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State Releases Guidelines for Opening Hotels, Restaurants in Phase 2
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:44AM / Monday, June 01, 2020
BOSTON — The commonwealth Friday issued guidance for the reopening of hotels and restaurants, an event that could happen as soon as early June.   Lodging establishments will be allowed to reopen to general business when Massachusetts enters Phase 2 of the reopening, provided they adhere to a stringent set of cleaning protocols outlined on Friday.   Restaurants will be allowed to serve diners at outdoor tables only at the outset of Phase 2. Indoor table service will be allowed later in the phase, with restaurants making a number of accommodations, including a minimum of 6 feet between tables.   "This plan was put together with input from a variety of associations,


Letter: Five Stars to The Spoke
Letter to the Editor,
11:00AM / Monday, June 01, 2020

To the Editor:

I have been a customer of The Spoke for years and now I want to send accolades to Paul, Heidi and Damien.

Regardless of when a customer enters the store, they are treated like the most important person there. Paul and Heidi know the intricacies or every type of bike and have made great recommendations for my family and I. Damien is a cracker-jack bike mechanic he works swiftly with maximum efficiency.

With or without close social contact biking is a fun sport. Do yourself a favor and head to The Spoke in Williamstown and see their offerings.

Jim Holmes





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

Hundreds Gather in North Adams to Protest Police Violence
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:45AM / Monday, June 01, 2020
Ray Moore reads off the names.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Ray Moore says he's not just teaching his 14 children how to live, but also how to survive in a world where the color of their skin can make them a target.    "My daughter is 17 years old, I've started teaching how to put her hands on the steering wheel if  she's pulled over," he said. "I teach my boys how to survive if a cop pulls you over. ...    "Being black is difficult in this world right now."   That was made clear on Sunday afternoon as he read off a list of 100 African-Americans who have died because of police or vigilante violence, with

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Cultural Institutions Open Grounds, Look to Appeal to Area Residents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, June 01, 2020

The Norman Rockwell Museum is one of seven county cultural institutions that will be joining the Clark Art Institute in opening their grounds to the public. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The museum doors remain closed, but the great outdoors offer opportunities for area residents and visitors alike to connect with culture.   "We really believe people are going to have a pent-up desire to be outdoors after being in the home for eight, nine, 10 weeks," Norman Rockwell Museum Director Laurie Norton Moffat said on Friday morning. "Now, with the beautiful season upon us that can be so short-lived here in the Berkshires, we know we're all eager to have some sunshine

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SVMC Creates Virtual Waiting Room to Encourage Distancing
11:27AM / Sunday, May 31, 2020

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Beginning June 1, many people who need in-person appointments at Southwestern Vermont Health Care's hospital and clinics will no longer need to use traditional waiting rooms. A virtual system created by the hospital allows patients to call 802-447-5000 when they arrive in the parking lot and receive a text message when their provider is ready to see them.

SVMC's outpatient and inpatient surgeries and diagnostic services, like those for imaging and laboratory work, have resumed with enhanced safety protocols per the directive of Gov. Phil Scott. The health system's emergency department, ExpressCare, emergency surgical services, and most of its primary and

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Trail Conservancy Cautions Pandemic Care When Hiking
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Sunday, May 31, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although most of the Appalachian Trail is still open, hikers are asked to practice common sense during the pandemic while on the trail or to just stay home.   COVID-19 has challenged people to find new ways to stay active while practicing social distancing and local trail volunteer Cosmo Catalano, Jr said although folks are encouraged to stay home, common sense needs to be used to maintain social distancing.    "The AT, along with other trails on public lands provides an important resource for people to get outdoors in a healthy way," he said. "With care and common sense, it's relatively easy for people to maintain appropriate

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BHS Honors Employees With Donation to Berkshire COVID-19 Fund
05:19PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is giving $50,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Berkshire County, co-led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest.  

The donation, which was made in honor of all BHS employees and medical staff, will be designated to support two major programs that provide reliable access to healthy food for residents of Berkshire County.  

"From restaurants and small businesses to physicians and hospitals, we are all hurting as a result of COVID-19. After learning about the significant increase in food pantry needs in recent


@theMarket: The Market's Line in the Sand
By Bill Schmick,
02:31PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
Over the last two weeks, as Americans returned to work, the stock market climbed rapidly. It has now reached, and breached, an important historical technical indicator. If it can remain above it, investors will begin to believe that the worst is over.      The S&P 500 Index (as opposed to the Dow Jones Industrial Average) is what most professionals consider the benchmark index. This week, buyers pushed that index above the 3,000 level for the first time since the pandemic caused the markets to crash back in March. Why is that important?   That is the level that coincides with what is called the Two Hundred Day Moving Average (200 DMA). The 200 DMA is where investors


BArT Grad: 2020 Not a Dream Year, Not 'a Freak Show'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
ADAMS,  Mass. — At a time when most are thinking of limitless potential and endless possibilities, BArT senior Will Schrade invited his classmates to embrace mediocrity.   Perhaps not forever, but at this particular moment, as the class of 2020 huddled around their computer screens in quarantine instead of gathering in a gymnasium bursting to capacity, the concept of "good enough" has a certain appeal, Schrade argued.   He was one of four Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School students to provide "senior reflections" during Saturday's hourlong graduation exercises, the first virtual high school graduation in Berkshire


Berkshire Immigrant Center Celebrates National Immigrant Heritage Month
09:03AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Beginning June 1, the Berkshire Immigrant Center invites the community to honor the more than 10,000 immigrants in the Berkshires and by joining the annual observance of national Immigrant Heritage Month and helping to launch a $10,000 fundraising campaign for the center.

"During Immigrant Heritage Month, we proudly honor the many ways immigrants make the Berkshires a better place," said BIC Executive Director Michelle Lopez. "This year we are especially grateful for the hundreds of foreign-born doctors, medical technicians, nurses and staff who are caring for people at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, and nursing homes, and for local


MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners
08:22AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although this year's MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists' pitches.

The finalists, all seniors who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining the solution to the problem, developing a budget and business plan as the roadmap for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

Granito’s "Detailing Dream" won first place, which came with a $7,500 award.


Williamstown Moving Ahead With Month-to-Month Spending Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:00AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is moving ahead with a plan to pay its bills in the short term but is a long way from knowing what the budget picture looks like for the rest of the fiscal year.   With fiscal year 2020 ending on June 30 and no plans currently to hold the postponed annual town meeting, Town Manager Jason Hoch on Tuesday received the blessing of the Select Board to submit a "1/12th" budget to the commonwealth for approval of the town's July expenditures.   He explained the month-to-month spending plan to both the Select Board and Finance Committee in video conferences on back-to-back nights.   That plan is relatively straightforward and

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