The state has now allocated $138,000 to the Berkshire County Regional Employment Board to train workers to fill some 127 vacant jobs.
According to BCREB Executive Director Heather Boulger, some 66 workers in the region can apply for an array of free classes taught by teachers at Taconic High School and McCann Technical School.
Longtime library employee Robin Martin intends to retire in early May, and library officials say they'll feel her absence keenly.
Not only are they losing an experienced employee of 30 years, but her departure as adult reference services librarian may lead to a cascade of staffing issues.
Kara Zaks is working on a compromise with her neighbor Clark Gable over the chickens, ducks, and roosters she raises on her property.
The two live next to each other on Narragansett Avenue and Zaks has some 80 ducks, chickens, and roosters. She raises them for food, eggs, to sell for extra income, and for a passion to protect endangered species.
Williams College and its contractor believe they have a solution to the problem of workers parking in a downtown parking lot during construction projects.
The practice frustrated downtown merchants during last summer's renovation of the college's Spring Street tavern. A looming five-year project to build a new science center near the village business district has raised serious concerns among business owners.
BRPC is trying to get ahead on its "other postemployment benefits."
In 2009, Massachusetts passed a law requiring government agencies to disclose the liability. OPEB consists mostly of health insurance for future retirees and the focus of most agencies is to start a trust fund, which will eventually be used to pay those benefits — pulling that annual expense from the operating budget.
Monday, Feb. 8, is the beginning of the 15-day Chinese Spring Festival or Chinese New Year when food offers symbolic help for health, prosperity and overall good fortune in the coming year. I arranged to have a banquet with friends at Panda House in Lenox on Chinese New Year's Eve.
We planned a number of seafood dishes including two kinds of whole fish because seafood is auspicious, whole fish symbolize completeness and shellfish are opulent.
The J Star gymnasts brought home an assortment of medals from the Manhattan Classic, their biggest competition yet.
Last Week 12 J Star athletes, ages 7 to 12, traveled to New York City and competed against other gymnasts from across the country.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
It's a question children often hear as early as preschool, as they don plastic doctor's equipment or pretend to race cars or fly to the moon, but it's not a serious question often until the second half of high school.
The Board of Health is mulling how to handle the unpermitted demolition of two structures on Cook Street last December.
The contractors hired by the town neglected to properly permit the demolition and bait the building for rodents or check for toxic materials.
The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday night granted a special permit for Williams College's science quad expansion.
The board declined a request from two residents to allow more time for review of 500 pages of supporting material presented with the request.
Last year it was a sturdy Star Destroyer, this year it was a fragile bridge across the massive fireplace in the Paresky Center.
The building of the Lego Bridge on Jan. 18 was one of the focal points of the Williams College Winter Study course "The Mathematics of Lego Bricks," taught by associate math professor Steven Miller. The course often includes a time challenge.
In Williamstown, that ballot vote will take place on March 1 along with the presidential primary. The ballot vote in Lanesborough is scheduled for March 15. The project will also be discussed at a special Lanesborough town meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 6 p.m. at Lanesborough Elementary School.
The Selectmen have begun drafting a strategic plan document that will reflect the vision of the board and the community.
The Selectmen used Wednesday's workshop meeting to continue the process of whittling down thoughts from the community strategic planning sessions held this past summer.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, is the last day to register or to change party status to vote in the Tuesday, March 1, presidential primary.
You may change your party enrollment by completing a new voter registration form in person at your town or city clerk's office, by mail, or at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com.
Town officials are making a second try for a town accountant.
The Select Board on Wednesday interviewed three candidates — all with fairly extensive accounting backgrounds — but felt a key experience was missing for each one: Municipal accounting.
A few decades ago, before the revisionist Western (i.e. Robert Altman's "McCabe and Mrs. Miller," 1971) moseyed into our movie palaces, director Gavin O'Connor's ultrarealistic "Jane Got a Gun" might have fascinated us and even won a few awards.
But I tell you pardner, by this juncture I've just about had a belly full of poor cowpokes and sodbusters trying to scratch out a living in inhospitable country populated by no-account varmints, gunslingers and the precursors of what would evolve into
An 8-year-old local boy will get to be an "officer for a day" this month in recognition of his life-saving 911 call last November.
Cody Stojda had found his mother on the floor of their home unable to breathe and immediately called the emergency number to get her help.
The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday evening will continue a hearing to consider Williams College's new science center.
The college and its consultants were before the board on Jan. 21 to discuss topics ranging from stormwater management to light pollution to the height of the new, 170,000-square-foot science center.