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Pool Testing in Lanesborough-Williamstown Schools Yields Negatives
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Friday, February 26, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday completed a successful first week of pool testing for COVID-19 among its students and staff.   "It's amazing how empowering it is for a child to see they just did something with something the size of a Q-tip that has the power to determine if a virus is in them so they can take care of themselves and their family and their friends," Business Manager Joe Begeron told the School Committee on Thursday night. "Every student I saw today had a really positive experience, a really positive outlook for what this means."   Mount Greylock was one of the first districts to sign up and


Effective Monday, a Little More of State's Economy to Open Up
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40PM / Thursday, February 25, 2021
SALEM, Mass. — Massachusetts' reopening plan is going back to the future.   On Thursday, Gov. Charlie Baker announced that on Monday, March 1, the commonwealth will shift to Step 2 of Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan.   That means that indoor performance venues like theaters will be allowed to reopen with a 50 percent capacity limit, as will museums, fitness centers and libraries. Other restrictions also will be lifted, including a ban on restaurants hosting musical performances.   Actually, those restrictions will be RE-lifted. The commonwealth already was in Step 2 of Phase 3 until a post-Thanksgiving surge in COVID-19 cases forced state officials to move


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

Williamstown Trust OKs Emergency Mortgage Program; O'Connor Won't Seek Re-Election
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:54PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday decided to move ahead with an emergency mortgage assistance program for residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, approved a solution for a problem vexing a different town committee and learned that one of its members will be rotating off after May's town election.   The board member in question is Anne O'Connor, who made her colleagues on that panel the first to learn that she will not seek another three-year term on the Select Board this spring.   O'Connor, who occupies the trustee position designated for a member of the Select Board, noted that she brings a particular

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Berkshires Gets Limited Vaccine Doses; Named 'High-Efficiency Collaborative'
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:12PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 vaccine shipments expected early last week were delayed because of inclement weather and were smaller than expected, leaving Berkshire County shorthanded. And a "very limited" amount of vaccines was available for appointment first-dose slots on Wednesday.     "This week, Massachusetts received 139,000 doses," Mayor Linda Tyer said to the City Council on Tuesday. "That's it, we have a million potential new residents who are eligible, but for the week we received 139,000 doses."   Public Health Program Manager Laura Kittross said there is limited access everywhere and doesn't expect this to be an


EforAll Seeking Applicants for 'Digital Business Survival Course'
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:12PM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All Berkshire County is collaborating with R3SET Studios to run a free online "Digital Business Survival Course" to help small businesses improve their online marketing.    "With all of the many restrictions on business during the pandemic, having a robust web presence, sales and outreach are truly mission-critical," said EforAll Director Deborah Gallant. "If your business was limping along with a sub-par web marketing approach before all this, it became a much higher priority to get this all in order."   This five-week course runs from March 12 to April 16.   Gallant said EforAll, a nonprofit


Clark Art Lecture On The Mandylion
09:06AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Feb. 26, Beinecke Fellow and professor at Syracuse University Glenn Peers presents a talk through the Clark's Research and Academic Program's lecture series on "The Mandylion's Marital and Martial Message Machines."    The pre-recorded lecture will be available on the Clark website from Feb. 26 through June 15.   Byzantine precursor to the Veronica, the Mandylion was believed to be a self-portrait made by Jesus and sent to Abgar, King of Edessa, with the apostle Thaddaeus. This talk focuses on the tenth century, when the Mandylion was a symbol of earthly and divine power within the new Christian dispensation. The


Williamstown DIRE Committee Chair Reports on Talk with Acting Police Chief
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Wednesday, February 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the town's committee on diversity, equity and inclusion Monday reported to his colleagues that he had a long conversation with the town's acting chief of police and that future dialogues between the committee and Police Department are planned.   "This past weekend, I had an extensive meeting with Lt. [Michael] Ziemba," said Mohammed Memfis, the chair of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee. "We met for a very long time and talked about a host of issues.   "One of the things that was really clear from the conversation that was explained by Lt. Ziemba is that DIRE has played an exceptional role for


State Wants Students Back in the Classroom in April
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
BOSTON — Public school students are expected to be back in the classroom by April.    Gov. Charlie Baker and Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey Riley on Tuesday outlined a phased-in process that will begin with elementary students.    "There's no substitute for in-person learning, especially for kids in elementary school," the governor said at his daily briefing. "Our administration's been clear for months that the best place for kids is in the classroom and today Commissioner Riley started a process, working with the board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to get more kids back into the classroom full time by


Williamstown Fire District Building Committee Recommends Owner's Project Manager
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Tuesday, February 23, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —The Williamstown Fire District's Building Committee Friday chose to recommend the district appoint Colliers International to serve as the owner's project manager on the district's planned project to build a new fire station.   Six of the eight committee members in a virtual meeting selected Colliers, which has offices in Boston and Agawam and throughout the country, from among three firms the panel interviewed.   "Colliers stood out," said committee member James Kolesar, an emeritus vice president for public affairs at Williams College. "Their presentation was thoughtful, crisp, to the point. They highlighted things that the


Williamstown Officials Express Regret Over Town Manager's Departure
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:28PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four members of the Select Board said Monday they regretted the departure of the town manager, and all five offered praise for his management as the board finished an evaluation process that began even as Jason Hoch moved toward a decision to end his tenure.   Calling the town's behavior over the last six months "appalling," Andrew Hogeland indicated that "bullying" played a role in forcing Hoch out the door.   "If we're upset about this result, I think we all should be, we need to look at the bullying behavior, failure to listen, failure to speak in a way that people will want to hear you," Hogeland said.


MCLA To Open Registration for Summer Sessions
04:01PM / Monday, February 22, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Registration for MCLA's three summer sessions will open March 1, 2021, and the majority of summer classes will be taught online this year.     Summer classes at MCLA offers summer classes for MCLA undergraduate and graduate students; students from other colleges; high school students; college graduates interested in Master of Business Administration (MBA) or Master of Education (MEd) courses; or community members and others seeking courses.    Summer sessions schedule  Session A: May 24-July 2  Session B: June 21-July 30  Session C: July 6-August 13  MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education


SVHC's Weekly COVID-19 Update: February 19
08:42AM / Monday, February 22, 2021
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