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Williamstown Health Inspector Updates Board of Health on Training
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:08PM / Wednesday, March 06, 2024

Board of Health members, from left, Ronald Stant, Jim Parkinson, Win Stuebner, Sandra Goodbody and Devan Bartels participate in Monday morning's meeting. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's health inspector Monday updated the Board of Health on training she has been receiving since taking the position in November.   Ruth Russell told the board in a morning meeting at Town Hall that focuses for her have included learning how to do Title 5 septic inspections and food inspections.   "I went to a Title 5 seminar in Taunton last week," Russell said. "I feel like I'm getting there. Two months back, I did two Title 5 inspections in Great Barrington

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Mount Greylock Regional High School Honor Roll
03:37PM / Wednesday, March 06, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— Mount Greylock Regional School District 2023-2024 2nd Quarter Honor Roll.   The total school enrollment is 553 of which 332 have made Honor Roll for the 2nd quarter.   Grade 12 Ava Anagnos, Lex Anagnos, Thomas Art, Jude Bakija, Phoebe Barnes, Liam Berryman, Mirabel Boyer, Jacqueline Brannan, Emma Brennan, Jose Brito, Kaylie Bryan, Dominic Carnevale, , Sylvie Clowes, Levi Cohen-McFall, Julia DeChaine, Benjamin Dingman, Karlie Dowling, Emily Dupuis, Olivia Filiault, Belen Galvez,, Louis Gotlieb, Che Guerra, Emma Kate Hane, Phoebe Hughes, Jason Jaros, Shea Johnson, Talia Kapiloff, Ece Karakaya, Erin Keating, Ryan Keating, Luka Lash-St. John, Caleb Low,

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Frances Jones-Sneed to Speak at WCMA
12:02PM / Wednesday, March 06, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— In conjunction with "Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation"—currently on view at the Williams College Museum of Art—Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D., emeritus professor of history at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, will give a talk titled "Being Black and Free: Before and after the Emancipation Proclamation in Berkshire County, Massachusetts' on Thursday, March 7.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. at WCMA; the galleries will remain open until 6 p.m. for those who want to visit the exhibition prior to the talk.

Dr. Jones-Sneed has dedicated her life and research to making African American history visible

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Williamstown's Public Library Celebrates 150 Years With Open House
03:23PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The public is invited to celebrate at a 150th Anniversary Open House at the Milne Library, 1095 Main Street in Williamstown on Saturday, March 9, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   Attendees can visit with library staff, volunteers, trustees, and Friends.   Trio Café Budapest will entertain with music and Davis Bates, award winning singer and storyteller, will present two programs of participatory folk songs and stories for all ages at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.   Robin Brickman, nationally known illustrator and school workshop leader, will present two one-hour bookmark-making workshops for children (ages 5 and up) at 11:15 a.m. and 12:45

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March Community Contra Dance
12:23PM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —  North Berkshire Community Dance will hold its monthly contra dance on Saturday, March 9.     Caller Maggie McRae will teach every dance to live fiddle music using gender-neutral phrasing.   According to a press release:   Contra dancing is a living tradition in New England; for hundreds of years, neighbors and friends have made their own social entertainment in this easy and highly collaborative dance form.  All are welcome.   New dancers and families with children are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 for instruction in the basics.   The band, The Vintons, is a new collaboration of three long-time musician friends with a

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Images Red Carpet Party
11:21AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema's Red Carpet Party event is on Sunday, March 10, starting at 6pm, taking place at their theater on 50 Spring Street.    For the first year, this event is a fundraiser for Images Cinema.    "This is a party you won't want to miss. Images has had a great year thanks to your ongoing support. It's time to celebrate," said event Chair and Images Board Member Laura Schrock.   Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and $15 for students; advance tickets are recommended   Tickets and event info are available at this link: https://www.imagescinema.org/movie/red-carpet-party-2   Tickets include

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Clark Presents Classical Music Lecture
08:00AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
WILLAIMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, March 10 at 3 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a lecture and performance by Roy Howat featuring the music of Belle Époque Paris.    The event takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Through music and illustrations, pianist and music scholar Roy Howat explores the rich vein of classical music produced by composers like Debussy, Ravel, Chabrier, and Fauré, especially in relation to the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. One of the most frequent discoveries of Howat's research is how meticulously precise and inventive these composers were in

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Mount Greylock District to Towns: 'We're Going to Need Help'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:52AM / Tuesday, March 05, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District officials are predicting budgetary storm clouds in years to come even as they prepare a fiscal year 2025 spending plan that may seem placid to town officials and town meeting voters this spring.   At a special meeting of the School Committee to hold a budget workshop, Assistant Superintendent Joseph Bergeron last week showed the panel a draft FY25 budget that calls for a 3.01 increase in the assessment to Lanesborough and a 3.54 percent hike for Williamstown.   That would represent about the same increase Lanesborough saw for FY24, the fiscal year that ends on June 30. And in Williamstown, where the assessment

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WCMA to Host a Forum on New Museum Building Project
08:01AM / Monday, March 04, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) invites the community to a forum to learn more about the new museum building project at 6 p.m. Monday, March 11.   The forum, which will be held in the Williams Inn Ballroom, will serve to share the new museum designs and project logistics with the Williams and regional community and provide a platform for their thoughts and feedback as important stakeholders in the process of building WCMA's new home.   The new Williams College Museum of Art is conceived to serve the college, the local community and visitors to the Berkshires. The new museum will be a space designed with students in mind, fostering a sense

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Clark Art 'Be A Member' For the Day
08:00AM / Monday, March 04, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, March 9 from 10 am–5 pm, the Clark Art Institute invites all its visitors to "be a member" for the day.   According to a press release:    Learn what it means to be a part of a group of art lovers who meet here for experiences that cannot be found anywhere else. Enjoy free admission, discounts in the Museum Store and Café 7, and introductory talks in the permanent collection and the 50 Years and Forward: Works on Paper Acquisitions exhibition, which closes the following day (March 10).   Clark members receive free year-round admission to the Clark plus exclusive access to member-only benefits, discounts, and

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Williams Men Win in Second Round of NCAA Tourney
10:23PM / Saturday, March 02, 2024
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- Cole Prowitt-Smith hit a lay-up with seven seconds left Saturday to give the Williams College men's basketball team a 79-77 win over SUNY Oswego in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.   Prowitt-Smith scored a game-high 27 points.   Nate Karren scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds.   Dalton's Brandon Roughley had six points and five boards for Williams (23-6), which moves on to face Christopher Newport next week in the Sweet 16.   Men's Lacrosse WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Matthew Johnson scored with about nine minutes left to give Williams a 14-13 win over Babson in its season opener.   Calvin Caputo led Williams with

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Images Cinema Celebrates Practical FX in Films
12:28PM / Saturday, March 02, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema announced its first slate of repertory programming for 2024, a celebration of special effects pre-CGI, also known as practical FX.    These special effects include puppets, animatronics, stop motion, and hand-drawn animation integrated seamlessly with live action performances.    Executive director Dan Hudson said, "Special effects of the 80s and 90s are some of the best effects of all time. There is a reason these films still hold up, and we're stoked to celebrate them with you on the big screen here at Images."   The CINEMA REDUX series features work of Phil Tippett, Stan Winston, and Lyle Conway, some of the

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