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Williamstown Planning Board Encourages Waubeeka Hotel Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:19AM / Wednesday, September 02, 2015
Waubeeka owner Michael Deep was asking the Planning Board on Tuesday for support in pursuing a hotel development. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday encouraged the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links to continue looking at whether he could situate a hotel on his Route 7 property.   Michael Deep came to the board to ask whether it would be in favor of creating a zoning change that would allow a developer to operate a hotel on the site, currently zoned in the Rural Residential District.   While the board stopped short of taking a vote in favor of the proposition, several members expressed their support in principle for the project. And the panel directed Town


Four to Receive 'Frankie' Award on Sunday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:05PM / Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Steve Messina gives the signs from the third-base coaching box in this file photo. Messina and three other Mount Greylock coaches will be recipients of the Frank A. Zoltek Award. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Western Massachusetts final, a state final and a state championship — those were the accomplishments in the 2014-15 school year alone for a quartet of Mount Greylock Regional School coaches to be honored this coming Sunday.   But a recent graduate who played for two of the four said those achievements only tell part of he story.   "The win-loss records speak for themselves, but it is so much more than that," 2015 graduate Eric Hirsch said. "I know


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

Peter Fohlin: He Worked for Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34AM / Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Peter Fohlin is leaving Williamstown after 15 years as town manager. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the wall next to Peter Fohlin's desk in the town manager's office was a simple 8 1/2-by-11 sheet of paper on which he printed his guiding principles: "Respect, Fun, Trust, Excellence. We work for you."   The last phrase has become a mantra for all town employees.   "We have our share of difficult residents and difficult taxpayers and difficult situations, but you have to try to remember that: We work for you," Fohlin said. "You don't work for us. We work for you."   For the first time in 15 years, Fohlin does not work for the


Northern Berkshire Adult Basic Education Program Fall Programs Begins
12:21PM / Monday, August 31, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Preparation for the new High School Equivalency Exam (GED), English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Basic Skills classes begin Sept. 8.

New programs include Career Pathways; college and career readiness, Distance Learning; online HiSET (GED) preparation, Bridge to College; academic and readiness skills needed to transition to college available.

In addition, there is a new free program for eligible North Adams residents enrolled in the NBABE Program to support High School Equivalency completion including a voucher to cover testing fees, one to one career coaching and support for next steps to college, training, and employment. This program is


@theMarket: Are We There Yet?
By Bill Schmick,
08:45AM / Saturday, August 29, 2015

This week we witnessed the first substantial correction in the stock market of the year. What matters most to investors now is whether we are at the end of the decline or the beginning of something worse.

We've seen the lows, in my opinion, but that doesn't mean we won't retest them. Normally, I would expect to see at least one re-test of the lowest level made by the S&P 500 Index before all is said and done. If so, there could be risk of as much as a 5 percent decline over the very short-term for the markets. That doesn't have to happen, but it may, so I want you to be prepared for the worse.

It was certainly a bad week to be out of the office visiting clients.


Retiring Clark Art Director Leaves Lasting Impression
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Saturday, August 29, 2015
Michael Conforti at the wet opening of the Clark Art Institute's addition on July 4, 2014. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For two decades, Michael Conforti has been the face of the Clark Art Institute that he has radically helped change.   Although the most obvious manifestation of that change is the major expansion of the Clark's physical campus, Conforti hastens to emphasize that "a building is only a building."   The building project largely completed last summer was driven by and serves a programming expansion that began shortly after Conforti took over as the Clark's director in 1994.   And Conforti notes that neither the programming nor the new


The Independent Investor: The Marijuana Market
By Bill Schmick,
05:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

Only four states have legalized marijuana for recreational use so far. Another 23 have given the nod for using cannabis for medical usage. Today it is a $2.7 billion industry that is set to grow substantially in the years ahead if more states jump on the band wagon.

Whether legalization is a fad or a trend in this country will have to wait until the next election cycle in 2016. Legalizing the drug will most likely be on the ballot in several more states. Researchers from California-based The ArcView Group, a cannabis investment and research firm, predicts that 14 more states will legalize marijuana while two more will legalize medical marijuana next year. In addition, at least 10 more


'The End of the Tour': Comes to Some Thoughtful Conclusions
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:00PM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Popcorn Column
by Michael S. Goldberger  
A24 Journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) and famed author David Foster Wallace (Jason Seigel) trade bon mots and insights during the late Wallace's book tour.

Director James Ponsoldt's "The End of the Tour," dramatizing the real-life interview between "Rolling Stone" reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed author David Foster Wallace, affirmed for me why I don't have any writer friends. To use an apt phrase from the 1960s, it'd be a bit too heavy ... the constant thrust and parry of egos dominating whatever relationship there existed. Spare me the


McCann Technical School Bus Routes 2015
01:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School opens for the school year Thursday, Sept. 3. Freshman should report to the cafeteria on arrival, sophomores and juniors to their technical areas and seniors to the gym.

Start at 8 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m.


7:00     349 North Street
7:02     312 North State Road
7:03     Route 8 at Briggs Drive
7:03     688 North State Road
7:05     Route 8 at Crest  Drive
7:15     Grove Street
7:16     Commercial at Leonard
7:18     Commercial at

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Williams College Class of 2019 Set to Arrive Aug. 31
01:14PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 269 women and 282 men who make up the Williams College Class of 2019 will arrive on campus on Aug. 31 for First Days, their official orientation to the college.

The tradition of First Days introduces first-year students to the college. Over the first few days students will meet their academic advisors, learn about academic departments, get to know the campus, and take placement exams and the mandatory swimming test. In between the scheduled events, students will settle into their dorms and get to know their classmates.

During the second half of the week, first-year students will participate in EphVentures, a program designed to enhance students’

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'Mile in Her Shoes Art Show' Seeks Participating Artists
12:40PM / Friday, August 28, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development and Elizabeth Freeman Center are teaming up to call out to artists to participate in the inaugural Berkshire County “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Art Show.”

The art show is being held in conjunction with the annual "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" Men’s March against Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, which is scheduled for Third Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m.

The Walk a Mile Art Show presents artists and community members with an opportunity to create wearable art for a great cause.  Artists may enter one or more pair of shoes. The shoes must be new and never worn, and they should be

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Adams-Cheshire Makes High School Pitch to Lanesborough
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:38AM / Friday, August 28, 2015
Town Adminstrator Tony Mazzucco looks at the numbers on Thursday at Hoosac Valley High School during a presentation to Lanesborough.

CHESHIRE, Mass. — Adams and Cheshire touted the school district's benefits to an audience of nearly 80 on Thursday night.

The presentation by Adams and Adams-Cheshire Regional staff and officials was an attempt to sway Lanesborough residents in considering to send high school students their way.

Mount Greylock Regional held a similar demonstration on Wednesday to remind Lanesborough of the advantages of being educated at the Williamstown school.

But whereas Mount Greylock focused on academics, Adams went straight for the pocketbook.

The town could


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