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Fohlin Praises MEMA's Help In Spruces Aftermath
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Williamstown Town Manager Peter Fohlin took some time during the CBREPC meeting Wednesday morning to praise MEMA's help in the Spruces Mobile Home Park. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Williamstown Town Manager Peter Fohlin could only do so much in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene three years ago that destroyed the Spruces Mobile Home Park.    Now in the final phase of picking up the pieces, he is thanking the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency for helping in each step.   "MEMA's been great all the way through this project. It's been like clockwork with MEMA," Fohlin told the Central Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee on

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Williams Men's Tennis Wins
08:52PM / Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  – The Williams College men’s tennis team began its fall campaign on Wednesday against Vassar College.

 

With no seniors on the squad, the leadership falls to the strong class of juniors, including captains Alex Schidlovsky and Jose Raventos. The Ephs dominated on the court nonetheless, claiming an 8-1 victory.

 

Freshman Brian Grodecki played alongside junior captain Schidlovsky in the No. 1 doubles spot, winning 8-2. Two other freshmen, Sachin Raghavan (paired with Brian Astrachan) and Jordan Sadowsky (paired with Conrad Harron) also made their mark, winning both their doubles and singles matches.

 

“It was a great opening match

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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Williamstown's First Church Marks Building's Centennial
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
07:56PM / Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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First Congregational Church is marking the centennial of its Georgian revival church.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — First Congregational Church, one year short of its 250th anniversary, is getting a head start on the celebration by marking the centennial of its white clapboard church.

Church Moderator Moira Jones said the 100th anniversary will be "low key," although the congregation marched in the July 4 parade to let the community know about the anniversary.

A talk at the church has been scheduled and an exhibit at the Williamstown Historical Museum will be free and open to the public.

Jones will speak on the building Sunday morning, Sept. 21, around 11:15, following church

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Kerrigan Pushes Regional Economic Plan in Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever,
04:55PM / Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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State Reps. Gailanne Cariddi, William "Smitty" Pignatelli, state Sen. Benjamin Downing and lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan talked economics during a morning walk down North Street. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lieutenant governor candidate Steve Kerrigan is back to work after winning the Democratic nomination last week.   Kerrigan was in Pittsfield on Wednesday morning to walk North Street with state Sen. Benjamin Downing and state Reps. William "Smitty" Pignatelli and Gailanne Cariddi.   The local officials explained the mixture of economic development projects — from the streetscape and the proposed Hotel on North to ideas on how to free

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New Eastover Offering Public Sneak Peek This Weekend
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:13PM / Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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The main mansion of Eastover Resort in Lenox is in the final stretch of a multimillion dollar renovation to turn it into a holistic retreat. The public is invited to tour the grounds this weekend.

LENOX, Mass. — A new chapter of the Eastover Resort in Lenox is starting this weekend.

For the last four-plus years, Ying Wang has been overseeing the renovation of the 600-acre property, which she and her husband, in the form of HG October Mountain Estate LLC, bought in 2010 for $5.4 million. This weekend, the grounds will open to the public for a sneak peek at the multimillion dollar renovation.

The resort will permanently open next summer, Wang said, as a new destination for

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How to Build a Better Budget
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12:19PM / Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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More than half of Americans say they don’t have a personal budget, and nearly 40 percent report that they live paycheck to paycheck.

While it might seem like a chore to track all your accounts and purchases, you could be taking unnecessary chances with your standard of living if you don’t.

How can you keep tabs on your spending and maintain an accurate view of where you stand with your personal finances? Online tools are a great place to start. They can make the budgeting exercise easier while helping you build confidence and personal satisfaction in the process.

 

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You have easy access to a range of personal finance and budgeting tools to smooth the

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Mount Greylock Parents Air Concerns About Loss of Late Buses
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:40AM / Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Lanesborough parent Tammy Seaman, right, looks on as Williamstown parent Margaret McComish asks the School Committee to revisit the late bus issue. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday heard from parents concerned about the district's decision to cut down on the number of late buses for students participating in after-school activities.   More than a dozen residents attended the committee's regular monthly meeting, and five who identified themselves as parents of Mount Greylock students rose to ask the panel to reconsider the decision.   Committee members sympathized with parents, explaining that the late bus was a

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Volunteers Sought for Humanitarian Mapping Projects
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:22PM / Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Volunteers are plotting uncharted territories in West Africa as part of a crowdsourced mapping project to help health care workers with the ebola crisis. Two workshops are being offered this week on the project.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Doctors and health-care workers trying to contain the ebola outbreak in West Africa are looking for direction from Internet savvy volunteers around the world.

A crowdsourced mapping project is helping them locate small villages and pathways in the poorly charted region to bring aid to isolated populations and track the spread of the disease. And it's not just being used for the ebola, but for humanitarian crises of all stripes.

That prompted

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Williams Senior Harrier Wins National Honor
09:53PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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NEW ORLEANS -- The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association has named Williams College senior Colin Cotton the NCAA DIII National Men's Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Saratoga Invitational hosted by RPI.

Running in the event that the USTFCCCA had dubbed the DIII Meet of the Week in a field of more than 200 runners, Cotton finished ahead of NYU's John Lake and junior teammate Bijan Mazaheri.

Cotton was timed in 18 minutes, 45.5 seconds on the 6-kilometer course.

The lone returning All-American from the Ephs' 2013 NCAA team that finished fourth, Cotton served early notice that he is working hard to improve on his 22nd place finish

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Williamstown's Friendship Club Raises Funds for Outings
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
08:14PM / Monday, September 15, 2014
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Shirley St. Pierre has been making afghans for the sale table to help support the Friendship Club's day trips.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Friendship Club of Williamstown is back on the road.

Members of the Friendship Club rode to Dalton on Aug. 12 to visit Berkshire Carousel on their first bus outing in more than five years.

"Bus trips were a thing of the past. It got too expensive," said Maggie Guiden, president of the club, which operates from the Harper Center.  

But this year Guiden, a spirited 89-year-old, spurred club members on to raise money to cover the cost of a bus trip.

She put the idea to her fellow senior citizens in her usual forthright manner,

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