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Spring Vacation Baseball Clinic Scheduled Sports,
04:36PM / Sunday, March 26, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Baseball Academy at The Infield invites players ages 6 to 12 to a Spring Training Baseball Clinic over April vacation.   The clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 17 through 20 at Deming Park, 80 Meadow Lane.   The emphasis will be on position-specific training, team defense and game play under a competitive atmosphere. Campers are asked to bring lunch, water, sunscreen and baseball gear.   The cost is $120 per child.   For information, contact Shari Butler at


Berkshire Blizzard Host Inaugural Tournament
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
03:33PM / Sunday, March 26, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Two days of girls hockey action concluded Sunday afternoon with a victory for the home team.   But the Berkshire Blizzard was a winner in more ways than one.   “This is huge,” Blizzard coach Bill Rech said after the team wrapped up the inaugural Blizzard Bash at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink. “This is so important because it's a chance for more and more families who couldn't travel with us to come and see them play.   “The different youth hockey programs had some people here and had a chance to see this is what this girls hockey thing is all about. They had a blast watching.”   And the girls


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

Lanesborough Elementary Weighs New Tuition Policy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Saturday, March 25, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Lanesborough Elementary School Committee on Friday formally began the process of raising the tuition it charges New Ashford.   In response to longtime criticism from town officials about the difference between the negotiated salary tuition rate and the actual per-pupil cost of a Lanesborough education, the district has developed a policy that will peg that tuition to that average cost.   "Any tuition agreement entered into by the Committee to accept non-resident students will be set at the rate of the most recent [Department of Elementary and Secondary Education] published per-pupil rate for Lanesborough Public Schools," the policy


North County Seniors And Students Prepare Food Bags
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:37AM / Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Brown Bag Program runs through the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. ADAMS, Mass. — North County seniors and students teamed up to make and fill bags for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts' Brown Bag program.   Seniors made an assembly line at the Visitors Center on Friday morning and filled 96 decorated bags with food for other seniors throughout the county.   "This is a program through the Food Bank and once a month, seniors volunteer and prepare these bags for income eligible seniors ... all the food they put in the bags they bring back to their communities," Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti said. "It seems like such an easy


Legislators Pledge Support to Disabled Community During Uncertain Times
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19PM / Friday, March 24, 2017

Pittsfield High School student Dwayne Revells talks about his experience with Goodwill Industries at Friday's breakfast.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — On the shore of Pontoosuc Lake on Friday morning, thoughts were on happenings on the shores of the Potomac River.

The 17th annual Berkshire Legislative Breakfast to support services for people with disabilities saw a crowd of more than 300 at the ITAM Lodge to hear families and care providers share their concerns with members of the county's legislative delegation. That's the county's delegation in Boston, but events in Washington, D.C., very much on the minds of the speakers and the audience alike.

"The current political

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Williams Admits 1,253 Students for Class of 2021
12:15PM / Friday, March 24, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,253 applicants for the Class of 2021. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 8,593.

"This year's applicant pool was the largest and strongest in the college's history, which made rendering decisions particularly challenging," said Richard Nesbitt, director of admission. "We anticipate yielding a terrific and diverse class of powerful academics, curious problem-solvers, and engaged community members."

Of the admitted students, 95 are international students representing 47 different nationalities. Among American students, 50 percent identify as students of color: 220


Independent Investor: Don't Worry, Be Happy
By Bill Schmick,
04:02PM / Thursday, March 23, 2017

It is official: the happiest country in the world is Norway, with Denmark the runner-up, according to the World Happiness Report. What lessons can we learn from this survey and what, if anything, should we do as a nation to join their ranks?

Where, you might ask, do we here in the U.S. rank? The answer would be No. 14, down from No. 3 in 2007. The least happy inhabitants on Earth appear to be in Africa while the average Chinese person is no happier than he was 25 years ago, despite the country's much-lauded economic miracle.

How do a pair of tiny countries stay so happy for so long?  It sure isn't the weather, where it is so cold that summers require overcoats and the days


Mass MoCA Looking to Orient Visitors, Send Them Downtown
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:49AM / Thursday, March 23, 2017

A life-size mockup of a wayfaring sign.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thousands of visitors are headed for the city this summer and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts is hoping to push as many as it can into the downtown.

The museum opens its $65 million renovation of the massive Building 6 that will double its gallery and events space this May and welcomes back the Solid Sound Festival and Freshgrass.

The two music festivals alone will bring up to 13,000 people total for two weekends at the sprawling former Sprague Electric campus. The museum's attendance has soared past 150,000 and the completion of Phase III will likely push it higher.

One effort is to make sure visitors


Williamstown Fin Comm Pleased With School Budget Presentation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, left, Principal Joelle Brookner and School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron present to the town's Finance Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An appreciative Finance Committee on Wednesday heard an explanation of Williamstown Elementary School's proposed $6.8 million fiscal 2018 budget.   The K-6 school has a budget that calls for a 2.39 percent spending increase over this year but which calls for a 3.64 percent increase in funding from town property taxes.   After a 90-minute presentation from interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, Principal Joelle Brookner and members of the School Committee, the Fin Comm members in


'Beauty and the Beast': The Fairy Tale as Civics Lesson
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
06:12PM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Beauty and the Beast" is much more than "escapist entertainment," a term I rail at. I couldn't slip into a theater for a few thrills, spills and worse yet, laughter, when I know outside Rome is burning. That's just the kind of hairpin I am. I believe society should be fashioned in a manner so enlightened that there is nothing from which to escape. OK, this is pie-in-the-sky stuff. I like to say it to irk the cynics who not only deride my view as unfeasible but who, I suspect, would prefer the current Sturm und Drang to peace and harmony. Why else would they have invited it?

That paints a rather grim picture, and so here's where the latest Disney


Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrating Earth Day by Holding DIY Contest
12:48PM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating Earth Day 2017 by asking people to give a second life to donated materials, reducing waste in landfills and by putting their "do-it-yourself" skills to work.

Participants should register for the Do-it-Yourself contest at ReStore, 399 Hubbard Ave., by March 25 to get their project materials and chance to win the grand prize, a $100 certificate to the ReStore.

The number of Contestants is limited to the first 20 entries. There is an entry fee of $10, which includes a cabinet door front and a 10 percent discount coupon. Get a chance to win the grand prize and have the title of being

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Williamstown School Committee Sends Fiscal 2018 Budget to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:21AM / Wednesday, March 22, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Tuesday voted to send the town a fiscal 2018 budget that raises overall spending at the K-6 school by 2.39 percent.   The appropriated portion of the budget — the part paid by local property taxes — is up by 3.64 percent according to the budget presented at a Tuesday public hearing and approved by a unanimous of the committee moments later.   "We're intentionally trying to make sure the overall budget doesn't increase [by more]," said School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron, who also serves on the panel's finance subcommittee. "We need to tuck more of the budget into the


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