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Williamstown Housing Trust Looks to Spread Word About Rental Assistance Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:09AM / Saturday, January 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday talked about how it can reach more potential beneficiaries of its emergency rental assistance program and how it can structure a companion program for homeowners.   To date, the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funded by the trust and administered by Berkshire Housing Development Corp., has awarded just more than $17,000 in grants since its inception.   "There also is one pending $1,500 award waiting for some documentation," said Liz Costley, who serves as the trust's liaison to the Pittsfield non-profit. "You can see that's a second-time support for a

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Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight
04:25PM / Friday, January 15, 2021
There's a winter weather advisory in effect overnight Friday in the Berkshires and a chance of up to 5 inches of snow.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued the advisory effective from midnight to 10 a.m. on Saturday with warnings of slippery roads in the morning.    The snowfall could reach up to an inch an hour for a brief period in the morning and will be accompanied by winds up to 40 mph. There's also a chance of sleet and freezing rain in the mix.   Temperatures could reach a high of 40 in the Hudson River valley on Saturday and Sunday will be windy, with some gusts possibly reaching 35-45 mph across eastern New York and the

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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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BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:21AM / Friday, January 15, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass — Hikers can now enjoy a new access trail to Mahanna Cobble that is open during the winter.

Berkshire Natural Resources Council, Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town Capital on Wednesday re-opened the improved trail to  the cobble, a conservation reserve owned and managed by BNRC.

"BNRC appreciates a strong partner in Bousquet Mountain and Mill Town as we seek to offer improved hiking experiences close to community centers, year-round. We are thrilled to finally have four-season access to this beautiful new trail and destination in central Berkshire," BNRC President Jenny Hansell wrote in a press release. "Thanks to the generosity of Mill Town and

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Williamstown Planning Board Told to Cap Size of Cannabis Grows
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:27AM / Friday, January 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday agreed it likely can get a cannabis production bylaw to the Select Board by March 8 for inclusion on the annual town meeting warrant, but critics cautioned that the board's current path is unlikely to produce a proposal that meeting will pass.   The board reviewed the most up-to-date proposal for a bylaw amendment it has been considering formally since September and, in reality, for much longer than that. The board is hoping not to repeat last year's failed attempt to implement restrictions on pot production but still allow a pathway for growers via special permit.   The newest iteration limits indoor cannabis

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Mount Greylock School Committee Pulls Rug Out of Fields Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:33PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday decided to move forward with needed improvements to the middle-high school's athletic fields, but it removed both a track and a synthetic turf field from the project that will go out to bid this winter.   After hearing that the estimated cost of the project with the inclusion of an artificial turf field would be more than the committee is willing to spend, it voted 6-1 to order bid documents that just address Title IX and Americans with Disabilities Act deficiencies on the campus.   Primarily, that means bringing the softball fields up to the same level as the school's baseball fields

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Small Businesses Face Friday Deadline to Apply for State Grants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
BOSTON — State officials Thursday encouraged small businesses across the commonwealth to beat a Friday midnight deadline to apply for COVID-19 relief grants.   "Prospective applicants only have until midnight tomorrow, which is Friday, Jan. 15," Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said. "So you have less than two days to submit your application for the current round. Like the first program, these grant awards will be up to $75,000 capped at three months of operating expenses. Grants can be used for things like payroll, employee benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent utilities and interest on other debt obligations.   "Visit empoweringsmallbusiness.org to learn more. Or

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College Notes: Winter 2021
02:55PM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
  Graduations Alissa Rosier of Pittsfield earned a master of education degree from Concordia University in Seward, Neb., in the fall 2020.   Academic Lists & Awards Curry College in Milton named local students Madison Vigna of Adams, Julia O'Connor of Dalton and Jonah Alemany of Pittsfield to the dean's list for the fall 2020 semester.   Castleton, Vt., University named the following students to the fall 2020 honors lists:   Haley Adelt, Jacob Halverson and Sarah Rattigan, all of Adams; Brooke Gates of Dalton, and Quintin Demarsico of Readsboro, Vt.   Ashlee Meczywor of Adams, Aubrey Tetlow of Williamstown, and Jamie Boyle of Pownal, Vt.   Brandon

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Healthy Eating on a Budget
08:48AM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Since COVID started, many of us have been trying to spend less money on food and make fewer trips to the grocery store. You can do both of these things and increase the healthy foods you eat, too. Use these simple tips to stretch your food budget, shop no more than weekly, and get healthy meals you and your family will love.   Cut back on dining out. According to Business Insider, at this time last year, the average American ate out 5.9 times per week. The average Vermonter spent $3,185 per year on dining out.  While both figures have likely decreased while we aim to reduce our COVID exposure, many families could still afford to decrease meals out. Reducing

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Williamstown Town Manager: 'Less Pessimism' About State Funding
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Thursday, January 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town came through the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in good financial shape and is cautiously optimistic heading into the next fiscal year, the town manager said on Monday night.   Jason Hoch reported to the Select Board that the town's free cash as of July 1, 2020, was certified by the Department of Revenue last week, effectively closing the books on fiscal year 2020.   "The free cash approval for the general fund is about $1.3 million, which is up a bit from last year," Hoch said. "I offer that just as a way of saying we made it through the fiscal year and the budget hits without dramatically impacting our ability to have

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Williamstown's Benzinger Signs with Indianapolis Colts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
05:29PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2021
All football players dream of making it to the Hall of Fame.   Mount Greylock graduate Jake Benzinger is hoping his NFL career gets its start in Canton, Ohio.   This week, the offensive lineman out of Wake Forest University signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts.   “I was home in Williamstown for the holidays and a little while afterward,” he said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “I was actually visiting my girlfriend in Dallas when I got the call that Indy was interested probably a week ago.   “On Monday, I flew out there. It all happened pretty fast.”   Benzinger, who last spring signed as an undrafted free agent

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Baker Defends Phased Approach to Vaccine Distribution
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:25PM / Wednesday, January 13, 2021

The focus will be on at-risk populations getting the vaccine, the governor said. c BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday defended his administration's strategy of taking a phased approach to COVID-19 vaccine distribution.   "I really hope — and I know this isn't popular — but I really hope that, early on, we are able with the vaccine that is available, to hit the populations for whom life is most at risk and on whom the health-care system relies on and depends to provide care," Baker said.   On the day that he announced the start next week of statewide distribution to residents and staff at congregate care facilities, Baker pushed back

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Williamstown's Demand for CPA Funds May Outstrip Supply
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15AM / Wednesday, January 13, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee will have requests totaling $346,000 when it meets on Jan. 20.   Four agencies submitted requests by Friday's deadline for grants ranging from $50,000 to $160,000. Together, the aggregate is more than 8 percent over the total funds the committee is expecting to be available for fiscal year 2022.   The largest request is from the town's Affordable Housing Trust, which settled on a sum of $160,000 in new Community Preservation Act funding during an open meeting last month. The committee also had an inclination in the fall that the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation would be seeking town funds to support the

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