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Mount Greylock Class of 2022 Urged to Know Themselves
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:55PM / Saturday, June 11, 2022

The class was told they were a resilient group who'd overcome plenty of obstacles during the pandemic. See more photos here.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School class of 2022 had to overcome more than a few obstacles on their way to graduation on Saturday.    Class President Henry Art said it was a "singular example of the resiliency" the cohort of 73 had shown particularly through the last three years.    "High school itself is a challenging environment in many different ways for many different people — academically, socially, logistically. But adding in the pandemic on top of that created an obstacle which

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Mount Greylock Announces Student Speakers for Class of 2022
04:06PM / Thursday, June 09, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Alayna M. Schwarzer and Anthony J. Welch are the student speakers selected to address the Mount Greylock Regional High School class of 2022 at graduation exercises on Saturday, June 11, at 11 a.m. in the school gymnasium.   Respected and highly regarded by her peers,    Schwarzer was chosen by her classmates to speak. She is respected and highly regarded by her peers and considered welcoming and outgoing. She is well-known to the senior class for her thoughtful and kind ways. Similarly, her staunch support and advocacy to build empathy and work to end bias and hate is valued and admired.    Academically talented and curious, Schwarzer has

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Letter: Not NIMBY, It's Common Sense
Letter to the Editor,
02:00PM / Thursday, June 09, 2022

To the Editor:

Here in Williamstown those of us opposed to the former Planning Board's complex and radical zoning changes – because they were dumped on us with no time for review their impacts on our neighborhoods, no supporting documents, and while our Comprehensive Plan is still in the works – are already hearing whispers of NIMBY-ism ahead of our June 14 town meeting. So, I address the whisperers.

NIMBY, or "Not In My Backyard," is credited to Lois Gibbs of Niagara Falls, N.Y. It was her rallying cry for neighbors to oppose Hooker Chemical's dumping of toxic waste in nearby Love Canal. Gibbs declared that "people fighting for their own back yard is

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Clark Art Presents Soundings: The Other Mozart
11:49AM / Thursday, June 09, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Soundings: The Other Mozart, the final concert in this year’s series Soundings: New Music at the Clark takes place on Saturday, June 18 at 7 pm in the Clark’s auditorium.    Soundings is presented by the Clark Art Institute in collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas. The Other Mozart is an award-winning play telling the true, forgotten story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. Nannerl was a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. This celebration of music and history has toured the world, from

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Letter: Zoning Changes Will Have Cumulative Effects
Letter to the Editor,
05:30PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022

To the Editor:

What might the cumulative effects be of the Williamstown Planning Board's proposed warrant articles to be voted on at town meeting?

The former chair of the Planning Board stated that breaking their proposal into multiple articles would allow residents to vote on the merits of each specific change to the bylaws. While this approach seems considerate, it also masks two crucially important aspects overall: the broad scope of the proposed changes across many bylaws; and the cumulative effects of these changes if passed.

The Planning Board has put forward 10 warrant articles total. Contrary to claims of only "tweaking around the margins," these articles encompass

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Letter: Williamstown Planning Board Proposals
Letter to the Editor,
05:00PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022

To the Editor:

How many citizens voted at the last town election? How many will vote at the town meeting? Town meeting is quaint AND irrevocably broken.

A holistic approach to town zoning is far preferable. Selectively passing one or two of the failed Planning Board's proposed zoning changes amounts to spot zoning. All related articles should be tabled or voted down.

Here is something to consider if you think the GR proposals, at minimum, are harmless. If you own land that can be divided into two or more now buildable parcels, guess what? Your property taxes will be jacked up because now, your property is "more valuable!" Voila!

These ill-thought out zoning changes have

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Williamstown Health Board Again Advises Masks at Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:31PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday declined to institute a face-covering mandate for next Tuesday's resumption of the annual town meeting.   Against a backdrop of declining local numbers for COVID-19, the board instead decided to continue its stance of strongly recommending masking in indoor spaces and reiterated the places where residents can obtain one.   Town meeting, which began on May 17, adjourned to June 14 as its first order of business. The meeting will resume at 7 p.m. that Tuesday at a larger venue, the gymnasium at Mount Greylock Regional School.   Prior to the May meeting, a resident obtained a Berkshire County Superior Court order

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Radiation Oncologist
01:14PM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Matthew Vernon, MD — a radiation oncologist, medical director of the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and an avid road and adventure racer—will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) 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 as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.    Dr. Vernon has been instrumental in procuring advanced technology for cancer

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Diversity Committee Members Speak of Pain From Threatening Email
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:33AM / Wednesday, June 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Members of the town's diversity committee Monday talked about the emotional toll from an email that threatened violence against the committee and others speaking out about making the town more welcoming to diverse populations.   "When I read it, I had such a rush of blood going up to my ears that I didn't hear anything for a few minutes," Andi Bryant told her colleagues during a virtual meeting. "It was that startling and that frightening for me.   "I spent a couple of days in fear, and I'm not too ashamed to admit that. It scared the hell out of me. It made me question what I'm doing."   Intimidation

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Music From Around the World With the Taconic Chamber Players
03:57PM / Monday, June 06, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Better Bennington Corporation announced its second Thursday Night Live performance with Taconic Chamber Players performing "Music From Around The World" on Thursday, June 9 from 5:30pm - 7:00pm at Merchants Park on the Thomson Family Stage.    The address is 119 North Street. This event is free and open to the public.   Local vendors will be on hand with lemonade, treats, crafts and more starting at 3:30pm as well as buskers. Gift baskets from downtown businesses will be raffled off at the end of the performance. Raffle tickets are $1 for 1 or $5 for 6.   Violinists Joana Genova and Jamecyn Morey will be joined by violist Ariel

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: June 3
08:26AM / Monday, June 06, 2022
  June 3, 2022   Come Alive

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Noted Historian to Williams Grads: 'Democracy in Peril'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
06:21PM / Sunday, June 05, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Jon Meacham is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who has made a career of studying and teaching about American history.   On Sunday morning, he gave the graduating seniors at Williams College the short course, and a lot of it was pretty bleak.   “We’re living in American democracy’s hour of maximum danger,” Meacham told the graduates and friends gathered on the college’s library quad. “That is not hyperbole. It is an age of declining trust and growing extremism, of spreading lies and an erosion of truth and a primacy of brute power and a deadly dearth of compassion and of

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