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Baker Lifts Stay-at-Home Order, Business Curfew
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Thursday, January 21, 2021

Public health restrictions implemented last month aimed to reduce mobility and gatherings. We're seeing modest improvements in public health data but we have more work to do.

Today we're extending lower capacity + gathering limits and rescinding our early business closure order. pic.twitter.com/KqWPTpiJF5

— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) January 21, 2021 BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced that the commonwealth will start to ease up on some of its COVID-19 restrictions on business starting Monday in response to positive trends in the public health metrics.   Effective Monday at 5 a.m., the state is lifting an overnight stay-at-home advisory that

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Williamstown Historical Commission Backs Museum's CPA Request
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:34PM / Wednesday, January 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Historical Commission on Tuesday voted to endorse a request from the Williamstown Historical Museum for $50,000 in Community Preservation Act funds.   The museum is seeking town funds to pay about 17 percent of the $301,600 cost of dismantling, preserving and reassembling an historic Williamstown barn on the institution's grounds.   "We're hopeful we'll get at least a portion of the funding for this project," said Sarah Currie, a member of the commission who also serves as executive director for the museum. "It's important, we think to save this barn because this is one of an ever dwindling collection of

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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
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Mount Greylock Negotiating to Modify COVID-19 Agreement with Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Wednesday, January 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee continues to hear from parents concerned about the lack of in-person instruction for most children in the PreK-12 district even as the panel works to modify the agreement with its unions to allow just that.   The committee held an executive session after last Thursday's meeting to discuss strategies with respect to collective bargaining with its union personnel. And Superintendent Jason McCandless said on Friday that he has asked the committee to look at some dates for a special meeting to consider a revised memorandum of understanding with the Mount Greylock Educational Association.   The next regular

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Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program Enrollment Open
03:55PM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program is currently enrolling students for the spring semester.    All classes and services are currently being conducted remotely. When possible, in person instruction will be offered.   The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program offers classes to prepare for the Massachusetts High School Equivalency Credential. In addition to classes to prepare for the HISET or GED tests, they offer classes to help improve academic skills to enter postsecondary education, training programs, employment readiness and basic academic skills.    The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program will offer a course

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McCann to Hold Virtual Open House for Prospective Students
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, January 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's eighth-grade Showcase for Success will be held virtually this year and potential students will be invited to the "premiere."   Principal Justin Kratz told the School Committee last Thursday that instead of inviting area eighth-graders to the school for the annual showcase and look at after-school programming, the school's recruitment efforts will be virtual.   "It is not our ideal situation. We would like to have students here," Kratz said. "But I think this will be a good night and a good event."   This decision to go virtual was made because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Normally,

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Pownal Man Charged With Murder in Bennington Attack
Staff Reports,
09:45PM / Monday, January 18, 2021
The Bennington Banner reports that Darren Pronto, 32, of Pownal was charged with first-degree murder in the killing of Emily Hamann, 26. Pronto was being held at Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield. He is accused of "lying in wait" for Hamann and slashing her throat with a knife. The attack was captured on a home security camera, according to police.

The Banner reports that Pronto, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 35 years to life if convicted.     BENNINGTON, Vt. — A local woman attacked on the river walkway late Monday morning died of her injuries at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.    Police have taken a suspect into custody in

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NBCC Honors Ansari with 2021 Peacemaker Award
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:16PM / Monday, January 18, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Bilal Ansari has been known to quote civil rights icon John Lewis' call to, "Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and redeem the soul of America."   On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Ansari was recognized for his efforts to redeem the soul of his hometown.   The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition recognized Ansari with its 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Peacemaker Award in an announcement posted on the non-profit's Facebook page on Monday afternoon.   In making the announcement, the NBCC's Wendy Penner reminded listeners that making peace is not always about avoiding conflict.   "I want to

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SVMC To Hold Online COVID-19 Information Session
11:59AM / Monday, January 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and Bennington's office of the Vermont Department of Health will appear in a digital information session regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.   The event is made possible with cooperation from CAT-TV and the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Members of the public are invited to view and ask questions during the live broadcast at www.facebook.com/CATTVbennington/. The program will also air on CAT-TV's public channel 1075.   The session will feature SVMC's Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson and Bennington's

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Williams College Announces Tenure for Eight Faculty Members
09:12AM / Monday, January 18, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Trustees of Williams College voted to promote eight faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure.

Promotions will take effect July 1, 2021, for Jeremy Cone, psychology; Christine DeLucia, history; Matthew Gibson, economics; Lama Nassif, comparative literature; Christina Simko, sociology; Owen Thompson, economics; Emily Vasiliauskas, English; and Zachary Wadsworth, music.

Jeremy Cone, psychology

Cone is a social psychologist whose research explores how attitudes are formed unconsciously. His research has demonstrated that these implicit evaluations are far less indelible than was once believed, challenging conventional thinking in this

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update January 15
09:06AM / Monday, January 18, 2021
  January 15, 2021   Vaccine

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Williams College Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions Ahead of Spring Term
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Monday, January 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College students will be required to provide proof of a recent negative test for COVID-19 before they can return and be tested by the college for the start of the spring semester.   On Friday, Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom issued a campuswide email that begins to lay out the restrictions the college will have in place as it begins its second academic term during the pandemic.   The bottom line: students will face tighter restrictions due to the nature of the winter season, the current spread of the novel coronavirus nationwide and the increase in the number of students planning to be on campus.   "This message is intentionally

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
01:02PM / Sunday, January 17, 2021

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 18. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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