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Hinds Rolling Out 'Rural Agenda' In New Legislative Session
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Adam Hinds is pushing a "rural agenda" in the new legislative term.   The Pittsfield Democrat is filing more than 60 bills, many of which are aimed at helping small rural areas. While he represents the Berkshires' only two cities, the bulk of his constituents reside in 50 towns spread over three counties. They have an average population of 1,900, ranging from Adams' at 8,200 people to Monroe with only 95.   "We really go through with what are we doing for a rural jobs act, trying to take away a lot of the problems that our towns face like PILOT payments, trying to get a PILOT commission. We are stick with the volunteer

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Williamstown Planning Board Plans Wednesday Info Session on Bylaw Proposals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Tuesday, January 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Planning Board will hold an information session to discuss its proposed zoning bylaw amendments on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the elementary school cafeteria.   After months of debate and public input at its regular monthly meetings, the panel has crafted two proposals that allow more flexibility to homeowners who want to put a second or third dwelling unit on a residential lot.   Specifically, the proposals would: eliminate a maximum square-footage requirement on second units within an existing home; allow conversion of a single-family home to a two-family home on a non-conforming lot with the approval of the Zoning Board of Appeals; increase the square

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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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MLK Committee, Shine Wire Recognize Drug Recovery Group Founder
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Monday, January 21, 2019

MLK Committee members Kathy Keeser and Alex Daugherty speak at Monday's Martin Luther King Day gathering.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Committee awarded Kenna Waterman the 2019 Peacemaker Award and Shine Wire contributed almost $40,000 to her cause.    After a morning of community service Monday on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, those who took the day on instead of the day off met at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts to recognize local community leader and addiction assistance advocate Kenna Waterman.   "It is an honor to be recognized for using my voice and telling my story and spreading my passion for assistance and recovery

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Berkshires Beat: Clark Art Institute Launches Free Snowshoe Program
01:53PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
Now that there's snow

The Clark Art Institute has launched a new snowshoe program to encourage exploration of the winter beauty of its Williamstown campus. Project Snowshoe provides visitors with the chance to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the Clark to trek the 140-acre campus during snow season. Details on snowshoe safety are available on the Clark's website.

The Clark has installed a snowshoe rack and benches adjacent to the west side of its Manton Research Center building. Snowshoes are available in three sizes for both adults and children to borrow. Visitors who prefer to use poles are welcome to bring their own. Participants should observe safety precautions, including

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Hoosac Valley's Puppolo Joins DI Ranks
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01:12PM / Monday, January 21, 2019
Hoosac Valley High School graduate Kali Puppolo Saturday signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Manhattan College and play softball for the Division I Jaspers.   Puppolo is in her second year at Herkimer College in New York, where she pitched a team-best 113 innings for the Division III junior college powerhouse.   Puppolo 15-3-1 with a 2.29 ERA for the Generals, who advanced to the title game of the NJCAA DIII National Championship.   Manhattan went 28-25 last spring, advancing to the semi-finals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.   There is a fair amount of local talent already competing at the Division I level this winter.   On the basketball court,

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SNAP Clients to Receive February Benefits Early
11:58AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Family Services of Community Health Programs advises SNAP clients that February benefits are being distributed early.

Clients are encouraged to budget this early February payment accordingly, as future benefits may not be reloaded until after the partial government shutdown comes to an end.

SNAP is the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for income-eligible individuals and families. Benefits are administered by the state.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children) benefits will continue and can be accessed as usual. CHP will communicate any WIC updates to clients, as information is available.

Any South County WIC or

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Health Drives Much of Pignatelli's Legislative Agenda
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, January 21, 2019
LENOX, Mass. — State Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli heard a story about a police officer who had witnessed someone die from an overdose while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.   Not all first-responders carry Narcan, which reverses opioid overdoses, and Pignatelli believes that if that officer's Police Department had it, the person could have lived.    "I am filing a bill that requires all first-responders to carry Narcan. We have this opioid epidemic all throughout Massachusetts and I find that several communities or first-responders do not carry Narcan," Pignatelli said.    "For instance, even locally the state police carry

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'EAT' Restaurant in Williamstown Opens in Colonial Plaza
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:33AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

EAT opened in a former pizzeria in the Colonial Shopping Center. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — EAT brings casual fresh Italian cuisine to town.   Owner Scott Grupe said when he cooks anything, above all it needs to be fresh.   "Everything is made from scratch," he said. "Everything including all of sauces, dressings, and dough. Pretty much everything."   Grupe said this was true of his last restaurant, East Arlington Takeout in Vermont, which he ran for six years. He said he has brought the same quality and inspired name (East Arlington Takeout or EAT) to Berkshire County.   He began considering a move about a year ago. His daughter goes to school

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More Heating Assistance Sought as Officials Discuss Poverty
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Monday, January 21, 2019

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, right, and North Adams Mayor Tom Bernard applaud as new Berkshire County District Attorney Andrea Harrington, left, is introduced at a forum on poverty at Williams College.  

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the Berkshires face the coldest weather of the winter so far, the county's state senator, Adam Hinds, has joined dozens of other legislators in urging Gov. Charlie Baker to help close the gap in heating assistance caused by a federal funding shortfall.

According to Berkshire Community Action Council, around 8,000 households in Berkshire County apply for LIHEAP (the low-income heating assistance program) every year; across the state, a total

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Chapter Two Books in Williamstown a Place for Community
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:22PM / Sunday, January 20, 2019

Chapter Two Books opened in November on Spring Street.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Chapter Two Books is much more than a perpetual used book sale benefiting the David and Joyce Milne Public Library — it's become an important community gathering space and service.   "It's a home for book lovers and there are a lot of book lovers in this town and people I think feel comfortable stopping in and browsing," Andrea Malone, a member of the initial management team, said. "They know when they buy a book here they help build up the library and I think people feel like they are part of that when they make a purchase."   The Friends of the Milne

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Soccer Referees Offer Course for New Officials
12:55PM / Sunday, January 20, 2019
LENOX, Mass. -- The Massachusetts State Soccer Referee Committee will offer its next new referee course on Sunday, March 17.   The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hampton Inn on Pittsfield Road (Route 7).   The cost is $115, which includes registration, administration and course fees.   Interested men and women are asked to register at onthe association's website.   For information, contact either courseadministrator@massref.net or Berkshire County Youth Soccer League assignor Anthony Pedlozky at assignor@bcysl.org.   The local board of officials will reimburse new referees for their soccer uniform and kit once they have officiated 10 games in a

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Middlebury Men's Basketball Tops Williams
10:01PM / Saturday, January 19, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jack Farrell scored 24 points, and Middlebury held Williams to 36 percent shooting as the Panthers handed the Ephs their second straight loss, 80-66.   James Heskett scored 20 points to lead Williams (15-2, 4-1 NESCAC), which hosts SUNY Oneonta on Tuesday.   Women's Hockey NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Meghan Halloran scored twice and set up a goal for Williams in a 3-2 win over Conn College.   Chloe Heiting stopped 21 shots for the Ephs (11-41, 6-4), who host Amherst on Friday.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mike Armstrong scored twice, and the Ephs netted a pair of empty-net goals in a 6-3 win over Colby.   Michael Pinios stopped 25

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