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Williams Softball Team Wins Weekend Series
05:28PM / Saturday, April 16, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College softball team Saturday completed a game suspended by darkness on Friday with a win over Wesleyan.   The Cardinals then came back to salvage a split in the three-game weekend series.   In Game 2, a 10-5 Williams win, Mara Kipnis homered, and Madison Mok struck out six for Williams.   Wesleyan's Courtney Collins-Pisano went 3-for-4 with a home run in her team's 10-7 win.   Williams (14-10, 3-3 NESCAC) hosts Tufts on Monday.   Men's Lacrosse AMHERST, Mass. -- Brock Gonzalez scored three goals and assisted on one to lead Amherst to a 14-10 win over Williams.   Calvin Caputo and Tim Saffold each scored three

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Williams Softball Tops Wesleyan in Walkoff
09:17PM / Friday, April 15, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kelly McGuigan hit a walkoff single Friday to give the Williams softball team a 3-2 win over Wesleyan.   Williams came back from deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 to improve to 13-9 this spring (2-2 NESCAC).   Tayler Wise and Bailey Burger-Moore each had two hits, including a double. Elyse Chan struck out nine to earn the complete-game win in the circle.   Game 2 of Fridays double-header was suspended due to darkness. It will resume on Saturday morning with Williams up, 6-3. Game 3 of the weekend series will follow.   Baseball MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Mitchell Schroeder went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI Friday to lead Middlebury to a 5-4 win over

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Letter: April Is National Volunteer Month
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, April 15, 2022

To the Editor:

Kindness and Compassion.  April is National Volunteer Month.

Why do people volunteer? What do they get out of it?

We're taught from a very young age that we will feel good if we help others. It's true, volunteering gives us a sense of meaning, of purpose.

Thanks to a website, nextdoor.com, people can post requests for help. I just saw such a request from someone who knew of an elderly woman who was unable to walk her beloved dog and would have to give him up if she couldn't find help walking him. "Her health is declining, and the dog is her best friend."

I believe it's common knowledge that having something to care for can make a huge

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:07AM / Friday, April 15, 2022

Monday, April 18, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Mass RMV Preparing for High Customer Volume During April Vacation
08:29AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is preparing for a high volume of in-person customer service transactions during school vacation week which is scheduled to take place the week of April 17, 2022.     The RMV traditionally sees a high volume of customers at its statewide Service Center locations during this annual vacation week, and encourages customers to schedule appointments for required in-person transactions and avoid unnecessary visits by using Mass.Gov/RMV to conduct more than 40 RMV online transactions.     Customers should also note that Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, including RMV Service Centers, will be closed on Monday,

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Williamstown Planning Board Splits on Proposal for Rural Development
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A deeply divided Planning Board on Tuesday recommended next month's annual town meeting adopt the most contentious zoning bylaw amendment the board has produced this cycle.   On a vote of 3-2 that followed the same split as past votes on the topic, the board advocated for passage of what is now known as Article 45 on the town meeting warrant.   The act would, if passed, reduce the residential lot dimensions in the town's Rural Residence 2 zoning district in the same proportion that a similar article, No. 44, would do so in the General Residence district.   RR2 still would require significantly more square footage, frontage and setbacks than

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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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