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Nominations Sought for New Williamstown Community Award
Staff Reports,
05:37PM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The medallion design for the new Scarborough Salomon Flynt Community Service Award.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two awards given annually at town meeting are being combined into a single honor.

Town Moderator Adam Filson and Bernadine Williams of the Williamstown Community Chest informed the Selectmen on Monday about a decision to combine the town's Faith R. Scarborough Community Service Award with the non-profit's existing Volunteer of the Year Award, which was named for Edith and Adolph Salomon.

The new award, which has the backing of the Scarborough family, will be named the Scarborough Salomon Flynt Community Service Award, in recognition of the Scarborough, the Salomons

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Berkshire Tidbits: Introductions to Cheese, Maple Dining
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:49PM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Matthew Rubiner of Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers is offering cheese workshops geared for children.

Classes and cheese pairing seminars continue at Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers this month.

Owner and presenter Matthew Rubiner has, wisely, divided his popular — FREE — kids' cheese tasting and talking classes, "Introduction to Cheese for Kids,"  by age group. He admits that they are now "improved by age segregation."

Rubiner invites 3- to 8-year-olds "to come, taste and discuss a range of cheeses, where cheese comes from, how it gets to be so darn delicious and other interesting facts," on Tuesday, March 22 between

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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,

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Williamstown Officials Stay Course on Community Preservation Act
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46AM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday declined to ask voters whether the town should continue participation in the Community Preservation Act.

In 2002, Williamstown voted to add a 2 percent surcharge on property valued at more than $100,000. The funds are granted each year by annual town meeting to support projects in one of three areas: historic preservation, open space and recreation and affordable housing.

On Monday, two current members of the town's Community Preservation Committee, which vets applications and makes recommendations to town meeting, suggested that after 14 years, it is time for the town to decide whether it wants to continue in the

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Lanesborough Assessment Drops in Mount Greylock Draft Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:10AM / Tuesday, March 15, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Despite the Mount Greylock Regional School District budget rising by nearly 4 percent, Lanesborough's cost to run the school is dropping.   The proposed fiscal 2017 budget presented by School Committee and administrative staff on Monday reduces Lanesborough's assessment by $13,549, or a minus a half percent. Williamstown is expected to see a 4.79 percent change or an increase of $237,328.   "Tomorrow night I will be presenting to Williamstown. It is the exact same presentation but their impacts are drastically different," Superintendent Douglas Dias said at the public hearing.   Dias said the driver behind the differences mostly

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Letter: Vote for Mount Greylock Regional High School
Letters to the Editor,
04:58PM / Monday, March 14, 2016

To the Editor:

Martha and I chose to come to Williamstown some 40 years ago in 1976 with three children aged 9, 7 and 2. Our decision came in large part because of the reputation of the Williamstown and Mount Greylock school systems. Here our children, and now grandchildren, have received outstanding educations that enabled them to attend colleges of their choice that they might not have otherwise.

We started a small publishing business (Storey Publishing) that needed creative talent, most of which was instantly available in the Berkshire Hills, but some of which had to be convinced to move from other parts of the country to a small New England town. The reputation of Mount Greylock

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Letter: Come Together to Support Mount Greylock
Letters to the Editor,
04:55PM / Monday, March 14, 2016

To the Editor:

As parents of Mount Greylock students, we have seen how desperately a new building is needed and how much work it takes the staff and students to teach and learn in challenging circumstances.

We have also seen the communities of Lanesborough and Williamstown come together time and again to support their students. Parents raise money for teams and fill the cheering section at many sporting events. Community members travel to local theaters to enjoy music and theater programs, like next week's performance of Nice Work if You Can Get it. Families volunteer to staff events for the Junior Classical League. Young children in our area benefit from the work of groups like the

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Letter: Vote YES for the Children & Future of Lanesborough
Letters to the Editor,
04:50PM / Monday, March 14, 2016

To the Editor:

As the critical vote to keep the Mount Greylock school building project alive nears on Tuesday, I feel I must join those who are speaking out publicly to support the project, in the hope that I can convince even a few more of my fellow Lanesborough citizens to vote yes.

I grew up in Pittsfield and am a product of the Pittsfield Public Schools, as is my wife. I spent 15 years living in various other places after graduating from PHS, but when we were expecting our first child together in 2011, we decided that we wanted to buy a home and raise our children in the Berkshires. We ultimately determined that Lanesborough was right for us, precisely and primarily because of the

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Adams Outdoorsmen For Youth Celebrate 40 Years
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:27PM / Monday, March 14, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Adams Outdoorsmen for Youth celebrated 40 years of supporting youth events and scholarships throughout the region at their annual game dinner last week.

More than 300 people trailed into the Eagles Hall on a recent Saturday night to chow down on delicacies one most likely would not be able to find in the local market.

President Wayne Tinney said the game dinner is the group's major fundraiser and has fueled its charitable endeavors for 40 years

"We always give back to our youth because they are the most important part of our community so we donate all of our stuff to fishing derbies, scholarships, the boy scouts, and local sports organizations,"

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Zonta Club Award Applications Available
02:22PM / Monday, March 14, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Applications for the 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Award are now available from the Zonta Club of Berkshire County.

The goal of the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements, and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and the problems limiting the advancement of the status of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in

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Volunteers Needed for Milne Library Book Sale
01:04PM / Monday, March 14, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Friends of Milne Library's 28th annual Book Sale will be held Friday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Williamstown Elementary School.   The event features more than 20,000 gently used books and media items, a Silent Auction of special volumes (selected items can be previewed at milnelibraryfriends.org), and a Café & Bake Sale both days.   Volunteers are needed to help during set up (Wednesday & Thursday) and sale days (Friday & Saturday). To volunteer, contact: vols.booksale@milnelibraryfriends.org. All proceeds benefit the programs

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Letter: Mount Greylock School Building Project Deserves Our Support
11:00AM / Monday, March 14, 2016

To the editor:

Tomorrow, March 15, will be a day that we, as residents of Lanesborough, will look back upon and say we did the right thing for our children, our towns and our communities by voting for the Mt. Greylock Building Project.

Saying YES is not putting the cart before the horse, as one opponent claims. In fact, now the cart is full of tens of millions of dollars of state aid and we are ready to move forward. We have worked hard for many years for just this moment in time and the Berkshire County Education Task Force agrees.

Lanesborough continues to be a town where families choose to come to to raise their families, specifically because the schools are excellent. Ask the

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Williams Wrestler Third at NCAAs
08:40AM / Monday, March 14, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A lot of firsts are associated with the wrestling career of Jorge Lopez at Williams, and the latest is his fourth consecutive all-America honor with a third place finish at 157 in this weekend’s NCAA Division III Championships.

In the semifinals Lopez squared off against Drew Wagenhoffer of Wartburg College, who entered the match at 20-1. Lopez opened with a takedown that was reversed by Wagenhoffer, but a Lopez escape gave him a 3-2 lead that he took into the second period.

Wagenhoffer was in the down position to start the second period and after a half a minute he was able to escape and tie the match at 3-3.

The match entered the third period tied at

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