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Williams Men's Swim Team Posts Best NCAA Finish Since '82
09:05AM / Sunday, March 22, 2015
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SHENANDOAH, Texas -- After finishing in eighth place at NCAAs for the last three seasons, Steve Kuster's Williams College men's swimming took this year's competition to a whole new level on Saturday, maintaining its third place spot all the way through the final day of competition.   The school's last third place finish at nationals was in 1982.    The evening began with the highly anticipated, grueling event of the 1,650-yard freestyle, in which senior Christian Gronbeck represented the Ephmen in the Championship Final. Gronbeck placed fourth overall with a time of 15 minutes, 21.71 seconds, capping off his swimming career with a very solid swim and a NESCAC

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Williamstown Fin Comm Looks at McCann Tech, Elementary School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:20AM / Saturday, March 21, 2015
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Williamstown Finance Committee Chairwoman K. Elaine Neely and committee member Michael Sussman participate in Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee finished the bulk of its review of the town budget on Wednesday night, receiving a little good news from two of the town's cost centers in the process.   The committee examined the budgets of Williamstown Elementary School and the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional School District as planned. It also received a report from Chairwoman K. Elaine Neely, who sits on the board of commissioners of the Hoosac Water Quality District.   Neely told her colleagues that the district's

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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BCAC Crafts New Transportation Program For Low-Income Riders
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:42PM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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Transportation staff member Kristina Dronava and Transportation Director Edward McNally at the BCAC's Elm Street location. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Community Action Council is looking to reinvent and expand the BerkshireRides program.   BCAC took over BerkshireRides in January after serving as the financial agent for six months. And its contract with the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority to transport individuals with disabilities was not renewed.   The organization is now crafting a brand-new transportation program to provide not only rides to work for low-income families and individuals but also rides anywhere else they'd need to go. And they want

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@theMarket: The Fed Does It Again
By Bill Schmick,
04:15PM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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Coming into this week's Federal Open Market Committee meeting, investors thought they had a handle on what the central bankers planned to do about interest rates. Once again, the Fed threw us a curve.

The bet was that the word "patient," in regard to when the Fed might raise interest rates for the first time in nine years, would be removed from the language of the FOMC policy statement. That would signal, according to Fed watchers, that the first hike in interest rates would occur as early as June.

It was a scenario that would almost guarantee that the dollar would continue to gain ground against the world's currencies, while oil continued to fall. Short-term interest

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Sweet! It's Maple Weekend in Massachusetts
01:32PM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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Winter has begun to release its frozen grasp, the sap is running, and more than 300 farmers around Massachusetts are tapping trees and boiling sap to produce pure maple syrup.
 
To celebrate the state’s earliest and sweetest crop, the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association has organized Maple Weekend, with more than 40 sugarhouses and 30 restaurants highlighting this wonderful food.

Lists of participating sugarhouses and restaurants are available at www.massmaple.org. In Berkshire County, Holiday Brook Farm in Dalton will participate, as well as Ioka Valley Farm in Hancock, Mill Brook Sugarhouse in Lenox, Jennings Brooks Farm in New Ashford and Windsor Hill Sugarhouse in

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Sand Springs Hires New Executive Director
12:47PM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sand Springs Recreational Center has hired Geraldine Shen as its new executive director.

Shen, of Williamstown, was raised in Austria and has resided in Hong Kong, Taiwan and California. Most recently, she was a senior development officer at Williams College.

"We are delighted that Ms. Shen has decided to join our organization," said Janette Kessler, president of SSRC. "She will bring her considerable expertise in the fields of education and development to the benefit of this wonderful community organization. In addition, she has ambitious plans for improving all aspects of our member/guest experience."

“I am excited to take the

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Two Williams Seniors Named Watson Fellows
11:56AM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College seniors Aseel Abulhab and Nathan Miller have been named Thomas J. Watson Fellows for 2015-16 and will each receive a $30,000 grant supporting a year of purposeful, independent study outside the United States.

Abulhab and Miller join 48 other students selected from nearly 700 candidates nationwide. This year’s class comes from eight countries and 19 states, and in the coming year they’ll traverse 78 countries exploring a wide range of topics.

Abulhab, a history major, grew up in Michigan, where she was first drawn to the grace of American Sign Language (ASL) in high school. After taking an ASL class, she discovered new ways to

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Williamstown Native Seeks Support for Film Project
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Friday, March 20, 2015
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Mount Greylock Regional High School graduate Matt Bosson is bringing a five-minute scene for a short film he hopes to product this year to Images Cinema in Williamstown on Saturday, March 21. Bosson has assembled a cast that includes fellow Mount Greylock grad Peter Brooke, seen at left, playing the lead role in the film, titled 'Desperate Manny.'

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional High School graduate Matt Bosson has the cast, connections and determination to produce his first independent short film.

Now he just needs the money.

Bosson will return to Williamstown on Saturday, March 21, to screen a scene of his short film, "Desperate Manny," at Images

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Berkshire County in Line for $1M in Pothole Money
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:18PM / Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Gov. Baker is authorizing up to $30 million to help towns and cities across the state deal with a plague of potholes.

ADAMS, Mass. — Towns in Berkshire County are getting some $1 million pothole relief for the second year in a row.

Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday authorized the release $30 million from the 2015 transportation bond to help communities across the state fill in the pavement chasms left behind by this winter's wild weather.

All work must be completed by June 30 and all work invoices have to be provided to the state Department of Transportation by July 31. MassDOT will reimburse cities and towns as invoices are received.

"The amount Adams is getting is just over

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'Cinderella': A Shoo-In
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
08:07PM / Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
Walt Disney Studios Lily James plays Cinderella as a girl with gumption in the latest Disney take on the classic tale.

A recurring thought that comes to mind whilst viewing "Cinderella," filmed under the auspices of Walt Disney Studios, is the caring conservancy with which the time-honored story is told. A testament to the folk tale's enduring validity, its roots can be traced as far back as an Egyptian fable in the first century B.C. While director Kenneth Branagh doesn't reach quite that deep, his joyously splendid retelling, based predominantly on French author Charles

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