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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire United Way Hosts Day of Caring
01:55PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Day of caring: Berkshire United Way held its 2016 Day of Caring on May 20. Day of Caring is the name United Way has used to represent volunteer engagement and community building.

In the past, Berkshire United Way Day of Caring initiatives have included the installation of Born Learning Trails at Muddy Brook Elementary School in Great Barrington, and Durant and Springside Parks in Pittsfield. To enhance literacy, volunteers have painted classrooms and held book drives in support of education. Volunteers also have cleaned the Housatonic River in Great Barrington, and held countywide forums with youth called “You First” to help them build aspirations.

At the heart of the 2016


Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way
01:34PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Shred it up: Greylock Federal Credit Union shredded over 5 tons of paper at its eighth annual Community Shred Day on May 21. The effort also raised $1,420 in donations for the Berkshire United Way. The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

ProShred supplied two mobile shredding trucks featuring cameras inside the bin. People were able to watch their documents being shredded on the spot.

Millions of Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity theft occurs when someone uses personally identifying information, like name, social security number, or credit card number, without permission, to commit fraud or other


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

Lower Your Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen
01:02PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Identity theft is a big problem. How big? Consider this: In 2015, about 13 million Americans were victimized, with a total fraud amount of $15 billion, according to Javelin Strategy & Research.

That’s a lot of victims, and a lot of money. How can you protect yourself from becoming a statistic?

Here are a few suggestions:

* Secure your Social Security number. Identity thieves eagerly seek Social Security numbers — so don’t give out yours to anyone who asks for it. In fact, as a general rule, be reluctant to give it out at all. Always ask whomever you’re dealing with if he or she will accept another form of identification, or at the very least will take just


Musical Festival Season Appears on the Horizon
By Stephen Dankner, Special to
12:40PM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

With the upcoming summer music festival season almost upon us, music lovers in droves will soon flock to the Berkshires and southern Vermont to immerse themselves in classical music.

Call it a reward for enduring a long, though relatively mild winter, or a yearly renewal of the soul via the musical preachments of the great masters. Whatever the reason, the classical canon, plus a few surprises consisting of some unfamiliar works and premieres, nurture and inspire us anew at this special time and in this magical place: a “cultural capital” indeed.

Music lovers, ravenous as they are for great performances of beloved, favorite masterworks, want still more: the lives of the

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Some Good News
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Retired Mount Greylock teacher Joan Devoe shares her story with the School Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Not all the talk at last Tuesday's Mount Greylock Regional School Committee focused on allegations of state law violations or rehashing of budget battles from the local elementary school.   Principal Mary MacDonald gave the committee a list of the colleges at which members of the class of 2016 have been accepted. Several members of the class have been accepted at multiple competitive colleges and universities, she said.   "There was a comment from an admissions counselor at Middlebury (Vt.), where we had three students accepted," MacDonald said.

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Memorial Day Marked in North Berkshire, Pittsfield
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
04:52PM / Monday, May 30, 2016

Lanesborough held its services on Sunday; find the story here and more photos here.

Korean War veteran Robert Richards makes it a point to attend Memorial Day services.

He was at the Veterans Memorial in North Adams on Monday morning to remember his fellow soldiers who did not make it home.

"A lot of guys I took basic training with got killed in Korea. I was lucky. I signed up for the heavy weapons and ... they put me in Japan for three months so I missed that," Richards said. "On the way back, I ran across one of the guys I took basic with and he said most of the guys I took basic with got killed over there. That's why I am here. To remember for them."



Williamstown Fire District Meeting Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:27AM / Monday, May 30, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Do not expect any fireworks when the town’s Fire District holds its annual meeting on Tuesday evening.   Unlike the annual town meeting a couple of weeks ago, the business of the fire district will be fairly routine when it sits down to approve the fiscal 2017 budget at the fire station at 8 p.m.   Tuesday's business begins with the annual fire district election of officers for the coming year. The polls open at 6 at the fire station.   At 8, the voters will be asked to approve an appropriation of $581,915, a 4.24 percent decrease from the FY16 appropriation.   The Fire District is a separate entity apart from town government with


Williams Pair Wins NCAA Doubles Title
10:40PM / Saturday, May 28, 2016
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Williams College doubles team of Juli Raventos and Linda Shin on Saturday earned its second straight NCAA Division III title.   The Ephs defeated Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman of Caroline Ward and Katie Kuosman from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 6-2, 2-6, 6-2.   "I think this is the best that Linda and Juli have played all year," Williams coach Alison Swain said. "They had fun, were focused and they were composed when CMS made their runs. In fact, they attacked back when attacked and they were most effective at that in the match."   Raventos and Shin are now 65-7 in two years as a doubles team and twice NCAA Doubles champions.


Lansesborough Bulldogs Open Tourney with a Win
04:46PM / Saturday, May 28, 2016
HINSDALE, Mass. -- Derek Paris, Panayiotis Constantopoulos and Landen Jamula each homered as the Lanesborough Bulldogs Cal Ripken All-Star team started its spring tournament schedule with a 20-9 win over the Vikings at the Dan Duquette Sports Academy on Friday.   Jamula’s homer was a grand slam, and Tristan Gardnner went 3-for-4 in a 16-hit attack for the Bulldogs.   “ All 12 players on our team scored during the game,” Lanesborough coach Rick Paris said. “That is a great team performance. Are bats were alive. When they scored we came back and scored even more. We also batted through our order on both the third and fourth.”    Jack


@theMarket: Summertime, But Nothing Seems Easy
By Bill Schmick,
07:05AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

After a couple of days of hand wringing, traders are now going with the notion that if the Fed raises rates in June or July, it may actually be good for the economy. Don't put too much stock in that, however, because herd sentiment can turn quickly with one simple statement from the Fed.

You have to be impressed with the market's performance. In the face of a potential interest rate hike in less than three weeks and a June decision on whether Great Britain will exit the Eurozone, the market continues to grind higher.

As we enter this three-day weekend, (three for us, but most of the Street stretches it to four), don't expect this Friday to be a "tell" on what will


North Adams Airport Welcomes Drone Committee
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:31AM / Saturday, May 28, 2016

A volunteer steering committee has been formed to help people understand the rules of flying drones.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission welcomed a steering committee to help inform residents about proper drone and unmanned aircraft use.

Resident and hobbyist Stephen Roy came before the commission Wednesday and asked to form some sort of group that would work with the commission and the airport manager to better inform people about unmanned aircraft policy.

"It will just be a point of contact ... where people can get information," Roy said. "This is a hobby that is spreading."

Legally drones cannot fly within a five-mile radius of the airport without

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Berkshire Community College Students Inducted Into National Honor Society
01:58PM / Friday, May 27, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College recently held an induction ceremony for students joining the Xi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society of junior and community colleges in the United States. The purpose of the society is to recognize and encourage scholarship among students.

To be eligible for membership, students with freshman standing (12 to 29 credits) must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.7 or better. Students with a sophomore standing (30 or more credits) must have achieved a cumulative average of 3.5 or better.

The ceremony was held in the Boland Theatre located in the Koussevitzky Arts Center on the


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