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A driver apparently lost control of their car and hit the porch of a house on Simonds Road on Wednesday afternoon.

No One Reported Injured After Car Strikes House in Williamstown

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — No injuries were reported Wednesday after a car drove into a house at 1033 Simonds Road (Route 7).
 
Williamstown Police and Fire and Northern Berkshire EMS were at the scene at about 2 p.m. on Wednesday cleaning up and waiting for a wrecker to remove the vehicle.
 
The lone occupant of the car, the driver, had been evaluated and refused transport to the hospital, officials said.
 
Wednesday's rain may have contributed to the accident.
 
Tire tracks were visible on the property to the south leading up to the car, a light gray sedan that hit the structure directly below a "No Trespassing" sign.
 
Williamstown Police are investigating the accident and the building inspector was called to the scene to inspect the property.

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Mount Greylock Super Taking Principal Job in Great Barrington

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After years of leading school districts, Jason "Jake" McCandless is taking a step back to focus on a single school.
 
Mount Greylock Regional's superintendent will take over as principal at W.E.B. Du Bois Regional Middle School in Great Barrington on July 1, according to a report in the Berkshire Edge.
 
McCandless tendered his resignation last month from Mount Greylock after four years at the helm and just one year into his current contract. He had previously been superintendent of the Pittsfield Public Schools and in Lee. 
 
The Berkshire Edge reports the Berkshire Hills Regional School District announced the hiring via press release on Friday morning. 
 
Du Bois Principal Miles Wheat has taken a job in the Chatham, N.Y., school district less than a year after being appointed. Du Bois Middle School has an enrollment of about 350. 
 
McCandless was lauded by the outgoing class of 2024 at Mount Greylock's graduation ceremonies on Saturday. 
 
On Thursday, McCandless again declined the opportunity to explain why he suddenly resigned mid-contract from the Lanesbourgh-Williamstown school district.

Instead, he reiterated previous statements about how grateful he was for the opportunity to work in the Mount Greylock school system.

"Right now, I believe someone else is better suited, skilled and equipped to do that work here," McCandless wrote on the last day of school for students in the Mount Greylock district.

He did not answer a follow-up email asking why someone else is "better suited."

In his initial Thursday email, McCandless said he was comfortable with the idea that people in Lanesborough and Williamstown will fabricate their own reasons for his abrupt departure absent an explanation from him.

"Folks will create the narrative that works for them, with or without my version being on the record," McCandless wrote.

He also concluded his Thursday, June 13, email with the following statement.

"I am not sure what or where is next – but I leave the MGRSD Community nothing but gratitude," McCandless wrote.

By Friday morning, the Berkshire Hills Regional School District was announcing McCandless' hiring.
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