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Mount Greylock Presents 'Once Upon a Mattress'
09:53AM / Friday, March 09, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will present its annual musical theater production on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, at 7 p.m. at the ’62 Centre for Theatre and Dance at Williams College.

This year's presentation is "Once Upon a Mattress" by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of "The Princess and The Pea," "Once Upon a Mattress" takes place in a fictitious 15th century European kingdom. In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, Queen Aggravain (MGRHS sophomore Ashtyn Faas) has ruled that none


'Death Wish': What this World Doesn't Need Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
03:19PM / Thursday, March 08, 2018
"Death Wish," essentially a reboot of its 1974 namesake starring Charles Bronson, is problematic at best. For gosh sakes, there's tons of fear, loathing and guns -- the deadly sum of which the world doesn't need, especially at this incendiary and anguishing juncture in our history.    But you can't blame MGM or director Eli Roth for the untimely release of this heir apparent to what became the standard of vigilante ethos. Considering the ceaseless conveyor belt of mass shootings bloodying our landscape, there is never a good time.   You watch and wince. The casual mention of an AR-15 when Bruce Willis' Dr. Paul Kersey makes inquiries at a gun shop


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' Talbott 14th in GS at NCAA Alpine Meet
07:04PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Williams College senior Marc Talbott represented the Ephs on Day 1 of the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Colorado on Wednesday.   Williams coach Kelsey Levine praised Talbott's top 15 finish in the first NCAA Championship of his career.   "Marc skied so well," Levine said. "He stuck to his tactics while picking an aggressive line. NCAAs is a tough stage to be on, especially for the first time, and Marc embraced the challenge. I was excited to see him move up in the second run."   Finishing in 14th place with a combined time of 1.51.26, Talbott was 2.04 seconds behind the winner, Brian McLaughlin of Dartmouth


Grant Funds Video Remote Medical Interpreter Equipment for CHP
06:30PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — With 41 different languages and 28 ethnic groups counted among Community Health Programs patients around Berkshire County, CHP is now equipped with on-demand, live medical translation technology at its 10 practice locations. The new technology has been acquired with a grant from Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The video remote interpretation monitors, from Stratus Video, include Wi-Fi-enabled iPads that connect patients to certified medical interpreters in real time. With quick access to translators, CHP doctors, nurse practitioners and other staff can have better medical discussions with patients, regardless of language barriers. The touch-screen monitors


Talk to Your Spouse About Your Retirement Vision
Submitted by Edward Jones,
06:22PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

If you're single, your retirement goals are your own – you don't really have to consult with anybody, and you can change your plans whenever you like. However, if you're married, you and your spouse should develop a joint “vision” encompassing all the key areas of your retirement lifestyle. 

These are a few questions you may want to address first:

Where should we live? Once you retire, you may need to consider two key aspects of your living situation: the size and location of your home. Regarding size, you may look around one day and realize you have more living space than you actually need. This is especially true, of course, if you have children who


Williamstown Honors 101-Year-Old With Boston Post Cane
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:57PM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Filomena Demo is joined by her son Sergio, daughter-in-law Gail and grandson Wyatt.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Filomena Demo knows how she has managed to live to the age of 101.

"I don't worry," she said. "I pray for everyone. I thank God."

Demo shared her wisdom on Tuesday during a ceremony presenting her with the town of Williamtown's Boston Post Cane, which recognizes her as the town's oldest resident. She turns 102 next month.

The Boston Post Canes were originated by the now-defunct Boston Post in the early 1900s and were given to towns across Massachusetts and beyond to honor each town's oldest resident as a marketing ploy. With Tuesday's


iBerkshires Storm Center: Closings & Cancellations March 8
09:24AM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018
A severe winter storm expected to dumped upwards of 2 feet of snow on the area, particularly over parts of the Northern Berkshires.    Schools are closed or had delayed openings. Adams, Clarksburg, Lenox, North Adams and Pittsfield declared snow emergencies: no parking on streets during the storm or in the hours afterward to allow for snow removal. Pittsfield's snow emergency was lifted on Thursday morning but North Adams has extended its until 8 p.m. on Thursday.   Below is a list of closures and cancellations for Thursday, March 8.  Pittsfield trash pickup resumes Friday, schedule will be one day behind International Women's Day celebration dinner


Goals Set To Make Berkshires 100 Percent Renewable Energy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:27AM / Wednesday, March 07, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The technology is available. It is just a matter of the right policies and right actions to make it happen.   That is what a coalition of environmentalist believes when it comes the state becoming 100 percent powered by renewable energy. On Monday, local leaders and organizations joined for a summit to dive into the issues.   "We believe a lot of pollution and environmental degradation happened and continues to happen because as a society we are stuck in old ways of thinking. We need these new ways of thinking and action to bring policy and practice into alignment about what it will take to bring about a cleaner, greener future," said Meghan


College Notes: March 2018
04:22PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
A group of master's students from the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee contributed to the growing body of research in autism spectrum disorders by presenting posters at the recent annual meeting for the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis in Hartford, Conn.    Chris Tamburrino of Pittsfield, Alyssa Clark of Westfield and Miranda Fogg of Springfield, Vt., are all in the master of science in applied behavior analysis program at Elms, and all three have been working with children with autism on two research projects with Laura A. Hanratty, director of applied behavior analysis and ASD graduate programs assistant professor. The four collaborated on


Pittsfield Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Speaking at MCLA Commencement
02:28PM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 119th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 11 a.m., in the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium.   This year's commencement speaker will be aerospace engineer and NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson, who grew up in Pittsfield and is a graduate of Taconic High School. The second African-American woman to go into space, Wilson will receive an honorary doctor of science degree.   In addition, MCLA Executive Vice President Denise Richardello, a graduate of the college, and state Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, D-Lenox, will receive honorary doctor of public service degrees.


Snowfall Predictions: March Monster
09:56AM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Crazy late winter weather comes in at full force on Wednesday with — wait for it — up to 15 inches!   Everyone get your yardsticks ready because we want some proof this time.    The National Weather Service's lastest forecast is heavy, wet snow with accumulations of 13 to 17 inches, and localized amounts up to 20. The storm system is expected to stall over eastern New York and the Berkshires and dump up to 1 to 2 inches an hour.   A winter storm warning is in effect beginning Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. and through Thursday at 7 p.m.   Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the evening commute on Wednesday. Isolated to

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Williamstown Fin Comm Continues Review of Town Spending Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Tuesday, March 06, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Even in a budget with a $97 increase in town-related expenses year-to-year, there are anomalies where individual line items show big increases.   One example where costs are out of the town's control: advertising public notices of town meetings.   "We're obligated by state law to do print advertising, and The Berkshire Eagle knows this," Town Manager Jason Hoch explained to the Finance Committee last week. "We continue to see these costs escalate. Some of that, we're able to pass through to applicants … but for some hearings, you don't know if there are going to be one, two or three things on the agenda, and you


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