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Lanesborough Selectmen Consider Surveying Residents on School Project
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
05:22PM / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are considering mailing a survey to residents to help guide its decisions regarding the Mount Greylock Regional School building project.

A draft version asks residents to choose one of the following three statements:

1) I urge the Selectmen to support the Mount Greylock project even though this project will have a noticeable effect on town property taxes because supporting education is important and also because a highly rated high school is good for the town and supports property values.    2) I urge the Selectmen to try to keep taxes as low as reasonably possible even if that means not supporting the Mount Greylock Renovation


Lanesborough Considering Options For School Project Vote
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:23AM / Tuesday, December 15, 2015
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Residents may or may not have a chance to vote on the Mount Greylock Regional School building project at a special town meeting.   Mount Greylock School Committee Chairwoman Carrie Greene told the Selectmen on Monday that a special town meeting vote isn't needed to authorize the borrowing but the Selectmen could call one anyway.   The part renovation and part new build was last estimated at $64.8 million with the two towns splitting somewhere between $31.9 million and $35.8 million. To fund Lanesborough's portion — likely to around a third of the district's share — the town may need a debt exclusion vote but not authorization to

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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

Williams Eyes Solutions to Museum Building's Deficiencies
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:07PM / Monday, December 14, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The building that houses the Williams College Museum of Art is bursting at the seams.   Making matters worse: There are too many seams to burst.   The college is looking at locations to build a new home for the museum and art department.   The current home Lawrence Hall, which was built in 1846 and expanded in 1890, 1915, 1926, 1938 and, most significantly, 1986, when the college finished a major renovation designed by architect Charles Moore.   All those expansions make it problematic to house and display valuable works of art within the Main Street museum.   "The museum does not have a continuous air barrier," WCMA Director


Berkshire Tidbits: Berkshires Featured on Barefoot Contessa
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:24PM / Monday, December 14, 2015
The Barefoot Contessa Episode
Featuring Berkshire Food Shops

Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten and her husband, Jeffrey, came to the Berkshires with friends. They shopped, they filmed and the Barefoot Holiday episode that aired starting this past weekend.

Berkshire Mountain Bakery, the actual bakery in Housatonic, behind the scenes where all the work gets done, made the cut. And baker-owner Richard Bourdon offering his Bread & Chocolate bread.

Robin's Candy and Rubiner's Cheesemongers & Grocers in Great Barrington are in the episode as is The Southfield Store.

Robin Helfand, owner of Robin's Candy, said they will be prominently featured. Her next-door neighbor Tune


Group Marches Through Williamstown to Advocate for Gun Safety
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:48PM / Sunday, December 13, 2015

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Carrying signs reading “#enough,” “change the laws or change Congress” and “Stop the NRA” and wearing orange knit caps, a group of upward of 65 people walked down Spring Street on Sunday afternoon calling for change to current gun control laws.

The Williamstown “Orange Walk for Gun Safety” was one of 100 across the nation held this weekend and the only one in Berkshire County. It was held on the eve of the third anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 first-graders and six teachers and staff members dead in a small Connecticut town.

Organized by Williamstown residents Holly Hardman,


Williams Men's Basketball Team Rallies Past Springfield
08:28PM / Saturday, December 12, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Freshman guard Bobby Casey converted a three-point play with 34.4 seconds remaining to give the Williams College men's basketball team a 70-62 lead over the Springfield College Pride and put the game out of reach.   The Ephs (6-2) went on to win Saturday by a final score of 72-62 after overcoming a 15-point halftime deficit.   Cole Teal led the Ephs with 15 points, while Daniel Aronowitz and Kyle Scadlock each contributed 14.   Josh Altman led Springfield (3-5) with 11.    Williams next plays on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at home vs. Ursinus at 7 p.m.   WOMEN'S HOCKEY UTICA, N.Y. -- Natalie Bernstein scored a late goal to lead the Williams


Kuster, Paris Lead Team to Youth League Win
04:17PM / Saturday, December 12, 2015
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Tate Kuster scored 10 points and Derek Paris added nine to lead MacFarlane Office Supplies to a 25-22 win over Mickle Electric on Wednesday in the Lanesborough-Williamstown Youth Basketball Association.   For Mickle, Thomas Martin scored 11 points and Alex Axt scored four.


@theMarket: Where Oil Goes, So Goes the Market
By Bill Schmick,
09:34AM / Saturday, December 12, 2015

Stocks had a tough week. All averages are now negative for the year once again and will continue to go lower until oil finds a bottom or the market disconnects from energy prices. The problem with that scenario is that no one knows if and when that will occur.

The price of crude is down 14 percent since December 1 and 35 percent since May. Controversy rages over whether the precipitous decline in oil over the last year from $114 a barrel to $36 a barrel is a supply or demand imbalance. New technology in the form of hydraulic fracking has unearthed a huge new supply of natural gas and oil worldwide. So much so that consuming these new sources of energy will require decades. At the same


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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