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Berkshires Beat: Stockbridge Photo Contest Winners Announced
01:16PM / Monday, July 18, 2016

The winners are: Laurel Hill Association and Stockbridge Land Trust have selected five winning submissions to their first photo contest. The organizations are selling notecards, featuring the winning photos, in several local shops. All proceeds go to the two organizations.

The winning photos were taken by Dana Goedewaagen of Glendale; Stacy McMahon of Great Barrington; John R. Morse of Stockbridge; and Sharon Siter of South Egremont. The photos show the Mary Flynn Trail; the Housatonic River as it courses through Stockbridge; Konkapot Brook, with Ice Glen and Beartown Mountain in the background; the Children’s Chime Tower by the Congregational Church in Stockbridge; and the Cat and


Long Ball, Defense Lift Lanesborough at New England Regional
05:09PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Thomas Martin and Landen Jamula homered in a four-run fourth inning that propelled the Lanesborough Bulldogs to a 10-7 win over Oxford, Conn., on Sunday at the Cal Ripken Baseball 12-year-old New England Regionals.   Lanesborough (1-2 in pool play) trailed, 7-4, going into the inning, but Martin led off with a homer to center field.   After Oxford got a pair of outs, Oscar Low drew a walk and Derek Paris doubled to center for Jamula, who hit a 2-0 pitch over the fence to give Lanesborough the lead.   Tristan Gardner homered to plate Jack Gitterman in the fifth as the Bulldogs went ahead, 10-7, and Low pitched a scoreless sixth to nail down the


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
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this

Cages Tops South Troy Dodgers
05:07PM / Sunday, July 17, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alex Carusotto hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Andrew Rickus to break a 4-4 and send the Cages Baseball Club on to an 8-5 win over the South Troy Dodgers on Sunday at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Carusotto’s RBI gave the home team a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth. Cages went on to score three more runs in the inning on RBI doubles by Michael Strizzi and Matt Braman and an RBI single by Brodie Altiere.   Braman went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, and Dominic DeFelice drove in a pair for Cages.   Eli Holland gave up four runs in five innings before giving way to Dennis Cooney, who allowed no earned runs in four innings to earn


Lanesborough Bulldogs Drop Two at New England Regional
09:30PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- The Lanesborough Bulldogs 12-year-old Cal Ripken Baseball All-Stars started the New England Regional on Saturday with a pair of losses by scores of 10-9 and 11-1.   In the Western Massachusetts champions’ opener, Lanesborough fell behind, 7-0, after three innings against Washington Park, R.I.   But the Bulldogs’ bats came alive in the fourth, and they went on to take a 9-7 lead.   Oscar Low got things started with a double, and Panayiotis Constantopoulos followed with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth.   Low finished 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Josh Polumbo and Jack Gitterman each had a pair of hits.   The Rhode Islanders


Cages Baseball Club Drops a Double-Header
06:27PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
The Cages Baseball Club dropped a pair of close decisions to the Champlain Mariners on Saturday.   Champlain won the first game, 2-0, and the second, 3-2.   In the 3-2 loss, Dominic DeFelice went 2-for-3 with a runs scored and an RBI, and Matt Braman had a hit and scored a run.   Alex Carusotto went the distance on the mound, allowing just two earned runs on seven hits and one walk.   In the shutout loss, Josh Jezouit was the hard luck loser, allowing just one earned run and striking out seven over six innings.   The Cages Club is home on Sunday against the South Troy Dodgers at Mount Greylock Regional School at 2 p.m.  


Williamstown Rural Lands Adds 'QR' Codes at Trailheads
04:45PM / Saturday, July 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is making it easier for hikers to access its trails on their own time with a system of downloadable maps and guides.

  WRLF has posted at the trailhead of three of its trails a QR (Quick Response) code that will enable a hiker with a smartphone who simply scans the QR code to download a trail map and a trail description, providing information about the length of the trail and its degree of difficulty, and describing the natural features to be encountered along the way.   All a hiker needs to do is to go to the "App Store" and enter "QR Code Reader" in the search box.   After clicking on the


@theMarket: Markets Make Hay
By Bill Schmick,
11:27AM / Saturday, July 16, 2016

A series of new historical highs rewarded investors who remained patient this year and remained invested. Unless something changes in the world of central banking, there is a good chance that further gains are in store for the stock market.

There will be pullbacks from time to time as the markets digest their gains. We have enjoyed several back-to-back gains in the stock market. The S&P 500 Index, for example, has climbed over 100 points without one down day. That is not something that can continue unabated.

The key to all this upside momentum is, of course, the worldwide largesse of governments and central banks. Take, for example, the events in England this week. Although


SteepleCats Fall to .500 with Home Loss
10:17AM / Saturday, July 16, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- After a two and a half hour rain delay, the North Adams SteepleCats (15-15) struggled to get the bats going offensively in a 5-1 loss to the Valley Blue Sox (14-13) in a wet night at Joe Wolfe Field Friday night.   The loss sent the SteepleCats into a three-way tie for third place in the Northern Division.   Trent Astle was dominant on the mound for the Blue Sox. In his six innings of work, he did not allow any runs and only allowed one hit and struck out eight.   The only base runners he allowed were John Mazza who reached on an infield single and C.J. Price who reached on an error.  Mazza’s single ended a streak of eleven consecutive hitters


Hunter Wins Mass Amateur Golf Tournament
Massachusetts Golf Association,
09:17PM / Friday, July 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Brendan Hunter (Red Tail GC) turned what he thought was an improbable into a reality.   On Friday afternoon, the 20-year-old from Groton scored the biggest win of his career by capturing the 108th Massachusetts Amateur Championship. He capped off what was a magical week of golf at Taconic Golf Club with a 4-and-3 victory over John Kelly (Twin Hills CC).   “I only brought three outfits,” said Hunter with a grin. “I was just happy to be here.”   Hunter was referring to the fact that he only packed enough clothes to get him through the first two days of stroke play. After all, he had never before made match play so he assumed


Election 2016: Harrington Endorsed by Mass Women's Political Caucus
Campaign Statement,
07:09PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

RICHMOND, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.

The non-partisan organization has a proven record of electoral success in Massachusetts, including its support of the campaigns of Attorney General Maura Healey, Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Auditor Suzanne Bump, and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

This announcement follows recent endorsements from Western Massachusetts Carpenters Union Local 108 and SEIU Local 888.  Harrington is a Democrat running for state Senate for the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District soon to be

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Election 2016: Del Gallo Throws Support to Clinton
By Rinaldo Del Gallo, Campaign Statement
06:55PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If one were to go to my Facebook page and read my post endorsing Hillary Clinton, it was met with criticism by some Bernie Sanders supporters and progressives. Apparently, my endorsement of Hillary Clinton is controversial in progressive circles. Nonetheless, I stand by my July 13 comments and press release endorsing Hillary Clinton.

I was not surprised — I have spoken to countless people in the district that I have indicated to me that they voted for Bernie Sanders but they will not vote for Hillary Clinton if she became the nominee. I believe not voting for Hillary Clinton is a mistake.

The simple reality is that because we do not have instant run-off


'The Secret Life of Pets': Won't be Secret Fur Long
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:35PM / Friday, July 15, 2016

While "The Secret Life of Pets" isn't quite "Lady and the Tramp" (1955), I've no problem mentioning the two kiddy flicks in the same sentence. Both are proof positive that you can learn a lot from the animals, especially the cartoon variety if they're as lovable as Max, a Jack Russell terrier voiced here by Louis C.K.

A contemporary variation of the iconic Tramp, who resisted domestication until romance curtailed his wanderlust, this Manhattanite is dedicated to hearth, condo and his master, Katie (Ellie Kemper).

When asked one morning by Gidget, the white Pomeranian next door who secretly loves him, if he had plans today, Max informs: "Yes, big, big


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