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Clark Art Airs Production of Ariadne Auf Naxos
08:10AM / Wednesday, March 09, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Metropolitan Opera's production of "Ariadne Auf Naxos" screens at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, March 12, at 12:55 pm in the latest installment of The Met: Live in HD. The award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts features the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.    Soprano Lise Davidsen makes her Live in HD debut in one of her signature roles as the mythological Greek heroine of Richard Strauss's enchanting masterpiece. The cast also features mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as the composer of the opera-within-an-opera around which the plot revolves, with soprano Brenda Rae

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BRTA Public Meetings on Proposed Service Changes
04:00PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) will be holding public meetings to receive comments on the proposed service changes that would go into effect on July 1, 2022.   The BRTA continually evaluates the performance of its bus routes and other services. Successful services may be improved, while other services may need to be revised. These service changes are necessitated due to changes in ridership patterns, vehicles, staffing levels, and funding.   BRTA's Advisory Board authorized these public meetings to receive comments on the proposed service changes at their Board meeting held on Feb. 24, 2022.   The proposed options for the Fixed

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Mount Greylock Schools' Operating Budget Projected to Rise by 5 Percent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:33PM / Tuesday, March 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The draft budget for the Mount Greylock Regional School District includes a 6 percent increase in the assessment to the town of Lanesborough and a 5.5 percent increase in the assessment to the town of Williamstown.   The regional School Committee, which has yet to discuss hard numbers for the fiscal 2023 spending plan, has its state-mandated public hearing on Thursday, at which time the committee also plans to vote on a budget to send to the district's member towns for consideration.   The budget request then will be weighed by the finance committees and select boards in each town. While those panels can make advisory votes to their respective town

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: March 4
08:17AM / Tuesday, March 08, 2022
  March 4, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Positivity

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Williams Men's Basketball Wins NCAA Tourney Opener
11:52PM / Friday, March 04, 2022
ALLIANCE, Ohio -- Cole Prowitt-Smith and Spencer Spivy each scored 19 points Friday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 95-57 win over Neumann in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament.   Williams (18-4) plays Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday evening.

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Clark Art Names Recipients of 2022 Prize For Excellence in Writing
04:00PM / Friday, March 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Helen Molesworth and Hilton Als will receive the 2022 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.    Molesworth is a writer and a curator. Als is a writer for The New Yorker magazine and a curator and teaching professor.   "The Clark Prize raises awareness of the importance of writing that bridges scholarly and popular interest and seeks to encourage support for clear and engaging writing that inspires readers to connect with the arts," said Olivier Meslay, the Hardymon Director of the Clark Art Institute. "Helen Molesworth and Hilton Als are two of the most interesting writers in the field today, producing compelling and

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Potential Williamstown Candidates Pull Papers for May Election
Staff Reports,
08:47AM / Friday, March 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With a little less than three weeks remaining to return nomination papers, residents have pulled papers for seven of the nine offices that will be on the May annual town election ballot.   No one had yet returned completed nomination papers to Town Hall, Town Clerk Nicole Beverly said on Thursday morning.   The papers became available on Feb. 14. Prospective candidates must collect the required nominating signatures and return the papers to town hall by Tuesday, March 22, so the papers can be certified and their names included on the May 10 election ballot.   As of Thursday, incumbents Jane Patton and Chris Winters each have pulled papers to

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Jack Miller Contractors Sends Superintendents to 'Bootcamp'
08:37AM / Friday, March 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jack Miller Contractors (JMC) sent six team members to a Superintendent Mastermind Course & Boot Camp presented by Elevate Construction, in Mesa, Ariz., in January, as part of the company's ongoing investment in education and development.   Led by Jason Schroeder, author, podcast host, coach, international speaker, master builder, and owner of Elevate Construction, the bootcamp provided training that creates a strategic advantage to a new generation of workers in the field of construction.   JMC team members who attended the boot camp include Albert Aponte, Jerry Sargeant, Joel Kinney, Paul Barrett, Russell Chieffo and Jeff

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Clark Art First Free Sunday
08:11AM / Friday, March 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sunday Free program continues on Sunday, March 6, offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 am–5 pm, along with a series of special activities.    March's theme is "Whatever the Weather," placing a special emphasis on the environment to celebrate the arrival of spring and the promise of warmer weather.   As a part of the Clark's special programs offered from 1–4 pm, create art inspired by the natural environment. Participants can use their imagination while they view John Constable's cloud studies in the Manton Gallery of British Art, enjoy the

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Williamstown Town Manager Search Committee Talks About Accelerated Process
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:35AM / Friday, March 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Town Manager Search Advisory Committee on Tuesday discussed an aggressive schedule that would have the body make its recommendations to the Select Board in time for action by the end of the month.   In its first meeting since last year's search process failed to identify a successful candidate, the same panel convened to talk about next steps this time around.   Hugh Daley, who co-chairs the search panel with fellow Select Board member Jane Patton, pressed the search group to consider compressing its interview schedule in order to secure a qualified candidate in a highly competitive market.   "Every day we're not trying to say yes

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Integrative Psychiatrist
02:37PM / Thursday, March 03, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson welcomes Adam Pruett, MD, MPH, at noon on Wednesday, March 9.    He is a psychiatrist at Taconic Psychiatry in Manchester, Vt., which offers treatment for ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and trauma. It is among the first practices to offer ketamine-assisted therapy.      The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on

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Williamstown's Social Workers Seek Interviewees for Research Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31AM / Thursday, March 03, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Organizers of the town’s Community Assessment and Research project still are making appointments to interview residents with a particular eye toward reaching diverse socio-economic groups.   Social worker Abigail Reifsnyder met with the Select Board on Monday to give an update on the project, known as Williamstown CARES, which is attempting to study, “public safety needs now, how residents feel about their own safety, and how we can create a greater sense of well-being and belonging.”   Reifsnyder said that as of Monday, researchers had conducted interviews with about 150 of the 200 or so people who have signed up.   “I can

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