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Greylock Awards $6,500 in Scholarships to College-Bound Seniors
11:17AM / Friday, June 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union has named 13 area college-bound high school students who each received $500 from the credit union’s “Treat Everyone Better Than They Expect” scholarship program.

The scholarships are presented to one community-minded senior class member from each Berkshire County high school.

“Greylock recognizes the importance of supporting the academic advancement and community involvement of Berkshire County students," Greylock President John L. Bissell said. "This year’s scholarship recipients exhibited admirable dedication to our community through volunteer service to their Berkshire County neighbors.

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Blog Publicizes Private Personnel Letter of Williamstown Elementary Teacher
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:15PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A blogger and frequent critic of the elementary school's administration may have violated the privacy of a teacher at the school by writing about her job status.   In a Wednesday blog post, Sam Crane wrote that Side-By-Side teacher Fern Murtagh had received a "letter [which] was, in effect, a notification of 'reduction in force.' "   Crane alleges the letter was in violation of the the Williamstown Elementary School's contract with its teachers union and argues it amounts to "harassment" and "retaliation" against Murtagh for her comments at May's annual town meeting in support of restoring a full-day

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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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'Love & Friendship': A Comedy of Manners & Manors
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:50PM / Thursday, June 02, 2016

I think it was because I was a sleepy little kid in grammar school who didn't appreciate the advantage of a good education that I didn't fully enjoy writer-director Whit Stillman's "Love & Friendship." I also blame that era, wherein I spent most of my classroom time drawing sketches of cars and baseball stadiums, for not really learning the times table past 8. Only the pocket calculator has saved me from financial ruin.

Yep, I hold that those years of foggy reverie, while doubtless a proving ground for creativity and idealistic wandering, denied me a certain cerebral software necessary to the conventional learning process. Hence, even though Stillman's

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Mount Greylock Regional Names Graduation Speakers
11:25PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Hannah P. Fein and Benjamin G. Hynes have been selected as the speakers at the Mount Greylock Regional School graduation exercises on Saturday, June 4, at 5 p.m.

Rather than a valedictorian or salutatorian, the speakers are chosen by the faculty and the graduating class.

Fein, chosen to speak by the faculty, is a National Merit Commended student and has earned top scholar in Grades 9-12. She is a recipient of the Smith College Book award.

While at Mount Greylock, she participated in the Spanish Club, GSA, the Youth Environmental Squad, Pep Club and was a member of the Peer Team for two years.

She took over as editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, The

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Williamstown Couple Arraigned in Hit-and-Run Incident
Staff Reports,
04:15PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — An elderly Williamstown couple were arraigned Thursday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court on charges of covering up a motor vehicle accident that severely injured their neighbor.

John T. Gould and Sally J. Gould of White Oaks Roads enter not-guilty pleas on a host of charges related to the Feb. 9 hit-and-run incident in which pedestrian Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, was found injured on North Hoosac Road.

Leclaire was taken to Berkshire Medical Center with serious injuries after a passing motorist found her lying by the side of the road.

Sally Gould, 71, was allegedly driving the car that hit Leclaire and her husband allegedly aided her in covering up the

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Berkshire Tidbits: From the Top of Mount Greylock
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:32PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Bascom Lodge, 413-743-1591, at the top of Mount Greylock in Adams will have its first musical evening of this year's season on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 in the Lodge lobby. This, as most events at the Lodge at the top of Mount Greylock, is free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.

Quintessential, a local Berkshires all-male a cappella/without instrumental accompaniment quintet — tenors Al Thorp, Jay Wise and Jim McMenamy and bass/baritones Steve Dahlin and David Anderegg — will be new to the Lodge.

However, "the men are all veteran performers who have appeared with other local musical groups, including the Berkshire Bach Society, the Berkshire Concert

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Williamstown Fire District OKs Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:23PM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District on Tuesday night approved a $582,000 tax bill that represents a 4.24 percent decrease from the fiscal year 2016 appropriation.   The three-person Prudential Committee that oversees the district faced a number of questions but no dissenting votes from the dozen or so residents who attended the annual Fire District meeting at the Water Street station.   Most of the questions centered on Article 5 of the eight-article warrant, the item that deals with the operations budget for the district.   The omnibus budget is up by about 3 percent for FY17, from $474,710 in the current fiscal year to $488,915 for the year that begins July

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Del Gallo Launches Bid For State Senate Seat
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Rinaldo Del Gallo made his announcement in front of 35 or so supporters at Shire City Sanctuary. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jim Martin had his daughter taken away from him and he didn't have the money to fight for custody in the courts.

Rinaldo Del Gallo offered his legal services pro-bono and put more than 100 hours into the legal representation.

"He is more concerned about justice than he is money," Martin said on Tuesday when Del Gallo formally announced his campaign for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing.    Mark Delmyer has a similar story about Del Gallo helping to fight off developers looking to divvy up his family farm into

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Regionalization, Collaboration Focus of Adams-Anthony Talk
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:04AM / Wednesday, June 01, 2016

William Kolis, founder of the Adams Anthony Center, welcomes attendees to the latest issues talk sponsored by the center.

ADAMS, Mass. — A declining population and rising costs are pushing communities together to explore ways to share resources.

"We're going to have to look at how we maintain our way of life and continue the services that we need," said North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright at last week's Adams-Anthony Center talk on regionalization.

The talk was the lasted by the nonprofit organization, which brings together community and creative leaders to discuss various issues related to the Berkshires at the Adams Free Library. Last week, Alcombright was

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Williams Celebrates Olmsted Awards for Local Schools
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In a year filled with ongoing discussions about "budgets and buildings," local educators still have managed to direct their time, attention and talents to where it matters most.

"It's about our kids," Williams College President Adam Falk told a crowd of local teachers and administrators who joined Williams staff at a breakfast to celebrate the local 2016 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty Development last week. "You really have focused on educating our students."

The local Olmsted Awards are funded by an endowment from the estates of Williams alum George Olmsted Jr., class of 1924, and his wife, Frances. The awards were

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Hosts Day of Caring
01:55PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day of caring: Berkshire United Way held its 2016 Day of Caring on May 20. Day of Caring is the name United Way has used to represent volunteer engagement and community building.

In the past, Berkshire United Way Day of Caring initiatives have included the installation of Born Learning Trails at Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, and Durant and Springside Parks in Pittsfield. To enhance literacy, volunteers have painted classrooms and held book drives in support of education. Volunteers also have cleaned the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, and held countywide forums with youth called “You First” to help them build aspirations.

At the heart of the 2016

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
01:34PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shred it up: Greylock Federal Credit Union shredded over 5 tons of paper at its eighth annual Community Shred Day on May 21. The effort also raised $1,420 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

ProShred supplied two mobile shredding trucks featuring cameras inside the bin. People were able to watch their documents being shredded on the spot.

Millions of Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like name, social security number, or credit card number, without permission, to commit fraud or other

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