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Mount Greylock Subcommittee Asks Questions about Proposal to Draw Up Field Bid Documents
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Monday, December 07, 2020

Michelle Johnson, who was elected to the School Committee in November, participates Thursday in her first meeting of the committee's Finance Subcommittee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee wants a little more information before ordering new construction bid documents for an overhaul to the athletic fields at the middle-high school.   Boston architect Perkins Eastman quoted the district a price of $44,000 to redo the documents that would form the heart of a request for proposals to install an artificial turf field and make needed modifications to other facilities to bring the school property into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act

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Berkshire DA's Office Holds Virtual Candlelight Vigil of Remembrance
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:36AM / Monday, December 07, 2020

DA Andrea Harrington speaks during the recorded vigil. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The community remembered the lives lost to drunken driving on Sunday in a virtual vigil over social media.    The Vigil of Remembrance has been held annually for more than 30 years, organized by the Berkshire District attorney's office in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving.   This year's gathering, held apart because of the pandemic, was dedicated to the 53 people in Berkshire County who lost their lives because of impaired driving.   "Our community needs your voice as much now as ever as we grapple with a greater prevalence of alcohol and substance use and the

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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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Williamstown Board of Health Discusses COVID-19 Awareness Effort
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:13AM / Sunday, December 06, 2020

Williamstown Health Inspector Jeff Kennedy, top left, meets with members of the Board of Health last week. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health last week gave its blessing to a new wave of public service messages to promote compliance with efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.   The Williams College Museum of Art, the college's Davis Center and '62 Center for Theatre and Dance are working with the town on an initiative to wrap bus stop shelters with public health messages to fight the pandemic.   The signage is part of a national campaign spearheaded by Carrie Mae Weems, an artist in residence at Syracuse University. Locally, the "Resist COVID/Take

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Popcares Holding Second Chicken Dinner Fundraiser
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
05:40PM / Saturday, December 05, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Popcares Inc. is offering a second chance at a takeout chicken dinner from Bounti-Fare to help support local individuals and families dealing with cancer.   But get your order in here because the deadline is Monday, Dec. 7. Pickup is Monday, Dec. 14.    An important part of Popcares' fundraising has been events that bring people together.    "When we decided to start this back in 2012 in honor of my dad (William "Pop" St. Pierre), we wanted to be an all-volunteer organization and give money to local families," Bob St. Pierre said. "And we wanted to give people something for their donation."   From the

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IS183 Art School Announces Virtual Pop-up Holiday Shop
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:54PM / Saturday, December 05, 2020

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — IS183 Art School is hosting its first-ever Virtual Pop-up Holiday Shop from Friday, Dec. 4, through Friday, Dec. 11. For the week of the pop-up shop, the public can support Berkshire County artists by purchasing their work through this virtual market.

This virtual shop will launch on the art school's website and will include miniature shops for each of the 13 participating artists who will have more than 200 artworks for sale.

Each miniature shop holds the artist's merchandise along with videos and biographies to learn more about the artist and their creative process.

The event is set to support artists in two ways: 70 percent of the sales go directly

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Campaign Aims to Help North Berkshire Families, Restaurants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:02AM / Saturday, December 05, 2020

Grazie owner Matt Tatro spearheaded the idea and is participating with both his eateries, Grazie and Tres Ninos.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Going into the Thanksgiving holiday, the owners of the Freight Yard Pub knew that some people would struggle with doing an at-home celebration during the pandemic, so they put together a low-priced turkey meal to go.   Coming out of the holiday, they saw just how many people are truly struggling.   "The day of Thanksgiving, my brother Sean had gotten phone calls from people saying, 'I have a neighbor who doesn't have a holiday meal. Is there any extra turkey?' " Colleen Taylor recalled on Friday. "There

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@theMarket: Markets Bet on Stimulus Sweepstakes
By Bill Schmick,
03:36PM / Friday, December 04, 2020
The first week of December saw all three major averages climb to minor new highs. The trigger was more good news on the delivery timetable of the coronavirus vaccines. The expected speedy distribution of the first batch of wonder drugs encouraged investors, even while the number of COVID-19 deaths and cases nationwide continued to skyrocket.   In addition, a new dose of hopeium has infected investors on the stimulus front. The Democrats $2.2 trillion proposal has gone nowhere since July, thanks to the Republican-controlled Senate. The Democrats then reduced their price tag in an effort to forge a compromise before the election, but the Republicans refused to spend more than their

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No Baystate Winter Games Figure Skating in Williamstown this Year
01:07PM / Friday, December 04, 2020
WOBURN, Mass. -- After spending the last 35 years in the Berkshires, the Bay State Winter Games Figure Skating competition will not take place in Williamstown in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   This decision was based on the Bay State Games overriding concern to protect the health and safety of all participants, coaches, judges, volunteers, and spectators. Other factors that lead to this decision include state guidelines limiting public events, the uncertainty of whether the Williams College Lansing Chapman Rink will open in 2021, current limitations on use of Williams College facilities by outside groups and protocol requirements from national figure skating governing

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Questions Linger in Wake of Williamstown Cannabis Panel Discussion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Friday, December 04, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board heard a lot of talk Wednesday at its panel discussion on cannabis about the benefits of marijuana cultivation and got the answers to a couple of questions that came up in its process of drafting a revised bylaw.   But on one question, the board heard somewhat mixed messages: Can the bylaw limit production in a zone to "outdoor growing" and still allow greenhouses or hoop houses to let farmers get their plants started in the late winter and early spring?   "I'm not aware of any regulations among different types of structures as to what is or is not an indoor grow," said Joel Bard, an attorney with town counsel

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Hike in County's COVID-19 Positivity Rate Drives Mount Greylock District to Remote Learning
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:29PM / Thursday, December 03, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two days after Mount Greylock regional middle-high school went fully remote, the entire PreK-12 district followed suit.   Mount Greylock Regional School District Superintendent Jason McCandless on Thursday notified families that Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary will be going remote because of an increase in the county's COVID-19 positivity rate.   On Thursday, the commonwealth reported that the county's rate was 3.01 percent in the Weekly COVID-19 Public Health Report.   "This summer we negotiated for a 3 percent test positivity rate in Berkshire County as a component in our metrics to determine a move to remote

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Storm System Could Bring Region's First Nor'easter of Season
04:30PM / Thursday, December 03, 2020
The dusting of snow the Berkshires got on Wednesday — after enjoying temperatures in the high 50s the days before —may have been a warning of things to come.    The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has posted a winter storm watch for the Berkshires this weekend and some forecasters say this could be the first Nor'easter of the season.    "It looks like as we go forward we are going to see a strengthening storm coming up the Eastern Seaboard, but the forecasting dilemma, and it always is, is the exact track of the storm," AccuWeather Chief Broadcast Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said on Thursday.   NWS is warning of heavy snow and

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The Retired Investor: Bitcoin Is Back
By Bill Schmick,
04:17PM / Thursday, December 03, 2020
After a three-year hiatus, cryptocurrencies have returned and are attracting the attention of investors. Will this time be any different?   Readers may recall the Bitcoin craze that sent the largest digital currency to an all-time high of $20,000 in 2017 and spawned numerous copy-cat cryptos like Ethereum and Litecoin.   You may also remember that all of them came crashing back to earth and ignominy where they have languished, unloved, until this year.   This week, Bitcoin hit a new three-year record of $19, 857. If that is news to you, there is a reason for that. After the last buying frenzy and subsequent crash, the financial media has taken a more cautious approach in

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