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Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It
The introduction of antibiotics in the late 1930s decreased U.S. infection deaths by 73 percent in the first 15 years. Antibiotics have enabled complicated surgery, chemotherapy for cancer, care for premature babies, organ transplants and more. As a result, many claim that antibiotics are the most important medical advance of the 20th
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Williamstown Town Election Nomination Papers Available Thursday
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nomination papers for elected offices in the town of Williamstown  will be available on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the town clerk's office.   Offices on the May 8 annual town election ballot will be one selectman's seat for a three-year term, two Elementary School Committee members for a term to
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Mount Greylock Transition Committee Defines Process for Superintendent Search
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A subcommittee is meeting this Wednesday morning to hash out language to be placed in the posting for a new superintendent of schools.    Steven Miller, Carolyn Greene and Joe Bergeron were charged last week to also develop a slate of names to recommend to the full committee so it can name the
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Mount Greylock Gets Use of its Gymnasium
One of two new scoreboards located on each sided of the gym.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When first-time visitors stepped into Mount Greylock Regional School's renovated gymnasium Monday morning, it was hard not to look up — at the new scoreboards, the pristine light-reflecting white walls, the giant fans that
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Berkshires Beat: Sports Teams Donate Blankets to Cancer Center
Losing Is Not An Option Staff from Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, and the founders of the LINAO grassroots fundraising movement, accepted a donation of more than 20 handmade blankets from the Castleton University softball and men's soccer teams on Jan. 9. The blankets
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BRPC Wants to Know How Towns Spend Chapter 90 Funds
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One of the first things Gov. Charlie Baker did on taking office in 2014 was release an additional $100 million in money for cities and towns to repair roads.   But towns in the Berkshires didn't use the money that spring. In fact, total spending on Chapter 90 allocations dropped to the lowest spending
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Jackson Leads CYC Boys Past Greylock
Keon Jackson scored 12 points to lead the CYC seventh- and eighth-grade travel boys basketball team to a 45-39 win over Greylock on Saturday.   Mello Southard and Tymair Scott each scored nine points for CYC, which jumped out to a 32-17 lead at half-time.   "We were able to regroup and put a nice run together in
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County Alums Posting Solid Indoor Track Times
Berkshire County was well represented at Saturday’s Massasoit Classic indoor track and field meet at Springfield College.   Trinity College sophomore Weyessa “Ace” McAlister (Monument Mountain) won the mile run, clocking a time of 4 minutes, 33.52 seconds, to win by more than two seconds. Earlier this
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Amherst Women's Hockey Tops Williams
AMHERST, Mass. -- Alex Toupal's hat trick Saturday led the Amherst women's hockey team to a 5-3 win over Williams.   Abby Brustad scored one goal and assisted on another for Williams (9-6-5, 3-5-4).   Marissa Anderson stopped 26 shots for the Ephs, who host Trinity on Friday.   Men's
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Massachusetts Libraries Say State Budget Stacked Against Them
Board of Library Commissioners Mary Kronholm, left, and Jan Resnick say level funding is forcing operations to eat into programming, training and support for public libraries.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A decade ago, the state's libraries were urging legislators to provide them the funding support they needed to
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