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MCLA Graduates Remember Loss, Look to Future
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:10PM / Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Below, Class President Jake Powers, left, and Charles F. Desmond, chairman of the Board of Higher Education. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Graduations by their nature are both sad and sweet — the excitement of new adventures weighed against leaving friends and mentors behind.

At Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Saturday morning, the 115th commencement exercises seemed both sweeter, and sadder, than normal.

Among the raucous cheers, hoots as President Mary Grant took a selfie of the entire class, and calls by keynote speaker Charles F. Desmond, chairman of the Board of Higher Education, to hear some "real MCLA

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Williamstown Will Decide School Funding, Warrant Articles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:26PM / Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Williamstown voters will decided a host of warrant articles at this year's town meeting on Tuesday, May 20. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters on Tuesday evening will be asked whether they want to move forward with an assessment of the Mount Greylock Regional School building, move ineligible motorists out of handicapped parking spaces and move senior citizens into part-time positions that allow them to work off some of their property taxes.   Those are a few of the 37 articles on the warrant for the annual town meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Williamstown Elementary School.   The biggest single item on the agenda is the appropriation for town government, a

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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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@themarket: Don't Buy the Dips
By Bill Schmick,
04:11AM / Saturday, May 17, 2014
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The S&P 500 Index hit 1,900 this week. The Dow Jones Industrial and Transportation averages also reached new historical highs but the euphoria lasted about a minute and a half.

That's about as long as it took for traders to sell into the move. Not good.

The market gave the bulls all the excuses in the world to man-up and push the markets higher, as they backed and filled for two days, then the bears took over. Thursday was a blood bath and sellers added to the damage again on Friday. Not good.

Last year, if you recall, all I recommended readers to do is "buy the dips" whenever the stock market declined. Obviously, from this headline, I am recommending just the opposite

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The Independent Investor: Potholes Take Center Stage
By Bill Schmick,
03:21PM / Friday, May 16, 2014
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Can you count the number of potholes you hit or narrowly avoid every day? Do they make your blood boil, teeth clench and trigger a choice euphemism or two during your commute? Unless the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) receives a $302 billion injection of funds this year, it could get a lot worse.

And I'm not just talking about potholes. More than one in nine bridges in this country is structurally deficient. At least 66,405 (11 percent of the total) are in sad shape and these are not out-of-the-way covered bridges that are rarely used. Americans have taken over 260 million trips over these derelict spans. They are simply accidents waiting to happen, like the one last month in Mount Vernon,

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Adams Community Bank Offering USDA Loans
02:10PM / Friday, May 16, 2014
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ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank is now offering USDA loans, which assist low to moderate income rural homebuyers achieve their dream of homeownership.

Applicants must purchase a home within the eligible rural areas and have a household income that doesn’t exceed the established limits where the home is located. Eligible property types include existing homes, new construction, modular homes, eligible condominiums, new manufactured homes and Planned Unit Developments. (PUD’s)

“We are pleased to offer this program,” said Charles P. O’Brien, president and CEO. "The USDA loan program is a tremendous benefit to those interested in buying a home in

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Mount Greylock Tries to Avoid Slippery Floors as Temps Rise
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:35PM / Friday, May 16, 2014
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School officials are keeping an eye on the humidity at Mount Greylock Regional to prevent another closure because of slippery floors. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School is too big, inefficient and, in many places, literally falling apart.   But it is not without its fans.   Unfortunately for school officials, they are the kind of fans that you plug into the wall. And they are needed this spring to help stay ahead of the humidity issue that forced school to close for two days in September because of dangerously slippery floors.   Electric fans are just one of the measures the school is using this spring to prevent more school closures as the

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Monument Square Early Childhood Center Director Honored
11:09AM / Friday, May 16, 2014
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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kelly Phillips, a long-time early educator at Child Care of the Berkshires, has been named the Early Educator of the Year Award by the The Massachusetts Association of Early Education & Care, a statewide association of early education providers and after school programs.

Phillips is a director at the Monument Square Early Childhood Center in North Adams. During her tenure at CCB, Phillips has overseen the renovation of the Monument Square Center and is spearheading current playground renovation plans. Under her leadership, Monument Square has achieved National Accreditation status and is at the highest level of  the State’s Quality Rating

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Eph Rowers Named All-NESCAC
10:13AM / Friday, May 16, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its 2014 Men's and Women's Rowing All-Conference Teams.

The 10-member squads are comprised of individuals from the eight league teams based on each team's finish at the NESCAC championships, which are held in conjunction with the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championship.

The Williams men's rowing squad placed four individuals on the All-NESCAC First Team, with seniors Nicholas Evert (New York, N.Y.), Julian Fernandez (Emerson, N.J.), coxswain Andrew Marsh (Durham, N.C.), and Erick Quay (Seattle, Wash.) all receiving recognition. Seniors Peter Ellis (San Diego, CA) and Parker

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Lanesborough Finance Committee Approves School Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:32AM / Friday, May 16, 2014
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The Finance Committee met with the School Committee on Thursday to come to terms with the budget before town meeting.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Finance Committee is supporting a $2.5 million budget for the Lanesborough Elementary School.

The recommendation is $20,000 less than the School Committee approved but that is because the town will be spending free cash to fix the curbing in front of the building, thus removing that capital project from the school budget.

The School Committee approved a $2,602,531 and the Finance Committee is recommending $2,582,532.

Overall, the budget is close to a 3 percent increase but it also includes $26,500 for the school lunch program. The program

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Are We There Yet?: Remembering Harley
By Rebecca Dravis,
11:14PM / Thursday, May 15, 2014
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No one should ever have to suffer the pain of losing a child.

As a parent of a child with two autoimmune diseases, I face that terror perhaps more often than most parents. But I'm sure anyone reading this column, any parent, would feel nothing short of sheer despair should something happen to their child.

That's why I cried when I heard about Harley Ogle.

I heard about the death of this Pittsfield second-grader from my mother, who used to work with Harley's grandmother. She hesitated when telling me, obviously sensitive to my own situation with my daughter. Harley died in his sleep; my daughter has type 1 diabetes, and most type 1 kids who die do so in their sleep. When she

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