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Williams Men's Tennis, Men's Lacrosse Win on Road
08:37AM / Thursday, March 24, 2016

CLAREMONT, Calif. — After starting off their spring break trip on the right foot against Division II Point Loma, the Ephs were handed their first Division III test of the spring semester as the Ephs took on the Sagehens of Pomona-Pitzer, and the the purple and gold triumphed, 5-4, on the back of sophomore Brian Grodecki’s tremendous effort at No. 3 singles to fend off a late comeback against veteran Sagehen Jonathan Kim to clinch the match for the visitors in a deciding set.

With the score level at 4-apiece, it was down to the match on court three, where the Eph sophomore really took it to the senior Sagehen from the outset, winning nine of the first eleven games on the way to


Lanesborough School Approves Level-funded Appropriated Budget
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Thursday, March 24, 2016
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The School Committee approved a level-funded appropriated budget Tuesday.   The overall budget is proposed to go up by just short of $25,000 but that increase is being covered by unappropriated costs, which come from sources like grants or school choice instead of from town coffers. The appropriated budget is set, pending a town meeting vote, at $2,424,710.    "The challenge is to recommend a budget that sustains the needs of the kids while being realistic," Superintendent Douglas Dias said. "[This budget] maintains the current staffing with the exception of the library."   The budget calls for a reduction from a .7


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

Ciccolo Judge OKs Prosecutor's Request for Delay
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:57PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — It could be up to two more months before the U.S. Attorney's Office is ready to file additional charges against an Adams man suspected of sympathizing with the so-called Islamic State in Syria, or ISIS.

Federal Magistrate Judge Katherine A. Robertson has granted a request from the government to continue a status hearing in the case of the United States vs. Alexander Ciccolo scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Last week, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz filed a motion asking for the delay citing "multiple levels of review both locally in the United States Attorney's Office in Massachusetts and at additional levels within the Department of Justice."



Tony Stewart to Bring His Tour to Lebanon Valley in August
03:31PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WEST LEBANON, N.Y. - For more than 30 years, fans have seen some of the best 410 Sprint Car drivers race around the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway with blistering speeds. In 2016, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets early to witness the first ever appearance of Tony Stewart’s All-Star Circuit Of Champions on Aug. 21.

Lebanon Valley Speedway has offered race fans a major 410 sprint car race each year going back many years. Typically, those events ran under the (World Of Outlaws) Sprint banner. In the summer of 2016, sanction names may change for the event, but action will remain red hot with a breath of fresh air courtesy of the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit Of


Letter: Golf Course Zoning Proposal Bad Planning
Letters to the Editor,
03:24PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

To the Rditor:

We on the Williamstown Planning Board heard a petition about six months ago from Mike Deep, who owns the Waubeeka golf course. The following is an account of subsequent events.

Mr. Deep claimed the golf course is losing money and that a new hotel might keep it afloat.

Would the PB be behind rezoning the site to allow a hotel (presently not an allowed use in Rural Residence zones)? This was an unusual request, and one generally frowned on as "spot zoning” meaning that it would benefit not a swath of town but just one owner of one lot. The Planning Board agreed that in this case, enabling most of the golf course to stay as open space could also benefit the whole


UNITY Youth Leadership Program Seeking Art
02:35PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Community Coalition’s (nbCC) UNITY Youth Leadership Program is creating a community coloring book and is looking for art submissions by local artists.

The mission of this project is to create a tangible collection of art by the community for the purposes of stress relief, and to inspire positive thinking.

“We are excited to have such a creatively charged Youth Leadership Program group this year that is dedicated to finding community solutions through art,” said Adam Tobin, program associate for UNITY.

A call for art is open to anyone in the community. Acceptable art forms include visual art, and short original poems,


Berkshire Tidbits: Easter Specials
By Judith Lerner, Special to iBerkshires
02:15PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Cornell Inn in Lenox offers a Sunday breakfast buffet by chef Karen Saunders. Reservations are encouraged a few days before.

Looking for a place to dine on Easter Sunday, March 27?

Here are some restaurants I know of that are serving special Easter brunches or dinners or are open for a festive meal, but there are still more. Some have given me more information than others. All the meals are plus tax and gratuity unless otherwise noted.

Aegean Breeze, 327 Stockbridge Road/Route 7 in Great Barrington, 413-528-4001, the traditional Greek restaurant, will be open their regular hours, 11 to 9, serving their regular menus with specials of lamb soup, ham and stuffed sole.



Lanesborough Parents Push For Splitting First Grade
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
12:55PM / Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The School Committee opened up a total of seven school-choice slots but none for the first grade, which would have led to splitting the sections. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Richard Locke got 20 parents of kindergarten students to sign a petition asking for two sections for when their children enter first grade next year.    The class is expected to have 21 students in a single class. The parents are asking the School Committee to open up a few more school-choice slots and hire an additional teacher to have two, smaller classes.   Locke handed the petition to the committee on Tuesday after about a half-dozen parents pleaded the case during the budget


Williamstown Religious Education Students Collect Food, Books for Others
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:05PM / Tuesday, March 22, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The religious education students at the Parish of Sts. Patrick and Raphael used the season of penance and sacrifice as a time to brighten the lives of others.

The program's first- through fifth-graders on Monday wrapped up a six-week Lenten service project of collecting food for the Williamstown food pantry and books for children in the juvenile court system.

The pantry, which is based in the Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish Center, primarily serves residents of Williamstown, Hancock, New Ashford and Pownal, Vt.

Director Carol DeMayo said the pantry receives donations from a wide range of donors, and the children in the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine


Williamstown Planners Advise Zoning Change for New Williams Inn
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Tuesday, March 22, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week unanimously recommended town meeting approve an expansion of the Village Business zoning district that will allow Williams College to build a new inn south of Spring Street.

The board held a public hearing last Tuesday to consider six different zoning bylaws that will be on the May town meeting warrant. Although the bulk of the hearing focused on the citizen's petition to create an overlay district that would allow a new hotel in South Williamstown, the other hotel bylaw on the warrant generated a fair amount of public comment.

The bulk of the reaction was positive from the crowd in the elementary school auditorium. But there


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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