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Eversource Warning of Scam Callers
02:16PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020

BOSTON – With sophisticated scammers constantly finding unique ways to exploit utility customers, Eversource is always working to help customers protect themselves from being targeted.

In addition to an increase in scam activity related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the energy company is warning its customers of the seasonal spike in utility scams as the holidays approach.

In recognition of Utility Scam Awareness Week, Eversource is joining energy companies across the country in helping customers identify the signs of scammers to keep themselves and their families safe.

"The health and safety of our customers is paramount, and that's why we're always working to


Baker: Negative Test for COVID-19 Not a 'Kevlar Vest'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:09PM / Wednesday, November 18, 2020
BOSTON — The state is launching a COVID-19 testing initiative in schools, starting with 134 educational systems that hit the six criteria for administering the test required for the program.    And Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday continued to caution Bay Staters about traveling or holding large gatherings for Thanksgiving — or thinking a negative test gives them enough security from transmitting the novel coronavirus in those settings. And he was struck by the number of people on news shows saying they were being tested so they could travel.     "Part of what I'm concerned about here is, it's pretty clear based on those lines that a lot of


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

Williamstown Town Manager: Change in Police Leadership 'On the Table'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:57PM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town manager Monday indicated that when it comes to rebuilding trust between the community and its police department, all options are on the table — including the removal of the police chief.   Jason Hoch and Select Board member Anne O'Connor joined the town's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee for more than two hours of its three-hour meeting to talk about the process the town wants to use to create a new vision of policing in the Northern Berkshire community.   DIRE Committee member Aruna D'Souza pressed the pair about whether that conversation could include a step that many in town have been calling for since


Ideas for Thanking Your Family
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:09AM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020
It's almost Thanksgiving. And although 2020 may have been a difficult year for you, as it has been for many people, you can probably still find things for which you can be thankful – such as your family. How can you show your appreciation for your loved ones?   Here are a few suggestions: If you have young children – or even grandchildren – one of the greatest gifts you can give them is the gift of education. You may want to consider contributing to a higher education funding vehicle. . Do you have older children, just starting out in life? If so, they could well use a financial gift to help pay off student loans, buy a car or even make a down payment on a


Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership Near Selection of Administrative Agent
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Tuesday, November 17, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Less than a year after its board of directors held its first meeting, the sprawling Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership is on track to hire an administrative agent.   The board's search committee met on Monday afternoon and recommended to the full board that it enter negotiations with the New England Forestry Foundation to provide administrative support.   The Littleton-based NEFF was the lone respondent to the MTWP's request for proposals. Monday, the subcommittee reviewed the non-profit's answers to the panel's followup questions before voting, 5-0, to send a recommendation to Tuesday's board meeting.   "I think


BCC Holding Regular COVID-19 Testing for Faculty, Students
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:41PM / Monday, November 16, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College has been doing its part to keep the college campus healthy with regular COVID-19 testing.

The college's program was designed to address its needs in compliance with Phase III of the state's reopening 

Every two weeks since the beginning of the semester in September, BCC has offered free testing to any staff, faculty, and on-campus student. This service is volunteer and offered through vendor County Ambulance. 

So far, 153 BCC community members have been tested and testing will continue until the end of the semester.

"Our testing protocols are part of our Phase III reopening plan. We opted to create a


SVMC Presents: 'Advances in Total Joint Replacement'
02:50PM / Monday, November 16, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt.— Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will present "Advances in Total Joint Replacement" Wednesday, Dec. 9 over video conferencing software.   The presentation will take place from 4 to 5 pm, and it is free and open to the public. The event is appropriate for any person who experiences joint pain, along with members of their families.   "The joint replacements of today look entirely different than those that your parents may have had," Michaela Schneiderbauer medical director of Orthopedics at SVMC said. "We are eager to share what is new so that patients have all of the information they need to make a decision about whether a


SVMC: COVID-19 Pep Talk
Submitted by SVMC Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobso,
12:59PM / Monday, November 16, 2020
Your COVID Pep Talk   Back in April, when the leading doctors made recommendations about how to handle COVID-19, they were sharing their best scientific guesses. By now, nearly every primary care and hospital medicine doctor in America has observed COVID-19 firsthand. Together with our nurse colleagues, we have seen patients contract the disease, fight it, and recover or, sadly, die. Although there are still some questions that we don't have answers for, we are now operating on experience.   Public health experts and contact tracers have spoken with hundreds of families right here in Vermont. As we approach what might be the most difficult time of the pandemic so far, we are


SVMC Further Restricts Visitors
08:20AM / Monday, November 16, 2020
BENNINGTON, Vt.— In response to a sustained surge in cases of COVID-19 throughout New England and to mitigate the spread of the virus, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), will discontinue in-person visits for hospital patients starting 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16.   "While we work to meet our patients' needs for the support of their loved ones, we also have to consider their safety and the safety of our staff," Pamela Duchene SVMC's chief nursing officer said. "There is simply no safe way to allow open visitation at this time. We will resume visitation as soon as it is safe to do so."   The


SVMC: COVID-19 Update September 13
08:10AM / Monday, November 16, 2020
  November 13, 2020   Your COVID Pep Talk from Trey Dobson,


Williamstown Planners Developing Plan to Link Pot Grow Area to Setbacks
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:50AM / Monday, November 16, 2020
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board last week began filling in some of the blanks in a new cannabis production bylaw it hopes to send to town meeting in the spring.   And it agreed to try to set up a panel discussion with outside experts for early December.   The board has been working on the marijuana question almost exclusively since the failure of its proposed bylaw at August's annual town meeting. The planners are conscious of two concerns raised in the run-up to and in the wake of that meeting: confusion over contradictory proposals from the Planning Board and the town's farming community and criticism that the 2019-20 Planning Board process did not engage


Transportation & Climate Initiative Touted for Benefits to Rural Communities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:04AM / Sunday, November 15, 2020

State Sen. Adam Hinds, D-Pittsfield, participates in Tuesday's webinar. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A multi-state plan to reduce carbon emissions and invest in more sustainable transportation could be in action as soon as 2022, advocates said last week.   And local leaders are working to make sure that rural areas don't get left behind.   The Transportation and Climate Initiative, which looks to replicate the model of the 2007's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, seeks to cap greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, create a market for distributors of fossil fuels to buy allowances and invest the proceeds of those sales into cleaner


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