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Clark Art Screens 'Force of Evil'
08:00AM / Thursday, January 25, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Feb. 1, the Clark Art Institute continues its free five-part film series highlighting a  group of classic films that have been recently restored to provide an exceptional viewing experience.    The Clark shows Force of Evil at 6 pm in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   "Force of Evil" (1949; 1 hour, 18 minutes) concerns an unscrupulous lawyer, Joe Morse (John Garfield), who, by consolidating a numbers racket, has the opportunity to partner with ruthless gangster Ben Tucker (Roy Roberts). As a fitting backdrop for this tale of moral corruption, director Abraham

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OTT Taxi Sets Up Livery Service in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:08PM / Wednesday, January 24, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — OTT Taxi has a new home.   But it will not be getting a new name, even though the owner says it is not actually a taxi service.   "We're running a livery service right now," John Lord said on Tuesday morning. "We do scheduled time calls."   Last week, "On Time Taxi" announced via Facebook that it again was open for business after the city of North Adams ordered it to "cease operations" over the lack of a physical location at which it could operate under a permit issued by the city.   On Friday, The Berkshire Eagle reported that OTT's new office is 311 Main St. in Williamstown, a building

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Clark Art Presents Conversation on Environmental Issues in Art
08:10AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Feb. 4 at 4 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents "We Tried to Warn You! Environmental Crisis Posters, 1970–2020."   This conversation between Tim Medland, curator of the current exhibition at Poster House in New York, "We Tried to Warn You!," and Clark curator of contemporary projects, Robert Wiesenberger, takes place in the Clark's auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   For the last half-century, artists and designers all over the world have sought to express the urgency of environmental issues in graphic terms—and to spark action. Their efforts have met

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Bay State Winter Games Returning to Berkshires
08:00AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The 2024 Bay State Winter Games Figure Skating Competition will return to the Berkshires for the 37th year Jan. 26-28 at the Williams College Lansing Champman Skating Rink in Williamstown.   Figure Skating The competition will include over 400 performances from skaters representing the United States Figure skating Association and the Ice Sports Industry Skating program. All events will be held at the Williams College Lansing Chapman Skating Rink. These skaters will range in age from 5 to over 60 and represent communities from throughout Massachusetts as well as Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire & Rhode Island    Skating Show The show will feature

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Williamstown Select Board Hears Plan for Updated Skate Park
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:53AM / Wednesday, January 24, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday night heard a presentation from a group that hopes to renovate and upgrade the town's skate park on Stetson Road across from Bud Anderson Field.   Bill MacEwan of the New England Mountain Bike Association told the board that the existing facility is both out of date and in disrepair, with cracks in the asphalt surface that make the existing ramps dangerous for skateboarders and other users of the jumps.   Even leaving aside the deterioration in the 20-year-old facility, it is underutilized, MacEwan said.   "Great intentions when it was built," he said. "This was a common solution, to build a

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Clark Art Presents Sensing Nature At the Clark
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Jan. 28 at 2 pm the Clark Art Institute presents a new program, Sensing Nature at the Clark: From the Outside In.    Clark educators lead a slow engagement with nature and art, focused on enhancing wellbeing. This new seasonal program encourages visitors to connect deeply with the landscapes on the Clark's campus and in the galleries.   The event begins outdoors, with a short, mindful walk in the woods designed to engage your senses with the natural environment. An experience in the galleries using the same contemplative approach to explore one or two works of art follows.   Free. Advance registration encouraged; recommended for

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North Berkshire Waste District Interested In Hydrogen Facility Project
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Monday, January 22, 2024

ADAMS, Mass.— Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District (NBSWMD) were intrigued by a plan by Local Power to work towards community-wide decarbonization through a waste hydrogen facility in Western Massachusetts. 

In a presentation on Jan. 11,  Local Power President Paul Fenn told the district members that Local Power helps local governments set up community-wide decarbonization with a focus on localization "as a core strategy in an industry defined by centralized energy and capital sources." 

He said the community choice aggregation firm helped usher in community choice power supply programs to many towns and cities in Berkshire

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SVMC Wellness Connection: Jan. 19
08:17AM / Monday, January 22, 2024

January 19, 2024

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Often referred to as “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. In fact, more than 3

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Clark Art Airs Live Production of 'Carmen'
08:00AM / Monday, January 22, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. The Metropolitan Opera's broadcast production of "Carmen" airs at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 12:55 pm in the latest installment of the 2023–24 season 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. The Clark broadcasts the opera in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   Acclaimed English director Carrie Cracknell reinvigorates the classic story, revealing at the heart of the drama issues that could not be more relevant today: gendered

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Composting Company Talks Bettering Municipal Waste at BEAT's Green Drinks
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Monday, January 22, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Is composting the answer to municipal waste? John Pitroff of Second Chance Composting believes so.

Earlier this month, community members dove into the world of composting during an event hosted by the Berkshire Environmental Action Teams' Berkshire Green Drinks, which brings in a guest speaker on the second Wednesday of each month.  The hybrid presentation was given at The Barn of the Williams Inn with a virtual option.

Second Chance Composting picks up food scraps and other organic matter and processes it into compost, covering the Berkshires and parts of Southern Vermont.  The company has a facility in Stamford, Vt. that is certified through

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Mass Humanities Announces 2024 Funding Opportunities
11:34AM / Sunday, January 21, 2024
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Humanities, the Commonwealth's leading funder of humanities programs, announced upcoming opportunities for its 2024 grant season.    Application materials for Expand Massachusetts Stories (EMS) grants are available now on the website, with the application window opening on February 5.   EMS grants support projects that collect, interpret, and share stories about the Commonwealth. Special consideration is given to humanities programming, events, and creative works that emphasize the voices and experiences of residents that too often go unrecognized, or have been excluded from public conversation and public history.   This year, Mass

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Williamstown Diversity Panel Talks About Raising Profile of MLK Holiday in Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Sunday, January 21, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One day after their regular meeting was postponed by Martin Luther King Jr. Day, members of the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee talked about how that day could have greater recognition in the town.   "I come from a different part of the country, and there's more diversity there," Noah Smalls told his colleagues at their Jan. 16 session. "I was taken aback at how little was done to recognize, celebrate, honor Dr. King's birthday as a federal holiday.   "I know different people are able to engage with this dialogue from different places. People have different levels of interest in it as

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