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Programs Help Adults Further Their Education
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:20AM / Monday, January 04, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire residents who have a goal to further their education in the new year are in luck.

The Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program is offering several new programs this winter and spring, including the chance to take a free practice HiSET test. This new High School Equivalency Testing program (formerly the General Educational Development test) in Massachusetts and is overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's High School Equivalency Office. 

"There's no fee. There's no credit either. But we'll have staff available to walk you through it and see how you stand," said Corinne

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Williams Men Earn Road Win
06:16PM / Sunday, January 03, 2016
CASTLETON, Vt. --The Williams College men's basketball team rode a 47-point first half and exceptional 3-point shooting (13-25) to defeat the Castleton State Spartans (4-7), 81-55, on Sunday.   Sophomore guard Cole Teal scored 21 points for the Ephs, all of them coming from behind the arc.   Williams (8-3) began the game on a 16-3 run and never looked back, as they took a 47-27 lead into halftime. The Ephs outrebounded the Spartans 19-8 in the first half.   Castleton showed some fight early in the second half and cut the Ephs' lead to 52-38 with 15:56 remaining in the game on a three-pointer by Ryan Merget. Williams would respond with a 13-0 run that would effectively

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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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Williams, MCLA Set to Mark National Girls and Women in Sports Day
04:16PM / Saturday, January 02, 2016
                             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Williams College and MCLA are planning celebrations this month in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day.

The Williams event will be held Saturday, Jan. 9, from noon to 3 p.m.

Girls in grades kindergarten through 6 are invited to attend and learn about volleyball, softball, lacrosse and soccer from Williams student-athletes.

  The eighth annual free event will be held at the college's Towne Field House and will be followed by a women's hockey game at 3 p.m. against NESCAC foe Bowdoin.   MCLA will hold its 26th annual NGWSD celebration on Saturday, Jan. 30.   Girls in grades 3 to 8 and women of all ages are invited to participate in free sports clinics from 8:30 a.m. to noon.   Lunch will be served free of charge for the girls; a nominal fee will charged to women for the lunch.   After lunch, attendees can take in a women's basketball game between the Trailblazers and Worcester State at 1 p.m., followed by an autograph session with the women's basketball team.   Registration is required for the MCLA event. The deadline is Jan. 23, and you can register here.

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Calling Adult Baseball Players
11:59AM / Saturday, January 02, 2016
Players  are  needed  for  the  2016  season  of  the  Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   The BABL offers competiton in a 20-and-over league and a 35-and-over league.   Players  of  all  experience  levels  are  welcome.  Teams  cover all of Berkshire County from Great Barrington to North Adams and play on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Occasionally, games are scheduled for Wednesday evenings.   Local fields are used as well as seasoned umpires.   The season runs from May 15 to August.   All ages are welcome.   For more information on teams in either league call 

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@theMarket: Nowhere Land
By Bill Schmick,
03:32PM / Friday, January 01, 2016

Most of the stock market went nowhere this year. With the exception of the NASDAQ, the rest of the market returned investors less than the average yield of a yearly CD.

It was a disappointing year, to put it mildly. Recall the months of tension as the markets gyrated between up 3 percent and down by about the same amount. Then August hit and the markets declined precipitously, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average collapsing 1,000 points in a matter of minutes. Sure, the markets recovered, but if you had tried to trade that downdraft, you would have lost even more money, because the markets turned on a dime in October with no warning and recouped all of its losses.

What's worse is

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Changes in Leadership Mark Williamstown's Year
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:30AM / Thursday, December 31, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There was a changing of the guard in leadership positions throughout the Village Beautiful in 2015.   Three of the most high-profile positions in town saw turnover — at least one at a time when the institution they led faces serious challenges.   The year began with the Mount Greylock and Williamstown Elementary School districts facing their first day with an interim superintendent to replace longtime district head Rose Ellis, who retired in December 2014.   Over the course of the year, the Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District enjoyed the interim leadership of Gordon Noseworthy for six months before installing Douglas Dias over the

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Audio Artist Voisey Returns to North Adams for New Year's Event
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
11:59PM / Wednesday, December 30, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It's been a couple years since Berkshires art fixture Ven Voisey moved west, but this New Year's Eve he returns to his former creative stomping grounds for a one-night celebration with new work and performance, "New Object."

A presentation of the Freeman Grove Benevolent Society at 62 North Holden St., the 9 p.m. event promises two performances by Voisey, one along with collaborator Jamie Lee Mohr, music by Francesca Shanks, as well as spinning records and drinks.

"Tiros Won" has been Voisey's main audio project since spending a year's residency in Roswell, N.M., during which he focused mostly on sculpting, but also began

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Firefighters Learn Extrication Techniques in Dalton
By Marc J. Wrzesinski, Special to iBerkshires
08:06PM / Wednesday, December 30, 2015

DALTON, Mass. — On a chilly and early Saturday morning, more than a dozen new to early-in-their-career firefighters came out to meet with training officers and veterans to learn some valuable skills.

This morning? The proper techniques of extrication from an automobile.

Using a mixture of hydraulic and hand tools from Hurst, the trainees cut into two separate cars and pulled them apart piece by piece.

This was the sixth of seven planned classes, with the final class to be a live fire training drill still to be scheduled. Leading the this extrication class was Dalton Fire Department's Lt. Dave Thomas, with the assistance of Lt. Devon Whalen of Lanesborough Fire Department and

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'The Big Short': Hifalutin' Finance
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:54PM / Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Watching director Adam McKay's "The Big Short," you don't know whether to laugh or cry over the bald-faced bamboozlement perpetrated by the banks, Wall Street and other moneyed interests not quite so easy to identify.

"How could it go on and on?" you ask, and then, in a sober reflection, remind yourself that practically every institution forming the fabric of our civilization looks pretty crooked when you put a magnifying glass to it. It's just that this one, the world of finance, has become especially adept at profiting from humankind's hypocrisy and greed.

But hey, as the catchphrase in the GEICO commercials says, "It's what they do."

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Time for Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:54AM / Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class.

All are worthy goals, but why not add some financial resolutions as well? For example:

* Pay yourself first. Even if you aren’t living “paycheck to paycheck,” you probably don’t have much trouble spending your money – because there’s always something that you or a family member needs, always a repair required for your home or your car, always one more bill to pay. But if you are going to achieve your long-term goals, such as a

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Berkshire Tidbits: Brunch for New Year's
By Judith Lerner, iBerkshires Staff
10:35AM / Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Berkshire Co-op Market
Names New General Manager

Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington announced last week that, after a national search, it has chosen a new general manager. Daniel Esko, currently operations manager for Shire City Herbals in Pittsfield will become the Co-op's new manager.

Esko had worked in a variety of managerial positions at the Co-op and provided support, training and consulting services for a number of other co-ops over a 10 year period before he went to Shire City. He had previously worked at the Kushi Institute store in Becket and at Whole Foods in Boston.


Daniel Esko

"I'm incredibly excited to return to Berkshire Co-op Market," he said.

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Storm Causes Some Delays
08:34AM / Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The first winter storm of the season has caused some minor delays:

 

BCAC OFFICES WILL OPEN AT 10 AM

BERKSHIRE BANK WILL OPEN AT 10 AM

BERKSHIRE COUNTY HEAD START PITTSFIELD/ JOHNSON OPEN NO TRANSPORTATION

BERKSHIRE NORTH  & PITTSFIELD WIC OFFICES WILL OPEN AT 10 AM

CHAIR YOGA AT THE ADAMS SENIOR CENTER CLOSED

CHILD CARE OF THE BERKSHIRES OPEN BUT NO TRANSPORTATION

CREDIT UNION OF THE BERKSHIRES OPENING 10 AM

ELDER SERVICES MEALS ON WHEELS AND CONGREGATE MEALS WILL  NOT BE OPEN OR BE DELIVERED

FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASS CLOSED

GREYLOCK FEDERAL CREDIT UNION OPEN AT 9:30, This includes: Greylock Federal Credit Union; Greylock Investment Group; Greylock Insurance

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