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'Mr. Smith Goes to Washington': When the Good Guys Win
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
04:41PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
……………………………………………………………………………………………   — attributed to Otto von Bismarck     We need to send a whole bunch of Mr. Smiths to Washington. Jefferson Smith is smart, honest and has the nation's well-being at heart. Think about it. Save for some age requirements and one recurringly mulled stipulation that says the president must be born on our native soil, there are few if any legal prerequisites for holding political office in


The Retired Investor: U.S. Moves to Nail Down Strategic Metals
By Bill Schmick,
04:03PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
Rare-earth minerals, with names like cerium, dysprosium and gadolinium have become "must have" materials in the global race to win the technology battles of the future. The problem is that throughout the last 30 years China has built a near monopoly in these strategic metals.   Rare-earth elements (REEs), consisting of 17 different minerals, are used to make components in many high-technology devices, including smart phones, digital cameras, computer hard discs, fluorescent and light-emitting-diode (LED) lights, flatscreen televisions, computer monitors, and electronic displays. China commands 35 percent of the world's reserves of these minerals and produces more than 70


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

NESCAC Cancels Winter Sports Season Sports,
01:25PM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
HADLEY, Mass. -- The New England Small College Athletic Conference presidents Thursday afternoon announced that they are canceling winter sports for the 2020-21 academic year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   "With the fall semester for NESCAC institutions well underway, the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the broader community remain our foremost concerns," reads an email signed by all of the league's presidents on the NESCAC website. "Our institutions have limited travel off campus, restricted visitors to campus, and implemented strict protocols on physical distancing. To further mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and protect the well-being


Williamstown Chamber of Commerce Newsletter: Oct. 8
11:44AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
  October 8, 2020 News from the


iBerkshires Hosting New Directory to Support Local Business
10:32AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Local online publisher Boxcar Media is launching a website to support local businesses during the novel coronavirus pandemic:   Small businesses have borne the brunt of COVID-19. Those not considered "essential business" were forced to close in mid-March and for many months afterward. Businesses of all stripes have had to deal with reduced hours and occupancy, lost sales and difficult decisions regarding employees and operations.   To help our local businesses and nonprofits, has been hosting a "What's Open" page for free listings of hours, openings and in-person and online options since


'Puppy Flight' Arrives at Pittsfield Airport
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:50AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020

Staff and volunteers carry crates from the Wings of Rescue flight to waiting vans and vehicles for transport to the city's shelter. See more photos here. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Yipping could be heard as soon as the doors opened on the Wings of Rescue flight from Mobile, Ala.    Forty-two puppies took the four-hour plane ride to Pittsfield Municipal Airport on Wednesday in search of new homes through the Berkshire Humane Society. It was the first transfer flight to Pittsfield and the largest intake the animal shelter has taken.   The precious cargo was from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama. The Berkshire Humane Society will be housing 31 of these soon-to-be best


Lanesborough's DiLego Resigns From Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:46AM / Thursday, October 08, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Citing politics and personal agendas that hamper the work of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, Lanesborough resident Regina DiLego has announced she is stepping down from the panel.   At its meeting at the middle-high school on Thursday, the committee will hear about DiLego's letter of resignation in an update from Chair Christina Conry.   On Wednesday afternoon, DiLego confirmed that she is the letter writer, unnamed on the meeting's agenda.   "I find that I am just not in alignment with the direction of the School Committee or the district, and it is in my soul's best interest to walk away," DiLego wrote in reply


Powerful Storm Rips Through the Berkshires
Staff Reports,
06:30PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A powerful storm ripped through the Berkshires on Wednesday afternoon leaving downed trees and wires in its wake. 

  The line of thunderstorms hit the region around 4 p.m. hail, wind and rain for an intense 15 or 20 minutes.    Downed lines along Massachusetts Avenue in North Adams and Cold Spring Road in Williamstown left more than 1,500 National Grid customers without power. The utility also reported were scattered outages around the county, including Florida Mountain and South Berkshire.    Eversource reported nearly 33,000 customers affected in Western Massachusetts, including more than 2,500 in Dalton and and more than 4,000 in


SVMC Orthopedics Launches Same-Day Joint Replacement Program
06:13PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopedics launches the area's first Same-day joint replacement program.   Healthy patients in need of a hip or knee replacement can now work with their surgeon to determine if a same-day joint replacement would be right for them. Both same-day and traditional joint replacements can now be completed in as little as four weeks from the patient's first appointment.   "Same-day joint replacements started at the most elite medical institutions a few years ago and are slowly becoming more common," Michaela Schneiderbauer, medical director of Orthopedics at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). "We


UPDATE: Williamstown Moves to Gray; No Change Triggered for Mount Greylock Schools
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:06PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With just two positive COVID-19 tests in the last 14 days, the town is moving out of the yellow and into the gray in the commonwealth's weekly community-level data report.   That means the Mount Greylock Regional School District does not have to move back to remote instruction for its three public schools.   School officials and families were keeping a close eye on the weekly release of data from the commonwealth because of a trigger in the district's reopening plan. Williamstown Elementary, Lanesborough Elementary and Mount Greylock Regional School will go fully remote if either of the district's member towns are rated


'62 Center for Theatre and Dance Newsletter: Oct. 7
01:35PM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
    CenterSeries   presents   600 Highwaymen: A Thousand Ways   Post-event


Williamstown Select Board Chair: Town Can't Fire Employees Over Settled Incidents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:22AM / Wednesday, October 07, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the Select Board on Monday attempted to explain why the town is not at liberty to take the steps many residents have demanded in the wake of allegations raised in a lawsuit centering on the Williamstown Police Department.   The town cannot fire employees for events that were adjudicated years ago, Jane Patton said.   Those events and the lawsuit that revealed them were not on the agenda for the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee, but the allegations have been front of mind for residents since they came to light. And in the second hour of Monday's meeting, one of the attendees raised a point that frequently has been made


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