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Lanesborough's Johnson Departs Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in two years, a member of the seven-person Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has resigned mid-term.   Lanesborough resident Michelle Johnson tendered her resignation Thursday to the committee, effective Friday.   Johnson's letter of resignation said it comes with "great sadness," and she appeared to tear up while reading the letter during Thursday's virtual meeting. Her letter praised her colleagues on the committee for their professionalism and thoughtfulness.   It did not specify a reason for her resignation beyond "personal reasons."   "I urge the committee to continue on

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SVHC Thanks Local Businesses
01:14PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation recently approached several businesses who donated items to help medical staff remember to take care of themselves.   According to a SVHC press release, healthcare workers, working long hours caring for COVID-19 patients and others, needed a reminder to take a few moments to care for their own health and wellbeing. Businesses answered with donations of items that helped our staff remember to take care of themselves.   "Our staff is so dedicated and deeply compassionate, but we know they are not an inexhaustible resource," said Paula Seaman, director of Quality, a department that also helps

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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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MCLA Receives Grant To Improve Racial Equity On Campus
Staff Reports ,
10:47AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) to help the college work toward improving racial equity.   The Higher Education Innovation grant will allow the MCLA Department of Public Safety to work with a consulting firm specializing in improving police departments' relationships with their communities. The consultant would work with MCLA to develop an interactive training module for the Department of Public Safety with the goal of increasing cultural competency and engagement of its officers and staff with the MCLA community.    "I'm deeply appreciative

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The Retired Investor: Water Becoming a Rare Commodity
By Bill Schmick,
06:00PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

America is running out of water. During the next 50 years, the nation could see its fresh water supply reduced by one third. But if you think that's a problem for the next generation, you are wrong. This year alone, as many as 83 out of 204 U.S. water basins could begin to feel the brunt of these shortages.

 And don't think these shortages will only affect those regions that we would expect to be dry. The central and southern Great Plains, the Southwest and central Rocky Mountain states, as well as the South, Midwest, and parts of California are all in danger. The twin culprits are rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns brought on by climate change.

The wettest

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Aims for Safe, Outdoor Season
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:55PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

WTF's Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield appears before the Board of Health on Thursday. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mandy Greenfield's innate pessimism paid off for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the theater going public and the town.   On Thursday, the WTF's artistic director met with the town's Board of Health to discuss the summer season that the festival officially unveiled on Wednesday night.   Greenfield, who told the board that she always presumes "we're on the brink of disaster," said she committed to the idea of an outdoor 2021 season way back in August.   "At that time, I got some pushback from people saying, 'By

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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County
12:03PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

Berkshire County schools are scheduling and re-scheduling preschool and kindergarten registration dates and procedures for the 2021-22 school year. Schools can send their information to info@iberkshires.com to be included on this list.

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

 

Clarksburg

Clarksburg parents can now begin to register their youngsters for kindergarten. Children must be 5 years old as of Aug. 31, 2021. Call the school

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SVMC: Hand Pain Solutions
08:25AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC)  presents Hand Pain Solutions 6 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, 2021, over Zoom video conferencing software. It is free and open to the public.   The event is appropriate for any person who experiences hand pain, along with members of their families. Presenter Dr. David Veltre will share the most common causes of hand pain and the treatments he offers to help resolve it. Attendees will learn what they can do to maintain or recover their hand function.   Dr. Veltre completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Boston University Medical Center and completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the Cleveland

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MCLA to Present Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs
08:02AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13.    This information session will offer details about the College's Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, teacher licensure programs, administrative licensure, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    Community members seeking to advance their educational credentials by attaining a bachelor's degree, master's degree, or educator license to become a teacher, principal, or superintendent are

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Pittsfield Police Chief Wynn Brings 'Unique' Background to State Policing Commission
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:11AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police Chief Michael Wynn is ready to represent Western Massachusetts on the state's new commission for police training.   Wynn's appointment to the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Commission was announced last week by Gov. Charlie Baker and Attorney General Maura Healey.   "The fact that I'm a Western Mass police chief is something that's been greatly talked about in the last several days," he said. "I don't think anybody expected that the governor's appointed chief would be from this far west."   The independent agency with appointees from the governor and attorney general was established by

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Johnson Seeks to Heal Williamstown
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:38AM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Ask Jeffrey Johnson for his campaign's "elevator pitch," and you had better hope that lift is taking you on a ride in a skyscraper.   Johnson, a lifelong resident of the town, has an ambitious agenda for town government and boundless energy to talk about his priorities.   But at his core, Johnson wants to do what he can to heal the wounds that have divided the town over the last year.   "Our hearts are hurting," Johnson said. "No matter what side of the equation you're on, we all know we need changes to be made. Unfortunately, due process takes time, and change is scary.   "I hope to provide a voice for

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Baker: Vaccine-Eligible Community Should Find Appointments Before April 19
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:32PM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021
REVERE, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday urged Bay State residents currently eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations to find appointments before eligibility opens up to everyone 16 and older later this month.   "If you are over the age of 65, if you're over the age of 55, I think it would be great if you signed up, pre-registered, got an appointment to get vaccinated now that it's your turn," Baker said. "Because you are, based on all the data associated with vulnerable populations, among the most at risk when it comes to dealing with COVID.   "We're thrilled that we're over 80 percent with that population. We're above the national

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Berkshires in for Some Record Warm Temperatures
Staff Reports,
11:58AM / Wednesday, April 07, 2021

There are so many of us that love Hummingbirds when they arrive.
(Normal years late April-Early May around here)

They are working northward...First sightings down in Poughkeepsie and Woodridge the past couple of days.
They are more widespread from Washington DC Southward. pic.twitter.com/yRfm0TF8CJ

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) April 6, 2021 Dare we say spring has arrived in the Berkshires?   As this is written, it is 60 degrees in North Adams but folks can expect a high of 67 degrees. People in Central and South County can expect similar temperatures.   According to Accuweather, more sunny weather can be expected with some possible record-breaking temperatures

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