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Mount Greylock Funding Request Explained to Williamstown Fin Comm
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:16AM / Saturday, April 04, 2015
Finance Committee Chairwoman K. Elaine Neely, right, conducts Wednesday's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Wednesday finished its review of the relevant warrant articles for May's annual town meeting and heard an update from the chairman of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee about the district's funding request for fiscal 2016.   Carolyn Greene appeared before the Fin Comm to explain why Mount Greylock's assessments to its member towns is slightly higher than the figures previously considered by Lanesbourough's and Williamstown's finance committees and the public.   After the second of two public hearings on the

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@theMarket: Will the Second Quarter Be Like the First?
By Bill Schmick,
08:47PM / Friday, April 03, 2015

By now you know that this year's first quarter was nothing to write home about. The benchmark S&P 500 Index managed to eke out a gain of just 0.4 percent for the quarter. The Dow posted a 0.3 percent loss, while the NASDAQ did gain 3.5 percent. Can we expect more of the same this quarter?

The short answer is yes. And that's not necessarily a bad thing. Investors have been conditioned to expect nothing but double digit gains in the stock market over the last few years. This "new normal," based on abnormally low interest rates, is coming to an end, at least in this country.

As I have written in the past, stock markets do not go straight up. Usually, we experience

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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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Dias Selects Williamstown-Lanesborough; Contract Signing Set
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:44PM / Thursday, April 02, 2015
Douglas Dias withdrew his candidacy for superintendent in West Springfield to negotiate with Williamstown and Lanesborough. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It appears the Lanesborough-Williamstown schools' new superintendent will be current Medway High School Principal Douglas Dias.   On Thursday, Dias withdrew his name from consideration for the superintendent position in West Springfield, West Springfield Mayor Edward Sullivan said on Thursday afternoon.   The West Springfield School Committee, which Sullivan chairs, reportedly offered its job to its interim Superintendent Michael Richard, MassLive reported on Thursday night.   Dias interviewed for the West

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The Independent Investor: How to Teach Your Kid to Become the Next Warren Buffet
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, April 02, 2015

Children in America need to learn more about money. How to value it, save it, spend it and retire on it. The evidence thus far indicates that we have all been doing a poor job in educating our kids. Here are some suggestions to remedy that failing.

Let's start with the munchkins, pre-kindergarten through third grade, and the concept of cash. To those little people, credit card purchases mean nothing at all, but watching Dad, Mom (or a grandparent like me) plunk down some greenbacks for a treasured game, book or ice cream makes a lot of difference. Don't miss an opportunity to have your child watch you count out and put the coins in the parking meter or pay for a purchase when they

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Williamstown Housing Trust Looking to Acquire Land
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:02PM / Thursday, April 02, 2015
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Affordable Housing Trust is waiting for proposals to sell the town land for the development of subsidized housing.   In February, the trust issued a request for proposals for "the purchase of vacant land and/or improved land in Williamstown."   In the past, the trustees have discussed either rehabilitating existing single or two-family homes or building new housing in partnership with a non-profit like Habitat for Humanity.   The goal is to create deed-restricted owner-occupied housing to complement some of the town's current and planned rental developments.   Landowners interested in selling to the

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Grab Your Easter Baskets!
02:13PM / Wednesday, April 01, 2015

It's time for the kiddos to break out their baskets and spy some Easter goodies around the county this weekend.

Thursday, April 2

• Mason Library, Great Barrington, 10:30-11:15 a.m.: A Treasure Egg Hunt for ages 3-5 will be held. Children can decorate their own bags and search for eggs with prizes inside. Whoever finds the golden egg wins an extra special prize. Please register in advance at 413-528-2403.
 

Saturday, April 4

• '6 House Pub, Williamstown, noon: The Easter Bunny will be hopping into the '6 House Pub for an Easter egg hunt and face painting. Find the golden eggs for special prizes.

• Stockbridge Library, Stockbridge, 11 a.m.: A special

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Lanesborough-Williamstown Officials Hopeful of School Leader
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Wednesday, April 01, 2015
The candidate chosen by Mount Greylock Regional and SU71 to be the new superintendent was interviewed for the West Springfield post on Tuesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown-Lanesborough school officials are optimistic about having a contract for their next superintendent in place by next week, even though their chosen candidate was interviewing in another district on Tuesday.   As scheduled, Medway High School Principal Douglas Dias reported to the West Springfield School District on Tuesday morning to take tours of the district's schools, and Dias is scheduled to be interviewed by the West Springfield School Committee on Tuesday evening, according to West

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National Weather Service Transmitter Remains Out of Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:18AM / Tuesday, March 31, 2015
ADAMS, Mass. — The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., says a weather transmitter on top of Mount Greylock will be back online by June.   The transmitter, which broadcasts official warnings, watches, forecasts and hazard information 24 hours a day, has been out of service since May 2014.   Late last summer, the head of the Albany office said he expected it to be back in service by Oct. 1.   Earlier this month, the Albany office of the NWS issued a statement reading, in part, "We continue to make progress on clearing remaining administrative details.   "Once the final permit requirements are completed ... and once snow melts on Mount Greylock ...

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Purple Valley Aquatic Swimmers Compete at Regional
05:54PM / Monday, March 30, 2015
BOSTON, Mass. -- Purple Valley Aquatics sent three swimmers to the New England Championship for 13- to 18-year-olds at Boston University this month.   Manchester, Vt.'s, Aryn Iannuzzi, Pittsfield's Isaac Boyd and Williamstown's Cole Kuster combined to swim in 11 events while representing the Williams College-based club.   PVA swimmers boasted 11 out of 11 personal best times for each event swum at the meet.   Kuster finished in the top 10 for 13-year-olds in the 200-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle   Boyd placed in the top 10 in the 100 breastroke, 200 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke and 200 individual

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WCMA Receives Large Donation of Contemporary Art
02:25PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art has received a donation of 68 works of contemporary art from the collection of computer programmer and philanthropist Peter Norton.

WCMA is one recipient in a series of gifts to university and college art museums throughout the country. The art, from Norton’s personal collection, is intended to support the integration of the visual arts in higher education, to connect diverse audiences with contemporary art, and to foster creative museum practice.

The gift to WCMA is part of Norton’s second such philanthropic project, following one in 2000 in which he gave more than 1,000 pieces to 32 institutions. Joining WCMA as

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Berkshire Bank Seeks Volunteer Projects
02:20PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Bank is seeking volunteer opportunities for their upcoming Company-Wide Week of Service June 8-12.  

During the week, more than 300 bank employees are expected to participate in a series of service projects to help the communities in which the bank operates.

Berkshire Bank is seeking service projects of all sizes, but generally should engage between five to 50 employees using a mix of skilled and non-skilled labor. Projects should be able to be completed in one day using largely bank volunteers and have a tangible impact on both the organization and the individuals served by the organization. Limited financial support for selected projects may be

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Williamstown Community Chest Seeks Volunteer Award Nominations
02:04PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Chest is requesting nominations for its Volunteer of the Year Award, to be presented at the Chest’s 88th annual meeting in May.

As an organization that depends on volunteers to carry out its mission of raising and distributing funds to support local charitable organizations providing services to those in need, the Chest wishes to recognize the importance of volunteer efforts throughout the community.

Since 1985, the Community Chest has presented an annual award honoring a resident, or residents, of Williamstown for exceptional volunteer service.

The nomination process is open to the public and members of the community are

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