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Mount Greylock Likely to Stay with Winter/Spring Vacation Weeks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Wednesday, February 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It likely will be at least another year before the Mount Greylock Regional School District considers a move away from the traditional February and April vacation schedule.   And it looks like a switch to a single week off in March may not be in the cards at all.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady last week presented a tentative 2020-21 academic calendar to the School Committee for its consideration. As drafted, the calendar would stick to the familiar practice of a week off starting with the Presidents Day holiday in February and another commencing with Patriots Day in April.   The committee has in the past discussed whether it made sense to switch

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Letter: Quit Smoking for Heart Health
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020

To the Editor:

February is American Heart Month — a great time to quit vaping, smoking or other tobacco products.

Smoking can lead to narrowing blood vessels and high blood pressure and it is a leading cause of heart disease. Vaping is still fairly new and less is known about its effect on the heart. However, the American Heart Association reports that two new studies find that vaping may be just as dangerous by increasing heart disease risk factors.

So, for American Heart Month, make a resolution for a healthier life for you and your family. If you vape, smoke or use other tobacco products, quitting is the most important step you can take to protect your health.

If you want to quit

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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
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Biz Briefs: Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Hosts Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week
11:54AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week

Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has announced Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week, a seven-day promotion running March 1-7. During Restaurant Week, 13 participating restaurants will serve a lunch or dinner pre-fixe for $20.20 or another amount ending with $.20 (tax and gratuity not included).

The goal of Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week is to highlight the numerous and diverse dining options of downtown Pittsfield and to help boost business during what is typically a slower time of the year for restaurants. DPI encourages residents to support their downtown favorites or try somewhere new. Participating restaurants include: Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Eat on

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A Snowy Tuesday in the Berkshires
11:15AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The weather outside is ... a bit frightful this Tuesday morning.

Snow is falling across the region, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a special weather statement: "Snow has developed across the southern Green Mountains, northern Berkshires, and Washington county in eastern New York. Snowfall of varying intensity with temperatures near or below freezing could result in areas of slippery travel and reduced visibility. Around 1 to 3 inches of snow will accumulate, especially in the higher terrain. Use caution if traveling into the afternoon."

Be careful driving if you're out and about today running errands, getting to and from work, or bringing the kiddos

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What Does End of 'Stretch IRA' Mean to You?
11:01AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020

If your IRA is big enough to help you pay for retirement with enough left over to leave to your heirs, you will want to pay close attention to some recently enacted legislation – because it could have a big impact on your estate plans.

Here's the background: As part of the 2019 SECURE Act, which includes provisions to help people build their retirement savings, the so-called "stretch IRA" has been limited for most non-spouse beneficiaries. Under the old rules, non-spouse beneficiaries could withdraw money from an inherited IRA gradually, over their lifetimes. By "stretching" out these payments, beneficiaries could spread out the tax burden, as withdrawals

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McCann Budget Benefits From Increase in State Aid
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Tuesday, February 18, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann Technical School's $10 million fiscal 2021 budget represents an almost 5 percent increase.   The School Committee approved the $10,038,602 budget on Thursday that although is almost 5 percent more than the fiscal 2020 budget of $9,564,727 reflects a near $331,000 increase in state aid.   "There are a lot of positive things going on and you need money to make positive things work," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "It is not a windfall by any means at all but allows us to put some things back in the budget that we took out in years past."    Maloney said the increase in state aid stems from the

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Annual Gathering Celebrates Susan B. Anthony's 200th Birthday
By Jeff Snoonian, iBerkshires Correspondent
03:58AM / Monday, February 17, 2020

Deb Burns leads the crowd in several singalongs of music from Susan B. Anthony's era. ADAMS, Mass. — Upwards of 200 people serenaded Susan B. Anthony on the occasion of her 200th birthday on Sunday.   The anniversary event at the Adams Free Library, sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum and the Adams Historical Society, annually recognizes the famed civil rights and suffrage pioneer who was born on East Road on Feb. 15, 1820.   The celebration falls in a year that will be marked by several events commemorating not only Anthony's bicentennial but also the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States. Anthony long

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Veteran Spotlight: Williamstown Couple Find Career, Each Other, in Army
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:31PM / Sunday, February 16, 2020

Mary Roberts celebrating the holidays overseas during Desert Storm.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The featured veterans of my column this week are truly unique. They both served, while husband and wife, in the Army at the same time.   Mary Angelo-Roberts served her country from 1973 to 1995, retiring as a sergeant major while Charles "Chuck" Roberts served from 1975 to 1995 and retired as a first sergeant.    You will never meet two of the most genuine, classy people as you will the Roberts.   Mary grew up in Milford, Conn., and was sent to basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama after enlisting at age 19. Chuck grew up in Williamstown and

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Williams Men's Basketball Tops Tufts
09:54PM / Saturday, February 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Matt Karpowicz scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Saturday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 71-66 win over Tufts.   Jovan Jones scored 14, and Cole Prowitt-Smith added 13 in the win.   Williams (13-11, 6-4 NESCAC) opens play in the league quarter-finals next weekend.   Women's Basketball MEDFORD, Mass. -- Callin Harrington scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Tufts to a 76-63 win over Williams.   Maggie Meehan scored 17 points to lead Williams.   The Ephs (17-7, 6-4) play in the NESCAC quarter-finals next weekend.   Men's Hockey MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Jack McCool scored a goal and set up

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No Hazards Identified in Air Testing at Mount Greylock School
Staff Reports,
09:21AM / Saturday, February 15, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — School officials say no health risks have been identified at Mount Greylock Regional School.    The school was closed Friday to allow engineers to check the heating and air conditioning system after a number of complaints about an odor in the new academic wing.   Superintendent Kimberley Grady, in an email to the school community on Friday evening, said the building was inspected by a team of licensed professionals that included the town's health inspector and the plumbing engineer for the project.     "They assessed the rooftop units, venting and roof stacks for the three-floor Academic Wing in response to concerns

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Williams Men's Hockey, Women's Basketball Win in OT
11:25PM / Friday, February 14, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mac Carso scored midway through overtime Friday to give the Williams College men's hockey team a 3-2 win over Middlebury.   The Ephs (13-6-1, 10-4 NESCAC) led, 2-1 early in the third period thanks to goals by Tyler Scott and Wyatt Glover.   But the Panthers (8-9-3, 6-5-3) tied it in the final minute of regulation to force OT.   Evan Ruschil made 24 saves to earn the win in goal.   Williams goes to Middlebury on Saturday night.   Men's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Matt Karpowicz scored 16 points to lead Williams to a 63-51 win over Bates.   Henry Feinberg scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the win.   Williams

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'Venting Issues' Force Closure of Mount Greylock Regional School
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Friday, February 14, 2020
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Student Council representative Jacqueline Wells injected a little levity into the start of her presentation at Thursday's Mount Greylock Regional School Committee meeting.   "I guess spring break starts now," she joked during her monthly presentation to the committee.   But it was a cruel joke on the middle-high school community when it was thrown a curve ball with Thursday's announcement that school would be out of session Friday for an "inspection of the roof-top units and ventilation systems."   Principal Mary MacDonald announced the closure Thursday in an email to the school community.   She wrote that

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