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Baker: No Apologies for Prioritizing Vulnerable Populations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:06PM / Wednesday, February 03, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday once again defended his administration COVID-19 track record while saying that it has been open to responding to criticism throughout the pandemic.   In an appearance at Fenway Park to herald one of the commonwealth's mass vaccination sites, Baker was asked about those who continue to question the state's strategy to roll out vaccines by targeting specific populations on a phased basis.   Baker said he himself was not satisfied with all aspects of the state's response to COVID-19, but he was not going to apologize for the phased approach to vaccine distribution.   "The first thing I would say is I get how unhappy


MCLA Gallery 51 Virtual Video Art Exhibit
08:05AM / Wednesday, February 03, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA Gallery 51's new virtual exhibit, "A Tourist in Your Own Home," will open Saturday, Feb. 13, with an opening event held virtually at 5 p.m. on Feb. 13. 

This event is free and open to the public via Zoom; those who would like to attend can register here. After the opening, the show will be viewable via the G51 website at 

This virtual video exhibition marks the launch of the "Hostile Terrain" exhibition opening later this spring at Gallery 51. With works by the Sanctuary City Project already displayed on campus, this is the next phase in this campus-wide project.  

Curated by artist


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

Clark Art Offers Online Valentine's Arts Projects
04:18PM / Tuesday, February 02, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute will host two artmaking webinars on Zoom in preparation for Valentine's Day. 

The free webinars are scheduled for noon on Thursday, Feb. 4, and Thursday, Feb. 11 and are open to people of all ages and all skill levels.    These "craft-along" programs include tips for making and mailing artful valentines to send love and good cheer to friends, family, a special someone, or yourself. Participants can enjoy a wealth of design inspiration from the Clark's collection and discover new ways to express themselves through handmade envelope art.   In addition, the Clark website offers free downloadable

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Rachel Fey to Present MCLA Green Living Seminar
11:50AM / Tuesday, February 02, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, MA—Rachel Fey, senior director of public policy for Power to Decide, will present a talk titled "Preventing Unplanned Pregnancy" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. 


Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14. 


Fey leads Power to Decide's federal health policy and advocacy portfolio, where she identifies, develops, and promotes a variety of federal policy activities to improve information and access to


Williamstown Town Election Nomination Papers Available
Staff Reports,
04:12AM / Tuesday, February 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nomination papers are now available for the May 11 town election.   Two positions are available on the Select Board, one full three-year term, the seat currently held by Anne O’Connor, and one one-year spot to fill the remainder of the term of Jeffrey Thomas, who last week announced his intention to step down from the board.   Also on the ballot will be one three-year seat on the Milne Library Board of Trustees, one five-year seat on the Housing Authority, one five-year seat on the Planning Board and one three-year seat on the Northern Berkshire Vocational Regional [McCann Tech] School Committee.   Potential candidates should make an


Forecasters Predict Up to 18 Inches of Snow as Nor'easter Hits
Staff Reports,
03:22PM / Monday, February 01, 2021
A nor'easter is expected to dump upwards of a foot of snow across the region beginning Monday afternoon. Check iBerkshires for updates closures, cancellations and notices on this article and on our Facebook page.   The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., issued a winter storm watch from Monday at 7 a.m. through Tuesday at 7 p.m.    The town of Adams had declared a winter storm emergency: no parking on town streets or in municipal lots from 3 p.m. Monday through 5 p.m. Tuesday. Any vehicles unatt3ended my be towed.   The town of Lenox had declared a winter storm emergency from 4 p.m. Monday through 8 p.m. Tuesday. No parking on streets and violators may be


Baker: Bay Staters Working from Home Could Make Nor'easter Less Problematic
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40PM / Monday, February 01, 2021
BOSTON — As the state geared up for the first major snowfall of 2021, the pandemic factored in -- but, for once, not always as a negative.   Gov. Charlie Baker and other administration officials met with the media Monday morning to talk about the commonwealth's preparedness for a Nor'easter expected to dump more than a foot of snow on Berkshire County.   Asked what was different about planning for this storm versus past weather events, Baker admitted that there is a small upside to dealing with a Nor'easter in a time when many Bay Staters already are doing their best to stay home as much as possible.   "The fact that so many people have the ability or

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Q&A: Williams Senior Takes Big Bite Out of 'Shark Tank'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Monday, February 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Like any reality television show, ABC's "Shark Tank" sometimes can feel a little overdramatic by building a "Will they? Won't they?" suspense about whether entrepreneurs will strike gold with the show's celebrity investors.   In the case of Williams College senior Zack Schreier and partner Nick Hamburger, it was pretty clear that an offer was in the offing.   "You two are two impressive guys," veteran shark Robert Herjavec said early in the episode that premiered Jan. 22. "I think you two guys are two of the youngest most impressive people we've ever had out here."   Later, Herjavec added,


Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Terry McGinnis
By Wayne Soares, iBerkshires columnist
04:08PM / Sunday, January 31, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At 27 years of age, Terry McGinnis is far ahead of his peers. An extremely humble, courteous and respectful young man, he served his country in the Army for six years, finishing with the rank of sergeant.    His story is an amazing one.   McGinnis grew up in Englewood, Calif., and did his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. His first assignment was at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as a member of the 2nd Platoon, 25th Infantry Division. He remembered there "being a great deal of history there." After being deployed to the Philippines to train that country's Scout Rangers, he was sent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State


Burnett Farm Designated As Massachusetts Century Farm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:28AM / Sunday, January 31, 2021

A bird's eye view of the farm and picture of Carrie Burnett's parents, who ran the farm as a dairy. ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 years later, Burnett Farm is still thriving under the same family and the same spirit   Carrie Burnett was surprised when a plaque showed up at her doorstep notifying her that the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the Massachusetts Grange have recognized Burnett Farm as a Century Farm.   "I forgot all about it … and then it showed up in the mail," she said.   Burnett said she was contacted by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau last year about the designation and an agent encouraged her to apply


Mount Greylock Superintendent: Virtual Racist Incident Work of Student from Another District
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
06:03PM / Saturday, January 30, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Saturday announced that the racist Zoom-bombing incident in a high school classroom this week was the work of a student from another school district.

Superintendent Jason McCandless made the announcement in a letter to the Mount Greylock community that was posted on the middle-high school's social media accounts.   "On Friday afternoon, the principal of Mount Greylock Regional School, Mr. [Jake] Schutz, was emailed an apology from a student in another school district who is taking responsibility for their own action of impersonating a Mount Greylock student online and playing music with highly


Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to Host Women's Health Webinar Series
12:33PM / Saturday, January 30, 2021

BENNINGTON, Vt. — This February, Southwestern  Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will host four webinars focused on a range of public health topics designed for women in the community.

In this webinar series, women will gain knowledge and skills aimed at improving their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing from knowledgeable community partners.

"Healthy women are an integral part of a healthy community," said Rory Price, SVMC's coordinator of Population Health. "We are thrilled to provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and discussion, all within a judgment-free environment."

The webinar series will be held 6 – 7:15 p.m. on


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