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Williamstown Planning Board Adopts Comprehensive Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:12AM / Tuesday, November 28, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A little more than two years after appointing a committee to write the document, the Planning Board last week formally adopted the updated town comprehensive plan.   On a vote of 4-1, the five-person board endorsed the 70-page final draft of "Envisioning Williamstown 2035," which replaces the planning document previously known as the town master plan, last drafted in 2002.   Ben Greenfield was the lone dissenting vote in approving the wide-ranging document, which discusses the current conditions in the town and lays out a wide range of municipal aspirations in areas ranging from housing to conservation to transportation.   Shortly before

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Clark Art Offers Free Gallery Tours for Parents and Infants
08:07AM / Monday, November 27, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 1 at 10:15 am, the Clark Art Institute hosts a tour of its permanent collection galleries for new parents/caregivers and infants.    The event is free. Participants should meet at the Clark’s main Admissions desk.    In this special program, new parents and caregivers bring their infants into the galleries for a guided visit and the opportunity to socialize with other community members in a casual environment. The informal tour includes a unique look at the Clark's permanent collection, featuring an array of works by a variety of artists. Each month offers a different selection of artworks. Best suited for adults with

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National Grid Submits Comprehensive Performance Investment Plan
11:29AM / Sunday, November 26, 2023
WALTHAM, Mass. – Massachusetts Electric Company and Nantucket Electric Company, which are part of National Grid, filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) a Comprehensive Performance and Investment (CPI) plan, as part of its required Rate Review filing, designed to deliver the fair, affordable and clean energy transition, reinforce the local energy grid, and hold the company accountable to achieving a smarter, stronger, cleaner and more equitable energy future for the 1.3 million customers the company serves across the Commonwealth.   "The proposal we've filed today, coupled with our electric sector modernization plan, Future Grid, will deliver

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Local Athletes Earn League Honors with College Teams
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11:08AM / Saturday, November 25, 2023
Lee High School graduate Elizabeth Brown was named to the all-Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference first team this fall.   Brown, a sophomore at MCLA, led the Trailblazers in digs, with 3.27 per set, and was third on the team in kills with 2.29 per set.   She played in all 26 of MCLA's matches, starting 25, and had a season-high 18 kills in a five-set loss to Westfield State.   Brown was named second-team all-league last fall after her first season at MCLA.   Her former Lee teammate and current MCLA teammate MaKayla Schuerer appeared in 15 matches for MCLA (21-5) in her first year on the squad. Schuerer finished with 23 digs.   For the MCLA men's

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Clark Art Presents 'Chariots of Fire'
04:07PM / Friday, November 24, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Nov. 30, the Clark Art Institute continues its series of British films honoring the birthplace of Sir Edwin Manton during its Manton Research Center's fiftieth anniversary.   The Clark shows "Chariots of Fire" at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press realease:   Although perhaps remembered as a celebration of gritty Brits triumphing over much-fancied Americans, Chariots of Fire is actually a portrait of social outsiders making their contribution to the greater national good—Ian Charleson's God-fearing Scot, who refuses to run on the Sabbath, and Ben Cross's

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Thankful 5K Draws Hundreds
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:00AM / Friday, November 24, 2023
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Morgan Windram-Geddes said she was going to spend much of the holiday making food to bring to her brother’s house to celebrate Thanksgiving with family.   Her extended family got to eat with the fastest woman at the eighth annual Thankful 5K.   Windram-Geddes of Glendale, Mass., was the 10th racer overall to cross the finish line at Berkshire Community College among the hundreds of runners and walkers to set off on West Street at 9 a.m. Thursday morning.   The event, sponsored by MountainOne and organized by the Berkshire Running Center, helped more than 400 participants work up an appetite and helped raise money and generate

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Small Business Association Encourages Shopping Small
04:00PM / Thursday, November 23, 2023
WASHINGTON?— Small Business Association Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice in President Biden's Cabinet for America's 33 million small businesses, is encouraging the nation to shop, dine, and entertain at local small businesses on Nov. 25 in celebration of Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season.    Small Business Saturday is celebrated each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.    "Small businesses are the heart and soul of our neighborhoods, powering local economies and strengthening communities," said Administrator Guzman. "The SBA encourages

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Williamstown Food Pantry Shares the Bounty at the Holidays
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:37AM / Thursday, November 23, 2023

Volunteers Carol DeMayo, left, and Carin DeMayo-Wall organize distribution from Williamstown's Sts. Patrick & Raphael Parish twice each month. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For several hours on a recent Wednesday morning, Carol DeMayo and the volunteers of the Williamstown Food Pantry distributed Thanksgiving baskets to 93 families.   The bundles included a turkey, canned goods, fresh squash, the ingredients for a homemade pumpkin pie … and a side of empathy and respect.   DeMayo, well into her fourth decade organizing the local non-profit, knew many if not most of the recipients who started lining up at 7:30, well before the announced 9 a.m. start of

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Williamstown Fire District Gets OKs from Planning Board, ZBA
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:46PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District last week received the last two local approvals it needed to build a new station on Main Street.   The Planning Board OK'd the parking plan for the site at 562 Main St. (Route 2), and the Zoning Board of Appeals approved the development plan and granted several special permits needed to execute the project.   It was a busy month for Fire District officials, who also were at Town Hall on Nov. 9 to receive an order of conditions from the Conservation Commission, which has jurisdiction over the site due to its proximity to the Green River.   The first stop last week was the Planning Board, which was asked to approve

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Clark Art Symposium on British Art
04:00PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Wednesday, Nov. 29, the Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program hosts a conversation between Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark, and Caroline Fowler, Starr Director, Research and Academic Program, to open the symposium British Art 1750–1919: Reflections and Futures.    The talk takes place at 5:30 pm in the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion, located in the Clark Center. The symposium, which continues on Thursday, November 30 from 9 am to 5 pm, is presented in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Manton Research Center building, which is the home to the Clark's gallery dedicated to British

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Mount Greylock Regional School Honor Roll
03:45PM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Mount Greylock Regional School District 1st Quarter Honor Roll.   Grade 12 Ava Anagnos, Lex Anagnos, Thomas Art, Jude Bakija, Phoebe Barnes, Jude Barzousky, Liam Berryman, Mirabel Boyer, Jacqueline Brannan, Emma Brennan, Kaylie Bryan, Lily Catelotti, Sylvie Clowes, Levi Cohen-McFall, Matthew Daley, Julia DeChaine, Benjamin Dingman, Karlie Dowling, Emily Dupuis, Olivia Filiault, Belen Galvez, Isabella Garivaltis, Louis Gotlieb, Che Guerra, Emma Kate Hane, Matilde Henderson, Phoebe Hughes, Tyler Hynes-Drumm, Jason Jaros, Jeffrey Johnson, Shea Johnson, Talia Kapiloff, Ece Karakaya, Erin Keating, Ryan Keating, Jenner Kittle, Vayda Larabee, Caleb Low, Savanna Mabey, Cecilia Malone, Judge

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Williams Men's Basketball Tops MCLA
09:17AM / Wednesday, November 22, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Alex Lee scored 13 points and pulled down eight rebounds Tuesday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 56-41 win over MCLA.   Taconic High graduate Quentin Gittens scored a game-high 14 for the Trailblazers (3-3) who travel to Russell Sage on Monday.   Williams (5-1) hosts Emmanuel College on Tuesday.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Angela Czeremcha scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Springfield to a 67-41 win over Williams.   Arianna Gerig scored 16 points to lead Williams (2-2), which hosts MCLA on Sunday.

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