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Williams Football Tops Bowdoin
07:54PM / Saturday, September 24, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jack Dickinson threw for 128 yards and a touchdown and ran for 59 yards and a touchdown Saturday to lead the Williams College football team to a 24-14 win over Bowdoin.   Williams (1-1) is home again on Saturday to face Tufts.   Field Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Emily Batchelor had a hat trick to lead Williams to a 4-1 win over Colby.   Williams (4-2, 1-2 NESCAC) is at Bowdoin on Sunday.   Men's Soccer WATERVILLE, Maine -- Williams keeper Ben Diffley made one save in a 0-0 tie with Colby.   Williams (2-0-4, 1-0-2) is at Bowdoin on Sunday.   Women's Soccer WATERVILLE, Maine -- Emma Lynch scored in the 86th minute to give Williams a

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MCLA Volleyball Team Wins at Mass Maritime
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07:44PM / Saturday, September 24, 2022
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The MCLA volleyball team cruised to a four-set MASCAC victory over Mass Maritime Saturday afternoon 25-9, 25-17, 21-25, 25-13.   Tied at 4-all early in the 1st set, MCLA (7-3, 2-0) used a dominating 20-3 run to separate themselves and jump out to a 1-0 set advantage. Up 8-6 in the second, the Trailblazers used a more modest 8-2 run to pull away at 16-8. That eight-point cushion would prove to be the difference as MCLA would take the set 25-17.   Though down 20-14 in the third set, after reeling off six straight points it looked like the Trailblazers were poised to close out the match. Mass Maritime (2-7, 0-2) battled however and ended up pulling out the set

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Questions Need for New Purpose
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:04PM / Friday, September 23, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's diversity committee Monday talked about plans for conversations it wants to hold over the next few months while members pushed back against a suggestion that the body "conclude or pause" its work in order to focus on a yearlong effort to create a strategic plan.   The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee has been engaged with the Select Board throughout the summer in a discussion of the purpose and direction for the advisory panel the Select Board created two years ago.   That discussion has not always gone smoothly.   Earlier this month, the Select Board agreed on a draft outline for the purpose and process

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Successful Reunion for Mount Greylock's First Graduates
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04:09PM / Friday, September 23, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — More than two dozen alumni from Mount Greylock Regional School attended the class of 1962's 60th reunion this month.   "We toured the 'new' high school, amazing place," organizer Caroline Martel said. "Much bigger than we had. And an outside classroom, I loved that idea. The science labs were awesome."   Former Mount Greylock Principal Mary MacDonald, who helped drive the effort to do a major renovation and addition project at the middle-high school and now teaches English there, conducted a tour for the reunion attendees.   Martel said 26 people attended the reunion, the first since the renovated school opened for

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Fall Seniors Golf Tour Tees Off at Berkshire Hills
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11:39AM / Friday, September 23, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Ralph Distoli and Bob Linn had the low gross score at Berkshire Hills Country Club in the inaugural Berkshire County Fall Seniors Golf event.   The pair carded a 62 on their home course to edge runners-up Matt Ortega and George Candelet, who finished at 65.   The event on Wednesday was the first of a five-week series for golfers 50 and up to raise funds to support Berkshire County Junior Golf. Each year, the organization awards scholarships to young golfers to support junior memberships at their home club.   Dastoli and Linn won for gross score in the Blue Division, one of two groups based on the combined ages of the pairs.   In the Green Division,

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The Great British Walkoff: Koperniak Scores Game-Winner as Team GB Advances
iBerkshires.com Sports,
08:12PM / Tuesday, September 20, 2022
REGENSBURG, Germany -- Hoosac Valley graduate Matt Koperniak Tuesday scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Great Britain came from behind to beat Spain, 10-9, and advance from a qualifying tournament to play in March's World Baseball Classic.   Koperniak, a native of London, was the "ghost runner," starting the 10th inning on second base.   After a failed bunt attempt, Great Britain's Justin Wylie reached on a fielder's choice.   Koperniak was called out at third, but after a British challenge, the umpires ruled he was safe.   With runners at the corners and one out, Alex Crosby hit a sacrifice fly to left to drive in Koperniak

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Lee's Fraser Leads Team to Williams Invitational Win
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:20PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Lee's Thomas Fraser carded rounds of 70 and 74 to finish 2-over-par at Taconic Golf Club and lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic men's golf team to the championshp of this weekend's Williams Fall Invitational.   The Engineers finished a combined 15 strokes over par at the two-day event, 12 strokes better than runner-up Skidmore College.   Fraser, a senior for the Engineers, placed fifth last year at the Liberty League Championships and was named a Golf Coaches Association of America all-America Scholar.   Eighteen teams competed in this weekend's event.   The hosts from Williams placed fourth behind John Pagano and Will Rich, who each

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Allen Heights Veterinary Repeats as Josh Billings Runaground Champ
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05:48PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
LENOX, Mass. -- Hundreds of amateur athletes Sunday won the 46th Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon where, as the motto goes, "To finish is to win."   The day's fastest finishers featured familiar names as the four-man team from Allen Heights Veterinary was the first across the finish line at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, which took over this year from Tanglewood as the triathlon terminus.   As usual, teams headed out from downtown Great Barrington for a 27-mile bike ride to the boat launch at the Stockbridge Bowl, where pedalers gave way to paddlers for a 5-mile spring around the lake. The final leg of the event is a 6-mile run.   Athletes compete in teams of two, three or

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Williams Women's, Men's Soccer Win at Cole Field
05:15PM / Saturday, September 17, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nick Boardman had a goal and an assist Saturday to lead the Williams College men's soccer team to a 4-0 win over Bates.   Ben Diffley made one save to earn the shutout in goal.   Williams (2-0-2, 1-0 NESCAC) hosts Tufts on Sunday afternoon.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sam Phan and Tess Belnap each scored to give Williams a 2-0 win over Bates.   Williams (2-2, 1-1) hosts Tufts on Sunday.   Field Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Anna Lindeis scored in the first minute of overtime to give Bates a 1-0 win over Williams.   Carson Stephenson and Gates Tenerowicz split time in Williams' goal, stopping four

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Mount Greylock Schools Invite Community to 'Talking to Kids About Racism'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:01PM / Saturday, September 17, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will broaden its diversity efforts to the larger community with an Oct. 28 presentation by nationally known author and speaker.   Simran Jeet Singh, the executive director of the Aspen Institute's Religion and Society Program, will be in town for two days to work with the district's elementary school and middle-high school students around the issues of bias and empathy.   On Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., he will share some of the same thoughts with a wider audience.   "We asked him if he would do an evening presentation for caregivers," Director of Curriculum and Instruction Joelle Brookner

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Recovery Center at Former Sweet Brook
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:47PM / Friday, September 16, 2022

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After discussion over four meetings, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved an application to operate a chemical dependency rehabilitation facility in the former Sweet Brook nursing home on Cold Spring Road.

It was unanimously approved on Thursday with conditions related to fencing and landscaping.

"We've been revisiting this now [for] several months, we've asked the petitioner to work with with the abutter, they've done so and they've come back with a proposal that appears to make both parties happy," Chair Andrew Hoar said.

"And again, this is a special permit for a change of use. I think this board at this time has gone way

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Williamstown Board Looks to Build Community Among Other Goals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:23AM / Wednesday, September 14, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board is hoping to put "unity" back in the community.   At its Monday meeting, the board discussed the goals for 2022-23 that it compiled at an off-camera meeting last month at the Williams Inn.   The board identified five initiatives for the year that concludes with May's town election. The only one with all five board members' names attached is labeled "Community Building/Outreach."   "This was a broad topic brought up at the retreat," Chair Hugh Daley said. "After so many years of feeling sequestered in our houses … we felt as a board we should engage harder with [events like the July

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