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New Ashford Town Meeting OKs School Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:28PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Nearly 70 registered voters crammed into the meeting room at Town Hall in New Ashford.   NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — Throughout the winter and spring, the school budget has been a sticky issue.   On Tuesday night, it was decided with sticky notes.   On consecutive paper ballot votes, town meeting voted by a 35-31 margin to keep the school line item in the town budget at the level recommended by the School Committee and, by a 13-vote margin, approved the total $870,054.61 spending plan.   Sixty-nine residents — or 35 percent of the town's 196 registered voters — crammed the Town Hall meeting room to do the town's business.   The most

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Southern Vermont College Holds 91st Commencement
02:56PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Nicholas T. Pinchuk, CEO of Snap-on, gives the keynote address on Saturday. BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont College recognized 84 degree candidates and 2 certificate recipients at its 91st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 12, on the Greystone Lawn of the Everett Mansion.    An honorary degree of humane letters was awarded to Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and chief executive officer of Snap-on Inc. and formerly president of global refrigeration operations for Carrier Corp., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp.    Pinchuk is a leader on workforce development and technical education and careers. Recognizing his role in the formation of the

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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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CHP Holding Children's Attic Clothing, Toy Sale
01:29PM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs’ Children’s Attic returns on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20.

This now once-a-year huge event, held under big tents at the CHP Route 7 campus at 444 Stockbridge Road, features clothing, toys, games and more. Local families sell quality maternity and children’s items, including spring, summer, fall and winter clothing, toys, videos, games, books, baby equipment and much more.

The sale will be held Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Children’s Attic is hosted by CHP Family Services and sponsored by Salisbury Bank. Call 413-528-0457 for more information.

 

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Williamstown Town Meeting to Try 'Consent Agenda' to Add Efficiency
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The new Williams Inn takes shape at the bottom of Spring Street in Williamstown.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Town officials hope that a modification to the practice of the annual town meeting will streamline the event and allow more time for discussion of potentially contentious issues.   For the first time Tuesday, Moderator Adam Filson will ask the town to pass as many as 16 articles via a "consent agenda," which will allow a number of actions — mostly monetary in nature — to be passed on a single vote, rather than having to go through each item article by article.   Town Manager Jason Hoch and Select Board Chairman Hugh Daley explained the

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MassDOT Sets Public Meetings on Capital Investment Plan
03:00PM / Monday, May 14, 2018
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will hold a series of public meetings throughout the commonwealth to solicit public input on its draft multibillion dollar MassDOT and MBTA Capital Investment Plan Update for fiscal years 2019-2023.    This program covers long-term highway, aeronautics, rail, and transit investments.   The meetings will begin on Tuesday, May 15, in Boston and continue for two weeks. The draft CIP includes all MassDOT highway and municipal projects, regional airports, rail, and transit, including MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities as well as the Registry of Motor Vehicles.   MassDOT will hold two meetings in Western

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Pool Proposal May Be Most Discussed Item at Williamstown Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Monday, May 14, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Local basketball fans and fans of local government likely will not have to choose between the annual town meeting and Game 2 of the Celtics' Eastern Conference Championship series.   The prospective length of Tuesday's 7 p.m. meeting at Williamstown Elementary School was shortened significantly last month when the Planning Board pulled three zoning bylaw changes off the warrant.   With those contentious and potentially amendable items off the table, there is little else that has generated significant public comments in the months leading up to Tuesday's meeting.   One item with the potential to generate some debate on the floor is a

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Williams Softball Rallies Past Amherst to Advance in NCAAs
08:31PM / Sunday, May 13, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Margo Beck is saving her best for last.    The Williams College right fielder/catcher lined a tie-breaking single to left in the bottom of the fifth inning Sunday, helping the Williams College softball team to a 3-1 win over rival Amherst in the championship game of the NCAA Div. III Tournament Williamstown Regional.   The Ephs won an NCAA Regional for the second consecutive year, and tied the school record for single-season victories with their 38th.    Williams (38-6) advances to the Super Regionals against either M.I.T or Tufts, who will play Monday at 11 a.m. and, if necessary, one more game following that contest. Amherst saw its season

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BCC Rededicates Theater to the Late Robert Boland
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
08:24PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018

Jonathan Daube was one of three former college presidents to join for the event. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Catherine Addy was hired to become Berkshire Community College's second president, Robert Boland was nearing retirement.   "I was completely intimidated by him. I thought the best I could do was stay out of his way, let him do his magic, and then kind of step in and take some of the credit because he worked at BCC and so did I. That seemed like a good plan at the time," Addy said.   Boland joined the new Berkshire Community College in 1961. A theater professional, he was chairman of the Theater and Fine Arts Department, overseeing more than 60

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Murphy, Williams Softball Hammers Amherst in NCAA Regional
06:23PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mackenzie Murphy went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs and five RBIs Saturday to lead the Williams College softball team to an 11-0 rout of rival Amherst in the second round of the NCAA Division III regionals.   Williams advances to Sunday's noon winner's bracket game on Cole Field, needing to win once to advance to the super regional round next weekend. A loss for the Ephs in Sunday's first game will force a winner-take-all final at 3:30.   On Saturday, Jessica Kim went 2-for-5 with a double and scored twice.   Rebecca Duncan scattered five hits and struck out 10 to earn the complete game shutout as Williams improved to 37-6 on the

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MCLA Graduates Told to Find a Career that Captures Heart, Mind
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:04PM / Saturday, May 12, 2018

Astronaut and engineer Stephanie Wilson asks the graduates to mentor those who are follow them.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — College graduates are frequently sent off with a charge of doing their best and making the world a better place. But on Saturday, they were also reminded to reach behind them to help others along the path.    Stephanie Wilson, a member of a select group of humans who have rocketed into space, told the graduating class of 2018 at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that she hoped that her generation has done its job correctly serving as mentors to their generation.   "Hopefully, we have taught you how to establish a support network,

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@the Market: Stocks Look Ready to Reach New Highs
By Bill Schmick,
10:25AM / Saturday, May 12, 2018
The S&P 500 Index had its best week in two months. All the averages made good gains and investor sentiment numbers are improving. We could see a return to the January highs before summer unless something comes out of left field.   Left field has become a familiar place for the markets under the present political regime, but not all the news has been negative on that front. Take the release of three American prisoners by North Korea as an example. Kudos to the president for that one. Then there is the Iran nuclear deal — another campaign promise kept. Why are these important?   An American politician willing to keep his campaign promises is a historical event, in my

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Williams Women's Golf Finishes Second at NCAA Tourney
09:23PM / Friday, May 11, 2018
HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. – Seventy-two holes and 1,261 shots were not enough to decide the 2018 NCAA DIII Women's Golf Championship. It took 74 holes for Claremont Mudd Scripps to edge the Ephs and claim the championship.    The Williams College women's golf team entered the fourth and final round of the NCAA Tournament in second place and four shots behind Claremont Mudd Scripps.   When the final round ended the Ephs had out shot CMS by four shots to tie the tournament after the regulation 72 holes. The NCAA DIII Tournament tiebreaker is that each team sends five players to tee off on the extra hole. The format is the same as the complete tournament. The team

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