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News and events in Williamstown, Mass.

New Hope United Methodist Church Names New Pastor
09:57AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The congregation of New Hope United Methodist Church, serving North Adams and Williamstown, this month officially welcomed its new pastor, Stephen Dale, appointed by Bishop Devadhar to lead the congregation.  

Dale joins the Northern Berkshire community after serving two years in Bennington, Vt. He started the Bennington AfterDark community in late 2018, and was invited to serve the Pownal UMC as pastor in July 2019.

Dale has been serving churches in New England for the past 11 years, beginning as a licensed local pastor and completing his master of divinity at Boston University in 2015. Dale was commissioned into provisional membership after a year in


Miss Hall's School Announces Head's List, Honor Roll
09:33AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 56 local students among the 166 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year, which ended May 22.

For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 92, with no single grade below B-plus.

For Honor Roll recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 86, with no single grade below B-minus.

Head's List

Grade 12: Ella Biancolo, Pittsfield; Emily Carmel, Pittsfield; Angela Guachione, Pittsfield;


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

Protect Yourself Against Financial Scammers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:23AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020

It's unfortunate, but true: During this period of economic uncertainty, one of the busiest "industries" has been financial scamming. But it goes on even during normal times, too, so you will want to know what to look for, and how to defend yourself.

For starters, just how widespread is financial fraud? Consider this: In 2019, more than 3.2 million fraud cases were reported to the Federal Trade Commission, with identity theft being the most common type of fraud, accounting for about one-fifth of the overall cases. And fraudulent new accounts (mortgages, student loans, car loans and credit cards) amounted to about $3.4 billion in 2018, according to a study by Javelin Strategy


Baseball in the Berkshires Exhibit Opens July 20
05:49AM / Tuesday, July 14, 2020
DALTON, Mass. -- Baseball in the Berkshires is opening its newest exhibit, “Take Me Out To The Ball Game,” in the Gallery at the Stationery Factory on Monday.   The exhibit will be open from July 20 through Sunday, Sept. 20. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with weekend hours to be announced at a later date. It is also open by appointment by calling or texting 413-822-6738 or emailing   The exhibit has new displays, artifacts and photos that assist in telling the stories of the rich history of baseball in the Berkshires. In March 2019, The Boston Globe called Baseball in the Berkshires "A Museum Worth Catching.”   Visitors are


Northern Berkshire Coalition Recognizes Good Works
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:27PM / Monday, July 13, 2020

NBCC remembers Gail Nelson, longtime volunteer with the coalition.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual meeting of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is normally a time for neighbors to gather and consider the good works the coalition and its volunteers have done over the past year.    This year was different, as so many things are because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.    Instead of congregating for breakfast and speeches and recognitions, Executive Director Amber Besaw turned to another model of neighborly engagement for the group's 33rd annual meeting.    To the strains of "It's a Wonderful Day in the Neighborhood,"


Lanesborough Bulldogs 16U Team Opens Year 3-1
04:31PM / Monday, July 13, 2020
Owen Gagne went 5-for-9 with three doubles and threw a complete game win on the mound over the weekend to help the Lanesborough Bulldogs 16-and-under travel team go 3-1 in its opening weekend.   Catcher Derek Paris was 5-for-12 at the plate with a homer, a triple, a double and seven RBIs in the four games. Landen Jamula was 4-for-11 with three doubles.   In Gagne’s Sunday win, a four-inning, 11-4 decision, he struck out five, walked none and allowed one earned run.   Jack Cangelosi struck out nine and walked two while giving up two earned runs in six innings of an 8-4 win on Sunday. He threw three innings of shutout ball, striking out six and allowing one hit in an 8-1


Williams College Redoing Varsity Tennis Courts
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03:26PM / Monday, July 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The varsity tennis courts at Williams College are undergoing a large-scale renovation project.   The plan of the Torrence M. Hunt courts is to remove all of the components of the six original competition courts to make them more sufficient to play on and maintain.    "I'm most excited about breaking in the new courts for our first home-match of the season this spring," head women's coach Anik Cepeda said.   The unsuitable material beneath the old courts created annual maintenance strategies that attempted to fix the cracking and poor drainage of the six courts. The new courts will be post tension concrete, which will allow for the


Mount Greylock Hopes to Hire Superintendent in Less Than a Month
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:06PM / Monday, July 13, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday morning agreed on an "expedited" timeline for hiring a new permanent superintendent and inadvertently revealed a possible violation of the Open Meeting Law by the committee in the process.   The committee decided to post a job opening for a two- to three-year appointment with a deadline of July 24 or 27 for applications and a hope of having a new superintendent in place in early August.   On Saturday, July 11, the district sent community members an email from Kimberley Grady that said she is "stepping down" from the post. But the committee has never, in open session, acknowledged


On the Books, Unenforceable: Restrictive Covenant an Echo of Williamstown's Racist Legacy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06AM / Monday, July 13, 2020

Paragraph 'f' of the covenant for a housing development in 1939 is a vestige of a sadder period of our history WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The language jumps off the page and slaps one in the face.   And it smacks of Jim Crow laws and unreconstructed Confederates.   It is the kind of thing that 21st-century New Englanders might associate with "the South."   But it happened right here in the Village Beautiful, and although it never could be enforced for a variety of reasons, it still is on the books.   "No persons of any race other than the white race shall use or occupy any buildings or any lot, except that this covenant shall not prevent


Mount Greylock Interim Superintendent: Health Plays 'Highest Role' in Reopening Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, July 13, 2020

Amie Hane, chair of the school district's special Parent Advisory Council, addresses the School Committee on Thursday evening.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District officials Thursday sought to allay fears that the district's schools will reopen under any scenario where safety is not the first priority.   Interim Superintendent Robert Putnam walked the School Committee through the administration's planning process for the start of school in September during the body's Zoom-based meeting.   "First off, we want to make sure that medical and health play the highest role in our decisions," Putnam said. "We


BRPC, Mill Town Unveil Outdoor Recreation Plan
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:18AM / Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Plan lists assets within the county and recommendations on how to leverage them. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission unveiled a countywide outdoor recreation plan last week in conjunction with Mill Town Capital.    Leaders from Mill Town, BRPC and local partners produced a 210-page report that outlines an analysis of the existing outdoor recreation landscape of the Berkshires as well as recommendations for expansion.   "We thought this was a really strong area to flesh out investment, philanthropic areas, and projects so we can just keep building a lot of momentum and infrastructure

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Mount Greylock Superintendent Grady Steps Down
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, July 11, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School Superintendent Kimberley Grady has tendered her resignation.

In an email sent to the Lanesborough-Williamstown district's community on Saturday afternoon, Grady confirmed what had been implied by an agenda item posted for a special School Committee meeting on Monday morning: She is leaving the district after 10 years as an administrator.

Grady said she was proud of the accomplishments of her administrative team and cited her health as one reason for her decision to leave.

"[O]ver the past two plus years the job of Superintendent was more than just running the schools within the District," Grady wrote in an email


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