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Williams Baseball Tops Hamilton
iBerkshires.com Sports,
08:54PM / Saturday, April 23, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Ryan Young went 2-for-3 with a double to lead the Williams College baseball team to an 8-6 win over Hamilton on Saturday.   James Murray earned the win on the mound with 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief.   Williams (8-13, 2-5) hosts RPI on Tuesday.   Softball AMHERST, Mass. -- Kelly McGuigan went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead Williams to a 3-2 win and a split of a double-header aginst Amherst.   After the Mammoths won Saturday's first game, 2-0, Williams jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of Game 2.   Amherst came back to tie the game with runs in the fourth and sixth, but Rachel Neugart drove in the winning run in the top of

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Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship
12:52PM / Saturday, April 23, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Applications are now being accepted for the Lola Greene Legacy Scholarship.     A one-time grant of $250-$500 will be awarded to a graduating high school senior from Berkshire County who is planning to continue to study Latin and/or the Classics in college. The scholarship will be awarded based on scholastic achievement with emphasis on Latin study and related activities, future plans to continue Latin and Classics studies, and demonstrated leadership and good moral character.   Lola Greene taught at Mt. Greylock Regional High School from 1984 through 2000. During this time she developed the school's Latin program and Junior Classical

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Williamstown Rotary Club Participates in Day of Service
03:42PM / Friday, April 22, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Rotary Club of Williamstown, along with other clubs in Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, participated in Rotary Day of Service on April 9.   In Williamstown, members collected food for the Easter distribution by the Williamstown Food Pantry.   Working from a list supplied by the food pantry we donated hams, potatoes, and other items.  The night before, members gathered to fill bags with candy and small toys for area children.     The club meets weekly for lunch on Tuesdays.     For information on other club activities, contact president Armando Dicianno at armando@dicianno.org

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Questions Sought for Williamstown Candidate Forums
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11:13AM / Friday, April 22, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Residents are encouraged to submit questions for a pair of candidate forums in Williamstown on Tuesday.   The Williamstown chapter of the League of Women Voters is hosting the forums for candidates running for two seats on the Select Board and one seat on the Planning Board. League member Jennifer Howlett will be the moderator.   The forums will be held starting at 4 p.m. at Town Hall and will be taped by the town's community access television station, Willinet. The public is invited to attend in person.    Candidates for the Planning Board will appear from 4-6 p.m., followed immediately by the candidates for the Select Board.

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Clark Art Artist Talk and Book Launch With Anne Thompson
11:04AM / Friday, April 22, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist Anne Thompson will visit the Clark Art Institute on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 pm to discuss her recent exhibition, "Trail Signs," in which she installed forty-eight unique prints on the Clark's wayfinding kiosks over the course of the winter.   Thompson will discuss her artistic and curatorial practice in conversation with the Clark's Robert Weisenberger, associate curator of contemporary projects. The event also celebrates the launch of her limited-edition artist's book documenting the project.   This event is presented live in the Clark's auditorium. Advance registration is required. For more information and to

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Bennington Museum Gets $46K Federal Grant for New Windows
02:51PM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Bennington Museum has joined the ranks of the 245 organizations across the country that are receiving new grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities totaling $33.17 million.   Included in those awards was $52,173 for the state of Vermont, $46,173 of which was awarded to Bennington Museum for the purchase and installation of energy-saving windows for the historic building.   NEH funds were divided into 13 categories, the largest of which ($11 million worth) was reserved for 23 institutions taking part in the infrastructure and capacity building challenge — a category intended to leverage matching funds to support the literal building blocks

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Sts. Patrick & Raphael Parish Hosting Synod Listening Sessions
02:11PM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Parish of Sts. Patrick & Raphael is seeking input from interested community members on their spiritual reflections.    The Rev. John P. McDonagh said the parish has already held Synod Consultation Sessions with the Parish Council, parents participating in Generations of Faith Formation program, and parishioners, as well as the Harper Center and Williamstown Commons.   He added that "the parish is also interested in hearing what the Holy Spirit is telling people in the community."   Three open sessions have been scheduled, including one earlier Thursday at the parish center. The next sessions are Saturday, April 23, at 6 p.m.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Vermont Food Security Leader
09:39AM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) 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 as a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Sayles joined the Vermont Foodbank as the CEO in March of 2009 after serving ten years in senior appointed positions with the State of Vermont at the Department of Public Service and Agency of Natural Resources.

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Williams College Museum of Art Program on Sol LeWitt's Jewish Projects
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In conjunction with the "Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints" exhibition currently on view at the Williams College Museum of Art, curator David S. Areford will present a program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, that explores the Jewish dimensions of Sol LeWitt's art through five projects.   The program will be held in person at Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) as well as virtually on Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube.    To register for the Zoom program, visit artmuseum.williams.edu. WCMA's galleries will remain open until 5:30 p.m. so that attendees can visit the exhibition before the program.   According to a press

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Williamstown Fire District Honing FY23 Budget Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:59AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that oversees the Fire District last week reviewed a fiscal 2023 budget that amounts to a 3.14 percent increase over the current year.   But the $498,000 spending plan is just 0.4 percent higher than the operating budget the annual district meeting approved two years ago.   Last spring, the Prudential Committee put forward a budget that reflected a 2.7 percent decrease from FY21 to FY22. This year, it may be looking to recoup that drop plus a little more according to a preliminary budget presented by Treasurer Corydon Thurston at a special meeting.   "It's certainly a manageable number and a sellable number, in my

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Seasonal Safety Reminder: Be Aware of Mulch Fire Hazards
03:59PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
STOW, Mass. —State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offered a fire safety reminder to homeowners and others who plan on using mulch in upcoming landscaping projects.   "Every spring, firefighters across Massachusetts respond to mulch fires on commercial and residential properties," State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. "These include fires that start with cigarettes and other smoking materials. Remember that mulch is combustible and can easily catch fire."   The hazard is especially significant around residential structures because fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early. By the time smoke and heat enter the building to

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Best Selling Author Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
08:39AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Award-winning California-based journalist and author Richard Louv has spent his career exploring human relationships with nature and animals and how those relationships affect our health and wellbeing. At 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, he joins Trey Dobson, MD, on Medical Matters Weekly.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) 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 as a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Richard Louv is a journalist and author of

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