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Williams College Testing for Geothermal Capacity at New Museum Site
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:59PM / Wednesday, January 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College is doing the ground work for a new art museum at the former site of the Williams Inn.   Actually, it is doing the underground work.   This winter, the college is drilling a test well near the Field Park rotary to assess the terrain's capacity to produce geothermal energy for the planned museum.   A crew from Armonk, N.Y.'s, Brightcore Energy has been working on the site, setting the stage for a project that could supply a significant percentage of the heating and cooling needs for the museum the college is planning to replace the current facility at Lawrence Hall.   "The location of the test well is in the range

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Northern Berkshire Residents Invited to SVMC at the Williams Inn
12:33PM / Wednesday, January 17, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — This free event includes a presentation of SVMC initiatives that will enhance and improve the health of the community and a panel discussion with the oncology team from the Dartmouth Regional Cancer Center at SVMC.    Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served.   When: Wednesday, January 31, from 5-7 p.m.   Where: The Williams Inn - 101 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA   RSVPs are required to attend and due no later than Tuesday, January 23. Email foundation@svhealthcare.org or call 802-447-5017. 

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Mount Greylock School Committee Holds Initial FY25 Budget Talk
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:39AM / Tuesday, January 16, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District administration is forecasting a fiscal year 2025 budget with little room for additional programming in the preK-12 district.   "This is likely one of those budget years when we'll be focusing hard on what we have to do and not as much on what we'd like to do," Superintendent Jason McCandless told the School Committee last week. "Any additions, particularly around staffing, will likely have to be met with proportionate reductions elsewhere."   Assistant Superintendent Joseph Bergeron, who also serves as the district's budget director, walked the committee members through what he

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Figuring Out Fevers in Kids
11:34AM / Monday, January 15, 2024

Few things make a parent feel more helpless than when their child has a fever. The good news is most fevers are harmless. In fact, they’re a signal that your child’s immune system is working to fight infection. Nonetheless, it can be distressing when your child is unwell. There are so many questions: How high a fever is too high? What medication—if any—should I give them? When should I call a doctor?

Before we dive into those questions, let’s explore what a fever is and how to recognize it.

To begin with, a fever is not an illness. Rather, it’s a symptom of an illness. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a body temperature at

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Clark Art Gallery Talk With Emerging Art Historians
08:00AM / Monday, January 15, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Jan. 19, enjoy a new look at old favorites in the Clark's permanent collection.    In Fresh Takes, a Williams College graduate student shares their take on an object with the perspective of new scholarship.   Tours begin in the Museum Pavilion at noon.   Admission to the Clark is free through March 2024. No registration is required. 

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Williamstown Select Board to Seek Data on Short-Term Rental Issue
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:20AM / Saturday, January 13, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday discussed developing a town-wide bylaw on short-term rentals.   But it did not reach a consensus — even about whether to take up the project that the Planning Board asked the Select Board members to address 15 months earlier.   Four members of the five-person Select Board appeared to agree that some action was needed to create local guardrails for Airbnbs, as other communities throughout the county have done. One member said the issue needs more study and implied the Planning Board was suggesting the town solve a problem that does not exist.   The discussion — the second since the Planning Board's

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Clark Art Open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
08:00AM / Friday, January 12, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is open from 10 am–5 pm on Monday, Jan. 15 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.    Admission is free for all through March 2024.   Visitors can view the pair of exhibitions "50 Years and Forward: Works on Paper Acquisitions" in the Clark Center lower level and "50 Years and Forward: British Prints and Drawings Acquisitions" in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper.    These exhibitions mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Manton Research Center with a choice selection of prints, drawings, and photographs acquired since 1973.   Also on view is "Elizabeth Atterbury:

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Williamstown Receives Nearly $400K in CPA Requests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Wednesday, January 10, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received six requests totaling $385,100 for Community Preservation Act funds for fiscal year 2025.   Two of the biggest asks come from town entities.   According to a spreadsheet on the town's website, the Community Preservation Committee is anticipating having up to $232,532 available for the FY25 funding cycle.   That is the result of taking the town's anticipated CPA revenue and deducting out the money needed to pay off prior commitments to support the development of the Cable Mills housing complex on Water Street.   The primary source of the CPA money is a 2 percent on local property tax bills, after the first $100,000

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Pine Cobble Names Head of School
10:29AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Pine Cobble School in Williamstown has appointed Dr. Alana Harte, a longtime educator, head of school as of Jan. 1, 2024, according to a December announcement sent to the school community by its board of trustees.

Dr. Harte joined Pine Cobble in 2020 and served, most recently, as acting head of school, and prior to that, assistant head of school, dean of students, and reading specialist.

She earlier held various positions in other schools, including eleven years as a middle school English teacher, and previously served as an equity consultant and qualitative researcher. She received an EdD in Educational leadership from Southeastern Louisiana

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Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service
08:00AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Committee invites the public to the annual Northern Berkshire MLK Jr. Day of Service to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with this annual day of volunteering. 

Gather Monday, Jan. 15, as the Northern Berkshire community celebrates the life, principles, and ideals of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a "Day of Service." A celebratory luncheon will follow.

The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA's Church Street Center with coffee and pastries. Volunteer site service will take place from approximately 9:30 a.m. to noon. 

This is a family-friendly event

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Developers Drop Williamstown Housing After Threat of Appeal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:42AM / Tuesday, January 09, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In June 2022, Hicks Stone began talking publicly about a proposal to construct two-family homes on a Water Street parcel.   The development called for higher density than allowable under the town's zoning bylaw but might be allowable under the provisions of the commonwealth's Chapter 40B law, which provides for relief from local zoning if developments include some income-restricted, or affordable, housing.   Stone asked the board of town's Affordable Housing Trust whether it thought Williamstown was free of the provincial concept known as "NIMBY-ism."   "Largely, but not totally," he was told by the chair of the

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Williamstown Gathering Info on Livestock at Request of State Agency
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Monday, January 08, 2024
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An attempt by the town's health inspector to cooperate with a state agency sparked a minor controversy on social media over the weekend.   On Sunday, a user posted anonymously on the "Williamstown Mass. Info & Issues" Facebook page an image of a form the the health inspector sent to area farms seeking information about the number and types of livestock they keep and acknowledging consent for the town's regular inspections of agricultural operations.   "Since when do we need an application for farm animals, did we get rid of right to farm??" the Facebook user posted. "im not sure if im being pranked or

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