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Electric Customers In 10 Berkshire Towns Seeing Group Benefits
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Friday, October 10, 2014
Residents in 10 towns now have the option of purchasing their power at a lower rate through an electrical aggregation agreement, but they will still be customers of National Grid or WMECo. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Residents in 10 Berkshire towns now have the benefit of obtaining a lower electric rate through a group-purchasing agreement.   Customers of National Grid and Western Massachusetts Electric Co. in Clarksburg, Florida, Dalton, Lenox, New Marlborough, North Adams, Sheffield, Tyringham, Williamstown and West Stockbridge will automatically be given a 12.191 per kilowatt hour rate on their electric bills.   The towns joined together this year for the group purchasing


@theMarket: Are We There Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
05:21PM / Friday, October 10, 2014

No, is the short answer to that headline. The S&P 500 Index needs to test 1,905 or thereabouts before all is said and done. You might ask why.

The talking heads will tell you weak data in Europe is at fault. Others will blame the recent strength in the dollar. Then there is the uncertainty of the mid-term elections now less than a month away. The problem with all of the above is that investors have known all about these issues for months and months. So why react now?

Readers will recall that since the springtime I have been waiting for the markets to test what is called the 200 Day Moving Average (DMA), which is a popular technical indicator that investors use to analyze price


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

Are We There Yet?: Help Find a Cure for Type One Diabetes
By Rebecca Dravis,
11:12AM / Friday, October 10, 2014

This column is brought to you by the department of shameless promotions.

But keep reading. It's for a good reason!

I have a little girl who has been living with type one diabetes for four years now. She wears two "gadgets" attached to her body, deals with blood sugar highs and lows, and never really feels "normal." It's a lot for anyone to deal with, much less a sweet 8-year-old. We are so very close to amazing technology (bionic pancreas) that would make living with this difficult disease much easier ... and maybe even a cure, as Thursday's news out of Harvard was amazing.

All year round, I do everything I can to promote awareness of this disease that


'Milestone' for Mount Greylock School Project: Manager Selected
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:27AM / Friday, October 10, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Building Committee on Wednesday made its choice for an owner's project manager to help guide the district through the Massachusetts School Building Authority process.   The OPM is required by state law on all building projects estimated to cost $1.5 million or more. It provides advice to the district and oversight of the designer and general contractor if any ultimately is hired to repair, renovate or rebuild the junior-senior high school.   "This is very good news," Mount Greylock Superintendent Rose Ellis said about Wednesday's' vote. "We've been working on [the MSBA feasibility study]


'Gone Girl': Gives You a Run for Your Money
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:18PM / Thursday, October 09, 2014
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike's married couple are at the center of a twisty mystery in 'Gone Girl.'

Even the twists have turns in David Fincher's "Gone Girl," an extremely well-written sleuther about a woman who goes missing. Starring Rosamund Pike as the lady who mysteriously vanishes and Ben Affleck as her flummoxed husband, this film will have you guessing right up until the closing credits and beyond. It's the thinking person's whodunit.

Not simply content to have you figure out the puzzle, the highly sophisticated thriller also sprinkles the


The Independent Investor: Why Is This Recovery Different?
By Bill Schmick,
03:59PM / Thursday, October 09, 2014

The stock markets are at record highs. Interest rates are at record lows. The unemployment rate is below 6 percent and yet, most Americans are unhappy. They are not feeling the recovery. Why?

The answer to that question is complicated. But let's start with the financial crisis. Like the Crash of 1929, the events of 2008-2009 were also the result of a credit crisis. The country's financial system was on the brink of a meltdown. In the 1930s, a lot of banks went under.  That was averted this time by spending massive amounts of money to shore up our financial institutions. However, the damage was done.

We lost trust. For the first time in three generations, Americans had doubts


Williamstown-Lanesborough Superintendent Search Progressing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:33PM / Thursday, October 09, 2014
The superintendency committee for Williamstown and Lanesborough elementary schools heard an update on the superintendent search committee and elected Valerie Hall, left, as its chairman.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The search committee for the next superintendent of Williamstown's and Lanesborough's schools is staying on track with its timetable to replace the retiring Rose Ellis.

The chairman of the Lanesborough School Committee on Tuesday reported to her colleagues at a meeting of Superintendency Union 71 that the search committee is scheduled to meet on Oct. 15 to review applications for the post.   SU-71, a union of Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary


Deadline to Register to Vote is Oct. 15
10:45AM / Thursday, October 09, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The deadline to register to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 4, state election is Wednesday Oct. 15, for all municipalities in the state.

City and town clerks' offices will be open until 8 p.m. on that day; smaller towns, such as Clarksburg, will have registration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8. Voters can check their voter registration status on the secretary of commonwealth's website or contact their town or city clerk.

Absentee ballots also available in your local town clerks' offices, on the secretary of the commonwealth's website or here as downloadable pdf.

Residents may vote absentee if they will be absent from town on Election Day, have a physical


Mount Greylock Grad Returns to Read Best-Selling Poems
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:48PM / Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Mount Greylock High graduate Diana Sabot Whitney will read from her works at Water Street Books on Thursday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Diana Sabot Whitney is a Williamstown native, an alumna of Mount Greylock Regional School, a Junior Olympics medalist, a Rhodes Scholar, a syndicated columnist and, as of this month, a best-selling poet.   Whitney's debut volume of poetry, "Wanting It," this month hit the No. 1 spot on Small Press Distribution's Poetry Bestsellers List, moving up No. 15 in July.   Whitney will present a reading from the book on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., at Water Street Books.   The Brattleboro, Vt., resident said she is excited


Mount Greylock Students Encouraged to Text Less
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40PM / Tuesday, October 07, 2014
An initiative to reduce texting and social media distraction at Mount Greylock Regional School uses bracelets to remind students. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There may have been just a little more chatter in the hallways and cafeteria at Mount Greylock Regional School on Monday.   And that was a good thing.   Organizers of the school's inaugural TextLess Live More event hope Monday's kickoff will help students at the junior-senior high school realize that there is more to life than what fits in the palms of their hands.   "We're trying to give a reminder to live your life and don't spend it all on your phone," Mount Greylock senior Ian Brink


Two Fundraisers Planned For Local Girl's Walk to Cure Diabetes Team
03:27PM / Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Noelle's Belles, a JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes team, is holding two fundraisers over Columbus Day  weekend.

The JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes raises funds for scientific research to better treat, prevent and ultimately cure type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. For this reason, people with type 1 diabetes must take insulin in order to stay alive. Unlike type 2 diabetes, it cannot be controlled with lifestyle changes.

Noelle's Belles is the team of Williamstown third-grader Noelle Dravis, who was diagnosed with type 1  diabetes four years ago at


Suspect Charged in MCLA Bomb Threat
Staff Reports,
11:54AM / Tuesday, October 07, 2014
MCLA officials and police are seeking the individual who called in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of more than 1,500 people on Monday morning.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A 21-year-old North Adams man has been charged in
Monday's bomb threat that caused a mass evacuation at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Jarrett Ferriter, whose address was given as the college's Berkshire Towers dormitory on Church Street, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday morning.

He had not-guilty pleas entered on his behalf on single counts of willful communication of a bomb threat and willful and malicious communication of false information to a public safety

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