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Closer Look: Williamstown Residents Beginning Call to 'Defund' Police
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Tuesday, June 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Monday's Select Board meeting marked the first time a resident has used the platform of a public meeting to make a call to defund the police.   And it probably will not be the last.   The "defund police" movement has gained momentum nationwide in the weeks following the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.   Floyd is one of a long line of Black Americans who have been killed by white police officers and held up as examples of what many believe is pervasive racism in the law enforcement community.   Tashi Rai, a rising junior at Mount Greylock Regional School, was one of more than a dozen voices calling for change

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Williamstown Fire District Election, Meeting Set for Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Monday, June 29, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District will hold its annual election and annual meeting on Tuesday in the Williamstown Elementary School gymnasium.   The polls will open at 4 p.m. and will stay open until at least 7 p.m. for the election, in which John Notsley, the chair of the five-person Prudential Committee, is one of several candidates on the ballot running without opposition.   At 7:30, the annual district meeting will commence with eight warrant articles to be decided by voters in the district.   The largest single expenditure on the agenda is a $495,865 request for the district's operational expenses for fiscal year 2021.   Although that number is up

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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
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
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Williams College Announces Plan for Return of Classes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:21AM / Monday, June 29, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Monday morning announced that students will be welcomed back to campus beginning in August for a semester of " 'hybrid' courses that blend in-person and remote instruction."

In a 3,400-hundred word letter to the college community, President Maud S. Mandel explained that the college's faculty and administration have designed a return from the spring's campus closure that aligns with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   Students will be allowed to choose to take the year off with no penalty, and the college has lowered the number of

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Q&A: Mount Greylock Principal Looks Back on Tenure, Ahead to Teaching
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:15AM / Sunday, June 28, 2020

Mary MacDonald speaks at a ceremony to award the Kapteyn Prize for excellence in teaching in 2018. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mary MacDonald this Tuesday leaves the principal's office at Mount Greylock Regional School.   But she hopes to not go very far.   MacDonald, who moved into the corner office in 2013, announced this winter that she will wrap up her seven-year stint as the school's top administrator with the hope of returning in the fall as one of its teachers..   Although hiring plans at the middle/high school are unknown at the moment because of the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, MacDonald remains focused on her plan to get back to the

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Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation Names Winner of Environmental Leadership Award
10:22AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Amelia Murphy of Williamstown is the 2020 Mt. Greylock senior recipient of the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation  Mathias J. Bartels Environmental Leadership Award.

The award was presented at the Mt. Greylock Regional High School class night on June 6.

WRLF has long recognized the importance of fostering a sense of place and awareness of the natural environment in the next generation and in support of that, in 2000 established an annual environmental award for a graduating senior at Mt. Greylock Regional High School.  The award was renamed in 2004 to honor the exemplary leadership shown by former Mt. Greylock student Mathias Bartels.

The WRLF is a

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Dalton CRA Summer Sports Leagues Registration Extended
10:06AM / Saturday, June 27, 2020

DALTON, Mass. — Registration for the Dalton Community Recreation Association summer sports leagues — soccer, softball and baseball — has been extended through Monday, June 29. 

In addition to youth programs, the CRA has added teams through grade 12 to allow high school students who missed their spring sports season a chance to get on the field. 

Summer leagues registration is open to all Berkshire County youth. Fees vary by league and the CRA will not require an annual youth membership fee for the summer sports leagues. To register, visit the CRA at 400 Main St., Dalton, during business hours as follows: Friday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon, and Monday, 8 a.m.

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@theMarket: The Virus Versus the Fed
By Bill Schmick,
05:22PM / Friday, June 26, 2020
Bulls and bears are in a tussle. Market averages reflect the battle that is moving stocks down, up, and then sideways throughout the week. It is a phase where investors are in a data-dependent mood and the data isn't all that good.   The bears are watching the COVID-19 cases climb higher every day, which threatens to trash their expectations for a "V" shaped recovery. The bulls, meanwhile, aren't too worried. They are banking on the Federal Reserve Bank's promises to keep pouring added stimulus support into the financial markets just in case the virus pushes the economy further toward the brink.   It did not have to be this way.    A few months ago,

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Rain, Thunderstorms Predicted This Weekend
04:56PM / Friday, June 26, 2020

Strong storms are expected over the Northeast this weekend, bringing the possibility of hail and damaging winds.

The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., says there's a chance of thunderstorms later in the day Saturday for much of Berkshires and eastern New York. This is part of a weather front currently over the Midwest.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center put the potential for damaging weather as marginal to slight risk on Saturday and marginal for Sunday.

Accuweather grades the storm potential somewhat greater, predicting torrential downpours, high winds and hail.

The storm system could shift to the south but the Berkshires would still likely get rain during the afternoon on

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'The Remains of the Day': What the Butler Didn't See
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:04PM / Friday, June 26, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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The Retired Investor: Corporate Debt & the U.S. government
By Bill Schmick,
11:12AM / Friday, June 26, 2020
The pandemic and its impact on the American economy required a drastic response from both the federal government and the Federal Reserve Bank. One of the most controversial, but necessary, steps taken by the Fed was to not only purchase private-sector debt, but implicitly guarantee that debt.   In addition, both fiscal and monetary stimulus has been pouring into the economy in an effort to defend jobs and stave off bankruptcy for thousands of small businesses. While some worry about the inflationary effects this may have down the road, the attitude of most economists is that we will worry about that later, if it becomes a problem.   In my last column, I explained that as far as

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Doctors Back Up State's Guidance for School Reopening
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Thursday, June 25, 2020

Dr. Lloyd Fisher, a pediatrician, discusses the reasoning behind some of the health measures recommended for reopening schools this fall. BOSTON, Mass. — All over the world, temporal thermometers are part of the strategy for reopening economies from the COVID-19 pandemic.   But they will not do much good when it comes to reopening schoolhouse doors, Gov. Charlie Baker said on Thursday.   The commonwealth came very close to requiring daily temperature checks for students returning to school in the fall, but ultimately decided against the move because those checks would not yield any useful information, he said.   "With kids, there are way too many false

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State Issues Guidance for Return of School in the Fall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Thursday, June 25, 2020
BOSTON — The state is recommending schools maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet and require masks for staff and children in Grade 2 and above.   And districts are required to create plans to start the school year in three different scenarios: in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid model that could see students alternating in-person instruction on a daily or weekly basis.   The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Thursday released its first round of reopening guidance for the commonwealth's primary and secondary schools.   "Continued isolation poses very real risks to our kids mental and physical health, and to their

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