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Berkshire County Man Dies From COVID-19
05:55PM / Sunday, March 22, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The novel coronavirus has claimed its first Berkshire County victim, according to the Department of Public Health.    The number of those who have died in the state now stands at five, including the man from Berkshire County who was reportedly in his 70s.    The first death reported as a result of COVID-19 was on Friday, a man in his 80s from Suffolk County, and on Saturday, a woman in her 50s from Middlesex County.   DPH reported on Sunday that three more people died: the Berkshire County man, a man in his 70s from Hampden County and a man in his 90s from Suffolk County.    All three had been hospitalized.    "The

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March Going Out Like a Lion; Winter Storm Watch for Berkshires
12:28PM / Sunday, March 22, 2020
It may be spring but Mother Nature is giving us one last blast of March winter.   Parts of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont could get up to 10 inches of snow Monday and into Tuesday.    The National Weather Service's office in Albany, N.Y., has issued a winter storm watch from Monday afternoon through late Monday night.    NWS is forecasting 2 to 4 inches during the day Monday and another 3 to 5 later in the evening. A few more inches could arrive early on Tuesday and again on Wednesday through Thursday, when it may finally change over to rain as temperatures rise.   Accuweather says the pair of storms moving thorugh the upper Midwest and into the

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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
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Q&A: Wahconah High Teacher to Participate in NASA Program for Educators
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:30AM / Sunday, March 22, 2020

Wahconah science teacher David Dahari is participating in a NASA program this summer. DALTON, Mass. — Wahconah Regional High School science teacher David Dahari is looking out of this world to get some real world experience.   This winter, Dahari was selected to participate in the 2020 NASA Airborne Astronomer Ambassador program.   As one of 28 teachers selected from 13 states, Dahari will have the opportunity this summer to train at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Palmdale, Calif., and study aboard the agency's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), a modified Boeing 747 carrying a 100-inch diameter

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Governor Says Army Corps Sussing Out Patient Capacity Options
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
09:20PM / Saturday, March 21, 2020
BOSTON — The state's COVID-19 command center has been in discussions with the Army Corps of Engineers about expanding patient capacity.   "Earlier today, we had a very productive conversation with U.S. Army Corps about ways they could potentially support the commonwealth and its citizens and its health-care system," Gov. Charlie Baker said at Sunday's coronavirus update. "During this outbreak, as most people know, the Army Corps has expertise and skills in designing and building critical infrastructure in a big hurry in times of need."   The governor said the Corps is looking at structures that can be easily modified into patient facilities, with

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Mount Greylock Lunch Menu for Kids, Seniors
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:32PM / Saturday, March 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Thursday released its lunch menu for its "grab-and-go," service for next week.   Anyone in Lanesborough or Williamstown wishing to participate in the program is asked to call and leave their information at 413-458-9582, Ext. 1195, or email lunches@mgrhs.org.   The district asks that potential recipients respond in advance so it can plan for the proper number of meals.   The lunches will be available for pickup each morning at Lanesborough Elementary School and Williamstown Elementary School, and delivery is available for seniors who ask in advance; leave a call back number when you notify the

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Business as Unusual: Small & Large Shops Try to Weather Outbreak
By Tammy Daniels & Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:13PM / Friday, March 20, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Peter Oleskiewicz was near tears early this week as he called his employees and told them they no longer had jobs.    "Hardest thing I have ever had to do," he said.    Like so many local restaurants, Oleskiewicz's Desperados on Eagle Street is trying to adapt to the coronavirus shutdown by shifting from sit-down service to takeout. But you don't need waiters or hosts or bartenders to do that. Oleskiewicz is down to two people in the kitchen as he tries to keep his business alive.    Storefronts and restaurants are going dark or reducing hours across the country as governors and local officials try to keep a

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Baker: No 'Shelter-in-Place' Planned in Massachusetts
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:46PM / Friday, March 20, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker said on Friday that it was "heartbreaking" that the commonwealth has seen its first fatality because of COVID-19 and continued to maintain he has no plans to issue the kind of shutdown of nonessential businesses New York's governor ordered earlier in the day.   A man in his 80s from Suffolk County with pre-existing medical conditions became the first resident of the commonwealth to die from the pandemic disease, state officials confirmed on Friday.   "Obviously, it's heartbreaking to say, but this is certainly a day I think we all knew would come," Baker said during a livestreamed 40-minute Boston news conference with

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Member of Williams Community — Now in Another State — Tests Positive for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:05PM / Friday, March 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Friday notified its community that a member of the college community who was on campus as recently as Sunday has tested positive for COVID-19.   The person, who was not named, is self-isolating at home in another state, the email said.   "This is the first confirmed case within the Williams community," the email read. "We are notifying you all because this person was on campus from Saturday, March 14, through Sunday, March 15, and interacted with people, especially students, during that time.   "Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying all of you and using this moment to remind everyone of the need to

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Barrett: 'Now the Hard Part Starts' on State's COVID-19 Response
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Friday, March 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A fast-tracked law that waives the waiting period for unemployment benefits to workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic is a step in the right direction, but more work needs to be done, state Rep. John Barrett III said on Thursday.   "Now the hard part starts," Barrett said. "It doesn't move that quickly. I talked to the governor's office and said: It's great that you're going to do this. Now you have to make sure you're not going to have a system that's going to crash."   Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday signed into law legislation that he introduced to waive the waiting period and offer extensions on tax

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Food Services Continue to Adjust; Fundraiser Set for Williamstown Pantry
Staff Reports,
01:20AM / Friday, March 20, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry will continue to operate during the COVID-19 emergency, officials announced Thursday, a day after changing its pickup procedures for the first time as a result of the pandemic.

"We as a group are committed, in the time-honored fashion of North Adams and Northern Berkshire pulling together, to do our part to take care of each other," Mark Rondeau, co-founder and board president, said in a statement. "We have hope that after this crisis much better days are coming. Stay tuned."

The next pickup is Wednesday, March 25, from the center's 45 Eagle Street location. Social distancing procedures will be

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Williams Inn Closing Friday Over COVID-19 Concerns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:58PM / Thursday, March 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams Inn is the latest local business to shutter in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Williams College President Maud Mandel, in an email to the college community on Thursday, announced that the inn will be closing its doors on Friday.   Everyone but a skeleton staff of maintenance personnel will be furloughed until the inn can safely resume operations, Mandel wrote.   The college will be providing funds to pay employees at the inn — managed by the Waterford Company — through April 6 and continue their benefits until they can transition to the state's plan.   Mandel said two other Spring Street businesses operated in

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Governor Activates Massachusetts National Guard
06:55PM / Thursday, March 19, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker late Thursday activated the Massachusetts National Guard to support the commonwealth's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.   Baker's order authorizes activation of up to 2,000 National Guard members who will be tasked with supporting requests from state agencies for equipment, logistics, warehousing, and related duties. Local cities, towns, and state agencies should submit requests for support through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.   "Activating the National Guard will help support our administration's efforts to keep residents safe and secure during the COVID-19 outbreak," said Baker in a statement. "The

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