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Letter: Lanesborough Debt Exclusion Vote Best Option
Letters to the Editor,
08:17PM / Sunday, March 13, 2016

To the Editor:

Some of those opposed to passage of the debt exclusion vote in Lanesborough on Tuesday, March 15, have been widely circulating the outrageous claim that the cost of the project is "$150,000 per Lanesborough student."

This figure is derived by taking the total cost of the project ($65 million) and dividing it by the total number of current "paying" students from Lanesborough and Williamstown (428) while excluding the tuition and school choice students who will not be bearing the cost. It is highly misleading and is clearly designed to scare people into voting no.

If it were "fact checked" it would clearly earn a "pants on fire" rating


Williams Men's Hockey Advances in NCAA Tournament
01:29PM / Sunday, March 13, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College men's hockey team defeated Salem State, 7-1, on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.   George Hunkele scored twice for the Ephs (19-5-2), who advanced to play SUNY Geneseo next Saturday.   Colby Cretella had a goal and two assists, and Michael Pinios stopped 18 shots to earn the win.   SUNY Geneseo beat Wiliams, 3-0, in November.


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

Letter: The Bus Ride Home
Letters to the Editor,
10:00AM / Sunday, March 13, 2016

To the Editor:

As the parent of a current Mount Greylock Regional School student, I have followed the news, social media, and unwavering advocacy for, and unyielding protests against, the health and safety of the school my son loves. I have found myself frustrated and hopeful, excited and disappointed, energized and exhausted by the emotional roller coaster that has ensued for over a year.

As an adult, parent, and taxpayer, I know how much is riding on this vote.

But I did something today that I haven't done in a very long time. Today, as I was driving from Williamstown to Pittsfield, I was behind a school bus. Today, I decided to ride along with my son's friends on their


Hinds Releases Platform For State Senate Campaign
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
06:55AM / Sunday, March 13, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Senate candidate Adam Hinds released his platform last week, focusing on five topics: economics, education, energy, stopping the heroin epidemic, and reversing the population loss.   The candidate says each topic is somewhat dependent on the others and the five-pronged approach is "a plan we can go to Boston with."   Hinds says by creating more high-quality jobs, and strengthening the education system, getting a handle on energy costs, and providing more treatment for those addict to heroin, the district consisting of 52 cities and towns will stop a declining population trend.   "You can't create jobs without attention to


Lanesborough Selectmen, School Officials Still At Odds Over Building Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
10:31PM / Friday, March 11, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Just a week before the vote, the Board of Selectmen and school officials continued to be at odds when it comes to the proposed high school building project.   The Mount Greylock Regional School project will go to the ballot in Lanesborough on Tuesday, March 15. Voters will be asked to approve a debt exclusion for the $64.8 million project, with Lanesborough's share being estimated in the $11 million range. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is picking up the majority of the cost — some $33 million — with the two towns splitting the rest based on a calculation currently at a 2 to 1 ratio. The bonding is expected to be somewhere in the


Berkshire Tidbits: Maple Syrup, Early St. Paddy's Day
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
09:43PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

On Sunday, March 13, from 3 to 5 p. m., chef Julie Gale, owner of At the Table Cooking School in Hillsdale, N. Y., will interpret the classic brunch as part of the Cooking at The Chef's Shop series, 31 Railroad St. in Great Barrington, 413-528-0135. She will be making homemade gravlax, eggs Benedict and bread pudding with whiskey sauce.

The cost is class is $60 per person for a single class, $150 for a series of three. Payment is required in advance with a 48 hour cancellation policy. The Chef's Shop offers students a 10-percent discount on purchases made on a class day. Call or, to reserve a place.


Chef Frank LaRagione will serve his annual early St.


@theMarket: Markets Are at an Important Level
By Bill Schmick,
04:24PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

Stocks spent the last week consolidating. It was a necessary exercise, since stocks were overbought. Now that condition is behind us, and markets climbed higher by the end of this week. We are now at an important level. Call it a moment of truth that will indicate to investors whether the correction is over.

Up until now, the majority of traders have considered the 11 percent rally we have enjoyed in the S&P 500 Index since February nothing more than a bear market rally. But breaking above the 200 Day Moving Average (200 DMA) would make this an entirely new ballgame.

As I have written in the past, the 200 DMA is a technical level. It is simply a security's average closing price


Letter: Vote Yes For Mount Greylock Plan
Letters to the Editor,
04:00PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

To the Editor:

The giant sign saying you should vote no and wait for a better plan in May is simply false. To have a different and lower-priced project would require another feasibility study approved by the state before it could be brought to the towns, taking upwards of another 10 years. The proposed building was designed to fit our educational plan (required and approved by the MSBA) and essentially includes the quality programs currently offered at Mount Greylock Regional School.

I'm asking my neighbors to vote yes on March 15 because we will receive $33 million in state aid, which will cost significantly less than repairing and maintaining the current building. Frankly,


'Zootopia': It's a Jungle out There
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
03:42PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

With "Zootopia," a gaggle of doubtlessly well-intentioned writers and directors fail to snare the brass ring of kiddie-flick making, the award accorded to those movies that prove entertaining to children and adults alike.

Granted, it's a beautifully animated, satiric parable ostensibly meant to be Brittany and Tyler's introduction to civics. But while intelligent, responsible and hyperpacked with political correctness, the satisfaction it engenders in Grandma won't necessarily be matched by the joyful enchantment we'd hope to see on Junior's face.

Nope. By the time today's hip kid hits the Bijou he is pretty aware of what ails and threatens civilization,


Williamstown Sixth-Graders Receive Civics Lesson
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:29PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Last week, the voters of Williamstown overwhelmingly supported an initiative that would allow the town to fund a renovated and expanded Mount Greylock Regional School.

It is a fair guess that many of the voters did not understand their choice as well as a group of Williamstown Elementary sixth-graders.

Sure, the voters knew the project would be expensive and would necessitate a tax increase if it ultimately passes muster in Lanesborough. But not everyone may be familiar with language like, "Shall the Town ... be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the Town's allocable share of


Letter: Lanesborough Voters Should Vote Yes
01:40PM / Friday, March 11, 2016

To the Editor:

I am from Lanesborough. I went to Mount Greylock Regional School. I graduated with honors. I went to college, obtained a master's, eventually a doctorate, and now am a professor.

Needless to say, my passion for education runs deep. To read from afar the discussion regarding MGRHS is depressing. There is no debate on this issue. Voting YES is the only recourse. I live in a state where Band-Aids for school projects are plenty. Let me tell you how this is going to play out.

They close wings of the building and bring in trailers to house the students while repairs are done. Eventually someone will realize the repairs are not worth it, and after a ton of money is already


Mount Greylock Building Debate Echoes Monument Mountain's
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:29AM / Friday, March 11, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A group of volunteers labored for years to create a school building plan that passed muster with state officials and held the promise of state money to renovate an outdated and unsound high school building.

In the 11th hour, residents concerned about the potential impact on local taxes campaigned to block the plan, arguing that the school could be repaired more cheaply and the state would still help.

Mount Greylock Regional School District in 2016? No, Berkshire Hills Regional School District in 2014.

The story of the effort to renovate and repair Monument Mountain Regional High School will sound familiar to folks involved in the effort to renovate and add to

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