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Clark Art Receives Never-Exhibited Winslow Homer Painting
02:05PM / Friday, December 12, 2014
Winslow Homer (American, 1836-1910), Charles Prentice Howland, 1878.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute recently received the gift of a significant, rare commissioned portrait by Winslow Homer.

"Charles Prentice Howland (1878)," an oil painting that has never been publicly exhibited, was donated to the Clark by the sitter's granddaughter, Susan Montgomery Howell. The painting, which had remained with the family since 1878, will be on view at the Clark beginning Dec. 12.

"We are grateful to Susan Montgomery Howell and her family for giving the Clark this important, little-known painting, which will now be enjoyed by the public. I have long known


Amtrak Service Begins in Greenfield, Northampton
Staff Reports,
11:59AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
The John W. Olver Transit Center has been waiting two years for Amtrak trains. Passenger service between Washington, D.C., and St. Albans, Vt., begins Dec. 29 with stops in Greenfield and Northampton.

GREENFIELD, Mass. — Amtrak will begin Amtrak Vermonter service to Greenfield and Northampton beginning Dec. 29. Tickets are now available for purchase.

The Vermonter will also add a stop in Holyoke later in 2015 when station work is complete. The added stops because of the reroute will replace service provided to the Amherst station, which will end on Dec. 28.

The restoration of train service to the Knowledge Corridor has been a goal of the state Department of Transportation and


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

DCR Details $2M Fix for Mount Greylock Memorial Tower
By Paul Hopkins, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:55AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
Improvements to the War Memorial will include replacing six metal halide lamps with 12 LED clusters, which need less frequent replacement.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The $2 million renovation of the War Memorial Tower at the summit of Mount Greylock in Adams will include an untested fix for water infiltration problems, but one that state officials seemed confident would work for at least 10 years.

Officials with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, along with a chief architect on the project, detailed the two-year project at DCR's West Regional Office on Thursday night. DCR Preservation Planner Jeffrey Harris said despite a reconstruction of the tower in the early 1970s and

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Looks Back on Career
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:41AM / Friday, December 12, 2014
Superintendent Rose Ellis earlier this fall with Secretary of Education Matt Malone in Lanesborough.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Fourteen years of leadership in Williamstown and Lanesborough public schools comes to end on Friday afternoon.

Tri-District Superintendent Rose Ellis, whose retirement becomes effective at the end of the year, is scheduled to work her final shift in the central administration office on Friday.

Ellis came to Williamstown to serve as superintendent of the elementary school district in 2000. In 2008, Williamstown joined with Lanesborough to form Superintendency Union 71. Two years later, SU71 joined with the Mount Greylock Regional School District to form the

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'The Pyramid': Pointless Horror
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:56PM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  How do we get out of this movie again?

I have seen my share of horror movies, some gruesome, some absolutely terrifying, others jump- out-of-your-seat shocking and many just plain dumb. But when it comes to simply making its principal characters torturously and unceasingly miserable, director Grégory Levasseur's "The Pyramid" takes Miss Havisham's cake. This is typical B-movie horror, structurally unchanged since the subgenre took form in the 1950s. All that's missing is the forgivable innocence of nascency and the hokey effects that, in retrospect, made

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The Independent Investor: Is Russian Bear Back In His Cave?
By Bill Schmick,
03:46PM / Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ukraine had been the topic on everyone's lips for over six months. Today, nary a word is written about Russian's plan to annex that nation. You can thank declining oil prices for that.

While most of the West rejoices over the recent precipitous drop in the price of oil, the story is quite different for the largest producer of fossil fuel energy, Mother Russia. That's right, Russia, and not Saudi Arabia, leads the world in energy production. As such, Russia depends on energy for 16 percent of its gross domestic product, 52 percent of total federal revenues and 70 percent of all exports. And that was in 2012. Since then the numbers are even higher.

As the price of energy


Night of Comedy Planned to Support North Adams Youth
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
Entertainer Wayne Soares is performing a comedy benefit for local youth programs on Saturday night.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wayne Soares will bring an evening of comedy to the American Legion this weekend to support local youth.

Wayne Soares actor, comedian, entertainer, and professional emcee will perform at Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125 on Saturday evening to raise money for children and youth programs of the American Legion and the State Street Neighborhood Kids.

"I am going to come in and do my act and make some people laugh," Soares said. "I think it's the perfect time because it is around the holiday, people are in a good mood with Christmas cheer

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Youth Basketball Results
08:20AM / Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Lanesuborough and Williamstown Youth Basketball Associations opened their 2014-15 season earlier this month with boys and girls action in the fifth- and sixth-grade leagues.



Malcolm Waynick scored 13 points, and Nick Duda added eight to lead Duda Construction to a 28-20 win over Gable Electric.


Matt Sorrell and Ben Prescott added to Duda’s scoring total. Derek Paris and Jack Congelosi scored nine and five, respectively, to lead Gable.


In Week 2, Waynick scored 21, and Duda had 10 to lead Duda Construction to a 40-12 win over Volp Logic. Stanley Dykes added to the cause with two points in the win.


Teague Patel and Oliver Kocsis scored eight and

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Mass MoCA Goes Big With Upcoming Renovation, Season
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mass MoCA Executive Director Joseph Thompson talks about upcoming big events at the museum, including the return of the Solid Sound Festival.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts has some big things in store — both literally and figuratively.

After Executive Director Joseph Thompson and his staff announced a packed winter and spring season on Wednesday, Thompson led a tour of  "Building 6," which is slated to be renovated into usable gallery space.

The renovation, which will nearly double the exhibit space, is happening thanks to a $25.4 million state grant announced in November and private donations that MoCA hopes will total $30

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Snowy Conditions Cause Accidents on Route 7
By Stephen Dravis,
09:35PM / Wednesday, December 10, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Weather likely was a factor in two accidents involving four vehicles on the same stretch of road in Williamstown on Wednesday.   At 7:50 a.m., there was a single car rollover on New Ashford Road (Route 7). The lone occupant of the vehicle, the driver, refused medical assistance at the scene, Williamstown Police said. The car was towed by Ron's Auto Repair.   On Wednesday evening, there was an accident involving three vehicles on New Ashford Road.   Village Ambulance transported one person to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Police had no information about the person's condition.   Two vehicles from the evening


Williams Asks Planning Board to Hold Off on Zoning Change for Hotel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Planning Board Chairwoman Elizabeth McGowan conducts Tuesday's meeting as Amy Jeschawitz looks on.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Tuesday asked the Planning Board to hold off on redrawing the Village Business district to accommodate a new hotel at the bottom of Spring Street.

Attorney Jamie Art appeared before the board on Tuesday to explain that the college has gone back to the drawing board to see how it will configure the planned hotel in light of a recent wetlands delineation by the Conservation Commission.

"In response to the resource area delineation … we said, look, if the wetlands are here and we want to move away from those wetlands and minimize


MCLA Honors Local High School Seniors Achievement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:49AM / Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Adams Scholars from Berkshire County high schools pose with state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi and state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —  Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on Monday acknowledged Berkshire County seniors who received state scholarships.

Some 45 students were expected to attend from Drury, McCann, Berkshire Arts and Technology, Lee, Mount Greylock, Pittsfield High, Taconic, and Wahconah. They and family members filled the Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation on Monday night to be recognized for qualifying for a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship.

The scholarship is awarded to students who scored in the top 25 percent of


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