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CYC Travel Team Tops Greylock in Semi-Final
04:32PM / Sunday, January 17, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- James Connors scored 27 points, including nine on 3-pointers, to lead the CYC fifth- and sixth-grade travel team to a 44-37 win over Greylock in the semi-finals of this weekend's tournament at Taconic High School.   "James was on fire from behind the line," coach Rick Paris said. "We could just not stop him. Thirty-three of their 43 points were from behind the line."   Derek Paris and Tate Kuster each scored 10 points to lead Greylock.   On Saturday, Greylock toppped Housatonic, 46-38, in the prelims.   Derek Paris scored 14, and Thomas Martin added 12 in that one.

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Williams Men's Hockey Tops Third-Ranked Plattsburgh
10:14PM / Saturday, January 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's hockey team upset third-ranked Plattsburgh State (12-3-1) 3-2 at the Lansing Chapman Rink Saturday afternoon.   The Ephs (10-3-1, 6-1-1 NESCAC) won their fifth straight with sophomore DAvid Italiano scoring two goals and freshman Michael Pinios stopping 43 shots.   Williams hosts Bowdoin on Friday night.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY WATERVILLE, Maine -- Sarah Lehman scored with 18 seconds left in regulation to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 2-1 win over Colby on Saturday.   Williams (8-5, 5-3) got 20 saves from Christina Cleroux.   The Ephs play Manhattanville College on Tuesday.

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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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Williams Men's Basketball Tops Colby
10:56AM / Saturday, January 16, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College men's basketball team drilled 13 3-pointers ennroute to a 75-66 victory over Colby on Friday night. Williams (10-5, 1-2 NESCAC) made its first five 3-point attempts of the game, including three from junior swingman Daniel Aronowitz to take a 21-12 lead with 12:42 left in the first half. Aronowitz led the Ephs with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Cole Teal added 17 points. Sam Willson led Colby (10-4, 0-3) with 20. Williams hosts Bowdoin on Sunday at 2 p.m.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY WATERVILLE, Maine — Colby defeated the Williams College women's hockey team, 3-1, on Friday night. Michaela Levine scored for Williams (7-5, 4-3 NESCAC),

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Williamstown Asked to Rethink Cole Avenue Development
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:43PM / Friday, January 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Affordable Housing Committee was looking for input on a housing development for the former Photech mill site, but much of the feedback on centered on whether the Cole Avenue property should be developed at all.   Several residents of the north end neighborhood who attended Tuesday's informational meeting spoke about problems with the site itself and issues with the existing neighborhood that could benefit from an infusion of capital.   "The town doesn't really understand Mill Street and Arnold Street," said Kevin Kennefick of Cole Avenue, whose property abuts 330 Cole Ave., the former Photech property.   Kennefick said he went

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'The Revenant': Will Haunt You
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:52PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

Director Alejandro González Inarritu's "The Revenant," starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the ultimate survival tale, is the adult equivalent of those scary films when you were little that gave you nightmares for a week, causing Mom to decree, "That's it, no more watching those movies."

Chronicling the mostly true travail of Hugh Glass, a trapper in what would become the Dakota Territory, circa 1823, DiCaprio's tour de force chillingly reminds that the real horrors of life are far more frightening than anything one can conjure.

This is deadly serious stuff, unremitting in its mission to ferociously parallel the terrors capable of being unleashed by both

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The Independent Investor: This Too Shall Pass
By Bill Schmick,
01:17PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

The markets have gone straight down for almost two weeks. The media is becoming more and more pessimistic as the averages plummet. Doom and gloom permeates the investor population. This usually means that opportunity is just around the corner.

In my own world, the telephone has been ringing off the hook and my inbox is full of panicky emails. So this column is for all those clients, readers and prospective clients out there who are wondering what the heck is going on.

First you must take a look at the emotions you are feeling. Fear, anxiety, even panic are just some of the emotions I have identified in my communications with investors. Most of you reading this column, however, have

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Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County Expands to Second Location
01:14PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Rainbow Seniors of Berkshire County -- a program for the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender senior citizens and their friends -- will now be meeting twice each month at two different locations: Williamstown and now Pittsfield.

Williamstown potluck lunches and programs will continue to take place from noon to 2 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at the First Congregational Church, 906 Main St.

Starting on Feb. 6, the group will also meet in Pittsfield on the first Saturday of every month, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Berkshire Athenaeum Conference Room.

The Williamstown meetings will continue to focus on a member-supplied pot luck lunch

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Will the Presidential Election Affect Investment Outlook?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
01:00PM / Friday, January 15, 2016

We’re just a few weeks away from the first caucuses and primaries, so presidential election season is in full swing. As a voter, you may be keenly interested in the election process. But as an investor, should you be concerned?

If you take a look back, you might be somewhat encouraged over the prospects of the financial markets this year. In the last 12 presidential election years, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up nine times and down just three. So, election years must be good for the financial markets, right?

Not necessarily. In every year, the markets are influenced by a variety of factors: interest rates, inflation, corporate profits, geopolitical events, economic

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Mt. Greylock School Committee OKs Debt Appropriation for Building Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:37PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday evening voted unanimously to appropriate the debt to pay for the $64.8 million school building project.

The vote sends the issue to the regional school district's member towns, which the committee hopes will hold a debt exclusion vote by mid-March.

On Jan. 27, the building project is scheduled to be approved by the board of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which has told the district it will be reimbursed with state funds to the tune of 59.68 percent for the reimbursable portions of the addition/renovation project.   As of Thursday, the School District has two estimates for the final

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Martin Leads Youth Basketball Team to Wins
03:30PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Thomas Martin scored 15 points over two games to help Mickle Electric notch two wins on Wednesday in the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association.   "Thomas dominated down low and controlled the boards," coach Rick Paris said.   Martin scored eight and Alex Axt added seven in a 23-16 win over Williamstown Police.   In the second game, Martin scored seven, and Tej Patel added 12 -- all on 3-pointers -- in a 36-30 win over MacFarlne Office Products.   Tate Kuster scored 14, and Derek Paris scored nine for MacFarlane.

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Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshire Grown Market, Ramen Nights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
03:28PM / Thursday, January 14, 2016

Berkshire Co-op Market still has deals on holiday fare. Berkshire Co-op Market Member Appreciation Day Friday, Jan. 15; 8 to 8   Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington on Friday will host the first of this year's quarterly Member Appreciation days during which Co-op members receive a 10 percent discount on everything in the store.   This is the Co-op's thank you to their owners for being owners and for shopping there. Over the course of the day, from morning to night, there will be an atmosphere of celebration with tastings, product demonstrations, giveaways, raffles and general fun.   Berkshire Co-op Market, 413-528-9697, is located at 42 Bridge St. in

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Williamstown Planning Board Rehashes Issues on Waubeeka Request
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five meetings into the Planning Board's deliberations on a proposal for a zoning change in South Williamstown, the issues remain the same and frustration is starting to show.   The owner of Waubeeka Golf Links was back before the panel Tuesday to discuss a proposed overlay district that would allow him to partner with a developer to build a hotel on his property.   But just as in meetings past, some Planning Board members and residents speaking from the floor said they want Mike Deep to identify a potential partner and come to the board with specific drawings before they will accept the idea of a zoning change.   "I think we would all be

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