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Williams Alumnus Wins National Physics Award
10:48AM / Friday, October 23, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Benjamin Augenbraun '15 has received the nation’s highest honor for undergraduate physics research, becoming the fifth Williams alumnus in recent years to win the Leroy Apker Award from the American Physical Society. He joins Chris Chudzicki '10, Nathan Hodas '04, Charles Doret '02, and Brian Gerke '99.

The Apker Award is presented to just two undergraduates each year — one from a Ph.D. granting institution and one from a non-Ph.D. granting institution. Over the past 20 years, more Williams alumni have received Apker awards than alumni from any other college or university in the country.

“We’re utterly thrilled for


Williamstown Planning Board Has Vacancy
10:29AM / Friday, October 23, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As a result of a recent resignation, there is now an open seat on the Planning Board.

The public is encouraged to apply for this vacant seat. Interested parties may submit a Citizen’s Activity Form found online to the Town Manager’s Office if interested in serving.

The deadline for application is Nov. 18. A new member will be appointed, per Massachusetts General Law, by a vote of the remaining Planning Board Members, and by a vote of the Board of Selectmen. This appointment will only run until the next town election in May of 2016.

Any questions about the roles and responsibilities of Planning Board members can be directed to Andrew Groff in 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

Williamstown Fire Chief: Decorate With an Eye Toward Safety
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Friday, October 23, 2015
A 60-watt bulb was hot enough to set a holiday decoration on fire at Williams College. Fire Chief Craig Pedercini is asking residents to take care with flammable decorations. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With October comes the advent of the holiday season.   And when there are holidays, there are decorations and the potential for fire hazards.   At Wednesday's meeting of the Prudential Committee, Fire Chief Craig Pedercini related an incident that came in Tuesday night from a building on the Williams College campus.   A 60-watt light bulb in an electric window "candle" was too close to a Halloween-themed plastic window covering. The heat from the light bulb


'Bridge of Spies': Spans Troubled Waters
By Michael S. Goldberger,
08:47PM / Thursday, October 22, 2015

I suspect Steven Spielberg, realizing that few folks were as lucky as I to have Mr. Green as their high school social studies teacher, felt the necessity to impart the grand civics lesson contained in his highly exciting "Bridge of Spies." Chastising the baloney and opportunism that too often attend the application of patriotism, he cannily mines its most honest essence in this important chronicle of the May, 1960 U-2 incident and the Cold War drama that followed. Our spy, Captain Francis Gary Powers, is caught, and the Russians plan to make the most of it.

This calls for good old American ingenuity ... the more homespun the better. Granted, it's a cliché, but a great


Classical Beat: Ready to Present New Works at The Clark
By Stephen Dankner, Special to iBerkshires
01:17PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Borealis Quartet (Photo by Steven Lemay) will present new work by Williamstown composer Stephen Dankner on Sunday at the Clark Art Institute.

During the 15 months from February 2012-April 2013, my attention was drawn, as it was twice before in years past, to the string quartet medium, and I composed my latest six quartets in a burst of uninterrupted creative activity. Each led to the next, though there is no relationship between them, i.e. sharing of themes, forms, or modes of expression.

This was not, though, a novel experience for me. My previous 12 quartets were also written in cycles: quartets 1-6 in 1991-1993 (another period of white-heat activity), and quartets


Lenox National Bank, Adams Community Bank Complete Merger
01:01PM / Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ADAMS, Mass. — The Lenox National Bank and Adams Community Bank completed their merger at the close of business on Friday, Oct. 16.

The former Lenox National Bank located at 7 Main St. in Lenox has reopened as a branch of Adams Community Bank.

“We plan to continue the Lenox tradition of strong community banking with local decision making. This merger is beneficial to everyone who lives or works in the Lenox community,” said Charles P. O’Brien, Adams Community Bank president and CEO.
Lenox National Bank CEO Paul Merlino will continue in an advisory role with Adams Community Bank in connection with the transition.

“Paul has been a mainstay of community


When Investing, Put Time On Your Side
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:12AM / Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Now that we’re well into autumn, the days are getting noticeably shorter. The change in seasons reminds us that time is passing – and it’s important to use that time wisely.

When used well, in fact, time can be your greatest gift in many walks of life – and that’s certainly true when you invest.

To illustrate the importance of time, let’s look at a scenario. Suppose you start saving for retirement when you are 25. If you invest $3,000 per year in a tax-deferred vehicle, such as a traditional IRA, and you hypothetically earn a 7 percent annual return, you will have accumulated more than $640,000 after 40 years, when you reach 65 and are ready to retire.


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, owner of Neathawk Signs and Design, to create a 3D sign for the business.

Neathawk installed the sign late Monday afternoon that features multicolored hand prints from the children as the leaves of a tree poking out of the top. Underneath the name and address "a place to grow" is written. The children's hand prints were taken at the school and Neathawk then scanned them into her design programs to create the sign.


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Grand Tradition Concert 2011
by Billsville
02:30PM / Monday, December 19, 2011
WilliNet has posted this year's Grand Tradition Concert, recorded on Dec. 11, at the Williamstown Elementary School. You can also find it on the WilliNet schedule here.

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