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Letter: Gardner Has Skills, Experience for Planning Board
Letters to the Editor,
03:07PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

To the Editor:

Williamstown residents are fortunate to have someone of Sarah Gardner's experience and skills willing to serve on its Planning Board. Don't be fooled by the notion that good business decisions and good planning decisions are at odds. They go together like chips and dip.

 

Lauren R. Stevens

 

 

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Letter: Vote Dan Caplinger for Williamstown School Committee
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

To the Editor:

My name is Dan Caplinger, and I'm running for re-election to the Williamstown Elementary School Committee. I've served on the committee since 2012 and became its chair in June 2015. I've also served in related roles on other local school committees, including the superintendency union committee between Lanesborough and Williamstown and committees concerning Mount Greylock regionalization and the selection of the current Tri-District superintendent.

Throughout my time on the committee, I have strived to learn about and listen to all of the views our community has expressed about the elementary school. I've sought to find common ground to move us toward our

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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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Berkshire Taconic Awards $1.8 Million in Spring Grants Cycle
02:17PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has announced the recipients of the first round of grantmaking for 2016. The foundation distributed a total of $319,245 in grants to individuals and nonprofits in the four-county region it serves, and grants totaling nearly $1.5 million from donors with charitable funds at the foundation.

In Berkshire County, the foundation awarded grants from the Alice and Richard Henriquez Memorial Fund/Youth World Awareness Program, Berkshire Environmental Endowment Fund, Lanesborough Initiative for Excellence Fund and Lee Fund for Educational Excellence.

Education and Enrichment: Grants to regional schools and

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Mount Greylock Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
01:15PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District has released its Third Quarter Honor Roll.

Of total school enrollment of 556, 288 have made Honor Roll for the third quarter.

Grade 12: Elizabeth Bernardy, Ian Culnane, Bailee Duquette, Hannah Fein, Calvin Filson, Holly Fisher, Sophie Gerry, Adam Hall, Mollyann Haskins, Nicole Jones, Graham Kaegi, Bernhardur Magnusson McComish, Lucius Park, Tyler Rathbun, Maggie Rorke, Jasper Rosenheim, Noah Savage, Greta Savitsky, Tara Shastri, Anya Sheldon, Maeve Shine, Grace Smith, Melissa Swann, Samuel Swoap, Adly Templeton, Julia Whitney, Eleanor Williams, Hope Willis, Molly Wilson, Matthew Wiseman.

Grade 11: Lauren Aliberti, Kyle

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Pasachoff Receives Grant for Expedition to View Total Solar Eclipse
01:05PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College professor Jay Pasachoff has received a grant of $25,000 from the National Geographic Society for his expedition to view the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.

This eclipse will be the first with a path of totality to cover the continental United States from coast to coast since 1918, 99 years ago. The grant comes from the Society's Committee for Research and Exploration.

The Williams College Eclipse Expedition will observe from Salem, Ore., from the campus of Willamette University. Drs. Jay and Naomi Pasachoff reconnoitered there for the minus-second anniversary of the eclipse, and worked together with the university's president,

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Biz Briefs: Greylock’s Billow Receives 'Volunteer of the Year'
12:46PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

Volunteer award: The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing and Business Development Council has recognized Joanne Billow, Marketing Services manager at Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Marketing Group in Pittsfield, with a “Volunteer of the Year” Award.

The Volunteer of the Year is selected by the Council leadership and honors an individual who exemplifies excellence in credit union marketing. The award was presented during the Council’s annual meeting at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., in March.

“Joanne has worked hard over the years as a judge in the CUNA Diamond Awards and as a strong voice in the growth of the nationally known

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Berkshires Beat: Dream Auction Is Now Open
12:06PM / Monday, May 09, 2016

Bid on it: The 2016 Berkshires Dream Auction is now open online.

The auction features 200 spa treatments, dinners out, overnight stays and tickets to attractions and performances. The auction is a way to help the Berkshire Visitors Bureau promote the Berkshires as a four-season travel destination, and at the same time have a chance to grab up great deals.

More new items will be added as the auction continues, through 8 p.m. May 19.


Final flushing: The city of Pittsfield’s Department of Public Utilities flushing of the City water system will continue the week of May 9, marking the conclusion to the annual process.  Water main flushing may be expected to affect the following

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NBCC's Spring Neighborlies Honors Community Members
10:57AM / Monday, May 09, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition held its Spring Neighborlies Community Recognition Award Ceremony at Congregation Beth Israel on May 4.

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

"One of the most wonderful things about living in Northern Berkshire is that we recognize the importance of saying thank you. We say thank you for small acts of kindness, as well as large feats of bravery. And

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Economic Growth a Topic in Williamstown's Three-Way Planning Board Race
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:23PM / Sunday, May 08, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The three candidates for a two-year seat on the Planning Board agree that the town needs economic growth, but they have different ideas on how to achieve it.

Anne Hogeland, Chris Kapiloff and Bruce MacDonald participated in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters on April 13. It was the second time the three discussed the issues together in front of an audience in advance of the town election on Tuesday.

Unlike the first meeting, the candidates did not take on the Waubeeka Overlay District head on, but there were still plenty of contrasts to be drawn from the forum, telecast on the town's community access station, WilliNet.

Hogeland told the

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Williamstown Police Loses PItchers Duel
08:08PM / Sunday, May 08, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jack Cangelosi and Seamus Barnes combined to no hit Lee Hardware, but it was not enough as Williamstown Police lost, 3-0, in the Cal Ripken Majors.

Cangelosi struck out 11 in the loss.

Thomas Martin and Caleb Low collected the only hits in the game and Hayden Singer did a great job behind the plate at catcher.

Williamstown Police is 1-1 on the season.

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Williams Softball, Women's Tennis Win League Titles
05:58PM / Sunday, May 08, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Erica Li hit a three-run home run, and Lexi Curt went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Williams College softball team to an 8-3 win over Tufts on Sunday afternoon in the NESCAC Championship game at Cole Field.

Williams, the survivor of the double-elimination tournament’s winner’s bracket, dropped Sunday’s opener, 13-6, setting up a winner-take-all matchup.

The Ephs (32-9) took control with a four-run third inning to take an 8-2 lead. Tufts (28-10 was able to scratch out a run in the top of the seventh.

Mackenzie Murphy went the distance in the circle, striking out two while scattering 12 hits.

 

Women’s Tennis

LEWISTON, Maine – The

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AAU Girls Team Wins Seven Straight
05:27PM / Sunday, May 08, 2016

The Berkshire Mountaineers seventh-grade AAU girls basketball team has won seven straight after winning tournaments in Manchester, Vt., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In both events, the local team, coached by Jeff Johnson and Sean McGrath, competed against teams made up of older girls.

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