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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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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

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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IS183 and The Clark Joining Forces for Art Workshops
01:16PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This spring, IS183 Art School students will have the opportunity to interact with the collections and the campus at The Sterling and Francine Clark Institute.  

By offering hands-on art-making on-site, IS183 will complement the Clark’s mission to advance and extend the public understanding of art. Students will engage with existing art as they create their own, building a reciprocal understanding of how art is made.

For children ages 8-14, "Steampunk Printmakers" will be offered to create art inspired by the "Machine Age Modernism." The workshop will be led by Lucie Castaldo and will be held Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Former Williams President to Serve as Interim Director of Clark Art Institute
12:20PM / Monday, March 30, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of the Clark Art Institute has tapped Francis Oakley to serve as the interim director of the Institute following the Aug. 31 retirement of director Michael Conforti.

Oakley, the former president of Williams College, is a long-time member of the Clark’s Board of Trustees and served as the board’s president from 1998–2005. Oakley is currently a senior fellow at the Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Williams and is the college’s Edward Dorr Griffin Professor emeritus of the History of Ideas.

“Frank Oakley’s long experience with the Clark’s board, his close working relationship

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Three Williams Swimmers Qualify for Olympic Trials
08:59AM / Monday, March 30, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Just five days after the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, three members of Steve Kuster's Williams College swimming and diving teams qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials while competing in Indianapolis, Ind.   Senior Thad Ricotta and sophomore Ben Lin from the Eph men's team have qualified along with sophomore Megan Pierce from the women's team. All three of the Ephs earned multiple All-America honors at the 2015  NCAA Division III Championships held in Shenandoah, Texas.   The three Ephs qualified by competing at the 2015 Speedo Sectionals in Indianapolis, which was held from March 26-29 on the campus of Indiana

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Architects Make Presentation to Mount Greylock Building Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:20AM / Monday, March 30, 2015
Representatives from architecture firm Design Partnership reviewed aspects of the current Mount Greylock Regional School on Thursday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The architects hired to find solutions for Mount Greylock Regional School say any plan would leave the district prepared for the future without neglecting the present.   "One of the things we're sensitive to is that teaching and learning as it happens now can continue while providing flexibility for the future," architect Robert Bell of Design Partnership of Cambridge said on Thursday evening. "In no way do we anticipate it will be entirely new and foreign to the educators."   "Part of

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Williams Women's Tennis Beats No. 1 Emory
09:16AM / Sunday, March 29, 2015
LEXINGTON, Va. - The Williams College women's tennis team on Saturday earned a 6-3 win over top-ranked Emory University (10-2).   The Ephs maintain an undefeated record this season and continue to play strong on the road, setting their sights next to Carnegie Mellon on Sunday.   In doubles play, it was senior Maria Pylypiv and freshman Julia Cancio who set the tone for the Ephs (7-0), defeating their opponent 8-4. Williams' pairing of Shin/Raventos then followed with another decisive victory at 8-1. Emory ultimately took the third match, led by Emory's Harding/Su who were able to overcome senior Rebecca Curran and junior Maya Hart (W) at a margin of 8-4 - finishing

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