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Williams College Receives STARS Gold Rating for Sustainability
08:00AM / Saturday, April 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has earned a STARS Gold rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).    STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.    Williams' STARS report is publicly available on the STARS website: https://reports.aashe.org/institutions/williams-college-ma/report   "This is an exciting accomplishment," said Tanja Srebotnjak, director of the college's Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives that prepared the report.

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Williams College's Softball Coach Earns 800th Career Win
10:22PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bailey Burger-Moore hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh Friday to give the Williams College softball team a 6-5 win over Hamilton and coach Kris Herman the 800th win of her career.   Burger-Moore went 2-for-4 with a home run, and Ronni Ramos and Mara Kipnis also homered for Williams.   Elyse Chan earned the win in the circle, striking out a pair.   Herman won 339 games in 16 seasons her alma mater, Tufts University, before coming to Williams in 2004.   In addition to her personal milestone, Friday's win clinched a NESCAC playoff berth for Williams.   Williams (21-13, 5-5) hosts Hamilton for a double-header on Saturday

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WCMA 'Remixing the Hall' Debuts New Acquisitions
04:00PM / Friday, April 29, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents the next iteration of "Remixing the Hall: WCMA's Collection in Perpetual Transition."    This ongoing exhibition reinterprets the museum's encyclopedic collection through thematic groupings, highlighting new research, new acquisitions, and new curatorial voices. Drawing from the more than 15,000 objects in WCMA's collection, a group of five curators, including three Mellon Curatorial Fellows, have selected objects for display that span millennia and the globe, according to WCMA.   According to a press release: Themes explored in this installation include domesticity, growth,

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SVMC Celebrates National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30
09:47AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is proud to participate with local organizations to share National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30.    The observation provides a reminder for community members to look through their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of medications that could cause harm to others.   SVMC hosts a MedSafe collection box, which is available 24 hours every day for the anonymous disposal of unneeded medications. During a major renovation of the Emergency Department and Main Entrance, the box, which had been in the lobby, is located in the Emergency Department

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Clark Art Announces Final Free Sunday of the Season
08:01AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute holds its final First Sunday Free program of the season on Sunday, May 1.    Offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 am–5 pm, the day also features a series of activities from 1–4 pm, centered around this month's theme, "May Day at the Clark." Visitors are invited to weave a spring wall hanging, make a kit to plant your own flower garden, and enjoy live music. At 2 pm, join a docent to browse springtime highlights in the Clark's collection.   This event is free. To reserve tickets, visit clarkart.edu/events.   Visitors can see the Clark's current special

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Williamstown Fire District Presses Case for New Station
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022

A slide shown on a Williamstown Fire District telecast lists some of the carcinogens that potentially seep into firefighters' equipment during a structure fire. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Firefighters face the risk of death every time they battle a blaze.   They should not be endangered at the firehouse.   That is the message the Williamstown Fire District is trying to spread as it moves toward a potential vote this year to bond a new fire station.   On Monday, two officials from the district's Building Committee and Fire Chief Craig Pedercini addressed the Select Board to talk about efforts to replace the aging, cramped facility on Water Street with a new

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Emergency Medicine Leader
02:33PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Adam Cohen, MD, the chair of Emergency Medicine and the medical director for the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), will discuss the renovation and expansion of the emergency department and why emergency services are essential for a community on the next Medical Matters Weekly at noon on Wednesday, May 4.   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

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Clark Art Announces Research and Academic Program Fellowships
08:10AM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's Research and Academic Program (RAP) announces the appointment of its 2022–2023 class of fellows for the upcoming academic year.   The Clark is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research. Through RAP, the Clark hosts a residential fellowship program that welcomes international scholars for periods ranging from two to nine months. To date, the community of Clark Fellows numbers more than 400 individuals hailing from thirty countries.   While in residency at the Clark, fellows pursue independent research projects that span a variety of topics and pursuits,

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ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 Welcomes Submissions
12:10PM / Tuesday, April 26, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire County's five Cultural Districts are partnering again to  expand ArtWeek Berkshires 2022 that will take place from Sept 15 to Sept 25.    The coalition recently posted its first call for artists. The non-juried event is free to all Berkshire County individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in showcasing creative work. Submissions from actors, cartoonists, crafters, dancers, designers, filmmakers, illustrators, mimes, multimedia artists, musicians, performance artists, poets, puppeteers, theater artists, visual artists, writers are welcome.   Representatives from the five Cultural District began meeting in February to

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Williamstown Select Board Finalizes Town Manager Contract
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:41PM / Monday, April 25, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Select Board on Monday approved the contract for the next town manager.   After a brief executive session, the board voted 5-0 to OK the deal that Chair Andrew Hogeland negotiated with Robert Menicocci, who currently serves as the director of the Social Services Agency in Santa Clara County, Calif.   No terms of the contract were announced when the board returned to public session to vote on the deal.   Hogeland did note that Menicocci likely will not be able to begin his service in the town until July 1.   "[Interim town manager Charlie Blanchard] has graciously agreed to extend his contract on a much reduced basis

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: April 22
08:30AM / Monday, April 25, 2022
  April 22, 2022   Nature, Animals, and Your

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Williams Men's Lacrosse Downs Wesleyan
05:39PM / Sunday, April 24, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Calvin Caputo scored five goals Sunday to lead the Williams College men's lacrosse team to a 17-13 win over Wesleyan.   Tim Saffold scored four goals, and Jake Haase had three goals and four assists in the win.   Matt Freitas stopped 19 shots for Williams (7-7, 5-4 NESCAC), which goes to Middlebury on Wednesday.   Women's Lacrosse CLINTON, N.Y. -- Aine Cleary scored three goals and assisted on another Sunday to lead Hamilton to a 13-12 win over Williams.   Shea van Den Broek and Isabel Arvelo each had a hat trick for Williams.   Caitlyn Joyce stopped 13 shots in the loss.   Williams (5-9, 2-7) hosts Middlebury on Wednesday.

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