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Christmas Eve Storm Damaged Hoosic Riverbank in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Friday, January 22, 2021

Looking south at the erosion along the Hoosic River in Williamstown. The two manholes visible in the photo recently were abandoned as part of a rerouting of sewer lines necessitated by the same weather event that caused the erosion. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A late December rain event disrupted the town's sewer lines and caused significant erosion along the bank of the Hoosic River in the vicinity of Syndicate Road.   Last week, the chair of the Conservation Commission informed his colleagues that he had issued an emergency certification to allow reconstruction of the lines near the intersection of Syndicate Road and North Street (Route 7).   Lauren Stevens said he and

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Mount Greylock Investigating Racist 'Zoom Bomb' at High School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:14PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

From Principal Jacob Schutz: Mount Greylock Regional School is committed to being a community that promotes the ideals of diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity. We recognize the presence of systemic racism and pledge to do the work to build an antiracist school community.

— Mount Greylock Regional School (@MGMounties) January 21, 2021 WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School is investigating an incident in which an intruder entered a virtual classroom to target a student with racist audio.   Principal Jacob Schutz and Assistant Principal Colin Shebar notified the school community of the Thursday incident in a campuswide email at 4:56 on Thursday, about

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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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The Retired Investor: The Reflation Trade
By Bill Schmick,
04:20PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Over the past six months, an increasing number of investors have come to believe that a rise in the inflation rate is inevitable. That appears to be a sound bet from where I sit, even though the present data doesn't support that wager.

The argument for increased inflation centers around money. The world is awash in the stuff. Central banks have been printing money for years to stimulate their economies. Last year's pandemic only opened the monetary flood gates even further. And the trend is not over.

During the next few months, here in the U.S., the Biden Administration is proposing another $1.9 trillion in federal spending, which will then be followed by yet another

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Clark Art Institute Featuring A New Year-Long Exhibition
04:17PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is featuring a new year-long exhibition highlighting the work of contemporary artist Erin Shirreff.    The free exhibition is on view in public spaces in the Lower Clark Center and the Reading Room of the Manton Research Center through Jan. 2, 2022.     "Erin Shirreff: Remainders" presents photographs, prints, and video that examine Shirreff's fascination with the mythmaking behind art history through a practice that spans analog and digital media, two and three dimensions, and still and moving images.    "The opportunity to present some of Erin Shirreff's recent works is an

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Baker Lifts Stay-at-Home Order, Business Curfew
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Public health restrictions implemented last month aimed to reduce mobility and gatherings. We're seeing modest improvements in public health data but we have more work to do.

Today we're extending lower capacity + gathering limits and rescinding our early business closure order. pic.twitter.com/KqWPTpiJF5

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 21, 2021 BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced that the commonwealth will start to ease up on some of its COVID-19 restrictions on business starting Monday in response to positive trends in the public health metrics.   Effective Monday at 5 a.m., the state is lifting an overnight stay-at-home advisory that

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Williamstown Historical Commission Backs Museum's CPA Request
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Historical Commission on Tuesday voted to endorse a request from the Williamstown Historical Museum for $50,000 in Community Preservation Act funds.   The museum is seeking town funds to pay about 17 percent of the $301,600 cost of dismantling, preserving and reassembling an historic Williamstown barn on the institution's grounds.   "We're hopeful we'll get at least a portion of the funding for this project," said Sarah Currie, a member of the commission who also serves as executive director for the museum. "It's important, we think to save this barn because this is one of an ever dwindling collection of

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Mount Greylock Negotiating to Modify COVID-19 Agreement with Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee continues to hear from parents concerned about the lack of in-person instruction for most children in the PreK-12 district even as the panel works to modify the agreement with its unions to allow just that.   The committee held an executive session after last Thursday's meeting to discuss strategies with respect to collective bargaining with its union personnel. And Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Friday that he has asked the committee to look at some dates for a special meeting to consider a revised memorandum of understanding with the Mount Greylock Educational Association.   The next regular

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Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program Enrollment Open
03:55PM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program is currently enrolling students for the spring semester.    All classes and services are currently being conducted remotely. When possible, in person instruction will be offered.   The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program offers classes to prepare for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential. In addition to classes to prepare for the HISET or GED tests, they offer classes to help improve academic skills to enter postsecondary education, training programs, employment readiness and basic academic skills.    The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program will offer a course

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McCann to Hold Virtual Open House for Prospective Students
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's eighth-grade Showcase for Success will be held virtually this year and potential students will be invited to the "premiere."   Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee last Thursday that instead of inviting area eighth-graders to the school for the annual showcase and look at after-school programming, the school's recruitment efforts will be virtual.   "It is not our ideal situation. We would like to have students here," Kratz said. "But I think this will be a good night and a good event."   This decision to go virtual was made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally,

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Pownal Man Charged With Murder in Bennington Attack
Staff Reports,
09:45PM / Monday, January 18, 2021
The Bennington Banner reports that Darren Pronto, 32, of Pownal was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Emily Hamann, 26. Pronto was being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. He is accused of "lying in wait" for Hamann and slashing her throat with a knife. The attack was captured on a home security camera, according to police.

The Banner reports that Pronto, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 35 years to life if convicted.     BENNINGTON, Vt. — A local woman attacked on the river walkway late Monday morning died of her injuries at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.    Police have taken a suspect into custody in

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NBCC Honors Ansari with 2021 Peacemaker Award
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Monday, January 18, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bilal Ansari has been known to quote civil rights icon John Lewis' call to, "Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America."   On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ansari was recognized for his efforts to redeem the soul of his hometown.   The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition recognized Ansari with its 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Peacemaker Award in an announcement posted on the non-profit's Facebook page on Monday afternoon.   In making the announcement, the NBCC's Wendy Penner reminded listeners that making peace is not always about avoiding conflict.   "I want to

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SVMC To Hold Online COVID-19 Information Session
11:59AM / Monday, January 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and Bennington's office of the Vermont Department of Health will appear in a digital information session regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.   The event is made possible with cooperation from CAT-TV and the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Members of the public are invited to view and ask questions during the live broadcast at www.facebook.com/CATTVbennington/. The program will also air on CAT-TV's public channel 1075.   The session will feature SVMC's Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson and Bennington's

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