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North Adams Community Dog Park Clean Up Day
12:04PM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Volunteers are invited to a community cleanup day Sunday at the dog park.   A clean up day is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 29 from 9 A.M. to 12 P.M.   Clean up will take place in and around the park. Work will include trimming back trees and bushes as well as picking up trash and raking.   Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Students will be on hand to assist with the clean up.    The dog park is located on River Street. 

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Family Medicine Provider Joins Williamstown Medical: Accepting New Patients in Need of Primary Care
10:08AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems announces the appointment of Shauna O. Dunton, MD, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the provider staff of Williamstown Medical, a rural health clinic of Fairview Hospital affiliated with BHS.    Dunton is accepting new patients in need of primary care, including broad spectrum women's health services. She joins doctors Steven D. Cherry, Karen E. Dobe-Costa, Kristin Lamontagne, Douglas O'Neill and Sarah Turner, Nurse Practitioners Sarah Kangas, Jennifer Mygatt and Ana Luisa Neal, and Physician Assistants Colleen Henry, Jacob Shelsy, Katie Thurber and LaTasha Turner at Williamstown Medical.   Dr.

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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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Ribbon Cutting Thursday at Williamstown's 330 Cole Ave. Project
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
08:16AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- As early as next week, families will begin filling homes built on the site of an abandoned factory near the Hoosic River.   On Thursday at 11 a.m., Berkshire Housing Development Corporation will host a ribbon cutting for its 330 Cole Ave. apartment complex, an affordable housing development that has been in the works for nearly a decade.   Cathy Yamamoto was in the middle of a lot of that work.   “So much time, money, public input, planning and work have gone into transforming this formerly blighted site,” Yamamoto said this week. “It's wonderful to see how many homes have been added and fitting that the ribbon cutting should take

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Williamstown Board of Health Advises Face-Coverings Indoors
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:35AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Tuesday expressed its support for indoor face-covering and "recommended highly" that all residents eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination get vaccinated.   Meeting in person for the first time in more than a year, the board acknowledged that vaccination rates are high in Berkshire County and that infection rates are low in Williamstown itself.   It nonetheless encouraged continued vigilance in the Village Beautiful to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, particularly given the emergence of the virus' Delta variant in recent weeks.   The four members at Tuesday morning's meeting unanimously passed

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Williamstown's DIRE Committee Seeks Reports From Other Town Bodies
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:18AM / Thursday, August 26, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee on Monday passed a resolution calling on other town boards and committees to begin living up to the requirements of a resolution passed at the 2020 annual town meeting.   By a vote of 4-0, the DIRE Committee requested other committees and town officials, like the interim Town Manager, to report what actions they have taken "to create policies and practices according to a commitment to accessible living," "to actively allow for a town more supportive of a wide array of racial and economic backgrounds," "to heavily consider community input, especially from traditionally marginalized

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NBCC Holds Community Assessment
04:26PM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition will hold its annual Community Assessment on Thursday when community members can call to both share and listen.   Community members can tune in on Facebook live or call in at 413-663-7588, Ext. 14.   Participants can share observations about needs and assets, hear observations from others, and help set NBCC's agenda for the coming year.   The program runs from 6 P.M. to 7:30 p.m. There is also an online survey residents can fill out.

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Berkshire County Historical Society Announces Melville Fellows
12:22PM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire County Historical Society has named Shawna Hennessy, Aylen Dominguez, and Hazel Richards Melville Fellows for 2021-22.    The fellowship program, which began in 2018, annually awards  Berkshire County college students the opportunity to work at Herman Melville's Arrowhead to create one or more pieces of original writing inspired by Arrowhead's surroundings and the BCHS collection. The fellowship program does not restrict the type or subject of the works created, giving participants a breadth of creative freedom. Arrowhead's Writer-in-Residence Emeritus Jana Laiz spearheads the program and works in groups and individually

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Goodbye Henri, Hello Sun
12:11PM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The Berkshires escaped Henri with only some ominous skies, gusty wind, and rain. After an underwhelming storm, It should actually feel like summer this week in the Berkshires as the season tails off with sunny weather and temperatures in the high 80s.   According to Accuweather, in North Adams temperatures will reach as high as 86 this afternoon, but it will feel closer to 92 degrees. Temperatures overnight will drop into the 70s.   There will be similar conditions in Central and South County.   Weather conditions will be similar Thursday, perhaps a little warmer with temperatures creeping closer to 90 degrees throughout the county.   Steve Caporizzo reports that it will

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Mask Agreement with Union
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:21AM / Wednesday, August 25, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Tuesday approved an agreement with its union to require face coverings of all staff while inside school buildings when classes begin next month.   Superintendent Jason McCandless noted during the public portion of the committee's special meeting that Tuesday morning's decision out of Boston supersedes the local edict, but the memorandum of agreement negotiated by the district sets ground rules for how it will deal with the face-covering issue going forward, even if the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education reverses course.   Under the MOA, which is pending ratification from the Mount

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Smithsonian Host Sites Sought for 2022 Tour
04:09PM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
NORTHAMTON, Mass. — Through a partnership with the Smithsonian, Mass Humanities will select six local institutions to host "Crossroads: Changes in Rural America," a traveling exhibit produced by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum on Main Street program.   Applications open Aug. 30 for museums, libraries, and other cultural centers interested in welcoming the Smithsonian to their communities. Organizations must be located in a town with a population of 12,000 or less to be eligible to host the exhibit. In October, Mass Humanities will select six sites for the "Crossroads" tour, which arrives in Massachusetts in September 2022.   "We're

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DESE Board of Education Approves Universal Mask Mandate
10:43AM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
BOSTON — Public school students will have to mask up this fall.    The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday morning found that "exigent circumstances" existed and authorized the implementation of a face-covering mandate.   DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Riley had requested the determination in the face of rising rates of new COVID-19 cases.    The Education Department had proffered guidelines that "strongly encouraged" unvaccinated staff and students to mask indoors in July, prior to the emergence of the much more transmissable Delta variant.    "We know that a return this fall to full-time, in person instruction

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Medical Matters Weekly Features Leader from Vermont Care Partners
09:45AM / Tuesday, August 24, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Catherine Burns, PhD, the quality director for Vermont Care Partners, on its Sept. 1 program.    The show will air at 12 p.m. She will share her work on the state's COVID support programs.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on

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