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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears Budget Requests, Budget Constraints
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Tuesday, January 17, 2023
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On the same night it heard about a challenging budget season ahead, the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee heard requests for as many as eight new full-time positions in the district.   The first order of business on the schedule Thursday was a discussion of fiscal year 2024 funding priorities for Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional School.   Middle-high school Principal Jacob Schutz gave a presentation from Mount Greylock's School Council that identified five priorities for FY24, including the addition of four positions: a Spanish teacher, visual arts teacher, a 504 coordinator and a behaviorist.   The

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Top 5 Tips for Snow Blower Safety
10:00AM / Monday, January 16, 2023

Vermont receives an average of 89 inches of snow every winter, so it’s a good time for a refresher on snow blower safety. While our snow-removal machines are helpful, they can be dangerous too. In fact, the majority of winter hand injuries relate to the use of a snow blower. They add up to thousands of injuries each year. Here are the top five tips for snow blower safety:

Dress appropriately. Warm well-fitting clothes are a must. Anything loose or dangling, like a scarf, could become tangled in the machinery and cause an accident. Footwear with good traction is also important, as slip and fall injuries are common, as well. Ear plugs or noise-canceling headphones will help

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Clark Art Airs Production of 'Jack Absolute Flies Again'
08:27AM / Monday, January 16, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute airs a presentation of "Jack Absolute Flies Again" (2 hours, 30 minutes), a production of London's National Theatre, on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 pm.    The Clark airs the broadcast in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish. Back on British soil, Jack's advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms. Emily Burns directs this new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and

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Williamstown Fire District to Seek $25M for Station Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:59AM / Monday, January 16, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that oversees the town's fire district Thursday approved warrant article language seeking authority to borrow up to $25 million to build a new station on Main Street.   That is the number officials will seek on Feb. 28 at a special district meeting at Williamstown Elementary School.   Three members of the five-person Prudential Committee attended Thursday's special meeting to sign off on the language.   Chair David Moresi was joined by Joe Beverly and Alex Steel for a brief hybrid meeting at the current fire station on Water Street.   The $25 million will be sought to cover the cost of "the design, engineering,

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan 13
04:26PM / Sunday, January 15, 2023

January 13, 2023

#8 in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge

Physical Therapy Assistant Jason Howland, PTA, of SVMC Outpatient Therapy delivers the last challenge in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge. Post your progress on social media with

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Williams Women's, Men's Basketball Teams Beat Bowdoin
10:33PM / Saturday, January 14, 2023
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Maddy Mandyck scored 14 points Saturday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 48-40 win over Bowdoin.   Mia Holtze and Devin Biesbrock each scored nine for Williams (12-5, 3-1 NESCAC), which goes to Amherst on Wednesday.   Men's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nate Karren scored 17 points to lead Williams to a 79-64 win over Bowdoin.   Spencer Spivy scored 14 points and passed out three assists for Williams (15-1, 3-1), which hosts Amherst on Wednesday.   Women's Hockey CLINTON, N.Y. -- Hamilton outshot Williams, 42-15, to earn a 4-1 win.   Erin Pye stopped 38 shots for Williams (8-6, 3-5), which hosts Colby on

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Small Business Administration Offers Veteran Certification Program
11:40AM / Saturday, January 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration began accepting applications through the Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) program as part of the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to expanding access to resources for Veterans and other underserved populations. 

The improvements in the customer experience for Veteran entrepreneurs and business owners made by VetCert will build upon the $25 billion in government contract spending with service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal 2021. 

"The SBA's new Veteran small business certification program is designed with our commitment to

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Williamstown Dispensary Still Aims to Sell Medical Cannabis
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:51AM / Saturday, January 14, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five years after the Select Board lent its support to a planned medical cannabis facility, the proprietor still is working toward obtaining a license to be a Medical Marijuana Treatment Center in the commonwealth.   Silver Therapeutics opened its doors as an adult use recreational cannabis retailer in April 2019 in what then was called the Colonial Plaza shopping center on Main Street.   In January 2018, the Select Board cleared the way for Silver Therapeutics by authorizing the town manager to send a "letter of non-opposition" to state licensing authorities.   At the time, the nascent Cannabis Control Commission had not yet finalized the

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Williams Women's Hockey Earns 1-0 Win
10:43PM / Friday, January 13, 2023
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Maddie Tix scored midway through the second period to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 1-0 win over Hamilton.   Erin Pye made 30 saves to earn the shutout in goal for Williams (8-5, 3-4 NESCAC), which faces Hamilton again on Saturday.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nicholas Rashkovsky scored midway through overtime to give Williams a 3-2 win over Albertus Magnus.   Sam Anderson and Jonah Gold scored a goal apiece, and Cal Sandquist made 29 saves for Williams (4-8-1), which goes to Plattsburgh State on Saturday.   Women's Basketball WATERVILLE, Maine -- Maddy Mandyck scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead

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Letter: Response to Mr. Williams
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Friday, January 13, 2023

To the Editor:

The response is appreciated, Mr. Williams. First, I'm sorry for the error regarding fundraising; it was not intentional. Second, I want to be clear that I agree that the youth center is vital to the town and community.

Additionally, I applaud that the youth center raised its rates, but I don't understand why it's "an option for families to pay more if they are able." Many in this community can pay a going rate for their children's care and the quality programming offered at the Williamstown Youth Center (WYC).

I gather that the national average for after-school care is $261 a week for one child. That figure is based on three hours a day, 15

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Williamstown Residents Reminded of Potential Electricity Savings
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:17AM / Friday, January 13, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Residents this week were reminded that if they are not enrolled in a municipal electricity aggregation program, now could be the time.   "Most folks are aware that bills are going up, and if you're still with National Grid, you got sticker shock the last couple of months with bills going up considerably," Town Manager Bob Menicocci said at Monday's Select Board meeting.   "The town does have an aggregator that has a much cheaper source of electricity through next November. We don't know what will portend after that, because we'll have to negotiate a new rate. In the meantime, there is no reason for any resident to be

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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds Off on Track
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:36PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted 6-1 on Thursday to put off building a track with a new multisport grass field for at least another year.   "We're going to build a good project," Carrie Greene said. "It's just going to be one year later. Instead of being ready spring 2024, it will be ready spring 2025."   Greene brought the one-year delay idea to her colleagues from the district's Field and Track Committee, on which she serves.   As she explained in a special meeting earlier this month, the delay was suggested because the estimated cost of the improvement to the middle-high school campus far

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