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Albany TV Station Plans Friday Live Remote From Williamstown

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday morning, television viewers throughout the region will be waking up with Williamstown.
 
Albany, N.Y.'s, Channel 10 will do a live broadcast of its "Wake Up With 10" morning show from the lawn in front of the Williams Inn at the south end of Spring Street from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
 
The daily program begins an hour before the national "Good Morning America" show on the ABC affiliate and continues until 9 with local cut-ins to GMA.
 
A few weeks ago, the Albany station contacted Town Hall about doing the remote broadcast from the North County town. Town officials reached out to the Chamber of Commerce about coordinating with potential guests for the broadcast.
 
Starting at 6:05 a.m., and continuing several times per hour through 9, the Capital District show will feature a dozen local businesses and cultural institutions as well as Williams College, which is allowing use of the green space that connects the town's business district with the inn.
 
"They reached out to the town, and we agreed on a location," Williamstown Chamber Executive Director Sue Briggs said. "They came over and made sure they had the needed amenities at the location.
 
"Their vision is to have the camera pointed up Spring Street in the background."
 
Briggs said it is an exciting opportunity to showcase the town beyond its borders and particularly in the Albany media market with the summer tourism season just around the corner.
 
"It's such a perfect day trip from the Capital District," Briggs said. "It really is sort of a no-brainer.
 
"Getting people to come over the [Taconic] Trail is not always the easiest thing to do. But as people are looking for driving destinations, it's easy. It's only an hour away."

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Williamstown Board of Health 'Strongly Recommends' Masks at Town Meeting

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday morning strongly recommended that attendees at Tuesday's annual town meeting wear masks and relayed that masks will be available for anyone who arrives without one.
 
But a groundswell appears to be developing for that meeting to be adjourned to a new date and location in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The town moderator said last week that he has no intention of unilaterally postponing the meeting or adjourning it to a "date certain" at a different venue. And on Friday, the town posted a statement on the issue on its website.
 
Such an adjournment is possible if an attendee moves for one at the outset of the meeting (identifying a time and location for the meeting's resumption) and that motion passes.
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