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'The Birth of a Nation': A Painful Truth
Watching writer-director Nate Parker's "The Birth of a Nation," a biography of the slave Nat Turner that concludes with the namesake rebellion he led in 1831, you can't help but anguish over the idea that only 155 years ago slavery was perfectly legal in the Southern United States. That kind of historical realization always
Williamstown Planners Talk About Changes to Secondary Dwelling Bylaw
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday discussed whether it wants to propose that town meeting revisit the question of secondary dwelling units on residential lots.   The idea provoked a lengthy discussion at annual town meeting in May 2012, when the meeting ultimately adopted a zoning bylaw that allowed for the
Williamstown Woman Charged in Hit-And-Run Accident
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A 34-year-old Williamstown woman has been charged in an apparent hit-and-run accident on Cold Spring Road on Oct. 1, police announced on Wednesday. Shannon Dandurand will answer in Northern Berkshire District Court to charges of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and negligent operation of a motor
It's National Save for Retirement Week – So Take Action
Congress has dedicated the third week of October as National Save for Retirement Week. Clearly, the government feels the need to urge people to do a better job of preparing for retirement. Are you doing all you can? Many of your peers aren't – or at least they think they aren't. In a recent survey conducted by,
Fire Prevention Week Is October 9-15
Why It's Such A Hot Topic for Berkshire Homeowners & Renters With The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week occurring this month, Oct. 9-15, it is the perfect time for your Berkshire County neighborhood insurance agency to talk to you about how your home, condo or renters insurance can provide
Berkshire Planners Remain Concerned About DLTA Program
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission remains concerned about the funding for its District Local Technical Assistance program.   The organization lobbied for the state fund the program at $3.4 million during the budget season but ultimately the state Legislature funded it at $2.8 million — level
Zogics To Senate President: Lack of Skilled Work Force Biggest Setback
For more than an hour on Friday LeBlanc spoke about his company with Rosenberg and Hinds. LEE, Mass. — With the state of current technology, a company can basically operate from anywhere. So can employees.   The current workforce wants more out of life than traditional jobs. They want to find ways to combine
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Appalachian Trail Gathering Draws More than 400 to Williamstown
The gathering is something of a homecoming for hikers and is held in different locations around the country. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than 400 long-distance hiking enthusiasts and Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will pass through Williamstown this weekend for the 35th annual Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association
Downing, Rosenberg, Olver, Rally Support For Hinds Senate Campaign
State Sen. Benjamin Downing endorsed Hinds on Friday to follow in his footsteps. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The common theme Friday night, when Adam Hinds relaunched his campaign for state Senate, was unity.   Hinds won the Democratic nomination for the state Senate seat being vacated by Benjamin Downing. Hinds now
Mount Greylock Holds Groundbreaking for Building Project
Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene talks about the process that led to Friday's groundbreaking. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It was all smiles and laughter at Friday's ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation and addition at Mount Greylock Regional School.   But it was worth
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