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Williams Seeking Town Approval for New Indoor Practice Facility
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:46AM / Tuesday, March 19, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week gave Williams College the first approval it needs to build a 55,000-square foot indoor athletic facility on the north side of its campus.   Over the strenuous objection of a Southworth Street resident, the board found that the college's plan for a "multipurpose recreation center" or MRC off Stetson Road has adequate on-site parking to accommodate its use as an indoor practice facility to replace Towne Field House, which has been out of commission since last spring and was demolished this winter.   The college plans a pre-engineered metal that includes a 200-meter track ringing several tennis courts, storage for

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Milne Public Library Trustees Announce New Library Director
12:32PM / Monday, March 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Milne Public Trustees announced the hiring of Angela Zimmermann to be the new library director.    Zimmermann comes to the Milne Public Library from Wisconsin with over eight years of management experience in library services, most recently as the Executive Director of the Racine Public Library.    "We are all excited to begin the next phase in the life of the Milne public library," Micah Manary, chair of the Milne Public Library Trustees said. "Angela brings innovation and energy that will genuinely transform how the library engages with our community."    As a library director, Zimmermann has overseen

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Clark Art Presents Free Thematic Tour on Music in Art
12:17PM / Monday, March 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, March 24 at 11:15 am, the Clark Art Institute presents a free In Focus tour exploring the connections between music, musicians, and art.    A Clark educator leads a thematic tour of the permanent collection, examining portraits of famous composers, paintings of musicians, and a grand piano. Learn about the artists who created these works and how the Institute came to acquire them.   Free. Capacity is limited. Visitors may pick up a ticket at the Clark Center Admissions desk, available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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Mount Greylock School Committee Votes Slight Increase to Proposed Assessments
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:38AM / Monday, March 18, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday voted unanimously to slightly increase the assessment to the district's member towns from the figures in the draft budget presented by the administration.   The School Committee opted to lower the use of Mount Greylock's reserve account by $70,000 and, instead, increase by that amount the share of the fiscal year 2025 operating budget shared proportionally by Lanesborough and Williamstown taxpayers.   The budget prepared by the administration and presented to the School Committee at its annual public hearing on Thursday included $665,000 from the district's Excess and Deficiency

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Williamstown Library Officials Aim for Construction Project Within 10 Years
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:31AM / Sunday, March 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Library officials plan to spend the next few years to develop a long-term solution for a building that has been a topic of discussion in town for more than a decade.   The chair of the Milne Library Board of Trustees told the town's Finance Committee last week that $300,000 allocated last year for repairs to the Main Street facility are meant to keep the building operational while a board and town decide how to get a building that will last for decades to come.   Micah Manary did not say whether that will mean a major renovation or a new building, but he indicated that the idea is on the table.   Manary talked to the Fin Comm about the

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Williamstown Resident Appointed to State Library Board
08:00AM / Friday, March 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Timothy Cherubini of Williamstown has been appointed by Governor Maura Healey to serve on the nine-member Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC).    Cherubini brings over 3 decades of experience in libraries and non-profits to the MBLC, including work in academic libraries, regional and national library networks and consortia, as well as library centered associations and coalitions.      "Libraries are well situated to bring a broad, unique vantage point to many different issues and opportunities in our communities and institutions," said Cherubini. "I am honored to serve as a Commissioner and will work to

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Clark Art Screens 'Fahrenheit 451'
08:00AM / Friday, March 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, March 21, the Clark Art Institute hosts a free screening of the 1966 film "Fahrenheit 451" as part of the Williamstown Public Library 150th Anniversary Film Series.    The Clark shows the film at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Adapted from the Ray Bradbury novel and directed by Francois Truffaut, "Fahrenheit 451" imagines a future society that has banned all reading material. Firemen work to keep the fires at the temperature that paper burns. However, after one of them meets a book-loving girl, he begins to rethink his work and his whole

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Letter: Cease Fire Resolution Proposal
Letter to the Editor,
06:00PM / Thursday, March 14, 2024

To the Editor:

I add my voice to those asserting that the Select Board should NOT support the cease fire resolution. Several writers before me have enumerated many well-reasoned arguments against involvement of our local governance in such a controversial issue.

I come at the question from a somewhat different angle. I have asked the Select Board on numerous occasions to cite the source(s) from which they have authority to comment as a board on articles not strictly related to Williamstown issues. Does the authority come from the Williamstown charter? The Massachusetts General Laws? Case law? Where? If the SB or anyone has responded to my inquiry, I have missed it.

Should not the

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Clark Art Invites People With Dementia and their Caregivers
08:02AM / Thursday, March 14, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Monday, March 18 at 1 pm in the permanent collection galleries, the Clark Art Institute presents Meet Me at the Clark.    This free gallery talk program is designed specifically for people living with dementia and their care-partners.   On select Mondays, when the museum is closed to the general public, specially trained educators guide open-ended conversations about art and how it celebrates our shared humanity   Free. Advance registration required; capacity is limited. To register, call the Education Department Coordinator at 413 458 0563; accompanying care-partners must also register.   Admission to the Clark is free through March

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North County Communities Losing Shared HR Services Employee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:14AM / Thursday, March 14, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Three North County communities are set to lose their human resources officer before the month is out.   At Monday's meeting of the Williamstown Select Board, Town Manager Robert Menicocci reported that the HR person the town shares with Adams and North Adams has given her notice. And no immediate plan was announced to fill the office.   In fact, Menicocci indicated that the current model, while beneficial to the three municipalities, is unsustainable.   "We're grateful for what our individual, Cara [Farrell] did for the period of time she was with us," Menicocci said. "But her feedback will probably be that three

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Williamstown Winter Farmers Market Returns
04:02PM / Wednesday, March 13, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Farmers Market Winter Market returns Saturday March 16 at the First Congregational Church from 9 am until noon.   Farmer and crafters will be present to sell farm fresh meats, cheeses, honey, maple syrup, fresh eggs, artisan crafts, goat soap, seafood straight from Boston, and fresh baked breads.   Although it is still too early for fresh vegetables, farms like Bigfoot Farm, a regular at the farmers market, is getting the ball rolling.   "I grow a really wide variety of veggies, from carrots, potatoes, and onions, to lettuce greens, kale, kohlrabi, ginger and tomatoes  Bigfoot Farm is getting rolling, starting the first

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Williamstown Planning Board Chair to Fin Comm: We're Not the 'Enemy'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Wednesday, March 13, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the Planning Board last week stopped by a meeting of the Finance Committee to defend the planners' recent activities to promote economic diversity and growth in town.   Peter Beck went to the podium during the public comment period at the end of the Finance Committee's Wednesday meeting after hearing issues before the Planning Board discussed at the last two Fin Comm sessions.   Beck offered to answer any questions the Finance Committee members might have and to bring any concerns the body might have back to his own board.   Town Manager Robert Menicocci advised the Fin Comm to take Beck's public comment but not to engage

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