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Lee's Fraser Leads Team to Williams Invitational Win
iBerkshires.com Sports,
06:20PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Lee's Thomas Fraser carded rounds of 70 and 74 to finish 2-over-par at Taconic Golf Club and lead the Rensselaer Polytechnic men's golf team to the championshp of this weekend's Williams Fall Invitational.   The Engineers finished a combined 15 strokes over par at the two-day event, 12 strokes better than runner-up Skidmore College.   Fraser, a senior for the Engineers, placed fifth last year at the Liberty League Championships and was named a Golf Coaches Association of America all-America Scholar.   Eighteen teams competed in this weekend's event.   The hosts from Williams placed fourth behind John Pagano and Will Rich, who each

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Allen Heights Veterinary Repeats as Josh Billings Runaground Champ
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:48PM / Sunday, September 18, 2022
LENOX, Mass. -- Hundreds of amateur athletes Sunday won the 46th Josh Billings Runaground Triathlon where, as the motto goes, "To finish is to win."   The day's fastest finishers featured familiar names as the four-man team from Allen Heights Veterinary was the first across the finish line at Camp Mah-Kee-Nac, which took over this year from Tanglewood as the triathlon terminus.   As usual, teams headed out from downtown Great Barrington for a 27-mile bike ride to the boat launch at the Stockbridge Bowl, where pedalers gave way to paddlers for a 5-mile spring around the lake. The final leg of the event is a 6-mile run.   Athletes compete in teams of two, three or

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Williams Women's, Men's Soccer Win at Cole Field
05:15PM / Saturday, September 17, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nick Boardman had a goal and an assist Saturday to lead the Williams College men's soccer team to a 4-0 win over Bates.   Ben Diffley made one save to earn the shutout in goal.   Williams (2-0-2, 1-0 NESCAC) hosts Tufts on Sunday afternoon.   Women's Soccer WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Sam Phan and Tess Belnap each scored to give Williams a 2-0 win over Bates.   Williams (2-2, 1-1) hosts Tufts on Sunday.   Field Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Anna Lindeis scored in the first minute of overtime to give Bates a 1-0 win over Williams.   Carson Stephenson and Gates Tenerowicz split time in Williams' goal, stopping four

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Mount Greylock Schools Invite Community to 'Talking to Kids About Racism'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:01PM / Saturday, September 17, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School District will broaden its diversity efforts to the larger community with an Oct. 28 presentation by nationally known author and speaker.   Simran Jeet Singh, the executive director of the Aspen Institute's Religion and Society Program, will be in town for two days to work with the district's elementary school and middle-high school students around the issues of bias and empathy.   On Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., he will share some of the same thoughts with a wider audience.   "We asked him if he would do an evening presentation for caregivers," Director of Curriculum and Instruction Joelle Brookner

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Williamstown ZBA OKs Recovery Center at Former Sweet Brook
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:47PM / Friday, September 16, 2022

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After discussion over four meetings, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved an application to operate a chemical dependency rehabilitation facility in the former Sweet Brook nursing home on Cold Spring Road.

It was unanimously approved on Thursday with conditions related to fencing and landscaping.

"We've been revisiting this now [for] several months, we've asked the petitioner to work with with the abutter, they've done so and they've come back with a proposal that appears to make both parties happy," Chair Andrew Hoar said.

"And again, this is a special permit for a change of use. I think this board at this time has gone way

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Williamstown Board Looks to Build Community Among Other Goals
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:23AM / Wednesday, September 14, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board is hoping to put "unity" back in the community.   At its Monday meeting, the board discussed the goals for 2022-23 that it compiled at an off-camera meeting last month at the Williams Inn.   The board identified five initiatives for the year that concludes with May's town election. The only one with all five board members' names attached is labeled "Community Building/Outreach."   "This was a broad topic brought up at the retreat," Chair Hugh Daley said. "After so many years of feeling sequestered in our houses … we felt as a board we should engage harder with [events like the July

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Williamstown Community Chest Fun Run Set for Saturday
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03:43PM / Tuesday, September 13, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williamstown Community Chest will hold its 14th Fun Run on Saturday.   This community event consists of two races, a 5K run and a 1-mile kids’ run/family walk. The Fun Run races are open to everyone, veteran or first-time runners and daily or occasional walkers.  Families with pets and strollers are also welcome to participate. Both race events begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School St.   Sign-in and registration begin at 8 a.m. on the day of the race. Online registration, as well as a printable registration form, may be accessed at www.williamstowncommunitychest.org. The registration fee for the 5K race is $15 per

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Williams Men's Soccer Ties at Babson
iBerkshires.com Sports,
07:44PM / Sunday, September 11, 2022
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Babson College men's soccer team scored in the 81st minute Sunday to earn a 1-1 tie against Williams.   Henry Osborn scored for the visitors, who got four saves from Ben Diffley.   Williams (1-0-2) hosts Bates on Saturday.   Women's Soccer MANCHESTER, Vt. -- Claremont-Mudd-Scripps scored midway through the second half to earn a 1-0 win over Williams at Applejack Stadium.   Margaret Huelin stopped three shots for Williams (1-2), which hosts Bates on Saturday.   Men's Golf MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Three Williams players carded 2-over-par rounds of 73 on Sunday to help the Ephs finish tied for seventh place at the Duke Nelson

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Williams College Coach Joe Doyle Recognized
05:29PM / Saturday, September 10, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Longtime Williams College assistant football coach and now manager of football operations Joe Doyle has been named to the USA Lacrosse Massachusetts Hall of Fame.   Doyle played lacrosse at UMass in 1963 and 1964 and was an original and longtime Western Mass lacrosse official.   Field Hockey BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Emily Batchelor scored a pair of goals Saturday to Williams team to a 3-2 in over Babson.   Natalia Nolan also scored a goal, and Carson Stephenson and Gates Tenerowicz split time in Williams' goal, stopping two shots.   Williams (2-0) goes to Smith on Wednesday.   Women's Soccer MANCHESTER, Vt. -- Emma Lynch and Sam Phan

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Letter: Let's Make Property Taxes Progressive
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Saturday, September 10, 2022

To the Editor:

Property tax is a regressive tax but it doesn't have to be.

While in most communities each property owner pays the same tax rate per $1,000 of home value, the impact on your pocketbook varies based on your income level. Those in the bottom income quintile pay 5.4 percent of their income on municipal tax while the top quintile pays less than 3 percent, and the top 1 percent of earners pay only 1.6 percent of their household income, according to the Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP).

In essence, the less you have, the more of your income you are expected to pay.

According to ITEP's Tax Inequality Index, which measures the impact of each state's

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Pittsfield Run Remembers Murdered Tennessee Jogger Eliza Fletcher
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
09:43AM / Friday, September 09, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Backlit by the first glow of sunlight over the hills east of the city and sporting a T-shirt with the slogan “Women run the world,” Shiobbean Lemme calls the predawn hours “the best time of the day.”   “To get this view, you have to go to bed before Jeopardy is over,” Lemme jokes. “I don’t ever get to see Final Jeopardy. But, you know, the tradeoff is worth it for me.”   On Friday, Lemme was joined by more joggers than usual as the Berkshire County running community joined runners throughout the nation in honoring Memphis, Tenn.’s, Eliza Fletcher, who was kidnapped and murdered during her early

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Crash at Mount Greylock Entrance Highlights Long-Standing Concern
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:40AM / Friday, September 09, 2022

The collision at the entrance of the high school has again raised safety concerns about speed and low visibility, especially regarding younger drivers. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A crash at the entrance of the Mount Greylock Regional School campus Wednesday sent one person to the hospital and had the school community thinking about the potential danger of the driveway's access to U.S. Route 7.   At about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Williamstown Police received a call about a two-car accident at 1781 Cold Spring Road, the entrance to the middle-high school.   Rebecca Lee Williams of Williamstown was brought to Berkshire Medical Center complaining of neck pains after the

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