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Harrington Calls for Override of Governor's Vetoes
Campaign Statement,
05:31PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Democrat Andrea Harrington, candidate for state Senate, is urging the Legislature to restore funding that Gov. Charlie Baker recently cut from the state budget that had been approved by the House and Senate.

"I am deeply troubled as several of the governor's vetoes will be harmful to the people and businesses in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden Senate District. The governor's vetoes cut funding for drug treatment programs, early education, local health-care infrastructure and the further expansion of the area's creative economy. The governor's reduction of $7.7 million from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission will have a

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Tops $2 Million in Summer Grants
02:51PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation have announced the recipients of the second round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed a total of $430,378 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves; $496,786 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors; and grants totaling over $1.1 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Fund for Williamstown; James and Robert Hardman Fund; New World Fund; Simple Gifts Fund; five education enrichment funds; and 41 scholarship funds.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional

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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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Biz Briefs: Simon Scholarships, Canyon Ranch Luxury Residences
01:51PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

A little help: Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets in New England, parent company of the Lee Premium Outlets, have awarded 26 high school seniors with Simon Youth Foundation Scholarships totaling more than $80,000.  

Locally, Emma Lezberg of Pittsfield and Erica Perrea of Hinsdale were each given scholarships.

Simon Youth Foundation is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk students graduate high school and to provide scholarship opportunities for the youth. Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship recipients attended a celebratory reception on Wednesday, July 20, at Burlington Mall in Burlington, Mass.

Simon Youth Scholarships are awarded annually to at least

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Berkshires Beat: Chesterwood Installation, Louison House Help
01:12PM / Monday, July 25, 2016

Remember this: Chesterwood is hosting a site-specific installation by New York conceptual artist Marko Remec, currently on view in the Studio Field through Oct. 2.

The work, titled "Remember What (Field Totem)," is the latest in Remec's "Totem Series" and is a reconfiguration of a portion of his installation "Can’t Hear You (Fat Totem)," which was exhibited at Mass MoCA in North Adams from June 15, 2013, to June 19, 2016. The installation features 128, 32-inch dome mirrors arrayed in the pattern of a chessboard gone awry. Each mirror reflects 180-degree views of Chesterwood's lush landscape along with fleeting views of those observing the

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Berkshire Reps Serve Important Roles at Democratic Convention
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:10AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark remembers the first time he watched a Democratic National Convention in 1988.   He watched the speeches and the celebration of the party and was fascinated. He's watched every single one since and volunteered at the 2004 convention in Boston that nominated Secretary of State John Kerry, then the state's U.S. senator. Now he'll serve an important role this week in Philadelphia — as a delegate. He's the only Berkshire County delegate from either party and either campaign.   "I was the first elected official in Massachusetts to endorse Bernie Sanders and I am co-chair of the Massachusetts Bernie Sanders

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Hathaway Late RBI Lifts Cages on Road
07:42AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Kellen Hathaway singled to drive home Eric Leitch in the top of the seventh to break a 6-6 tie and propel the Cages Baseball Club under-22 team to an 7-6  win over the Capital City Reds on Saturday.   The win helped the Cages avoid a three-game sweep by Capital City after the hosts picked up an 8-0 win in the first half of Saturday’s double-header.   In the nightcap, the Cages jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings only to see the Reds come back and tie it in the bottom of the sixth.   Leitch led the Cages’ offense going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Hathaway also doubled in a 2-for-4 performance. Frank Rickus

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Documentary Explores Good Life in the Berkshires
By John Seven, Special to iBerkshires
06:34AM / Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tim Durrin and friends on bicycles. Durrin turned to social work after his military service. See the trailer here.

NEW MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — A documentary film examining what it takes for a life well-lived has focused on several Berkshires residents to illustrate its ideas.

"A Small Good Thing" won best documentary at this year's Boston International Film Festival. Among director Pamela Tanner Boll's previous credits is as a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary "Born Into Brothels." "A Small Good Thing" has a screening at the New Marlborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Her path to making "A Small Good Thing"

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Chinese Garden Unveiled at Naumkeag
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
10:41PM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dragon Dancers were part of the festivities. See more photos here.

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Hundreds gathered at the annual Naumkeag Afternoon Garden Party on Saturday to celebrate the newly renovated Chinese Garden.

Barbara Erickson, Trustees of Reservations president and CEO, welcomed honorary co-Chairs Yo-Yo Ma and his wife, Jill Hornor, and Naumkeag staff to celebrate the unveiling of newly-renovated Chinese Temple Garden and the 125th anniversary of the conservation group.

"We believe that Naumkeag is more than a cultural icon. It is a work of art perched on the edge of 46 acres of pasture, woodlands and gardens,"Erickson said. "The artisans here made this

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@theMarket: Markets Need to Digest Recent Gains
By Bill Schmick,
07:50AM / Saturday, July 23, 2016

Greed and fear make the world go round. While Donald Trump attempted to tap into the latter emotion in his acceptance speech this week, investors were mesmerized by the opposite emotion, at least where the stock market is concerned.

It is true that the markets, like the humans that trade them, tend to vacillate between these emotions when gains and losses begin to nudge the extremes. Of course, we would all like the markets to just continue to climb, but a line I read recently sums it up well.

"Keep in mind that betting on never-ending capital gains is the very definition of a Ponzi scheme."

The best thing that could happen to the stock market in the short-term would be to

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Two Local Women Join Wild Oats Management Team
02:47PM / Friday, July 22, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, cafe and bakery, has added two local women to its management team.

Sarah Thurston Housman, a native of Williamstown, was appointed as marketing manager and Shannon Toye, of North Adams, was hired as prepared foods manager.

"We're very happy to welcome Sarah and Shannon to the co-op staff," said General Manager, David Durfee. "They each bring creativity, passion for local food and many years of experience in their respective fields. And as long-time members of the co-op, they both have a unique outside perspective as shoppers that will help us to continue to enhance our

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Three Williams Faculty Receive Nelson Bushnell Prize
10:57AM / Friday, July 22, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing.

Andrea Barrett (English), Justin Crowe (political science), and Sarah Goh (chemistry) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell ’20 Prize, an award given annually to faculty since 1995.

Barrett was noted for her impressive record of publication along with her enthusiasm for her students’ endeavors, Crowe for his skill as an instructor and involvement in both the current student and alumni community, and Goh for creating plentiful opportunities for student research in her lab.

Barrett, senior lecturer in English, is known for her historical

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Williams Science Camp Serves Youngsters, Collegians
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:28AM / Friday, July 22, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Learning went both ways at Williams College's Summer Science Lab this month.   "One of my interns said this morning, 'The kids were my teachers this week as well,' " lab director Stephen Bechtel said last week.   Bechtel spoke as week one came to an end at the day camp for rising fifth- and sixth-grade students.   The program saw a bump in participation this summer, reaching its capacity of 36 children per week.   Those children explored scientific themes and did experiments under the direction of Williams professors Chip Lovett and David Richardson, who are assisted by 18 college interns from Williams and Massachusetts

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