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Memorial Day Brings Reminders of Sacrifice, Obligations
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
05:29PM / Monday, May 28, 2018

Applause for World War II veteran Frank Lazarczyk of Cheshire at the Adams Memorial Day service on Monday. See more photos here. ADAMS, Mass. — It was some 55 years ago that Francis Bourdon stood in Maple Street Cemetery to recite the Gettysburg Address as a member of Boy Scout Troop 38.    "If you had told me that someday I would be speaking here, I would have laughed," said the retired lieutenant colonel on Monday at the annual Memorial Day service in Adams. "One day in the not too distant future one of the youths here may have that honor ...   "You're embarking on a life of adventure secure in the freedoms by the sacrifices of your

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Williams Women's Track Sixth at NCAAs
09:12AM / Sunday, May 27, 2018
LA CROSSE, Wis. — The Williams College women's track and field team concluded the season today on Day Three of the NCAA Championships, finishing sixth overall, with 31.5 points.   Victoria Kingham got things started for the Ephs in the 3000-meter steeplechase. The senior battled through the hot conditions and a blazing pace to finish 6th in an enormous personal best of 10 minutes, 32.25 seconds, scoring three points and earning all-American recognition.   Brianna Bourne competed in the finals of the 1500. The freshman had a gritty performance, kicking hard to finish 10th overall in 4:35.19.    Kennedy Green competed in the finals of the 100. Although Green was

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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
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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Saturday, May 26, 2018

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 28. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

Closed:
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@theMarket: Nothing Memorable in the Markets this Week
By Bill Schmick,
04:35PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
Most indexes ended the week where they started. While day traders may have lost or gained from intraday moves, serious investors simply ignored the constant and contradictory stream of news coming out of Washington.   It isn't worth the space to comment on all the on-again, off-again series of tweets and statements that has become part of our daily diet. The main events that did carry some substantive weight were the House rollback of the Dodd-Frank rules. This easing of regulations on all but the largest banks, removes the required ‘stress tests' from most banks. While it relaxes some of the more stringent rules on banks, it does continue to regulate those areas that

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Williams Appoints Directors of Financial Aid, Admission
02:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has appointed Ashley Bianchi as the director of financial aid and Sulgi Lim as the director of admission.

Bianchi is currently the director of financial aid at Lafayette College and previously worked at Rhodes College and the College of Charleston. Lim currently serves as the deputy director of admission at Williams College, where she has been a member of the college's admission team since 2007.

"I am thrilled about Ashley and Sulgi's appointments," said Elizabeth Creighton, dean of admission and financial aid. "They are tremendously talented, collaborative leaders who care deeply about supporting students and their

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Williamstown Rotary Club Awards Paul Harris Fellowship
02:13PM / Friday, May 25, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chuck Sweeney of North Adams was presented with a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Williamstown Rotary Club in recognition of his years of service to the community.  

His wife, Rotarian Linda Sweeney, presented him with the Fellowship at the club's May 8 meeting, and their children Michelle Masse and Anthony Sweeney both attended the ceremony.

For many years, Sweeney has supported the Williamstown Rotary Club with his skills as a craftsman building items needed for club meetings and fundraisers. A dedicated parishioner of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, he is a eucharistic minister, acts as an altar server for funerals, assists in the preparation of

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Darrow School Names Top Students for Class of 2018
02:12PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Darrow School has named Mira Sneirson, of Savannah, Ga., as valedictorian, and Samuel LaPell of East Nassau and Will Peltz Smalley of Albany, as co-salutatorians of the class of 2018.    These students have earned Darrow's top academic honors, and will be recognized at the baccalaureate ceremony on Friday, June 1, and at the 86th commencement ceremony on Saturday, June 2.   "Mira, Sam, and Will represent the best of what students can accomplish at Darrow," said Head of School Simon Holzapfel in announcing the selections. "They are more than just proficient scholars, they are also exemplary artists, athletes, performers, and

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Attorney Judith Knight Running for Berkshire District Attorney
01:23PM / Friday, May 25, 2018
LEE, Mass. — Criminal defense attorney Judith Knight has formally announced her candidacy for Berkshire district attorney.    Knight, a former assistant district attorney, has more than 30 years of experience in the criminal justice system prosecuting cases and defending individuals charged with crimes.    She is an advocate of criminal justice reform promoting alternative sentencing for first-time non-violent offenders by imposing a stint of community service, restorative justice, or inpatient treatment for addicts instead of incarceration. Knight wants to end the school to prison pipeline and is committed to fighting the opioid crisis at all

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WCMA Names New Director
12:02PM / Friday, May 25, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pamela Franks has been appointed as the Class of 1956 director of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Franks is currently the senior deputy director and Seymour H. Knox Jr. curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and previously worked at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.

Franks, who will begin her appointment in mid-September, comes to WCMA with a passionate commitment to the role of the museum in higher education and the inspiration art can bring to all audiences. After earning her Ph.D. in the history of art from the University of Texas at Austin, Franks started her career as a postdoctoral curatorial fellow at YUAG and

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Memorial Day Events 2018
By Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Friday, May 25, 2018


*Adams
The parade will step off at 10 a.m. from the former Adams Memorial Middle School and conclude with the traditional ceremony at the Maple Street Cemetery. The usual route will be followed: Columbia Street to Hoosac Street, Hoosac Street to Summer Street, Center Street to Park Street.

The American Legion Post 160 Honor Guard will participate. Music will be provided by the Hoosac Valley High School band and the Berkshire Highlanders. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Adams Fire Station.

Adams American Legion Post 160 will make its 85th pilgrimage to the Mount Greylock Veterans Memorial on Sunday May 27, 9 a.m. There will be a ceremony and firing squad and the

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Calendar Finally Taking Shape for Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, May 25, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District Transition Committee voted Thursday to approve a Sept. 6 start for classes in Grades 1 through 12.   The committee still does not have a full calendar to approve as the district continues negotiations with its union personnel, but Superintendent Kimberley Grady said she had been able to at least nail down the first day of school in order to give the district's families some certainty about when children will be returning to the classroom.   With a Sept. 6 start date, the final day of school — barring snow days — would be June 18, 2019.   With the inclusion of five potential snow days, the

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'Book Club': Can Be Judged From Its Cover
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires film critic
04:06PM / Thursday, May 24, 2018
The grist and gist of the pleasantly engaging but no-great-shakes "Book Club," directed by Bill Holderman and starring four of our national treasures, reminded me of an informing moment a few years back. My wife, Joanne, and I were driving across the Neversink River in the Catskills just as Mick Jagger and that band of his came over the radio. It was "Jumping Jack Flash" that stirred me to opine, "Can you imagine if someday we're in the old age home and the Rolling Stones visit to entertain us?" Her answer surprised me.   "Cool!" said my co-veteran of the Hippy Era, the resilience therein implied brightening the picture I had

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