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North Adams Ambulance, Village Ambulance Plan Merger
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
11:32AM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The leaders of North Adams Ambulance Service and Village Ambulance Service Thursday characterized their pending merger as a win-win for both agencies and the residents they serve.


And while it was precipitated by a financial crisis at the Williamstown-based VAS, the move is consistent with a broader trend toward regionalization in the emergency management services industry, the officials said.


“This is so beneficial that even with two agencies that are financially successful, this model would still make sense,” Amalio Jusino of NAAS said. “That’s why the rumors and the talk have gone on for years and years and years.


“We could be

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Williamstown Fire District Sets Date for Special Meeting on Land Purchase
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:14AM / Thursday, September 21, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Prudential Committee on Wednesday set Oct. 24 as the date for a special Fire District meeting to decide whether to purchase a 3.7-acre parcel on Main Street.   The committee, which oversees the district, has entered into a purchase and sales agreement to buy the so-called Lehovec Property on Main Street (Route 2) with the hope of someday building a new fire house on the site.   The agreement is contingent on a vote of district residents to authorize the $400,000 acquisition, which the committee plans to make through the use of its existing cash reserves; the district has a long practice of accumulating reserves to purchase fire trucks

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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
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Williams College Volleyball Sweeps MCLA
09:30PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WILLIAMS COLLEGE, Mass. -- The Williams College volleyball team received 27 assists from Alex Newton and 10 kills from Ally Ostrow to beat the MCLA Trailblazers 3-0 on Wednesday.   In the loss, Trailblazer senior Mele Enomoto recorded her 1,000th career dig in the second set to join the "grand" club at MCLA (2-11). She ended the night with a team best 16 digs.   Williams (4-4) started slow in the opening set but then ran away from MCLA, taking set one 25-12. The Ephs were tested in the second set, but prevailed, 25-19, before closing out the match with a 25-12 win in the third.   The Ephs Ostrow spearheaded the offense with her 10 kills on 37 attacks. She added 11

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Letter: Bosley, Fresh & Ready to Be Our State Representative
Letters to the Editor,
07:00PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To the Editor:

When Stephanie Bosley says she is ready to be our 1st Berkshire District state representative, by making positive change from a fresh perspective, I believe her.

Stephanie is genuine, a local North Adams girl, where she lives with her husband, Josh, and their dog Striker, and whose father, Dan Bosley, served in the state Legislature for 24 years. So working for the people of this district through government is a passion she has inherited — and she has made sure to get the right education and experience to accomplish that.

Educated in the North Adams Public Schools, she has a B.S. in Political Science from UMass Amherst and M.S. in Public Affairs from UMass Boston.

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Health Alliance Offering Flu Vaccinations
03:37PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Public Health Alliance will offer flu vaccination clinics with no out-of-pocket charges around the county over the next month.

People should bring their insurance card(s) with them and wear short sleeves, or a shirt that has easily rolled-up sleeves.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends getting an annual flu vaccine as the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors' visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. In 2017, a study in Pediatrics was the first of its kind to show that flu vaccination also significantly

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Letter: Recovery in North Berkshire
Letters to the Editor,
03:00PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

To the Editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 23, the community is invited to come together to celebrate recovery from addiction and mental illness in our region at the Voices for Recovery Walk, Rally and Vigil. It will take place at Colegrove Park on Church Street in North Adams from 1-3:30 p.m. This event, organized by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, is part of a national observance of Recovery Month, a time to talk about and celebrate recovery.

Addiction, and the mental health issues that surround it, are challenges that many find hard to talk about and feel helpless to address. However, there are positive and affirming actions we can take to respond to the epidemic of

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HospiceCare Offers Several Grief Support Groups
01:34PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — HospiceCare in The Berkshires hosts monthly grief support groups around the county.

The loss of a loved one can be difficult and talking with others who have had a similar experience can help ease the burden. Call HospiceCare in The Berkshires at 413-443-2994 for information.

A grief support group for those who have lost a child before the age of 25 meets Monday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HCIB's main office, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. "Grieving the Death of a Child" is a drop-in group that is free and open to the public.

Also, a monthly grief support group meets at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., in Great Barrington. The drop-in group

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SVMC Seeks Hospital Artifacts, Personal Histories as Hospital Turns 100
01:13PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — A handwritten letter describing a hospital stay. A nursing school graduation program. A photo taken of employees celebrating a retirement. Nothing communicates history like stories, photos, and objects from the time.

As Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2018, its art and archives department is seeking photographs, memorabilia, medically related antiques, and even patients, long-time employees, and their family members to help document the health system's history.

"We are looking for people who were born here or worked here in the early days and who can share interesting stories and memories or objects from that

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Five Tips for Women Business Owners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:58AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Women are an integral part of the workforce, but they have had to overcome many obstacles along the way. Of course, challenges still remain, but women's success in the working world is worth commemorating – which will happen on American Business Women's Day on Sept. 22. Are you a woman considering "setting up shop"on your own? If so, here are five tips to consider:

* Balance your goals. It's possible – perhaps even likely – that your business goals will conflict with your personal financial goals. After all, if you’re purchasing new equipment or services for your business, you've got less money – at least for the time being –

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Regionalization Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:12AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday echoed the school committees at its feeder elementary schools by endorsing a plan to fully regionalize the district while maintaining local control of the elementary schools in Lanesborough and Williamstown.   Like the committees at Lanesborough Elementary and Williamstown Elementary, the Mount Greylock School Committee voted unanimously to move forward with the plan, which would partition K-6 funding apart from the shared operating expenses at the junior-senior high school and see each town pay for its own elementary school.   "As the working group members from the elementary school

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Women's Political Caucus Endorses Blackmer for State Representative
11:52PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
BOSTON — Lisa Blackmer has earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus' Political Action Committee for state representative.   The North Adams city councilor is running in the special election for the 1st Berkshire district, which includes the communities of Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, New Ashford,  Williamstown and city of North Adams.    The primary election will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 10, and the general election to follow on Tuesday, Nov. 7, to fill the unexpired term of the late state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, the first woman to hold the seat.   "MWPC is proud to endorse Lisa for the

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Guest Column: Why Are Smoke-Free Homes So Important?
, Guest Column
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Secondhand smoke comes from a lit tobacco product, like a cigarette, cigar or pipe — and it's not just a nuisance — it's a health hazard and it's dangerous. 

Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and poisons, and at least 50 of these are known to cause cancer. It stays in clothing, hair, furniture, curtains, and carpets even after a cigarette is put out and can harm people who come in contact with it, especially children. Keeping your home smoke free is important to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, guests, neighbors, and even your pets.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous, even if you can't smell it. Opening a window, sitting in a separate

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