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SVMC: COVID-19 Update: Aug. 23
10:05AM / Monday, August 23, 2021
  August 20, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Improving Healthcare Equity for


National Grid Responding to Damage Caused by Tropical Storm Henri
08:14AM / Monday, August 23, 2021
WALTHAM, Mass — National Grid has nearly 4,000 field personnel in Rhode Island and Massachusetts responding to power outages caused by downed limbs, trees, and poles resulting from Tropical Storm Henri.    The storm delivered fierce winds and heavy rain, with some peak gusts reaching above 70 mph, leading to significant damage.   Field personnel in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are responding to emergency 911 and wires down calls, assessing the damage, clearing trees, and making repairs to electrical infrastructure where conditions are safe. This enables the restoration to proceed safely and efficiently and helps National Grid restore power to customers more quickly.


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

Pittsfield Native Prosthetist Seeks Location in Hometown
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:42AM / Monday, August 23, 2021

A prosthetic arm hydrodipped with a flag image for a client who is a veteran.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A Pittsfield native prosthetic specialist wants to return to the Berkshires with a second office and is scoping out the interest level.   David Hayes, of Hayes Prosthetic Inc., said he prioritizes listening to clients' experiences to provide a prosthetic that is comfortable and empowers them to have a better quality of life.   "My statement is wearing a prosthesis shouldn't be a painful experience, if it hurts you, something's wrong," he said.   "I tell people in the casting room before I cast them, I have a little talk with them, I


Warrior-Scholar Project Prepares Veterans to Succeed in College
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:31AM / Sunday, August 22, 2021

Williams College alumnus Wick Sloane has been an advocate for colleges doing a better job to serve veterans.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After eight years on active duty in the Marine Corps, Joseph Grillo was ready for a new challenge.   But he also knew that a college education posed different challenges for veterans like himself than it might for the "traditional" undergraduate.   "It's not the academics or rigor or the late night study," Grillo said recently. "It's the loss of camaraderie, the fear of fitting in. Then COVID hit, and the fear only doubled: What was I stepping into? Was this going to work for me?   "But

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State Reallocating Resources West as Henri Changes Track
04:14PM / Saturday, August 21, 2021
The National Weather Service reports that Henri has strengthened to a hurricane as it continues to head northward off the East Coast. The storm is expected to make landfall near Long Island or southern New England on Sunday, then weaken rapidly as it heads across Connecticut on Sunday evening. The storm will continue to slowly exit the region on Monday.    There remains uncertainty in how far west Henri will track and how strong it will become before making landfall. The main hazards include damaging winds and flooding rain.   "The new forecast also calls for significant rainfall Sunday into Monday, especially in Berkshire County, the Connecticut River Valley and


State Board of Education Expected to Endorse School Mask Mandate
09:23AM / Saturday, August 21, 2021
BOSTON — The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education plans to meet Tuesday morning at 10 to authorize the commissioner of education to issue a mask mandate for public school students.    "In light of the current rise of COVID-19 in Massachusetts, I believe a mask mandate will be an important additional measure to keep students in school safely at this time," writes DESE Commissioner Jeffrey Rily in a memorandum to the board. "Masks remain a simple and effective mitigation measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A mandate will also provide more time for students and staff to get vaccinated, as we know vaccination remains the single most important tool in


Williamstown Historical Commission Discusses Traffic Circle Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:26AM / Saturday, August 21, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials Tuesday met with the town's Historical Commission about a plan that would change the look of a historic district in South Williamstown.   MassDOT is in the design stage of a roundabout at the junctions of Routes 43 and 7, known as the Five Corners Historic District.   Tuesday's Historical Commission meeting provided the agency with an opportunity for outreach with interested stakeholders to generate support for what would be a major shift at the site.   "The more people we bring into the circle to collaborate with us and get engaged early at this more impersonal level, it leads to a


@theMarket: Taper Talk Tanks Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
04:23PM / Friday, August 20, 2021
The July minutes of the last FOMC meeting were released Wednesday. In the announcement, Fed officials expressed their willingness to start reducing asset purchases before the end of the year. In response, traders dumped stocks. Was that the right move?   Stock jockeys seem to believe that by reducing monetary stimulus by even a smidgeon, all will be lost in the stock market. I find that hard to believe. The Fed is purchasing $120 billion a month in bonds. If they reduce that amount by $10-$20 billion, that still leaves a lot of central bank firepower.   A much better explanation for the losses this week could be that it is a slow week, and a seasonally treacherous time of the year


The Weekend Beat: Fort Mass, Anthony Anniversaries
By Gregory Fournier, iBerkshires Correspondent
02:04AM / Friday, August 20, 2021

Siege of Fort Massachusetts

The biggest anniversary event this weekend is undoubtedly the Susan B. Anthony Celebration in Adams but the oldest is in North Adams on Saturday with the marking of the 275th anniversary of the Siege of Fort Massachusetts. 

The North Adams Historical Society is hosting the annual commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday at its new museum space on the first floor of the Holiday Inn. The Museum of History and Science reopened in July after being closed much of last year because of the pandemic. 

Fort Massachusetts is believed to have been located on the Hoosic River somewhere near what is now Roberts Drive. Part of a line of forts built by the British to


Governor Orders Executive Branch Workers to Get Vaccinated
02:18PM / Thursday, August 19, 2021
BOSTON — Executive Department employees will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on or before Oct. 17, with the likelihood of mandatory booster shots in the future.   Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action, including being fired.    Gov. Charlie Baker issued the executive order on Thursday as new cases of the novel coronavirus continue to climb. The administration at the beginning of the month ordered all employees of health-care facilities, including long-term care operations, to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 10.    All Executive Department employees will be required to provide proof that they have received either the required two


Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program
04:18PM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Adult Education Program is currently enrolling for fall classes.   The program offers preparation classes for the HISET test for individuals interested in obtaining their Massachusetts Alternative High School Credential. We also offer instruction in basic academic skills, college and career readiness and employment readiness.    All applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and those under 18 years of age, must be officially withdrawn from high school.    For additional information you can schedule an appointment by calling program director Annie Pecor at 413-412-1118 or by emailing her at


Leahy Earmarks $750K for SVMC Child-Care Center
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Wednesday, August 18, 2021

The senior senator, who was elected in 1975, did not say if he had decided yet to run for a ninth term in 2022. BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Learning Tree has been providing child care for the employees of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the general public for more than two decades.    But the number of spots available in the facility on the hospital campus — and in the region — simply hasn't kept up with the need. The Bennington area is short more than 500 child-care slots.   "It's heartbreaking when you have to tell someone, no I'm sorry I have to put you on the waitlist because I don't have any slots," Director Nancy Noel


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