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Veteran Spotlight: Army Sgt. Terry McGinnis
By Wayne Soares, iBerkshires columnist
04:08PM / Sunday, January 31, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At 27 years of age, Terry McGinnis is far ahead of his peers. An extremely humble, courteous and respectful young man, he served his country in the Army for six years, finishing with the rank of sergeant.    His story is an amazing one.   McGinnis grew up in Englewood, Calif., and did his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. His first assignment was at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as a member of the 2nd Platoon, 25th Infantry Division. He remembered there "being a great deal of history there." After being deployed to the Philippines to train that country's Scout Rangers, he was sent to Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State


Burnett Farm Designated As Massachusetts Century Farm
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
06:28AM / Sunday, January 31, 2021

A bird's eye view of the farm and picture of Carrie Burnett's parents, who ran the farm as a dairy. ADAMS, Mass. — More than 100 years later, Burnett Farm is still thriving under the same family and the same spirit   Carrie Burnett was surprised when a plaque showed up at her doorstep notifying her that the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation and the Massachusetts Grange have recognized Burnett Farm as a Century Farm.   "I forgot all about it … and then it showed up in the mail," she said.   Burnett said she was contacted by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau last year about the designation and an agent encouraged her to apply


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

Mount Greylock Superintendent: Virtual Racist Incident Work of Student from Another District
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
06:03PM / Saturday, January 30, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District on Saturday announced that the racist Zoom-bombing incident in a high school classroom this week was the work of a student from another school district.

Superintendent Jason McCandless made the announcement in a letter to the Mount Greylock community that was posted on the middle-high school's social media accounts.   "On Friday afternoon, the principal of Mount Greylock Regional School, Mr. [Jake] Schutz, was emailed an apology from a student in another school district who is taking responsibility for their own action of impersonating a Mount Greylock student online and playing music with highly


Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to Host Women's Health Webinar Series
12:33PM / Saturday, January 30, 2021

BENNINGTON, Vt. — This February, Southwestern  Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will host four webinars focused on a range of public health topics designed for women in the community.

In this webinar series, women will gain knowledge and skills aimed at improving their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing from knowledgeable community partners.

"Healthy women are an integral part of a healthy community," said Rory Price, SVMC's coordinator of Population Health. "We are thrilled to provide opportunities for learning, sharing, and discussion, all within a judgment-free environment."

The webinar series will be held 6 – 7:15 p.m. on


Faced with Funding Shortfall, Williamstown CPC Pauses Deliberations
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:02AM / Saturday, January 30, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Wednesday decided to hold off until spring before deciding how much grant funding to recommend to June's annual town meeting.   The committee held its first meeting of the current funding cycle and quickly agreed by unanimous votes that all four of the applications before it are appropriate under the Community Preservation Act.   The problem is that the total funding requested exceeds the amount of money expected to be available in fiscal 2022 by $26,518. And the committee would like to carry some of its current balance into FY22 as a cushion in case next year's revenues underperform.   "It's


@theMarket: A Roller Coaster Market
By Bill Schmick,
04:59PM / Friday, January 29, 2021
Investors learned a number of lessons this week. First among them was that stocks, on occasion, can go down as suddenly as they can go up. They also began to realize that it may take longer than expected before this pandemic is put to rest.   Over the last two weeks, I have been warning investors to shuck those rose-tinted glasses and take a more realistic view of exactly where we are in this pandemic relief world. That advise is starting to sink in. This week, the Biden administration, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and even Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, gave investors a more sobering look at the future.   The distribution and delivery


Mount Greylock Committee OKs New COVID-19 Plan, Reacts to Racist Incident
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:00PM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday agreed to a new decision-making process for moving from remote to hybrid instruction and issued a public statement condemning last week's racist incident at the high school and promising the district will "do better."   The district's administration has for weeks been negotiating with the Mount Greylock Educators Association to modify the memorandum of agreement that allowed the start of classes back in September.   The newly negotiated agreement "places more emphasis on local context and relies less on state provided metrics," School Committee Chair Christina Conry


Deep Freeze Descending on the Berkshires; Nor'easter Up Ahead
Staff Reports,
05:24PM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
Temperatures are about to plummet across the region with wind chills as low as 20 below zero.    The National Weather Service has posted a wind chill advisory beginning midnight Thursday through at least noon on Friday.    The bitter cold air coming south from Canada may be accompanied by snow squalls and showers that could make travel hazardous. Friday is expected to be the coldest day so far this winter.    People should avoid being outdoors for lengthy periods over the weekend and to wear loose-fitting layers of warm clothing and a hat. Keep thermostats no lower than 55 and maintain the same temperature for both day and night.    Check on neighbors

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The Retired Investor: Make Way for the Retail Investor
04:59PM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
By now, you may have realized that this is not your father's stock market, nor will it ever be again. An entirely new army of investors have arrived on the scene with different attitudes, values, and beliefs. You can either hop on this train or be left behind.   Back in the day, burnt by the Financial Crisis of more than a decade ago, many investors decided to forsake the stock market, embracing bonds instead. Over that time, Americans amassed a $3 trillion in savings and 94 percent of that money went into bonds. Those bond buyers have had a good run, but all good things must come to an end.   Most fixed income investors are scrapping the bottom of the barrel if they are


Berkshire Health Group Keeping Insurance Premiums Flat in FY22
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:36AM / Thursday, January 28, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Towns and school districts throughout the county who are members of Berkshire Health Group will see no increase in health or dental insurance premiums in fiscal 2022, and the group will offer its units a premium holiday this June.   The BHG board of directors met virtually on Monday morning to hear a review of its fiscal 2020 audit and decide on the premium rate for the year that begins on July 1, 2021.   Berkshire Health Group is a joint purchase group that allows 32 governmental units throughout the county to combine their buying power to provide health insurance for their employees and retirees.   Under the plan's umbrella, there are more


Baker-Polito Administration Files $45.6B Fiscal 2022 Budget Proposal
06:59PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito administration on Wednesday filed its fiscal year 2022 budget recommendation, a $45.6 billion proposal that continues the administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses critical priorities including promoting economic growth, fully funding the first year of the landmark Student Opportunity Act, and supporting cities and towns across Massachusetts.   This balanced proposal does not raise taxes on the commonwealth's residents and preserves substantial financial reserves for the future, according to the administration.   Submitted as House 1, this budget recommendation provides $246.3 million in new funding for the Student


Baker Acknowledges Frustration of Those Trying to Sign Up for Vaccines
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:27PM / Wednesday, January 27, 2021
BOSTON — On the first day residents 75 and older could sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Charlie Baker said he knows people are frustrated about the time it takes to get those appointments, but the commonwealth continues to be constrained by the supply of vaccines on hand.   "I think the biggest challenge we're going to face on this rollout, and we've said this several times, is if demand does outstrip supply, which is where we're going to be for some period of time until the federal government can get to the point where their distribution to us reaches some level that's consistent with the number of people who are eligible to get vaccinated," Baker


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