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Letter: Response to Article on Flag
Letter to the Editor,
03:10PM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024

To the Editor:

Re: your recent article about the proposed Progress Pride flag in Williamstown, there are two statements that call for a response.

A well-intentioned interviewee is quoted as saying:

"Some people say it's obvious that Williams is accepting and there's no need [for a flag]," he said. "They also, in the same post, say the flag is divisive and controversial. Well, which is it?" (I assume that "Williams" is meant to be Williamstown. )

The answer to this either/or thinking is that it is of course possible that two things are true at the same time. A person or place can be entirely welcoming to all but not be in agreement with the wishes

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Letter: Reject Article 41
Letter to the Editor,
03:00PM / Tuesday, May 21, 2024

To the Editor:

Town meeting should reject Article 41 because sexual orientation, color of skin, health and wellness, gender, environmental issues and changes in the meaning of English words (including the word rainbow) are not well-represented by a flag in any community.

Work in the community to make the American flag ensure inclusivity, support, a sense of belonging, respect for others and acceptance among human beings who have the right to live with dignity.

If this flag is added to the three now recognized we could ask: Where does it end? The American flag represents the hope we all have for our community.

Martha Dailey

 

 

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Mount Greylock's McCandless Announces Resignation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:45PM / Monday, May 20, 2024
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in the last 10 years, the Mount Greylock Regional School District will be looking for a new permanent superintendent.   After four years at the helm and just one year into his current contract, Jason McCandless is stepping down.   The regional School Committee has a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday night with a brief but significant agenda. Item four on the agenda: to discuss the resignations of the superintendent and the principal at Williamstown Elementary School.   Item five refers to the next steps for the committee, including, perhaps, hiring another interim superintendent to lead the

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Driver Fell Asleep Before Running Into Williamstown Porch
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:06PM / Monday, May 20, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Vermont woman was asleep at the wheel prior to crashing into a Simonds Road residence last week, according to a Williamstown Police Department report.   Nicole L. Bishop, 32, of Route 9 in Bennington, Vt., Wednesday afternoon was traveling north on Simonds Road (U.S. Route 7) when, "the operator fell asleep, crossed the marked double line, through [two] yards, and into the front porch of 1033 Simonds Road," according to a report written by Officer Brad Sacco.   The 2003 Toyota that Bishop was driving belonged to Angela Mattison Barr of Bennington, police said.   The car left the road just north of the turnoff for the Steinerfilm

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Clark Art Hosts Publication Launch
08:00AM / Monday, May 20, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, May 23 at 6 pm, the Clark Art Institute celebrates the launch of the exhibition publication for David Jeremiah: "I Drive Thee," this year's public spaces installation.   It marks artist David-Jeremiah's first museum show outside his home state of Texas and his first publication. David-Jeremiah speaks with Robert Wiesenberger, the Clark's curator of contemporary projects, about the underlying subjects in his work, examining the Lamborghini sports car and the Spanish bullfight as lenses on Black masculinity in America.    Free. Accessible seats available; for information, call 413 458 0524. A public reception and

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Flag Meant to Represent Inclusion Sparks Debate in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:31AM / Monday, May 20, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One of the authors of a proposed bylaw amendment to allow the display of the Progress Pride on town flag poles said he welcomes more dialogue about the proposal.   "It's been a good learning experience through all of this," Mount Greylock Regional School sophomore Jack Uhas said last week.   "Any attempt to hinder a conversation in our community would be disappointing to me. I'm excited to hear what people have to say."   Uhas is the vice president of the middle-high school's Gender Sexuality Alliance, which developed the bylaw proposal that will be before Thursday's annual town meeting at Mount

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More than 600 Participate in Steel Rail Races
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:02PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Matthew Ferraro was the first runner across the finish line at the MountainOne Steel Rail Marathon.   Ferraro clocked a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes flat on the Ashuwilticook Rail Trail course.   He finished a little more than five minutes ahead of runner-up Nick Reid (2:46:15).   Simone Veale won the race's women's division in a time of 3:18:42. She beat out Jill Hussain, who covered the course in 3:27:23.   The fastest marathoner on Sunday was Stephen Gulley, a hand cyclist, who clocked a time of 2:15:03.   The 26.2-mile circuit was covered by 150 finishers ranging in age from 18 (William Hanley in 14th place) to 72 (Ric Nudell, who

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Same Place, New Day for Williamstown Town Meeting 2024
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:27PM / Sunday, May 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The New England town meeting — steeped in tradition — has been far from traditional in the Village Beautiful over the last five years.   In 2020, the May annual town meeting was pushed off until August and held outside due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.   In 2021, it again was held outside and in June on Williams College's Weston Field. And the town used a rain date, moving it from its traditional Tuesday to Wednesday evening.   In 2022, the Select Board moved the meeting back indoors on its traditional third Tuesday in May, but continued concerns about social distancing forced perhaps the shortest meeting on record. The

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Letter: Look for Facts in Bias Incidents
Letter to the Editor,
08:00PM / Friday, May 17, 2024

To the Editor:

The May 13, 2024, article entitled "'The Roof is Caving In': Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Details of Bias Incidents." If reported accurately, and if I interpreted the article correctly, Mr. Dravis brought to light some extremely troublesome issues. If prejudice is occurring routinely in our schools and elsewhere in town, especially in those institutions under the auspice of town governance, a clearly reasoned plan must be created and implemented.

Also troubling in the article was "… the meeting also features some of the most frank commentary to date from district administrators about the shortcomings of the preK-12 district's

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Letter: Trial Shows Trump's Character
Letter to the Editor,
08:00PM / Friday, May 17, 2024

To the Editor:

The trial of Donald Trump in Manhattan might seem like a matter of legal technicalities, but I think it's really important in another way. It has shown us clearly the character of Trump and the Republican party he now dominates.

He denies that he had sex with Stormy Daniels, even when this obvious lie hurts his case and has little to do with the charges against him. He demands that others show their loyalty by repeating his lies, as Michael Cohen did for years. His ego is so brittle that he has an aide who prints out favorable stories about him to keep him occupied and calm while in court.

Meanwhile, a parade of Republican elected officials, keen to fluff their leader,

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Mount Greylock Super Asks for Cell Phone Ban
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Friday, May 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional Schools' superintendent last week asked the School Committee to adopt a policy banning student cell-phone use in the district's three schools.   Jason McCandless last Thursday told the committee that his thinking about personal electronic devices in schools has evolved over the last year.   As recently as last spring, McCandless told the committee that he did not feel a ban was warranted.    Now, he believes that no good comes from students using cell phones in school and, in fact, significant harm comes from the social media accessed on the devices.   In explaining the evolution of his position,

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Hoffmann Bird Club: Bobolink Trip to Field Farm
03:23PM / Thursday, May 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Join leader Peter Rogers to view the breeding Bobolinks at the peak of their activity on May 18.   This established seasonal community of birds has been monitored annually for over  15 years as part of a citizen science project.     Easy walking on mowed paths around grassy fields and meadows.   Field Farm is a Trustees of Reservations property at 554 Sloan Road in Williamstown.   The walk starts at 7 am.

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