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Guest Column: Shared Services Are the Future
After nearly a year of preparation, and just a few short months since 17 South Berkshire communities came together in a historic Community Compact signing, we are starting to see the successful work of so many coming together. As community leaders, we have to be willing to have a serious conversation about our region's financial
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Saturday Run/Walk to Raise Money for Cancer Research in Stamford, Vt.
STAMFORD, Vt. -- The inaugural Train for Trish Charity 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Stamford Elementary School.   The event honors the memory of Trisha Leblanc Carlson and is organized by her daughter, Olivia, a member of Drury High School’s Class of 2016 and Williams College’s Class of
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Berkshire STEM Network Snags $65,000 State Grant
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote STEM education in the region. The funding is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant awards to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This
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As Tanglewood Season Wanes, Music Still Fills the Mountains
During this penultimate week of the Tanglewood Festival, the spotlight will focus on a wide range of both standard and unusual fare in varied genres: from Stravinsky, Mozart and Verdi, to Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev and contemporary composer George Tsontakis (b. 1951). Come late August, classical aficionados are saddened to
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Consider All Aspects of College Savings Options
It's almost back-to-school time. If you have young children going to public schools, your biggest expenditures may be on pens, pencils and notebooks. But if you want those same kids to go to college someday, you'll eventually face considerably larger costs – so you may want to start preparing soon. College is costly. For the
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Williamstown Closes Town Hall for Cleanup on Wednesday
WILLIAMSTOWN, MASS. — Town Hall will be closed today, Wednesday, but on Thursday, it will have a little more open space.   As discussed at a Board of Selectmen meeting earlier this summer, Town Manager Jason Hoch decided to close the town's offices for one day to allow staff to do weed through some of the mountains of
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Debates, Forums Slated for State House & Senate Candidates
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — There are several forums and debates being held over the next several weeks for candidates running for the state Legislature. Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts hosts a debate at the Church Street Center beginning at 7 p.m. sharp on Wednesday for state Senate candidates. The three candidates seeking the
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Organ Recipients Speak to Need for Donations of Life
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Denise Swistak owes her life to a man from Oklahoma whom she'd never met. And it's all because he had checked off the box to be an organ donor on his driver's license application. "A man from Oklahoma saved my life. I'll never know him, I thanked his family for his generosity and
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Williamstown Elementary Creates Math Support Position
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Elementary School Committee on Thursday discussed the possibility of adding a part-time math support position for the 2016-17 academic year. The administration asked for a special meeting of the committee to approve the creation of the position in case the school district realize a cost savings
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Williamstown Man Sentenced in Child Sex Abuse Case
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A local man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield in connection with persuading a 16-year-old boy to travel to New York three years ago to engage in sexual activity. Ronald S. Brown, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni to 15 years in prison and 10 years of
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