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Building Project Drives 5 Percent Hike in Mount Greylock Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Saturday, February 11, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is looking at a 5 percent budget increase despite cost-cutting moves that slightly reduce its regular operating costs from a year ago.

On Wednesday morning, the School Committee's Finance Subcommittee took a look at a draft budget that will be reviewed by the full committee next week and presented to the public next month.

The nearly $613,000 increase to the $12.8 million budget is being driven entirely by school building project approved by voters in Lanesborough and Williamstown last year.

The district paid $1.1 million toward the project in fiscal year 2017. In FY18, it is scheduled to pay about $1.8 million,

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Mount Greylock Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:05PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has announced its second quarter honor roll.

Of the total school enrollment of 556, 311 students made Honor Roll for the second quarter.

Grade 12: Dagny Albano, Kyle Alvarez, Zachary Armet, Evan Arthur, Thomas Astle, Elizabeth Bartlett, Kyle Bazonski, Jenna Benzinger, Emily Brown, Savanah Brown, Devin Buda, John Campbell, Caroline Carlough, Cameron Castonguay, Brianna Chilton, Serena Chow, Abigail Coleman, Niku Darafshi, Lauren Diamond, Olivia DiNicola, Grace Dodig, James Ellingwood, Sally Gotlieb, Mercer Greenwald, Hailey Guest, Sydney Gurek, Cameron Hadley, Mark Hayden, Simon Kent, Aaron Kleiner, Matthew Kleiner, Lina


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

Morris, Williamstown Elementary Schools Honored at State House
01:08PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. — Sen. Adam Hinds welcomed Morris Elementary School Principal Carolyn Boyce to the Massachusetts State House on Feb. 1 to celebrate Morris' designation as a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

During the ceremony, Williamstown Elementary School was also named a 2016 Massachusetts Commendation School.

The two Berkshire County schools were among 51 schools honored for high achievement, narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students or making strong progress. The schools were recognized as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, state-designated Commendation Schools or National Title I Distinguished Schools.

"I'm proud that our Massachusetts K-12 education


Letter: Quitting Smoking the 'Perfect Valentine's Gift'
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

To the Editor:

The Perfect Valentine's Gift: Help Your Loved One Quit Smoking

February is American Heart Month, so before you think about what kind of flowers or type of candy to buy for Valentine's Day, choose the valentine that is better than any box of chocolates or bouquet of expensive red roses: show your love by supporting your sweetheart in quitting smoking.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, smoking is a leading cause of heart disease. Smoking leads to the narrowing of blood vessels and high blood pressure. Quitting smoking greatly improves heart health.

Give Valentine's Day new meaning by helping your loved one become a nonsmoker. If your sweetheart


Berkshire Community College Announces New Hires, Promotions
12:38PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced new faculty and staff additions as well as recent promotions.

Julia Curletti of Richmond, Mass., has joined BCC as staff assistant to the dean of enrollment management and student success. She previously worked at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston as a program coordinator. She garnered a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and attended New England Law.

Alyssa Felver has been named assistant professor of practical nursing. A registered nurse in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, she previously worked at the Berkshire Medical Center. Prior to that, she was a critical care registered


Mass 2-1-1 Day Celebrated Feb. 11
09:45AM / Friday, February 10, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Ways in Massachusetts will join United Ways across the country as they celebrate National 2-1-1 Day on Saturday, February 11, calling attention to this free comprehensive information and referral service that has been in operation here in Massachusetts since 2006 and is celebrating its 20-year Anniversary nationally.

Leading up to 2-1-1 Day, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will formally announce the merger of the Call2Talk Mental Health/Suicide Prevention line with the statewide Mass2-1-1 platform.

Mass 2-1-1 is a referral line that is staffed by information and referral specialists 24/7 who connect residents to the resources they need. Last year, 1,262 calls


Lanesborough School To Consider Preschool Subsidy Program
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Friday, February 10, 2017
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Superintendent Kimberly Grady is reinvigorating the idea of a sliding scale for preschool.   The School Committee on Thursday approved the pricing for the preschool programs, which Grady says is lower than many programs. But there are still other free programs. Grady hopes to one day move to a free program but for now, she is bringing back the conversation about providing subsidies for families who can't afford the full price.   The school used to have a sliding scale option but over time the entire program had grown to be more expensive than the income it was taking in. A proposal was floated to end the practice altogether but that faced


'The Comedian': Requiem for a Funnyman
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:09PM / Thursday, February 09, 2017

It's too bad I can't give you the Goldberger Guarantee for director Taylor Hackford's "The Comedian," an assurance of positive viewership I occasionally offer to close friends when I'm fairly confident they'll enjoy a particular movie. The warranty promises refund of the ticket price if any of those pals doesn't find the movie in question entertaining. I hate to be a piker, but, without releasing my tax records, rest assured that I couldn't afford to institute said guarantee en masse. If proved wrong, it would mean Hamburger Helper instead of steak tartare.

Actually, I'm more of a White Castle kind of guy. But the thought is, what if I'm


Storm Center: Closings for Thursday, Feb. 9
08:52AM / Thursday, February 09, 2017
Up to a foot of snow is expected to fall on the Berkshires on Thursday. Driving is treacherous and visibility is low.    All public schools are closed today as are many state and local offices. Winter parking bans and snow emergencies are in effect in most towns: do not park on the streets or you may be towed. If you plan on going out, call ahead to ensure your destination will be open.   Email us at with your closure. The following are closed:   Adams * All town offices, library and Council on Aging   * Smith Bros-McAndrews Insurance Inc.   * Adams Community Bank and drive-ups will be closing at 4 p.m. today     North Adams *


Jacob's Pillow Hosts 'Chance to Dance' Contest
02:20PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

BECKET, Mass. - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival invites artists of all styles to participate in the first ever Inside/Out: Chance to Dance viewers' choice contest.

An exciting opportunity to perform on the Pillow's iconic outdoor stage, the Chance to Dance contest is a viewer-selected online competition that allows the public, peers, and fans of artists to vote on their inclusion in the Inside/Out Performance Series for Festival 2017.

Submissions to the contest will be accepted from Feb. 6-20; voting is open to the public on PillowTV, the Jacob's Pillow YouTube channel, from February 21-26. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 7, and will perform on July 21 as a part


Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Awards $1.5 Million in Winter Grants Cycle
12:38PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of its final round of grantmaking for 2016.

The foundation distributed over $708,000 in grants to individuals, schools and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $800,000 from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Adams Cheshire Educational Partnership; Amy Clampitt Fund; Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund; Berkshire Hills Fund for Excellence; Central Berkshire Fund; Martha Boschen Porter Fund; William J. & Margery S. Barrett Fund for Adams, Cheshire & Savoy; and Williamstown


Berkshires Beat: Senior Living Community Collects Items For Neighbors in Need
12:30PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Helping hands: Brookdale Fillmore Pond, a senior living community, launched a partnership with the Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless (BCCH), to provide assistance to those in need in the Bennington, Vt., area. The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless currently provides resources for more than 400 people a year, but continues to need assistance. The associates, residents and their families at Brookdale Fillmore Pond collected items based on the needs of the BCCH.

Needed items that were collected include gently used seasonal clothing, including coats and socks; children's books; and personal hygiene items, specifically small bottles of shampoo, lotion, mouthwash and


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