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'Born in China': Animal Magnetism
One of the key joys of seeing "Born in China," a splendidly picturesque documentary about snow leopard Dawa and her two cubs; Tao Tao, a young snub-nosed monkey; and a giant panda Ya Ya and her daughter, Mei Mei, was worth listening to the kids in the audience emoting. Normally, I would rail at the ragamuffins' commentary
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Williamstown Elementary Talks Use Fees, School Calendar
School Committee member John Skavlem was acknowledged at his final meeting. Skavlem is not seeking a third three-year term in May's town election.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee began discussing on Wednesday how it can more equitably charge fees to outside groups for use of the
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The Independent Investor: World's Bread Basket No More
The recent controversy over dairy trade policies between the Trump administration and Canada is only the tip of the iceberg. While Trump is selectively picking on one particular product, the truth is that the United States is losing its competitive advantage in many areas of agriculture.   Government subsidies to the agriculture
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Mount Greylock Building Project May Take on Parking Lot
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee learned Tuesday that it may have a major capital expenditure taken off its plate.   The chairman of the district's School Building Committee reported that because of cost savings realized to date in the $65 million addition/renovation project, he is
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Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Community coalitions from across the county have joined forces to host a Rx Round Up at three locations on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications may stop by to dispose of them
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Can You Free Yourself of Some Investment-related Taxes?
Tax Freedom Day generally falls around this time each year. This is the day when the nation as a whole has earned enough money to pay off its total tax bill for the year, according to the calculations made by the Tax Foundation. So you may want to use Tax Freedom Day to think about ways you can liberate yourself from some of the
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Richardello, Gaspardi-Febles Honored With Quinn Award
MountainOne's Vice President for Business Insurance Linda Gaspardi-Febles was given her award from Award Committee Chairman Mick Callahan. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — When Esther Quinn died in 1998, the local business community lost someone who, after working a full day, would put in countless volunteer
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Cages Baseball Club Offers Youth Camps
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Cages at the Mill collegiate baseball team will hold four summer baseball camps in Williamstown and Bennington, Vt., this summer.   The morning camps are open to players ages 6 to 13 and will be taught by members of the Cages' under-22 collegiate team.   The fundamentals of the game
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Williamstown Planning Board Candidates Participate in Forum
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The two candidates in the only contested race on May 9's town election ballot made their case to the voters last week in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters.   Incumbent Chris Winters is being challenged by newcomer Karen L. Shepard for his five-year seat on the Planning
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Mount Greylock School Looking For Regionalization Vote This Fall
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Full regionalization of the Mount Greylock Regional School District is expected to go to a vote the fall.   Considerations of fully regionalizing the district have been ongoing since 2013 and are eyed to bring efficiency to the administration of the three separate school districts. Currently,
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