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The Home-Buying Process in 12 Easy (?) Steps
By Paul Harsch,
05:45PM / Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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This blog will cover the basic home-purchasing process, start to finish, in very simple terms but don't be fooled. Purchasing a home requires your time and attention, care, diligence, thoroughness, seeking out the best professionals to work with and proper preparation. The basic steps are laid out below but be sure to consult with a professional working on your behalf and ask questions, plenty of questions all along the way.

Think carefully about your options.

Typically this is the rent vs. own analysis. Consider your other obligations, the time it can take to properly care for a home of your own vs. letting the landlord do all the work. Review your basic finances and whether owning

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Coalition's Annual Meeting Honors Community Health Advocate
By Rebecca Dravis, iberkshires Staff
04:06AM / Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Becky Miner of Zumba in the Berkshires accepts her Northern Berkshire Hero Award on Tuesday at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition annual meeting.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — During its 28th annual meeting on Tuesday, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition honored one community member for encouraging healthy bodies while hosting a talk about new state initiatives to help those who slip into unhealthy lifestyles.

Becky Miner of Zumba in the Berkshires was presented with the Northern Berkshire Hero Award in front of a full house at the Williams Inn. Shortly after, Sen. Benjamin Downing offered updates on budget items aimed at preventing and treating opioid abuse

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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,

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Contemporary Arts Museum Looks Back
By Stephen Dravis, iberkshires Staff
12:33AM / Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Rosa Barba's 'The Long Road, 2010,' above, is 35mm color film installation going on display at Mass MoCA, channeling its inner Clark Art Institute as part of its 'The Dying of the Light' exhibit. Left: Darren Waterston's 'Filthy Lucre, 2013-2014,' courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, will be part of Mass MoCA's 'Uncertain Beauty' exhibit.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Clark Art Institute and Mass MoCA are only about six miles away from one another -- a short drive or a long, but not unreasonable, walk.

But for 15 years since North Adams' Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art opened its doors, it

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Lanesborough Town Meeting OKs Mt. Greylock Feasibility Study
By Stephen Dravis, iberkshires Staff
10:50PM / Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Mount Greylock Building Committee Chairman Mark Schiek reads the warrant article at Lanesborough's annual town meeting.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Hundreds of residents approved Mount Greylock Regional School's building project feasibility study by a nearly unanimous margin at Tuesday's annual town meeting.

The question of whether the two-town district can borrow up to $850,000 for the study through the Massachusetts School Building Authority has been settled in both member towns. Williamstown approved the study by an overwhelming margin last month.   The question generated about a half hour of debate in the three and a half hour Lanesborough meeting,

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Williams Asks for Pedestrian Lights on Williamstown's Main Street
By Stephen Dravis, iberkshires Staff
07:44AM / Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Williams College Campus Security Director David Boyer addresses the Williamstown Board of Selectmen on Monday evening. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday discussed a proposal to install flashing lights to alert drivers to crosswalks on Main Street.   Williams College, whose campus is bisected by Main Street (Route 2), brought the proposal to the town to see if it would install the pedestrian-activated flashing lights at two of the half dozen crosswalks that are used to get from the north side of campus to the south side.   Williams' Director of Campus Security David Boyer told the board the college would like to see the lights installed at two

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Shakespeare & Company Names New Executive Director
04:11PM / Monday, June 09, 2014
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LENOX, Mass. — Shakespeare & Company Board Chair Sarah Hancock announced Monday that Rick Dildine, previously of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, will become the organization’s executive director and president, starting early September 2014.

 In this role, Dildine will be directly responsible for all of the company’s programming and administrative activities.
 
Dildine comes to Shakespeare & Company after five years as executive director of the nationally acclaimed Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and four years as director of the MFA Program in Arts Management & Leadership at Webster University. He has a distinguished 15-year career in arts

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Featured Clark Art Sculptor Had Ties To Region
By Stephen Dravis, iberkshires Staff
12:05AM / Monday, June 09, 2014
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The work of upstate New York sculptor David Smith, seen in here in this circa 1950s photo, will be featured at the Clark Art Institute.

BENNINGTON, Vt. -- The works of David Smith are coming full circle this summer.

 

The man described by art historian Rosalind Krauss as having "the greatest body of work produced by any American sculptor" is the subject of one of the Clark Art Institute's special summer-long exhibitions. He is also a man with deep ties to the area.

"Raw Color: The Circles of David Smith," will bring to the Berkshires nine sculptures created by Smith in his Bolton Landing, N.Y., studio. Smith's Adirondack home is just a

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Bloomberg Channels LBJ, FDR at Williams Graduation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Sunday, June 08, 2014
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on the left, was honored by Williams College President Adams Falk.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg took aim at both the left and the right on Sunday at Williams College.   In the commencement address to the school's 225th graduating class, Bloomberg hearkened back to a speech given 50 years ago at the University of Michigan, where then-President Lyndon Johnson coined the term "Great Society."   He told the graduates that now, a half a century later, the promise of the Great Society remains unfulfilled.   High school graduation rates are declining, 30

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Thanksgiving Day for Mount Greylock Grads
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:48PM / Saturday, June 07, 2014
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Mount Greylock Regional awarded diplomas to 112 students during graduation ceremonies at the school on Saturday evening in a flurry of red and white. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With five snow days, two wet floor days, one blackout day and a graduation day that is set in stone, Mount Greylock Regional School's class of 2014 had fewer days in school than any class in recent memory.   And that is just one thing these grads have to be thankful for.   Giving thanks for the more important things in life was a theme throughout Saturday evening's commencement exercises.   Mount Greylock's Teacher of the Year, selected by the

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BArT Grads Told to Rise Above Failures
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:56PM / Saturday, June 07, 2014
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BArT graduated 13 from the class of 2014; left, class speaker Audrey Akissi Aka checks her look before Saturday morning's ceremony at MCLA's Church Street Center. More photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Words failed BArT Principal April West on Saturday morning.   She wanted to find just the right word to describe the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School's class of 2014. But she told the commencement crowd at MCLA's Church Street Center that the word problem was a little too much for her.   "I sometimes struggle with making complex plurals out of things, like 'you guys's,' " West said, drawing chuckles

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