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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Nov. 23
01:20PM / Monday, November 23, 2020
  November 20, 2020   Teaming Up for This Next

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Community Thanksgiving Meals Turn to Takeout, Continue Service
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Monday, November 23, 2020

Berkshire Food Project's communal meal will be pickup on Monday this year.  ADAMS, Mass. — After spearheading an inaugural community Thanksgiving dinner last fall, there were times this year when Brian and Ann Grande thought there would not be a second annual meal.   But while they know this year will look very different, they could not let a pandemic stop them from plating up turkey and the fixings for those in need.   "We want to show the town of Adams that First Congregational Church cares about its neighbors," Brian Grande said last week. "It's a small church. We might have maybe 90 members, but we have a good family there. We do a lot

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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 CPC Seeks Requests; Big One Is on the Way
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:35AM / Monday, November 23, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee on Thursday discussed whether it should reach out to potential applicants for funding in the fiscal 2022 cycle.   But one frequent applicant was slightly ahead of the game.   The Affordable Housing Trust, which has received CPC funds from town meeting each year since its inception in 2012, decided on Wednesday to this winter submit a request for $175,000 in new funding.   At the same time, the trustees plan to ask town meeting to release more than $19,000 in CPA funds previously allocated to the trust but restricted to a specific program that has not been utilized.   In total, the trustees of the Affordable

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BMC Therapy Dog Program Offers Benefits to Patients
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:38AM / Sunday, November 22, 2020

Dr. Rebecca Caine, an internist at BMC, is the new host of the recently relaunched 'Berkshire Health Program.'  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Man's best friend can also be some of the best medicine for patients at Berkshire Medical Center.    Dog owner Dr. Rebecca Caine believes that having a canine pal, or any pet, is good for both physical and mental health.   "There are a lot of benefits to the patients in the hospital and in other settings to spend time with animals," Caine said on a recent episode of Berkshire Health System's "Berkshire Health Program" on Pittsfield Community Television.   Caine was discussing the health

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One-Eyed Cat's Pet Contest Win Benefits Humane Society
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:47AM / Saturday, November 21, 2020

Alastor was found abandoned in the woods and taken to Berkshire Humane Society. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local animal lover and her adorable one-eyed cat made the Berkshire Humane Society's day by winning a contest that benefits the shelter.

Joanne LaCrosse won the Berkshire Humane Society a $5,000 prize, 1,000 pounds of Blue Buffalo pet food, and 100 Kong pet toys after her cat Alastor Mini Moody was awarded first place in a national pet contest.

LaCrosse told the story of how her furry friend has improved her life to the pet food company and the public voted Alastor a winner.

"All of the things that the Humane Society goes through on a daily basis to keep animals

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@theMarket: Markets Are in a Tug of War
By Bill Schmick,
09:54PM / Friday, November 20, 2020
The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging way beyond those cases earlier in the year. That could indicate tough going for the economy over the next two quarters. On the other hand, two highly effective coronavirus vaccines have been announced, but won't be widely distributed until next year. In the middle sits the stock market investors.   We know that financial markets are discounting mechanisms, meaning that investors usually buy or sell stocks based on what may happen in six to nine months from now. At that time, so the story goes, at least two vaccines will be readily available to most of the public. One may be ready for limited distribution before the end of the year

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Williamstown, Fire District Talk About Trading Some Responsibilities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:30AM / Friday, November 20, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District is making plans to trade some responsibilities with the town.   On Wednesday, the Prudential Committee, which oversees the district, voted, 5-0, to allow its legal counsel to represent both the district and town in negotiations to move jurisdiction over street lighting to Town Hall.   In return, the Fire District is beginning discussions with town officials about transferring authority over the Forest Wardens, which currently is overseen by the police chief.   "As part of re-evaluating how we best serve the community, it seemed like a good idea to move the lighting to the town," Chair Richard Reynolds

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Colleges Training Teachers 'For Whatever Comes Next' in Age of COVID
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Friday, November 20, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was North Adams State College.   Before that, it was the State Teachers College of North Adams.   Before that, it was the North Adams Normal School.   In 2020, there is nothing normal about the way teachers are trained.   When the world turned upside down in March, MCLA professor Nicholas Stroud, like educators across the country, had to rethink how he teaches. But as the chair of the school's education department, he also had to think about what he teaches.   "One of the things that is true of our department is we're always

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'Noodle Belts' Allow for Fun Social Distancing at Hancock School
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:37PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020

The children have been having fun with the belts, Tremblay said.  HANCOCK, Mass. — A Hancock Elementary School teacher is using the power of arts and crafts to make social distancing fun for her students.   Janet Tremblay, who has been teaching Grades 4 and 5 for six years, constructed "noodle belts" for her students to assist with social distancing during recess time.   These noodle belts were completed and introduced to the students this week.   Though the belts are silly in nature, they contribute to a serious cause of social distancing that is stopping the spread of COVID-19.   "It is funny to watch," Tremblay added.   These

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The Retired Investor: The Rise of RCEP
By Bill Schmick,
03:59PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
The Regional Comprehensive Economics Partnership (RCEP) is a trade pact that could change the global trade equation over the next decade. It is an example of multilateralism and free trade that could leave the United States in the dust.    The 15 nations that comprise RCEP represent about one third of the world' s population (2.2 billion people), and 29 percent of global gross domestic product. The partnership is made up of 10 Southeast Asian countries, as well as South Korea, China, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand. The RCEP is officially the world's largest trading bloc.   What makes this trade deal noteworthy, apart from its size, is the inclusion of China. In the

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'Ordinary People': The Truth Will Set You Free
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
01:41PM / Thursday, November 19, 2020
I wish that I were reviewing one of the several movies about this pox upon our house that are certain to be made when the horror is deep into our rearview mirror. But until that glorious return to normality has us resuming all the simple joys of life we take for granted, like going to the movies, I'll be retro-reviewing and thereby sharing with you the films that I've come to treasure over the years, most of which can probably be retrieved from one of the movie streaming services. It is my fondest hope that I've barely put a dent into this trove when they let the likes of me back into the

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Woodlands Partnership to Join Forest Legacy Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32AM / Thursday, November 19, 2020

Williamstown's Hank Art chairs Tuesday's board meeting of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership on Tuesday decided to have the non-profit join the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Legacy Program.   The move will help landowners in the partnership's communities gain access to federal grant money to support conservation restrictions for their forested lands.   "The Forest Legacy Program's mission is to protect environmentally important forest land," said Lindsay Nystrom, the program's coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and

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