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Four to Vie for Williamstown Select Board Spots
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38PM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four Williamstown residents will compete for two open seats on the Board of Selectmen at May's Town Election.

Tuesday was the deadline to return nomination papers to Town Hall, and Town Manager Peter Fohlin reported at Tuesday's Select Board meeting that Hugh Daley, Gary Fuls, Andrew Hogeland and Jack Nogueira have filed for the two three-year positions on the town's governing body.

Select Board Chairwoman Jane Allen and Selectman David Rempell previously announced they would not be seeking re-election for their seats on the five-member panel.

The Select Board posts will feature the only contested races at the May 13 election, held a week before the

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Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Applications
11:47AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Applications are now being accepted to fill vacancies on the Berkshire County Commission on the Status of Women.

The Commission, which is comprised of nine members from throughout Berkshire County, exists to provide a positive and effective voice for women and girls within the region. Commissioners are drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, age, sexual orientation and socio-economic backgrounds from throughout Berkshire County.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women, which is the BCCSW’s appointing authority, is now accepting applications for this position. The MCSW welcomes all interested and qualified women to apply. Applications and further information may be

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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Big Turnout Expected for North Adams Benefit Dinner
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
09:36AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Al Marceau coaches the Drury High School baseball team last spring. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Friday night at the Eagles Hall should be a heck of a party.   Its inspiration is a heck of a guy.   A band of city residents have come together to hold a spaghetti dinner and concert to benefit Drury High School baseball coach Al Marceau and his family in the wake of a serious illness that hospitalized the teacher and coach for three weeks this winter.   Mike Crews is one of the principal architects of the event, and he had a simple reason for putting it together.   "If it was me, they would do this for me," Crews said on Monday.   "For Al, there is

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McCann Classroom Equipped for Long-Distance Learning
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
08:44AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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McCann students were able to get a history lesson from the Truman Library through the new long-distance learning classroom. Superintendent James Brosnan joined them for the first teleconference.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – McCann Technical School held its first teleconference Tuesday afternoon.

Students of Ken Recore’s 10th grade history course met with other schools from across the country online and discussed post-World War II America with Mark Adams, educational specialist at the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum in Missouri.

McCann has a newly installed teleconference room for long-distance learning with two televisions, webcams, microphones and computer-ready desks.

Students

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Ethical Complaints Raised Against Lanesborough Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:44AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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The Board of Selectmen did not respond to the complaint.

LANESOROUGH, Mass. — A town resident is alleging that the chairman of the School Committee is using the Board of Selectmen as a "front to serve some other agenda."

Rich Cohen, a former School Committee member, filed a complaint with the town and the Selectmen on Monday accusing the board and the School Committee chairman of unethical behavior.

He cited two instances in which School Committee Chairman Robert Barton has pushed issues pertaining to the Elementary School through the Board of Selectmen without consulting with the rest of the School Committee.

Earlier this year, Barton requested a total of $5,000 for a

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Local Reactions Continue Over Hospital's Closing
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:34AM / Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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NAAS General Manager John Meaney Jr. told the City Council that turnaround time for an ambulance going to Pittsfield or Bennington, Vt., was 90 minutes to 2 hours, while transporting to North Adams kept a vehicle out of service for 15 to 20 minutes.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thirty years ago, Michael D. Wilber was protesting "midnight movers" like X-Tyal that closed their doors in the middle of the night, leaving employees out in the cold.

Now he wants the community to rally to keep the doors open at North Adams Regional Hospital.

"The only way we can fight this outrage is to show up," the former union leader said Tuesday night, calling for an

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Hospital Closure Leaves North County Wondering
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:25PM / Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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The emergency room will close Friday morning, forcing patients to travel north to Bennington, Vt., or south to Pittsfield.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Now what?

That's the reaction of many in the Northern Berkshire community after Tuesday's announcement that North Adams Regional Hospital and its affiliates will close by week's end.

A query on Facebook of how the closure will affect residents, resulted in a flood of "shocked" and "heartbroken" posts by community members unsure of how they will get the medical care they need.

"As the mother of a cardiac child, it is very scary to know help is now even further away should something happen," wrote

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BRPC Adopts Sustainable Berkshires Plan
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:19AM / Tuesday, March 25, 2014
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The Sustainable Berkshire plan received exactly the 17 votes needed to be adopted.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was a "sobering" three years in the making, but the county now has an updated master plan.

The Sustainable Berkshires project received the votes it needed Thursday to be adopted as the guideline for the county's future. The massive document outlines a vision, goals and strategies for the entire county encompassing topics of energy, economics, agriculture, neighborhoods, housing, open space, recreation, transportation, health, infrastructure and land use.

"We have an old regional plan at this point. Our old one was adopted in 2001," said Executive

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Berkshire Chamber, Neal Hosting Facebook for Business Workshop
03:21PM / Monday, March 24, 2014
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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A free workshop is being offered to local businesses trying to understand how to use Facebook to promote their products and services.

Facebook's "Small Business Boost" program will offer more than 100 small-business owners lessons in how to optimize their presence on the world's largest social network. U.S. Rep. Richard E. Neal will kick off the event and meet attendees.

The event will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Crowne Plaza; registration begins at 8:30.

"I am very pleased to be a part of this exciting event with Facebook in Pittsfield that will be a great benefit to many small businesses in Berkshire County

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Plan Carefully If You Win the Jackpot
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02:45PM / Monday, March 24, 2014
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Picture this: You've just won the lottery or received a large inheritance. You start daydreaming about all the wonderful things you'll buy and all the vacations you'll take.

Money will no longer be a worry. Unfortunately, it may not be quite that simple. If you don't properly plan on how to receive your windfall and invest it wisely, you could find yourself not on Easy Street but on the road to financial disaster.

If you find yourself rich overnight, here is some advice you may want to consider before buying that new sports car and quitting your job.

Take lottery winnings in a lump-sum. If you're disciplined enough not to spend the money all at once, you may want to

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