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Williamstown Housing Trust Looks to Spread Word About Rental Assistance Program
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
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Berkshires Could See Mix of Rain/Snow Overnight
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
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BNRC Re-opens Access Trail to Mahanna Cobble
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
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Williamstown Planning Board Told to Cap Size of Cannabis Grows
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
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Mount Greylock School Committee Pulls Rug Out of Fields Project
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
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Small Businesses Face Friday Deadline to Apply for State Grants
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
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College Notes: Winter 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
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Healthy Eating on a Budget
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
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Williamstown Town Manager: 'Less Pessimism' About State Funding
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
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Williamstown's Benzinger Signs with Indianapolis Colts
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
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