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Williamstown Ag Commission Weighs in on Livestock Bylaw Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:28AM / Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Agricultural Commission Chairwoman Beth Phelps conducts last week's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Agricultural Commisssion decided last week to develop suggestions to help the Board of Health develop a set of regulations governing livestock keeping.   The commission held a public hearing attended by Health Inspector Jeffrey Kennedy at which he explained the rationale for the proposed addition to the town code and heard reaction — mostly criticism — from farmers on the commission and in the audience.   "About 10 years ago, the Board of Health looked at what we had for minimal standards," Kennedy said. "We put it away because the

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Remembering Savoy's 'Crooked Forest'
By Joe Durwin, iBerkshires Columnist
04:21PM / Monday, February 16, 2015
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All that's left of Savoy's Crooked Forest are archival photographs that forever captured the odd growth.

Lost within the treeline of a Berkshire town that's become more forest than settlement, one curious patch of woodland has invited curious hikers for the better part of a century.

Once a would-be tourist attraction, the intriguing mystery of Savoy's "Crooked Forest" still calls out to some interested explorers, though this arboreal accident of nature is now more likely to be found in archival photos than in the dense acreage of Savoy Mountain State Forest.

Alternately dubbed the "Hansel and Gretel Forest" by Arthur Palme, founder of the longtime

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Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
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Annual Father-Daughter Dance Comes Full Circle
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:44PM / Sunday, February 15, 2015
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The Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance was held at the Eagles on Sunday night. The semi-formal included music, refreshments and drawings, all to benefit the Gabriel Abbott playground. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The annual Father-Daughter Valentine's Day Dance came full circle this year.

The sold-out affair held at the Eagles Hall on Sunday night offered a chance for fathers and other guardians to spend quality time with the little girls in their lives.

The event also raised money for a project that 21 years ago prompted the idea of the dance: The playground at Gabriel Abbott Memorial School.

Jennifer Bean, co-coordinator of the event, said the dance

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Williams Women's Basketball Secures Home Playoff Game
11:24PM / Friday, February 13, 2015
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NEW LONDON, Conn. — For the second year in a row, the Williams College women’s basketball team traveled to Connecticut College on the last weekend of the season with three conference losses and a shot at a home playoff game on the line.   In 2014, the Camels beat the Ephs by 15; Williams finished tied for fifth in the conference, then traveled to Bowdoin and bowed out of the NESCAC tournament and lost in the quarterfinals.   On Friday, the Ephs (18-5, 6-3 NESCAC) took another step towards erasing memories of last season’s disappointing finish, beating Conn (15-8, 5-4 NESCAC), 78-69, to guarantee Williams a game in Chandler Gym next weekend against the

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@theMarket: A Race to the Bottom
By Bill Schmick,
07:19PM / Friday, February 13, 2015
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Faced with slowing economies and sluggish employment, more and more countries throughout the world are devaluing their currencies, slashing interest rates and stimulating growth wherever they can. That should be a recipe for further global growth in the years to come.

These days wherever you look — China, Canada, Denmark, Sweden — central banks are announcing surprise interest rate cuts on a weekly basis. Last month's announcement by the ECB of their own additional quantitative easing efforts evidently triggered a rush of responses by other banks across the world.  So far this year 26 out of 34 major central banks are establishing or maintaining monetary easing

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Letter: Readers Deserve the Facts on Kinder Morgan
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02:29PM / Friday, February 13, 2015
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To the Editor:

I don't understand the editorial decision of having two articles a day apart about the Kinder Morgan open house on Feb. 10.

It would have been better to combine "Kinder Morgan Open House Addresses Natural Gas Pipeline Concerns" with "Some Berkshire Residents Unimpressed by Pipeline Answers" into one article. The first article was not up to iBerkshires' usual standards. It read like a press release from Kinder Morgan. It is totally unbalanced. The second article adheres to higher journalistic standards.

I attended the Open House and spoke with many Kinder Morgan employees and many residents of the Berkshires. Of course, all of the Kinder Morgan

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Snocross Races Return; Williamstown Man Rides for His Brother
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:28PM / Friday, February 13, 2015
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East Coast Snocross returns to North Adams this weekend with bigger purses and more activities.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Chad Luczynski knows cold.

The former professional snowmobile racer and Winter X Games participant would rather see a forecast like last year's heading into this weekend's second annual East Coast Snocross event at its new course dubbed "The River's Edge" at The Range on Curran Highway.

"I'm kind of bumming," Luczynski said on Thursday. "Last year, it was 40, 50 degrees.

Not that he hasn't raced in temperatures in the 45-below zone before.

"[The cold] is a little bit of a problem. When you're racing, you tend

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Mount Greylock Committee Votes Not to Make 'Devastating' Cuts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:41AM / Friday, February 13, 2015
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee will make its case to officials in its member towns that the district needs a budget hike in order to maintain services.   One of the regional school district's member towns asked the committee to limit its requested budget increase to 1 percent. But after assessing the potential impact of that step, the committee decided on Wednesday to present a budget that raises its operational budget by 4.5 percent.   Based on what information the district currently has about state funding and grants, that would mean town assessment hikes of 10.54 percent in Lanesborough and 11.26 percent in

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Guest Column: Mount Greylock Budget Cuts Would Be Catastrophic
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07:00PM / Thursday, February 12, 2015
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To the Editor:

A joint meeting of the Mount Greylock Regional School District School Committee and Finance Subcommittee was held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, to address the regional budget for the 2015-2016 year.

Former member of the School Committee, David Langston, attended the meeting and spoke during the open session. He strongly urged the School Committee to advocate for the budget that best serves the students and let town officials respond to the finances. He directly referenced the town reserves in Lanesborough.

Echoing his comments, interim Superintendent Gordon L. Noseworthy encouraged the school community to look at the big picture - not simply where each cut brings the bottom line

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Williamstown Finance Committee Gets First Look at FY16 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:46PM / Thursday, February 12, 2015
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Town Manager Peter Fohlin presents his last Williamstown budget on Wednesday night. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is projecting a 2.5 percent increase in spending in fiscal 2016, avoiding the possibility of a Proposition 2 1/2 override vote.   Town Manager Peter Fohlin presented the final budget of his career to the Finance Committee on Wednesday evening.   Despite a significant jump in the cost of health insurance for town employees, the town is positioned to keep taxes below the level that would trigger a townwide vote.   The budget was built based on "a 2.5 percent increase in local real estate taxes and pending state aid and local receipts," Fohlin

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