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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


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

Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Leaders Participate in Training
12:54PM / Monday, May 16, 2016

Leading the way: Four Berkshire County nonprofit leaders participated in Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s 2016 Nonprofit Leadership Institute, a collaborative and peer-learning program for executive directors across the region to strengthen their leadership and management skills.

Facilitated by veteran consultant Janet André Block, the program includes small group meetings for five full days, followed by two full days of personalized coaching and consulting for each participant.

The Nonprofit Leadership Institute is made possible through the generosity of individual donors and four Berkshire Taconic area funds.

Participating were Nick Pohl, Housatonic Youth Service


Williamstown Planning Board Finds No Open Meeting Law Violation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:51AM / Monday, May 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday morning unanimously voted that it found no violation of the Open Meeting Law by three of its members in regard to its May 4 meeting.   On May 8, two days before the recent town election, Luce Road resident David Leja filed the OML complaint alleging improper communication between three members of the five-person board.   On Monday morning, the board voted 5-0 to send Leja a response that read, in part, "the Board discussed this alleged violation, and we believe that based on factual evidence regarding the events that occurred between the meetings of April 28 and May 4 that no violation of the OML took


Williamstown Town Meeting Primer 2016
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Monday, May 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — All you need to know going into Tuesday's annual town meeting: Come early, plan to stay late and read up.   There will be plenty to talk about when the town's voters gather at Williamstown Elementary School, and if last Tuesday's Town Election is any indication, there will be plenty of people there to do the talking.   With four contested races on the ballot, the election drew nearly twice as many voters as turned out for the town's elections in 2015.   Three of the races decided last Tuesday are tied directly to — and arguably were driven by — issues that will be decided this Tuesday.   Town Clerk Mary Kennedy is


Williamstown School Budget Aims to Rebuild Reserve
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:14AM / Monday, May 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Elementary School Committee is seeking a 6.35 percent increase in the town's contribution to an fiscal 2017 budget that only increases 3.33 percent from FY16.

The difference: a choice the district has made about how to use School Choice revenue.   First-year Superintendent Doug Dias made it clear from Day 1 of the budget process that he wants to end the district's unsustainable practice of relying on School Choice revenue for operating expenses.   School choice money — the funds received from out-of-district pupils who attend the K-6 school — and grants combine to make what is known as non-appropriated revenue.   Most of


Williams Women's Tennis Advances to NCAA Quarters
06:55PM / Sunday, May 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams College women’s tennis team squared off against MIT in the NCAA Regional Finals on Sunday and swept doubles on its way to a 5-1 victory.   With the win today, the Ephs turn their sights to Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., host to the NCAA quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of the team competition May 23-25.   "We are so excited and honored to be heading back to the final eight again this year," said head coach Alison Swain following the victory.   Doubles team Julia Cancio and Hannah Atkinson secured the first win of the day, 8-1. Maya Hart and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio ollowed suit with an 8-1 win of their

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Doyle Powers Krispy Cone to Cal Ripken League Win
03:56PM / Sunday, May 15, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Chase Doyle hit a pair of doubles, drove in three runs and stole four bases Saturday to lead Krispy Cone to a 9-5 win over South Berkshire in Cal Ripken Baseball League play.   Doyle also played a strong game behind the plate, hooking up with pitcher Damon Pause, who allowed one earned run and struck out four in 3-⅓ innings to earn the win.   Adam Sandifer contributed to the offense for Krisp Cone with a single, an RBI and two stolen bases.   Adams Community Bank 12, Fox Homes 4 LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Jackson Shelsey struck out eight and allowed no earned runs in four innings to lead Adams Community Bank to a 12-4 win over Fox Homes on


Williams Softball in Regional Final
08:55PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College freshman pitcher Alejandra Magana has been forced out of the circle for more than three weeks by a couple of nagging injuries.   But when the Ephs needed her most, she was ready, and came through with flying colors, tossing a complete-game three-hitter in Game 5 of the NCAA Tournament Williamstown Regional Saturday afternoon as Williams eliminated Johnson & Wales by a 6-1 score.    With that win and a 9-0 win over Western Connecticut earlier Saturday in the first elimination game of the regional, the Eph set a new single-season record for victories with 34, topping the 32 wins earned by the 2015 and 2004 teams.    The


Graduates Leave MCLA Commencement 'One Degree Hotter'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Saturday, May 14, 2016

Krystal Henriquez, organizer of last month's Figment North Adams, is among Saturday's graduates. She is starting an internship at Mass MoCA.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts made 404 graduates "one degree hotter" on Saturday morning.

And it wasn't from the traditionally steamy Amsler Campus Center gymnasium, but the awarding of 369 bachelor's degrees and 35 master's degrees and certificates at the college's 117th commencement.

"You will leave this room one degree hotter, you will be leaving this room with the knowledge and skills to face any obstacle thrown your way," Kelsey McGonigle, president of the class of


Clark Curator Explores 'Enigmatic' Artist in New Book
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:30AM / Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Clark Art's Lara Yeager-Crasselt will speak on her new book this Sunday. Copies will be for sale.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Lara Yeager-Crasselt's enthusiasm was palpable as she gestured to an image of a painting in her newly published book "Michael Sweerts (1618-1664): Shaping the Artist and the Academy in Rome and Brussels."

"This is called 'A Painter's Studio,' " Yeager-Crasselt said. "It was done when Sweerts was in Rome and shows how he approached the subject of artists at work 'with an exceptional degree of immediacy and complexity,' which distinguished him from his contemporaries."

Asked what motivated her to write


Coalition Forum: Prevent Tomorrow's Addicts By Educating Today's Children
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Saturday, May 14, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The so-called "prevention parable" goes something like this: Imagine you were walking alongside a river and saw a bunch of people nearly drowning in the river. You and some other passersby jump in to help as many as you can, but soon it's too much to handle.

When you see one of the other passersby walking away, you yell out, "Where are you going?" And that person yells back, "To find out why everyone is falling in the river and to see if I can stop it."

That is part of a strategy called "looking upstream," and in the Berkshires right now, the analogy is being used to describe a way to tackle the region's substance

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