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Letter: Support Waubeeka Compromise & Sarah Gardner
Letters to the Editor,
02:38PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2016

To the Editor:

I plan to vote for the Waubeeka petition at our Williamstown town meeting as amendments are worked out on the floor.

It is the best way to actually preserve open space possibilities as well as perhaps "banking" the land for the future as climate change brings more challenges to food production. It certainly would not hurt to realize the revenue off of the planned proposal if it could find a responsible developer.

I also intend to vote for Sarah Gardner as I believe she brings a perspective on land use issues that is very important to have on the Planning Board. Climate change is real, migration of people is and will be real, and we need to begin to look at


Mount Greylock Retirees Address School Committee on Health Insurance
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:48AM / Tuesday, May 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Several dozen current and retired employees of the Mount Greylock Regional School District attended last week's School Committee meeting to voice concerns that the district might unilaterally raise the percentage of health care costs borne by retirees.

"You're in a negotiation year," 2011 retiree Lucinda Bradley told the committee. "Keep us in mind. Remember these faces. Remember we represent people who loved and continue to love the school, who cared about it, who gave our careers for the students at Mount Greylock.

"I would really hate for that to be spoiled for us and for everyone else. I know, legally, you can do a lot of stuff.


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

Letter: Moving Forward on Full Day Side-By-Side
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

To the Editor:

A tale of two meetings: Moving Forward on Full Day Side-By-Side

The following are some thoughts on the recent Williamstown Elementary School Committee meeting on April 28. While I am on the high school committee, my comments are those of an individual.

It boils down to one question: Dialogue or monologues? Unlike other town committees, the Elementary School Committee and administration won't talk with the community. They cancelled a decades-old successful program, full day Side-By-Side, without giving the community a chance to save it. They hear public comments, they state and change reasons for its cancellation, but despite strong attendance, support and pledges of


Williams Features Equal Justice Advocate at 227th Commencement
05:44PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, will be the principal speaker at Williams College's 227th Commencement Exercise on Sunday, June 5.

The day before, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert will be the baccalaureate speaker. Both will receive honorary degrees at commencement, as will Sarah Bolton, current dean of the college at Williams and president-elect of The College of Wooster; author and illustrator Eric Carle; writer and commentator Frank Deford; Peace Corps director Carrie Hessler-Radelet; Tony Award-winning playwright and screenwriter David Henry Hwang; and singer-songwriter, producer, and actor


Berkshires Beat: Save Stockbridge Bowl Campaign Nears Goal
01:06PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

Close to the goal: The Stockbridge Bowl Association expects to complete its $2.8 million Save Stockbridge Bowl capital campaign in 2016, as the organization celebrates the 70th anniversary of its founding in 1946.

The SBA has raised more than $2.4 million of the estimated $2.8 million cost to pay for Phase 2 of the Town of Stockbridge Lake Management Plan. The work will include dredging to remove silt that has built up over many decades, and to permit a significant winter drawdown to kill the roots of invasive non-native plants clogging many areas of the lake.

"If the Town of Stockbridge cannot dredge decades of accumulated sediment and enable a winter drawdown to kill the invasive


Biz Briefs: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins TV Award
12:05PM / Monday, May 02, 2016

SVMC patient John Kasper and Orion Howard, MD, pose with the 2015 Telly Award.

'Telly' It Like It Is: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, with its agency Jennings, have received a 2015 Telly Award for its Partnership is Powerful Medicine campaign video featuring cancer patient John Kasper.

In the video, John, an auto detailer in Bennington, shares his emotional story about battling cancer with SVMC’s team. The video was part of a series of patient videos, all of which can be viewed online.

“We are pleased to win this award and grateful to the team of doctors and nurses at the Cancer Center for the inspirational work they do every day,” said Ray Smith,


Advocates Continue to Push on Williamstown Preschool Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:40AM / Monday, May 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four members of the Williamstown School Committee on Thursday again explained their reasons for supporting a fiscal 2017 budget that includes a reduction to the school's popular preschool program.

At a special meeting originally rescheduled from April 13, the committee members explained why they did not oppose the school administration's decision to eliminate the full-day option for Side-By-Side.

Superintendent Douglas Dias, acting in consultation with the district's director of pupil personnel services, decided this year that the special education population Side-By-Side was designed to serve can have its needs met in two half-day


Mount Greylock Decides to Reduce Building Debt Assessment in Year One
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:48AM / Monday, May 02, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee has decided to pay less on the school building project bond in the first year and forego savings that would not be realized until years down the road.

The question of whether to more aggressively pay down the principal on a $30 million bond has been discussed since the school district's two member towns passed a debt exclusion for the project in March.

The School Committee on April 5 favored the more aggressive debt repayment, which would mean a larger hit on local property tax bills in the first year. But it agreed to revisit the issue after more information was available.

On Tuesday, committee member Richard Cohen came

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Barrett Contributing on Two Sports at Westfield State
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
02:52PM / Sunday, May 01, 2016

WESTFIELD, Mass. -- After helping the Westfield State women’s basketball team earn a MASCAC Championship this winter, Mount Greylock graduate and Owls freshman Lucy Barrett switched gears to lacrosse.


And Barrett has not missed a beat.


She scored two goals on Saturday as Westfield State defeated Framingham, 17-4, in the Owls’ regular season finale. For the year, she has eight goals and six assists despite missing the team’s preseason training due to the extended basketball season.


Westfield State is the top seed in the MASCAC tournament and on Thursday will host the winner of Tuesday’s quarter-final between Worcester State and


Williams Men's Lax Upsets Amherst in League Quarters
10:00PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016
AMHERST, Mass. – Down two at the half, the seventh-seeded Williams College men’s lacrosse team outscored second-seeded Amherst, 7-4 in the second half to stun the hosts, 11-10, and advance to the NESCAC semifinals next Saturday at Tufts.   The win was the third in a row for the Ephs (10-6) and their second straight over a nationally ranked opponent. The Ephs topped No. 5 Middlebury in their final NESCAC regular season contest and then upset No. 6 Amherst on Saturday.   "We're becoming a more complete team,” Williams coach George McCormack said. “We've been effective on offense and defense and were winning faceoffs and handling special


Williamstown Police, Adams Community Bank Open Ripken Season with Wins
09:15PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. -- Derek Paris and Jesse Cameron each homered Saturday to lead Adams Community Bank to a 14-4 win over Krispy Cones in the Majors Division on Opening Day of the Lanesborough Cal Ripken Baseball League.

Landen Jamula went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and combined with Paris for a one-hitter in the game, which was shortened to five innings.

Jamula struck out nine and allowed just one hit and one earned run in four innings of work.

Chase Doyle had the hit and scored a run for Krispy Cones.

Williamstown Police Win

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Judge Martin and Alex Axt each had two RBIs Saturday to lead the Williamstown Police to an 8-3 Opening Day win over Countryside Landscape in the


@theMarket: It May Be That Time Again
By Bill Schmick,
01:12PM / Saturday, April 30, 2016

For traders, the old adage to "Sell in May" is now upon us. Over the past 40-plus years this recommendation has worked over 70 percent of the time. Should you go with the statistics or ignore them?

As regular readers know, the S&P 500 Index has already reached my target of 2,100. We did so over two weeks ago and until yesterday the bulls have been trying to break over that line and get back to the historical highs around 2,134.

The perfect excuse to do so should have occurred on Wednesday when the central bank's Federal Open Market Committee announced their latest decision to keep rates where they are.

The wording of the news release was almost identical to last


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