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Lanesborough Town Meeting Approves Budgets, Rejects Pipeline, Docks Bylaws
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:19AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015
A total of 277 residents attended town meeting this year.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday adopted the town's $10.4 million budget nearly as proposed, including the Mount Greylock Regional School assessment.

Voters also adopted a resolution to oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline and rejected new docks bylaws.

The first hour and a half of Tuesday's meeting centered on the town budget. Ultimately, the proposed $10.4 million spending plan's bottom line stayed the same but the 277 attendees opted to move $25,000 from the town's reserves to the elementary school.    The reserve debate centered around a public hearing earlier in the

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Williamstown Wants More Info Before Joining Anti-Pipeline Coalition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Tad Ames, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council, talks to the Williamstown Board of Selectmen on Monday about joining Northeast Energy Solutions, an anti-pipeline coalition.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday opted to gather more information about the pros and cons of joining an anti-gas pipeline group before making a decision on whether to actually join.

The vote to seek a conference call with Northeast Energy Solution's lawyer came after an hour of discussion prompted by a presentation by Tad Ames, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

Ames came before the board to ask that Williamstown join NEES, a coalition of

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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

McCann Tech Postsecondary Graduates Persevered
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:34PM / Monday, June 08, 2015
McCann Technical School graduates were bubbling over after receiving their postsecondary diplomas on Monday night. Left, Stephanie Turner is presented the Drennan Scholarship from Dr. Kevin Mitts. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before they danced their degrees out the McCann Technical School gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk," the postsecondary graduating class of 2015 had put in a tough year getting through their demanding courses.

Superintendent James Brosnan said the graduates in all four disciplines could be summed up in one word: perseverance.

"Not only did you overcome the worst winter we have had in 20 years to be here to accomplish what you

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Mount Greylock Scholarships & Awards 2015
05:36PM / Monday, June 08, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The following awards were presented at Mount Greylock Regional School's Class Night and graduation on Tuesday, June 2, and Saturday, June 6, respectively.

Mount Greylock Awards

Miranda Jennifer Dils Jake William Kobrin Wellness Award: Laura Helen Galib & David James Majetich Music Award: Jake William Kobrin Taylor Michael-Thomas Carlough Rosalee Polinsky Walter Ariadna Raquel Benito, Sam Stewart Kobrin, Miranda Jennifer Dils, David James Majetich, Jake Bennett Foehl, Colby Michael Masse, Laura Helen Galib, Jacob David Kendell Paul, Alexandra Catherine Gilardi, Emily Mae Sabin, Thomas Frederick Graf, Thomas Joseph Schoorlemmer, Connor

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Congressmen Kennedy, Neal: Electric Rates Threaten Berkshire Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:51PM / Monday, June 08, 2015
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, state Sen. Benjamin Downing, and state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli toured Onyx Specialty Paper on Monday.  LEE, Mass. — Rising electric rates could threaten the local economy and federal and state lawmakers are seeking a long-term strategy to reel those costs in.   That brought U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and the 4th District's U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III to Onyx Specialty Papers on Monday morning to see how those rates are impacting area businesses.     Neal said Onyx could hire for an additional 70 jobs if energy costs were lower.   "We have high-energy costs that are impeding

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Berkshire Fresh Air Fund Host Families Needed
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Monday, June 08, 2015

Williamstown twins Elliot and Clarissa Louis flank Avelisse Hernandez, who visited their family in 2014 through the Fresh Air Fund.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two summers ago, the Louis family of Williamstown was eagerly anticipating the arrival of a very special guest.

An 8-year-old boy whose family was originally from Nepal but now lived in New York City had signed the child up for the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that provides free summer experiences to New York City children by sending them to places like the Berkshires. The Louis family had corresponded with the boy and his family, and the two Louis children - twins Elliot and Clarissa, also 8 at the time - were


CEO to Williams Grads: Do Your Part to Clean Up 'Messy' World
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:56PM / Sunday, June 07, 2015
Williams College conferred 522 degrees on Sunday . More photos and information on local graduates to come. See more photos here. The college also conferred four honorary degrees. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The CEO of Xerox told Williams College's graduates to do their part to clean up the "messy world" they enter from Sunday's 226th Commencement Exercises.   "We live in a world of both sobering challenges and awesome opportunities," Ursula M. Burns told the grads. "As you leave this serene campus, you realize there is something very wrong in America."   Burns then ticked off a range of problems ranging from the


@theMarket: Too Hot or Too Cold
By Bill Schmick,
11:16PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015

The stock market is rarely satisfied with lukewarm. Investors insist on boiling down complex variables to simple either/or choices. It doesn't always work.

Take Friday's non-farm payroll number. The country gained 280,000 jobs in May, the largest number since December. In addition, 32,000 more jobs were revised upward in last month's data. The unemployment rate ticked up to 5.5 percent from 5.4 percent, but that was probably due to college graduates seeking jobs.

Wage gains, something I have been focused on, jumped 8 cents to an annual rate of 2.3 percent.

That is an improvement, but still below the average wage gains of 3-4 percent one would like to see as the economy


Mount Greylock Grads Told: Don't Stop Complainin'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:55PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015
Mount Greylock Regional School graduated 86 on Saturday night at the school. The graduates also recognized Matthew Fisher as Teacher of the Year. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The teacher chosen by Mount Greylock's senior class as the Teacher of the Year encouraged the graduates to never stop complaining.   "I love that you talk," Matthew Fisher told the class. "For the past three years, I've never had a quiet class. ... If I ask a question, I get 12 responses. You are spirited, you're well-rounded, you're active and, lastly, you complain.   "I love that you complain — constantly."   Fisher recalled the


'Far From the Madding Crowd': Cinema Sanctuary
By Michael S. Goldberger,
05:09PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Fox Searchlight Pictures Carey Mulligan's Bathsheba must make a heartfelt decision between three worthy beaus 'Far From the Madding Crowd' in the other theaters at the cineplex.

"The only reason we came to see it was because my wife read it in high school."

Thus spake, within earshot of my wife, a disgruntled viewer unimpressed with the dose of literary culture he had just been so eloquently dealt by director Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far From the Madding Crowd." Exiting the theater, he further disparaged the experience,


BArT Graduates Find Their Voices
By Stephen Dravis,
03:14PM / Saturday, June 06, 2015
Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter School graduated its largest class to date on Saturday morning in its new gymnasium. ADAMS, Mass. — Before the members of BArT's graduating class received their diplomas, they heard from their school's director, its principal, the director of the Northern Berkshires Community Coalition's Neighbors Program, and their fellow students.   And the graduates were reminded that sometimes the most important voice is their own.   "Most of my time at BArT, I spent making sure that I wasn't the one who stood out in a crowd," class speaker Ciera Jeanne Dowling told the crowd assembled in the new gymnasium at

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AG Healey Plots Opioid Abuse Strategies With Local Officials
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:32PM / Friday, June 05, 2015
Healey joined local legislators at the Bishop Clapp Building of Berkshire Health Systems on Friday afternoon. She spoke to students at Wahconah Regional High School about drug abuse earlier in the day. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Attorney General Maura Healey says heroin abuse is her office's top priority.    On Friday, her focus on that took her to the Berkshires where she met with the legislative delegation, district attorney, sheriff, and Berkshire Health Systems representatives.   Healey says she wants more efforts to prevent opioid abuse and better access to treatment.   "The good news is that I see folks in this community working so hard — the

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