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The Independent Investor: The Brexit Primer
By Bill Schmick,
10:19AM / Friday, June 17, 2016

At this time next week the results of a United Kingdom referendum on whether or not to leave the European Union will be announced to the world.

The polls are too close to call and the odds are changing every day. For the past several days equity markets worldwide have been selling off in fear that the Brits will vote yes to a Brexit. Why so much angst over one country leaving the EU?

The obvious concern is that if one nation decides to leave, how many other nations will follow suit? And if they do, the chances that Europe's currency, the Euro, survives would be dicey at best. That's a big deal since it is the second-largest trading currency in the world after the U.S. dollar.



Waubeeka Controversy Continues to Impact Williamstown Planning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:34AM / Friday, June 17, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The fallout from May's town election and annual town meeting continued to be felt at Tuesday's Planning Board meeting.

A New Ashford Road resident asked the board to help mitigate the potential damage to residents from a new overlay district at Waubeeka Golf Links, and the remaining member of the board who supported an ultimately failed version of that overlay bylaw appeared to be frozen out by her colleagues.

South Williamstown resident Gail Kapiloff, whose home is across Route 7 from the golf course, addressed the board about the ramifications of the town meeting vote to create a regulatory path for a 120-room hotel on the 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

Cages Baseball Club Falls in N.Y.
10:51PM / Thursday, June 16, 2016
HERKIMER, N.Y. -- The Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of three errors by the Cages Baseball Club in an 11-0 win on Thursday.   Kellen Hathaway and Mike Strizzi each had a hit for Cages, which used four different pitchers. Eli Holland threw a strong two innings of relief, not allowing an earned run.   Cages is home for a double-header against Averill Park on Saturday Mount Greylock Regional School.  


Williamstown Rural Lands Offers Guided Hike Series
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Thursday, June 16, 2016

Filtered sunlight along the Stone Hill Trail.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Grab your water bottle, boots and boundless curiosity about the woods that surround you and join the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation for a series of guided hikes this summer and fall.

The non-profit is offering a series of seven Saturday morning hikes that began on May 21 and continue this Saturday to help expose hikers of all abilities — or even no ability — to some of the trails it manages or helps manage in and around the Village Beautiful.

"Rural Lands owns land on which a number of trails sit," said Dustin Griffin, a member of the WRLF Board of Directors. "It monitors trails on


Naloxone, Rescue Breathing and CPR Training Set for June 21
02:31PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A naloxone (Narcan), rescue breathing and CPR community training will take place at North Adams Ambulance at 10 Harris Street on Tuesday, June 21, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Naloxone is an opioid overdose reversal drug that can be administered to someone experiencing an overdose from heroin or prescription opioid pain medication. Those who attend the training will learn to identify the signs of an overdose, to assess if an overdose victim needs rescue breathing or CPR, to perform rescue breathing and CPR, to administer naloxone, and how to obtain low cost or no cost naloxone.

All residents of Northern Berkshire are welcome.

The training will be delivered by AJ Jusino,


Find an Abundance of Concerts Across the Region
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
12:54PM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Concert venues in the Berkshires and southern Vermont will provide a dizzying mélange of classical programs across the full musical spectrum this summer. From early music to avant-garde, from Bach to Beethoven, and light years ahead to the Bang On A Can Festival at Mass MoCA, there’s music in practically every style to stimulate and please all tastes.
Last week I highlighted three major venues where classical music rules: Tanglewood (, Manchester Music Festival ( and Tannery Pond ( For complete concert schedules, information and to purchase tickets, visit their websites.
And that’s not all.

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Mark Elder Abuse Awareness Day With Awareness, Tips
11:57AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In honor of Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, five local stakeholder organizations are hoping to cut down on financial exploitation of the older residents of the Berkshires through a collaborative effort to bring awareness and training to the greater community.

The Berkshire Bar Association, Berkshire County District Attorney’s Office, Berkshire Elder Protective Services, Elder Services of Berkshire County and Greylock Federal Credit Union are launching a campaign titled “They Earned It, You Can Help Them Keep It” to raise awareness and prevent financial exploitation of elders.

Every day 10,000 people turn 65 in the United States, and that


North Adams Kicks Off Annual Fireworks Donation Drive
11:33AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city of North Adams is calling on local businesses and members of the community to help support this year’s fireworks display, which is again scheduled to take place at Noel Filed Athletic Complex after the SteepleCats’ home game on Monday, July 4.

The show in North Adams is one of the largest in Berkshire County, drawing thousands of viewers from the capital region of New York State, southern Vermont and all of Berkshire County.

“Fireworks are a quintessential part of this nation and our community’s 4th of July traditions. They are exciting, inspiring and also pretty expensive,” said Suzy Helme, the city of North Adams’


Give Your Children the Gift of (Financial) Knowledge
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:07AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

It’s almost Father’s Day. If you’re a dad with young children, you can expect some nice homemade cards and maybe even a baseball cap. But, of course, your greatest reward is spending time with your kids and watching them grow. In return, you can give them a gift – the gift of knowledge.

Specifically, in the months and years ahead, teach them the financial skills that can help make their lives easier and more rewarding.

For starters, encourage your children to become savers. You can do this in a couple of different ways. First, set a good example. You might explain to your kids that you want to buy a certain item, but you are waiting for it to go on sale. Or, if


Williamstown Police Wins Cal Ripken Playoff Game
08:45AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williamstown Police beat Countryside, 9-2, Tuesday to advance to the North County Cal Ripken Baseball Championship game.   Xander Axt struck out six over 5-2/3 innings and Oscar Low came on to close out the victory.     Jack Gitterman had three RBIs, and Low had two hits to lead the offensive effort for Police.   Tej Patel had three hits, and Seth Farnsworth threw two great innings of relief allowing no earned runs to lead the effort for Countryside.   The North County championship game is Friday at 5:30 at Bud Anderson Field.


Lanesborough Voters Opt Out of Mosquito Control Project
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:25AM / Wednesday, June 15, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Lanesborough voters approved every warrant item at their town meeting on Tuesday night except the last one, which would have approved having the town join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project.

Only 74 out of the town's 2,223 registered voters came out to the meeting, with fewer still left in their seats by the time the vote was called on the mosquito article, which voters narrowly rejected.

Concerns over the cost and scope of the program, as well as over the health of residents and visitors and well-being of wildlife, dominated the discussion leading up to the vote. The Board of Selectmen had recommended passage of the article, which asked if the


Williamstown Switches Walden Street to Two-Way Traffic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:26PM / Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Google Earth shows Walden, bottom, running east-west between Hoxsey and Spring. Williams College recently completed a construction drive that connects Stetson Court, far left, to Hoxsey through the Health Center

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday approved a project to clear up town-owned hiking trails and cleared the way for restoration of two-way traffic on a downtown street.

  The street in question is Walden Street, which runs to the west of Spring Street. The town has discussed a change from the current one-way traffic pattern for months as part of a broader traffic change that may eventually include extending the road through to South

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