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News and events in Williamstown, Mass.

HooRWA Celebrates 30 Years
03:01PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Hoosic River Watershed Association, a 501(c)3 no-profit organization founded in 1986 and based in Williamstown, held its 30th annual meeting on Jan. 11.

Re-elected to the Board of Directors were Wendy Hopkins of Pownal, Vt., and Karin Landry and Elayne Murphy of Williamstown. The program for the annual meeting included presentations by several members of the board on projects and collaborations now under way. These included the Thompson Mill site cleanup in Valley Falls, N.Y, the Spruces Recreational Area cleanup in Williamstown and the Mohawk Trail Woodland Partnership in northern Berkshire.

Many local projects taking place from Cheshire to Williamstown


MSBA OKs Mount Greylock Building Project Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:53PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
BOSTON, Mass. — As expected, the Massachusetts School Building Authority on Wednesday gave the green light for the Mount Greylock Regional School addition/renovation project.   The MSBA Board of Directors unanimously approved a grant of $32,491,074 for the project, Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Greene reported in a Friends of the Mt. Greylock Building Project Facebook post.   "[The MSBA directors] were, once again, highly complimentary of our education program, which is the foundation of the building design," Greene wrote in her post.   Earlier this month, the School Committee approved the appropriation of a $64.8 million debt to pay for


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

Letter: Residents Should be Informed Before Mount Greylock Vote
02:00PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

To the Editor:

To the People of Lanesborough and its Board of Selectmen

Greetings. I have the privilege of serving on the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee. I attended the Lanesborough Board of Selectmen meeting on Monday, Jan. 25. I was heartened that the board allowed many audience members to speak, balancing the desire to hear our voices and move through a lengthy agenda. I was allowed to state my views several times, and I thank them for that courtesy and for scheduling a vote on the building project on March 15. I strongly urge members of both our towns to inform themselves of the facts of the building project (see and vote as they see

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Put Your Financial 'Puzzle' Together
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:06PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016

January 29 is National Puzzle Day, with puzzle celebrations and events taking place at museums, libraries and other venues across the country. Why this date was chosen – or why National Puzzle Day even exists – is something of a mystery.

But as an investor, you can find value in the concept of a puzzle – specifically, in putting together the pieces of your financial puzzle.

What are these pieces? Here are the essential ones:

* Growth: At different times in your life, you will have various goals – purchasing a first or second home, sending your children to college, enjoying a comfortable retirement, and so on. While these goals are diverse, they all have one thing

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Williamstown Planning Board Tables Waubeeka Overlay Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:39AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday night voted to table an idea to create an overlay district to allow a hotel in South Williamstown — effectively ending the chance the body will bring a bylaw change proposal to annual town meeting.   The board had an agenda item to continue refining a bylaw it drafted along with Town Planner Andrew Groff to address a request by the owner of Waubeeka Golf Links.   Before such consideration could begin, board member Ann McCallum moved that the board set aside the issue until Waubeeka owner Michael Deep bring the body more information. She also initially suggested that the board require such a bylaw amendment include a


Lanesborough Sets Debt Exclusion Vote For High School Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:53AM / Wednesday, January 27, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Voters will decide the fate of the Mount Greylock building project at the ballot on March 15.   Despite being urged to hold the debt exclusion vote on March 1 in conjunction with the presidential primary, the Board of Selectmen Monday opted in a 2-1 vote to hold a completely separate election just for the building project.   Selectman Robert Ericson voted to hold the vote on March 1 but was outvoted by Chairman John Goerlach and Selectman Henry Sayers.   Prior to the ballot vote, the Board of Selectmen will also hold a special town meeting on Feb. 23, which is expected to have only non-binding votes on the project. The goal of the meeting will be


Williamstown Dog Park Proponents Withdraw Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Tuesday, January 26, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen on Monday opened its meeting by announcing the close of a debate that has snarled another town body this winter.   "Several things here, not the least of which is the South Williamstown Community Association has graciously decided to withdraw its proposal for a dog park at [the former Little Red Schoolhouse]," Chairwoman Jane Patton said.   That proposal touched off lengthy discussions at the year's first meetings of the Community Preservation Committee, which Patton also chairs.   Although the SWCA made a relatively modest request for CPA funds, $3,500, the application touched off the first public discussion of


FAFSA Day Offers Free Help Applying for Financial Aid for College
01:25PM / Monday, January 25, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Every high school senior, college student and adult student who will be attending college during the 2016-2017 academic year needs to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to apply for federal, state and institutional financial aid.

FAFSA Day Massachusetts, part of the national College Goal SundaySM program, provides free help statewide to students and families looking to complete the FAFSA.

The 12th annual FAFSA Day Massachusetts is being held on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 1:15 p.m. at Berkshire Community College. Families are encouraged to visit to register and to see a list of what to bring.

The services are free


Downing Ending Tenure In State Senate
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:22PM / Monday, January 25, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State Sen. Benjamin B. Downing announced on Monday his decision not to run for re-election after 10 years representing the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District.   "This is something I thought about for a while. It's not a decision I came to lightly. I care deeply about the city. I care deeply about the Berkshires. I care deeply about the region and Western Massachusetts. I also care about it enough to know that if I didn't have it in my heart to do it 100 percent, I couldn't tell voters that I was," Downing said.   Downing remembers when there was an open state Senate seat for the 2006 election and friends and family urged the


Middlebury Tops Williams College Men
09:17PM / Sunday, January 24, 2016
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — In an entertaining NESCAC battle, the Middlebury College men's basketball team outlasted the Williams Ephs on Sunday by a final score of 75-69.   Daniel Aronowitz continued his strong play with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Williams (12-6, 3-3 NESCAC).   Williams hosts Amherst on Wednesday evening.


Shelsy Leads Greylock Youth Basketball Team to Win
08:20PM / Sunday, January 24, 2016
Jackson Shelsy went 3-for-4 from 3-point range to score nine points and lead the Greylock youth basketball travel team to a 48-28 win over CYC.   Tej Patel and Tate Kuster scored eight points apiece in the win.   D'Andre Goines led CYC with seven points.   Greylock flipped its lineup and started its bench in the first and third quarters, Greylock coach Rick Paris said. The former reserves made the most of the opportunity, leading the way to an 11-6 lead after the first quarter.   It was 31-11, Greylock, at half-time.   "It was a great performance on both sides of the ball, with great ball movmeent and awesome defense," Paris said.   Greylock


Williams College Men's Basketball Pulls Away Late to Beat Hamilton
08:41AM / Saturday, January 23, 2016
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Daniel Aronowitz stole the ball at midcourt and threw down a two-handed slam to give the Williams College men's basketball team an eight-point lead with just more than two minutes left, and the Ephs (12-5, 3-2 NESCAC) beat Hamilton, 73-63, on Friday night in Chandler Gymnasium.   Williams would get off to a very sloppy start, committing several careless turnovers. Hamilton (8-9, 0-5) began game on a 7-0 run. The Ephs wouldn’t make their first field goal until sophomore Chris Galvin hit junior Daniel Aronowitz on a backdoor cut with 14 minutes, 30 seconds left in the first half.    Sophomore Cole Teal gave Williams its first lead of the night


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