|Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District Back on Track|
Mount Greylock School Committee members, from left, David Langston and Gary Fuls and district counsel Fred Dupere.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday decided to move forward with a search for a Tri-District superintendent after learning that
|Classical Beat: Vermont Home to Some Hits This Week|
The Shanghai Quartet will perform in Manchester, Vt., this Thursday, July 17.
Another gloriously diverse week of captivating music is in store for lovers of chamber vocal, voice with orchestra, symphony, and, especially, tone poems (short symphonic pieces that tell a story or establish a mood.)
|The Froth Is Off|
The economy is slowly regaining some strength as the unemployment rate continues to drop back (6.3 percent as of May) and factory production improves and consumer spending increases but while this is a good sign for the overall economy, housing itself has not and is not likely to "bounce back" as it has in previous recessionary
|Fuls Named to Mount Greylock School Committee|
Williamstown Moderator Adam Filson was the tie-breaking vote to put Gary Fuls on the Mount Greylock School Committee.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Director Woody Allen is credited with saying "80 percent of success is showing up."
It was 100 percent of success for Williamstown's
|Williams Professor James MacGregor Burns Dies at 95|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James MacGregor Burns died early Tuesday at his home at age 95.
Burns was the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Government, Emeritus, at Williams College, from which he graduated in 1939. He was the author of more than 20 books on history, political science and political and
|Local Woman Opens Berkshire School of Etiquette|
nbsp; photos by Angela Cardenali
Diane Massey, founder and director of the Berkshire School of Etiquette, is focusing her new Lenox business on teaching manners and respect to children, with plans to grow into more adult classes.
LENOX, Mass. — It's a typical situation for a child: He or she puts something into his or her mouth, thinks it's disgusting and wants it out of his or her mouth. Like, immediately.
At home, the child likely would just spit it out and squeal "gross." But what about in public, at a restuarant, or at an event with a grownup, like a party or wedding?
Diane Massey knows what to do — and her new business in Lenox gives the answer to that scenario and all sorts of other questions relating to good manners and polite behavior.
Massey, who holds a degree in business administration and has held executive-level positions at nonprofit arts and education organizations, said the idea to start the Berkshire School of Etiquette came from her desire to find personal satisfaction in a career.
"I've been looking for something that fuels my fire," Massey said as she sat in the airy office space she is sharing with two other women business owners at 69 Church St.
The South County resident came across a tea room in Arizona that was teaching etiquette and was "immediately intrigued" by the idea of helping people brush up on basic manners.
"It's a skill that's sorely lacking," she said.
But Massey's new business is not just about one skill, such as learning which fork to use at a dinner or even how to spit out unwanted food. (Which, by the way, one should not do into one's napkin.) It's about social skills, communication skills and confidence building, which is why the most natural place to focus her business — for now — is on children.
Earlier this year, she was certified in children's etiquette after completing an extensive training program at the American School of Protocol in Atlanta. This summer, she is offering several classes for children, including a six-week "Etiquette Certification for Children," a one-hour-a-week program for kindergartners through fifth-graders that starts Wednesday, July 16, as well as two-hour, one-time classes for the same age group and preschoolers on July 16, 23 and 30.
Massey said she did a trial class with the children of some people she knew at the Monterey General Store to test out the program
"The children love it," she said, adding that children tend to be receptive to someone other than Mom or Dad correcting them on their behavior. "They don't want their parents to police it."
And those parents are receptive to an activity for their children that is more than just babysitting.
"Parents want their children to be somewhere," she said. "They want to give their child a little bit of edge."
That edge includes dining etiquette, introductions, eye contact, phone etiquette, thank-you notes and presentation skills, with each child giving a two-minute presentation during the program.
"The children really grow as individuals," she said.
Working with children was natural to Massey, who coached youth soccer for more than 10 years, and so it made sense to focus her business there. But she is offering some programs for adults, too — "Groom the Graduate" to prepare recent graduates for job interviews, set for Thursday, July 17, as well as "Diva, Dining and Decorum," an etiquette brush-up for women being offered July 31 and Aug. 7. She will give private lessons, and she hopes to incorporate business and wedding etiquette classes as well as longer programs for adults, too.
"You are never too young to start and never too old to learn new skills that will build knowledge and confidence, enhance your presence and improve your life," Massey said, echoing a sentiment that can be found on her website, www.berkshireschoolofetiquette.com.
Massey said she wants people to know that etiquette is not an old-fashioned concept. It's about acting with cooperation, respect and civility.
"This isn't about going home and being rigid and stuffy," she said. "It's modern etiquette. It's what's real today."
Massey can be reached at 845-325-2247 or diane@berkshireschoolofetiquette.
|The Clark Extends Hours for Summer 2014|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute will temporarily extend its hours to better accommodate visitors this summer and early fall.
The galleries will remain open on Friday evenings until 7 through August, and will remain open on Mondays through Oct. 13.
As in the past, the galleries remain open until 6 on Tuesdays in July
|Williamstown Selectmen Decline to Discuss Land Hearing|
The Selectmen have shied away from further debate on the future of the so-called Lowry and Burbank properties. A hearing on the conservation status of the lands is set for July 24.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday declined to inject itself into the coming discussion of the status
|Nursing Program Building Approved for McCann School|
Superintendent James Brosnan explains the need for a dedicated space for McCann Technical School's nursing program at Monday's Planning Board meeting.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board on Monday night approved a 2,700 square foot addition to the McCann Technical School for its practical nursing
|Williamstown Health Board Revising Tobacco Regs|
The Board of Health is looking to make the town's smoking regulations more restrictive.
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health is aiming to have more restrictive smoking and tobacco regulations in place in town by the first of next year.
The board met earlier this month to discuss
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