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Williamstown Fire District's Prudential Committee Elects New Chair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19AM / Friday, October 23, 2020

Richard Reynolds was elected the new chairman of the Prudential Committee, replacing John  Notsley.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District's Prudential Committee on Wednesday elected Richard Reynolds to be its new chairman.

"Richards is the perfect guy for the job," Ed Briggs said of his colleague.

He has big shoes to fill. Outgoing Chair John Notsley has been involved with the district for 50 years and has chaired the panel that governs the district for several years.

Notsley said that while he will continue his role as a member of the five-person committee, it makes sense for him to step aside from the leadership role.

"I'll be out of


'My Favorite Year': Vintage Laughs
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:44PM / Thursday, October 22, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the


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

Berkshire Community College Celebrates 60th Year With Video Ceremony
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:01AM / Thursday, October 22, 2020

BCC has had a generational impact on many. Here is late professor Mitch Mulholland with his son and future college vice president William Mulholland on his graduation. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The state's first community college opened 60 years ago in the Central Annex building on Second Street with about 150 students and a handful of disciplines.    Since then, its moved to West Street, increased its student body by more than tenfold and offers 40 associate degrees and 15 certificates, some in disciplines that didn't exist 60 years ago.    Much of Berkshire Community College's original establishment is because of the work done by former state Rep.

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Northern Berkshire United Way Sets Fundraising Goal for 2020-21
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:45PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire United Way kicked off its annual campaign drive on Wednesday under much changed conditions from last year.    Instead of the traditional breakfast at the Williams Inn, the nonprofit agency switched to remote but with still the same confidence that it will raise $490,000 to support its many member agencies.    Even with the prolonged novel coronavirus pandemic, NBUW and its supporting partners came close to last year's goal.    "A year ago at this time, we told you that we wanted to raise $490,000, and we did raise $480,000," said Executive Director Christa Collier. "We just fell a little short


BFAIR Listed as Donation Organization on Amazon
02:36PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Did you know that every time that you shop on Amazon you could be donating to BFAIR? By choosing BFAIR as your charity of choice on Amazon, 0.5 percent of all eligible purchases are automatically donated directly to BFAIR!   Follow these 3 simple steps below and help support BFAIR's Mission: To enrich the lives of people of all ages and abilities by providing positive life experiences and advocacy through distinctive, individualized, quality


Williamstown Planning Board, Ag Commission Work on Cannabis Production Bylaw
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:12AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The Planning Board meets virtually to discuss development of a new bylaw proposal on cannabis cultivation. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two town committees are working on parallel paths to bring next year's annual town meeting a cannabis cultivation bylaw on which voters can agree.   Specifically, the Planning Board and Agricultural Commission hope to find language that two-thirds of the meeting participants can support in order to replace an outdated bylaw put on the books in May 2017 mostly as a "placeholder" to respond to the November 2016 passage of a public question that decriminalized marijuana in the commonwealth.   Since that time, the state's

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Massachusetts Early Voting Runs Through Oct. 29
08:11AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Today's Massachusetts mail and early vote update. We have now cleared 1 million early votes (1,001,725) and are at 29.6% of total 2016 turnout.

— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) October 20, 2020 A record turnout is expected for the 2020 election as states with early voting say they are surpassing numbers from just four years ago. The Washington Post reported that turnout is already at 70 percent of the total early voting numbers of 2016. Massachusetts on Tuesday has already seen more than 1 million early and mail-in ballots two weeks before the election; in 2016, the total for the election was 1,038,144.     Voting in advance or by mail is being encouraged to reduce


DIRE Committee Concerned About 'Enough Is Enough' Messaging in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A personal story of loss Monday informed the DIRE Committee's reaction to both a letter from the Police Department's union and the response from the town Select Board.   Andrew Wells called in to the virtual meeting of the Diversity Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee to talk about the 2013 death of his daughter at the hands of a drunk driver in Plymouth.   That driver happened to be an off-duty state trooper, and it was almost a week before authorities informed Wells that alcohol had been involved in the accident.   "Every police officer on the scene lied to me at the hospital, lied to me throughout," Wells said. "At the


Mount Greylock Superintendent Succession Topic in Exec Session
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:03AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Executive session minutes from the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee show that the panel did discuss a succession plan for the district's superintendent behind closed doors, and the minutes shed light on the reason for the superintendent's subsequent departure.   In mid-July, filed an Open Meeting Law complaint against the committee alleging that, "at the very least, the School Committee's deliberations on July 1 strayed into territory not covered by the stated exception to the Open Meeting Law."   That meeting was one of four held in executive session for the stated purpose of conducting contract

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Letter: MGRS Needs More Responsible Approach to Field
Letter to the Editor,
07:00PM / Tuesday, October 20, 2020

To the Editor:

Last week the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee grappled with how to advance the athletic fields improvement project. I came away from their meeting, disappointed with their approach to and the ultimate outcome of their decision. After having made a commitment in September 2019 to explore the possibility of a – much less expensive over the long-term – natural grass field along with an artificial turf field, the committee decided to proceed with only the artificial turf option.

Proponents of the artificial turf field argued that it was time to make a decision: they had worked long and hard enough on this issue. They avoided mentioning they had done next


Williamstown to Look at Updating Bylaw on Political Signs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

The ballot return box on the steps of Town Hall is bolted to the porch. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is asking the Sign Commission to take a look at an out-of-date bylaw that addresses political signs.   The issue came up recently when residents asked questions about candidates signs and "issues" signs on town-owned property, like the town green, which runs along both sides of Main Street (Route 2) from the curb to the sidewalk from Field Park east to Cole Avenue.   Those inquiries prompted a look at the bylaw, which, Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Select Board last Wednesday, addresses such signage on private parcels but is mute about similar displays on


Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2020
12:40PM / Monday, October 19, 2020

Halloween this year means extra precautions because of the novel coronavirus and towns are weighing safe ways for trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky holiday. This may mean community events, limited trick or treating or cancelations. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing. 

If you are going door to door, remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Some special precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission include wearing a cloth mask instead of a costume mask, reducing physical contact between people as much as possible, handing out candy with minimal or no contact such as in small bags


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