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Bomb Threat that Closed Williams Campus Deemed 'Not Credible'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
12:17PM / Thursday, July 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College Thursday briefly closed its campus and sent all non-essential employees home for the day after a reported bomb threat that later was deemed to be "not credible."   Late Thursday morning, the college sent an alert to its employees that the school was investigating a threat to several college buildings and ordering the evacuation of Faculty House, the Paresky Center, Mission dorm and "athletics and all libraries."   By about 11:45 a.m., the college released the same information in a post on social media, and shortly before noon, it announced on "X" (formerly Twitter), "Please evacuate and avoid area

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Clark Art Hosts Free Community Day
11:12AM / Thursday, July 11, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, July 14, the Clark Art Institute opens its doors for Community Day.   There will be free admission all day (10 am–5 pm), and from 11 am to 4 pm, the Institute offers art-making activities, live entertainment, and more.    Visitors can view the Clark's permanent collection galleries and special exhibitions, including Guillaume Lethière, Kathia St. Hilaire: Invisible Empires, Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass, Edgar Degas: Multi-Media Artist in the Age of Impressionism, and David-Jeremiah: I Drive Thee.   The Clark's 140-acre campus offers walking trails through its woodlands and meadows

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Williamstown Fills Vacant Seat on Library Trustees Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:55AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Milne Library Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously appointed Ben Lee-Cohen to fill the remainder of a vacant term on the library board.   The vote came after a longtime member of the library board said Lee-Cohen is not necessarily better than the other three applicants for the office but could be a better fit for the board given its current membership.   "I'm so impressed hearing from all of you, and I'm really sincere trying to imagine all the ways you could contribute … in the future on a building committee or some other thing," said Bridget Spann, a former Milne board chair who was appointed herself to

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Edgar Degas Exhibit Opens At Clark Art
11:18AM / Wednesday, July 10, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the First Impressionist Exhibition, held in Paris in 1874, the Clark Art Institute presents "Edgar Degas: Multi-Media Artist in the Age of Impressionism."    The exhibition is on view in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper in the Clark's Manton Research Center from July 13 through October 6, 2024.   According to a press release:   The exhibition highlights the innovative and experimental practices of Edgar Degas in the realm of works on paper. In his pastels, drawings, photographs, and prints, Degas was relentless in exploring unusual media and processes. A range of works

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WCMA Summer Program
02:31PM / Tuesday, July 09, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) will host a summer program series on three Tuesdays this July in the exhibition SO–IL \ WCMA: Building a New Museum.    Visitors can learn about the plans for the new WCMA, get a behind-the-scenes look at what the museum has in store for the new building, and offer their own thoughts about the future of WCMA.   Each program will begin at 5 p.m. and will be followed by a patio party at 6 p.m.   The series kicks off on Tuesday July 9, with EDU 101: Exploring Education. WCMA's engagement curators will discuss how they are imagining education in the new museum in an informal setting with activities and

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Clark Art: Guided By Glass, Weekly Drop in Art Making
11:21AM / Tuesday, July 09, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In celebration of the exhibition "Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass,"" the Clark Art Institute offers a weekly drop-in art-making program this summer on Thursdays from 1–4 pm, July 11, 18, and 25 and August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.   According to a press release:   Explore the unique characteristics of glass and learn about light, color, and transparency. Drop in anytime between 1–4 pm to decorate your own fun glass object to take home, and contribute to a large-scale, collaborative mural led by emerging local artists.   Free. All materials provided. Meet on the Fernández Terrace; in case of

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Williamstown Temporary Closure of Route 2 at Green River Bridge
08:00AM / Monday, July 08, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is announcing that Route 2 will be closed at the Green River Bridge in Williamstown, from 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 9, until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.    The closure is necessary to allow for the placement and initial setting of concrete on the bridge deck.   During this closure, traffic will be detoured via Cole Avenue to North Hoosac Road to Ashton Avenue. Businesses on both sides of the bridge will remain open and accessible.   Appropriate detour signage and message boards will be in place to alert the public to the upcoming closure.    Drivers traveling through the

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Bennington Museum Launches $3.2M Century Campaign
12:27PM / Sunday, July 07, 2024
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Bennington Museum has launched a "century campaign" with the goal of making $3.2 million in structural and programming improvements as it enters its second century.    Over the next four years, the museum will raise funds to improve curbside appeal, create new community spaces, comply with modern safety and accessibility standards, and provide long-term stability so that the collections and programs will always be within reach of the community and the some 20,000 visitors it has each year.   The goal is to complete a campus-wide transformation by the end of year 2028, the museum's 100th anniversary.   "I am so excited by the

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Williamstown Coping with More Erosion Along Hoosic River
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:48AM / Friday, July 05, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town is looking at several potential projects to stabilize the banks of the Hoosic River in the foreseeable future.   One much discussed effort near the intersection of North Street and Syndicate Road already is making its way through the permitting process. Two more were discussed last week at a meeting of the Conservation Commission.   Chair Lauren Stevens reported to his colleagues that he met with state Department of Environmental Protection officials at a bend in the river near Williams College's athletic fields to assess the impact of a breach to the riverbank.   "In one case, a very large tree went over and took a ball of dirt

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Fourth of July: The Declaration of Independence
09:06AM / Thursday, July 04, 2024

A reminder what today is really all about: The adoption of a (literally) revolutionary document that stated the grievances of the colonists against England and their resolve to pursue a course of self-determination — without the bindings of hereditary rule.


The Unanimous Declaration
of the Thirteen United States of America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent

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Mount Greylock Regional School District Honor Roll
08:00AM / Tuesday, July 02, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District 2023-2024 4th Quarter Honor Roll.   Total school enrollment 554 of which 328 have made Honor Roll for the 4th quarter.   Grade 12 Ava Anagnos, Lex Anagnos, Thomas Art, Riley Babcock, Jude Bakija, Phoebe Barnes, Liam Berryman, Mirabel Boyer, Jacqueline Brannan, Emma Brennan, Kaylie Bryan, Lily Catelotti, Sylvie Clowes, Levi Cohen-McFall, Storm Colandria, Julia DeChaine, Benjamin Dingman, Karlie Dowling, Emily Dupuis, Abaigeal Fuls, Belen Galvez, Isabella Garivaltis, Louis Gotlieb, Che Guerra, Emma Kate Hane, Mia Harding, Phoebe Hughes, Jason Jaros, Shea Johnson, Talia Kapiloff, Erin Keating, Caleb Low, Savanna

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:55AM / Monday, July 01, 2024

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Thursday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written

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