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An image of missing person Fae Morgana Barbone provided by the Williamstown Police Department.

Authorities Search in Williamstown for Missing Eastern Mass Resident

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police are asking anyone with information about a missing eastern Massachusetts resident to contact the dispatch center at 413-458-5733.
On Tuesday morning, Williamstown Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked near the end of Berlin Road, a hiking area near the New York State Line, according to a news release from the WPD on Wednesday.
Police determined the vehicle was registered to Fae Morgana Barbone, a missing person from the Abington/Hanson area on the South Shore, the release said. 
"This person had been reported as missing several days earlier with unconfirmed sightings in North Adams and the Carolinas and a confirmed interaction with law enforcement in the state of Maine," WPD said.
Williamstown Police used its K-9 unit and drone surveillance to search the area, they said.
As of 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, the search continued.
Williamstown Police asked the public to avoid the area at the end of Berlin Road so as not to interfere with authorities.
According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Barbone was reported missing to Abington Police. Her car, a black 2019 Ford Festiva coupe with license plate 259TB, was reported on a street in Augusta, Maine, on March 7. She was caught on security camera footage at an ATM on March 6.
Barbone is described as 40 years old and white, standing 6-foot-2 with brown hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a light blue denim jacket, purple sweat shirt, black leggings and brown shoes. There is a peace sign tattoo on the back of her neck. 
The search team included the New York and Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police and the New York Environmental Conservation Police, according to the news release. The WPD wanted to make local residents aware of the increased presence of the outside agencies during the search.

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Williamstown Volunteer of the Year Speaks for the Voiceless

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff

Andi Bryant was presented the annual Community Service Award. 
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Inclusion was a big topic at Thursday's annual town meeting — and not just because of arguments about the inclusivity of the Progress Pride flag.
The winner of this year's Scarborough-Salomon-Flynt Community Service Award had some thoughts about how exclusive the town has been and is.
"I want to talk about the financially downtrodden, the poor folk, the deprived, the indigent, the impoverished, the lower class," Andi Bryant said at the outset of the meeting. "I owe it to my mother to say something — a woman who taught me it was possible to make a meal out of almost nothing.
"I owe it to my dad to say something, a man who loved this town more than anyone I ever knew. A man who knew everyone, but almost no one knew what it was like for him. As he himself said, 'He didn't have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.' "
Bryant was recognized by the Scarborough-Salomon-Flynt Committee as the organizer and manager of Remedy Hall, a new non-profit dedicated to providing daily necessities — everything from wheelchairs to plates to toothpaste — for those in need.
She started the non-profit in space at First Congregational Church where people can come and receive items, no questions asked, and learn about other services that are available in the community.
She told the town meeting members that people in difficult financial situations do, in fact, exist in Williamstown, despite the perceptions of many in and out of the town.
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