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March Williamstown Conference Designed as Dialogue Between Community, Police
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:42AM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Peggy Kern is realistic about the potential for an upcoming community conversation about policing.   "I don't think you're going to get in one afternoon a magical fix," Kern said recently. "The value for me is it's a great opportunity for the community to come together to talk about policing in a local, specific way but also in a broader way.   "What is policing? What do we want? What areas do we have alignment together?"   Those are some of the questions likely to come up in a daylong symposium planned for Saturday, March 12, at Mount Greylock Regional School as part of the Strengthening Police and Community

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SVHC COVID-19 Resource Center Schedule Change
08:07AM / Thursday, January 20, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Because temperatures on Friday, Jan. 21 are forecasted to be in the single digits with a negative wind chill, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID-19 Resource Center in Bennington, will close its outdoor testing operations for the day.    Testing will resume as scheduled at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.    Vaccination/booster hours remain unchanged for Friday. The center is open for vaccinations and boosters 8 a.m. – noon.      

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Williams Men Get Road Win at Amherst
11:03PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
AMHERST, Mass. -- Nate Karren scored 17 points Wednesday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 60-54 win over Amherst.   Spencer Spivy and Cole Prowitt-Smith each scored nine for Williams (13-1, 3-1 NESCAC), which hosts Middlebury on Saturday.   Women's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Dani Valdez scored 20 points to lead Amherst to a 73-59 win over Williams.   Maggie Meehan scored 22 points, and Ariana Gerig added 17 for Williams (7-9, 2-2 NESCAC), which goes to Middlebury on Saturday.

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CEO of Price Chopper Parent Northeast Grocery to Retire
02:07PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Northeast Grocery Inc., the parent company of Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops Markets, announced Wednesday the upcoming retirement of CEO Scott Grimmett and named former Tops Markets Chairman and CEO Frank Curci to that position. Grimmett's retirement will be effective in February.   "Working at Price Chopper/Market 32 and helping to lead the organization through this merger has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I want to thank all of the teammates and associates at Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops who have worked so hard to serve our customers, especially during these difficult times. I also want to thank the Golub family for trusting me to

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MassDevelopment Announces Funding For Public Spaces
12:50PM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022
BOSTON — MassDevelopment announced the availability of funding for a new round of the Commonwealth Places program, a statewide initiative that leverages public support for placemaking projects in Massachusetts.    The program funds place-based, community-driven projects that revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts, such as outdoor dining spaces, pop-up parks and beer gardens, sidewalk retail infrastructure, and more.   "MassDevelopment's Commonwealth Places program provides nonprofits and community groups with the resources to implement creative placemaking projects that draw foot traffic in our downtowns and commercial corridors," said

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Woodlands Partnership Drafting Plans to Guide Its Future
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Wednesday, January 19, 2022

ADAMS, Mass. — The Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership is working on a 2022 revision of its organizational plan, with a goal of having it drafted and finalized in March's meeting.

"We've had a few working group sessions focused on key sections and how they might need to change," said Lisa Hayden, administrative agent for the partnership and outreach manager for the New England Forestry Foundation. "We're now in the process of reaching out to the [committee] chairs to ask for their input and specific feedback looking back at the original plan chapters and how they think they might need to change."

The 21-community partnership's executive committee

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winners
03:38PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) recently honored four nurses with DAISY Awards for Extraordinary Nurses.    They are Ashley Andrews, AD, RN, and Hannah Hill, BSN, RN, both of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Emergency Department; Katie Klebbe, BSN, RN, of the Intensive Care Unit at SVMC; and Misty Roy, BSN, RN, of the SVMC Med/Surg Unit.   "Each of these nurses offers her patients an incredible combination of nursing skill and compassion," said Pamela Duchene, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. "There's nothing patients appreciate more than being in gentle and capable hands, and

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New State Program Will Let School Districts Distribute At-Home COVID-19 Tests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
BOSTON – Massachusetts schools will have the option to distribute weekly at-home tests to students and staff this month under a new testing program announced by the Baker administration on Tuesday morning.   The at-home testing program is designed to replace the commonwealth's "test and stay" program, which was created to allow in-school testing of asymptomatic close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.   Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley called at-home testing a "game changer" for Massachusetts schools.   Baker said schools will continue to have the option to continue with a test-and-stay program already in place or adopt

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40 Under Forty Nominations Open
12:28PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nominations are now open for Berkshire Community College's announces the annual 40 Under Forty awards celebration.    40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a deep dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.   "40 Under Forty recognizes leadership, innovation, commitment and accomplishment. We are fortunate that this generation is having an impact on our collective quality of life," said Berkshire Community College (BCC) President Ellen Kennedy.

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Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Offer Training for New Officials
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11:35AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Baseball Umpires will offer an initial class for prospective candidates on Thursday, Feb. 3.   The class will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian American Club on Newell St.   The exam fee is $45. Prospective candidates should contact Don Singleton at 413-884-4353 or rainier@bcn.net  

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Fans Supporting Animal Shelters & Organizations for Betty White
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shelters and rescue organizations across the country are being supported on Monday through the Betty White Challenge.    Monday would have been beloved television star Betty White's 100th birthday. The "Golden Girl" actor died at age 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, and fans within days had come up with a way to honor her memory by helping animals.    White was a strong advocate for animals during her lifetime in supporting numerous organizations and foundations dedicated to both wildlife and domesticated animals and received the American Humane Society's National Humanitarian Medal and the Legacy Award.   The internet-driven fund

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan 14
02:13PM / Monday, January 17, 2022

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center wellness@svhealthcare.org via svhealthcare.ccsend.com  Jan 14, 2022, 4:10 PM (3 days

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