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Williams Building New Driveway to North Street Parking Deck
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:15PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Williams College is building a driveway entrance to the first floor of its parking garage so motorists don't have to drive down the often icy exterior ramp to exit the structure. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is rerouting traffic into the first floor of the three-level, 89,000 square foot parking deck behind the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance.   Representatives of the college appeared before the town's Planning Board last month to explain the need for the project, which will enable cars to use all three decks year round.   "The center tier of the parking deck is largely unusable in the winter because of icing conditions on the ramp,"

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Berkshire Tidbits: Fermenting Festivals, Hispanic Celebrations
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Columnist
01:43PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Lacto-fermenting/pickling vegetables; Berkshire Ferments will be presenting this and other workshops at the Berkshire Fermentation Festival on Saturday, Oct. 17, in Great Barrington.

Hispanic Heritage Month
Through Thursday, Oct. 15

Even if you missed the culinary experience of the Latino Festival during Founders' Weekend in Lee last month, there's still a bit of time to appreciate Hispanic Heritage Month, by eating Hispanic food in some of our local restaurants.   Here are a few of the best-known and best. All serve lunch and dinner unless otherwise noted.   • Alpamayo Peruvian Cuisine, 60 Main St. in Lee, serves food you will not find anywhere else in 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,

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

Mount Greylock Building Committee Looks at HVAC, Security Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:49PM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
School Building Committee member Thomas Bartels, right, repeated his objection to using radiant ceiling panels for heat. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Even as a Dec. 1 deadline looms for submitting a schematic to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Mount Greylock School Building Committee continued last week to weigh the pros and cons of design elements.   The committee met for the second time this year at Lanesborough Elementary School, where it addressed elements ranging from vehicular traffic to materials selection for the proposed addition/renovation project.   The panel on Thursday revisited the subject of the project's heating, ventilation and

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New Pedestrian Bridge at Margaret Lindley Park
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
02:49AM / Tuesday, October 13, 2015
A new bridge has been built over Hemlock Brook. The old one washed away during heavy rainstorms in 2013.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The new pedestrian bridge over Hemlock Brook in Margaret Lindley Park fills a void left by torrential rains of May 2013 that swept away the original much-used span.

"Walk the 25 yards upstream from the pond and see it for yourself," suggested Philip McKnight at last week's Conservation Commission meeting. "As John Keats so aptly put it, 'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.' "

With the new handicapped-accessible bridge in place, visitors to the park will be able to cross Hemlock Brook and gain access to the walking trails on

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Williamstown to Close North Hoosac Road to Through Traffic this Week
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Monday, October 12, 2015
North Hoosac Road will be closed from Cole Avenue to the North Adams line for reconstruction and repaving beginning this week. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — North Hooosac Road from Cole Avenue to the North Adams line will be closed to through traffic during the day beginning this week.   The town's Highway Department will be conducting a thorough repaving of the stretch, a popular alternative to Route 2 (Main Street).   The project will include grinding and grading the existing pavement, repaving and the installation of new curbs and driveway aprons.   The project is expected to take between two and three weeks depending on weather. Work crews will allow residents and


Holiday Hours: Columbus Day
01:18PM / Saturday, October 10, 2015
Dióscoro Teófilo Puebla Tolín's 'First landing of Columbus on the Shores of the New World, at San Salvador, W.I., Oct. 12th 1492' from 1862.

Columbus Day is a state holiday being observed Monday, Oct. 12, to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival in the Americas on Oct. 12, 1492.

Columbus' voyage had been celebrated on significant anniversaries but did not become an official holiday until being recognized by Colorado in 1905. It was declared a federal holiday in 1937.

Not all states recognize Columbus Day. Some local and state governments have alternative Native American or indigenous peoples' days to reflect that others had


Berkshire Scenic Railway Offering Round-Trip Rides From Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:43PM / Friday, October 09, 2015
Berkshire Scenic Railways' Budd Car will be rolling along the tracks between North Adams and Adams on Saturday.

ADAMS, Mass. — Toot! Toot!

It's been a long time coming but the scenic railway is about to start chugging.

Train enthusiasts will get a chance to ride the rails this weekend as the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum tests out its new Hoosac Valley Service.

But this is just a pilot program, cautioned Jay Green, the museum's railway director.

"It's designed to test out the service, to test the design, to test the track and the operations," he said on Friday. "This is a soft opening."

It's a big step forward in getting the scenic


'The Martian': Houston, We Have a Hit
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
10:37AM / Friday, October 09, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Twentieth Century Fox A sure-fire hit is putting Matt Damon in a lonesome dangerous place — and then rescuing him. Although in 'The Martian,' his astronaut Mark Watney is good at keeping himself alive/

You may want to prepare a little before seeing "The Martian," Ridley Scott's fantastical journey to Mars — and maybe back — starring Matt Damon in the title role. If you have the time, getting a Ph.D. at MIT should put you in good stead to at least comprehend the technical jargon in this superbly crafted, Space Age update on the "Robinson Crusoe"


Independent Investor: Millennials — The Misunderstood Generation
By Bill Schmick,
04:32PM / Thursday, October 08, 2015

Millennials are feeling good about their financial future, says one survey. Another poll tells us that this same class of Americans is giving up on getting rich. Both can't be right and yet they are.

The first thing you have to understand is that attitudes change depending upon one's circumstances. In a recent poll by Bloomberg, for example, 47 percent of Americans between the ages of 18-35 believed that they do not expect to live better than their parents.

That is understandable if, for example, you happen to be living under your parent's roof (and 15 percent of millennials are). It is darn difficult to imagine living better than your folks under those circumstances. This is


Lanesborough FinCom Continues Discussion On School Funding
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:14AM / Thursday, October 08, 2015
Finance Committee discussed the future of the school system for nearly three hours on Tuesday. At the end, the board did not come to a conclusion or take a stance.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Whether or not the school should accept tuition and school-choice students is a decision made by the School Committee.   But the town's Finance Committee on Monday debated the issue anyway, wondering if it should ask the School Committee to shut down both options. Some members believe that will make the system less costly in the future; others that the additional students account for revenue the school wouldn't otherwise have.   Committee member Steve Wentworth outlined


Heating Leak Causes Thursday Closure at Williamstown Elementary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Crews work on an ethylene glycol spill in Williamstown Elementary School that will force the school to close to students on Thursday, Oct. 8.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School will be closed on Thursday to address a malfunction in the school's heating system.

School officials discovered an ethylene glycol spill in the school's gymnasium on Wednesday morning. A plumbing and heating company was called in and discovered a cracked pipe in the system, Superintendent Douglas Dias said on Wednesday afternoon.   Dias emphasized that the ethylene glycol, a common component of antifreeze, was a liquid, not a gas, and that students and staff


Girl's Walk to Cure Diabetes Team Holding Painting Party Fundraiser
01:14PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Noelle's Belles, the Walk to Cure Diabetes team of local fourth-grader Noelle Dravis, is teaming up with The Progressive Palette to offer a fun Halloween painting party for both children and adults.

The party will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Sts. Patrick and Raphael parish center in Williamstown. The cost is $37, which includes all supplies, instruction and snacks. No painting experience is needed. Seating is limited and advance registration is required online at

Fund raised will benefit scientific research to better treat, prevent and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that


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