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Williams College to Support Youth Center Solar Project
02:28PM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As a part of its commitment to invest in regional alternative and sustainable energy projects, Williams College will provide a bridge loan to the Williamstown Youth Center (WYC) for a solar energy project.

The youth center will install a 100 kWh solar array on its roof to produce electricity that covers the entire need of the facility. Sheila Stone, a supporter of the youth center, agreed to provide funding for the total cost of the project over time. So that the project may proceed now, Williams has entered into an agreement with Stone to provide a $350,000 no-interest loan for the entire project. She will repay the college in annual installments. The array is

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Williams College Professor Wins Asian American Studies Award for Literary Criticism
11:17AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Dorothy Wang, associate professor of American Studies and faculty affiliate in English at Williams College, has been awarded the  2016 Best Book in Literary Criticism from the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS) for "Thinking Its Presence: Form, Race, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry" (Stanford University Press, 2014).

In her book, Wang focuses on close textual analysis of poems of five contemporary Asian American poets and argues that more attention should be paid to the literary properties of minority writing while also making the broad claim that aesthetic forms are inseparable from social, political, and

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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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Watch for Changes to the FAFSA
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:29AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016

If you have a child in college, you’re probably familiar with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed to help ensure that students don’t miss out on federal and state grants, work-study jobs and loans.

But you might not know that some important changes will be coming to the FAFSA during 2016 – and these changes can affect both the process of filing for aid, and, possibly, the amount of aid your child will receive.

Here are three key changes to watch for:

* Earlier availability of the FAFSA: Currently, you need to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after Jan. 1 – which means you’re probably filling out the form even

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Early Signs Point to Minimal Changes in Lanesborough Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Wednesday, February 17, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The town budget is expected to have few changes from last year.   Town Manager Paul Sieloff said he is "virtually finished" with his proposed budget; he is just waiting confirmation on a few items from the new town accountant. Sieloff said he is "pretty happy with where we are" and that his budget is going to look a lot like last years.   "The Board of Selectmen want me to keep a tight rein on the budget," Sieloff said.   Early numbers from both of the schools show limited increases. Sieloff said on Tuesday that the first drafts of the Mount Greylock Regional School budget look to be level for Lanesborough and, last

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Forum Details Plans, Costs of New Mount Greylock School
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:44PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This year's Williamstown and Lanesborough fourth-graders will be the first class to start a school year in newly renovated classrooms at Mount Greylock Regional School if the two towns vote to approve funding the project.

If voters on March 1 in Williamstown and March 15 in Lanesborough pass debt exclusion votes to allow the district to borrow the $31 million to $35 million local share of the $64.8 million project, the first phase of renovation could start this August.

The renovation of the gymnasium and auditorium would start in early 2017 with a targeted completion date of fall 2017, with the construction of the academic wing beginning in April 2017 with a

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North Adams Woman Injured in Collision With Box Truck
By Andy McKeever,
03:10PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The RAV 4 was peeled open to extricate the driver. Photos provided by a reader. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — A 19-year-old North Adams woman is expected to be taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield after her vehicle collided with a box truck Tuesday morning.   Police say Samantha Scutt, 19, of North Adams was southbound on Route 8 when she veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a 2010 Chevrolet box truck driven by Carl Gasco, 50, of Millbury. The crash occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 8 and Old State Road. The box truck, owned by Linders Inc. of Worcester, also hit a utility pole and electrical wires were hanging "dangerously

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North Adams Winterfest Returns for 19th Year
Staff Reports,
01:46PM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's 19th annual Winterfest kicks off this coming weekend with community events and the ever-popular Chowder Cookoff.

New this year will be a Winterfest Farmer & Artisan Market that organizers hope will become an annual event. It will be held at 66 Main St., the former Sleepy's in the L-Shaped Mall.

The market will feature more than 40 farm, food, and craft vendors from the area including many North Adams Farmers Market seasonal vendors. Shoppers can expect to find a wide range of local goods including wine, eggs, vegetables, meats, honey, maple syrup, relishes, pastries, breads, granola, shortbreads, natural body care products, herbal

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Ski, Tourism Business Not Chilled by Mild Winter
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:47AM / Tuesday, February 16, 2016
This week's cold and snow came just in time to remind fans of winter why they like living in the Berkshires.   But those who make their living from people traveling to the Berkshires say winter's late arrival has not been as bad for business as you might think.   At Lanesborough ski shop Ski Fanatics, manager Danielle Carter said last week that the rental business has been going strong despite the high temperatures and lack of snow that has marked most of the season.   "I don't think it's been that bad," said Carter, who has been at the Route 7 shop for 10 years. "We've been doing a lot of rentals. The amount of people I've been told is

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Police Believe Honda Involved in Williamstown Hit & Run
Staff Reports,
05:56PM / Monday, February 15, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police now believe a Honda was involved in the incident that injured a woman on North Hoosac Road last week.

Cheryl Leclaire was apparently struck by a car on the evening of Feb. 9 and found laying in the road. She remains in the intensive care unit at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield in critical condition.

According to Williamstown and state police, three small plastic fender rivets were located at the scene. The rivets have been determined to be used exclusively in Hondas, but are ordinary with no traceable serial or model numbers.

Honda uses the rivets on 12 models beginning with 2012s and newer. The models and years are:

Accord: 2013-16 Civic:

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Highland Woods to Accept First Tenants Tuesday
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:15PM / Monday, February 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's new senior housing project threw open its doors on Friday to current and former town officials who helped make the project a reality.   On Tuesday, it begins welcoming its first crop of residents.   Highland Woods is a 40-unit affordable housing project built partly with town funds on land donated by Williams College. This week, it will begin welcoming the dozen former or current residents of the Spruces Mobile Home Park.   Most Spruces residents have long since found new homes since Tropical Storm Irene devastated the park in 2011 and certainly since the town assumed control in 2014 with the intention of closing the park under the

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Mount Greylock Reschedules Bartels Memorial Race for Sunday
02:22PM / Monday, February 15, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The eighth annual Mathias Jessup Bartels benefit cross-country ski race and tour will be held Sunday, March 26, at 11:30 a.m. at Mount Greylock Regional School.    The event will feature a 2.5-kilometer kids’/beginner’s race, a lollipop race for young children, and a 6-kilometer classic race. Races are suitable for all ages and abilities.    Prizes will be awarded to overall and age category winners. A $15 donation is requested at day of race registration. All proceeds benefit the Mathias Jessup Bartels Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mount Greylock Nordic ski team. Checks can be made out to: Mount Greylock Regional School - M.J.

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Greylock Youth Basketball Team Shows Heart in N.A. Tourney
01:11PM / Monday, February 15, 2016
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Housatonic defeated Greylock, 46-41, on Sunday to end Greylock's run in this weekend's fifth- and sixth-grade youth basketball tournament.   Derek Paris and Thomas martin scored 12 points apiece to lead Greylock.   Earlier in the tournament, Greylock picked up a 45-29 win over Dalton that saw Tate Kuster lead the way with 17 points. Brody Culvert and Max Tablor each scored eight for Dalton.   Adams handed Greylock a 45-34 loss behind Carson Meczywor's 14 points.   Paris scored 14 points, and Max McAlister added five for Greylock in that loss, which saw Adams jump out to a 17-0 lead.   "I was very proud of how they kept playing

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