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The Fear of Smell: Pungent Pot Plants Worry Williamstowners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Sunday, March 24, 2019

An overflow crowd on Thursday filled the Selectment's meeting room to oppose plans for a pot plantation on Green River Road.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than two years after town voters overwhelmingly supported legalizing recreational marijuana, some residents are feeling the unintended consequences of Question 4.   "As a state, we wanted to decriminalize marijuana, but we created a monster," Blair Road resident Jamie Barstow told the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening. "And we're the canaries in the coal mine on Blair Road."   Barstow was part of an overflow crowd at Town Hall as the ZBA heard a petition from Massflora, which


Williams Men's Lacrosse Tops Bates
05:53PM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Cory Lund scored three goals and assisted on two more Saturday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 16-14 win over Bates.   The Ephs had a five-goal lead entering the fourth quarter and hung on despite giving up four goals to the Bobcats.   Harry Gahagan stopped 12 shots for Willams (5-1, 3-1 NESCAC), which plays MIT in Colorado on Wednesday.   Women's Lacrosse LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates' Katie Allard scored three of the game's last five goals to lead her women's lacrosse team to a 13-11 win over Williams on Saturday.   Claire Fitzpatrick scored four goals, and Kami Cisneros made nine saves for Williams (3-3, 1-3


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

@theMarket: Does the Fed Know Something We Don't?
By Bill Schmick,
09:55AM / Saturday, March 23, 2019
Sometimes too much good news can be interpreted badly. Take the U.S. central bank's about face on monetary policy late last year. That was good news and investors responded by bidding the stock market up by 20 percent. But this week we may have received even better news, or did we?   The Fed did more than met investors' expectation this week at the central bank's monthly Federal Open Market Committee meeting. Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that there would be no more interest rate hikes for the remainder of the year (after saying back in December that two rate hikes were on the table for 2019). There was even some discussion that a rate cut might be possible, if


Williams College Senior Wins Carnegie Junior Fellowship
11:25AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College senior Jeremy Smith has been named a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Each year, approximately 12 to 14 students are selected to work as research assistants at the Carnegie Endowment, one of the world’s leading think tanks, which specializes in international affairs.

Acceptance into the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows program is highly competitive, with approximately 5 percent of applicants ultimately selected as fellows. Junior Fellows are given the opportunity to conduct research, co-author journal articles and policy papers, organize briefings, and participate in meetings with senior-level officials.


Local Entrepreneurs Complete 1Berkshire Get Mentored Program
11:21AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Starts Get Mentored program held its final meeting of the 2018-20 session in early March at the Stationery Factory in Dalton. Get Mentored, a program of 1Berkshire, helps a selected cohort of five local entrepreneurs launch and grow their ventures over the course of a five-month program by pairing them with experienced mentors from the Berkshire County business community.

At this year's final meeting, the Get Mentored cohort presented three-minute elevator pitches, honed over the course of five months of mentoring, to the assembled mentors. After each pitch, the mentors had an opportunity to pose questions and provide advice about the steps the


What Should You Do With an Inheritance?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:52AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

If you were to receive a sizable inheritance, what should you do with it? This money could help you achieve some of your important financial goals – so you'll want to think carefully about your choices.

Of course, everyone's needs are different, so there's no one "right" way to handle a large lump sum. But here are a few suggestions that may be useful:

Pay off some debts. Depending on the size of your inheritance, you may want to consider paying off some, if not all, of your debts, such as car loans, personal loans and student loans. You might even consider paying off your mortgage, but you may not want to, as you might be able to get a better return on your


Questions Abound As Berkshire Mall Closes Again
Staff Reports,
03:57AM / Friday, March 22, 2019

A sign on the door on Thursday reads that the mall is 'closed for the day' so it seems management intends to open on Friday.

The mall remains closed. Regal Cinema and Target are still open.

LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Berkshire Mall mysteriously closed for two days, one week after a judge ordered the sheriff's office to seize close to $300,000 in assets to pay off a court settlement.

  Mall management has been unavailable over the last two days. The mall was closed on Wednesday afternoon. The entrance door was open providing access to the separate Regal Cinemas, but tables and a security fence blocked access to the rest of the mall. Target also remained


Williamstown ZBA Continues Hearing on Pot Plantation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Friday, March 22, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday decided to continue to April its hearing on a request for a special permit to establish a marijuana production facility on Blair Road.   Massflora, a subsidiary of Colorado-based Euflora Cannabis Dispensaries, has requested permission for a 5-acre outdoor plantation and 7,000-square-foot building.   After more than two hours that included nuanced discussions of the town's bylaws by attorneys for and against the application, emotional appeals about the impact on area youth from smells to be generated by the proposed facility, expressions of concern about the impact on local property values and suggestions that


The Independent Investor: Will Pot Stocks Go Up in Smoke?
By Bill Schmick,
05:29PM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
Today, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states, while recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states, plus the District of Columbia. Although there has been progress, little of the recent enthusiasm and hype over pot stocks will come to naught unless the federal government does a major about face and legalizes the substance. What are the chances of that?   Billions of dollars' worth of investment, stock market gains, and federal, state, and local taxes are at stake. Predicting the outcome of such a change in federal legislation is, for now, like betting all your chips on red or black in a roulette game. Nonetheless, a growing number of retail investors want to "get in" on


'Transit': As in, Letters of ...
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
02:57PM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
One has to be either a fool or a complicit coward not to recognize the mercilessness regularly perpetrated on humankind by immoral governments and their tyrannical leaders. Equally clueless are those who don't realize that the worldwide, mass immigration being used as a scapegoat by said guilty-as-sin autocrats is in essence a product of their regimes' greed, racism and ineptness.   Ever notice that the really bad guys are never ever wrong? While Rick in "Casablanca" (1942) occasionally confesses to a lack of judgement, you'll never hear good Nazi Major Strasser admitting a mistake. Civics Lesson No. 1: Rick is good; Major Strasser is bad.   What all this has


Weather Advisory: Snow, Rain, Wind on the Way
02:47PM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Hope everyone enjoyed Wednesday's blue skies and Thursday's warmer temperatures because a "bomb cyclone" is about to go off.    Accuweather is reporting that a strengthening storm could bring rain, snow and high winds into the Northeast this weekend. The storm would have to drop in barometric pressure over 24 hours to reach bomb cyclone level. "This storm may reach that criteria as it moves northward and intensifies from Thursday evening near Delmarva to Friday evening in southern Maine," according to Accuweather.   The Berkshires isn't yet listed as being in the snow zone but neighboring counties in New York and


Mount Greylock Students Attend Career Fair
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:42AM / Thursday, March 21, 2019
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — From firefighters to financiers, a wide range of options were laid out to Mount Greylock Regional School students on Wednesday morning.   And while the vocations presented in a career fair in the school’s cafeteria offered a variety of choices, the role models tended to have one thing in common.   "Almost everyone who is here presenting was a student here at Mount Greylock," Mount Greylock teacher Lisa Mendel said.   Mendel organized the fair with the help of a grant from the Berkshire Workforce Development Board. The event, geared to freshmen, sophomores and juniors, brought bankers, first-responders, contractors, cooks and


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