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McCann Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
01:48PM / Monday, July 17, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical high School has announced its fourth-quarter honor roll for the 2016-17 school year.

High Honors

Class of 2017: Alcala, Salvador; Banks, Matthew; Boudreau, Brian; Dean, Ainsley; Denault, Angela; Field, Mallory; Gardner, Makenzie; Gifford-Blasi, Ivy; Gigliotti, Madison; Gorman, Kayla; Guyette, Connor; Kaczowski, Kyla; Kendig, Caleb; Kipp, William; Lampro, Tyler; Pandell, Blaize; Wood, Elizabeth.

Class of 2018: Beany, Justin; Cahill, Alyssa; Cote, Megan; Diesz, Natalie; DiSanti, Bailey; Dix, James; Dowling, Aimee; Fuller, Hannah; Gamari, Daniel; Ingalls, Maisy; Kelly-Whitney, David; Kittler, Benn; Laprise, Dean; Lemaire, Jacqueline; McGrath,

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Berkshire Force 14U Squad Finishes Second
12:43PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- After a great weekend of softball, the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team entered the final game as the undefeated No. 1 seed but took a 13-5 loss against New Hampshire's EFC Elite in the Coaches Classic Tournament on Sunday.   The Force  knotted the game up at 2-2 in the bottom of the first inning. Addison Lyon had an RBI single in the rally.   ECF Elite took the lead for good with five runs in the second inning.   The Force collected eight hits. Jordyn Lummus and Kirstyn Carrigan each collected multiple hits Lummus went 3-for-3 to lead the way.   ECF Elite had 14 hits in the game.

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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
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Berkshire Force 10U Wins Tournament
12:26PM / Monday, July 17, 2017
GRAFTON, Mass. -- The Berkshire Force 10-and-under softball team proved to be the best team out of 11 at the Grafton Invitational over the weekend, beating the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds en route to the championship.   After finishing 2-1 in pool play, the Force entered the tournament as the fifth seed. Behind a dominant two-hitter from starting pitcher Mia Arpante, they beat the fourth seed Grafton Diamonds, 11-0, in quarter-finals.   In the semi-finals, Amanda Pou mowed down the No. 1 seed Northeast Hurricanes, allowing one run on no hits and 12 strikeouts in seven innings as the Force won, 3-1.   The Force scored its first run against the Hurricanes when Michaela Hinckley raced

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Berkshires Beat: Brain Injury Group Raises Awareness at Pittsfield Suns Game
11:52AM / Monday, July 17, 2017

Brain game: The Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts held a Brain Injury Awareness Night with the Pittsfield Suns on Sunday, July 16.

There was a table for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, and to share brain injury knowledge and help raise awareness, the Pittsfield Suns hosted a trivia game.

Rebecca Gleason, a brain injury survivor from North Adams and Northern Berkshire Brain Injury Support Group Facilitator for the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts, prepared for months before singing the National Anthem at the Pittsfield Suns game.

Scott Steves, also a brain injury survivor from North Adams, threw out the first pitch.



How wonderful: Two New York-based

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Williamstown Conservation Commission Reviews Culvert Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29AM / Monday, July 17, 2017

Christmas Brook enters the current undersized culvert below Latham Street across from Williams College's Towne Field House. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Conservation Commission on Thursday began its review of plans for a larger culvert to carry the Christmas Brook under downtown and into the Green River.   Williams College is proposing to replace the existing, undersized culvert with a precast box culvert that is at least 5 feet by 12 feet, the top of which will sit 5 to 7 feet below grade.   Representatives from the college and Manchester, Conn.,-based engineering firm Fuss & O'Neill laid out the project and took questions from the commission which the

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Berkshire Force 14U Scores Early, Often in Win
04:28PM / Sunday, July 16, 2017
GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Jordyn Lummus’ triple helped get the Berkshire Force 14-and-under softball team off to a quick start in an 8-3 win over the Black Widows on Sunday in the Coaches Classic Tournament.   The Force scored on Lummus’ triple, a single by Addison Lyon, a single by Kirstyn Carrigan, a single by Ellianna Christopher, a single by Molly Sherman, a double by Lummus, and a walk by Szophia Lewis in the first inning.   Carrigan earned the win in the circle. She went  seven innings, giving up three runs, five hits, and striking out three.   The Force collected 11 hits. Lummus, Lexi Sondrini and Ellianna Christopher each collected multiple hits.  

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Bulldogs Advance to Cal Ripken State Final
04:27PM / Sunday, July 16, 2017

GREENFIELD, Mass. -- Tyler Bartini and Tyler Carlson each hit a two-run home run to highlight the Lanesborough Bulldogs’ 11-1 win over Greenfield in the semi-finals of the Cal Ripken Baseball League 11-and-under Western Mass State Tournament.


The Bulldogs Monday at 3 face Ash/West in the finals of the double-elimination tournament, needing to win twice after falling to Ash/West earlier in the tournament.


Damon Pause and Bartini split time on the mound in the semi-final win.


Carlson also added an RBI double, and the Bulldogs got RBIs from Judge Martin and Mason Abdalla in the “mercy” rule, four-inning win.


Bulldogs 16, Ayer/Shirley 0

The  Bulldogs

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State Budget Funds Office to Increase Employee-Owned Businesses
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:40AM / Saturday, July 15, 2017

State Rep. Paul Mark filed a budget amendment to restore the funding for the Office of Employee Involvement and Ownership in past seven consecutive years. DALTON, Mass. — Adam Vartikar grew up in a family-owned business in Brookline and now his parents are looking to retire.   But neither he, nor any of his siblings, want to run it. Vartikar has a close relationship with the employees and doesn't want to see his parents close the doors or sell out to a company that will move it away.   So he thought he'd help sell the business to the workers. He found out it is not that easy.   "You have this great, elegant solution for business succession

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Politis Helps West Go Unbeaten at Bay State Games
09:52PM / Friday, July 14, 2017
BOSTON, Mass. -- Williamstown's Owen Politis helped the West lacrosse team earn a gold medal at this week's Bay State Games.   The West went through the tournament with a 5-0 record and an impressive, 17-4 win over the Metro/Northeast squad in the gold medal game.   On the baseball diamond, the West team finished the tourney with a 2-3 record after dropping a narrow, 4-3, loss to Metro on Friday. Pittsfield High's Ian Benoit got the start on the mound for the West and went four innings, allowing three hits and just an unearned run.   In trap shooting, Lanesborough's Alex Kusick took home a BSG gold medal in the collegiate division.   Pittsfield's Lena

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Berkshire County Arc Awards Scholarships to Five Local High School Seniors
12:44PM / Friday, July 14, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group have awarded scholarships ranging upwards from $1,000 to the following five high school seniors who demonstrated outstanding prior involvement with individuals with disabilities and the potential to contribute to the field of human services.

The students are:

· Jessie Downer, Wahconah Regional High School (Recipient of the Carol Craighead Memorial Scholarship Award, which is funded by Berkshire County Arc and the Berkshire County Arc Down Syndrome Family Group)

· Anthony Melski, Pittsfield High School

· Aubrey Milligan, Wahconah Regional High School

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Williams College Awards Three Faculty Members with Bushnell Prize
12:37PM / Friday, July 14, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three faculty members at Williams College have been recognized for excellence in teaching and writing. Lois Banta (biology), Glenn Gordinier (history), and Li Yu (Chinese) are the recipients of the Nelson Bushnell '20 Prize, an award given annually to the faculty since 1995.

Banta was noted for her especially "collaborative, interdisciplinary, experiential and rigorous" coursework, Gordinier for his exceptional cultivation of the Williams-Mystic pedagogical mission, and Yu for her proliferation of the intermediate Chinese sequence and development of the first tutorial taught in Chinese.

Lois Banta

Banta, professor of biology, specializes in

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Mount Greylock Building Project Coming in on Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:26AM / Friday, July 14, 2017

Examples of the exterior finish materials chosen for the new construction at Mount Greylock. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Building Committee on Thursday got its clearest picture yet of the cost for the addition/renovation project at the junior-senior high school.   And the news continues to be good.   Turner Construction, the project's construction manager at-risk, delivered the guaranteed maximum price for construction on the new three-story academic wing; cafeteria, media center, offices and central core; renovated gymnasium and auditorium; and demolition of the bulk of the old school.   And the price tag came in a hair under

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