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North Adams Vigil Celebrates Addiction Recovery, Mourns Loss
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:27PM / Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Around 100 people turned out for the candlelight vigil at Noel Field to celebrate those in recovery and remember those struggling or lost.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Brandy Whipple's struggle with addiction left her shoeless, homeless and alone on the streets of Salt Lake City.

It's also where she was reborn, in a sense, in finding the strength to reach for help to overcome her addiction.

"I feel like I died on the streets," Whipple told the crowd of nearly 100 gathered on Tuesday at Noel Field for the second annual candlelight vigil on substance abuse. "The person who I was, the things I did, I feel like I just died on the streets and from that point on, not to


Does Your Plan Need A Makeover?
By Wells Fargo Advisers, Submitted Content
02:00PM / Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Generally, you feel better – more confident – when you’re sporting a new look. Sometimes, even the smallest changes can make a big difference in your attitude. Doesn’t your investment plan deserve the same kind of attention? After all, someday it’s going to be taking care of you!

Perhaps your portfolio is overweighted in stocks. Maybe you’d like to spice up your portfolio with commodities. Whatever you have in mind, it’s always a good move to regularly review your investments and make decisions about your financial strategies.

A typical annual review compares your portfolio's annual performance against broad benchmarks such as the S&P 500


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

Girl Scouts to Host 'Geek Is Glam' STEM Expo
01:10PM / Wednesday, October 01, 2014

WORCESTER, Mass. — Girls in grades four through eight from all over central and western Massachusetts are invited to celebrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the second annual Geek Is Glam (GIG) STEM Expo.

The day-long interactive STEM conference for girls is hosted by the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts and WPI with more than 100 area education and adventure collaborators. Girls will be exposed to some of the area’s top scientific and engineering minds as they engage in the hands-on aspect of exploration and discovery while they build, explore, assemble and imagine.

Interactive workshops, demonstrations, hands-on exhibits and


Williamstown Elementary Clothing Sale Benefits Classrooms
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:30PM / Wednesday, October 01, 2014
A line of boots ready for winter at the Williamstown PTO clothing sale. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The PTO clothing sale at Williamstown Elementary School is about more than hand-me-downs.   It is about lending a hand to the teachers in the classroom.   The sale returns for its 10th academic year on Sunday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria.   It is the major fundraising activity of the school's parent-teacher group, whose other fundraising endeavors include collecting Box Tops for Education, running a "Walk for WES" walkathon, organizing school pictures and operating a "spirit store."   Last year, the clothing sale


4-H Club Leader Needed in Williamstown Area
11:23AM / Wednesday, October 01, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 4-H Youth Program is looking for adult volunteers (age 21 and older) to start up 4-H clubs in the Williamstown area.  

There are youth interested in being part of the program, but there are no clubs in the area for them to join.  

The 4-H program is designed for both boys and girls ages 5-18, broken down to Cloverbuds, Juniors and Seniors. The Cloverbud program is specifically for boys and girls in kindergarten through third grade (ages 5 to 7) and is built on cooperative learning, rather than competitive activities. Juniors (ages 8-13) and Seniors (ages14-18) work on projects.

4-H cloverbud clubs are activity-focused and not project-focused


Williamstown Public Safety Committee Opts to Study Former Bank, Grand Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Columnist
02:50AM / Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The committee charged with finding locations for a public safety building are looking at two Main Street sites as possible police stations. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee charged with looking for a home for the town's public safety departments is turning its attention to two sites that may be suitable for a new police station only.   With its efforts in regard to the so-called Lehovec property on Main Street in limbo, the Public Safety Building Study Committee decided on Tuesday evening to ask its consultant to evaluate the suitability of two commercial properties as potential new police stations.   The Lehovic site, which previously was targeted for


Candidates Showing Differences As Governor's Race Heats Up
By Andy McKeever,
06:27PM / Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Martha Coakley after Monday's debate, which kicked off what will become a heated six weeks leading up to the November general election. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The gubernatorial candidates are viewing Monday's debate as the true beginning of the campaign for the corner office on Beacon Hill.   Most of the five candidates have been on the trail for more than a year either to win primaries or get a head start in an independent campaign. But, in Monday's debate the jockeying for position and try to separate themselves from the pack really took off.   "This was our first televised debate. I think there are differences here in earned sick time, early


Gift Sculpture Installed in Williams' Restored Reading Room
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
04:37PM / Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Artist Zhan Wang's 'Artificial Rock No. 77' situated in the restored reading room in the new Stetson-Sawyer Library is designed to encourage 'deep thinking.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The sculpture gracing the renovated reading room in the new Stetson-Sawyer Library was created by one of China's leading contemporary artists today: Zhan Wang.

"Artificial Rock No. 77," a modern-day take on the traditional Chinese "scholar's rock," was installed in its permanent home on Sept. 17, approximately two years after Susan Adler donated it in honor of the Williams College Faculty of Art and in memory of her late husband, Herbert S. Adler.



Gubernatorial Candidates Spar In Springfield Debate
By Andy McKeever,
12:29AM / Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The candidates took to Springfield's City Stage on Monday in the first debate before the election. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The five candidates for governor sparred in the first debate leading into the November general election.   In the only debate scheduled in Western Massachusetts, the five candidates fielded questions from Jim Madigan, the public affairs director from WGBY-TV.   The candidates are Republican Charlie Baker, Democrat Martha Coakley, and independents Evan Falchuk, Scott Lively and Jeff McCormick.   With a casino proposed for the city, Madigan kicked off the debate by questioning the candidates' opinions on the ballot question to repeal the


NBBPW to Honor Marilyn Faulkner
01:32PM / Monday, September 29, 2014

ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Business and Professional Women will honor the many years of service and dedication by Marilyn Faulkner at its October meeting.

Marilyn, with her husband, Carl, recently retired after owning the Williams Inn in Williamstown. She has served on the Board of the Mohawk Trail Association for many years and has supported several community organizations. She is the perfect example of what the NBBPW stands for, women in business helping community and others.

All are welcome to attend the celebration to honor Marilyn at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Bounti-fare Restaurant in Adams. Dinner choices include either roast beef or chicken Vermont. The


Habitat for Humanity Showcase Trees Available Oct. 1
01:25PM / Monday, September 29, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity will hold its annual Christmas Tree Showcase at the First Congregational Church on Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 6 p.m., as part of the annual Williamstown Holiday Walk.

Last year more than 100 trees were raffled off. Each year the creativity of participants grows. Some of the trees have themes, while others have a more traditional holiday flare. Previous theme trees have been: birds in paradise, snowflakes and lights, athletics, story time, skiing, apples, toy land, dogs & cats and more. Both children and adults alike had fun putting their raffle tickets in the box for the tree(s) they wanted. It is


Roadwork Projects Pop Up in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:36AM / Monday, September 29, 2014
A crew from Maxymillian Technologies of Pittsfield is reworking the Five Corners intersection in South Williamstown. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A busy year of roadwork and construction continues to transform the Village Beautiful.   Spring and summer saw the completion of the expansion and renovation project at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, the end of Williams College's Stetson-Sawyer Library project, the erection of new grandstands and turf fields at Weston Field, and the resurfacing of portions of Main Street (Route 2), North Street and Simonds Road (Route 7).   On Monday, Adams Trucking began work on the $222,000 installation of a road to the planned

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