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Local Program Brightens the Holidays for Berkshire County Seniors
11:37AM / Friday, November 14, 2014

This season, many Berkshire County seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Sponsored by the local Home Instead Senior Care office, the program brings together area nonprofits, retailers, numerous volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

 said Donna Sm“It is heartbreaking to think of the senior members of our community spending the holidays all by themselves, without any gifts or any way to celebrate the season,”ith, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving Berkshire County. “But all too often, that’s what

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Williamstown-Lanesborough Schools List Interim Leader Candidates
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32AM / Friday, November 14, 2014
The Tri-District committees and a administrative subcommittee will interview three candidates for interim superintendent next week.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School and its two feeder elementary schools will interview three candidates for the interim superintendent position it needs to fill by Jan. 1.

Representatives from the three school districts served by the Tri-District central administration met on Thursday morning at the junior-senior high school to discuss the interview process and decide on questions that will be asked.

The three finalists for the six-month position are John Burruto of Amherst, Gordon L. Noseworthy of Northampton and Donna Emily

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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

Williamstown Building Move to Disrupt Roads, Power
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:03PM / Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Mather House, an 1840 structure being transferred from the ownership of Williams College to Vincent Guntlow, is ready for its trip.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The relocation of Mather House will require road closures beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17.

The 1840 structure built by Benjamin Mather is slated to be relocated from Stetson Court on the southeast portion of the college's campus to 63 North St., where Vincent Guntlow plans to use the building for a mixture of residential and office space.

Williamstown Police plan to close Main Street (Route 2) to vehicles at about 8 a.m. on Monday when the house is scheduled to make a left-hand turn toward the Field Park

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Cable Mills Developer Pushing for December 2015 Occupancy
By Stephen Dravis,
02:28AM / Thursday, November 13, 2014
The Cable Mills project is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of next year.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The developer of the Cable Mills housing project said Wednesday that it hopes to have 61 units ready for occupancy by the end of 2015.

David Traggorth of Boston's Mitchell Properties told the Board of Selectmen that contractors will be working in the former mill buildings throughout the winter to maintain an aggressive construction schedule and that the apartments will be marketed as early as spring 2015.

"As you can see, we are moving ahead," Traggorth said. "Masons are all over the site. The water lines are two-thirds done. We're going to be

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North Adams Council Inviting BHS Officials to Speak
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Thursday, November 13, 2014
James Gander of the Massachusetts Nurses Association addresses the City Council on Wednesday night.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council will invite Berkshire Health Systems officials to attend a public forum to discuss progress made restoring services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital.

The decision to proffer the invitation came after nearly an hour of debate at Wednesday's meeting (held a day late because of Veterans Day) as councilors questioned the city government's role and determined a compromise solution through the mayor's office wasn't enough.

The "Tuesday night group" — a mix of residents, community leaders and members of

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Lanesborough School Research Panel Makes Progress Despite Disputes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The research committee held its second meeting on Tuesday.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The research committee formed to look at school affiliations made progress in sorting out research topics Tuesday.

But continued bad blood between two members could threaten the committee's existence.

Town Administrator Paul Sieloff forewarned the nine members that if they did not cooperate, the Selectmen would disband the panel.   The committee, appointed by the Selectmen, first met last week.   Tuesday's meeting kicked off with an argument between Robert Barton and Rich Cohen. Barton threatened to resign and request the Selectmen disband the committee if Cohen wouldn't

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Planning for Incapacity: Four Essential Documents
By Wells Fargo Advisers, Submitted Content
02:04PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Preparing for worst-case scenarios brings peace of mind during the best of times. Here’s why.

In 2003, Tom was a healthy 43-year-old approaching the height of his earning power and living the happiest days of his life. He had a great job that fulfilled him, a loving wife, and he was a scratch golfer to boot. Life was good.

One day, as Tom was walking through an airport in Denver, his coworker noticed Tom was weaving as he walked and slurring as he spoke. They were on their way to a business meeting when Tom collapsed and had a massive stroke that no one – including Tom or his doctors – ever saw coming.

Did you know that nearly 41 percent of long-term care services

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Local Grange Recognizes Makers of 'Shawls of Love'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Beverly Herzog, left, Sweet Brook activities coordinator Fern Tucker, Scott Bannin, Nancy Lescarbeau and Linnea Nelson.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two local people are providing some handmade comfort to the population of Sweet Brook Care Centers.

Members of the local Grange, a national organization that promotes agricultural pursuits, met to recognize the kindness of the two residents who have used knitting and crocheting to overcome their own challenges.

Scott Bannin and Beverly Herzog have made a total of 27 shawls and lap robes with the help of Grange members to hand out to the Sweet Brook community.

Bannin, a veteran living at Turner House, said the shawls were made with

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Northern Berkshire Neighbors Seeks Outreach Volunteers
12:38PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in a free Community Outreach and Civic Engagement training program.

Ideal participants must be committed to making positive change in the Northern Berkshires and learning how to assist residents in accessing available services.

The Community Outreach and Civic Engagement Training (formally known as Community Outreach Volunteer Program) aims to reduce health and economic disparities by training community residents to help people access services and to become more involved in their community or neighborhood.

The training

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American Legion Post 152 Honors Hancock Native Killed in WWII
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
08:44PM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
World War II casualty Francis E. Lovejoy was 'brought home' to Hancock on Tuesday when a stone for him was laid next to his parents' graves. See more photos here.

HANCOCK, Mass. — Yeoman First Class Francis E. Lovejoy was 27 years old and a newlywed on Nov. 13, 1942.

He was serving aboard the USS Atlanta off Guadalcanal as a Japanese convoy attempted to regain control of an Allied-held airfield on the South Pacific island.

The light cruiser had already seen action at Midway and Eastern Solomons, but it wouldn't survive Guadalcanal.

"The Atlanta  took 49 shells from a Japanese destroyer on November 13, 1942," according to its history in the

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Williamstown Housing Committee Rewriting Mission Statement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27PM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Affordable Housing Committee is redefining its mission statement.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Affordable Housing Committee is in the process of redefining its mission in light of an eventful year for the committee and the issue it addresses.

The committee and the board of the Affordable Housing Trust met in late October in separate Oct. 30 meetings. The latter voted to release funds it promised earlier this year to the Highland Woods senior housing project off Southworth Street on land being donated by Williams College.

Highland Woods, which promises about 40 units to open in winter 2016, is just one subsidized housing project "in the pipeline" that changes

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Concert for Veterans
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron James addresses the crowd in the Williamstown Elementary School auditorium on Monday evening.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders on Monday evening honored area veterans for their service and learned a lesson about the day celebrated in their honor.

"There's a difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day," explained American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron James to the crowd gathered in the school's auditorium. "On Memorial Day, we celebrate those who perished in defense of our freedoms.

"Veterans Day, we celebrate all the veterans who served our country, no matter how small the

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