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SVMC Hosts Cancer Survivors Cooking Party
10:00AM / Monday, December 21, 2020

BENNINGTON, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to host online cancer survivors cooking party.

SVMC has invited its experts—Registered Dietitian Kristin Irace; Medical Oncologist Charlene Ives; Executive Chef Laura LaCroix; and Radiation Oncologist Matthew Vernon—to show cancer survivors and their families how to increase the enjoyment of healthy meals. Participants can cook along with Chef Laura from home!

The event is called . It is free and open to all. The event is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, via Zoom online meeting software. Registrants will receive the ingredient list and amounts, so they can prepare in advance and cook throughout

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Williamstown Fire District Accepting Applications for OPM for Station Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Monday, December 21, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District is soliciting applications to serve as the body's owner's project manager on a long-discussed fire station project.   The district set a deadline of Jan. 6 to reply to a request for qualifications for an OPM to help with "design development, construction documents, bid and award, construction and final closeout" of a station at 562 Main St. (Route 2), just east of Aubuchon Hardware.   The RFQ gives a ballpark estimate of the project's cost at $10 million, which would be subject to a vote of all district, i.e., town, residents. The district's Building Committee hopes to interview candidates by the

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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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Williamstown Housing Trust Aims to Help Homeowners Impacted by COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:27AM / Saturday, December 19, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday heard a success story about its rental assistance program and discussed how it wants to construct a similar program for homeowners.   Board member Liz Costley, who has been the point person working with Berkshire Housing Development, shared the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program developed this summer was able recently to help a family stay in their home.   "One renter is going to utilize $10,000 in a grant from WERAP," Costley said. "She owes $12,500, but the landlord, once [BHDC's] Jane Pixley got people talking, decided that $10,000 is better than

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The Retired Investor: Oil's Comeback
By Bill Schmick,
01:55PM / Friday, December 18, 2020
Earlier this year, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude oil slumped into negative territory for the first time in history. Oil traded at a negative $37.63. Today, that same barrel of oil is changing hands at $47.48. What changed?   More than any other sector, the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on the global oil and gas industry. Declining consumer demand in the first quarter of the year in combination with high levels of energy production threatened to exceed worldwide oil storage capacity. OPEC plus, the oil cartel, took action on April 12 by cutting oil production by 9.7 million barrels per day, but by then it was too late. By April 20-22, you couldn't give away a

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Williams Students Argue Zoning Changes May Address Inequity in Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, December 18, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's diversity committee Monday got a lesson in Williamstown's racist history and some advice on actions that could address structural inequity.   Williams College seniors Kate Orringer and Morgan Dauk appeared before the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee to give a presentation based on their work in an Environmental Planning Workshop under professor Sarah Gardner.   Committee members Bilal Ansari and Andrew Art served as the clients on their research project, which laid out disturbing historical evidence of injustice in the town and college, including the use of a chapel in the White Oaks neighborhood by the Ku Klux Klan,

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Zogics Offering Products at Cost to Berkshire Organizations
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:46PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020

Zogics headquarters in Lenox. LENOX, Mass. — Zogics knows cleaning. It's been helping keep everything from Navy ships to elementary schools safe and sanitary for more than a decade.   Now, after witnessing a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, the cleaning and disinfectant retailer wants to give back to Berkshire County in a time where many businesses are struggling.   Zogics is offering its most popular novel coronavirus-combatting products to Berkshire businesses and nonprofits at cost and is making its facility experts available at no charge to help the community develop plans and protocols to operate as safely as possible during the pandemic.   "Our aim

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EforAll Berkshire County Awards Prizes to Fall Cohort
12:18PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — EforAll Berkshire County marked the culmination of 12 weeks of business training for its 2020 Fall Accelerator Program with a virtual event with prizes.   The dozen individuals representing 11 local businesses participated virtually in classroom learning with specialists and working weekly with their volunteer mentors.     Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities nationwide to help under-represented individuals  start and grow a business through  business training, mentorship and an extended professional support network.   At the online event, state Sen. Adam Hinds gave

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Rest of the River Cleanup Expected to Take 15 Years
12:03PM / Thursday, December 17, 2020
BOSTON — After years of studies and negotiations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to oversee a $576 million cleanup of the Housatonic River over the next 15 years.    A "Revised Final Permit" for the Rest of River cleanup plan has been issued under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act spells out the required cleanup measures to be followed by General Electric Co. to remove contamination caused by polychlorinated biphenyls used in the manufacture of transformers at its former Pittsfield plant.   The final permit updates EPA's 2016 cleanup plan for the river, its floodplains and other surrounding areas.   The permit requires GE to

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Begins Vaccinating Staff for COVID-19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:24PM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Nurse Patricia Johnson receives the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.   BENNINGTON, Vt. — After getting her first round of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday morning, Dr. Anne Marie Swann got a Band-Aid, a sticker, a round of applause and a place in local history.   The hospitalist from Williamstown, Mass., was the first member of the staff at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to receive the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine as the region officially began the next stage of society's battle against the global pandemic.   But moments later, Swann was quick to point out that the battle is far from over.   "Having this as a protective layer is encouraging and exciting

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Communities Issue Snow Emergencies as Storm Bears Down
01:03PM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Communities are calling pre-emptive snow emergencies throughout the county in preparation for a possible foot of snow to drop in the region.   The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is now predicting a foot or more of snow to fall over the Berkshires and Southern Vermont overnight. A winter storm warning for the region is effect from 4 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. on Thursday.    Snowfall is expected to start late Wednesday afternoon with rates of 1-2 inches per hour at times. Gusty winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow at times, especially from around the Capital District in New York and points south and east. Travel will become difficult to impossible,

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In Wake of Lawsuit's Dismissal, Williamstown Turns Toward Healing
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:18AM / Wednesday, December 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Earlier this month, Bilal Ansari asked his fellow town residents to pray for a holiday miracle.   On Monday night, he got his wish. Or, more to the point, he got half of it.   "If we can get this lawsuit done and over with, I would appreciate it because my community needs to heal," Ansari said during a meeting of the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee. "It's Christmas. Let's just hope the miracle of Christmas makes this thing go."   Police Sgt. Scott McGowan, who in August filed a federal lawsuit against the town, Chief Kyle Johnson and Town Manager Jason Hoch, said Monday night that he would

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Mass General Nurse: 'We Are Still in the Tunnel'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:52PM / Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Learn when you can expect to get the COVID-19 vaccine and more at https://t.co/YmWVsdnuW6. pic.twitter.com/BVmMGA4nyY

— Mass. Public Health (@MassDPH) December 15, 2020 BOSTON — The nursing director at Mass General Hospital on Tuesday expressed a holiday wish on behalf of her colleagues across the commonwealth.   "I do want to join with the governor in asking — even begging — each of you to follow the state guidelines, to refrain from gathering for the Christmas holidays," Melissa Jocelyn said during a midday appearance with Gov. Charlie Baker at the State House.   "We know this is a lot to ask, but this is a price to pay so you can

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