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Clark Art Virtual Writing Programs
08:04AM / Friday, March 05, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute will offer two free virtual writing sessions in celebration of spring at noon on Tuesday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 16.    Each session features different works from the Clark's collection as inspiration for workshops led by members of the Clark's Education Department.   The interactive virtual program is open to all regardless of experience and offers participants a focused writing session to encourage their creativity as they write their way through a series of open-ended prompts inspired by selected paintings and works-on-paper that feature spring themes. Participants may share their writing with the group at

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Williamstown Finance Committee Hears from Mount Greylock Officials
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Friday, March 05, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District is in a healthy financial position, but officials are wary of unknowns that could bring new challenges in fiscal 2022.   Those were two of the takeaways from a presentation to the town's Finance Committee on Wednesday.   Mount Greylock Superintendent Jason McCandless and Business Manager Joe Bergeron met virtually with the town panel — not to discuss specifics of the FY22 budget the district is formulating but to discuss some of the inputs that help build that budget.   Bergeron did not provide any specifics about the planned budget for the three-school district or its impact to property

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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
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
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SVHC Surpasses Fundraising Goal For SVC Campus
05:18PM / Thursday, March 04, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Grateful Bennington Fund raised over $566,000 to help support Southwestern Vermont Health Care's repurposing of the former Southern Vermont College campus.   "The Grateful Bennington Fund is a tremendous testimony of the level of support that our community has," Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) President and CEO Tom Dee said during a virtual press conference Thursday. "Not only for our health system, but it also highlights the importance of the former SVC property and how people feel about it."    Southern Vermont College (SVC) closed in 2019 after years of struggling with declining enrollment and financial

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The Retired Investor: Supply Chain Chaos
By Bill Schmick,
04:48PM / Thursday, March 04, 2021
Americans are used to purchasing products, either on credit or cash, and having them delivered within a week, at the latest. Repairing those products such as a household appliances may take a little longer, but not by much. The pandemic has changed all that.   Now, I am not talking about toilet paper. That was last year's problem. No, it's about some large appliances and the accessories and parts that are crucial to their inner workings. Take my 9-year-old refrigerator for example. The water dispenser on the outside door doesn't work. It's a problem that has been going on for a year now, and the part needed to fix it is "on back order.”   Then there are

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Veteran Williamstown Prudential Member Not Running Again
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:55PM / Thursday, March 04, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — There will be one open seat on the committee that oversees the Fire District when the district's voters go to the polls this spring.   Longtime Prudential Committee member Ed McGowan announced at Wednesday's special meeting of the body that he will not be seeking another term on the five-member panel.   "It has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of Williamstown for the last 18 years as an elected member of the Prudential Committee, and I am grateful for the confidence they have placed in me to help govern the District," McGowan said in a letter to Chair Richard Reynolds. "However, advancing family health conditions require a

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Baker: Mask Mandates Essential Even as Vaccines Distributed
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:28PM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Hours before President Biden ridiculed "Neanderthal thinking" about removing mask mandates, Gov. Charlie Baker talked about the reasons why he has no intention of lifting Massachusetts' mandate any time soon.   On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order lifting that state's face covering mandate in the face of a pandemic that has claimed more than 44,000 lives in the Lone Star State.   Baker was asked at his Wednesday COVID-19 update whether he would follow Abbott's lead.   "One of the things the vaccine does is it prevents you from getting sick, which is great," Baker said. "One of the things no

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State Adding Teachers, School Staff to List Eligible to Receive Vaccine
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Today, I am directing every state to prioritize educators for vaccination. We want every educator, school staff member, and child-care worker to receive at least one shot by the end of this month.

It’s time to treat in-person learning like the essential service that it is.

— President Biden (@POTUS) March 2, 2021 GLOUCESTER, Mass. — Educators, early educators and school staff will be eligible to make appointments through the commonwealth's system to receive COVID-19 vaccines starting next week, Gov. Charlie Baker announced on Wednesday morning.   Making a stop at West Parish Elementary School, Baker said educators, who were next on the state's priority

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White Declares for Spot on Williamstown Select Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Wednesday, March 03, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local business owner has declared his intent to seek a spot on the Select Board in May's town election.   Nicholls White on Tuesday said he plans to run to serve the last year of the term being vacated by Jeffrey Thomas.   White is the owner of Purple Dragon Games on Spring Street and a longtime resident of the town.   "I'm someone who enjoys jury duty," White said in a news release. "I love civic society and I love Williamstown, and I care a lot about how leadership can create spaces that work for everyone.   "In gaming, I've spent years building inclusive spaces. My experience there could be of service to

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AG's Office Finds Mount Greylock School Committee Violated Open Meeting Law
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:58PM / Tuesday, March 02, 2021
BOSTON — The Attorney General's Office has determined that the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee violated the Open Meeting Law in a July, 1, 2020, meeting about its plans to replace the district's superintendent.   An assistant attorney general in the AGO's Division of Open Government notified the district and iBerkshires.com of the complaint's resolution via email on Monday afternoon.   iBerkshires.com filed a complaint against the committee in July after it became apparent in an open session that the panel had discussed things in executive session that were beyond the stated purpose.   Through its attorney, Westfield's Dupere Law Offices,

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Clark Art Virtual Conversation With Artist
01:16PM / Monday, March 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist Erin Shirreff discusses her work and her current exhibition at the Clark, "Remainders," in a live conversation with Robert Wiesenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects, on Wednesday, March 10.    This free program takes place over Zoom at 12:30 pm.   Trained as a sculptor, Shirreff works between photography, sculpture, and video to explore the relationship between objects and their representations, and the mythmaking behind art history. Remainders, her year-long installation in public spaces at the Clark, encourages slow looking, forensic attention to detail, and an appreciation that things may not be quite as they

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Baker: State Told Johnson & Johnson Ramping Up Vaccine Production
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:46PM / Monday, March 01, 2021
MATTAPAN, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday said the commonwealth has been told to expect a "lot more" of the single dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the month.   In the meantime, he stressed that all vaccines are safe and effective and encouraged residents to get whichever vaccine they can as soon as they are eligible and can make an appointment.   "The information on the J&J vaccine in terms of volume is a little up in the air," Baker said Monday morning. "What I'd say is it is likely we will get, for next week, a shipment. That shipment will probably be distributed pretty evenly across what we think of as the

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Williamstown Board to Receive Training on Communicating with Constituents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:53PM / Sunday, February 28, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board last week accepted the offer of a local social worker to help the panel better engage with members of the public.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts professor of social work Kerri Nicoll suggested that the board could benefit from training in light of the twin strains of a controversy that has engulfed the town over the last year and a pandemic that has forced a new mode of conducting meetings in a virtual environment.   "I would be willing to work to plan and facilitate a training/retreat of some kind that would give you all an opportunity to collectively think about your roles as Select Board members, particularly in light

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