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Stockbridge-Munsee Community Reclaims Some of Its History
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Saturday, September 26, 2020

A World War II-era mural of Ephraim Wiliams and Mohawk leader Theyanoguin is being removed from the Log to Special Collections as part of the college's examination of its history and relationship with the area and community. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than two centuries after they were displaced from lands now known as Berkshire County, the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians are coming back to the Berkshires.   Last week, the president of Williams College announced to the school community that the college will provide office space to the Stockbridge-Munsee Community's Tribal Historic Preservation Extension Office.   The community's director of

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Letter: Response to Bilal Ansari and DIRE
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Friday, September 25, 2020

To the Editor:

Good Morning, Bilal,

I am now on a kinder, gentler computer that I hope will not whisk my responses into the black hole of cyberspace.

I hope others will join in this conversation because I have been pretty much out of public life for a long time. In fact, I am an avowed hermit. My memory may need some help.

First, let me say that the DIRE committee seems to me very unique. I can remember no town committee that had even a similar mission. DIRE is asking us to look in the mirror, to search our minds, our hearts, even our souls, then "purify" (your word and Mr. King's). Your mission has spiritual overtones, if not religious overtones. Many people feel that a

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Letter: Residents Repudiate Neighborhood's Racially Restrictive Origins
06:00PM / Friday, September 25, 2020

To the Editor:

Residents repudiate neighborhood's racially restrictive origins in a commitment to inclusion.

In July of 2020, residents of the Williamstown neighborhood comprising Berkshire Drive, Colonial Avenue and Orchard Lane came together to address, in a united way, the racially restrictive covenant which was filed on the land records by the subdivision founder in 1939, and subsequently referenced in many of their property deeds. Though the racially restrictive clause had been deemed legally unenforceable (1948 Supreme Court Shelley vs. Kraemer), unlawful (Civil Rights Act of 1968 ), and void (1969 Massachusetts General Laws), a range of voices expressed the ongoing pain caused

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@theMarket: Markets Feel the Heat
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Friday, September 25, 2020
First, the good news: there is only one more week until the end of the month. The bad news, however, is that October may not treat investors any better than did September. As my swabbie friends would say, is it time to "batten down the hatches?"   Let me say I take no joy in being right. During the last few weeks of writing, the volatility I predicted has come home to roost. This kind of correction is especially painful because in these times of great uncertainty, we could have at least pointed to the stock market, and our investments accounts, as one piece of good news.    As I wrote last week: "Investors, therefore, should be mentally and emotionally

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'Peggy Sue Got Married': Life, on Second Thought
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:38PM / Friday, September 25, 2020

I wish that I were reviewing one of the half-dozen movies certain to be made when this pox upon our house is no more. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Former Leaders of Soldiers' Home Charged with Negligence
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
11:56AM / Friday, September 25, 2020
BOSTON — The superintendent and medical director of the Holyoke Soldiers' Home are facing charges of neglect and bodily harm related to five veterans under their care during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Indictments were returned by a grand jury on Thursday against former Superintendent Bennet Walsh and medical director Dr. David Clinton. Each is facing 10 counts -- five each for criminal neglect and for serious bodily injury -- and face up to 10 years in prison on each charge. They are expected to be arraigned on these charges.    "We are alleging that Walsh and Clinton were ultimately responsible for a decision on March 27 that led to tragic and deadly

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Baker: Education Commissioner's Letter 'Not Bullying'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker and Education Commissioner Jeffrey C. Riley on Thursday pushed back against the charge that the state was pressuring school districts to return to in-person instruction despite local preferences.   Appearing with Baker at his regular press availability, Riley twice declined to say what enforcement actions the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will take against more than a dozen districts who last week received a letter challenging their preference for remote learning to start the year.   "I think we're going to wait and see what happens," Riley said when asked if DESE would "force the hands" of districts who

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The Retired Investor: Back to the Future in America's kitchens
By Bill Schmick,
05:34PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
Whether it is recipes, groceries, home gardens, grilling, pots and pans or online cooking classes, Americans have rediscovered the kitchen, thanks to COVID-19. Where once an occasional meal at home, or a single-serve dish for the kid's lunch was sufficient, times have changed. Home cooking has become a bigger business.   Americans are cooking more and throwing out less food, according to the Food Marketing Institute, an organization that tracks grocery shopping trends. They saw a 40 percent uptick in home cooked meals, and a 27 percent increase in those who were planning more meals in advance in 2020.    However, cooking at home, many Americans discovered, wasn't as

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Baker: Trump's Transfer of Power Answer 'Appalling and Outrageous'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday called President Trump's comments on the possibility of peaceful transfer of power in January "appalling and outrageous."   Baker was given a chance at the end of his regular press availability to comment on Trump's Wednesday response to a question about what he would do if he loses the November election.   Baker pulled no punches in reacting to the comments from the commander in chief and leader of Baker's own Republican Party.   "That peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go to vote," Baker said. "It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would

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Mount Greylock School Committee 'Ticket': No Intent To Be Divisive
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, September 24, 2020

Carolyn Greene is running to serve out the last two years of the term she was appointed to in May. She is running against Elisabeth Beck in the only race for Mount Greylock School Committee on Nov. 3. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Read the platform of the Greylock Forward ticket for the Mount Greylock School Committee, and it is clear that the candidates' intent was to promote inclusion and healing in the school district.   Imagine the candidates' surprise when they were accused of being a source of division in local politics.   "When you put your hat in the ring, you have no idea who else is putting their hat in the ring," candidate Jose Constantine said.

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Williamstown's Racial Equity Committee Discusses Core Principles
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee on Monday discussed a statement of principles to guide the group's work as it seeks to work for justice in the college town of 7,700.   Among those principles: a recognition of the current injustice.   "We are beginning from the assumption that, like every other community in the U.S., our town and its residents are impacted by racism," the fourth paragraph of a seven-paragraph draft document reads. "Our work is to discover if our town's institutions and rules (policies, laws and regulations) deliberately or inadvertently encode such inequalities. Our goal is not to assess blame,

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Williamstown Youth Center Providing Place for Remote Learners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Families long have relied on the Williamstown Youth Center as a safe place for their children at the end of the school day.   In the days of COVID-19, some are relying on the WYC for support during school hours.   When Williamstown Elementary School began the school year with remote instruction last week, the youth center was able to host 20 kids who attended their Zoom-based classes under the watchful eye of WYC staff.   And when the local elementary school transitions to a hybrid learning model next month, the center stands ready to expand its capacity to 40 children at a time — up to 80 kids in all between the morning and afternoon

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