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Carr Hardware Named Quarterfinalist for Indie Award
11:53AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Carr Hardware has been voted into the quarterfinals for the 2015 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award.

“We are honored to have not only been nominated but to make it to the quarterfinals for such a prestigious national award. This is truly a tribute to our 85 career professionals who believe in our Berkshire community and take pride in serving our customers every day,”  Vice President and owner Bart Raser said.

With locations in Pittsfield, North Adams, Lee and Great Barrington, Carr Hardware serves not only homeowners, but contractors, institutions and government customers as well.

“This year’s


Free BRTA Ride Campaign to Benefit Soldier On
11:45AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s annual holiday campaign to offer free transit rides for a contribution to assist our community will again benefit Soldier On, the local organization assisting homeless veterans.
Any new, unwrapped, in original packaging, contribution of personal care items, jackets, hats, gloves, socks, t-shirts, gift cards, writing paper, pens and stamps, or non-perishable food items are accepted on any BRTA bus instead of the regular fare through Dec. 12. The gift should equal the amount of the ride. No toilet paper, mouthwash, alcohol or tobacco please. To see a complete wish list of the most needed items, visit 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

Williams Men's Hockey Wins at Conn College
10:27PM / Saturday, December 05, 2015
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Williams College men's hockey team (5-1-0, 4-0-0 NESCAC) defeated the Connecticut College, 3-1, on Saturday.   Sophomore C.J. Shugart got the Ephs on the board first, midway through the third period, and was then backed up by freshman Michael Lata, and sophomore David Italiano, to secure a victory, and a continued undefeated conference record.    In net for the Ephs (5-1, 4-0 NESCAC) was freshman Michael Pinios, who made 17 saves this afternoon. In net for the Camels (1-4-2, 0-2-2) was senior Tom Conlin, who 17 saves.    The Ephs play at Amherst on Friday.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Williams women's hockey


Williams Women Win Soccer National Title
10:07PM / Saturday, December 05, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — When Michelyne Pinard was first hired at Williams, she dreamed of winning a national championship by the age of 30.    Those days may have passed, but the dream never died, and her Williams women's soccer team made it a reality Saturday, defeating Washington-St. Louis 1-0 in the NCAA Div. III national championship game at Swope Park Village.   The national title for women's soccer is the first at Williams and also the first for a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference.    It was only 12 months ago that the Ephs departed Swope with mixed feelings after playing Lynchburg to a scoreless draw over 110 minutes only to


Williams Women's Soccer in NCAA Final
10:41PM / Friday, December 04, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Williams College women's soccer team will make its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Div. III national championship game thanks in part to two second-half goals from Natasha Albaneze and a key save from Tressa Palcheck.   The Ephs edged No. 9 Centre College, 2-1, Friday despite falling behind only 115 seconds into the contest.   No. 6 Williams (20-1-2) will face No. 4 Washington-St. Louis (20-2-1) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. back at Swope Park. Friday's win gave the Ephs back-to-back 20-win seasons, the only two such seasons in program history.   "I couldn't be prouder of our performance today, mostly because it was clear that


Williams Men's Hockey Tops Tufts
10:24PM / Friday, December 04, 2015
MALDEN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's hockey team defeated Tufts (1-3-2, 0-2-1 NESCAC), 2-0, on Friday.   George Hunkele had a goal and an assist, an Noah Klag stopped 36 shots for Williams (4-1, 3-0).   Williams plays at Connecticut College Saturday at 3 p.m.    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Williams College women’s basketball team extended its unbeaten streak to start the season, beating the Pine Manor College Gators, 83-71, in the opening game of the Williams Classic on Friday at Chandler Gymnasium.   The Ephs (5-0), found success under the basket throughout the game, scoring 52 points in the paint and out-rebounding the


'Creed': The Comfort Food of Film
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:02PM / Thursday, December 03, 2015

One of the greatest things about movies is that, contrary to Thomas Wolfe's assertion, you can indeed go home. Joyfully witnessed in director Ryan Coogler's "Creed," essentially a sequel to the "Rocky" legend, whole bunches of lore, heritage and mythology are reembraced for their life-affirming schmaltz.

Lest the flickering candle that burns for all longshots is snuffed out, Sylvester Stallone's patron saint of underdogs returns here to train and nurture his famous rival's son, Adonis Johnson. Of course, he has to be talked into it.

You see, what we didn't learn in any of the six previous "Rocky" films is that Apollo Creed, who gave our


The Independent Investor: Climate Change Is a $44T Problem
By Bill Schmick,
02:09PM / Thursday, December 03, 2015

The world's largest ever gathering of politicians arrives in Paris this week to wrestle with the growing problem of rising seas and extreme weather. The good news is that man-made global warming may at last be taken seriously by most nations — except our own.

The two-week conference is being held under extremely tight security in the French capital, just days after the ISIS attack that killed 130 people. The group of 150 heads of state and representatives of 195 governments will attempt to slow, if not stop, the environmental destruction caused by greenhouse gases emissions worldwide.

Citibank, one of the largest financial organizations on the planet, predicts that the world


Macfarlane Office Wins Youth Basketball League Opener
11:38AM / Thursday, December 03, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Derek Paris scored 12 points to lead Macfarlane Office to a 32-18 win over Williamstown Police on Wednesday in the Williamstown/Lanesborough Youth Basketball Association.   Tate Kuster scored eight points for Macfarlane in the win.   Williamstown Police was led by Will Broadwell with eight points. Max McAlister and Eli Levy added four points apiece.


Williamstown's Kershaw Heads to Olympic Development Tourney
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
08:35PM / Wednesday, December 02, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- With eight goals on a team that went all the way to the Western Massachusetts Championship Game, then-sophomore Felix Kershaw was one of the top soccer players in Berkshire County last fall.   This year, he has proven to be one of the best players in the Northeast.   Kershaw, a junior at Mount Greylock, heads to Lakewood Ranch, Fla., this weekend to participate in the U.S. Olympic Development Program's Florida Interregional tournament.   Kershaw, who plays for Williams College's Ajax Soccer Club, is one of 18 players from Maine to West Virginia selected to the ODP Region 1 team in his age group.   After a seven-month process that started


Lanesborough OKs Revised Mount Greylock Agreement, Takes No Action on Animal Bylaw
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:42PM / Tuesday, December 01, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town meeting passed a revision to the agreement with Mount Greylock Regional School District for apportionment of capital costs and chose not to enact restrictions on agricultural animals in residential zones.   The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the new agreement that changes how capital costs at the high school will be divvied up between the town and Williamstown.   Currently, the responsibilities for project costs are based on a each town's equalized valuations — or the collective value of property values — and enrollment figures. While that determination will remain, the change makes it so the apportionment is calculated each

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Maximize the Benefits of Your Charitable Giving
Submitted by Edward Jones,
03:29PM / Tuesday, December 01, 2015

It’s certainly the season for giving – and when you make charitable gifts, you can both give and receive.

To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity. That means you’ll need to ask some questions. How does a group measure its effectiveness? And does it use its money wisely? Is it devoting as much of its contributions as possible to the actual work of the organization, or is it spending too much money on administrative costs? Generally, a worthwhile charity should spend at least 75 percent of its income on programs.

You may be able to find this type of information in a charitable group’s annual report and on

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