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Downing Ending Tenure In State Senate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:22PM / Monday, January 25, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing announced on Monday his decision not to run for re-election after 10 years representing the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District.   "This is something I thought about for a while. It's not a decision I came to lightly. I care deeply about the city. I care deeply about the Berkshires. I care deeply about the region and Western Massachusetts. I also care about it enough to know that if I didn't have it in my heart to do it 100 percent, I couldn't tell voters that I was," Downing said.   Downing remembers when there was an open state Senate seat for the 2006 election and friends and family urged the


Middlebury Tops Williams College Men
09:17PM / Sunday, January 24, 2016
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — In an entertaining NESCAC battle, the Middlebury College men's basketball team outlasted the Williams Ephs on Sunday by a final score of 75-69.   Daniel Aronowitz continued his strong play with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Williams (12-6, 3-3 NESCAC).   Williams hosts Amherst on Wednesday evening.


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

Shelsy Leads Greylock Youth Basketball Team to Win
08:20PM / Sunday, January 24, 2016
Jackson Shelsy went 3-for-4 from 3-point range to score nine points and lead the Greylock youth basketball travel team to a 48-28 win over CYC.   Tej Patel and Tate Kuster scored eight points apiece in the win.   D'Andre Goines led CYC with seven points.   Greylock flipped its lineup and started its bench in the first and third quarters, Greylock coach Rick Paris said. The former reserves made the most of the opportunity, leading the way to an 11-6 lead after the first quarter.   It was 31-11, Greylock, at half-time.   "It was a great performance on both sides of the ball, with great ball movmeent and awesome defense," Paris said.   Greylock


Williams College Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late to Beat Hamilton
08:41AM / Saturday, January 23, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Daniel Aronowitz stole the ball at midcourt and threw down a two-handed slam to give the Williams College men's basketball team an eight-point lead with just more than two minutes left, and the Ephs (12-5, 3-2 NESCAC) beat Hamilton, 73-63, on Friday night in Chandler Gymnasium.   Williams would get off to a very sloppy start, committing several careless turnovers. Hamilton (8-9, 0-5) began game on a 7-0 run. The Ephs wouldn’t make their first field goal until sophomore Chris Galvin hit junior Daniel Aronowitz on a backdoor cut with 14 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half.    Sophomore Cole Teal gave Williams its first lead of the night


@theMarket: Stocks Rebound
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Friday, January 22, 2016

It had to happen at some point. The averages declined almost every day for three weeks in a row, so a relief rally should be expected. The question is will it continue?

Unfortunately, that depends on the price level of oil. The bounce in stock prices that began on Wednesday was directly related to the bounce in oil. Oil has gained over 10 percent in just two days. Traders believe we still have not seen a bottom however. No one knows when and at what price oil will finally bottom. Until it does, stocks will be held hostage to the energy market.

No one knows when and at what price oil will bottom. Until it does, stocks will be held hostage to the energy market.

In the meantime, everyone


Burns Suppers Celebrate Scotland's Favorite Poet & Haggis
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:18AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

Monday, Jan. 25, will be the Scottish poet Robert Burns' 257th birthday.

The poet and lyricist, collector of folk songs, farmer and liver-of-life-to-the-fullest, was so beloved that, only a few years after his early death at the age of 37, friends began the tradition of celebrating his birthday with merriment, music, feasting, dancing and drinking which persists into the present.

Scots and fans of the poet all over the world still celebrate his birthday with bagpipes, readings, singing, feasting and drinking — eating haggis and other, more elegant fare; drinking stout, ale, beer and scotch. Burns Night Suppers now happen all over the globe, pretty much in the same manner whether


Baker Gives State of the Commonwealth Address
12:49AM / Friday, January 22, 2016

BOSTON – Today, Governor Charlie Baker delivers his first State of the Commonwealth address from the House Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. Remarks as prepared for delivery:

Mr. Speaker. Mr. President. Members of the House and Senate. Fellow Constitutional Officers. And Members of the Governor's Council.

Mr. Chief Justice and Members of the Judiciary. Members of the Cabinet and my Administration.

Senators Warren and Markey. Members of Congress. Sheriffs. District Attorneys. Mayors. Distinguished Local Officials. Reverend Clergy. Distinguished Guests. And fellow Citizens.

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude to some special people. For the support and


Dog Park Request Criticized at Williamstown Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:34AM / Friday, January 22, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Plans to create a dog park in South Williamstown continued to draw fire at Wednesday's meeting of the Community Preservation Committee.   The South Williamstown Community Association is seeking $3,500 from Community Preservation Act funds to help build a fence for a dog park in the yard behind the South Center School near the junctions of Routes 7 and 43.   Although the creation of the park is not contingent on town meeting awarding the $3,500, opponents of the plan used the meeting to argue that the town should not go ahead with the project.   Arguing that the park would be a detriment to the Williamstown Historical Museum — the next


'Carol': Sings a Sad Song
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:58PM / Thursday, January 21, 2016

It often takes a long time, sometimes forever and then perhaps never, for someone to become tolerant of something that he or she doesn't understand. More often than not, it's because they feel threatened by it.

Director Todd Haynes, who with "Carol" champions for lesbians what his "Far From Heaven" (2002) embraced for male gays, knows homosexuality is way up there on the list. To illustrate the scope of this prejudice, he finds dramatic effect by reaching back to the 1950s and showing how, just yesterday, countless lives were ruined by this primeval bigotry.

This isn't to say civilization has now cured itself of centuries devoted to enforcing strict taboos


Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District Creates Asst. Superintendent Post
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13AM / Thursday, January 21, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District and Superintendency Union 71 on Tuesday approved the creation of an assistant superintendent position to replace the Tri-District's director of pupil personnel services.   The Tri-District is the umbrella under which the regional junior-senior high school and SU-71 — a collaboration of the Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary school districts — share a central administration.   The Mount Greylock School Committee Tuesday hosted a joint meeting with representatives from the two elementary school committees who serve on the SU-71 panel.   First-year Tri-District Superintendent Douglas


Berkshire Tidbits: Church Suppers, Guido's Thank-Yous
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:43PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016
First Congregational in Lee
Sets Free Wednesday Suppers
Fall through spring at 5:30   Almost every Wednesday evening, from the end of summer until the next summer, church members, local service clubs, supermarkets and restaurants spend the afternoon in the kitchen of First Congregational Church in Lee, 413 243-1033, 25 Park Place, making simple but tasty suppers for their community.   They welcome everyone. Personally.   It's a pretty friendly place. Many regulars take the time to make newcomers feel at home as they eat their freshly made salads, ham dinners, chicken with pineapple over rice, shepherd's pie


BMC Adds 'Observation' Beds to North Adams Emergency Department
01:33PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The expansion of health care services continues in the city with the addition of two "observational beds" at Berkshire Medical Center's Satellite Emergency Facility.

The limited-use beds at the former North Adams Regional Hospital will offer a level of care that may allow a patient to remain in North Adams for a period of time rather than being transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

"The addition of observation beds in the North Adams Satellite Emergency Facility will provide the appropriate patients and their emergency providers with additional time for testing and treatment at a level that does not require an inpatient


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