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The Case For Voting

The Case For Voting

October 11, 2020

(Erin Barry/The Williams Record) Voting is the most profound act of civil participation for an American citizen. It actualizes American democracy to a degree that our country’s founders could have...

Williamstown without students: Small businesses cautiously reopen, students return

Williamstown without students: Small businesses cautiously reopen, students return

September 13, 2020

Maple Terrace, the motel on Route 2, was fortunate for the summer to have an outdoor pool, left, on its expansive grounds after reopening in June. (Ben Platt/Williams Record) The following is the final...

Williamstown without students: Town government weathers budget crisis

September 12, 2020

The following is the third part of a four-part series on how small businesses, cultural institutions and local government in the Purple Valley responded to the COVID-19 pandemic in spring and summer 2020....

Williamstown without students: Cultural institutions emerge from closure

Williamstown without students: Cultural institutions emerge from closure

September 11, 2020

The Clark Art Institute began unveiling its first-ever outdoor exhibition over the summer, with large-scale works from six contemporary artists displayed across its 140-acre campus. (Stephanie Teng/Williams...

College towns have struggled. Here’s what Williamstown was like without students.

College towns have struggled. Here’s what Williamstown was like without students.

September 10, 2020

Nature’s Closet co-owners Beth McLean, left, and Amy Jeschawitz, right, were photographed in April for the Front Steps Project, a nationwide fundraising effort that the Office of Human Resources participated...

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