Coffee with Senator Ben Downing on July 27

State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) announces today that his next Coffee & Conversation public forum will be held in Williamstown at the David & Joyce Milne Public Library (1095 Main Street) on Monday, July 27, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

In order to be accessible to all his constituents, no matter where they live, Senator Downing hosts monthly Coffee & Conversation open forums in rotating towns across his Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden district.

All are welcome to join Senator Downing and his district staff during these events to pose a question, submit a comment or pitch an idea regarding state government. Downing provides free coffee and refreshments for those who attend.

For more details on the Senator’s Coffee & Conversation program, please visit Downing’s online office at and click on “Upcoming Events.”

Sign-up to order a Williamstown Flag!

4791933_origAre you interested in purchasing our new Williamstown flag to fly at home?  If so, please use this link to submit your name and contact information:

In the text box, just note that you are interested in ordering a town flag and the price range you are willing to order at (see below).

Once we have enough interest within your price range, we will place a bulk order. You will be notified at that time that your order has been placed. (We will also confirm receipt of your interest as soon as you send us your message.)

Bulk pricing on our town flag is as follows:

6-11 flags ordered = $90.00 each

12-24 ordered = $72.00 each

25-49 ordered = $54.00 each

50-99 ordered = $42.00 each

The above pricing is based on the most popular size for residential use – 3 feet by 5 feet. These flags are nylon printed flags, with standard heading and grommets for attaching to a flag pole.

Any questions, contact Juliana Haubrich at the Milne Library:  413-458-5369, or

The photography of Deborah Schneer

An Ice Cream Sunday-2Milne Public Library Showcases the photography of Deborah Schneer


The Milne Public Library in Williamstown will host a large collection of photography of local artist Deborah Schneer for the months of July and August. The walls and display case will feature her work.

Deborah Schneer came to the Berkshires when her family moved here from New York City in 1961. In her youth she was an avid black and white photographer with a darkroom where she developed and printed her own work. She took courses in film and photography in Amherst and NYC and spent a summer as a resident photographer at Cummington Community of the Arts. After working as an apprentice film editor in Manhattan, she earned her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Massachusetts and taught English at various institutions including UMass, Westfield State College, and the University of Montana. Most recently, she served as the interim Writing Coordinator at Williams College. She has exhibited up and down the Berkshires, from South County to North including at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, Downtown Inc. and Epoch at Melbourne in Pittsfield, and the Welles Gallery in Lenox. For more information about her work, visit her website at


A reception for the artist will be announced later.


The library is open from 10-5:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10-8 on Wednesdays and 10-4 on Saturdays.