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Harrington Receives Endorsement from Mass Nurses
02:11PM / Sunday, August 28, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Andrea Harrington, a local attorney and small-business owner running in the Democratic primary for state Senate, has been endorsed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association. The MNA represents 23,000 nurses across the commonwealth, including hundreds of nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and North Adams.

Harrington's campaign has been gaining momentum with the recent endorsements of the Berkshire Building & Construction Trades Council, Pittsfield Carpenters Local 108, the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists, SEIU Local 509 and SEIU Local 888, National Association of Social Workers, and the Mass Women's Political

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Coffee Liberation Front Patrons Donate to Animals
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:23AM / Saturday, August 27, 2016
ADAMS, Mass. — Alison and Christopher Cuff, owners of Coffee Liberation Front, believe in two things: good coffee and happy animals.   And as the Park Street cafe has fast become a popular spot for coffee and salads, it's also making an impact on animals' lives through the kindness of patrons.   Since their opening this spring, the Cuffs have stayed true to their focus by refusing tips, instead accepting donations for pet shelters and animal rescues.   "This is more than a coffeehouse this has to raise awareness for something that we feel strongly about and that is animals," Alison Cuff said. "It is much more important to raise community awareness

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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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The Independent Investor: The More You Look, The More You Lose
By Bill Schmick,
01:05PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

How many times a day, week, month or year do you check your tax-deferred savings account? Did you know that the more you look, the higher your chances of losing money? For most of us, once a year is more than enough.

There are clients of mine that check their retirement accounts several times a day. To say they are addicted to doing so would not be an understatement. Some of them are retired and have nothing else to do each day but sit in front of the television watching financial channels. They are usually male, have control issues and have substituted watching TV and their investment accounts for their old job.

The sad facts are that the more you look, the higher the probability that

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Biz Briefs: Wood Brothers Music now offering Band and String Instrument Rentals
12:25PM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Music to their ears: Wood Bros. Music of Pittsfield will now be offering a complete line of band and string instrument rentals for the 2016-2017 school year. Owner Chip Winnard also is working with RS Berkeley, a New Jersey-based instrument manufacturing company, which has been the sponsor for several clinics in area schools, including North Adams' Drury High School, Adams' Hoosac Valley, Wahconah High School and several Pittsfield schools including the city's elementary, middle and high schools.

Winnard said this new venture coincides with a move and expansion for Wood Brothers to a larger store within the Allendale Shopping Center.

RS Berkeley, which has a strong commitment

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'Sausage Party": Food Orgy
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:57AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Contemplating "Sausage Party," an R-rated, animated food orgy in more ways than one, I'm reminded of what a fellow journalist once opined at a block party: "You know what's wrong with you film critics? You see so many movies that when you chance upon something different, you just go crazy."

Thus, I'm proud to report that while the very bawdy, irreverent, sometimes hilarious and ultimately overcooked "Sausage Party" is certainly different, I'm managing to contain myself. While featuring some fine writing and direction from a gaggle of popular, Hollywood humorists, perhaps it's the cartoon venue that inspires some of the deleterious

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Williams College Class of 2020 to Arrive on Aug. 29
11:30AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 552 students who make up the Williams College Class of 2020 will arrive on campus on Aug. 29 for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college through meetings with academic advisers and opportunities to learn about academic departments and get to know the campus. Students will also take placement exams and the college's mandatory swimming test. In between the scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program designed to enhance

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Berkshires Beat: Adams Alert Hose Brings Home Awards
11:09AM / Friday, August 26, 2016

Trio of honors: The Alert Hose Co #1 of Adams attended the Bennington Battle Days parade on Aug. 14, in which members pulled their infamous parade cart, which was built in 1885.  

The department is well known for wearing their Prince Albert- style buff and white uniforms. This rare uniform style has been preserved by the company as a memorial to its predecessors and is worn proudly with distinction by the alerts today.
 
The Alerts proudly took home three new trophies: the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Antique Hand Drawn Equipment-Out of State," the Vermont State Firefighters Association's "Best Appearing Marching Unit, With

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Williamstown Con Comm Seeks Specifics on Spruces Plantings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:04AM / Friday, August 26, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday evening reiterated its request for a detailed list of the plants that a local nonprofit hopes to put on town-owned land on Sept. 1.   And the commissioners expressed some dismay about having to ask twice.   The Hoosic River Watershed Association, backed by funds from the town's Community Preservation Act funds, plans to plant native species along the swale that carries an unnamed stream across the former Spruces Mobile Home Park property toward the river.   Earlier this summer, the Con Comm asked HooRWA for a list of the plants, indicating that the commissioners wanted to offer input about the species

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Baker Highlights Craft Industry With Trip to Berkshire Mountain Distillers
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

The governor bellies up to the bar to become the first customer to purchase a cocktail from the distillery — thanks to new legislation making that possible. SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Twelve years ago Chris Weld had grown tired of his work in emergency rooms. So, he moved back to Massachusetts and bought an apple farm.    With all of the products he needed right on site, Weld started to distill. He makes whiskeys, gins, vodkas and other spirits. In 2007, he turned it into a business — Berkshire Mountain Disillers. The company began to grow and two years ago he opened a tasting room and store along with a new distillery. He now employs eight people and ships his

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End of Session Review: Benjamin Downing
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

Senator Downing at the governor's signing of the energy diversity bill earlier this month in Boston. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin Downing is happy with the state's new energy bill but feels it doesn't go far enough.   Just before the July 31 end of the formal legislative session, the state passed an omnibus energy bill which increases hydro-electricity, off-shore wind, and raises the net metering cap for solar, among the many provisions.   Downing headed the state's Telecommunication, Utilities, and Energy Committee and spent a lot of time during the two-year session on it. He filed a bill that was aimed to significantly boost the state's

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Williamstown's Highland Woods Fully Functional
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After a five-month delay caused by a sprinkler system failure, the Highland Woods senior housing project is now fully operational.   Elton Ogden of Berkshire Housing Development Corporation on Monday gave the Board of Selectmen an update on the 40-unit apartment at the end of Southworth Street, adjacent to Proprietor's Field.   In February, just before residents were to begin moving into the complex, burst pipes caused water damage to the east wing of the three-story complex. Shortly after, people were allowed to move into the west half of the building, but the east wing only was opened in late July, Ogden said.   "The damage required us

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Doll Makers Donate Two 'Babies' to Williamstown Nursing Home
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:49AM / Thursday, August 25, 2016

'Caleb' is Kathi George's newest dolls for sale through her Until Forever Nursery. Next to Caleb's head is a blank doll head that will become a completed baby doll.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two new residents have moved into Williamstown Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Jenna is only 3 months old and Angie is only a newborn. But they are fitting right in at the Adams Road facility.

"The residents really enjoy nurturing, holding, cooing and talking to them," said Janice Paquette, the center's activity director.

You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and

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