Monday, March 27, 2017

Marilyn Cavallari works on display at Milne Public Library beginning with Saturday (April 1) reception

March 27, 2017

David & Joyce Milne Public Library

Marilyn Cavallari to exhibit at the Milne Library

Marilyn Cavallari will exhibit her oil painting for the month of April at the Milne Library in Williamstown. The artist will host a reception on Saturday April 1st, 1-3:30 open to the public and refreshments will be served.

She began studying art at Penn State University and finished her degree at SUNYCAB. "I was most interested in Art History and Painting with Oils. I gave up painting soon after college to pursue a career in teaching ballet. In 2010 I decided to take up painting but mainly as a hobby. My hobby has become a passion which now has me painting daily. I paint with oils but continue teaching ballet which makes me look forward to each tomorrow. Many of my paintings are in private homes in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Texas, Florida, California, New Mexico, Michigan, Kansas, the Bahamas and Stockholm, Sweden".

"I am a contemporary landscape and seascape artist. I work on several paintings simultaneously a few hours each day. I take pictures everywhere I go, print them out and turn them into my paintings. If what I see and how I communicate that is enjoyed by many people then I have accomplished what I set out to do".

For more information, contact Pat McLeod. Library Director

Pat McLeod M.L.S.
Library Director
David & Joyce Milne Public Library
1095 Main St.
Williamstown, MA 01267

Fwd: Williams College to Host Climate Change Roundtable

From: Noelle Lemoine <>
Date: March 27, 2017 at 11:05:35 AM EDT
To: Noelle Lemoine <>
Subject: Williams College to Host Climate Change Roundtable

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email:





WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 27, 2017—Noted environmental journalist Andrew Revkin and environmental scientist Jacquelyn Gill will participate in a roundtable discussion at Williams College titled "Communicating Climate Science in a Post-Fact World," on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital. The roundtable will also feature Nicolas Howe, assistant professor of environmental studies, and Phoebe Cohen, assistant professor of geosciences. This event is free and open to the public.


Revkin, an award-winning environmental journalist, has been a prominent voice in the debates about climate change and "the Anthropocene" for decades, and he has written on a wide range of subjects including the destruction of the Amazon rain forest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, science and politics, and the North Pole. In the mid 2000s, he exposed political suppression of climate findings and the editing of federal climate reports by political appointees with ties to the petroleum industry. Revkin currently works as senior reporter for climate at ProPublica, joining in 2016 after 21 years of writing for The New York Times and their "Dot Earth" blog. He has won top awards in science journalism including the Guggenheim Fellowship, Columbia University's John Chancellor Award for sustained journalistic excellence, and an Investigative Reporters & Editors Award. He is currently senior fellow for environmental understanding at Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies at Pace University, as well as a songwriter and musician.


Jacquelyn Gill specializes in community paleoecology and conservation biogeography at the University of Maine's Climate Change Institute, a multidisciplinary research team committed to understanding how biodiversity responds to global change through time. An assistant professor of paleoecology and plant ecology at the University of Maine, Gill and her colleagues explore the dynamics of ecology and evolution through the challenges of climate change, disturbance, human activity and extinction. Their research spans systems and organisms, from lakes to caves, treeless islands to boreal forests, and bison to penguins. They research the dynamic distributions and interactions of plants, animals, humans, and environments, using the fossil record, models, and contemporary experiments. Their goal is to inform ecology, conservation, and management with the lens of the past. 


This discussion is part of a thematic year of inquiry called "Confronting Climate Change." Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation and as a member of the global community. This event is sponsored by the Thomas B. Healy '50 Fund, the Center for Environmental Studies and the Geosciences Department.





For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at




Noelle Lemoine
Williams College Office of Communications
phone: 413.597.4277

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

How do you trust that news isn't "fake" -- on Monday, Williamstown panel will offer answers

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Two libraries are sponsoring a public forum that will help members of the public to discern quality, trustworthy news from material that is based on rumors or lies.

” Fact or Fabrication in Today’s News,” is set for on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center. It is co-sponsored by the North Adams Public Library and the Milne Public Library in Williamstown.

"Intended as an educational rather than a partisan conversation, it will feature a panel of journalists, educators and a library advocate taking questions on how news is presented and consumed in modern culture and how that process affects our views as informed citizens and voters," says Pat MCLeod, director of the Milne library.

Panelists will touch on the state of media literacy; ways to improve it and the role schools and libraries can play in meeting that challenge. Audience participation is encouraged. State First Berkshire District Rep. Gail Cariddi,  (D-North Adams) will moderate.

Journalists on the panel are Tammy Daniels, managing editor of iBerkshires; Carrie Saldo, a Berkshire Eagle news reporter with a background in radio and television; and Martin Langeveld, former publisher of The Eagle and The Transcript, who currently comments on the future of media in his blog “News After Newspapers.”

Educators are Jennifer Browdy, associate professor of comparative literature at Simon’s Rock of Bard College, who is teaching a course on “Media Production and Consumption in the Age of Fake News and Alternative Facts”; Shawn McIntosh, a journalist who teaches English and Communications at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and is the primary adviser to The Beacon student newspaper; and Peter Niemeyer, history teacher at Mount Greylock Regional High School and adviser to the Mount Greylock Echo student newspaper.

Krista McLeod, director of the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen and a member of the Massachusetts Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, will speak to the role of libraries. The session will be videotaped by WilliNet for later viewing on television Channel 17 and online at

For more information, contact McLeod at 413-458-5369 or;  or Mindy Hackner, librarian, North Adams Public Library, 413-662-3133 or

Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump proposes gutting key aspects of health-care system

From: "Jack Shapiro, OFA" <>
Date: February 16, 2017 at 7:14:35 PM 
Subject: I can't make this up
The administration put out a proposal clearly aimed at undermining Obamacare. Here's something you can do right now:
Organizing for Action
Bill --

The folks who are pushing to repeal Obamacare day-in and day-out are having trouble, as it becomes increasingly clear that tearing away their constituents' health care is tremendously unpopular -- not to mention cruel and irresponsible.

So they're trying to do it through the back door.

First, Obamacare opponents pulled outreach efforts that were already paid for right before January's enrollment deadline -- effectively barring hundreds of thousands of people from getting coverage -- in an attempt to weaken the insurance market. Now they've gone a step further.

Today, the administration put out a proposal clearly aimed at sabotaging the law at the expense of the people who depend on it. They are proposing that next year's enrollment period be cut in half. They're proposing giving insurance companies free rein to raise deductibles, narrow people's choice of doctors, and put up restrictions for people from getting covered mid-year when they have a child or lose their employer-based insurance.

I am not making this up. The proposal literally admits the new rules will result in "a transfer from consumers to insurers." That is to say, more of your money will be forked over to insurance companies.

Fortunately, we're still governed by some rules in this country, so this proposal, by law, has to allow the public to have their say. So that's exactly what we're going to do.

We're gathering public comments on this outrageous proposal. If you agree we should strengthen insurance coverage and consumer protections -- not weaken them -- speak up and add your comment now.

Obamacare opponents have spent years complaining about this law -- even as it's driven the uninsured rate to an all-time low and given more than 20 million Americans and their families the peace of mind that comes with having health care.

It looks like they can't stomach the repercussions they'd face from repeal, so instead they're taking this cowardly tack -- sneakily gutting the law and desperately trying to pin the blame on someone else.

We will not let that happen.

Your voice matters. By law, this administration -- who is deliberately creating chaos and uncertainty -- has to consider every comment, so don't wait to add yours.

Speak out



Jack Shapiro
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Organizing for Action

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Williamstown selectmen to disuss "broadband" at tonight's meeting

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:58:23 -0500
From: Ben Greenfield <>
To: Bill Densmore <>, Tela Zasloff <>
Subject: Broadband I won't pretend to understand....

Hey All,

Well now the Williamstown is ready to talk about broadband. It would be great if we can run a quick blurb to try to get people to the Select Board meeting on Monday where Andy Hoagland will reveal the questions or the answers or something. I don't really know what but he says now we can consider it.

I want to get something up but I don't know how the statement below is so if you wan to offer advice or edit it that would be fine.

The whole county is buzzing with the slow realization that the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has invested great sums of money to improve our broadband infrastructure. Williamstown's demographic (we have at least one broadband provider) means that we have to fund on our connection to the MBI investment. A group of Williamstown residents and town officials have been informally meeting with all sorts vendors, consultants, and entrepreneurs for the past year and we think we now know the questions.

On Monday February 13th at 7PM the Williamstown Select Board meeting will contain a short presentation kick off what I hope will be town-wide conversation on how to approach broadband access in Williamstown.

The range of possibilities probably extend from do nothing to Williamstown wide fiber optic installation. The critical factor on what sort of plan we pursue is how many town residents want to participate in such an effort.

If you have something to say regarding broadband access in Williamstown Monday February 13th's Select Board meeting is the place to say it, and be heard.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Public invited on Saturday to unveiling in Northampton of public broadband Internet proposal from WiredWest

SOURCE: Tim Newman, WiredWest, / (413) 229-2212
"WiredWest Cooperative to Present Regional Broadband Solution"

WiredWest, a Municipal Light Plan Cooperative made up of 27 member towns in western Massachusetts, will hold a workshop for interested town officials on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. at the JFK Middle School, 100 Bridge Road, Florence (Northampton) MA. The organization will present, for the first time, a regional solution for operation of a broadband fiber-to-the-home network in any of the unserved towns in western Massachusetts that choose to join. WiredWest will also inform town officials what the actual costs to their subscribers will be under the plan.

Over the past year, as our member towns have worked their way through the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) Readiness Assessment process, WiredWest has explored options to operate those networks on a regional basis. While MBI policy states that each town must own its individual network, many towns have made it clear that they want and need their networks to be operated on a regional basis in order to achieve cost efficiencies, provide customers with affordable rates for services, and assure their long-term sustainability. They simply cannot proceed on their own. We also know that many of these same towns have little or no interest in running these operations due to lack of resources, expertise and institutional knowledge of the telecommunications industry.

WiredWest has consistently maintained that the lowest cost to subscribers will be achieved through a regional management structure that takes advantage of the inherent cost savings gained through regionalization. The plan to be presented at Saturday’s workshop is a prime example of inter-municipal cooperation, collaboration, and regional service delivery as is prescribed in Sections 240 & 241 of the Municipal Modernization Act of2016.

The WiredWest regional solution is designed to allow for essential services (Internet Service Provider, network operations, billing, customer service, maintenance etc.) to be provided by and contracted with an existing entity already engaged in providing these services here in Massachusetts under a WiredWest umbrella. The organization is in negotiations and is close to finalizing an agreement with an established regional vendor. In addition to providing essential services to towns and subscribers, the WiredWest cooperative will be responsible for handling other Municipal Light Plant (MLP) responsibilities for member towns, including pole licensing, rental and insurance.

Based on our negotiations and cost estimates for other MLP costs, the WiredWest Board of Directors has unanimously approved a new pricing plan that will be both attractive to consumers and competitive with what they have today. Towns will only be individually responsible for debt incurred in building their town-owned infrastructure and for their depreciation reserves. As such, each town will have the option of adding surcharges to subscriber bills in their town to cover some or all of these costs should they choose to.

The meeting on January 28 will be the first opportunity to present our solution to town leaders in a public forum. Towns will have the opportunity to calculate the actual costs to their town’s subscribers at the workshop. Each town will also be provided with documentation and spreadsheets for further study and follow-up questions. Copies of all materials will also be available to the media. We hope that you or representatives from your office can join us. We are also happy to speak with and/or meet with you at your convenience.

WiredWest is a Municipal Light Plan Telecommunications Cooperative made up of 27 member towns in western Massachusetts whose mission is to – as expeditiously and prudently as possible – plan and operate a community-owned, fiber-optic network that enables the provision of comprehensive, affordable, reliable and high-quality internet, phone, video and ancillary services to all residents, businesses and institutions who are interested, in participating WiredWest towns.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Williams College invites public to free sustainable-investing symposium on Wednesday and Thursday

SOURCE: Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email:

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.​ -- ​A two-day symposium on sustainable investing will take place at Williams College on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 18-19. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is part of the college's Confronting Climate Change year of inquiry.  All events at the symposium will be held in Griffin Hall, room 3.

 In a series of interactive discussions, experts and practitioners from a range of disciplines will offer perspectives on trends and opportunities in sustainable investing and will share successes and highlight emerging opportunities in green finance. The symposium is designed to bring leaders in the field together with students, faculty, and administrators to learn about emerging best practices in responsible capital deployment and the issues faced by investors who have a duty to deploy capital responsibly.
 The symposium gets underway at 2 p.m. Jan. 18 with Williams President Adam Falk speaking about the importance of educating the community about positive responses to climate change, followed immediately by a "keynote conversation" with Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation; and Jameela Pedicini, director of asset management at Perella Weinberg Partners.
 Other sessions offered on Jan. 18 include a panel discussion on intentional investing at market rates and a panel on sustainable investing for endowments and foundations.
 Starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 19, there will be panel discussions on emerging investment opportunities, green finance, and investment strategies for renewable energy. Speakers include Jigar Shah, founder of Sun Edison and Generate Capital; David Hang, Senior Vice President of DE Shaw; Eron Bloomgarden, a partner with Encourage Capital; and Sarah Kearney, CEO of Prime Coalition. The event concludes with a dinner discussion on healthy land and food featuring alumni Elisabeth Keller '79 of Inglewood Farm, Jacob Israelow '01 of Dirt Capital Partners, and Reggie Hall '98 of The Conservation Fund.
 The event was organized by a group of faculty, students and alumni led by Don Carlson '83, adjunct faculty in Environmental Studies, and T. L. Guest '17, student co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility.
 The symposium is part of Williams' Confronting Climate Change year of inquiry. Throughout this academic year the college will host a series of speakers, events, and programming planned to shed light on the issue of climate change and how we should respond to it as individuals, as an institution, as a nation, and as a member of the global community.

For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications (413) 597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Town of Adams and Adams Arts Advisory Board receive state-wide award, Kolis says

SOURCE: Bill Kolis (

 ​Bill Kolis writes by email that on Dec. 15 that the town of Adams was informed by  the Massachusetts Municipal Association that on Jan.. 21  at a ceremony in Boston it will be  awarded the "Kenneth P. Pickard Innovation Award" for the its formal recognition and endorsement of the self-funded, private sector based, all volunteer Adams Arts Advisory Board ("AAAB").
​Kolis reports:

​"​This award in many respects acknowledges the effectiveness of the AAAB in fulfilling its stated goal of "Using the arts to advance the vitality and economic prosperity of the Berkshires."  More importantly, it stands as a testament to the ability of a town's citizens--through hard work and selfless dedication--to dramatically alter not only the quality of life in their community, but also fundamentally alter and improve its basic economy.
 ​"​The background facts leading to the issuance of this award are both intriguing and entertaining.  In several short years, Adams, a town which seemed to have long ago missed the opportunity to jump onboard the cultural economy bandwagon, has not only done so, but given its size has truly become the "mouse that roared."  In the past few years  a group of "creatives" for one reason or another decided to make Adams their home.  Not long thereafter they found one another,  got together and started to share their thoughts regarding the art they love and the town they had made their home.   
 ​"​Eventually some members of the group wandered across Park Street  and into the Adams Town Hall to meet Tony Mazzucco, the new Town Administrator.   Over time and  little by little magic started to happen.  To preserve and promote this magic the creatives--under the auspices of the Town of Adams--formalized their ad hoc group into the Adams Arts Advisory Board and the magic sprouted wings and took to flight. ​"​

The Berkshire Mountains Faerie  Festival.



Art on the trail.



The Old Stone Mill
(December 2016, awarded a $325,000 grant by ArtPlace America to "help drive community development change.")


There were many other successful projects undertaken this past year by the AAAB, both large and small, too numerous to mention here. But, as shown above, the creative members and affiliates of the AAAB stand as an example of what—in this time rampant with unproductive partisan bickering—co-operative collaboration can accomplish.

Kick-off of the Art on the Trail                                                         


The AAAB's meeting last Wednesday morning in the back room at Izzy's Diner  



William F. Kolis, Jr.
Attorney at Law
35765 Chester Road
Avon, OH 44011
Direct: (440) 695-8048
Fax: (440) 695-8098