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Williamstown to Propose Engineering Study to Look at Broadband
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:05AM / Thursday, February 16, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Voters likely will be asked at May's annual town meeting to fund an engineering study to look options for providing broadband Internet access in the town.   Board of Selectmen Chairman Andrew Hogeland presented his colleagues on Monday with the report of an ad hoc working group that spent the last year on "a conceptual analysis on costs, benefits, and options for deciding whether [the] town should pursue generally available broadband access."   The committee recommended three avenues for the town to direct its efforts: press Charter Communications to see whether the cable company can improve on the speeds it needs to offer customers under

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Father Daughter Dance Set in North Adams
02:08PM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Father and Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall on Curran Highway.

Tickets are $10 and are only available in advance at Persnickety Toys in North Adams, Val's in Adams and Where'd You Get That?! in Williamstown.

Due to safety concerns and requirements at the venue, the amount of tickets for sale this year has been reduced. Once you purchase your tickets please print your name on the back of each one as you can enter them in a drawing to win the door prize.

All proceeds of our dance go directly to supporting a local organization in our community. Details on Facebook.

 

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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
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Lanesborough-Williamstown Superintendent: Districts 'Not Dysfunctional'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Lanesborough-Williamstown public schools sought Tuesday evening to allay concerns about the stability of the central administration.   "Through this process, I do need everyone to recognize there have been some constants," Kim Grady told a special meeting of the school committees that govern the Tri-District. "Our administrative assists at the building level have been constant, I've been a constant."   Grady spoke to the members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee and Superintendency Union 71, the joint committee of Williamstown's and Lanesborough's elementary school

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Lanesborough-Williamstown School's Business Manager Departs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:26PM / Monday, February 13, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the second time in four months, the Lanesborough-Williamstown Tri-District is looking to fill one of its shared administrative positions.   On Feb. 4, Business Manager Nancy Rauscher announced her intention to leave the central office in an email to the chairs of the school committees at Mount Greylock Regional, Williamstown Elementary and Lanesborough Elementary.   Representatives from the three committees will discuss the turnover at the post at a special meeting on Tuesday at 5:30 at the junior-senior high school. In November, another special meeting was called to discuss the tenure of second-year Superintendent Douglas Dias, whose departure was

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Biz Briefs: Young People Start to Work on Their Own Businesses
04:59PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

Planning on business: The business planning program for young people, which is presented by BerkShares in partnership with the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network's Berkshire Regional Office and in collaboration with Berkshire Community College's South County Center, has involved community members as mentors, teachers, and advisors for young entrepreneurs over the past two years. On Jan. 25, this year's program started off with a whole new level of community involvement.
 
Students in the program, who range in age from 14 to 27, are asked to write business plans that address gaps in the local economy, meeting needs for basic goods and services that we

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Electric Vehicles Discount Program Information Session Set
03:57PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown COOL Committee is sponsoring an information session on "Drive Green with Mass Energy," a special program that offers electric cars for purchase or lease at significantly discounted prices, at the Williamstown Youth Center at 66 School Street on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Staff from the nonprofit Center for EcoTechnology will describe the Drive Green with Mass Energy program, which was launched in November by nonprofit Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy) and now runs through June 30. Drivers will be able to buy or lease cars at significant discounts below standard pricing.

Mass Energy has negotiated the discounts

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BCC Announces Fall Semester Dean's List
02:55PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has announced the Dean's List for the fall 2016 semester.

Dean's List status is awarded to full-time students who have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the fall semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for Honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for High Honors.

The following 80 students qualified for High Honors:

 

Connecticut

Canaan: Jackson P. Karpicz

 

Massachusetts

Adams: Colleen M. Baker, Aaron R. Biros, Enrique F. Bouvier, and Jeremy R. Patterson      

Becket: Alexys J.

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Berkshires Beat: Displays at North Adams Public Library Tell Story of the Hoosic River Revival
02:32PM / Monday, February 13, 2017

It's a revival: The Hoosic River Revival's vision is to revitalize the Hoosic River, maintain current levels of flood protection and bring the river back as an asset to the residents of North Adams. The North Adams Public Library is currently featuring two displays to learn about the history of the Hoosic River and the Hoosic River Revival's vision for the south branch of the river.

The first floor display includes information about the history of the flood chutes in North Adams and an artist rendering that invites residents to "imagine a revitalized Hoosic River." Also on display are examples of river restorations in other parts of the country that have reconnected

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Coalition Forum Focuses on Housing Insecurity in North County
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Monday, February 13, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Around 75 people came to the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday to talk about homelessness.

But first, they had to take a quiz.

And the answers to those questions were a sobering lesson in the extent of the problem of housing insecurity in Northern Berkshire County.

According to slides presented that were based on data from Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority, for example, 33 percent of people in Berkshire County are renters; that number jumps to 48 percent in North Adams and 41 percent in Adams, while Williamstown numbers match the county average. Of those renters, more than half — 56 percent — fall into the

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Monster Snowstorm Headed for Berkshires; School Closings Coming
Staff Reports,
10:30AM / Sunday, February 12, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The third storm in a week is expected to dump a foot or more of snow on the Berkshires over Sunday and Monday. A foot or more of snow fell over Sunday and Monday, closing or delaying schools and offices across the region.

Call ahead to your destination to ensure it is open

Cancelled

* Adams Library and COA are closed today; Town Hall is open

* Paint and Chat at Mohawk Forest Community Center has been canceled

Fire Departments are asking residents to clear out hydrants to make sure they are accessible. Home and business owners are required to clear sidewalks in front of their properties within 24 hours of a storm.


The National Weather Service is forecasting a

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Building Project Drives 5 Percent Hike in Mount Greylock Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:06AM / Saturday, February 11, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is looking at a 5 percent budget increase despite cost-cutting moves that slightly reduce its regular operating costs from a year ago.

On Wednesday morning, the School Committee's Finance Subcommittee took a look at a draft budget that will be reviewed by the full committee next week and presented to the public next month.

The nearly $613,000 increase to the $12.8 million budget is being driven entirely by school building project approved by voters in Lanesborough and Williamstown last year.

The district paid $1.1 million toward the project in fiscal year 2017. In FY18, it is scheduled to pay about $1.8 million,

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@theMarket: Stock Markets at Historical Highs
By Bill Schmick,
04:16PM / Friday, February 10, 2017

The bears headed for cover this week as all three U.S. indexes made new, all-time highs. That's a good sign and augers well for even more upside ahead.

Credit goes to President Trump and his tweets once again. This time, his promises to address tax reform within the next few weeks had the Algos (algorithmic computer software traders) hitting the "buy" buttons on their machines.

Investors (if there is still such a thing) had been worried that Trump and the GOP would get bogged down in Obamacare repeal and immigration issues. If so, that would be a major distraction and might mean that tax reform and fiscal spending would be pushed back to next year or even later. The tweet

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