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Williamstown Planning Board to Hold Tuesday Hearing on Bylaw Amendments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:09PM / Monday, March 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's marijuana regulations are just one area addressed by the Planning Board in three draft bylaw amendments it plans to send to May's annual town meeting.   On Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, the board will hold the public hearing mandated under state law to present all three proposals to voters for comment and possible revision in advance of their inclusion on the town meeting warrant.   At Monday evening's Select Board meeting, Town Manager Jason Hoch clarified that anyone with health concerns about attending the hearing at town hall can submit comments either by emailing planningboard@williamstownma.gov, dropping off written

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Mount Greylock Schools, Williams College Cancel Events
03:07PM / Monday, March 09, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Local schools are adjusting their calendars after the novel coronavirus has been indentified in two local men.    Mount Greylock Regional School District has canceled activities at the high school and both elementary schools including all field trips and school council meetings.    Williams College has eliminated all college-sponsored international travel through at least April 30 and all campus events expected to draw 100 or more people.    These actions come after the town of Clarksburg closed all of its public buildings including the elementary school for sanitizing after a resident of the town was tested presumptive positive for

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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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Updates on COVID-19: Adams, North Adams, SWVMC
09:53PM / Sunday, March 08, 2020
Adams The Adams Visitors Center and all programs of the Council on Aging, include van transporting services, will be closed on Monday, March 9, through Wednesday, March 11.     The three-day closure will allow the town to have the building properly cleaned and sanitized out of an abundance of caution to protect the users of the building. Council on Aging staff will be on site and available via phone at 413-743-8333.     During this time, our staff will also be undergoing training to be sure they staff are prepared and able to identify symptoms of COVID-19. It is important to note that these steps are preventative in nature and not based on any known cases or

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Cooney, Shade Lead Springfield Nine to Double-Header Sweep
08:50PM / Sunday, March 08, 2020
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Pittsfield High graduate Chad Shade went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs Sunday to lead the Springfield baseball team to a 4-3 win and a sweep of Williams.   Taconic alum Jack Cooney doubled and scored a pair of runs for the Pride.   Pittsfield High's Ian Benoit earned the win on the mound with 1-2/3 innings of one-hit relief.   For Williams, Eric Pappas went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.   In Sunday's first game, Cooney went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and a pair of walks, and Shade drove in two runs in a 6-5 Springfield win.   Williams goes to Brandeis for a double-header next Sunday.

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Berkshire County's First Coronavirus Case Confirmed
Staff Reports,
03:05AM / Sunday, March 08, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has confirmed that a patient has tested as presumptive positive for COVID-19.   In a statement of facts to press, Director of Media Relations Michael Leary said the patient is an older man who lives in Berkshire County. He is listed in stable condition.   The patient could not be tested before Friday, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the state Department of Public Health rules were changed to allow him to be tested. The CDC had limited testing to those who had traveled to areas where the disease was prevalent or had contact with someone who had.    The man had been admitted to BMC several days earlier but at

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Pipe Failure Causes 'Significant Flooding' in Mount Greylock School
Staff reports,
09:13PM / Saturday, March 07, 2020

Crews work on cleaning up water in the hallway of Mount Greylock Regional School on Friday after a joint failure on a water main pipe failed on Friday.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A portion of the newly renovated Mount Greylock Regional School sustained significant water damage after a joint on a water main pipe failed on Friday, Superintendent Kimberley Grady said in an email to the school community on Saturday evening.


Offices in the Guidance Suite sustained water damage when the water main pipe joint failed on Friday, causing flooding.  

A "T-joint" failed in the wall between the Guidance Suite and first-floor bathrooms located near the gymnasium, causing

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Wormtown Brewery Dinner Raises Funds for Williamstown Youth Center
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:35AM / Saturday, March 07, 2020

David Fields of Wormtown, center, speaks with attendees at the dinner. See more photos here. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Wormtown Brewery Dinner at the Williams Inn raised $5,500 for the Williamstown Youth Center's newly established John Foehl Family Fund.   Some things just belong together: Peanut butter and jelly, Lennon and McCartney, shellfish with Creole broth and a Be Hoppy India Pale Ale, and local businesses supporting the youth.   "Tonight is a special night because the Williamstown Youth Center has been special to so many people and has given back so much to the families and communities in the Northern Berkshires," Tom Leveque, general manager of

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Williams Physics Professor Named a 2020 Cottrell Scholar
04:23PM / Friday, March 06, 2020

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Catherine Kealhofer, assistant professor of physics at Williams College, has been selected by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement as one of 25 new Cottrell Scholars for 2020.

This three-year, $100,000 award will enable Kealhofer to further her lab's research on phonon dynamics in two-dimensional materials and to integrate primary literature into the first-year physics curriculum.

The Research Corporation for Science Advancement is America's first foundation dedicated wholly to science. Cottrell Scholar Award recipients are early-career scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy. Chosen through a rigorous peer-review process, the diverse

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@theMarket: The COVID Crash of 2020
By Bill Schmick,
03:15PM / Friday, March 06, 2020
The stock market has not only erased all the gains of this year but is now working on giving back last year's gains as well. Are we close to a bottom or is there more pain in store for investors?   Unless you are invested in gold, or U.S. Treasury bonds, there are few places that offer protection to investors right now. What may have spooked traders most this week is the freefall of interest rates as exemplified by the benchmark U.S. Ten-Year Treasury bond. It has done the unthinkable falling below one percent in yield. Some believe it is on its way to zero.   You might assume that all this selling is based on the fear that the United States will soon see thousands of new

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McCann Announces Second Quarter Honor Roll
03:05PM / Friday, March 06, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School has announced its honor roll for the second quarter of the 2019-20 school year.

High honors

Grade 12: Blevins, Macie; Canales, Dana; Carpenter, Emma; Carpenter, John; Charron, Jessica; Daigneault, Mya; DeBlois, Morgan; Delmolino, Braedon; Gazaille, Bree; Goodell, Madison; Hardee, Dylynn; Harrington, Vanessa; Hartley, Jadon; Kupiec, Kiera; LeSage, Vanessa; Levesque, Andrew; Loughman, Alicia; Mahar, Nathan; McLain, Emily; Mitchell, Madison; Rose, Christopher; Shepard, Nicholas; Tovani, Darius; Traversa, Vanessa; Williams, Hailey; Williams, Hanna; Yeaton, Aleasia.

Grade 11: Bailey, Matthew; Burdick, Allie; Champney, Molly; Cirullo, Connor;

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Don't Let Coronavirus Infect Your Investment Strategy
12:13PM / Friday, March 06, 2020

As you know, the coronavirus has become a major health concern, not just in China, but in other parts of the world, too – and it's also shaken up the financial markets. As an individual investor, how concerned should you be?

The impact of the coronavirus on the markets isn't surprising. China is the world's second-largest economy, and when it experiences factory closures, supply chain disruptions and city lockdowns, the ripple effect on the world's other economies is considerable. Plus, the financial markets simply don't like uncertainty – and there's a lot of that associated with this outbreak and the efforts to contain it.

Nonetheless, instead of

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The Independent Investor: The Biden Bounce
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, March 05, 2020
Super Tuesday surprised many investors. As the smoke cleared and the results came dribbling in, it became apparent that Joe Biden had risen from the dead. Wall Street celebrated by gaining over 4 percent in one day.   The market's performance says a lot about how investor's view the Democratic candidates. Taken as a group, Wall Street was not happy with where the Democratic candidates were heading. Last week, for example, I discussed Bernie Sander's election platform. The price tag alone ($50 trillion over 10 years) was enough to convince most Wall Streeters that the market and economy would be in for some really rough sledding if Bernie were to be elected.   Elizabeth

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