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Williamstown Board of Selectmen Picks Next Town Manager
By Stephen Dravis,
03:30PM / Friday, June 12, 2015
Jason Hoch, selected the new town manager, met with residents on Thursday night at the Williams Inn.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It took the Board of Selectmen months to find the right person to be the next town manager.   The man they chose has been eyeing the job for a lot longer than that.   On Friday afternoon, the Selectmen voted unanimously to offer the job to Jason Hoch, currently the town administrator in Litchfield, N.H., south of Manchester.   During Friday morning's interview, the 1995 Williams College alumnus indicated just how much the corner office in Williamstown's Town Hall means to him.   "I had every

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Motor Vehicle Catches Fire After Williamstown Crash
By Stephen Dravis,
12:52PM / Friday, June 12, 2015
A motor vehicle that slammed into utility pole on Syndicate Road ignited but the occupant were not seriously injured.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Syndicate Road was closed briefly on Thursday evening after a vehicle crashed into a utility pole near the intersection with North Street (Route 7).

Thomas B. Bourn of Henderson Road was cited for negligent operation of a motor vehicle, a marked lanes violation and speeding after hitting the pole while attempting to make a turn onto Syndicate Road from the southbound lane of North Street, Williamstown Police Officer Michael Ziemba said on Friday.

Bourn and his one passenger were evaluated by personnel from Village Ambulance, treated for minor


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

Williamstown Town Manager Candidates Meet With Residents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:52PM / Thursday, June 11, 2015
The two candidates for town manager will be interviewed on Friday morning at Town Hall. The sessions will be telecast live by Willinet. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A couple of dozen residents turned out Thursday night to acquaint themselves with the two men vying to become the next town manager.   Jason Hoch and Angus Jennings participated in a meet-and-greet at the Williams Inn.   On Friday morning starting at 9, each candidate will be interviewed by the Board of Selectmen at Town Hall in sessions that are open to the public but at which the public will not be invited to participate.   Both interviews and a planned deliberation by the board on Friday afternoon will be


The Classical Beat: Neighboring Venues Kick Off Summer
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:29PM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Glimmerglass Festival is just a short drive from the Berkshires in lovely Cooperstown, N.Y.

The summer concert season is virtually upon us.

With programs across the region, concertgoers will have panoply of classical music to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo vocal and choral to piano recitals, from chamber music to orchestral and opera - both staged and in concert performance.

This week I will showcase two long-time presenters that offer the best in chamber music, opera and musical theater.

  Concerts at Tannery Pond

Concerts at Tannery Pond, the handsome, intimate and elegant series in New Lebanon, N.Y., and one of the premiere presenters of concert


Williams Joins Program to Connect Recent Veterans with Colleges
12:05PM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is among the participating schools in a new initiative by Service to School (S2S) to connect high-achieving veterans with some of the most highly selective colleges and universities.

Along with Williams, Cornell University, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Smith College, and Yale University are partnering in the new program, called VetLink. Through VetLink, S2S will identify qualified U.S. military veterans, introduce them to partner colleges, and mentor them through the college search and admissions process.

S2S will provide its partner schools with an effective way to identify, evaluate, and accept

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Lanesborough Town Meeting Approves Budgets, Rejects Pipeline, Docks Bylaws
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
09:19AM / Wednesday, June 10, 2015
A total of 277 residents attended town meeting this year.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town meeting on Tuesday adopted the town's $10.4 million budget nearly as proposed, including the Mount Greylock Regional School assessment.

Voters also adopted a resolution to oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline and rejected new docks bylaws.

The first hour and a half of Tuesday's meeting centered on the town budget. Ultimately, the proposed $10.4 million spending plan's bottom line stayed the same but the 277 attendees opted to move $25,000 from the town's reserves to the elementary school.    The reserve debate centered around a public hearing earlier in the

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Williamstown Wants More Info Before Joining Anti-Pipeline Coalition
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Tad Ames, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council, talks to the Williamstown Board of Selectmen on Monday about joining Northeast Energy Solutions, an anti-pipeline coalition.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday opted to gather more information about the pros and cons of joining an anti-gas pipeline group before making a decision on whether to actually join.

The vote to seek a conference call with Northeast Energy Solution's lawyer came after an hour of discussion prompted by a presentation by Tad Ames, president of Berkshire Natural Resources Council.

Ames came before the board to ask that Williamstown join NEES, a coalition of

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McCann Tech Postsecondary Graduates Persevered
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:34PM / Monday, June 08, 2015
McCann Technical School graduates were bubbling over after receiving their postsecondary diplomas on Monday night. Left, Stephanie Turner is presented the Drennan Scholarship from Dr. Kevin Mitts. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before they danced their degrees out the McCann Technical School gym to the strains of "Uptown Funk," the postsecondary graduating class of 2015 had put in a tough year getting through their demanding courses.

Superintendent James Brosnan said the graduates in all four disciplines could be summed up in one word: perseverance.

"Not only did you overcome the worst winter we have had in 20 years to be here to accomplish what you

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Mount Greylock Scholarships & Awards 2015
05:36PM / Monday, June 08, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The following awards were presented at Mount Greylock Regional School's Class Night and graduation on Tuesday, June 2, and Saturday, June 6, respectively.

Mount Greylock Awards

Miranda Jennifer Dils Jake William Kobrin Wellness Award: Laura Helen Galib & David James Majetich Music Award: Jake William Kobrin Taylor Michael-Thomas Carlough Rosalee Polinsky Walter Ariadna Raquel Benito, Sam Stewart Kobrin, Miranda Jennifer Dils, David James Majetich, Jake Bennett Foehl, Colby Michael Masse, Laura Helen Galib, Jacob David Kendell Paul, Alexandra Catherine Gilardi, Emily Mae Sabin, Thomas Frederick Graf, Thomas Joseph Schoorlemmer, Connor

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Congressmen Kennedy, Neal: Electric Rates Threaten Berkshire Economy
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:51PM / Monday, June 08, 2015
U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, state Sen. Benjamin Downing, and state Rep. William 'Smitty' Pignatelli toured Onyx Specialty Paper on Monday.  LEE, Mass. — Rising electric rates could threaten the local economy and federal and state lawmakers are seeking a long-term strategy to reel those costs in.   That brought U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and the 4th District's U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III to Onyx Specialty Papers on Monday morning to see how those rates are impacting area businesses.     Neal said Onyx could hire for an additional 70 jobs if energy costs were lower.   "We have high-energy costs that are impeding

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Berkshire Fresh Air Fund Host Families Needed
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:47AM / Monday, June 08, 2015

Williamstown twins Elliot and Clarissa Louis flank Avelisse Hernandez, who visited their family in 2014 through the Fresh Air Fund.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two summers ago, the Louis family of Williamstown was eagerly anticipating the arrival of a very special guest.

An 8-year-old boy whose family was originally from Nepal but now lived in New York City had signed the child up for the Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that provides free summer experiences to New York City children by sending them to places like the Berkshires. The Louis family had corresponded with the boy and his family, and the two Louis children - twins Elliot and Clarissa, also 8 at the time - were


CEO to Williams Grads: Do Your Part to Clean Up 'Messy' World
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:56PM / Sunday, June 07, 2015
Williams College conferred 522 degrees on Sunday . More photos and information on local graduates to come. See more photos here. The college also conferred four honorary degrees. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The CEO of Xerox told Williams College's graduates to do their part to clean up the "messy world" they enter from Sunday's 226th Commencement Exercises.   "We live in a world of both sobering challenges and awesome opportunities," Ursula M. Burns told the grads. "As you leave this serene campus, you realize there is something very wrong in America."   Burns then ticked off a range of problems ranging from the


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