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Cummings Opposes Those 'Trying to Tear Apart' Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Albert Cummings is running for Select Board because he wants to bring Williamstown together.   And, in large part, that means preserving what is good about his hometown.   "To understand the people in this town you have to have a long history here," Cummings said this week. "Changes can be a good thing when they take into consideration the old and the new. I am this person.    "I'm sure that this new small group who is trying to tear apart the fabric of our community with the insults and hatred has probably been thinking they're making easy progress. I can assure you that people in this town have not accepted this


Williamstown Zoning Board Contemplates Cost of Denying Cell Tower Permit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:55AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dozens of residents in the neighborhood of a proposed cell tower have addressed the Zoning Board of Appeals asking it to block the project.   On Thursday evening, the board discussed what such a step might mean.   "If enough roadblocks are put before the petitioner, eventually the carrier says, 'Forget it,' throws their hands up and walks away from the project," ZBA Chair Andrew Hoar said. "But it is my understanding the carrier also gets a certain amount of pressure from the FCC to provide coverage in underserved areas?   "So, if not now, at some point, and I don't know when, the federal government steps in and


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

Expanded Historic Shaker Hiking Trail to Open This Summer
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:11AM / Sunday, April 18, 2021

The new trail off the 14-year-old Farm and Forest Trail is a collaboration of Shaker Village, Mill Town and Greenagers.

HANCOCK, Mass. — Mill Town Capital, Hancock Shaker Village, and Greenagers are collaborating to reveal the archeological remains of five Shaker buildings from 1800 in a new trail that opens in mid-July.

The route will be a spur off the U-shaped Farm and Forest Trail that runs through the southern woods below the historic Hancock Shaker Village on Route 20.

In the spring 2021 session of the Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Summit, representatives from the entities explained how the partnership is tying in historical education, outdoor recreation, and art in this


Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:07AM / Saturday, April 17, 2021

Monday, April 19, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Williamstown's Net Zero Effort to Be Subject of Panel Discussion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:43AM / Saturday, April 17, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board took a pause Monday from talking about local crises to discuss a global crisis.   Included on the warrant for June's annual meeting is a resolution calling on the town to commit to pursuing a net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal.   Members of the town's Carbon Dioxide Lowering (COOL) Committee, which drafted the resolution, first presented the idea to the board last month. On Monday, the Select Board discussed the proposal during a review of the warrant's first draft. And next week, the whole town is invited to a virtual panel discussion on the initiative with state Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield.   "This


Officer William Evans Laid to Rest in Adams
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:53PM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — U.S. Capitol Police Officer William "Billy" Evans was brought to his final resting place Thursday afternoon after the Northern Berkshire community paid their final respects.   Evans' funeral Mass was held at noon at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and officiated by Bishop William D. Byrne of the Springfield Diocese. Byrne had previously been pastor at St. Peter's Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.   The funeral was private with family and friends, and a long list of public officials including Gov. Charlie Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Richie Neal, state Sen. Adam Hinds, state Reps. John Barrett III and William

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The Retired Investor: A Highway of Opportunity
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
Most Americans seem excited and hopeful about the prospects for the Biden Administration's infrastructure plan. Local politicians as well as their construction buddies are salivating at the possible promise of getting their share of this multi-trillion-dollar prize. But looking beyond the pork barrel, we might want to consider how innovation and technology could help America regain its first-class status in infrastructure.   As of 2019, the United States is ranked 13th in the quality of its infrastructure after countries like Singapore, Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom among others. Of course, it may not be a fair comparison since the U.S. has to rebuild and maintain 4


SVMC Announces Winners Of Its DAISY Awards
09:22AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), announces the winners of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.    Patients nominate nurses, and a committee presents one award each month.     "This is an exceptional group of highly skilled and compassionate professionals," said Pamela Duchene, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. "The DAISY Award is a really special way for us to communicate our appreciation and our patients' appreciation for their important work."    President and CEO Tom Dee, Duchene, and others visited each recipient on

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Clark Art First Sundays Free Returns In May
08:06AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, May 2.    Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is necessary.    Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva Lewitt's

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Williamstown Planning Board Sends Cannabis Bylaw to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In the end, the Planning Board decided on Tuesday that size doesn't matter.   Not when it comes to the canopy size of a cannabis grow area, anyway.   After taking more than two hours of testimony from the public — most of it asking the board to more severely restrict or even disallow outdoor commercial marijuana production in town — the planners put forward a zoning bylaw amendment that would allow by special permit canopies of up to 100,000 square feet, the largest size allowed by the commonwealth's Cannabis Control Commission.   Based on that testimony, the Planning Board did make a couple of significant revisions to its draft


'Zoom Bombing' Ends Williamstown Forum on Town Manager Search
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06:58PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A "Zoom bombing incident" Wednesday forced an abrupt end to a listening session involving two members of the Select Board.    Jane Patton and Hugh Daley, who are chairing the search committee for a new town manager, scheduled the virtual listening session to gather input from residents as the search process gets underway.    "I won't repeat the details of what was said, but it was inappropriate and unacceptable," Patton said.    Parton said she will reschedule the meeting for Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Zoom link will be posted on the town website. 


April Snow in the Forecast
04:58PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Main Street in North Adams on Wednesday. Say goodbye to this burst of spring — Mother Nature prefers a little chaos in her work.   The warm temperatures of Wednesday are about to plummet as a snowstorm — yes a snowstorm — bears down on the Berkshires.    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Pittsfield north and parts of Southern Vermont beginning Thursday evening through Friday night. Total accumulations could reach 6 inches in the higher elevations.   Accuweather is forecasting up to 10 inches with rain all day Thursday and temperatures dipping into the 40s. Thursday night will temperatures dropping into the


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