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Lanesborough School Research Panel Makes Progress Despite Disputes
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:27PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The research committee held its second meeting on Tuesday.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The research committee formed to look at school affiliations made progress in sorting out research topics Tuesday.

But continued bad blood between two members could threaten the committee's existence.

Town Administrator Paul Sieloff forewarned the nine members that if they did not cooperate, the Selectmen would disband the panel.   The committee, appointed by the Selectmen, first met last week.   Tuesday's meeting kicked off with an argument between Robert Barton and Rich Cohen. Barton threatened to resign and request the Selectmen disband the committee if Cohen wouldn't


Planning for Incapacity: Four Essential Documents
By Wells Fargo Advisers, Submitted Content
02:04PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Preparing for worst-case scenarios brings peace of mind during the best of times. Here’s why.

In 2003, Tom was a healthy 43-year-old approaching the height of his earning power and living the happiest days of his life. He had a great job that fulfilled him, a loving wife, and he was a scratch golfer to boot. Life was good.

One day, as Tom was walking through an airport in Denver, his coworker noticed Tom was weaving as he walked and slurring as he spoke. They were on their way to a business meeting when Tom collapsed and had a massive stroke that no one – including Tom or his doctors – ever saw coming.

Did you know that nearly 41 percent of long-term care services


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

Local Grange Recognizes Makers of 'Shawls of Love'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Beverly Herzog, left, Sweet Brook activities coordinator Fern Tucker, Scott Bannin, Nancy Lescarbeau and Linnea Nelson.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two local people are providing some handmade comfort to the population of Sweet Brook Care Centers.

Members of the local Grange, a national organization that promotes agricultural pursuits, met to recognize the kindness of the two residents who have used knitting and crocheting to overcome their own challenges.

Scott Bannin and Beverly Herzog have made a total of 27 shawls and lap robes with the help of Grange members to hand out to the Sweet Brook community.

Bannin, a veteran living at Turner House, said the shawls were made with

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Northern Berkshire Neighbors Seeks Outreach Volunteers
12:38PM / Wednesday, November 12, 2014

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is seeking community-minded individuals to take part in a free Community Outreach and Civic Engagement training program.

Ideal participants must be committed to making positive change in the Northern Berkshires and learning how to assist residents in accessing available services.

The Community Outreach and Civic Engagement Training (formally known as Community Outreach Volunteer Program) aims to reduce health and economic disparities by training community residents to help people access services and to become more involved in their community or neighborhood.

The training

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American Legion Post 152 Honors Hancock Native Killed in WWII
By Phyllis McGuire, Special to iBerkshires
08:44PM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
World War II casualty Francis E. Lovejoy was 'brought home' to Hancock on Tuesday when a stone for him was laid next to his parents' graves. See more photos here.

HANCOCK, Mass. — Yeoman First Class Francis E. Lovejoy was 27 years old and a newlywed on Nov. 13, 1942.

He was serving aboard the USS Atlanta off Guadalcanal as a Japanese convoy attempted to regain control of an Allied-held airfield on the South Pacific island.

The light cruiser had already seen action at Midway and Eastern Solomons, but it wouldn't survive Guadalcanal.

"The Atlanta  took 49 shells from a Japanese destroyer on November 13, 1942," according to its history in the

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Williamstown Housing Committee Rewriting Mission Statement
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:27PM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
The Affordable Housing Committee is redefining its mission statement.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Affordable Housing Committee is in the process of redefining its mission in light of an eventful year for the committee and the issue it addresses.

The committee and the board of the Affordable Housing Trust met in late October in separate Oct. 30 meetings. The latter voted to release funds it promised earlier this year to the Highland Woods senior housing project off Southworth Street on land being donated by Williams College.

Highland Woods, which promises about 40 units to open in winter 2016, is just one subsidized housing project "in the pipeline" that changes

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Concert for Veterans
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, November 11, 2014
American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron James addresses the crowd in the Williamstown Elementary School auditorium on Monday evening.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School sixth-graders on Monday evening honored area veterans for their service and learned a lesson about the day celebrated in their honor.

"There's a difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day," explained American Legion Post 152 Commander Ron James to the crowd gathered in the school's auditorium. "On Memorial Day, we celebrate those who perished in defense of our freedoms.

"Veterans Day, we celebrate all the veterans who served our country, no matter how small the

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Carr Hardware Featured in International Publication
01:32PM / Monday, November 10, 2014

Carr Hardware & Supply Co., with four locations in Berkshire County, has been featured in the November issue of Hardware Retailing Magazine.

Carr Hardware, one of the five independently owned hardware stores featured, is being recognized for its strong niche business operations. The focus of the article brought light to the success of the Carr’s MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) and rental businesses.

Carr’s MRO, doing business as “Carr Supply,” specializes in institutional, government, industrial and large contractor customers. Carr Rental, located at the Pittsfield, Lee and North Adams branches, offers rental of general tools, contractor equipment as

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Williamstown Students to Honor Veterans in Musical Tribute
Staff Reports,
10:24AM / Monday, November 10, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the eve of Veterans Day, Williamstown Elementary School will host a musical tribute to veterans tonight, Monday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the school's auditorium.

The concert, titled "United We Honor Our Heroes, Our Home: WES Sings for our Veterans," features the Williamstown Elementary School sixth grade chorus and band.

WES music teacher Betsy Reali is directing the chorus, with Margot Sanger directing the band. Reali said the idea of the concert came about when she and WES librarian Sua Lynch wanted to deepen their departments' integration with the general curriculum.

"We asked classroom teachers at the end of last year to make a

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Former Williams Basketball Coach Settling in at Marist
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Sports
01:45AM / Monday, November 10, 2014
Former Wiliams basketball coach Mike Maker is settling into his new post at Marist. POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — No one is more excited about Marist College's new men's basketball coach than the man himself.   Everyone connected to the Red Foxes runs a close second.   "He has a different approach," said Chavaughn Lewis, a Marist senior who could become the school's all-time leading scorer this winter. "He knows the past we've had, and he's been more demanding of us. He's a great coach overall. He's a great family guy. He bonds with us a lot.   "And the system he has to offer, I think we need as a program.   "I

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Mill City Brings 'Crimes of the Heart' to North Adams Stage
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:39PM / Saturday, November 08, 2014
Mill City Production is staging 'Crimes of the Heart,' a story of three sisters who come together after one shoots her abusive husband.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – Mill City Productions graces the stage again this month with its rendering of the play "Crimes of the Heart."

The Beth Henley play is about three sisters who reunite in Mississippi after one of the sisters shoots her abusive husband.

Director Jackie DeGiorgis said "Crimes of the Heart" is a tragic comedy that "tackles the human condition with humor."

"At its heart, no pun intended, the play is about family, and no matter how much they may irritate us, they are always a source of

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'Nightcrawler': Uneasy Does It
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:58PM / Friday, November 07, 2014
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Jake Gyllenhaal's sociopathic Lou slithers through underbelly of modern television journalism.

Whether you deem director Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" a tale of unbridled American ambition or a study of the gray area between sociopathy and psychopathy, the sheer chutzpah of its title character will have you mesmerized.

He is Jake Gyllenhaal's superbly etched Louis Bloom, a petty thief when first we meet him, but about to make an epiphanic vocational discovery. It happens one night while out stealing. He observes a freelance reporter filming an auto accident for potential

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