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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
09:03PM / Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2021-22 school year. Schools can send their information to to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.



Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, 2021. Call the school


Hasty Wants Williamstown to Do the 'Hard Right'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Wednesday, April 21, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Forget forsythias.   The real harbinger of spring in small towns is the political lawn sign.   And this spring, Wade Hasty livened up Williamstown's curbsides with distinctive bright yellow and green signs carrying a simple message, "Electorate leads the way," and bordered by images of flowers.   "I'm anti-partisan," Hasty said in explaining his choice in color scheme. "At this time in the American social climate, a large grouping are hyper-partisan. I chose two colors that represent the two largest third-party organizations. The mayflower outlines the sign as it is the Massachusetts state flower. I'm a


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

MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference to be held Virtually
04:17PM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA will hold its 19th annual Undergraduate Research Conference virtually this year on Thursday, April 22.    Students will have the opportunity to showcase the work they've done on various academic projects throughout the year, including scholarly and creative work, across all academic disciplines.     Students will present 15-minute talks, posters, and artistic work; the URC will also include special sessions and events focused on specific themes and performances. Members of the media are welcome to cover this MCLA community event, sit in on virtual talks, and interview students and faculty members.     Learn more


SVHC: COVID-19 Update April 16
08:47AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
  April 16, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Chatting with the


SVHC Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon to Medical Matters Weekly
08:26AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show, will feature Orthopedic Surgeon Michaela Schneiderbauer as a guest on its April 21 show.    Dr. Schneiderbauer leads the Orthopedics Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, VT. The two will discuss local innovations in orthopedic care during the pandemic, including the practice's launch of the same-day surgery program for total joint replacements.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and airs live at 4:30  p.m. on


Clark Art Celebrates Earth Day
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Clark Art Institute celebrates Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, with two guided programs that invite visitors to connect with nature and art on the Clark's campus.    Clark educators lead ninety-minute outdoor experiences that inspire participants to write, draw, move, and more as they explore the unique natural settings of the "Ground/work" exhibition. All participants will be provided with a blank "field journal" and pencil to record their thoughts and creations.   A 10:30 am walk starts at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill and features Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva LeWitt's "Resin Towers,"


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


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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