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Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Berkshires; More Rain Expected Thursday
06:33PM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
The Berkshires could be in for some wild weather as several storm systems move through the area.    The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm warning until 10 p.m. for the Berkshires, eastern New York, northwestern Connecticut and Southern Vermont. Wind gusts could reach up to 70 mph in some areas.    The potential for severe weather stretches from Charleston, W.Va., up the Atlantic Coast to Upstate New York.    "A very humid air mass spreading out across the East into Wednesday evening is going to be a key ingredient which will cause some heavy thunderstorms to break out, especially in the central Appalachians and the mid-Atlantic

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Williamstown Ag Commission: Outdoor Pot Cultivation Could Help Farm Viability
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:23AM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Agricultural Commission on Monday discussed its strategy for convincing town meeting to approve a bylaw amendment that allows for the outdoor growth of marijuana under a strict regulatory regime.   The commission drafted a bylaw proposal that has been submitted by citizen's petition to be considered at the annual town meeting -- rescheduled to Aug. 18 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Wednesday, the pro-outdoor cultivation proposal will be the subject of a public hearing conducted by the Planning Board, which has its own bylaw proposal on the town meeting warrant.   The Planning Board's proposal would allow only indoor pot cultivation;


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

Williamstown Board of Health Talks Students' Return With College Officials
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:02AM / Wednesday, July 22, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday morning reviewed Williams College's plan for the return of students for in-person instruction in the fall.   The members of the board were familiar with the presentation given by the college's president to the community last Wednesday, but they had some follow-up questions for a panel that included Williams Vice President for Finance and Administration Fred Puddester, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration Matt Sheehy and Director of Medical Services Deborah Flynn.   Most of those questions involved the college's testing protocol for students and staff.   Dr. Erwin Stuebner kicked things


Williamstown Police Looking into Cemetery Vandalism
By Stephen Dravis,
12:28PM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Sticks that once held American flags adorning graves at East Lawn Cemetery are disposed of in a trash can at the cemetery. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Police Department is investigating a vandalism incident at East Lawn Cemetery, Lt. Michael Ziemba said on Monday evening.   Visitors to the cemetery on Saturday discovered that a couple of dozen American flags on the graves of veterans and at least one member of the town's fire district were removed and the wooden flag sticks left behind.   "We are fairly confident based on the number of flags and the short time frame (Friday night) that this is not an animal," Zimeba wrote in response to questions about


Tanglewood Serves Up Virtual Menu
By Stephen Dankner, Guest Columist
09:54AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

As the coronavirus has necessitated the cancellation of virtually all publicly presented classical music concerts in venues large and small, music lovers in the Berkshires and Southern Vermont have been made bereft of all live music performances. We have had, though, other options: streaming via the Web, YouTube and Facebook videos are legion, and, for opera lovers, Metropolitan Opera hi-def recordings on several regional PBS TV channels have continued past the traditional end-of-season May broadcasts.

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s Berkshire summer festival in Lenox, was forced to cancel its full season but has found a novel way to surmount this misfortune via streaming a wide


What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:17AM / Tuesday, July 21, 2020

If you were to inherit a large sum of money, what would you do with it? 

The question may not be hypothetical, especially if you are in the millennial, Gen X or Gen Z demographic groups. That's because the baby boomers – often referred to as the richest generation in history – are poised to transfer some $30 trillion in assets over the next few decades, according to the consulting firm Accenture.

Of course, this is a "macro" figure, and everyone's situation is different. Furthermore, since baby boomers are living longer, more active lives, the total amount passed on may end up being considerably less than the estimate. Nonetheless, you may well receive a


Mount Greylock School Committee Charts 'Expedited' Superintendent Hiring Process
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:13PM / Monday, July 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Friday outlined its schedule for selecting the district's next permanent superintendent.   If all goes according to plan, the committee hopes to learn the names of its finalists, interview those contenders and vote on its final selection within the span of three days at the end of the month with the intention of getting a new superintendent in the job in early August.   On Friday, the panel heard an orientation to the superintendent search selection process from representatives of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.   The Mount Greylock School Committee designated MASC to screen


Mount Greylock Fields Study Group on Hold until Fall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Monday, July 20, 2020

The multipurpose building, which will, among other things, house Mount Greylock's central administration, could be move-in ready some time in September. WILLLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A new committee forming to take another look at the Mount Greylock Regional School District's athletic fields needs may not convene until October.   The School Committee's Finance Subcommittee has taken the lead considering how the district can resolve a long-standing dispute about how to proceed with needed improvements to the fields at the middle-high school.   Earlier this summer, the subcommittee developed a proposal for an ad hoc group to organize the information the district


Northern Berkshire Waste District Finalizes Casella Agreement
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:06AM / Monday, July 20, 2020
ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District has signed off on a proposed five-year contract with Casella Waste Systems.   "This has been a six or seven-month process and I feel that we have done our due diligence," Program Director Linda Cernik said at Thursday's meeting, held outside the Adams Visitors Center.. "We didn't rush it and we took our time ... honesty I feel this is a good contract. It is a little bit higher than I anticipated but we knew that."    The district previously held a contract with Republic Services and recently went out to bid for a new contract. Casella Waste Management purchased some assets


Mount Greylock District Weighs Wastewater Testing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:36PM / Sunday, July 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The interim superintendent of the Mount Greylock Regional School District Tuesday expressed interest in pursuing wastewater testing as a method for identifying early the presence of COVID-19 at the district's three schools.   Robert Putnam was reacting to a suggestion from parent Foster Goodrich, who offered his comments during a meeting of the Education Subcommittee of the School Committee.   Goodrich told the panel that he works with engineering firm AECOM, one of the companies using wastewater analysis to test sewage, a strategy that the City of Pittsfield announced the week before that it will employ in the fight against the novel


@theMarket: Vaccine-Driven Markets
By Bill Schmick,
02:13PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020
Investors are caught in a tug of war. On one side are the growing cases of COVID-19 throughout the country. On the other, the expectations that a virus cure, or at least a vaccine, is just around the corner. The market remains in the middle.   That's all you need to know to understand what happened to stocks this week. Two different announcements concerning vaccine progress had traders bid up stocks. The daily toll of deaths and cases, the slowing of the re-opening process, and the controversy over the coming school plans, all had a dampening effect on markets as well.    The quarterly corporate earnings season is also upon us. Management's guidance on how they see


The Case for Community College
By Ellen Kennedy,
12:44PM / Saturday, July 18, 2020

Community colleges remain the most accessible option for higher education and we know that, on average, community college students earn significantly more over their lifetimes than individuals who do not go to community college (according to the Community College Research Center).

Even in the face of COVID-19, Berkshire Community College, like other community colleges across the commonwealth, pivoted in the spring to ensure our students succeeded in pursuing their studies. The college made investments in faculty professional development and technology infrastructure to ensure our fall classes could be held in the safest, most accessible way while ensuring successful learning outcomes.



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