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Petition Puts Waubeeka Question to Williamstown Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:43AM / Thursday, February 11, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The voters of Williamstown will have a chance to decide whether an overlay district is created to accommodate a new hotel in South Williamstown.   Michael Deep, the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links, has submitted an article for the annual town meeting warrant by citizen's petition after the town's Planning Board decided on a 3-2 vote not to generate a zoning bylaw amendment proposal.   Deep came to the Planning Board last summer to ask it to help generate a proposal for the 2016 town meeting that would allow him to explore the possibility of a hotel to create another revenue stream for the failing golf course.   After five sometimes contentious

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MacFarlane, Mountain One Win LYBA/WYBA Titles
10:54PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Derek Paris and Tate Kuster scored 13 points apiece Wednesday night to lead MacFarlane Office Products to a 32-20 win over Mickle Electric in the championship game of the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Association fifth- and sixth-grade house league.   Thomas Martin led Mickle with 12 points.   "We held their two guards to only two points total and those came from two free throws that Luca Traversa made," MacFarlane coach Rick Paris said. "That was our goal trying to shut down their two outside shooters and try to keep Martin away from the boards by running a triangle and two.   "It worked well but we did have some

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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
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Axt, Patel Lead Team to LYBA/WYBA Final
12:40PM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alex Axt and Tej Patel scored six points apiece to lead Mickle Electric to a 20-18 win over Williamstown Police in the semifinals of the Lanesborough/Williamstown Youth Basketball Asssociation on Tuesday.   In a back-and-forth game that came down to the final minute, Max McAlister and Seamus Barnes led WPD with six each.   Mickle moves on to Wednesday's championship game, where it will face MacFarland Office Products. In the regular season, the teams went 2-2 against one another.   Last weekend, the Greylock fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball travel team reached the quarter-finals of the Adams tournament at Hoosac Valley High School.   The

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Think About Sending Financial Valentines to Loved Ones
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:55AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Americans spent nearly $19 billion in Valentine’s Day gifts last year, according to the National Retail Federation. Much of this money went for gifts with short shelf lives, such as candy, flowers and restaurant meals (and about $700 million was spent on gifts for pets).

There’s certainly nothing wrong with giving chocolates or roses. But this year, think about going beyond the classic gifts. Instead, use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to determine how you can make gifts with long-lasting impact to your circle of loved ones.

Here are some suggestions:

* For your spouse or significant other: As long as your spouse or significant other has earned income, he or she may

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Police Seek Information on Possible Williamstown Hit-and-Run
Staff Reports,
09:28AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Police have identified the victim of a possible hit-and-run as Cheryl J. Leclaire, 54, of White Oaks Road. She remains in critical condition at Berkshire Medical Center.

"At this point in the investigation, a motor vehicle contacting or brushing Ms. Leclaire appears to be the likely circumstance. However, due to almost no physical evidence at the scene such as distinguishable vehicle parts, and no witnesses at this time, we are unable to confirm the exact series of events at this time."

Leclaire was walking her dog on North Hoosac Road near White Oaks at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday night. She was found in the road by a motorist. The dog was not injured in the incident and was

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Bay State Winter Games Return to Berkshires This Weekend
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:16AM / Wednesday, February 10, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Kevin Cummings knows how quickly a good idea can snowball.   The executive director of the Bay State Games is excited to see games offer two new events when it returned to the Berkshires for its 31st season.   "I started with the organization in 1984, and I remember '85 was the first figure skating competition," Cummings said. "We had under 50 skaters."   This year, there will be hundreds of skaters descending on Williams College's Lansing Chapman Rink for three days of competition that run from 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 12, through 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.   But the big news in the Bay State Winter Games is the addition of

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USDA Conservation Stewardship Program Accepting Applications
02:10PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

AMHERST, Mass. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $150 million in funding available for agricultural producers across the country through the Conservation Stewardship Program, a federal conservation program that helps farmers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to add an estimated 10 million acres to the rolls of CSP during fiscal 2016.

"The Conservation Stewardship Program helps farmers boost soil and air quality, conserve clean water and enhance wildlife habitat," said Christine Clarke, NRCS state conservationist. "With this investment, we'll enable

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Grant Opens Workforce Training Opportunities in North Adams, Pittsfield
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:15PM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Mayor Linda Tyer said the program will address the changes to the local labor market. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — There are currently 127 available manufacturing jobs in Berkshire County averaging annual salaries of more than $55,000, according to Interprint CEO Peter Stasiowski.   But there aren't enough workers in the area with the skills needed to fill those vacancies. The state has now allocated $138,000 to the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board to train workers to fill those jobs.   "We know the importance of growing our own," Stasiowski said.   See application and information below.   According to Stasiowski, manufacturing makes up 8

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Williams Outlines Solution to Parking Issue During Construction
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:37AM / Tuesday, February 09, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College and its contractor believe they have a solution to the problem of workers parking in a downtown parking lot during construction projects.   The practice frustrated downtown merchants during last summer's renovation of the college's Spring Street tavern. A looming five-year project to build a new science center near the village business district has raised serious concerns among business owners.   At last Thursday's meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals, the college's counsel outlined a plan to fine subcontractors whose employees park anywhere but areas the college has designated for construction

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Berkshire Tidbits: Chinese New Year Banquet, Food Events
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
07:51PM / Monday, February 08, 2016

It's midwinter and full of food delights! Events, holidays and special deals on delicious foods.


Yogurt-marinated wings at Bombay Grill in Lee.

For football fans, Sunday is Super Bowl in more ways than running through a stadium field with a pointy-ended ball. It's super bowls and bowls and platters and pans of gooey and rich, crunchy and spicy, salty, smoky, savory and sweet everything comfort foods. I'll go into local wings later.

Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House

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Williams Women's Basketball Earns Comeback Win over Conn College
05:27PM / Sunday, February 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College women’s basketball team overcame a double-digit, third-quarter deficit Sunday en route to a 64-59 victory over the nationally ranked Connecticut College Camels.   Williams (17-5/5-3 NESCAC) was led in scoring by sophomore Amanni Fernandez who racked up 27 points and four assists in the win, but it was the senior duo of captains Katie Litman and Oge Uwanaka, playing in their final regular season home game, that sparked the Ephs today. Connecticut sophomore Mairead Hynes showed why she is the Camels’ leading scorer, recording 20 points on 8-10 shooting from the field, though her efforts fell just short.   The Camels (16-5, 5-3)

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Williams Science Center
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:22AM / Sunday, February 07, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a special permit for Williams College's science quad expansion.   The board declined a request from two residents to allow more time for review of 500 pages of supporting material presented with the request.   Wanda Bubriski, a Hoxsey Street abuttor to the project, and Roger Lawrence, a resident of South Street, said the board needed to give them more time.   Lawrence's case was bolstered by his discovery on Wednesday night of a paragraph in Williams' application that directly contradicted what he heard from the board and the college's attorney at the beginning of the ZBA's

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