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The Retired Investor: Back-to-School Season
By Bill Schmick,
01:27PM / Friday, August 13, 2021
It is not an easy decision. On one hand, consumers want to go out and shop for their children's upcoming school year. But at the same time, they are concerned that if they do, they might catch the coronavirus. There is no easy answer.   This 2021-2022 school year was supposed to usher in a new beginning. As such, retailers are still expecting sales of clothes, school supplies, and college dorm décor items to increase by 5.5 percent from last years' depressed COVID-levels. Even so, that still won't match 2019's 6.7 percent increase, but it is getting close, or was until the Delta variant arrived.   I thought that parents have the extra cash to spend, given

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Mount Greylock District Requiring Students to Wear Face Coverings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Friday, August 13, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday voted to support the superintendent's recommendation that face coverings be required indoors regardless of vaccination status in all three of the district's schools when classes begin in September.   Jake McCandless included the districtwide "mask mandate" recommendation as part of a series of steps the district is considering as it prepares to welcome students back on campus at a time when the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus is linked to rising infection rates, hospitalizations and fatalities nationwide.   "One of my mantras that I carry with me professionally and as

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Williamstown Sees Surplus of DIRE Committee Applicants
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:06AM / Friday, August 13, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday heard from several residents interested in filling three vacant seats on the town's diversity committee.   After just three of the original nine members of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee opted to serve past its first year of existence, the Select Board, after consulting the remaining members, decided this summer to restructure the DIRE Committee as a seven-person body.   But after seeing a bumper crop of applicants on Monday, Chair Andy Hogeland said he was rethinking that decision, opening the door to naming more than seven members to the committee in time for its next scheduled meeting on Sept.

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Q&A: Williamstown's Ansari Says Voices Raised Up in Wake of Lawsuit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:59PM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One year ago today, it is a fair guess that most Williamstown residents had never heard of Police Sgt. Scott McGowan, or, if they had, they'd forgotten the name.   All that changed on Aug. 12, when McGowan's attorney released to the public a federal lawsuit he had filed against the police chief, town manager and the town as a whole.   The specific issue in the lawsuit was whether McGowan was the victim of retaliation against a whistleblower when he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant.   What captured the attention of the community were the disturbing tales of misconduct on which McGowan claims to have blown the whistle

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Q&A: Williamstown's Patton Says Last Year Raised Awareness of Differences
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15PM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One year ago today, it is a fair guess that most Williamstown residents had never heard of Police Sgt. Scott McGowan, or, if they had, they'd forgotten the name.   All that changed on Aug. 12, when McGowan's attorney released to the public a federal lawsuit he had filed against the police chief, town manager and the town as a whole.   The specific issue in the lawsuit was whether McGowan was the victim of retaliation against a whistleblower when he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant.   What captured the attention of the community were the disturbing tales of misconduct on which McGowan claims to have blown the whistle over the

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Berkshires Heat Index to Top 100
01:05PM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
The forecast for the Berkshires is hot, hotter and are we in Florida over the next couple days.    The National Weather Service is warning that the heat index — a combination of temperature and humidity — is going to reach the 100 degree mark. A heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Thursday.    High humidity and heat means perspiration, the way we naturally cool ourselves, will not be able to evaporate and will make the body feel warmer. The heat index chart calls for "extreme caution" and prolonged exposure can cause heat stroke, cramps or exhaustion. Moving into the "danger" level of 103-124 degrees increases the chances of heat

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Medical Matters Weekly: Health Equity for BIPOC Community
08:21AM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson" — a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show — will feature registered nurses Patricia Johnson and Caitlin Tilley on its Aug. 18 program.    All shows air at noon. The nurses will discuss their work to improve health equity for Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see "Medical Matters Weekly" on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available

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Q&A: Williamstown's Ziemba Acknowledges Mistakes, Tries to Move Forward
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Thursday, August 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One year ago today, it is a fair guess that most Williamstown residents had never heard of Police Sgt. Scott McGowan, or, if they had, they'd forgotten the name.   All that changed on Aug. 12, when McGowan's attorney released to the public a federal lawsuit he had filed against the town's police chief, town manager and the town as a whole.   The specific issue in the lawsuit was whether McGowan was the victim of retaliation against a whistleblower when he was passed over for promotion to lieutenant.   What captured the attention of the community were the disturbing tales of misconduct on which McGowan claims to have blown the whistle

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Williams Grad Sets Record for Consecutive Days Running Marathon Distance
Williams Sports Information,
09:18PM / Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Williams College graduate Alyssa Clark this summer ran her way into the Guiness Book of World Records by running a marathon distance for 95 consecutive days.   Clark ran the 26.2-mile distance every day from March 31 through July 3.   “I am so incredibly thankful for the experience of running these marathons and sharing a bit of my journey with others,” Clark said in a news release on the record authority’s website. “It truly changed my life in the most unexpected ways and I am deeply humbled by the chance I was given to complete these marathons.   “I also will say it is impossible to run 95 marathons without the undying support and love of a

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Goodwill Industries Raises Money to Support Youth Programs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:07AM / Wednesday, August 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Throughout the month of July, the customers of Goodwill have been showing their good will.   On Tuesday, it paid off in a big way as Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont, Inc., distributed more than $4,000 the non-profit collected on behalf of agencies that serve children and families in the region.   Berkshire Family YMCA Executive Director Jessica Rumlow was on hand at Goodwill's Dalton Avenue location to accept a check for nearly $2,000 from Goodwill Director of Community Development Maryam Kamangar.   "This is an amazing thing that Goodwill's done for us," Rumlow said. "It shows the partnership between

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Social Workers Respond to Criticism of Williamstown Community Assessment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Wednesday, August 11, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The social workers directing a community needs assessment Monday sought to address some of the concerns raised last month about the research project.   Two weeks after the Select Board heard comments favoring and challenging the Williamstown Community Assessment and Research (CARES) project, four of the social workers directing the town-funded study and the principal researcher addressed the board in a virtual meeting conducted over the Zoom platform.   The research team addressed head on questions that have been raised about the intent of their project and cost.   "We have no preconceived agenda about what we want to come of this project

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BCC Wins Grant to Continue Offering Free English for Speakers of Other Languages Courses
03:54PM / Tuesday, August 10, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced  that it has been awarded funding from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to continue offering English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses as part of a Community Adult Learning Center grant.    The state funding totals $237,546, which represents 102 ESOL seats.   The BCC Adult Learning Program (ALP) helps students prepare for higher education and career training by providing high-quality instruction and referral to community resources as needed. Many ALP students have enrolled in for-credit classes at BCC and have gone on to careers such as certified nursing

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