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Williams Grads Told to Use Privilege to Serve Others
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:40PM / Monday, May 31, 2021

Class Speaker Papa Freduah A. Anderson spoke to his classmates about the obligation that comes with privilege. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For members of Williams College's class of 2021, Monday was a day to celebrate the grit and hard work that got them through the last four years.   But their class speaker reminded them it also was about something else: the privilege that got them to Williams in the first place.   "I, for example, have been privileged to have parents who could afford to take me to private junior high school in Ghana, which then enabled me to attend all the best high schools in the country, where I learned about the opportunity to attend college

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Williamstown Seeking Ideas to Improve Downtown Economy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:03AM / Monday, May 31, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is asking residents and businesses for ideas about how to help downtown recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.   On Wednesday, the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual forum to discuss the work BRPC has been conducting under a grant from the commonwealth's Local Rapid Recovery Plan program.   "The grant does not include funding for implementation," BRPC's Philip Arnold explained. "It is strictly for planning at this point. Part of the work is to identify potential funding sources to make these projects happen, and we're also hoping the state will consider the types of

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
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Williams' Ekstrand Wins NCAA Tennis Title
Williams Sports Information,
07:25PM / Sunday, May 30, 2021
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.. – On the last day of the individual championships for NCAA DIII women's tennis, Williams College freshman Erica Ekstrand defeated Christina Watson of Emory in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to become the first Williams woman to win the NCAA DIII singles title.   Ekstrand on her way to the title not only beat Christina Watson, the Emory No. 2 singles player, but also Emory's No. 1 singles player, Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico, in straight sets in the semifinals. Emory won the 2021 team title.   Ekstrand, who was given the nickname "Rocky" for her fierce competitiveness, lived up to that nickname again today as she took control of the championship match

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North Berkshire American Legion Members Return to Mount Greylock
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
03:57PM / Sunday, May 30, 2021

The temperature was well below 40 degrees but visibility was higher than in past years on the summit. ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Legionnaires had a return to normalcy Sunday as they gathered at the top of Mount Greylock to remember their fallen comrades.   "This is our 87th year doing this, and we have missed this only twice," Adams American Legion member Donald Sommer said. "Once during the road construction and last year because of COVID ... we keep coming up here to remember our comrades."   Every year on the Sunday before Memorial Day, the past commanders gather early at the Adams American Legion before making their annual pilgrimage. All

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Williams' Ekstrand Reaches NCAA Tennis Final
Williams Sports Information,
07:42PM / Saturday, May 29, 2021
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Three Williams women's tennis players competed Saturday in the individuals for the DIII individual national tennis championships.   Erica Ekstrand competed in the quarterfinals for singles. In her first match, Ekstrand took on Tilly Rigby from Tufts, the Jumbos' No. 1 and the 2021 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Ekstrand won in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.   In her semifinals match, Ekstrand was matched up against the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico from Emory University. Ekstrand won, 6-1, 6-2.   Ekstrand is the first Williams player to compete in an NCAA singles final since Juli Raventos in 2018.   In the doubles tournament,

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Self-Care, Community Are Focuses at BArT Graduation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Saturday, May 29, 2021

Hugging was back at the first Berkshire County high school graduation of 2021 on Saturday. See more photos here.   NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Let others stop and smell the flowers.   On Saturday, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School class of 2021 was told to stop and be the flowers.   Cameron James Langsdale, who was chosen to offer one of the graduation ceremony's senior reflections, worked his speech around the metaphor of a lotus flower emerging from the mud.   One of his messages to his fellow graduates: They all have emerged from a muddy senior year marred by masks and social distancing and Zoom

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Governor Rescinds Public Health Emergency as of June 15
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:52PM / Friday, May 28, 2021
BOSTON — The state of emergency instituted in March 2020 will officially end on June 15 and most restrictions on capacity and face coverings will be lifted on Saturday.   Gov. Charlie Baker on Friday signed an executive order rescinding more than a year of pandemic protocols that restricted business and school operations.   The governor cited the dramatic drop in new cases and hospitalizations since the earlier in the year and the state's progress in vaccinating the population.   "Thanks to the people Massachusetts who made enormous sacrifices over the course of the past year to get us to this point, brighter days are very much upon us," he said at his

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day
09:00AM / Friday, May 28, 2021

Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army Arlington National Cemetery is the nation's first federal military cemetery. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Memorial Day is being celebrated Monday, May 31. It is a federal holiday observing the sacrifices of the nation's servicemen and -women. It started as a day to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers, particularly in the South, and many states adopted the day as Decoration Day to commemorate all U.S. soldiers after World War I.

Memorial Day was established as a federal holiday in 1971 by Congress. It falls on the last Monday in May.

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SVMC Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner
08:51AM / Friday, May 28, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomed Family Nurse Practitioner Sophie Jannen to SVMC ExpressCare and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Jannen earned her master's degree in nursing from Simmons University in Massachusetts in 2020. She received her bachelor's in nursing from Northeastern University. In addition, she holds a bachelor's in psychology from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and an associate's degree from Berkshire Community College. She is certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.   Jannen has worked in the Emergency Department at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield,

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The Retired Investor: Carbon Market Comes of Age
By Bill Schmick,
03:41PM / Thursday, May 27, 2021
At the beginning of this year, the global price of carbon was $24.05 per ton of CO2. In order to achieve the emissions reduction goals of members of the Paris Agreement, prices need to reach a range of $50-$100 per ton of CO2. That makes buying carbon an attractive investment.   The ongoing concerns about climate change have spawned several emission trading schemes over the last decade. The reasoning is simple: if left unchecked, carbon emissions (among other factors) will have a material impact on our environment and will do severe damage to the global economy.   The ratification of the Kyoto Protocol of 2007, by world governments, effectively addressed the challenge,

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Berkshire Museum Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions Starting May 29
12:06PM / Thursday, May 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This Saturday, May 29, the Berkshire Museum will begin to welcome walk-in visitors and shoppers and allow groups of more than six individuals for the first time since it reopened in August 2020. This move follows Governor Charlie Baker's announcement last week ending state COVID-19 restrictions on May 29.   Starting Saturday, vaccinated guests will not be required to wear masks. However, museum staff will continue to wear face coverings and strongly encourage all visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to do the same to create the safest possible environment for all patrons; and especially the museum's many visitors under age 12 who are not yet

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SVMC ExpressCare Sets COVID-19 Vaccine Schedule for Walk-ins
07:50AM / Thursday, May 27, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — SVMC ExpressCare, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), will administer COVID vaccines noon – 5:30 p.m. from Tuesday, June 1 – Friday, June 4.   ExpressCare is newly relocated to 120 Hospital Drive. It shares space with the Respiratory Evaluation Center, which features negative-pressure air exchange throughout. The new facility also has a dedicated parking area, a larger waiting area, larger and more exam rooms. As always, the practice offers X-ray and blood draw.   No appointment is necessary, and COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone ages 12 and older regardless of state of

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