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Williamstown Fire District Signs Deal on Tanker Truck
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:19AM / Friday, September 18, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Fire District has signed a contract for the purchase of a tanker truck that was approved at this year's annual district meeting.   Chief Craig Pedercini on Wednesday reported to the Prudential Committee that the district received one bid for the truck, and it accepted the proposal from New England Fire Equipment and Apparatus for a purchase price of $366,987, just a hair under the price tag that district voters approved in July.   "We appropriated $380,000," Chair John Notsley noted. "There's a little leftover, which I understand will go to providing the vehicle with radios and other miscellaneous equipment."   The

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The Retired Investor: Bicycles Sales Are Booming
By Bill Schmick,
05:44PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
In the age of the pandemic, some industries have thrived. Take the bicycle industry, for example; sales have more than doubled this year, and the only impediment to further growth seems to be the availability of product. Thanks to COVID-19, biking has become a global phenomenon.   The real growth is centered in the metropolitan areas where much of public transportation has been curtailed due to the infectious nature of the virus. In April alone, bicycle industry sales grew by 75 percent to $1 billion year-over-year, according to bike manufacturer, Huffy. Leisure bikes, those that sell for under $200, jumped 203 percent, while mountain bike sales increased 150 percent.   The reason

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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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Pownal Race Track Fire Deemed Suspicious; Authorities Seeking Information
Staff Reports, iBerkshires
04:00PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020

Williamstown, Mass., firefighters putting out hotspots on the grandstand roof on Thursday. See more photos here. POWNAL, Vt. — Fire officials are calling the blaze that heavily damaged the Green Mountain Race Track grandstand on Wednesday night suspicious, citing previous fires and trespassers at the long-closed facility. State police are requesting anyone with information related to the fire or events immediately preceding it to contact authorities.     A news release on Thursday afternoon by state police Det. Sgts. Steven Otis and Matt Hill and Assistant State Fire Marshal Stan Baranowski of the Division of Fire Safety says the massive structure was so

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Baker: Getting a Flu Shot Shows Support for Health Care Workers
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
ROSLINDALE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday urged Massachusetts residents to get vaccinated for seasonal influenza, and talked about why he trusts the process that will lead to a COVID-19 vaccine — however long that process takes.   Baker, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito and Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders visited a CVS pharmacy to receive their flu shots and encourage their fellow Bay Staters to follow suit.   The governor said it is a matter of doing the right thing by the medical professionals who sacrificed to keep Massachusetts safe at the height of the pandemic in March and April.   "I would just say to all of those folks in

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Multiple Fire Departments Battling Green Mountain Race Track Blaze
03:15AM / Thursday, September 17, 2020

POWNAL, Vt. — Multiple fire departments were battling a massive blaze at the former Green Mountain Race Track into the early hours of Thursday morning.    The fire apparently started sometime late Wednesday night and billowing smoke could be seen pouring from the back of the building. By about 1:20 a.m., heavy fire began to appear in the front of the building.   The 64,000-square-foot glass and metal grandstand and some smaller outbuildings are set back from Route 7 and access to the site was limited to emergency vehicles.    There was a long line of emergency vehicles at the southern entrance to the property and tankers roared up and down Route 7 as they

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Williamstown Health Board Suspends Regular Inspections of Rental Units
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, September 17, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday agreed to suspend the town code requiring inspection of rental units between occupants in order to ease the workload on the health inspector during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Jeff Kennedy brought the board the request, noting that, of course, he still would be required to conduct inspections in response to a complaint and that some landlords in town likely would request inspections.   But he asked that, for now, the requirement for inspection upon vacancy of a rental unit, as required by code, be suspended.   "I would ask the board, for the time being, to suspend -- not revoke, but suspend -- the code of the Town of

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Mount Greylock School Committee Passes Modified Agreement with Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:30PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday night approved a number of modifications to the memorandum of agreement with the district's union about procedures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.   By a vote of 5-2, the committee OKed changes that include the structure an "remote academy" for elementary school pupils, the metrics that will be used for switches between remote and in-person instruction and safety precautions that will be in place during the school day when the district moves to a hybrid model of in-person and remote instruction on Oct. 5.   School officials had to rethink the remote academy idea for families

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Lions Clubs International Donates $10K to BMC's COVID Fund
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Correspondent
12:43PM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Lions Club International gave Berkshire Health Systems a boost in its COVID-19 efforts Tuesday with a $10,000 donation.   The presentation was made by Art McConnell, former governor and club member of the Lions Club District 33Y in Dalton to Jack Henault, director of supply chain and clinical engineering at Berkshire Medical Center.   The funds will go to Berkshire Medical Center's COVID-19 Relief Fund for the purchase of personal protective equipment.   With this donation BMC was able to purchase about 7,800 N95 masks, which are medical grade masks used by health-care workers and first-responders to protect both them and the patient from

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Raises Issue of Police at School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:29AM / Wednesday, September 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Although the year is starting remotely for the town's public school students, members of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee are raising concerns about the police presence at the buildings kids will attend as soon as Oct. 5.   It is a topic that has been mentioned before in town and Mount Greylock Regional School District forums, but the comments at last week's DIRE Committee meeting were as strong as any to date in an official forum.   "I have people who have reached out to me that are afraid to bring their kids to the school because there are police officers there," Jeffrey Johnson said. "I'm just trying to

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Pupil Tests Positive for COVID-19 at Pine Cobble School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
05:52PM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- On Tuesday evening, Pine Cobble School confirmed a third member of its community, a pupil, has tested positive for COVID-19.   Head of School Sue Wells informed iBerkshires.com of the positive test of a kindergarten student.   Earlier in the day, the Wells notified the media that a second kindergarten teacher had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.   The first positive test of a kindergarten teacher prompted the private elementary school to go fully remote for at least two weeks starting Monday.   That first test came back on Saturday, three days after a teacher in the kindergarten went home from school with a fever.   At that time, the

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Wednesday Presentation to Give Alternatives for Bennington-Williamstown Bike Path Idea
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Residents on both sides of the state line Wednesday will have a chance to learn about an idea for a bicycle path linking Bennington to Williamstown, Mass., and, perhaps even, someday, Lanesborough, Mass.   It will be some time before the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail is extended in Massachusetts from Adams through North Adams to link with a crosstown trail set to break ground in Williamstown next year.   And it will be years before a similar path could be built in Southwestern Vermont.   But that proposed journey of 35 miles takes a lot of steps, even before shovels go in the ground.   And on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., the Bennington County Regional

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Drop in Families Opting for Remote Learning Has Mount Greylock Officials 'Scrambling'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:10AM / Tuesday, September 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An increase in the number of families planning to send their children for in-person instruction is raising concerns of a budget hit for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   At Thursday's School Committee meeting, Director of Curriculum and Instruction Joelle Brookner told the panel that the administration was a "bit surprised" by the results of the most recent survey of families about their preferences for the academic year.   About half as many families as in a prior survey indicated a preference for remote instruction only in 2020-21. Currently, there are 24 of 181 pupils at Lanesborough Elementary School (13 percent) opting

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