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Williamstown Fin Comm Pleased With School Budget Presentation
Interim Superintendent Kimberley Grady, left, Principal Joelle Brookner and School Committee Chairman Joe Bergeron present to the town's Finance Committee. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An appreciative Finance Committee on Wednesday heard an explanation of Williamstown Elementary School's proposed $6.8 million fiscal
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'Beauty and the Beast': The Fairy Tale as Civics Lesson
"Beauty and the Beast" is much more than "escapist entertainment," a term I rail at. I couldn't slip into a theater for a few thrills, spills and worse yet, laughter, when I know outside Rome is burning. That's just the kind of hairpin I am. I believe society should be fashioned in a manner so enlightened that there
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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrating Earth Day by Holding DIY Contest
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore is celebrating Earth Day 2017 by asking people to give a second life to donated materials, reducing waste in landfills and by putting their "do-it-yourself" skills to work. Participants should register for the Do-it-Yourself contest at ReStore, 399 Hubbard
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Williamstown School Committee Sends Fiscal 2018 Budget to Town
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown School Committee on Tuesday voted to send the town a fiscal 2018 budget that raises overall spending at the K-6 school by 2.39 percent.   The appropriated portion of the budget — the part paid by local property taxes — is up by 3.64 percent according to the budget presented
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Help Protect Older Adults from Financial Abuse
Financial exploitation costs older Americans billions of dollars per year, according to several sources, including the National Council on Aging. If you have older parents, could they be vulnerable to financial scams and rip-off artists? And, if so, what can you do to help protect them? Unfortunately, it is possible for anyone to become a
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Berkshire Arts, Research Take Hits in White House Budget
LENOX, Mass. — Proposed cuts in President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 spending plan would create serious problems for the creative economy. "The real travesty is this is actually taking money out of the pockets of people who are trying to keep food on their table while teaching kids," Shakespeare & Company Artistic
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Local Environmentalists Oppose Policies Supporting Natural Gas
Christopher Kilfoyle of Berkshire Photovoltaic Services is pushing for 100 percent of the state's energy come from renewable sources.  DALTON, Mass. — Dicken Crane has a large solar array on his Holiday Brook Farm. He has a forest management program to harvest timber to burn in a wood furnaces. He
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United Cerebral Palsy Awarded Assistive Technology Regional Center Contract
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County has been awarded the Assistive Technology Regional Center contract through 2027. The anticipated annual amount for the contract is $100,000 per year. Funding for this program is part of the MassMATCH federal program which is administered by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation
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Biz Briefs: Fall Foliage Parade Gets $3,000 Boost From MountainOne
Parade help: Kelli Kozak, assistant vice president and community engagement officer for MountainOne, gave Northern Berkshire Fall Foliage Parade director Danielle Thomas of 1Berkshire a check for $3,000 in support of the annual parade. The presentation was made at a 1Berkshire and North Adams Chamber of Commerce event at Community Health
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Grants to Support 'Served' Project at Williams College
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has received two grants that will be used to support the creation and presentation of a 2018 dance project featuring workers from Williams College Dining Services. A $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts will be used to bring students and the Dining Services workers
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