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Three MGRHS Seniors Named Commended Students
01:38PM / Friday, October 06, 2017

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Principal Mary MacDonald of Mount Greylock Regional High School has announced that Samuel B. Dils, Josephine C. Gollin and Madison A. VanDeurzen have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among

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Williamstown Planning Board OKs Zoning Change Proposals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:53AM / Friday, October 06, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board on Tuesday agreed to five proposed zoning bylaw amendments to bring to November's special town meeting.   Some of the changes are technical "houskeeping" to existing language. One amendment makes regulations in a recently created district resemble those in other parts of town, and another increases the opportunity for multifamily housing.   The most discussion on Tuesday revolved around the article on multifamily housing, which would create a regulatory path for new multifamily dwellings in three zones: Limited Business, Planned Business and Southern Gateway.   It also would loosen the rules around "mixed use

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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,

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State Asking For Input On Outdoor Recreation Plan
Staff Reports,
04:08PM / Thursday, October 05, 2017
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — What type of outdoor recreation would you want to see created?   That's what the state is asking right now. The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is updating its Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, which makes it eligible for about $2 million per year from the federal government.    The National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund program has been ongoing since 1965 and has paid for a number of outdoor recreation projects in the county. Locally, the money has purchased land along the Appalachian Trail and at Onota Lake. North Adams received a quarter of a million dollars to build a park on River

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BMC Management Focusing On Inside While Nurses Strike Outside
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:40AM / Thursday, October 05, 2017

Hospital officials greeted the nurses at the door Wednesday morning, but aren't letting them back to work. The lockout will last until Sunday morning, when the contract with the replacement nurses ends. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are certainly making their voices known this week, as they picket outside of the hospital.   But inside, management isn't focused on what's happening just beyond the campus' property line. They're focused on what's happening inside.   "There is a lot of discussion about what is happening outside and there is not much we can do about that. We decided to focus on what is

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Letter: Towle Deserves Our Vote
Letters to the Editor,
09:12PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
To the Editor:

Kevin Towle has earned and deserves our vote on Tuesday, Oct. 10, as the nextstate representative for the 1st Berkshire District.

Kevin Towle has continued the great work of the Honorable Gailanne Cariddi whom we lost in June.

If you stopped by the office in recent months, you would see every bill she sponsored listed on the wall. He explained to me that he was going to work to see every one of those bills passed. To do that, he has worked diligently and effectively with the commonwealth legislators and Western Massachusetts delegation.

This summer Kevin assisted me with the Massachusetts Department of Revenue to have my Senior Circuit Breaker funds released. For low-income

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Letter: Bosley Understands Community Issues
Letters to the Editor,
09:00PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the Editor:

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, voters of the 1st Berkshire District will head to the polls to vote in a special election to fill the seat left vacant by the recent passing of state Rep. Gail Cariddi.

Gail was a strong, compassionate, hardworking advocate for the people of Berkshire County. Her death is a loss to her family, community and state. Hers are a very large pair of shoes to fill! We are fortunate to have a candidate whom I believe is ready and capable of doing just that.

Stephanie Bosley, a native of North Adams, has my vote. She is an intelligent, articulate woman with knowledge of the issues which our community faces. More important, Stephanie has a plan to address these

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Letter: Stephanie Bosley Has Best Attributes in a Candidate
Letters to the Editor,
07:05PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the editor:

This month, I will vote for the first time in the United States. After living in the Williamstown area for over 16 years, I finally became a U.S. citizen in January 2017. I am so pleased that my first vote will go to a candidate that I can wholeheartedly support. Stephanie Bosley exhibits all the attribute I want in a candidate. She is intelligent, thoughtful, creative, energetic, a good listener.

Since I wanted to participate as fully as possible in my first election, I attended a "meet the candidates" session at the Williamstown Youth Center. I went with an open mind, eager to hear and see how our potential candidates represent themselves. I wanted to get a

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Letter: Blackmer Right Choice for 1st Berkshire
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

To the Editor:

The 1st Berkshire district needs a strong advocate in Boston. This person needs to be willing to make the trips to the State House and still have the energy to visit each community that is represented. This person needs experience in state and local government and also needs to employ the tenacity to stand up and fight for our district.

It is tough to find all of these qualities in one person but Lisa Blackmer has all of them.

Lisa has proven her willingness to go to Boston for us, because she has done it for the last six years. I know she has the energy to be in every community because she tirelessly attends events and forums across the district.

I have had the pleasure of

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Williamstown Officials Grapple With Potential Medical Pot Dispensary
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:15PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen are wondering if it should support an application for a medical marijuana dispensary in town, knowing that a successful applicant would have an advantage gaining a license for recreational sales down the road.   Town Manager Jason Hoch informed the board on Monday that an applicant who first approached the town in the spring may be close to moving forward with the commonwealth's application process. Part of that process is securing a letter of support, or at least non-opposition, from the town.   "In this case, you have the veto if you choose not to issue one of those letters," Hoch said. "You can just have it

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Consider Multiple Factors When Creating Retirement Plans
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:24PM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

When you create your financial and investment strategies for retirement, what will you need to know? In other words, what factors should you consider, and how will these factors affect your investment-related decisions, before and during your retirement?

Consider the following:

Age at retirement: Not surprisingly, your retirement date likely will be heavily influenced by your financial situation – so, if you have to keep working, that's what you'll do. But if you have a choice in the matter, your decision could have a big impact on your investment strategy. For example, if you want to retire early, you may need to save and invest more aggressively than you would if you plan

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Area artists rally to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center
11:43AM / Wednesday, October 04, 2017

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 50 area artists are joining their creative forces to make 100 hand-painted ceramic mugs in support of the Berkshire Immigrant Center.

The project, Vessels for Change, will culminate in a celebration at Bright Ideas Brewing on the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams on Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m.

For a $100 donation to the Berkshire Immigrant Center donors will receive a one-of-a-kind handmade mug, locally brewed beer and a celebration. To make a donation and reserve a mug, visit the website.

Ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a recent mini-fundraiser she held on Facebook shortly after the events at

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Williams Field Hockey Team Earns Shutout Win
10:13PM / Tuesday, October 03, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Meredith Wright scored two goals Tuesday to lead the Williams College field hockey team to a 4-0 win over Skidmore.   Hannah Goodrick and Alex Bennett each added a goal, and the tandem of Abby Lloyd and Emma Santucci combined on a one-save shutout.   Williams (8-2) hosts Hamilton next Wednesday.   Volleyball NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- SUNY New Paltz Tuesday come from behind to beat Williams in four sets, 16-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-22.   Daiana Takashima had 14 digs, and Roxi Corbeil had 39 assists for the Ephs (5-9), who go to Colby on Friday.

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