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Massachusetts Residents Asked to Report Receipt of Unsolicited Seeds
Staff Reports,
05:45PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

These seeds arrived in Washington State apparently from China. BOSTON — Random packages of seeds that appear to be from China and other countries have been appearing in mailboxes across the country. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and numerous agricultural agencies across the nation are warning  people not to plant what could be an invasive species.    The state Department of Agricultural Resources has been notified that several Massachusetts residents have received these unsolicited packages that appear to have originated in a foreign country and contain seeds.    While the exact types of seeds in the packages are unknown, the seeds are thought to be

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Williamstown's Diversity Committee Holds First Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the town's newest committee, there is no time like the present and no time to lose.   The Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity Committee held its inaugural meeting Monday evening and decided that, for the foreseeable future, the panel will meet on a weekly basis.   Early on in the virtual meeting, Jane Patton suggested that meeting frequency was one of the operational steps the panel might want to take in its first meetings, noting that weekly or twice-monthly were options and that the committee formed by the Select Board this month is, "in a marathon, not a sprint."   The nine-member group agreed that it has the energy to go

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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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Create Strategies to Help Achieve Your Financial Goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:58PM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Like most people, you probably have many financial goals: a comfortable retirement, long vacations, college for your children or grandchildren, the ability to leave something behind for the next generation, and so on. To achieve these various goals, you may have to follow different investment strategies – and you might have to make some tradeoffs along the way.

To pursue this multi-goal/multi-strategy approach, try to follow a clear course of action, including these steps:

Define your goals – and invest appropriately. You will need to identify each goal and ask some questions: How much time will you have to achieve this goal? How much return will you need from your investments

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Mount Greylock Elementary Schools Have Capacity for Full Classrooms
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02AM / Tuesday, July 28, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District has room to welcome all its students back to its two elementary schools with six feet between desks, the district's interim superintendent said on Thursday.   Addressing the School Committee's Education Subcommittee, Robert Putnam said the schools' classrooms have capacity for up to 16 student desks plus a teacher's desk while maintaining that social distancing standard.   Putnam expressed confidence about the ability of the elementary schools to absorb a full complement of students but indicated contingency planning still continues at the middle-high school.   "As you can see,

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State Offers Testing in Agawam, Springfield as COVID-19 Rate Inches Up
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Monday, July 27, 2020
BOSTON — A reported outbreak of COVID-19 at Springfield's Baystate Health coincided Monday with the commonwealth's plans to provide free testing to asymptomatic residents in two Western Massachusetts communities.   On Monday afternoon, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that Springfield and Agawam are among eight sites chosen for the next round of "Stop the Spread" testing, which aims to provide expanded testing in communities where postiive test rates are among the state average and testing volume has fallen off.   Monday morning, the CEO of Baystate Health reported that an outbreak of infections of the novel coronavirus has affected 23 employees and 13 patients

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Williamstown Housing Trust Modifies Rental Assistance Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, July 27, 2020

Liz Costley participates in Thursday's meeting of the board of the Williamstown Affordable Housing Trust. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust last week voted to raise the maximum allowable grant from its Emergency Rental Assistance Program to $2,500 with the prospect to hike the limit again in the near future.   The board created the emergency program in the spring to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   It set a cap of $1,000 per dispersal for the program, which is being administered by Berkshire Housing Development Corporation.   The WERAP was created with enough funds to support about $18,000 in grants.

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Berkshires Beat: Mahaiwe, Simon's Rock Offer Drive-In Movie Theater
10:43AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
Drive-in theater

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, in partnership with Bard College at Simon’s Rock, will host a drive-in movie theater in the parking lot of the college’s Daniel Arts Center at 84 Alford Rdoad in Great Barrington. The theater will be open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays through Labor Day, weather-permitting.

Gates will open each night at 7:45 p.m., with previews and shorts starting at 8:30 p.m. and featured movies beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $25 per vehicle. Attendance is limited to 50 cars and tickets must be purchased online in advance at mahaiwe.org; tickets are available first-come, first served. Movies projected on a 16-by-30-foot screen will be

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State Updates Guidelines for Youth Sports
10:08AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. -- Football remains a “higher risk” sport that is restricted to non-contact drills and “individual skill work” under the latest guidance from the commonwealth released on Friday.   The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Friday released its updated rules for amateur sports activities.   The rules released on Friday specifically do not govern interscholastic athletics, but the same office will be determining the “rules for the road” for high school sports in conjunction with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.   Those interscholastic guidelines are expected to be released in early August,

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Expands Advanced Breast Imaging Technology
09:53AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has invested $750,000 in the latest breast imaging technology for its newly renamed Breast Health and Imaging Center, formerly SVMC Women's Imaging. 

The funds purchased two Hologic Selenia Dimensions 3-D Mammography units. Both provide proven superior clinical performance compared with less recent technology.

"Our aim is to give patients and providers the crucial information they need to make decisions for further care, if needed," said Melissa Spiezio, SVMC's director of Imaging Services. "This advanced technology will help us meet that goal for years to come and to do so more efficiently and more

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School Committee Takes Open Meeting Complaint to Exec Session
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:07AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020
WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee engaged in an apparent violation of the commonwealth's Open Meeting Law Friday in its effort to respond to a complaint of a prior violation.   At 12:06 p.m., the committee moved to executive session to consider its response to an OML complaint filed by the editor of iBerkshires.com.   The Attorney General's Office's 2018 "Open Meeting Law Guide and Educational Materials" lists 10 acceptable reasons for public bodies to hold a meeting in executive session. Responding to an Open Meeting Law complaint is not on that list.   "The law states 10 specific purposes for which

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Speakable Adjustable Mask Wins Lever Pitch Challenge
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lever director Jeffrey Thomas, left, speaking during the virtual pitch competition with Economic Development Secretary Michael Keannely. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Speakeasy Travel Supply won the Lever COVID-19 Intrapreneur Challenge Pitch Competition with its adjustable mask.   The Centerville company was awarded the $25,000 prize Friday to help ramp up the production of the mask after a virtual pitch contest in which  11 companies shared their innovative general use face mask designs.   "We are very humbled and we are just so thankful that you guys chose our product," owner Bethany Salvon said. "We can't wait; the whole team is

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Governor Signs Order Requiring Travelers to Isolate 14 Days
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:07PM / Friday, July 24, 2020

BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed an executive order requiring anyone entering the commonwealth from any state outside the Northeast to self-quarantine for 14 days or provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19.

The new travel order, outlined on the state's website, carries a $500 per day fine for anyone violating the rule, which goes into effect on Aug. 1.

It applies to any residents of the commonwealth returning to Massachusetts as well as visitors from — for now — 41 states not identified as "lower-risk" states. The lower-risk states currently include the five other New England states plus New York, New Jersey and Hawaii.

That list of

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