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Williams Brings 'BioEyes' Back To Lanesborough Elementary
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The students are learning genetics through the process of watching zebrafish development. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — It starts with a question: what do baby zebrafish look like?   Then observation, noting what adult zebrafish look like and how they act. Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see.   That's the scientific process third-graders are going through at Lanesborough Elementary School. The lesson is part of the BioEyes program ran by Williams College.   The college sends students into the classroom with the fish over a period of a week to run the

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Berkshire Planning Receives DLTA Funding To Help Towns With Projects
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — BRPC finally got its local assistance funding and more than 25 towns have requested help.   The funding for District Local Technical Local Assistance program was questionable over the last few months as the state pondered budget cuts to address shortages of revenue. The state provides $2.8 million to regional planning committees to help towns with an array of planning projects.   But, late into 2016 the money hadn't been released and the governor was in the process of making budget cuts.   "The DLTA funding was spared from 9C cuts and I signed our contract on Dec. 15 and we are waiting for the signed contract back. With the holidays, that

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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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MCLA to Host Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day
02:06AM / Wednesday, January 18, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Saturday’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will feature opportunities for the area’s youngest athletes and showcase the talents of some of Berkshire County’s top women collegians.   The daylong festival that begins at 8 a.m. in MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center concludes with a 1 p.m. women’s basketball game featuring the Trailblazers and the Springfield Pride.   The Pride features 2013 Drury High graduate Danielle Racette, who is averaging 3.3 assists in 21.4 minutes per game this winter. Springfield (11-4) is gunning for its eighth NEWMAC championship and first since

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Neal: Democratic Party Needs a 'Reset'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:26PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The stop at MCLA was one of several the congressman made in North Berkshire.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Democratic Party can't "sugarcoat" its disastrous situation, says U.S. Rep. Richard Neal.

And the pain lies deeper than the loss of the presidency and failure to make inroads in the Republican-controlled Congress.

"Time for a reset," he said, pointing out that "the people we're losing used to be for us."

Nearly a third of House Democrats come from three states: Massachusetts, New York and California.

"In the last eight years, all election cycles for Congress, we have lost 62 House seats, 15 Senate seats," Neal said at a session at

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Neal Visits Hoosac Valley, Says Will Attend Inauguration
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:34PM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Hoosac Principal Jeremiah Ames welcomes Congressman Richie Neal to a student assembly on Tuesday.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal says he will attend Friday's presidential inauguration of Republican Donald Trump.

The Springfield Democrat and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter told students at Hoosac Valley High School on Tuesday morning that while disappointed with the results of the election, he felt it important to be at the transition of power.

"What the inauguration represents is the peaceful transition of power and as much as I was for Secretary Clinton, as much as I campaigned for her in New Hampshire and in Pennsylvania … and as much as I was

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Higgins Leads Housatonic Over Greylock in CYC Boys Hoop Tourney
iBerkshires.com Sports,
10:11AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ty HIggins hit four 3-pointers and scored 27 points Sunday to lead the Housatonic boys travel basketball team to a 49-37 win over Greylock in the championship game of the CYC Tournament.   “Housy really put it to us early with their full court press, and we fell behind, 9-0, in the first couple minutes,” Greylock coach Rick Paris said. “Then by the end of one, we were down ,16-4. We made a few runs in the second, but Housy then was able to extend the lead in the third.   “Higgins had a great game, and obviously we couldn't stop him.”   Oscar Low scored nine points, and Derek Paris and Oliver Kocsis added eight apiece for

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Mount Greylock Grad Recognized on Senior Day at Bates College
iBerkshires.com Sports,
01:56AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Carlos Ames receives congratulations from his Bates College men's squash teammates. Bates College senior Carlos Ames of Williamstown earned a pair of wins on Saturday as the 19th-ranked Bobcats men’s squash team celebrated Senior Day with wins over Hobart and Hamilton.   The Mount Greylock senior, playing at No. 8, defeated Hamilton’s Atticus Jones, 11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4. Then Ames moved to No. 9 on the ladder to beat Hobart’s Matthew Frantz, 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-8.   Earlier this winter, Ames and the Bobcats came to Williamstown to face Williams College, and he earned a five-set win over the Ephs’ Andrew Litvin to help Bates win, 8-1.   Mount

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King, Kingdom of God Remembered at Williams
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:39PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

The Williams College Gospel Choir performs 'Lift Ev'ry Voice.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Attendees at Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Williams College were reminded of King's humanity and the divine message he preached.

Williams junior Naomi Francois of the school's Black Campus Ministries group told the crowd gathered in the Paresky Center that, as a Christian, she was offended by the way the name Christian is co-opted by people in who society who are anything but.

Francois referenced the Lord's Prayer, the foundational prayer of Christianity found in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

She said when she hears people pray the words, she

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Late Don Quinn Kelley Presented MLK Peacemaker Award
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:57PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Volunteers worked around the area. College students, above, painted a hallway at the YMCA. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The late Don Quinn Kelley, historian and documentarian, had long been involved in social justice and community empowerment.

Mayor Richard Alcombright described him as the type of person who was always looking for ways to help people, state Sen. Adam Hinds as someone who exemplified the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "march toward equal justice, the march toward fulfilling our cherished principles and fundamentals for this country."

On Monday, he was honored posthumously with the Peacemaker Award, presented annually by the Martin Luther

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Biz Briefs: 'Farm to Fork' Bike Ride Coming to Berkshires
02:06PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Fresh and fit: The award-winning bicycle event series Farm to Fork Fondo will launch its first ride in the Berkshires in September. Five hundred cyclists from throughout the country are expected to attend Farm to Fork Fondo on Sept. 23-24 at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Wrenegade Sports, the producer of this event, is based in Burlington, Vt.
 
The Berkshires' world-class arts culture is complemented by a close-knit community of farmers, food producers and chefs, committed to the farm-to-table movement for more than 25 years. The ride course, with options for all abilities ranging from 10 to 100 miles, will include gourmet aid stations at several Berkshire County farms

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Berkshires Beat: OLLI Opens Spring Classes
12:58PM / Monday, January 16, 2017

Lifelong learning: OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College, kicks off its winter semester of classes this month in Pittsfield and Great Barrington. OLLI is a membership organization that offers over 80 classes, talks, workshops, events and trips a year, designed especially by and for people 50 years old and up.

There is no educational requirement for joining OLLI, just a love of learning for the sake of learning. The classes have no tests, no grades and no required homework.

Winter OLLI classes in Pittsfield include "International Folk Dance," "Ancient Writing Systems," "The Many Faces of Addictions," "Today’s

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Williamstown Planners Seek Public Input on Housing Bylaws
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Monday, January 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board has opened a months-long effort to gather public feedback about potentially changing zoning bylaws to open up options for new housing.   Working with a grant from the Massachusetts Housing Partnership, the board has created a website to collect public comments and plans at least two public events to solicit input — the first on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Williamstown Youth Center.   For years, Planning Board members have said they think the town's bylaws are too restrictive and need to be modified to allow the kind of housing that the market demands. Now, the panel is ready to see if the rest of the town agrees with

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