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Williamstown Planning Board Advances Cannabis Bylaw for Inclusion on Town Meeting Warrant
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:43AM / Monday, March 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week voted unanimously to send a cannabis cultivation bylaw amendment and two less controversial zoning measures to the Select Board for inclusion on the annual town meeting warrant.   But first Chair Stephanie Boyd reviewed the steps the board took to gather input and generate consensus around the marijuana issue, which generated angst, confusion and, ultimately, no action at the 2020 annual town meeting.   Boyd talked about the feedback the Planning Board received from the Select Board; the Board of Health; the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee; the Zoning Board of Appeals, which ultimately would apply the bylaw in

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Mount Greylock District Budget Delayed Until End of March
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:54PM / Sunday, March 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District continues to develop its fiscal 2022 budget as school officials work to develop a strategy to address diversity issues in the PreK-12 district.   On Thursday, the School Committee held its annual public hearing on the budget. In year's past, that has been the night the panel votes to approve the spending plan it will send to member towns Lanesborough and Williamstown with the property tax assessments voters will consider at their respective annual town meetings.   This year, no such vote was requested by the administration or taken by the seven-member committee.   "I'm going to keep on saying

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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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Veteran Spotlight: Spc. Jake Gaylord
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
05:08PM / Sunday, March 14, 2021

Gaylord with colleagues in Afghanistan.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was an absolute pleasure to interview this week's Veterans Spotlight feature. Jacob "Jake" Gaylord served his country in the Army National Guard for six years as a specialist.   Growing up in Cheshire, he graduated from Hoosac Valley High School and enlisted at age 19, inspired to serve by the 9/11 terror attacks.   "I just walked right into the recruiter and signed up …. always wanted to serve my country," he said. "I remember watching the attack on the World Trade Center and it just fueled my fire to serve."   His basic training was done at Fort Leonard

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@theMarket: Tech Stocks Rise From the Dead
By Bill Schmick,
04:44PM / Friday, March 12, 2021
The large cap technology sector bounced back this week as bond yields fell. It is a see-saw market filled with several cross-currents. But if you want to know where stocks are going, keep your eyes focused on the U.S. Ten-Year Bond yield.   In my last column, I explained how rising bond yields are like kryptonite to the continued performance of what I call "super tech stocks." Over the last two weeks, the NASDAQ 100, for example, experienced a 10 percent-plus down draft, as bond yields rose to 1.60 percent from 1.25 percent. Investors sold FANG stocks, and technology shares in new-era sectors, like solar and electric vehicles, and bought old economy stocks, like in energy,

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Williamstown Police Department Investigating Unauthorized Use of RMV Database
By Stephen Dravis,
04:08PM / Friday, March 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Acting Police Chief Michael Ziemba is investigating an unauthorized use of the commonwealth's Criminal Justice Information System by members of the Williamstown Police Department.   In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Ziemba said that "a few officers of the Williamstown Police Department searched names of individuals in Registry of Motor Vehicle records accessed through the Criminal Justice Information System database without a criminal justice purpose as required by Massachusetts law and Department of Criminal Justice Information Services regulations."   Ziemba said that disciplinary actions have been taken and that all of the personnel

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Guest Column: Expand Vaccine Eligibility to Higher Education Workforce
By James Birge, Guest Column
11:51AM / Friday, March 12, 2021
We already know that our teachers and caregivers are heroes, but during this challenging year they have become superheroes. I was happy to see that earlier this month, Governor Baker announced that K-12 educators, child-care workers, and school staff are eligible for vaccination starting March 11.    I agree that Massachusetts needs to do what it takes to move toward K-12 schools being fully open for in- person learning, and vaccinating education workers is a positive step forward.   However, it's surprising to see that faculty and staff in higher education are not included in these eligibility guidelines. Indeed, colleges, including the Massachusetts State University

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Charlemont Campground Wins Entrepreneurial Challenge
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10PM / Thursday, March 11, 2021

Kurt Gaertner of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, left, congratulates Patrick and Katie Banks of Foolhardy Hill campground. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Charlemont campground Thursday was awarded a $25,000 grant in the Lever/Mohawk Trails Woodland Partnership Entrepreneur Challenge.   Foolhardy Hill, an off-the-grid base camp for outdoor enthusiasts started by Katie and Patrick Banks, was selected from among five finalists by a panel of three judges after making virtual pitches.   "Charlemont is the mecca for outdoor recreation," Katie Banks said in giving the team's presentation. "People come to fish and paddle its

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The Retired Investor: The Coming Economic Boom
By Bill Schmick,
03:46PM / Thursday, March 11, 2021
The nation should have a lot to celebrate in the coming months. Most economists are busily raising their forecasts for growth for the remainder of the year. If their forecasts are accurate, Americans can expect a booming economy this year and into 2022.   The arguments for growth are straightforward. The number of Americans that are being vaccinated is now higher than the number of new coronavirus cases. By the end of May 2021, if government forecasts are correct, almost everyone in the U.S. that wants a vaccination should have one. As a result, we can expect to see a re-opening of most businesses no later than the second half of the year. That, in turn, should lead to a rapid hike in

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SVHC Previews Next Medical Matters Weekly
11:52AM / Thursday, March 11, 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 Family Medicine Physician Jennifer Baker-Porazinski of Twin Rivers Medical, P.C in Hoosick Falls, N.Y., as a guest on its March 17 show.    The two will discuss Baker-Porazinski's personal experience with COVID-19 and her interest in integrative medicine.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and airs live at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly live on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and

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Berkshire Adult Baseball League to Hold Tryouts
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10:21AM / Thursday, March 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire Adult Baseball League will hold tryouts for its 2021 season on Saturday, April 3, at 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Baseball Academy at 10 Lyman St.   The BABL welcomes players aged 20 to 50 to compete in two divisions, 20-and-over and 35-and-over.   The season starts May 2 and runs through Aug. 15. Teams will play one game per week on Saturday mornings.   To register for the tryouts or sign-up for the season, go to www.league.ineup.com/orazl or call Lou Orazio at 413-663-0741 for more information.

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Williamstown Town Meeting Will See Article on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Thursday, March 11, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — June's annual town meeting will be asked to reaffirm a goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions in the town of 7,700.   Representatives of the town's Carbon Dioxide Lowering (COOL) Committee met with the Select Board on Monday to discuss a warrant article the grassroots group is preparing to put before voters.   The resolution points out that the town already adopted the net zero goal in 2008. But it lags 30 other municipalities around the commonwealth in adopting "comprehensive, cost-effective plans to achieve these goals."   "We feel like the timing is really good because the state has come forward with a goal, a net zero

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Advance Registration Being Launched for COVID-19 Vaccines
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:50PM / Wednesday, March 10, 2021
WEST​ BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — Residents will be able to register in advance for COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning Friday and four days are being set aside specifically for educators.   The new registration site is applicable only to the seven mass vaccination sites for now and is being supported through a partnership with Google Cloud. It is expected to be online by midmorning on Friday.    "The preregistration system is designed to make it easier for residents to secure an available appointment, and will soon replace the current process of large numbers of appointments being posted online on Thursday mornings," Gov. Charlie Baker said on Wednesday.

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