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The Retired Investor: Where Have All the Christmas Trees Gone?
By Bill Schmick,
04:22PM / Thursday, December 24, 2020
If you are one of those eleventh-hour holiday Christmas tree shoppers, you may be out of luck this year. Fresh balsam furs and other varieties of the traditional Yule symbol are hard to find.   Blame the pandemic on the scarcity, but at the same time, celebrate the fact that more families than ever before are getting together this holiday season.  And decorating that tree could be an intensely personal experience for the whole family.   My wife, Barbara, and I actually set up our tree on Thanksgiving weekend. Given our ages, we chose to forgo turkey day with our loved ones, who reside in Manhattan, and tried to fill that emotional hole with something else. We found that

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High Winds, Heavy Rains Usher in Christmas 2020
Staff Reports,
12:01PM / Thursday, December 24, 2020
The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a high wind warning from 6 p.m. Thursday into the afternoon on Christmas Day.    The forecast is for damaging winds of up to 70 mph that could blow down trees and power lines. NWS is predicting widespread power outages and difficult travel conditions.   The storm will be accompanied by heavy rains that could cause flooding in low-lying areas. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency is warning of 2 to 3 inches of rain between Thursday and Friday night.    The city of North Adams issued a Code Alert asking for residents to prepare for power outages by charging phones and other devices, bringing in

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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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Tea, Coffee Shop Cleared for Cole Avenue in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:11AM / Thursday, December 24, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday cleared the way for a specialty tea and coffee shop on Cole Avenue.   Rebecca Guanzon and Justin Adkins were before the board seeking permission to operate a retail shop at 248 Cole Ave., the current home of LaPlante Appliance Service Center.   Approval was needed for a change in use to the previously nonconforming property, which sits just outside the Limited Business district.   "The shop is Wild Soul River," Adkins told the board. "It's an herb shop. We'll be selling bulk herbs like chamomile and then also have tea for sale and some slow-brewed coffee. It's not going to be an

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Williamstown Firefighters Extinguish Third Blaze in Two Days
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:51PM / Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Firefighters had to deal with three blazes in 24 hours.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — No one was injured in a three-alarm fire on Hoxsey Street on Wednesday afternoon, the third fire in town in two days.   Firefighters from Williamstown, North Adams and Pownal, Vt., extinguished the blaze at the three-bedroom residence at 23 Hoxsey St. in about 30 to 45 minutes, Fire Chief Craig Pedercini said. The Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department responded to provide coverage at the Williamstown station.   No one was home at the time of the Wednesday afternoon fire. The three tenants, students at Williams College, left for break earlier in the week, according to the building's

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Salvation Army in Urgent Need of Funds to Meet $60K Goal
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Wednesday, December 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A perfect storm of unprecedented need and far fewer kettle donations has the Salvation Army seeking help to rescue Christmas.   Donations through the charity organization's red kettles in Pittsfield are currently down by 70 percent compared to last year and it's struggling to meet its fundraising target by about $33,000.    "We went into the season honestly unsure if we were even going to be able to ring the bell," Captain Justin Barter, corps officer in Pittsfield, said Tuesday. "We were grateful that we could ring the bell but the numbers are still significantly down."   Now in its 130th year, the kettle campaign

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Synthetic Turf Field Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:21PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A deeply divided Mount Greylock Regional School Committee decided Tuesday night to move forward with a project to address deficiencies in the playing fields at the middle/high school that includes an artificial turf multi-sport field.   On a vote of 4-3, the committee decided to pay architect Perkins Eastman $44,000 to develop design documents that will allow the district to put the project out to bid this winter with the possibility of having a synthetic turf field in place as early as fall 2021.   The vote does not commit the district to actually accept bids when they come back, but it almost certainly ensures that the district will issue a request

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Letter: Stop Photographing Injections
Letter to the Editor,
04:07PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020

To the Editor:

I have commented on practically every FB photo/mention of the vaccine in recent months with a photo of the nurse/pc/whomever, injecting the patient.

Why, are photographers insistent on showing us the INJECTION going into the ARM?? I am not but family members and friends of mine, actually do faint at the sight of blood and or injections going in, not even necessarily to their arm.

How do we STOP this at the very least from appearing in our local media photos? What is the point? I don't get it? We all know what it looks like and feels like ... Right?

Linda Perry

 

 

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Dr. Laura Jones Joins North County Veterinary Hospital
02:53PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North County Veterinary Hospital is pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Jones has joined the practice.   Jones has been living and practicing veterinary medicine in Northern Berkshire County for more than 30 years. She grew up in Williamstown and completed her undergraduate and veterinary degree at Cornell University.    Her special interests include dermatology, ophthalmology, internal medicine and behavior. "Dr. Laura" said she feels so lucky to have turned her passion for animals and their people into a lifelong career. When not working, she enjoys spending time horseback riding, hiking with her dogs, and cross-country

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Governor Rolls Back Gathering Limits to Prevent COVID-19 Spread
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:20PM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
BOSTON — The governor is implementing tighter restrictions on gatherings, dropping capacity limits to 25 percent for businesses and industries and limiting indoor gatherings to no more than 10 and outdoor gatherings to 25.    The regulations go into effect on Saturday, Dec. 26, as the state attempts to limit the pandemic fallout from the Christmas holiday.   "Together, the intent of the these restrictions will be to pause activity and reduce mobility, so we can reduce the spread of the virus, without closing our schools, or our businesses," said Gov. Charlie Baker at Tuesday's pandemic briefing.    Occupancy limits apply to restaurant seating

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Massachusetts Inks Memorandum to Launch Transportation and Climate Initiative
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:09AM / Tuesday, December 22, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday hailed a step forward to combat climate change by reducing the No. 1 source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.   The Transportation and Climate Initiative Program aims to reduce those emissions by 26 percent in its first decade and generate revenue that will fund climate resiliency efforts throughout the region.   The right wing Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance immediately went on the offensive, releasing a statement that claimed the multistate initiative would result in "an increase in gas prices up to 38 cents per gallon with very small emissions cuts."   TCI advocates have pegged the potential impact on

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears from Public on Turf Question
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:31PM / Monday, December 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The newest members of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week got a crash course in the arguments for and against building an artificial turf playing field at the middle-high school.   On Tuesday evening, they have another chance to decide whether to move forward or again press the pause button.   The committee is scheduled to take a vote on a $44,000 proposal from architect Perkins Eastman to draw up bid documents for a renovation of the school's playing fields that includes a multi-sport synthetic turf field.   Without the updated documents, the district cannot put the project -- projected to cost north of $2 million -- out to

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Baker Announces $49M in Small-Business Grants Awarded
Staff Reports,
04:37PM / Monday, December 21, 2020
BOSTON — State officials stressed the need to continue pandemic protocols over the holidays as they announced nearly $50 million in grants to help small businesses through the economic upheaval caused by COVID-19.   The surge in cases of the novel coronavirus after Thanksgiving has put the state's medical system under duress and threatens its ability to continue to operate. Public health officials are bracing for another surge following the Christmas and New Year's holidays.    "If the second holiday season produces a surge in infections that we saw similar to the one that came out of Thanksgiving, we'll be in serious danger of overwhelming, our

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