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Lanesborough School Committee's Barton Resigns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The division between Chairwoman Regina DiLego and School Committee member Robert Barton came to a head on Tuesday morning with Barton's resignation.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Citing distrust of the committee's chairman, a member of the Lanesborough School Committee on Tuesday morning tendered his resignation.

Robert Barton emailed Chairwoman Regina DiLego and town officials on Tuesday to announce that he plans to leave the three-person body and would "try to serve until May 5."

"Regina, last night's School Committee meeting was profoundly disturbing," Barton wrote, referring to the Monday meeting attended by just him and DiLego. "I have decided to


Clark Art to Charge Admission Starting Jan. 1
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:38PM / Tuesday, December 16, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute on Tuesday officially posted its new admission policy, ending a long-standing practice of free admission November through May.   Beginning Jan. 1, adult admission to the galleries will be $20, according to the museum's website.   Admission will continue to be free for members, children under 18 and students with valid identification.   "We are also very happy to announce that we are instituting a new program of free admission on the first Sunday of each month from October through May," Clark Director of Communications Victoria Saltzman said in an email on Tuesday.   "In addition, we will continue to


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

BRNC Wins Open Country Award From Outdoor Life
05:22PM / Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Outdoor Life magazine has named Berkshire Natural Resources Council as one of its four 2014 Open Country Award winners in honor of the conservation group's work to conserve land and keep it open to the public for recreation.

In addition to BNRC, three other winners were announced: Powderhook, a Nebraska company that matches sportsmen with open land via an online application; Idaho Fish and Game, for its "Access Yes!" program; and U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, for her legislative advocacy on behalf of


Tree Lightings & Holiday Events 2014
01:11PM / Tuesday, December 16, 2014
North Adams' tree lighting is Nov. 26.

Holiday Events

The list for Christmas Masses in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield can be found on the diocese website or at The Christmas Eve liturgy from St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield will be rebroadcast Christmas morning at 11 a.m. on "Chalice of Salvation" on WWLP TV-22.


• Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m.; Hoosac Valley Middle and High School Performing Arts Department presents a holiday concert in the school auditorium featuring the jazz ensemble, chorus and middle school and high school bands. Ensembles are under the direction of Jacob Keplinger and Tim Rougeau. Admission is


Lanesborough School Committee Chair Rejects Call to Resign
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:31AM / Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Chairwoman Regina DiLego rejected the notion of resigning from her position or elected seat, instead responding at Monday's meeting to fellow committee member Robert Barton's accusations.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The chairman of the Lanesborough School Committee on Monday refused to resign either her position for or her seat on the elected body in response to a complaint from another member of the committee.

The three-person committee has been at odds over the past year about budgets and the school's administration.

Committee member Robert Barton sent Chairwoman Regina DiLego a two-page letter dated Nov. 15 in which he outlined several alleged "inappropriate


Solid Waste District Eyes Hazardous Waste Collection
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:25PM / Monday, December 15, 2014
The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Commission is hoping to hold a hazardous waste collection in the spring.

ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste District may hold a hazardous waste collection in May.

Program Coordinator Sandy Totter said the state-contracted collection service penciled the district in, but she was not sure if there would be enough money in the budget.

Totter said the district has not held collection in two years and she has received many phone calls requesting one.

"I think if we could find $6,000, then we can do it," Totter said. "I think we will get more cars because we haven't done one in a while ... I think the timing is


No Injuries in Route 7 Collision at Mount Greylock School
Staff Reports,
07:21PM / Monday, December 15, 2014
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — No one was injured in a Friday morning accident on Cold Spring Road (Route 7) at the entrance to Mount Greylock Regional School.   Williamstown Police responded to the accident at 7:38 on Friday, Dec. 12.   A vehicle exiting the parking lot did not see a vehicle driving south on Cold Spring Road, according to Police Chief Kyle Johnson.   Johnson said the intersection, at the top of a hill with limited visibility of Route 7 traffic in both directions, is not particularly prone to accidents.   "Very infrequent, even when you consider the amount of cars that go in and out of there 180 days a year," he said when asked to characterize the


Berkshire Nursing Families Launches Fundraising Campaign
01:48PM / Monday, December 15, 2014

Berkshire Nursing Families, a local nonprofit breastfeeding education and support organization, has begun a major fundraising campaign called “Double Down 4 BNF.”

Every dollar pledged to Berkshire Nursing Families before Dec. 31 will be matched up to $40,000 by a generous donor, who supports BNF’s mission to improve the lifelong health of Berkshire County through the promotion and support of breastfeeding.

“This past spring when North Adams Regional Hospital closed we lost our home and partner of 16 years and almost half of our operating budget," said Rosalie Girard, executive director of Berkshire Nursing Families. “It has been a bumpy year, but we

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Williams College Admits 244 to Class of 2019 in Early Decision Plan
12:13PM / Monday, December 15, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has offered admission to 244 students under its Early Decision plan.

The 112 women and 132 men will comprise 44 percent of the incoming Class of 2019, whose ultimate target size is 550.

Richard Nesbitt, director of admission, said 593 students applied under Early Decision, a 7 percent increase from last year.

“The increased size and especially strong academic quality of the applicant pool made for intense competition for spaces in the class,” he said.

The admitted students represent 198 secondary schools around the world. Thirty-three states are represented, with the largest numbers coming from New York (39), Massachusetts (33),

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Clark Library to Close Over Holiday Break; Museum Bustling With Activities
11:23AM / Monday, December 15, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Clark Art Institute’s library will be closed from Dec. 24, 2014, through Jan. 4, 2015, in order to accommodate construction activity in the library’s public spaces.

The timing of the closure has been coordinated to minimize disruption to the collection and to ensure that the library is fully operational when students and scholars return from holiday breaks.

The museum itself is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but will be closed in observance of Christmas Day on December 25 and New Year’s Day on January 1.

During school vacation week, the Clark hosts a free film festival and a series of free intergenerational yoga classes.

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Williams Awards Tenure to Five Professors
11:14AM / Monday, December 15, 2014

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Following the recommendation of the Committee on Appointments and Promotions, the Williams College Board of Trustees Executive Committee has voted to promote five faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

The vote will be ratified by the full board in January, and the promotions will take effect July 1, 2015, for Quamrul Ashraf, economics; Mea Cook, geosciences; Justin Crowe, political science; David Gürçay-Morris, theatre; and Nate Kornell, psychology.

Quamrul Ashraf, economics: Ashraf’s research focuses on topics in long-run economic growth and development, economic demography, and agent-based computational macroeconomics.

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Forum: North Berkshire Needs Focus on Health, Not Just Health Care
By Rebecca Dravis, iberkshires Staff
03:18AM / Monday, December 15, 2014
Dr. Mark Pettus from Berkshire Medical Center talks about the role we all need to play in our own lives to create our own health.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The most beneficial way of adding to the ongoing discussion about health care in Northern Berkshire County is to subtract the word "care."

A group of panelists who spoke at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's monthly forum on Friday agreed that in order to help the North County community thrive, the emphasis needs to be on its residents' health, not just its health care system.

"We would like to talk about health care in the context of health," NBCC Executive Director Alan Bashevkin said in


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