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Longtime Youth Sports Coach Strizzi Dies at 67
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:02PM / Monday, September 14, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dennis George Strizzi was remembered on Monday as a "straight shooter" and a "really, really good person" by the high school coaches who benefited from his contributions to youth sports in Northern Berkshire County.   Strizzi, 67, died on Monday at his Williamstown home. For more than 25 years, he was a coach for the Lanesborough Tigers youth football team, helping lay the foundation for successful seasons for the Mount Greylock Regional School team.   He also was a supporter of youth baseball in Williamstown and Lanesborough.   "We're reeling here in the baseball family," said Mount Greylock coach Steve Messina,

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Entries Sought for Healthy Living Photo Contest
02:49PM / Monday, September 14, 2015

POWNAL, Vt. — Leaders from The Bennington Museum, Mass MoCA and the Clark Art Institute with be among the prestigious judges of Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s upcoming Healthy Living Photo Contest.

Winners from two categories, youth photographers (18 years and younger) and adult photographers (19 years and older), will be honored. The top prize is $300. Photographs will be featured at SVMC’s new primary care facility in Pownal, scheduled to open this fall.

Two representatives from the community of Pownal will judge as well. Rick Morgenthal is a Pownal resident and a donor to SVMC Pownal Campus project. Ben Ferguson is the art teacher at Pownal Elementary

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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
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Coalition Forum Brainstorms Topics, Change of Process
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:41AM / Monday, September 14, 2015
Adam Hinds, the new executive director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, leads his first monthly forum on Friday.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Every September, the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition meets to discuss what topics to focus on over the next nine months.

This year, a lot of conversation revolved around the process of the meetings in addition to the topics themselves.

In his first monthly forum as NBCC's executive director, Adam Hinds asked the room of more than 100 representatives of human and social services agencies, educational institutions and other nonprofits to offer suggestions for future meeting topics. He introduced Friday's meeting by offering

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Williamstown Economic Development Committee Looks at Similar Communities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26AM / Monday, September 14, 2015
Steve Sheppard reports to his colleagues on Williamstown's Economic Development Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Economic Development Committee on Tuesday heard the results of a summer-long project comparing Williamstown with similarly sized communities.   Committee member and Williams College economics professor Stephen Sheppard supervised a pair of college students who compiled data from 12 towns and Williamstown, ranking the baker's dozen on a number of economic measures.   Besides culling data, the students interviewed officials in the 12 other communities about what has worked to help grow their local economies and what barriers there are to

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Williamstown Commons Marks Renovations, Awards
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:00PM / Sunday, September 13, 2015
Williamstown Commons held an open house on Thursday night to celebrate its renovations.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Wiliamstown Commons celebrated its renovated facility and recent awards at an open house last week.

The skilled nursing and rehabilitation has undergone about a $1.7 million upgrade with redone patient rooms, bathrooms, hallways and nursing stations, new flooring and windows, and updated activity, dining and rehabilitation rooms.

"The scope and impact of this project is significant and reflects several years of arduous planning, coordination, lots of patience, and execution," William C. Jones, president of Berkshire Healthcare Systems, said. "As completed.

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Williams Women's Soccer Wins in OT
03:41PM / Sunday, September 13, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kristi Kirshe scored in the 99th minute to give the Williams College women's soccer team a 3-2, come-from-behind win over Vermont's Castleton State on Sunday.   “Castleton did an unbelievable job," Williams coach Michelyne Pinard said. "Their ability to stay organized and their ability to counter were spectacular, so kudos to them.   “We are a young team, so I wasn’t sure how we were going to respond when we went down 2-0.”   Just more than a minute after Castleton's second goal, Kirshe set up Audrey Thomas for Williams' first goal.   In the 87th minute, Gabby Suarez tied the game on a

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Williams Women's Tennis Hosts Morehouse Invitational
08:29PM / Saturday, September 12, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College Saturday hosted Middlebury, Skidmore, Vassar and Wesleyan today in the first of the two-day Lindsay Morehouse ‘00 Invitational.   The tournament is named in honor of former Eph tennis captain and standout Lindsay Morehouse, a 2000 Williams alumna and one of three Williams alumni who died in New York City in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.   Morehouse was a teammate of current Eph head coach Alison Swain.   The Morehouse Invitational is a two-day flighted round robin event in both singles and doubles.  The draw is set up as a round robin where the winners of each round are fed into play winners, and the losers of each

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@theMarket: All or Nothing
By Bill Schmick,
01:58PM / Saturday, September 12, 2015

As traders steel themselves for next week's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, the stock market remains volatile with a bias toward the downside. That should change for better or worse by next Wednesday.

Whether the Fed raises rates or decides to pass for another month or three, I expect traders will use the decision as an excuse to buy or sell the stock market. I normally key off what the bond players think about the Fed's actions and they put the probability of a rate hike at 30 percent.

The odds are low largely because inflation continues to be practically non-existent. The rate of inflation is one of the Fed's twin mandates, the other being employment. Clearly, the

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The Independent Investor: The Economics of European Migration
By Bill Schmick,
01:53PM / Friday, September 11, 2015

A stream of destitute refugees arrives on European shores every day. Greece, Hungary and Italy have borne the brunt of this migration, but the ocean of displaced persons this year has already swamped their resources. It is a life and death crisis that demands an answer now.

Unfortunately, the European Union is neither accustomed to, nor organized in a fashion that allows for rapid decision making, especially when it comes to political problems like this. Something as knotty as what to do with the influx of over 500,000 illegal immigrants over the past year has taken European leaders out of their comfort zone.

Normally, a long process of consensus-building among EU members is necessary

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'A Walk in the Woods': Seeing the Forest for the Trees
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:12PM / Friday, September 11, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Broad Green Pictures Robert Redford and Nick Nolte take a 'Walk in the Woods.'

Because director Ken Kwapis keeps it real, "A Walk in the Woods" may not be as exciting as it is heartfelt and visually enthralling. Based on renowned travel writer Bill Bryson's true-to-life attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail with his long lost pal Stephen Katz (reportedly a pseudonym for Matthew Angerer), it offers an engaging wrinkle on the buddy film. And, since we in turn are reunited with our movie chums Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as the hikers in question, it's like getting

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New Statewide Coalition Pushes For Environmentally Friendly Energy Policies
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Friday, September 11, 2015
Representatives from various groups in the coalition announced the new efforts in Pittsfield on Wednesday. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A new statewide coalition of community groups was launched on Wednesday to advocate for environmental friendly energy policies.   On Wednesday afternoon a half-dozen representatives from groups involved announced the coalition, Mass Power Forward, in Pittsfield and similar events were held across the state.   "We're a diverse group of faith, environmental, business groups, community groups, that are fighting for climate justice, fighting to make a better future for our families," Marlon Washington, of 350 Mass Better Future

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Lanesborough Backs Off Asking MSBA To Delay Mount Greylock Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Friday, September 11, 2015
Residents rallied outside of Town Hall before Thursday's meeting to oppose the Selectmen asking for delays to the Mount Greylock Regional School building project. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Some two dozen residents sent a clear message to the Board of Selectmen on Thursday that they do not want the board to say anything to the Massachusetts School Building Authority until a townwide vote is taken.   The Selectmen called a meeting for Thursday to discuss whether or not it should send a letter to the MSBA asking for extensions on the deadlines for the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.   In the face of massive opposition right outside Town Hall, the motion

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