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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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Clark Art Concert by Jacques Schwarz-Bart
08:09AM / Monday, July 01, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—On Wednesday, July 3, the Clark Art Institute kicks off its July Outdoor Concert Series with a performance by Jacques Schwarz-Bart and Band.    This year, the July Outdoor Concert Series celebrates the French Caribbean with some of best musicians from Guadeloupe and Haiti. The free concert takes place at 6 pm on the Clark's Reflecting Pool Lawn.   According to a press release:    Born in Guadeloupe, Jacques Schwarz-Bart has voyaged across musical genres from neo-soul, where he worked with D'angelo and Erika Badu, back to his Carribean roots where he innovated hybrid jazz genres. Playing Gwo ka and Vodou jazz, Schwarz-Bart connects

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Williamstown Youth Center's History Explored
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:22AM / Sunday, June 30, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For about 100 years, in one incarnation or another, the Williamstown Youth Center has been improving the lives of the town's children.   It is a legacy of service that, for current Executive Director Michael Williams, is summed up in the story of one longtime member of the WYC family.   "One of the first people I met here when I joined the organization was someone who first started coming when he was in first grade and continued participating in programs, and, when he aged out of the programs, started working for the Youth Center," Williams said, referring to Andrew Agostini, now a teacher at Mount Greylock Regional School. "A few

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Clark Art Offers Free Admission on July 4
11:38AM / Saturday, June 29, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On July 4, 2024, the Clark Art Institute offers free admission for all.    This special offering honors the tenth anniversary of the Clark's grand reopening following the completion of its 2014 campus expansion project and the opening of its Clark Center, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando.   Additionally, July 4 marks the opening of the Clark's newest special exhibition, "Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass," on view in the Clark's Conforti Pavilion through October 27, 2024.   At 11 am, Williamstown's Annual Hometown Parade will head down Spring Street, followed by a live

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Clark Art Presents 'Fragile Beauty'
11:45AM / Friday, June 28, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Drawn from the vast collection of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, "Fragile Beauty: Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass" demonstrates how makers from across time and around the globe have taken inspiration from the natural world to create works of art.    The objects in the exhibition range in date from antiquity to the present and show a remarkable breadth of color, technique, form, design, and function. The exhibition is on view in the Clark Center's Michael Conforti Pavilion from July 4 through October 27, 2024.   "We often speak of the importance of appreciating art in nature," said Olivier Meslay,

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Williamstown Fire District Won't Seek Retirement Exemption for Chief
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:16PM / Thursday, June 27, 2024

Prudential Committee members Lindsay Neathawk, left, David Moresi, Alex Steel and Joe Beverly meet at the Water Street fire station on Wednesday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Prudential Committee on Wednesday voted 3-1 to not seek an exemption that would allow the fire chief to continue in his role past his 65th birthday.   Fire Chief Craig Pedercini had asked the panel, which governs the district, to seek the exemption to prevent him from having to retire in March of next year.   The five-member committee referred the question to a newly created Personnel Committee, which on Wednesday recommended that the district not seek the exemption to the state-mandated retirement

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County Residents Encouraged to Test Home Internet Capability
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Wednesday, June 26, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire County residents have until July 20 to challenge the federal government's assessment of broadband availability at their home.   The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is the local authority providing access to the Broadband Equity and Deployment initiative, a federal program for funding Internet infrastructure.   BEAD, as the program is known, allows individuals to test the available Internet speed where they live in order to ensure that availability is properly tracked by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.   "The Challenge Process is a crucial step to ensure the accuracy of Internet availability

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Clark Art Presents Herbalist Workshop
08:00AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — At 10 am on Saturday, June 29, the Clark Art Institute presents From Ground to Cup: Red Clover, Raspberry, Rose Hips, and Mugwort, the first in its three-part From Ground to Cup series.    This free event takes place on the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion lawn at 10 am.   Herbalist and healing practitioner Rebecca Guanzon explores the benefits of red clover, raspberry, rose hips, and mugwort in promoting hormonal balance. These herbs are particularly effective in alleviating hormonal fluctuations of individuals with estrogen dominance. At the end of the talk, participants can create a take-home tea blend with the herbs explored in the

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Williamstown Select Board Commits ARPA Funds to Mount Greylock School District Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Tuesday, June 25, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday voted unanimously to allocate the rest of the town's American Rescue Plan Act funds toward a Mount Greylock Regional School District initiative to address bias-based incidents in the public schools.   On a vote of 4-0, with Jeffrey Johnson absent, the board agreed to contribute about $66,000 — what remains uncommitted from the town's original ARPA grant of about $2 million — as requested by the Mount Greylock School Committee.   Interim Superintendent Joseph Bergeron and School Committee Vice Chair Carolyn Greene, a Williamstown resident, attended the meeting at Town Hall to provide more details about a

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Garceau Earns All-America Honors at UMass Boston
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06:08AM / Monday, June 24, 2024
Wahconah Regional High School graduate and UMass Boston sophomore Aryianna Garceau earned all-America honors in the 100-meter hurdles at May's NCAA Division III Championships.   Garceau took sixth in the finals with a time of 14.05 seconds after qualifying for the finals with a time of 13.97, which broke a 35-year school record.   In earning all-America honors, Garceau became the 20th Beacon to achieve that honor and the first since 2018.   Earlier in May, Garceau was named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association's all-Region team. Garceau was second in the 100 hurdles at the Division III New England Championships and helped UMass Boston to a

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Clark Art Presents Weekly Community Yoga
08:05PM / Saturday, June 22, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute offers community yoga on Tuesdays in July and August.   The dates: are July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 and August 6, 13, 20, and 27 at 10 am.    The weekly program takes place on the Reflecting Pool Lawn.   Led by certified instructor Natasha Judson of Tasha Yoga in Williamstown, community yoga is well-suited for both experienced practitioners and newcomers. Dress in comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement and bring a yoga mat.   Free. For accessibility concerns, call 413 458 0524. Rain cancels this event. Cancellations will be posted on the Clark's website by 9 am the day of the class. 

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