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Selling or Buying Real Estate Is Just Like Buying a Loaf of Bread
By Paul Harsch,
02:53PM / Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Did I get your attention? I hope so because nothing could be further from the truth. Unfortunately some people make their decisions on who to list with or which real estate licensee to use to assist them in purchasing with about as much thought and care as buying a loaf of bread.

The purchase of a home for example, we are often reminded, is the single largest purchase in most people's lives ranging anywhere from tens of thousands of dollars to hundreds or even occasionally millions of dollars.

Why is it then that some people give about as much thought into which real estate licensee to use as they do which brand of milk to purchase?  After all, they may reason, milk is milk and

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Williams College Names Fellowship Winners
10:28AM / Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced the winners of the Dr. Herchel Smith Fellowship for graduate study at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, and the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for graduate study at Worcester College, Oxford University.

The seven seniors awarded the Herchel Smith Fellowship are Abigail Adams, Jacob Addelson, Sikandar Ahmadi, Nathan Bricault, Steven Hailey, Jared Hallett, and Henry Schmidt.

Amy Levine was awarded the Martin-Wilson Fellowship.

Adams, an English major from Hockessin, Del., will be returning to the U.K., as she was selected to attend the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford during her junior year. At Williams she sang with the

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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,

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Williamstown Father to Speak at Advocacy Day in Boston
10:17AM / Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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BOSTON — Williamstown resident Stephen Narey will be a featured speaker at the first MDSC Down Syndrome Advocacy Day at the State House on Tuesday, May 27.

The event is hosted by the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress and aims to encourage lawmakers to support critical policies and funding to ensure that all people with Down syndrome have opportunities to lead meaningful fulfilling lives in the community. At the top of the list is the National Background Check Bill (H.1674), a piece of legislation that would finally close a gaping loophole that puts people with intellectual and developmental disabilities at risk of abuse. Under current law, those hired to work with people with

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Gubernatorial Candidate Falchuk Picks Running Mate
By Andy McKeever,
09:14AM / Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Evan Falchuk and Angus Jennings are launching a new, independent party and campaign for governor.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Angus Jennings has spent most of his career in town and city halls across the state.

As a municipal planner and consultant, he has heard all of the great ideas and plans to revitalize downtrodden towns. He has seen the problems with transportation, economic development, infrastructure and housing.

But, there always seems to be a gap when it comes to the state's support to getting projects completed.

Last year, he met Evan Falchuk, who formed the United Independent Party. The party's goal is to cut through all of the political bickering to tackle the

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Williamstown Overwhelmingly Backs Mount Greylock Feasibility Study
By Stephen Dravis,
09:58PM / Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene explains the reasoning for the feasibility study for the high school. The article passed unanimously at town meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The voters of Williamstown on Tuesday evening unanimously approved a feasibility study to look at options for the failing infrastructure at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Annual town meeting voters were asked to authorize the regional school district to borrow up to $850,000 to pay for the study, a required step in the Massachusetts School Building Authority process.   Most of the $850,000 will be reimbursed to the district by MSBA, which is funded by one penny of the

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Makes Pitch in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:39PM / Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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Southwestern Vermont Health Care CEO Thomas Dee makes a pitch for 'north of the border' health care at the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By focusing on outpatient services, affiliating with a larger institution and embracing 21st century needs, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is nearing its centennial stronger than ever.   And it is nearer to North Berkshire than most people realize.   Southwestern Vermont Health Care CEO Thomas Dee spoke to members of the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce at the Orchards Inn on Tuesday about the strides the Bennington, Vt., facility has made in recent years and to encourage North County residents

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Vermont Tasting Center Opens Near Mass. Border
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:15PM / Tuesday, May 20, 2014
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John Armstrong, left, and Peter Hopkins have opened the Green Mountain Tasting Center in the Hillside House in Pownal, Vt.

POWNAL, Vt. — Two businessmen are bringing some of the Green Mountain state's finest foods and drinks into one place.

The Green Mountain Tasting Center is now open inside of Hillside House, just some 400 feet over the Massachusetts border.

The center is the newest project from Hoppy Valley Organics and brings some of the state's finest cheeses, pepperoni, beers, wine and other specialty products into one place. The company offers both the items for sale and provides tastings.

"We opened around the first week of May. We did a very, very soft

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McCann Students Elected National, State Program Officers
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:35AM / Monday, May 19, 2014
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Four McCann students have been elected to state and national offices in Business Professionals for America and SkillsUSA.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Four McCann Technical School students have attained state and national offices after competing in the SkillsUSA and the Business Professionals for America conferences.

SkillsUSA and BPA challenge the skills of vocational school students in across a range of disciplines. Students can compete in district, state and national competitions.

Laura Heritage, junior who studies cabinetry, and Samantha Dorwin, a sophomore in machine tech, both left the SkillsUSA conference as state officers.

Heritage said chapter officers are elected in each school

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Williamstown Housing Trust Explores Homeowner Assistance Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:17AM / Monday, May 19, 2014
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The Affordable Housing Trust is considering how to use funds set aside by the town to support lower-income homebuyers. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's affordable housing trustees last week discussed how they can use money in the trust to help working families buy homes.   Williamstown Savings Bank mortgage originator Mary O'Connell joined the Affordable Housing Trust to talk about how Williamstown might replicate a program under way in Lenox that offers town money to assist income-qualified home buyers.   In Lenox, would-be residents making 80 percent of the area median income are eligible for a grant of up to $10,000 or 5 percent of the purchase price on

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EMSCO Presents Emergency Responders of the Year Awards
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Sunday, May 18, 2014
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William 'Gramps' Gillette was awarded the ALS provider of the year award on Friday night.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In 1975, William "Gramps" Gillette found himself coming to the aid of firefighters trying to reach his neighbor's burning house.

The fire truck had gotten stuck on a steep incline and Gillette jumped in to show the crew how to get it out. What he didn't know at that moment was that his actions would be the start of a long career in fire and emergency medical services.

Firefighters talked Gillette into joining the New Marlborough Fire Department. Ten years after that, intrigued by the patient care side of the job, he earned his emergency medical

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