   Rabasco was the only sub-three-hour finisher among 11 county residents registered for the race with official times listed on the Boston Athletic Association on Monday night.   The races top finishers were Kenyans Geoffrey Kirui (2:09:37) for the men and Edna Kiplagat (2:21:52) for the women.   Rabasco, 22, was listed in 532nd place overall, 399th in his division, after setting a mile pace of 6:28.   Berkshire County’s second-fastest time was turned in by Matt

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Letter: Support Pollinator Resolution
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, April 17, 2017

To the Edtor:

I'm greatly encouraged by the citizens in Williamstown who want to make the community more pollinator friendly. Stephen Dravis' article, "Williamstown Resolution Looks to Change Bee-havior" (iBerkshires April 9) reports how bees are a vital natural resource for food production and biodiversity protection.

Bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, as emphasized by Williams College Biology Department Chair Joan Edwards, who spoke at the town's recent Agricultural Commission meeting. Sharing this concern, a number of other communities launched Western MA Pollinator Networks six months ago to expand pollinator safe habitat through education, tours, and

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Holding Baby Shower for Kittens
10:57AM / Monday, April 17, 2017

A purr-fect idea: Throughout the month of April, the Berkshire Humane Society is hosting its third annual Baby Shower in honor of kitten season, a supply drive collecting donations of needed items for kitten and mother cat care. Kitten season typically begins in May and winds down in October. 

In addition to the drive, BHS trains foster volunteers to care for litters from their own homes, greatly expanding the number of animals the shelter can accommodate. BSH also works with other organizations – like Animal DREAMS – to reduce unwanted cat populations in Berkshire County. Collected supplies will be shared with Animal DREAMS to assist in their work with feral

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