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Williamstown Selectmen Updated on Mount Greylock Enrollment Numbers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:22PM / Monday, March 10, 2014
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Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene and Building Committee Chairman Mark Schiek address the Williamstown Selectmen on Monday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District's recent trend of declining enrollment will continue but slow, according to projections from the commonwealth's school building authority.

School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene met Monday night with the Selectmen to discuss the enrollment figures and some of the issues that have cropped up in recent months as the district attempts to move forward in the Massachusetts School Building Authority process.

From a peak of about 1,200 students, the

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Settling a Loved One's Financial Affairs
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04:18PM / Monday, March 10, 2014
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Dealing with your grief when a loved one dies is hard enough. But often you may find yourself in a situation where you have to deal with financial and investment matters as well. The feelings of uncertainty about what to do next and who to consult can be overwhelming.

The following suggestions may help guide you through the process.

Gathering the Pieces

The first time you're involved in settling a loved one's financial affairs, the many details you must address may seem bewildering and time-consuming. As a first step, you may wish to consult your attorney regarding important deadlines and procedures; in some cases, an attorney's assistance is required. Regardless, there are

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Williamstown Panel Advises Further Study of Police/Fire Site
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
02:56PM / Monday, March 10, 2014
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John MacMillan of Reinhardt Associates discusses a conceptual drawing of a possible police/fire facility on the Lehovic property. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's Public Safety Building Study Committee on Friday decided to recommend the town explore further the possibility of a joint police-fire facility at the so-called Lehovic Property on Main Street.   The committee met for more than an hour with the president of Agawam design firm Reinhardt Associates. The takeaway message was that of the two sites the firm studied as potential homes for a joint facility, only the Lehovic site would work.   The Fire District's attempts to acquire the property in the fall

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Motor Vehicle Crash Closes Route 7 For Two Hours
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10:45AM / Monday, March 10, 2014
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Lanesborough Police closed the road at the intersection of Brodie Mountain Road.

NEW ASHFORD, Mass. — A two-car motor vehicle accident led Police to close a section of Route 7 for nearly two hours Monday morning.

The accident occurred 4 miles south of the Five Corners at about 7 a.m.

State police said both drivers of the vehicles were transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield with "nonlifethreatening injuries."

Names were not available, but the crash involved a 22-year-old man from Agawam driving a 1997 Saturn coupe and a 59-year-old Williamstown driving a BMW sedan. Both drivers were entrapped in their vehicles and had to be removed using the Jaws of Life,

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Mount Greylock to Host SEE Fund Telethon
10:04AM / Monday, March 10, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass - The Mount Greylock Regional School District’s SEE Fund will host a student/faculty Quiz Bowl and telethon at the school on Thursday, March 13. The competition will be broadcast live from 6:30 8 p.m. on channel 16 (WilliNet) in Williamstown and then again on Thursday, March 27, in Lanesborough (LCATV2).
This event is meant to highlight students and student learning and to serve as a fundraiser for educational initiatives at the school.
Blair Dils, a faculty member and coach of the Mount Greylock “As Schools Match Wits” team, will emcee the Quiz Bowl. Dils and other Mount Greylock faculty will compose questions in the categories of humanities, science

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Williams Alum Returns to Williamstown Fire Department
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
08:05PM / Sunday, March 09, 2014
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Dr. Erryn Leinbaugh, a Williams College alum, has rejoined the Fire Department after a 15-year absence. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Service to the people of Williamstown led Erryn Leinbaugh down a career track that led to his current life as a physician.   When the road of life brought him back to Williamstown, it only made sense to serve again.   "We bought a house just two blocks down from here, and I remember saying to my wife when we bought it, 'This is perfect, I can go right down to the fire station,' " Leinbaugh said recently.   So this summer, the new homeowner began his second stint as a call firefighter with the WIlliamstown Fire

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Planning Commission Debuts New Regional Sustainability Plan
By Joe Durwin, Pittsfield Correspondent
06:12AM / Sunday, March 09, 2014
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BRPC Executive Director Nathaniel Karns said the Sustainable Berkshires regional plan is nearing completion. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A three-year, half-million dollar countywide effort to develop an updated plan for promoting a stable and sustainable regional economy in the Berkshires has been completed. Now, public input is being sought as the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission prepares to make its final decisions on the plan.   At a public hearing at the Berkshire Athenaeum on Thursday, BRPC representatives took comments and questions on the "Sustainable Berkshires" plan, which outlines goals and strategies to inform the region's developmental planning in

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Williamstown Receives 2 Bids for Affordable Housing projects
By Stephen Dravis, Williamstown Correspondent
03:11PM / Saturday, March 08, 2014
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Williamstown Town Manager Peter Fohlin opens the packages containing proposals to develop affordable housing on a pair of town-owned sites.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received two responses to its request for proposals to develop a pair of brown field sites for the purposes of affordable housing.

Berkshire Housing Development Corp. in Pittsfield and Boston-based Arch Street Development submitted proposals that were opened on Friday afternoon at Town Hall.

The RFPs were developed over several months by the town's Affordable Housing Committee and issued under the auspices of the Board of Selectmen, which has the authority to dispose of the two sites in question: the

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$15 Million Eyed For Berkshires In State Senate Bond Bill
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10:39AM / Saturday, March 08, 2014
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The crumbling Brown Street Bridge in North Adams is set to get $1.5 million should the transportation bond make it through the House and governor intact.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state Senate passed a transportation bill Thursday which sends $15 million to the Berkshires to improve roads, bridges and a parking garage.

The bill includes $6 million for the replacement of the parking garage between Columbus Avenue and Summer Street; $5 million for reconstruction of the Hubbard Avenue railroad overpass; $1.75 million for Thiel Road in Adams; $1.5 million for the Brown Street Bridge in North Adams and $750,000 for repairs to the bridge over the Housatonic River on Route 7 in Great

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Sandra Thomas Stepping Down As Head of Images
06:26PM / Friday, March 07, 2014
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema's longtime executive director, Sandra Thomas, will be resigning from her position at the nonprofit cinema as soon as a replacement director can be found.

After 12 years on the job, a time that has seen Images grow in budget, membership and programming, Thomas said she is ready to turn her attention to other interests.

She plans to stay in the area and continue her involvement with the Williamstown Film Festival, as well as pursue her passion for local food initiatives in Berkshire County.

"I also look forward to going to the movies and supporting Images," she said.
Thomas said she felt it was a good time to pull herself away from a

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