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Williamstown Nonprofit Seeks CPA Funds for Agricultural Restriction
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation plans to ask the town for Community Preservation Act funds to support an Agricultural Preservation Restriction for a property on Green River Road.   WRLF Executive Director David McGowan was before the Agricultural Commission last week to ask that body for a letter
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Williamstown Planning Board Hosts Wednesday Panel Discussion on Cannabis
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's effort to reach a consensus on regulations for cannabis production continues Wednesday evening with a panel discussion hosted by the Planning Board.   As part of the board's yearlong effort to develop a zoning bylaw amendment that might pass at this spring's annual town meeting, it
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CSX Acquiring Pan Am Railways
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — CSX Corp. says it has signed an agreement to acquire North Billerica-headquartered Pan Am Railways Inc.    Pan Am is considered the largest regional railroad with a 1,700-mile rail network in New England and New York and a partial interest in the more than 600-mile Pan Am Southern system. Its tracks
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Second Positive Test Sends Mount Greylock to Remote Learning
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- After a second positive COVID-19 test in a Mount Greylock Regional School student in as many days, the middle-high school is switching to remote learning through Wednesday, Dec. 9.   Principal Jacob Schutz notified the school community of the move in an email Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was repeated
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Baker: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to Begin This Month
BOSTON — Widespread access to COVID-19 vaccines probably won't occur until late spring, Gov. Charlie Baker said at his pandemic update on Tuesday.    The governor said he anticipated that the focus would be on high-risk individuals as the vaccines are rolled out in December and the first part of the
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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2020
This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are looking much different because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Many events have been canceled or are being held virtually and/or broadcast on Facebook or local public access channels. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know
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Lever Seeks Applicants for Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Entrepreneurs have about two weeks to apply for a grant program that looks to support sustainable, woodland-related businesses.   Lever Inc. in North Adams is hosting the Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge, which offers a prize of $25,000 to the winner and guidance in developing a business plan to all
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In Lanesborough, Williamstown Schools, 'We Over Me' Ethic Promotes Safety
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In the Old Testament it says, "a little child shall lead them."   In the Mount Greylock Regional School District, the kids are up to that leadership role.   "As [Lanesborough Elementary School Principal Nolan Pratt] said, our students are probably the number one reason why we
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Hotels, Meals Tax in Williamstown Shows Impact of Pandemic
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Numbers from the Massachusetts Department of Revenue indicate the town's lodging industry lost 57 percent of its business from April through September compared with 2019.   Town Manager Jason Hoch reported those statistics to the Select Board on Monday night to demonstrate how much the local economy
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@theMarket: Market Cyclicals Take the Lead
It was a good week for investors, which is not surprising since Thanksgiving week has been kind to investors in the past. The question is, will December fulfill its role as one of the year's best months for stocks?   The short answer is yes, I don't see why not. My recent target for the S&P 500 Index is 3,800, but it is
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