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Mount Greylock Sending Field Project Bonding Question to Towns
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Friday, February 10, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Thursday decided to begin the process of sending a bond authorization vote to its member towns' annual town meetings this spring in order to finance a track and field project at the middle-high school.   In a vote of 6-1, the committee voted to ask voters in Lanesborough and Williamstown to approve up to $1.8 million in borrowing toward what is currently estimated to be a $4.125 million project.   The $1.8 million figure represents the shortfall in the district's coffers after it applies the bulk of the remaining proceeds from a $5 million capital gift from Williams College and the $100,000 in

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Williamstown Fire District Panel Talks Station Tax Impact
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Friday, February 10, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — With fewer than three weeks left until a special Fire District meeting to decide whether to build a new station on Main Street, a district committee Thursday talked publicly for the first time about the potential property tax implications.   Jeffrey Thomas, the chair of the district's Community Advisory Committee, walked his members through four different bond payment scenarios at Thursday's hybrid meeting of the committee.   Based on numbers Thomas presented, the property tax bill for a single-family home with a median value of $358,600 would go up by between $319 and $351 over the life of a 25-year bond, depending on how the debt repayment is



Weekend Outlook: Plays, Comedy Nights, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:31PM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
Cold weather getting you down? No worries, Berkshire County has a variety of events to warm up your weekend from concerts, comedy nights, and more.  Friday, Feb. 10
Try your hand at sketching at the Clark this Friday.  Drawing Closer: Animal Planet The Clark, Williamstown   The Clark Art Institute is inviting artists of all skill levels to draw using this month's "Animal Planet" theme from 10:30 to noon and selections from its collection of prints, drawings, and photographs as inspiration.    Basic materials are provided during this fee event but advance registration is required as capacity is limited.    More information is


Contemporary Artist's Sculptures and Prints Featured at the Clark
11:53AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute continues its art in public spaces program in 2023 with a year-long installation presenting the work of contemporary artist Elizabeth Atterbury.   "Elizabeth Atterbury: Oracle Bones" is a free exhibition on view in the Clark Center's lower level and in the reading room of the Manton Research Center through January 21, 2024.   "Since we began our program of installing contemporary art in our public spaces in 2018, we have been able to introduce the work of many remarkable artists and present a unique platform for their creative and intriguing projects," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark.


SVHC Welcomes Local Midwives to SVMC OB/GYN
10:45AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes Certified Nurse Midwives Kim Griffin, CNM, and Amy Kranick, CNM, MSN, to SVMC OB/GYN and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    "Women at every stage of life need expert guidance for managing their health care and understanding their options," said SVMC's Chair of the Department of Obstetrics Kimberley Sampson. "I am delighted to expand our team by welcoming Kim and Amy."   The two had been partners in Women's View Midwifery and Women's Health, which was located in the Medical Office Building on the SVMC campus in Bennington. Their former practice's patients


Better Bennington February Pop Up Shop
08:43AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Better Bennington Corporation's next pop up is this coming weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 10 - 12, from 11 am - 5 pm.    The number of vendors has increased to a total of 17  over the weekend. the shops will be located at at 341 Main Street across from the W-Collective.   The current list of vendors includes:  A Crooked Barn Charcuterie, Crazy Creations, Lodestar Lights, Deb Higgins Art, Boho Folk-Furniture Reimagined, Divine Spirit, Js Grass Fed Garden, Threat Neutralized Bakery, Wicked Sniffer Products, 802 Vintage Boutique, Anchors Away Boutique, Highland Farm, M&J's Taste of Home (Sweets), Caroline's


Roam Finds New Home in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023

Xtina Parks is moving her gallery Roam to Water Street. She opened it in 2018 on the Mass MoCA campus.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist and gallery owner Xtina Parks is excited about the future of her new neighborhood.   And she is just as excited about preserving its past.   "What is important to me is history and things that are important to New England," Parks said this week. "I'm originally from Springfield and have always loved architecture — historic buildings, buildings that are older.   "When we found out about this location and also that it has income potential with the existing income from apartments above and Gramercy


SVHC Enacts New Workplace Violence Policy
08:32AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has implemented a new Zero Tolerance Policy for its hospital campus, medical office building and offsite practices.   The policy and communications plan is a proactive approach detailing what actions and language are not tolerated to address the workplace violence trend currently occurring at healthcare institutions across the United States.        The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports that 44 percent of nurses report an increase in incidence of physical violence in the workplace since the pandemic and 68 percent report an increase in verbal abuse. In fact, an analysis by Press Ganey found


Williams Men's Basketball Tops SUNY-New Paltz
09:57PM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Alex Lee scored 25 points Tuesday to lead the Williams College men’s basketball team to a 63-57 win over SUNY-New Paltz.   Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 11, and Evan Glatzer grabbed nine rebounds in the win.   Williams (20-3) finishes the regular season on Sunday at Conn College.   Photos from this game here.


Williams Students Lead Tour of Clark Collection
11:57AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Feb. 10, Williams College art history graduate students will guide a conversation on the Clark's permanent collection.   In a new program, Fresh Takes, students in the Williams College/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art share their thoughts on an object in the collection through the perspective of new scholarship.     Tours begin in the Museum Pavilion at 12 pm.    Admission to the Clark is free through March 2023. No registration is required.


McCann Quarter Two Honor Roll
10:49AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023

High Honors 

Abuisi, Nicholas 2023

Ames, Ian 2023

Belisle, Camryn 2023

Booth, Collin 2023

Boyer, Molly 2023

Braman, Noah 2023

Champney, Isabella 2023

Ciempa, Erin 2023

Covello, Vincenzo 2023

DeBenedetto, Noah 2023

Durocher, Cameron 2023

Gamari, Alexis 2023

Gamari, Renae 2023

Girard, Anastasia 2023

Glasier, Emily 2023

Hartwig, Josephine 2023

Hayer, Addison 2023

Kipp, George 2023

Lake, Matthew 2023

LaSalle, Julia 2023

Lennon, Keira 2023

Liang, Ivan 2023

Livsey, Aaron 2023

Livsey, Joshua 2023

Loughman, Thomas 2023

Marsh, Catryna 2023

McGrath, Lucan 2023

McGrory, Daniel 2023

Medon, Ryan 2023

Meehan, Lillian 2023

Modena, Devon 2023

Moran, Cordelia 2023

Morin, Max 2023

Mroz, Lauren


Letter: Unethical Fire District Maneuver
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, February 06, 2023

To the Editor:

The Williamstown Fire District recently released a "Comparison of Size of Proposed Williamstown Fire Station to Other Fire Stations" chart on their official website. The purpose of this data was to educate residents about the sizes of fire stations recently built in the region compared to what Williamstown is proposing to gain support.

During the Jan. 25, 2023, Fire District Prudential Committee meeting (recorded by I asked the District if they knew the information on their data chart was incorrect. For example, under the section "Station Size," the communities of Holden (36,450 square feet), Sharon (42,460 square feet), Medfield (41,022


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