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Williams Softball Rallies to NESCAC Title
06:44PM / Sunday, May 06, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. -- For the 14th time in 2018, the Williams College softball team authored a come-from-behind victory, and its dramatic seventh-inning rally - the sixth time it’s posted a win in its final at-bat — netted the Ephs a third consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament championship and an automatic berth into the 2018 Div. III NCAA Tournament.    As always, it took nearly the entire roster to pull it off but the big blow came from senior tri-captain Lexi Curt, who launched a moonshot of a home run to left field with no outs in the top of the seventh to turn a 3-2 Eph deficit into a 5-3 lead. Rebecca Duncan shut the door in the Bowdoin


Williams Women's Softball Advances to NESCAC Final
08:31PM / Saturday, May 05, 2018
AMHERST, Mass. — Brenna Martinez ignited a five-run rally with a three-run home run Saturday and Rebecca Duncan twirled a complete-game four-hitter as the Williams College softball team eliminated Tufts, 5-1, in a NESCAC Tournament semifinal played at host Amherst College.   Earlier in the day, Williams knocked out Trinity via a 7-1 score in the quarterfinals.The Ephs will face Bowdoin in the championship game Sunday at 10 a.m. They improved to 34-6 on the season with the two victories. Williams is the two-time defending champion of the NESCAC Tournament.    In the win over Tufts, the Ephs trailed 1-0 after a solo home run in the top of the fourth by Jumbo Emma Della


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

Two Tied for Lead at AJGA Event at Waubeeka
08:14PM / Saturday, May 05, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Scarsdale, N.Y.’s James Allen and Jolo Timothy Magcalayo of the Philippines finished the first day tied for first place after the first round of the American Junior Golf Association Preview event at Waubeeka Golf Links.   The pair finished at 1-under-par 70 to lead the field of 63 boys.   North Adams’ Ryan Baran, the only Berkshire County golfer at the tournament, carded a 90 on Day 1 and is in 59th place going into Sunday’s finale.   On the girls’ side, Sophia Choi of Littleton, Colo., finished the first day at 5-over-76 to lead the way. She is one stroke ahead of Jona Angela Magcalayo of the Philippines.


Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Discuss Issues at Forum
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:18PM / Saturday, May 05, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town’s four Planning Board candidates Wednesday largely agree with the current board that Williamstown needs to address its housing diversity but think the board’s process could use some work and the zoning change proposals it produced were not necessarily the right solution.   On Tuesday, voters will choose either Stephanie Boyd or Michael Goodwin to fill a five-year seat on the board and either Alexander Carlisle or John Spelman to serve the last two years on the unexpired term of Ann McCallum, who is stepping down from the panel.   On Wednesday, the local chapter of the League of Women Voters hosted a candidates forum to give the four


@theMarket: China Worries Dominate Markets
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, May 04, 2018
You would think an unemployment rate that hit 3.9 percent in April would have cheered the market. It was, after all, the lowest such rate in 18 years. But no, all eyes were focused on the first round of China/U.S. trade talks, which conclude today.   The American team includes Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and two, hardline China hawks: Robert Lighthizer, our trade rep, and the administration's trade and manufacturing adviser, Peter Navarro. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin heads the team that is trying, according to the President 's tweet, "trying to negotiate a level playing field."   What we would like to see from the Chinese is a commitment to increase


'Avengers: Infinity War': Goldberger's Complaint
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:24PM / Friday, May 04, 2018
President Re: "Avengers: Infinity War" Marvel Studios 500 S. Buena Vista Street Burbank, CA   Dear Sir or Madame,   I have a bone to pick. Well, actually, many bones. While I certainly appreciate the obvious effort your studio has put into the here referenced "Avengers: Infinity Wars," I cannot help but feel that your megamillion-dollar, superhero extravaganza is discriminatory against filmgoers not inculcated in the Marvel Comics Universe. Admittedly, being of a certain age, my comic hero fealty lies with "Superman" and, to a lesser degree, "Batman."    Oh, there was that time in my early teens when I had a dalliance with


CHP Hosting Forum For Seniors
04:17PM / Friday, May 04, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — CHP will host "Berkshire Supergenarians: A Forum for Seniors" from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Berkshire Museum.

Supergenerians in their seventh, eighth, ninth, or 10th decade, or older, are invited to a free event about aging well. Guests should bring their questions and ideas. The goal is to start a dialogue between seniors and providers of health, wellness, and medical services.

Speakers will be Dr. Mark Pettus of Berkshire Health Systems, who will speak on "Take Charge of Your Health," and Dr. Debra Ann Pollack of the Center for Comprehensive Care, Danbury, Conn., who will speak on "Healthy Sleep for Seniors."

There will be free


SteepleCats Seeking Host Families
03:42PM / Friday, May 04, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams SteepleCats are seeking host families to house players for their upcoming 2018 baseball season.

The host family commitment is to house a SteepleCats player from June 2 through the beginning of August. Players should have their own room and families provide their meals. Players will arrange their own transportation.  

In exchange, host families receive a "Golden Ticket" that allows them to attend any game throughout the league – and never expires. They also receive a discount on SteepleCats merchandise and are able to build a relationship which can last a lifetime.

For more information on hosting a player, email Pat Decker.


Economic Development Secretary to Speak at BCC Commencement
11:07AM / Friday, May 04, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash will be teh keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 58th commencement exercises to be held Friday, June 1, at Tanglewood in Lenox.   Ash is responsible for directing and executing Gov. Charlie Baker's agenda on housing and community development, job creation, business development, consumer affairs, and business regulation. Since joining the Baker-Polito administration, Ash has prioritized efforts to grow jobs, help communities realize their economic development priorities, connect citizens to new economic opportunities, and build prosperity across


Caccaviello Officially Kicks Off Campaign For District Attorney
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:56AM / Friday, May 04, 2018

Caccaviello has worked in the Berkshire District Attorney's office for almost 30 years. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — If wisdom comes from experience, Paul Caccaviello says his 30 years of working in the district attorney's office has given him the wisdom to lead it.   Caccaviello is currently the district attorney after David Capeless resigned from the post earlier this year. The former first assistant district attorney took to the Berkshire Superior Courthouse steps on Thursday to officially kick off his campaign for the job.   "You should not expect political jargon or spin, buzzwords and vague talking points, from your candidate. You should expect decisions


BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
07:16PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of “Honors”. Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of “High Honors.”

Academic courses at BART are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Abreyana Avila, Tiana


Guest Column: Tobacco Industry Targeting Teens With Vaping
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Thursday, May 03, 2018

Thanks to the tobacco and vaping industries targeting our youth, Berkshire County has experienced an increase in the use of e-cigarettes, such as the JUUL, by young people.

In my job, I speak with people throughout our region about the dangers of tobacco and about how the tobacco industry targets kids. Usually, they are alarmed and surprised to learn that youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping devices such as JUUL is not just another harmless fad, but that these products contain nicotine, a highly addictive substance that is getting youth hooked. Nearly 24 percent of high-school-aged youth in Massachusetts report using e-cigarettes and almost 45 percent have used them at least

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