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Williamstown Housing Trust Launches Emergency Mortgage Aid Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:08AM / Thursday, June 17, 2021

Patrick Quinn, left, and Andrew Hogeland, who is attending his first meeting since joining the board of the Affordable Housing Trust.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust made some history on Wednesday evening — and not just because it became the first town board or committee to meet in person since March 2020.   It was that, and the feeling in Town Hall was both familiar and surreal for a town grown used to virtual meetings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.   But the real news happened before the meeting began as the trust finalized the second program the trustees developed in hours of Zoom meetings over the last

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Mount Greylock's Coach Gill Receives Final 'Frankie'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:15PM / Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Ed Noel, left, presents the 25th and final Frank A. Zoltek Passion for Coaching Award to Brian Gill of Mount Greylock.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional School track and field coach Brian Gill says one of the keys to building a program is just knowing what his kids are doing.   And that goes equally for the athlete who never scores in meets as it does for the ones gunning for sectional titles.   "When a kid drops from 15.9 to 15.7 in the 100, you run to them and say, 'Did you see what you did? That's great,'" Gill said Wednesday morning just prior to receiving the Frank A. Zoltek Passion for Coaching Award.   Gill, who

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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SVMC Earns 'A' Rating from Leapfrog
08:28AM / Wednesday, June 16, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), earned an 'A' for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.    The national distinction recognizes SVMC's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.   "Safety is always at the forefront of our minds. This recognition is a reflection on the diligent professionals we have working in patients' best interests," said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO. "Our team of outstanding physicians, nurses, and support staff fulfill our mission to provide exceptional care and comfort each day. We're

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Vaccinated Residents Can Win a 'VaxMillion'
Staff Reports,
01:17PM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
BOSTON – If avoiding a deadly disease isn't enough of a reason to be vaccinated, state officials are sweetning the jab with a chance to win $1 million.   The Massachusetts VaxMillions Giveaway is for residents who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated residents 18 and older will have the opportunity to enter to win one of five $1 million cash prizes. Fully vaccinated residents between 12 and 17 years of age may enter for the chance to win one of five $300,000 scholarship grants.   "The commonwealth leads the nation in vaccinating our residents, with almost four million people fully vaccinated, and our goal remains ensuring everyone that wants a

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SVMC Updated Visitation Policy
12:22PM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Beginning Tuesday, June 15th, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is updating its visitation policy for hospital visitors and medical practice patients as well as expanding its visiting hours.    The change follows an announcement by Vermont Governor Phil Scott today that discontinued COVID-related restrictions now that the state has reached a vaccination rate of 80 percent of eligible people.   "This is a big step closer to providing care in the ways that we are used to and that we prefer," said Pamela Duchene, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services. "No

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Berkshire Rescue Team Seeks Donations for Vehicle
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:01AM / Tuesday, June 15, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team is aiming to raise $14,000 for a utility terrain rescue vehicle that is vital to their operations.   BMSAR is one of only two volunteer search and rescue teams in Massachusetts that are attached to the State Police Special Emergency Response Team, which is of "high value" for the organization.   It serves all of Western Massachusettes and sometimes assist in other parts of the commonwealth.   In order to respond to missing persons in the most efficient way, the team needs a vehicle that can handle rough terrain.   "We don't have a UTV vehicle ourselves, we can rely on the

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College Notes: June 2021
03:40PM / Monday, June 14, 2021
Four local juniors attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute completed their required research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue.   • Augustine Asumadu of Pittsfield, majoring in management information systems, completed the project titled "Launching a Competitive Robotics Team" with Namibia Project Center.   • Mary Decelles of Pittsfield, majoring in mechanical engineering, completed the project titled "The Bright Darkness" with London Project Center.   • Danielle Lablanc of Pittsfield, majoring in mechanical engineering, completed the project

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner
01:39PM / Monday, June 14, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Kaitlyn Daniels of the Women's and Children's Unit, was May's recipient of Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.   "Kaitlin has forged an extraordinary bond with the patients who nominated her," said Pamela Duchene vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. "It is a pleasure to honor her for her skillful nursing and her deeply compassionate care."   Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation on the Women's and Children's Unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).   Daniels was nominated by two families, both of whom

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Workforce Board Recognizes 5 with Impact Awards, Highlights Pandemic Efforts
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:30PM / Monday, June 14, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board on Thursday held its annual meeting virtually during which five local professionals were recognized with Workforce Impact Awards and the board highlighted its yearly efforts in meeting the demand for highly skilled workers in Berkshire County.     During fiscal 2021, the board leveraged more than $3.5 million to assist 662 employers, 2,600 job seekers, and 3,400 youth with workforce needs.     "Since March 2020, the Workforce Board assisted over 650 companies with their workforce needs, answering their immediate employment questions, connecting them to grants and economic development

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update June 11
10:06AM / Monday, June 14, 2021
  June 11, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Hunger Free

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Mount Greylock Grads Prepared for Ever-Changing World
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:10PM / Saturday, June 12, 2021

Julius Munemo, chosen by his classmates, and Ruth Weaver, chosen by the faculty, address Saturday morning's graduation ceremony at Mount Greylock. More photos to come. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In reflections both sweeping and intimate, the Mount Greylock Regional School's 2021 class speakers Saturday talked about the often frightening ways the world has changed them and how the school prepared them to change the world.    "High school was a playground, a sandbox, to have a simulated go at real life," Julius Munemo told the crowd assembled outside the school. "A real life defined by what you say and what you do; by what you chose to be, when

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Social Workers Seek Interview Subjects for Williamstown Needs Assessment
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:01AM / Saturday, June 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For more than a year, the town has been grappling with questions about how safe and included all residents feel in the community.   Now, the question is being viewed through the lens of the social sciences.   A group of social workers commissioned by the town has begun a long-term community assessment research project, and it is encouraging all residents to share their feelings in confidential one-on-one interviews.   The lead researcher on the project and several of her colleagues met last Monday with the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee to talk about the project and spread the word about an appeal that also included a

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