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Easter Events in the Berkshires
10:23AM / Thursday, April 14, 2022

Hippity, hoppity, Easter's on its way this April 17 ... and so are family events in the Berkshires. If you have one you want included on this list, just email us at info@iberkshires.com.

  Saturday, April 16

CLARKSBURG: The Veterans of Foreign Wars annual egg hunt starts at 10 a.m. at Peter Cooke Memorial Town Field. 

  DALTON: Dalton Community Recreation Association hosts its annual Easter Egg Hunt on the CRA Memorial Lawn with the first hunt beginning at 9 a.m. It will be a busy weekend for the bunny because there will be a visit from the Easter Bunny and candy donated by the Benefit Association.   LENOX: The Lenox Community Center hosts its annual Easter egg

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Williams College Replaces Loans, Work Study with Grants
01:22PM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College on Wednesday announced that starting with the fall 2022 semester, the college will become the first in the country to totally eliminate loans, as well as required campus and summer jobs from all of its financial aid packages.   Those components will be replaced with equivalent grant funds, dollar for dollar, the college said in a news release.   Taken together, the changes greatly simplify the financial aid process for families, who have traditionally had to manage a complex portfolio of grants, loans and student work requirements, the college said.   As part of the same initiative, in 2021, Williams also revised its financial aid

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Williamstown Police Working for Departmental Accreditation
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:36AM / Wednesday, April 13, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday heard reports on a couple of initiatives that officials hope will restore trust in the town's police department.   Interim Chief Mike Ziemba shared the outcome of a March symposium on local policing, and the veteran officer brought in to consult on the force's efforts to gain accreditation discussed the benefits of that process.   Charles Chandler, a graduate of the FBI's National Academy and 25-year veteran of the Plymouth Police Department, where he retired as captain in 2005, has gone through the accreditation process at multiple agencies during his more than 40 years in the field.   "It's similar

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Store at Five Corners Announces New Operator
04:13PM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The local non-profit that recently purchased the Store at Five Corners announced its selection of Corey Wentworth as the new Store Operator who will be responsible for reopening and running the Store.   "We're thrilled to announce that Corey Wentworth, a talented chef and restaurant/café manager, will be running the general Store and café," Karen Charbonneau, president of the Store at Five Corners Stewardship Association said. "Corey comes with decades of cooking and managerial experience, a vision of the Store returning to the community gathering place it once was, and a passion for the opportunity to serve everyone

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Clark Art Lecture on Depictions of Motherhood In Late 18th Century French Art
08:32AM / Tuesday, April 12, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sarah Grandin, the Clark-Getty Curatorial Fellow, will host a talk exploring depictions of motherhood in French art from the second half of the eighteenth century.    Grandin's lecture, "Maternal Absence and Pictorial Presence," is presented live in the Clark's auditorium and broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live (@clarkartinstitute) on Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm.   Grandin focuses on Étienne Aubry's "Farewell to the Wet Nurse" (1776–77)—to decipher what was expected of mothers in the Enlightenment era. She will also consider art's role in shaping social mores and investigate

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Influenza Alert!
Submitted by Meghan Gunn, chair of pediatrics at S,
08:34AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
The most common respiratory illness circulating right now isn't COVID; it's influenza. But most people who come down with the flu don't need medical help. In fact, no test is needed most of the time, and the best treatments are surprisingly low tech. You can easily do them yourself at home. Here's what you should do if you come down with flu symptoms, like fever, coughing, and congestion.   Test for COVID using an at-home antigen test or a PCR test. PCR tests are available at SVHC's COVID Resource Center without an appointment 8 a.m. – noon Monday – Saturday. Many schools are also providing students with at-home antigen tests. If your test is positive,

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: April 8
08:27AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
  April 8, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Legislating

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Mount Greylock School Committee Votes to Drop Assessment to Lanesborough
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday agreed to rely more heavily on school choice revenue and eliminate one planned position from its fiscal 2023 spending plan in order to gain support of Lanesborough town officials.   Superintendent Jake McCandless and Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Joe Bergeron presented an updated budget plan that directs $75,000 more in school choice funds and trims the Lanesborough Elementary School operating budget by $19,506 in order to drop Lanesborough's assessment after feedback from town officials.   The spending plan the School Committee passed last month included a $6,128,751 assessment to

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Williams Softball Splits at Middlebury
05:48PM / Sunday, April 10, 2022
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Mara Kipnis went 2-for-4 with a double Sunday to lead the Williams College softball team to a 7-3 win over Middlebury in the first game of a double-header.   The Panthers came back to take the nightcap, 10-4, behind home runs from Abby Santis and Noelle Ruschil.   Elyse Chan struck out six for Williams in the Game 1 win.   Williams (10-9) goes to Smith College for a double-header on Tuesday.   Women's Lacrosse WATERVILLE, Maine -- Annie Eddy scored four goals to lead Colby to a 15-7 win over Williams.   Claudia Russell scored a pair of goals, and Caitlyn Joyce stopped 10 shots for Williams.   Williams (3-6) goes to Western Connecticut

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Williamstown Fin Comm Member Makes Case for Putting Costs Before Voters
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:26PM / Sunday, April 10, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — One member of the Finance Committee on Wednesday made a last-ditch call for transparency around expenses incurred by the town to settle a series of issues that arose in 2020 regarding the Williamstown Police Department.   The committee held its final regular meeting in advance of May's annual town meeting and voted its recommendations to town meeting members on all of the spending articles on the warrant.   The Fin Comm recommended passage of all the articles on its plate – mostly by unanimous votes but with a couple of significant exceptions.   Dan Caplinger, who has in the past raised concerns about how the town funded settlements with

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Q&A: Next Head of Pine Cobble Wants to Strengthen Ties to Community
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Sunday, April 10, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Eric Chapman is coming to town to be the new head of school at Pine Cobble elementary.   But when he talks about his reasons for coming, he sounds like he might have the potential for a position at the local Chamber of Commerce.   "When I came to visit, it was just the beginning of autumn and all the wonderful changes of the trees, and it looked like a movie set, frankly," Chapman said this week. "It didn't feel real.   "I was coming down Route 7, and every turn was a red barn with autumn leaves behind it, or a babbling brook or a horse farm or a dairy farm. I thought, 'This is not real. It had to be a set up of some

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Glavin Leads Williams Men's Lax to Win over Babson
04:34PM / Saturday, April 09, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Pearse Glavin had a hat trick Saturday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 16-7 win over Babson.   Jake Haase and Harrison Cross each scored a pair, and 12 different Williams players found the back of the net.   Will Bock and Matt Freitas combined to make nine saves in Williams' goal.   Williams (6-4) hosts Hamilton on Wednesday.

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