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Clark Art Talk On 18th French Engraving Drawing
12:00PM / Friday, April 01, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sarah Grandin, the Clark-Getty Curatorial Fellow, will lead a virtual lunchtime talk showcasing the role prints played in making drawing more accessible to the public in eighteenth-century France.    Her talk, "A Market for Imitation—Engraving Drawing in Eighteenth-Century France," will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live (@clarkartinstitute) on Thursday, April 7, at noon.   Grandin's talk begins with a film presentation of a selection of works by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, François Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and others. Following the film, Grandin joins the audience in a live Q&A session.   The event

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Vermont Legislator Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
09:39AM / Friday, April 01, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson welcomes As a retired nurse practitioner, current state representative for Windham-3, and member of the health committee, Leslie Goldman on the show at noon on Wednesday, April 6.    The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Goldman moved to Bellows Falls in 1982. She was a family nurse practitioner and started a primary care

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Kipnis Homers Twice in Double-Header Sweep for Williams
09:52PM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
TROY, N.Y. -- Mara Kipnis homered twice Thursday to lead the Williams College softball team to a double-header sweep at Rensselaer Polytechnic.   In Game 1, Mara Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a 13-5 win.   Vicky Trujillo went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Madison Mok struck out seven in a complete-game win in the circle.   Williams won the nightcap, 10-6, behind a 4-for-4 performance and another homer from Kipnis.   Ronni Ramos went 3-for-3, and Elyse Chan struck out eight for Williams (9-5).

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'Embodied Words: Reading in Medieval Christian Visual Culture' on View at WCMA
04:09PM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents "Embodied Words: Reading in Medieval Christian Visual Culture," a reinstallation of the museum's medieval gallery.   The exhibit brings together new and past objects from the WCMA collection with a selection of manuscripts from Williams College's Chapin Library.   According to a press release, this ongoing exhibition demonstrates the embodied nature of reading in Christian Europe from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries, with art from present-day Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. More than two dozen works on view include several

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Williamstown Finance Committee Votes $100,000 Budget Cut for FY23
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's fiscal 2023 budget will not account for an increase in the town's health insurance costs after the Finance Committee on Wednesday directed the town manager to slash the line item for health insurance by $100,000.   Interim Town Manager Charlie Blanchard had budgeted for the cost increase after Berkshire Health Group announced that it needed to raise premiums it passes along to member municipal entities by 8 percent in the next fiscal year.   To help cushion the blow to the 31 towns and school districts it serves, the BHG board in January voted to give its members a one-month "premium holiday" in FY23 and cover the difference

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Clark Art Tea Service Portrays Noted Women in European History
11:53AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute recently acquired a rare tea service that is noted both for the craftsmanship on the part of the woman artist who was central to its creation and for its subject matter, a collection of portraits of women noted in European history.   "The Tea Service of Famous Women" (Cabaret des femmes célèbres) is now on view in the Clark's permanent collection galleries. With miniature portraits painted by Marie-Victoire Jaquotot between 1811–12 for the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, the service is one of only three known sets and features portraits of women noted for their achievements within governance,

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SVMC Welcomes Anthony Donaldson to SVMC Urology
08:28AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomed urologist Anthony Donaldson to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam medical group and SVMC Urology. Dr. Donaldson is board-certified in urology by the American Board of Urology.   Dr. Donaldson received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his bachelor's in history from Dartmouth College, both in Hanover, NH. He completed his residency training in urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has worked as the department head of Urology at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida and as a staff urologist at both Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington and Glens Falls Hospital in

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Williamstown Rural Lands Hires New Executive Director
08:24AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) announced that Robin Sears has been selected as its new Executive Director.   Sears is an interdisciplinary scientist whose previous work at the intersections of forests and people, farming and forestry, and science and policy positions her well to lead WRL.    "I am thrilled to join the community of land stewards here at home after focusing for decades on forest management in the tropics," she said. I look forward to working with Williamstown residents, farmers, and community members to steward the rich natural and cultural assets around us for all to enjoy now and in the future.”   Sears has

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Williamstown Fire District Facing Decisions on FY23 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the committee that governs the fire district warned that the district's fiscal year 2023 budget would not be a "slam dunk" for voter approval this spring.   John Notsley asked his fellow Prudential Committee members to hold a special meeting on April 13 to focus on the budget the committee will present to residents at the May 24 annual district meeting.    "We have three heavy duty things the fire district is faced with," Notsley said at last week's virtual meeting. "Number one is the building [project], obviously. The second thing will be, operationally, our budget for next year and the year after for

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Williamstown Rural Lands Working Land Series
08:12AM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) program Working Lands Series will host site visits to Berkshire area farms and forests to meet the people who work them.    On Saturday, April 2 at noon WRL will meet Averill Cook at Wendling Farm for "Get to know your forester"   Participants can tour the forest with Cook and learn about the history of wood use for energy, paper, and building materials. Participants can find out about how our woodlands help keep air and water clean, learn about the ideal growing conditions, and how to measure trees for their energy and lumber value.    The program is for all ages and will take place rain or shine;

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Williamstown Select Board Studying Stipends for Town Committee Members
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:43AM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board is moving to fulfill a mandate from last May's annual town meeting to study the issue of compensation for town board and committee members.   But the issue is complicated, and the budget ramifications extensive, according to the board member taking the lead on the project.   Hugh Daley told his colleagues that there are 110 active seats on various committees in town. Some are held by more than one person, like Select Board member Jeffrey Johnson, who also serves on the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee, but, for argument's sake, he assumed at Monday's meeting that each seat might carry a stipend in any

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North County Figure Skaters Plan Saturday Show
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12:50PM / Tuesday, March 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club will hold its season ending show on Saturday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.   The theme will be "Once Upon the Ice ... in Hollywood," and the show will feature graduating senior Samantha Taxter and soloists Elianna O'Leary, Madalyn Benson, Amelia Art, Kayla Miller, Katie Malone-Smith, Danielle Galietti, Danielle Furlong, Larry Stalvey and Lara Shore-Shephard.   The program's Learn to Skate program also will perform group numbers.   For information, visit www.christmasbrookfsc.org or find the club on Facebook.

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