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Williams Provost Accepts President Position of Virginia College
01:28PM / Friday, February 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Will Dudley, who has served as provost at Williams College since 2011, has accepted the position of president at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va.

W&L’s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dudley as the university’s 27th president during its meeting in Lexington on Friday. Dudley will assume his duties on Jan. 1, 2017, succeeding Kenneth P. Ruscio, who announced in May 2015 his intention to step down from the presidency and who will remain in office until Dec. 31, 2016.

“Will Dudley possesses a blend of experience in, and commitment to, the distinctive liberal arts education that we prize at Washington and Lee,” said


Williamstown Library Receives $160,000 From Deceased Patron
01:15PM / Friday, February 12, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The David and Joyce Milne Public Library recently was the beneficiary of the estate of longtime resident William Scanlan.

Scanlan left the library $80,000 and left an additional $80,000 to the Friends of the Milne after his death in December 2014.   “We lost a dear friend and library patron that will be missed by all the staff,” Milne Director Pat McLeod said. “Bill was a lifelong voracious reader and enjoyed visiting the library at least once a week for a short stack of books he would read very quickly. Bill was a quiet man, but enjoyed talking about the Saratoga Race Course and the Boston Red Sox.   “This gift is a real


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

Red Cross Offers Tips for Keeping Safe in Frigid Weather
11:59AM / Friday, February 12, 2016

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — As frigid temperatures move in and blanket the region this weekend, the Red Cross warns of dangers to pets and frozen pipes in homes.

During cold weather, take preventative action in your home

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage. Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children. When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe - even at a trickle - helps prevent pipes from freezing. Keep the thermostat


Williamstown School Budget Looks at Staff Reductions
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:33AM / Friday, February 12, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Elementary School is looking to cut three teachers to offset rising health insurance costs.   Citing a 14 percent increase in health insurance cost and a need to make the district's budget more sustainable, School Superintendent Douglas Dias told the School Committee on Wednesday his preliminary fiscal 2017 budget includes a reduction of three teachers from current staffing levels.   "The challenge is to make sure we're going to have a budget that will be sustainable ... and make sure we maintain quality education," he said. "We looked at areas where we can consolidate without diminishing the students'


Lanesborough Sets Special Town Meeting For Feb. 23
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Friday, February 12, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen set a special town meeting for Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. that will address the Mount Greylock Regional School project.   There will only be two articles, with one of them not having a vote. The first question authorizes the Board of Selectmen to acquire easements to move a project to replace the Narragansett Avenue bridge, and the second is about the middle and high school project.   The regional high school was the driver behind calling the meeting but the Selectmen also wanted to get those easements in place to keep the bridge project moving forward. There will be no vote on the school project but rather open


Williams Men's Hockey Tops Middlebury in OT
09:43PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Colby Cretella scored one minute into overtime Thursday to give the Williams College men's hockey team a 5-4 win over Middlebury on Thursday night.   After scoring three consecutive goals in the third period, the Ephs (16-4-1, 12-2-1 NESCAC) gave themselves the opportunity to play extra minutes, and sophomore Colby Cretella ultimately scored the game deciding goal.    Williams outshot Middlebury (6-9-6, 5-4-6) by a margin of 50-30.   The teams meet again in Middlebury on Friday night.


'Hail, Caesar!': I Come to Criticize, and Praise a Little, Too
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
05:51PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016

While love has been a major theme of motion pictures since the medium's inception, Hollywood hath no greater love than that of itself. Thus it was only a matter of time before the filmmakers Coen, les frères Ethan and Joel, would sing a paean to the industry where they've so consummately plied their artistry. Set in the 1950s, the last, so-called glory days of the studio system, the deliciously parodic "Hail, Caesar!" starring Josh Brolin as fixer Eddie Mannix, is both adoring homage and acerbic satire.

Movie buffs will have a field day identifying the characters both scandalous and heroically upright, even if the Coens themselves claim no direct allusions, but


Berkshire Tidbits: Valentine's Delights
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
04:52PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016

This week's Tidbits has to start with the first Throwback Thursday social media postings on Feb. 11 to begin Mezze Bistro & Bar's 20th anniversary, 413-458-0123, 777 Cold Spring Road/Route 7 in Williamstown. Friday evening, Feb. 12, will feature a 1996 throwback dance party and celebration after dinner at 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, Valentine's Day weekend dining and drinking plays right into the celebratory atmosphere.

Since the summer of 2010, Mezze has been in the renovated lovely building and grounds that still housed the county-popular, longtime Le Jardin traditional French restaurant when owner — originally chef/owner — Nancy Thomas first


Williams Colleges Pledges $5M Endowment for New Mount Greylock School
Staff Reports,
01:50PM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College announced on Thursday that it will create a $5 million endowment for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The funding will go toward projects outside of the scope of work in the new construction and renovation project. The district has approved a $64.8 million renovation and the cost will be split between the two towns and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.    William's $5 million fund will be created next fiscal year and will be used for capital projects chosen by the Mount Greylock School Committee.   "Williams is pleased to be able to strengthen further its partnership with Mount Greylock to


Grazie Italian Restaurant Opens in North Adams
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:46AM / Thursday, February 11, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — David Moresi had a vision when he bought the Mulcare Block nearly two years ago: Restore his grandfather's tavern, the Mohawk, and open an Italian eatery.

The Mohawk reopened last year, but the restaurant has taken a little longer and required just the right ingredient.

Moresi found it in another North Adams native who had recently returned to the area with his growing family.

"We hit it off, we both had the same vision of what we wanted," said Matt Tatro last week in the newly furnished dining room of Grazie on Marshall Street. "We're both hard working guys, family oriented."

Moresi said it was the right partnership, with each


Petition Puts Waubeeka Question to Williamstown Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The voters of Williamstown will have a chance to decide whether an overlay district is created to accommodate a new hotel in South Williamstown.   Michael Deep, the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links, has submitted an article for the annual town meeting warrant by citizen's petition after the town's Planning Board decided on a 3-2 vote not to generate a zoning bylaw amendment proposal.   Deep came to the Planning Board last summer to ask it to help generate a proposal for the 2016 town meeting that would allow him to explore the possibility of a hotel to create another revenue stream for the failing golf course.   After five sometimes contentious

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MacFarlane, Mountain One Win LYBA/WYBA Titles
10:54PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Derek Paris and Tate Kuster scored 13 points apiece Wednesday night to lead MacFarlane Office Products to a 32-20 win over Mickle Electric in the championship game of the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association fifth- and sixth-grade house league.   Thomas Martin led Mickle with 12 points.   "We held their two guards to only two points total and those came from two free throws that Luca Traversa made," MacFarlane coach Rick Paris said. "That was our goal trying to shut down their two outside shooters and try to keep Martin away from the boards by running a triangle and two.   "It worked well but we did have some

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