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Is Renting Out Your Vacation Home Right For You?
02:34PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

The vacation rental market is lucrative. Are you a Berkshires homeowner who wants to take advantage?

Greylock Insurance, Berkshire's Neighborhood Insurance Agency, is here to tell you how.

A lot has changed in the vacation travel industry over the past five years, but arguably the biggest game-changer has been the growing desire of travelers to book vacation home rentals versus staying at traditional hotels or resorts.

In fact, according to a study of the American traveler by the Ypartnership/Harrison Group, nearly 50 percent of all travelers are now interested in renting properties for their vacation.

So for Berkshire homeowners considering renting out their second home,


Berkshires Beat: 'Walk & Roll' Raises Brain Injury Awareness
01:53PM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Walk & Roll: Residents from across Western Massachusetts gathered to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail in Cheshire on Sept. 10 for a Walk & Roll hosted by the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

The walk aimed to further help their mission of creating a better future for brain injury survivors and their families.

One participant was Matthew LeBorgne, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2014. For Matt and his family, raising education and supporting BIAMA has become very important since his accident.

"Many people don't know a lot about brain injuries, both traumatic and acquired. I know we didn'r before Matt's accident," said Dawn LeBorgne,


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

End of Session Review: Gailanne Cariddi
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Rep. Gailanne Cariddi says the state has taken a lead on national issues over the last session.   The legislative session finished up at the end of July and Cariddi said the highlights included working on the opioid scourge and passing an omnibus energy bill.   "I think the Legislature did a remarkable job of taking national issues and bringing them through the commonwealth's deliberative process to create some change for us in a positive way," the North Adams Democrat said.    "No. 1, the big thing that actually started a year ago was the continued effort on substance abuse and requiring detox and stabilization be paid


A Wish Fulfilled: Williamstown Man Checks Off Bucket-List Trip
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
01:02AM / Monday, September 12, 2016

Stopping at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — David Larabee has accomplished much in his 63 years.

He served in the military, married Nikki with whom he raised four children, built the family home, worked as a trucker, worked at General Cable until it shut down and worked for the town of Williamstown until he retired, founded and still operates Specialty Carriages. And he was honored with the Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award in 2000.

But life interfered with his fulfilling a wish he made at age 21.

"I wanted to ride cross-country on my motorcycle," he said in an interview. As he grew older, he put that wish on his bucket list.

A birthday


County's Collegians Hit the Athletic Fields of Fall
12:55AM / Monday, September 12, 2016
Mount Greylock Regional School alumnus Jake Benzinger was credited with one tackle for Wake Forest Saturday in the Demon Deacons’ 24-14 win at Duke.   Benzinger, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman and 2015 Mount Greylock graduate, is listed as a red-shirt freshman on the Wake Forest roster.   Saturday’s game was telecast on ESPNU. next week, Wake Forest hosts the University of Delaware in a game that will be seen on online on the ACCN Extra telecast.   In Division III, Lenox High graduate and Lee High football alum Matt Heppleston has appeared in one game so far as a freshman defensive lineman at Macalaster College in Minnesota, which is 1-1 this fall.   The MCLA


Williams Men's, Women's Soccer Win
07:03PM / Sunday, September 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alison Lu and Nikem Iregbulem scored Saturday to give the Williams College women's soccer team a 2-0 win over Skidmore.   Olivia Barnhill earned the shutout win in goal for the Ephs (3-0), who host Colby on Saturday.   MEN'S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- J.C. Bahr de Stefano scored in the 68th minute Saturday to give the Williams men's soccer team a 1-0 win over Eastern Connecticut State.   Christian Alcorn got the win in goal for Williams (2-0), which hosts Endicott on Wednesday.


Prayers, Remembrance at North Adams 9/11 Memorial
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Sunday, September 11, 2016

See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A vigil at St. Elizabeth's Church ended Sunday with a joint memorial with members of the public safety community to the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sunday marked the 15th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people, including close to 500 first-responders. Parishioners at St. Elizabeth ended morning Mass with a procession carrying Our Lady of Fatima to the Veterans Memorial, where firefighters and police officers from several communities were standing at attention.

Police Director Michael Cozzaglio, standing before the wall listing the city's military casualties, spoke of what had happened


Williams Field Hockey, Soccer Teams Sweep Trinity
10:11PM / Saturday, September 10, 2016
WILIAMSTOWN, Mass. – In its NESCAC season opener, the Williams College field hockey team defeated Trinity College 4-3 in an exciting back-and-forth game at Williamson Field.   Rachel Brissette tallied two goals and two assists and Alex Bennett recorded one goal and one assist to lead the Ephs to victory.   WOMEN’S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sarah Scire and Natalie Turner each scored a goal Saturday to lead the Williams College women’s soccer team to a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over Trinity.   Olivia Barnhill earned the win in goal for the Ephs (2-0).   MEN’S SOCCER WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mark Sisco-Tolomeo  and Mohammed Rashid each


HooRWA Helping to Beautify The Spruces
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:34AM / Saturday, September 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — So what are those blue tubes at The Spruces?   Lauren Stevens of the Hoosic River Watershed Association said not worry. The blue tubes sticking out of the ground aren't from outer space but more importantly are not permanent.   "People heard there was planting going on but all they see are these blue alien tubes but these should be gone in a year so," Stevens said. "There are plants inside of them and the tubes are just here to keep the deer, mice, moles or any other little critters that might want to chew on them out."   The plants surround a water detention basin at the former mobile home park installed by the state


@theMarket: Markets Get Back to Business
By Bill Schmick,
06:15AM / Saturday, September 10, 2016

Since Labor Day marked the end of summer for Wall Street, the big guys came back to work and evidently did not like what they saw. As this week comes to a close, all three indexes suffered losses.

Friday's downturn could be attributed to North Korea, the rogue state that detonated a nuclear device on Thursday night. Those kind of one-off political events often-times unsettle markets. Stocks went down, the dollar spiked as did interest rates and that I found interesting.

Normally, U.S. Treasury bonds are a safe haven so prices go up in times of uncertainty; but not Friday. We have to therefore look under the hood to discern what is really going on with the markets. Aside from the fact


The Independent Investor: The VA — If It Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It
By Bill Schmick,
02:07PM / Friday, September 09, 2016

In the heat of presidential campaign rhetoric, the quality of care given to our veterans has become a popular topic. Needless to say, neither candidate has received care in a veteran's hospital and probably does not know anyone who has.

Actually, few of us know anything at all about the Department of Veterans Affairs medical capabilities. Most Americans have never served in the military. Fewer still have ever been inside a VA facility, and if they have, it was to see a relative or friend.

As such, our ignorance breeds a whole host of misunderstandings about how good or bad our veterans are being treated. Critics are quick to point to the 2014 scandal when some VA facilities were


Republican Canning-Wilson Alleges Election Fraud
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:38PM / Friday, September 09, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Republican Christine Canning-Wilson is claiming there was fraud in the election process on Thursday. 

The Lanesborough candidate for the state Senate seat released a statement Friday morning, the day after the primary, saying she is filing a complaint with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance saying there were violations depriving her of votes. She also contacted the secretary of state's office, which oversees such matters.   "I need to request a recount because there's a lot of zeros — and I know people voted in those towns. The long arm of this Democratic machine stops at nothing. I know for a fact people in Adams voted


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