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Williamstown Remembers Richard DeMayo
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:35PM / Thursday, December 10, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Richard DeMayo was remembered Thursday for his warmth, his knowledge, his smile and, most of all, his dedication to the town of Williamstown.   DeMayo, a civic leader who has served the town in a variety of capacities for decades, died on Thursday.   "He set an incredibly high standard of service," former Selectwoman Jane Allen said. "I think of the more recent committees he was appointed to. I'd see him on Sunday at church and things were an effort for him. He always had a wonderful smile and a positive outlook and he always said, 'Yes.' "   DeMayo said yes to appointments ranging from the Board of Selectmen to the


Berkshire Chamber Calls To 'Change Narrative' of Berkshire Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:00AM / Thursday, December 10, 2015
LENOX, Mass. — It is easy to point to the headlines proclaiming the loss of 300 jobs impacting the Berkshire economy as examples of the county's decline.   But if the county wants to grow its economy, it needs to "change the narrative" and recognize and build on its strengths.   That's the message Berkshire Chamber of Commerce President Jonathan Butler delivered to nearly 100 people gathered at the annual meeting at Cranwell on Wednesday night.   In October, Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp. announced it would depart Pittsfield, taking 300 jobs and leaving two empty facilities.    "This news that broke in October is certainly

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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

Williams Women's Basketball Goes to 7-0
10:08PM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College women’s basketball team improved to 7-0 on Wednesday with a 65-54 win over the Smith College Pioneers in the Ephs' last home game of 2015.   In a game that featured extended runs and scoring droughts from both teams, the Ephs were able to play the most consistent basketball. Aiding this consistency was the fact that four of the Williams starters scored in double figures, with the front court pair of Katie Litman and Oge Uwanaka leading the way with 14 points each.   Smith (2-5) made all the little plays to help their cause, recording more steals than Williams and owning the distinction of being the only team so far this season

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Check Out These End-of-Year Investment Tips
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:49AM / Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Who knows where the time goes? Although 2015 is almost in the books, you can still make some year-end investment and financial moves that may help you get off to a good start in 2016. Here are a few suggestions.

* Boost your 401(k) contributions. Ask your employer if you still have time to add more to your 401(k) before the year ends. If not, at least increase your contributions in 2016, especially if your salary goes up.

* Consider “tax-loss” selling. We experienced considerable turbulence in the financial markets this past year, so you may own some investments that have lost value. Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to hold these investments if they still meet your

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High School Student-Athletes Attend Leadership Summit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:53AM / Tuesday, December 08, 2015
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Before they could learn to stand up as leaders, 10 dozen local high school students had to lie down on the floor of the Boys and Girls Club gymnasium.   Tuesday's fourth annual Berkshire County Leadership Summit began with a brief yoga session led by Kripalu instructor Iona Smith, who reminded boys and girls from throughout the county of the importance of breathing, focus and listening.   "A lot of yoga is about listening," Smith said.   And after leading the group through a series of breathing and stretching exercises, Smith had them pair up and practice active listening with a boy or girl whom they had never met.   "We want

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Williamstown Economic Development Committee Finalizes Report
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05AM / Tuesday, December 08, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee on Monday finalized the report it will submit to the Board of Selectmen next week.   The two selectmen who serve on the EDC were in accord about the message they want the committee's chairman to send when he presents the report.   "We've done this work not to write a report and stick it somewhere," Selectman Hugh Daley said. Then, referring to the EDC's recommendations, he continued, "Please, pick three and go to town. Start somewhere.   "It's incumbent on [the board] to make sure this effort gets pushed forward."   Selectman Andrew Hogeland agreed, telling Chairman

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Baker Administration Introduces 'Modernization' Bill for Municipalities
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
10:51PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker unveiled a raft of legislative amendments on Monday designed to remove outdated obstacles to efficient local government.

Baker and Lt. Gov. Karen Politio introduced "An Act to Modernize Municipal Finance and Government" after months of meetings with municipal officials across the state. The measure is supported by, among others, the Massachusetts Municipal Association and the Massachusetts Mayors Association.

"As two former local officials, the lieutenant governor and I promised to make partnership with cities and towns a focus and priority of our administration," said Baker. "We were proud to establish a Community

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MCLA Offers New Option for Transfer Students From New York State
01:14PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has a new opportunity for New York state residents who wish to transfer to the campus.

The New York Transfer Program provides guaranteed admission, as well as a reduced cost of attendance for students looking to enroll at MCLA.  

“We’re excited to streamline the transfer process for New York students,” said Gina Puc, director of admission at MCLA. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for those with an associate’s degree to seamlessly transfer to MCLA and enjoy our New York Tuition Reduction Program rate while they earn their bachelor’s degree. It’s a great

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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
12:02PM / Monday, December 07, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its first quarter honor roll.

Of the total school enrollment 559, 301 students made the honor roll.

Grade 12: Elizabeth Bernardy, Ian Culnane, Bailee Duquette, Hannah Fein, Calvin Filson, Holly Fisher, Matthew Germanowski, Sophie Gerry, Blanca Hagstrom, Adam Hall, Mollyann Haskins, Noah Howard, Nicole Jones, Graham Kaegi, Bernhardur Magnusson McComish, Petrea Mannello, Nevin Nassar, Lucius Park, Adam Petricca, Tyler Rathbun, Maggie Rorke, Jasper Rosenheim, Greta Savitsky, Tara Shastri, Anya Sheldon, Maeve Shine, Grace Smith, Justin Sousa, Melissa Swann, Samuel Swoap, Adly Templeton, James Thompson, Julia

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SVMC Renal Dialysis Receives Regional Excellence Award
11:56AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Renal Dialysis received a 2015 Quality Award from the Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network of New England at the Network’s Fall Meeting.
The award was presented in recognition of high standards in data collection and submission.

SVMC Renal Dialysis team’s reporting in CROWNWeb, the Center for Disease Control’s National Health Safety Network (NHSN) system, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Improvement Program (QIP) in 2014 and 2015 has placed them in the top 15 percent of centers region wide.

SVMC Renal Dialysis is a department of

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Carr Hardware Named Quarterfinalist for Indie Award
11:53AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Carr Hardware has been voted into the quarterfinals for the 2015 Independent We Stand Independent Small Business of the Year Award.

“We are honored to have not only been nominated but to make it to the quarterfinals for such a prestigious national award. This is truly a tribute to our 85 career professionals who believe in our Berkshire community and take pride in serving our customers every day,”  Vice President and owner Bart Raser said.

With locations in Pittsfield, North Adams, Lee and Great Barrington, Carr Hardware serves not only homeowners, but contractors, institutions and government customers as well.

“This year’s

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Free BRTA Ride Campaign to Benefit Soldier On
11:45AM / Monday, December 07, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority’s annual holiday campaign to offer free transit rides for a contribution to assist our community will again benefit Soldier On, the local organization assisting homeless veterans.
Any new, unwrapped, in original packaging, contribution of personal care items, jackets, hats, gloves, socks, t-shirts, gift cards, writing paper, pens and stamps, or non-perishable food items are accepted on any BRTA bus instead of the regular fare through Dec. 12. The gift should equal the amount of the ride. No toilet paper, mouthwash, alcohol or tobacco please. To see a complete wish list of the most needed items, visit the

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