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Williamstown Board Advises Resolution Against Plastic Bags, Containers
The Selectmen recommended a citizen's petition on instituting a plastics ban be submitted as a resolution instead. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Selectmen are encouraging the backers of a polystyrene ban to consider social rather than legislative pressure. The ad hoc group Greening Williamstown is hoping
Lanesborough Administrator Proposes $10.4M Budget
The Board of Selectmen questioned Highway Superintendent William Decelles about the budget.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town Administrator Paul Sieloff is proposing a 2.5 percent increase in spending for fiscal 2016.   The $10.4 million proposal is $345,609 more than last year, a quarter of
Mount Greylock School Committee Votes to Send Towns Higher Budget
Mount Greylock Regional School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Green, left, and Sheila Hebert participate in Monday's meeting on the district's budget. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — By a vote of 4-3, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday voted to add $42,100 back to its $10.5 million fiscal 2016
Williamstown-Lanesborough Offers Superintendent Post to Medway Principal
The two school committees that make up the Tri-District voted on Monday night to offer the superintendent's post to Medway Principal Douglas Dias, above. He was one of two candidates interviewed Monday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee and Superintendency Union 71
Spencertown Academy Arts Center Holding Teen Short Story Contest
SPENCERTOWN, N.Y. — Spencertown Academy Arts Center has announced its first-ever Teen Short Story Contest. The contest is open to Berkshire and Columbia County teenaged writers in grades 9 through 12. Contest judges include book editors, authors, and other publishing professionals. The top three winners will receive cash prizes
Senator Warren to Speak at BCC Commencement
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be the keynote speaker at Berkshire Community College's 55th commencement exercises to be held May 29 at Tanglewood in Lenox. Warren was elected to the Senate in 2012 and is recognized as one of the nation's top experts on bankruptcy and the financial pressures facing middle
Fire Station Cracks Concern Williamstown Fire Committee
The Prudential reviewed the fiscal 2016 budget and discussed the cracks appearing in the walls of the fire station. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass — The Fire District on Wednesday decided to see what can be done to shore up the building it would like nothing more than to vacate.   "Let's be
'America's First Hippie': O.B. Joyful Left Indelible Local Legacy
Fabulist, hermit, hippie, loveable scoundrel and raconteur O.B. Joyful in 1920. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — "Hermit," "renowned poet-philosopher," "local eccentric," "criminal," "pioneer hippie" — these were all labels applied to him at one time, depending on
Take & Eat Food Program Fueled by Growing Need
Serving up meals to go at St. Patrick's Church for the Take and Eat program that serves homebound elderly on the weekends. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It started with Deacon Francis Ryan and his wife, Kathleen, preparing 44 meals in the kitchen of a parish hall on Easter Sunday 2002. Now, more than 2,600
Williams Women Third at NCAAs, Take Swimmer of Year,Coach of Year
SHENANDOAH, Texas -- After finishing fifth at last year's NCAA Championship, the Williams College women's team captured third place on Saturday evening, capping an impressive season and an extremely impressive effort this weekend.   The last time the women finished in third was 2011. In total, they have been awarded third
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