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Williams Opens New Football Field With Shutout Win
09:35PM / Saturday, September 20, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In a game that delighted the packed stands of brand new Farley-Lamb Field, the Williams College Ephs (1-0) blanked the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (0-1) by a score of 36-0 on Saturday.   The Ephs displayed facility with both the rush and pass offense: quarterback Austin Lommen, a transfer from Boston College, went 18-27 for 184 yards and running back Alex Scyocurka rushed for 128 yards on 19 carries. Eight of Lommen's completions were to his high school teammate Steven Kiesel, who recorded 62 yards receiving.   Williams opened the scoring on their second drive of the game with an impressive 8-play march of 65 yards to the endzone. After a beautiful

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Williamstown Resident Joins Cross-Country March for Climate Action
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:29PM / Saturday, September 20, 2014
A group trying to bring awareness to climate change has been walking across the country, including Berkshire residents Shira Wohlberg and Tony Pisano.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Shira Wohlberg cannot understand people who do not think drastic action is needed to save the environment.

And she does not have time to try.   "In our training at the beginning of the [Great March for Climate Action] ... they told us, don't waste your time with deniers," Wolberg said. "They're not worth your energy."   "Deniers," those who refuse to acknowledge the mounting evidence of global climate change, are not the target audience of the Great March, which


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

Clark Offers Special Free Hours for Magna Carta Exhibit
By Stephen Dravis,
04:56PM / Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Freedom isn't free.

But thanks to the Clark Art Institute, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the founding documents of our freedom will be free -- if you have a child.   In response to overwhelming interest to the Clark's special exhibit, "Radical Words: From Magna Carta to the Constitution," the museum is offering free admission to adults accompanied by a child on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 26.   "We have had a lot of success with the Magna Carta show, especially with school groups," Clark Director of Communications Vicki Saltzman said this week. "We are actually at full capacity in terms of our


Treasurer Candidate Heffernan Calls For More Efficient Money Management
By Andy McKeever,
04:16PM / Friday, September 19, 2014
Mike Case and Mike Heffernan pose for a photo in the local Republican campaign headquarters in Pittsfield. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With Massachusetts being a "wealthy state" Mike Heffernan says there is no reason homelessness should be increasing.   Heffernan has spent 30 years in the financial industry and when he looks over the state's financials, he believes they could be a lot better. The state may be growing its tax revenue but that isn't translating into job creation, he said.   As the Republican candidate for the treasurer's seat, he hopes to change that. By managing the state's finances better, Heffernan says more money could go toward


KJ's Dance With Me Enrolling Students
02:52PM / Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — KJ’s Dance With Me is accepting registration for the 2014-15 school year.  

Classes offered will be Pre-Ballet and Junior Jazz for the younger students, ages 4-6, with fundamentals of dance movement through mini sound and dance routines; Classical Ballet and Jazz for ages 7-14;  and Classical Ballet for Teen/Adults.

Classes will be held in Williamstown under the direction of Kathy Ascevich, and will run Oct. 14 through mid-June.

Ascevich, an alumna of North Carolina School of the Arts and faculty member and graduate of the Cantarella School of Dance, has been instructing for 27 years in the northern Berkshire area. Her classes place an emphasis


'The Drop': Tells a Low-Down Tale
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:53PM / Friday, September 19, 2014
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
  Puppy love inserts itself into the dark and dangerous underground world of 'The Drop.'

Seething is the word that comes to mind as writer Dennis Lehane's "The Drop," about very bad doings in the underbelly of contemporary Brooklyn, unfolds. It seethes with ill will.

But what makes it even more disquieting is that, lounging at Cousin Marv's neighborhood bar, you mightn't know at first blush what illicit things happen here. You wonder, perhaps having an innocent pint or two, how often you've unwittingly sat amongst those involved in the most perfidious


Clark Art Receives $118,000 to Digitize Book Collection
01:11PM / Friday, September 19, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute has been awarded a $118,737 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to digitize significant volumes from the Julius S. Held Collection of Rare Books in the Clark library.

These materials will be made available through the library's digital collections interface; the Internet Archive; the Getty Research Portal; the Massachusetts Digital Commonwealth; and the Digital Public Library of America.

Museums for America grants help museums address their key needs or challenges, enabling them to provide better service to their communities. The Clark will digitize 185 of the collection's 283 volumes and


10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival Seeks Submissions
12:45PM / Friday, September 19, 2014

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the city of Pittsfield, the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is seeking submissions for the fourth annual festival, which will be held throughout the city's Upstreet Cultural District from Feb. 12-22, 2015.

Last winter's expanded 10X10 festival creatively enlivened downtown Pittsfield for 11 days from Feb. 13-23, 2014. The dynamic mix of art, dance, film, music, theatre, comedy and more drew over 4500 patrons to downtown Pittsfield to experience more than 75 performances, events and art exhibits. In 2014, more than 480 artists participated or had work featured and over 300 new works were created specifically for


NBCC's UNITY Program Announces 2014-15 Teen Programs
12:39PM / Friday, September 19, 2014

The UNITY Program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is pleased to announce their 2014-15 youth development programs.

UNITY’s popular and long-running Youth Leadership Program and Teen Writing Workshop will again be offered and facilitated by new staff, MCLA alumni Jessica Sweeney, and more recent MCLA graduate Adam Tobin. UNITY staff will be at high school lunches to meet students and share program information according to the following schedule: Mount Greylock, Sept. 23; McCann, Sept. 25; Drury, Sept. 26; and BArT, Sept. 30.

The Youth Leadership Program engages teenagers in developing leadership skills through creative, youth-led community service projects. Activities


A Reading Room With a View: Sawyer Library To Be Dedicated
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:33AM / Friday, September 19, 2014
Floor to ceiling windows provide natural lighting and picturesque views in the new Sawyer's reading areas.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Have a seat.

Have any one of a dozen different kinds of seats at the new Sawyer Library that Williams College will dedicate on Saturday afternoon.   There are benches and bean bags, high chairs and hassocks, straight back chairs and wing wingback chairs. There are yellow chairs, gray chairs, red chairs, green chairs and  — this being Williams — purple chairs.   And almost all of those chairs are positioned to take advantage of the natural light that floods into the college's main library.   "The books don't


North Adams Airport Commission Mulls Name Change
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:37PM / Thursday, September 18, 2014
Owen Silbaugh, a planner with Gale Associates, explained that an FAA grant the commission is waiting was still not ready; the deadline is Sept. 26.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Harriman and West Airport may undergo a name change to accommodate better marketing.

The Airport Commission is considering switching to the more obvious North Adams Municipal Airport.  

Commissioner Trevor Gilman said now would be the optimal time to change the name because many projects and improvements to the airport are coming together.

"We have been looking to bring the airport to the next level and get the traffic that we want," Gilman said at Tuesday's meeting. "I think this is the


Williams Football Team Opens New Field on Saturday
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
12:34PM / Thursday, September 18, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Even at tradition-rich Williams College and in the tradition-mad Ephs football program, a little change can be a good thing.   And on Saturday afternoon, Williams makes its biggest change since it retired its leather helmets with the opening of Farley-Lamb Field at the renovated Weston Field athletic complex.   At Wednesday's weekly luncheon of the Ephs' booster club, the talk was of Bowdoin and bathrooms.   The Polar Bears have the honor of being Williams' first opponent on the new artificial turf field.   While student-athletes will enjoy on-site locker rooms, fans can look forward to greater proximity to the field, a better sound

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