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Williams Women's Hockey Edges St. Anselm
09:24PM / Wednesday, November 28, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Annie Rush scored early in the third period to break a 1-1 tie and send the Williams College women's hockey team to a 2-1 win over St. Anselm on Wednesday night.   The Ephs (3-1) erased a one-goal deficit midway through the second period when Gabi Montembeault scored a power play goal.   Abby Brustad and Meghan Halloran set up Rush for her first goal of the season, the game-winner, in the 45th minute.   Marissa Anderson stopped 29 shots to earn the win.   Williams hosts Wesleyan on Friday evening.

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Williamstown Planning Board Debates 'Owner-Occupied' Component of Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:49PM / Wednesday, November 28, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday night debated several aspects of the accessory dwelling unit bylaw amendment it hopes to put before voters in May, and toward the end of the nearly three-hour meeting, one thing was clear: The body is no closer to achieving consensus.   After months of discussions at full hearings, on social media and in a series of "community coffees" the board instituted earlier this year, the fundamental disagreement remains over whether to require owner-occupation at homes where a second or third unit is added to a primary residence.   Board member Alex Carlisle and the majority of the residents who spoke from the floor at

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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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Mount Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
12:43PM / Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School has announced the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students are placed on the honor roll when their quarterly letter grades average a B or better, and when the student receives no grade lower than a B- in all graded classes. If students earn any grade of a C+ or lower, their names will not be placed on the honor roll.

The student must be carrying a minimum of four graded courses to be eligible. Students who withdraw from a course are not eligible for the honor roll for one semester.

Grade 12

Maddison Albert, Hallie Anderson, Rachel Bisson, Sage Bohl, Daniel Buell, Marley Buffis, Taylor Callahan,

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Take Advantage of Tax Diversification
12:38PM / Wednesday, November 28, 2018

As an investor, you will have access to accounts that are taxed differently from one another. And it's possible you could benefit from tax diversification by owning accounts in these three categories:

Tax-deferred: Tax-deferred accounts include the traditional IRA and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. When you invest in tax-deferred vehicles, your money can grow faster than if it were placed in an account on which you paid taxes every year. You also may get a tax deduction for contributions you make today. When you start taking withdrawals from these tax-deferred accounts, typically during retirement, the money is usually taxed at your ordinary income tax

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Choosing a Nurse Practitioner As Your Primary Care Provider
By Brenda Strysko, DNP, CNM, FNP-BC,
12:07PM / Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are becoming a more common health partner for many Vermonters.  According to a 2018 report by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Americans make more than 870 million visits to NPs every year.

Still, many patients are not aware that NPs can capably serve as a primary care provider. As clinicians that blend clinical skill in diagnosing and treating health conditions with consideration for disease prevention and health management, NPs provide comprehensive care to patients every day.

Vermont leads the way

Compared to other primary care providers, NPs are the most likely to practice in rural communities like Vermont. According to a 2011 survey from

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College Notes: September - December 2018
06:07PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Lasell students during a service-learning trip in Ecuador this summer. Hannah King was one of 13 students selected to participate in an environmental service-learning trip to Ecuador with Lasell College this past summer.   King, of Pittsfield, worked with faculty and peers to support sustainable agricultural practices in the country. The group spent their time in Ecuador living with local communities and immersing in their culture. Students helped to build brick ovens, create tiles and shingles, and clear mountainside debris.   In preparation for the two-week trip, King and their classmates participated in a semester-long course this spring. Students learned

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Berkshire Museum Trustees Vote to End Art Sales, Begin Building Repairs
04:06PM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Museum officials have voted to suspend further sales of the museum's art collection and to begin repairs on the century-old building.    A total of 22 works were sold in two tranchments, raising $53.25 million through public bidding and private sales.    "We are moving forward having secured the future of this museum for generations to come," said Elizabeth McGraw, president of the Berkshire Museum Board of Trustees. "Our work ahead is focused on making this museum ever more interesting, inspiring and engaging to the broad community in the region it serves and consistent with our unchanged mission."   The

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Williams' Mason Headed to Western Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame
10:46AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Retired Williams College women's lacrosse coach Chris Mason will be inducted into the Western Massachusetts Lacrosse Hall of Fame on Jan. 23 in Springfield.   Mason led the Williams lacrosse program for 33 years before returning at the 2017 season. This will be Mason's fourth Hall of Fame induction having previously inducted into the Interboro (Pa.) High School, Delaware County (Pa.) and U.S. Field Hockey Halls of Fame.   "I was surprised to receive the call from the Western Mass Lacrosse Hall of Fame," Mason said. "I feel very honored to be included with all of the other inductees, especially my long time mentor and good friend

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Daly Resigns as Berkshire Bank CEO
Staff Reports,
09:30AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Michael Daly has resigned as CEO of Berkshire Bank.   Berkshire Hills Bancorp announced on Monday that Daly has stepped down effective immediately and President Richard Marotta will take over as chief executive officer. Marotta was also appointed as a member of the board of directors. Sean Gary will take over as bank president.    "Mike's commitment to the Bank, our customers and our communities has been instrumental in Berkshire's success.  We thank him for his focus on creating the strong franchise we have today," said William J. Ryan, chairman the board of directors, in a statement released on Monday that did not give a

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Tuesday Weather Report: Drive Safely Out There!
07:20AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018

It started as rain for most of us Monday night, and now it's snow for all of us Tuesday morning. And it's not going to stop anytime soon.

Who's dreaming of a white December?

A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 p.m. Tuesday in Northern Berkshire County; the snow already falling caused the immediate closure of schools in Savoy and Florida - and the last-minute switch from a two-hour delay to a full snow day for BART, Clarksburg, North Adams, Central Berkshire and Adams-Cheshire and Stamford, Vt. You can find the running list here.

When all is said and done, most of us should see snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches in most places, with of course more falling in the

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Williamstown Select Board Discusses Planning Board's Accessory Dwelling Unit Initiative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Planning Board Chairwoman Amy Jeschawitz explains the accessory dwelling unit bylaw her board will vote on Tuesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As the Planning Board heads to a special meeting Tuesday to further refine a proposed zoning bylaw on accessory dwelling units, members of the Select Board on Monday endorsed the planners' current direction on one of the bylaw's most discussed elements.   For several meetings, the Planning Board has wrestled with the question of whether second or third dwelling units on a residential property should be allowed only if the property's owner resides at the address.   One planner and several members of the community who have

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Eight Graduate From McCann Practical Nursing Program
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Susan Watson is retiring after six years leading the program. See more photos from Monday's ceremony here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Monday night was bittersweet for the McCann Technical School community with the celebration of the latest class of nursing graduates also saying goodbye to the woman who has led the program for six years.

The eight students from the Licensed Practical Nursing Program bid goodbye to the school and to retiring Program Coordinator Susan Watson during the pinning ceremony.

"Throughout the year, all of you have reaffirmed why I love teaching, and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your enthusiasm and have many memorable moments," Watson said.

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