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Williams Swimmer Breaks NCAA Record Twice in One Day
Williams Sports Information,
12:17PM / Sunday, February 20, 2022
WATERVILLE, Maine –- For the second time this winter, a Williams College student-athlete has broken an NCAA Division III record.   This time, in the pool.   Senior swimmer Jamie Lovette of Ithaca, N.Y., Friday twice broke the NCAA DIII record in the 200-yard freestyle at the NESCAC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Colby College.   In the morning prelims, Lovette's time of 1 minute, 35.94 seconds eclipsed the previous record of 1:36.42 set by Evan Holder of Johns Hopkins in 2017. Lovette’s second 100 was an unbelievable 49.59.   Later that night, swimming in the finals, Lovette bettered his morning record time finishing in

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Williamstown Chimney Fire Prompts Heating Season Reminder
08:22AM / Sunday, February 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Fire Chief Craig A. Pedercini and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey said that fire at a Williamstown automotive shop started in the chimney, prompting a reminder to have flues cleaned and chimneys inspected each year.   "If you use a fireplace, woodstove, or pellet stove, it’s important to have your flue cleaned and chimney inspected once a year to prevent fires like this one," said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. "This is usually done before heating season begins, but it’s not too late to have it done now. It could save your home, your business, or your life."   The Feb. 10 fire on Henderson Road was

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Williams Men's Basketball, Hockey Top Amherst
10:34PM / Saturday, February 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 20 points Saturday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 70-66 win over Amherst in the quarter-finals of the NESCAC tournament.   Nate Karren scored 18 points, and Jovan Jones and Spencer Spivy each grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.   Williams (16-3) advances to next weekend's conference semi-finals.   Men's Hockey AMHERST, Mass. -- Tyler Cooligan had a goal and an assist Saturday to lead Williams to a 3-1 win over Amherst.   Cooligan scored the game winner on the power play early in the third period, breaking a 1-1 tie.   Evan Ruschil stopped 30 shots for Williams (10-10-1).

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Williamstown Planners Advance Ambitious Slate of Zoning Changes
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:44AM / Saturday, February 19, 2022

There was lengthy debate about the proposed zoning changes at Thursday's Zoom meeting of the Planning Board, which voted to advance 15 of 18 measures before it. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In an emotional and contentious three-hour meeting Thursday, the Planning Board voted to send nine zoning bylaw amendments to town meeting.   Included in those nine articles were numerous submeasures that forced the board to make 18 different decisions throughout a night that featured calls to slow the process from members of the public and members of the board alike.   In the end, 15 of the 18 measures passed — nine 5-0 votes with little to no discussion, three on votes of 4-1,

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Williams Women's Basketball Wins Tourney Opener
12:16AM / Saturday, February 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Devin Biesbrock scored 14 points Friday to lead the Williams College women's basketball team to a 40-31 win over Connecticut College in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament.   Maddy Mandyck scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Williams (10-14).   Men's Hockey CLINTON, N.Y. -- Williams' Jamie Cates scored a power play goal early in the third period to give his team a 2-2 tie at Hamilton.   Cal Sandquist stopped 41 shots for Williams (9-10-1, 9-7-1 NESCAC), which goes to Amherst on Saturday.

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Inspire Confidence Group Earns Ameriprise Client Experience Award
12:51PM / Friday, February 18, 2022
ALBANY, NY. — Inspire Confidence Group, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC has earned the 2021 Ameriprise Client Experience Award.    Inspire Confidence Group has offices in Albany, Chazy, Cobleskill, Williamstown, Mass, Nanticoke, Pa. and New Brighton, Minn.   Inspire Confidence Group was honored with this award because of their ability to consistently deliver personalized, goal-based advice and exceptional client service. Award recipients earned an overall client satisfaction rating equal to or greater than 4.9 out of 5.0 and maintained high business results.    The award represents a group of Ameriprise advisors

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Olympic Mountain Biker
08:43AM / Friday, February 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson is pleased to welcome Lea Davison, an Olympic mountain biker at noon on Wednesday, February 23.   The show is produced 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 a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Davison is a two-time Olympian from Jericho, Vermont. She is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she competed as a downhill ski racer. She began mountain bike racing in 2001. Her career

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Mount Greylock District Requiring COVID-19 Vaccines for Staff
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Friday, February 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District and its union have agreed to require vaccinations against COVID-19 for employees of the PreK-12 district.   Through the end of the current school year, all teachers, paraprofessionals and cafeteria workers must provide proof of vaccination within a reasonable time as a condition of employment, according to a memorandum of agreement ratified by the School Committee last Thursday.   The agreement allows for religious and medical exemptions. The former requires an affidavit from the employee attesting to their "sincerely held religious beliefs"; the latter requires documentation from a medical

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day
02:00PM / Thursday, February 17, 2022

Gen. George Washington taking command of the Continental Army in Cambridge in 1775.

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 21.

The holiday was first enacted by Congress in 1879 to mark George Washington's birthday on Feb. 22 and later moved to the third Monday in February in 1968. While the name of the federal holiday remains Washington's Birthday, it is more often referred to as Presidents Day to include the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12.

Washington was born in 1732 (or Feb. 11, 1731, according to the old-style calendar) in Colonial Virginia. A Founding Father, he would lead the new nation as head of the Continental Army in the Revolution and as

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Letter: Zoning Changes in Williamstown Not Minor
Letter to the Editor,
12:00PM / Thursday, February 17, 2022

To the Editor:

I write in regard to the zoning changes being voted on by the Planning Board, being referenced as changes to promote affordable housing. I, for one, really want to see more affordable housing in Williamstown and welcome the zoning review; however, the present proposals, as submitted, do not advance affordable housing in our town. In fact, they create real losses/costs especially for our rural RR2 zone. I submit that your proposals are a very big deal and need some big-deal time for thorough review and analysis before they are ready for "prime time."

1. Major changes, NOT just "at the margins."

The chairman at the most recent Planning Board meeting

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Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Drafts Letter to Hinds for Funding
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
08:52AM / Thursday, February 17, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership has drafted a letter to state Sen. Adam Hinds' office to request $200,000 in funding from the Legislature for organizational operations.

The Executive Committee of the partnership reviewed and approved the letter for Hinds' office at its meeting on Tuesday. The letter outlines several potential uses of state funding, such as hiring an executive director, sustainable forest product project funding and community engagement efforts to help promote conservation.  

Board member Whit Sanford, who helped write the letter, said she had worked with Jon Gould, a member of Hinds' staff, in the past and decided to

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Adams Community Bank Receives SBA Preferred Lender Status
03:12PM / Wednesday, February 16, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank has been designated a Preferred Lender through the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Preferred Lender Program (PLP).   Adams Community Bank's designation as a preferred lender places the Bank among the SBA's best lenders and empowers the Bank with fully delegated lending authority.   "I'm proud of the efforts our commercial lending team has exerted to attain the SBA's Preferred Lender status," said bank President and CEO Charlie O'Brien. "Their hard work and dedication are unmatched, and this designation supports that."   The status is only given to banks with a history of

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