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Local Veterans Mark 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:22PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Pittsfield Veterans Service Officer John Herrera speaks at the ceremony on Tuesday morning. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Tuesday marks the 80th anniversary of the attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu that sparked the nation's entrance into World War II.

About 80 servicemen from Berkshire County were stationed at or near Pearl Harbor when it was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941, including more than 40 from Dalton and Pittsfield.
 
Two of them were killed in action during the surprise strike by the Imperial Japanese Navy: Petty Officer 3rd Class Roman Sadlowski and Army Air Forces 1st Sgt. Edward Burns.  

The 18-year-old Sadlowski from Pittsfield was an

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SVMC's Primary Care Practices Earn Honors for Patient-Centered Care
12:38PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
BENNINGTON, Mass. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced that each of its five primary care practices in Vermont—SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Pediatrics in Bennington, and SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal—have achieved recognition for providing personalized, effective, and efficient primary care.    The medical practices have been re-designated as Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   "This designation requires an extraordinary commitment to continual

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BRTA Route 14 To Resume Full Service
12:25PM / Tuesday, December 07, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)'s bus route 14 will resume back to its full- service schedule starting at 7 A.M. on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021.   The reduced service schedule will continue on BRTA bus routes 4, 5, 11, 15, and 16. The reduced service schedule is in place in response to a staffing shortage.   BRTA is and has been striving to hire additional drivers through a multifaceted approach.    Those interested in becoming a BRTA operator, visit https://berkshirerta.com/about/employment-opportunities/   Call the BRTA at (413) 499-2782 #1 with any questions about these service changes or employment opportunities.

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No New Drunk Driving Victims Added to 2021 MADD Vigil
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:00PM / Monday, December 06, 2021

The annual vigil is held in cooperation with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — No county residents fell victim to the deadly consequences of drunk driving this year but that doesn't discount all who have been lost in the past.

On Sunday, the Berkshire District Attorney's Office held its annual candlelit vigil at First United Methodist Church to remember victims of impaired driving in cooperation with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD.)

The event honored 53 county residents while raising awareness in hopes of preventing further tragedies.

District Attorney Andrea Harrington

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New Oral Antivirals for COVID-19 on the Horizon
By SVMC Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson, MD,
01:30PM / Monday, December 06, 2021
Patients with COVID-19 deemed to be at high risk for severe disease are currently eligible for intravenous monoclonal antibody treatments provided at certain health care systems, typically in hospitals. These medications are administered over a period of about an hour in an infusion center staffed by nurses and doctors.   When given early in the disease, they reduce the chances by as much as 70 percent that an individual with COVID-19 will require hospitalization. Yet, there are several reasons why this treatment alone is far from ideal and not sustainable in controlling the disease.   The monoclonal antibodies for COVID-19 are expensive to manufacture; although, the direct cost

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Soul Steps Perform at BPAC
12:47PM / Monday, December 06, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Soul Steps, from New York City, will bring African American step dance to the Bennington Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.    The evening will include a sneak peek of material from Soul Step's new production in development, "Step Show: The Musical."   The presentation will be followed by a Q&A with the artists, curated by diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Mya Fisher from Yale University. This performance is a fundraiser for the development of new work by Soul Steps.    According to a press release: "African American step dance is a rich art form that began at Historically Black

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SVHC Early Intervention/Children's Integrated Services Relocate
10:24AM / Monday, December 06, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Early intervention and Children's Integrated services — part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and the Vermont Department for Children and Families— relocated to Main Street.    Last month, staff of Early Intervention/Children's Integrated Services gathered for a photo in their new office space, which is located in Suite 200 of 339 Main Street in Bennington.    The building was among those renovated during the Putnam Block Project.   The program provides resources for families of children from birth to age 3 who have questions about their child's

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Vaccine Collaborative Schedules Booster Clinic Dec. 18
02:28PM / Sunday, December 05, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – The Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative has scheduled a community COVID-19 vaccine booster clinic, to be held on Saturday, Dec. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berkshire Community College Paterson Field House.    The booster clinic is open to anyone 18 and older who wants to receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which helps to prevent contracting COVID-19 or prevents serious illness in those with breakthrough cases of the virus.   Both Pfizer and Moderna third doses will be provided at the community clinic, as well as first and second doses for those 15 and older who have not yet received their initial doses.   Registration

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Williams Women's Hockey Wins in OT
09:10PM / Saturday, December 04, 2021
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Ellia Chiang scored in overtime Saturday to lead the Williams College women's hockey team to  2-1 win over Hamilton.   Meghan Halloran scored in the first period and assisted on Chiang's game-winner.   Chloe Heiting stopped 29 shots to earn the win for Williams (3-2, 2-2 NESCAC), which hosts William Smith on Saturday evening.   Men's Hockey WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Jacob Monroe scored with 3 minutes, 26 seconds left in the third in Willims' 5-4, comeback win over Tufts.   Mitchell Pelletier scored three minutes earlier to erase a 4-3 lead for the Jumbos, who had scored four straight.   Nick Altmann, Niko Karaminis and Sean Clarke

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Aluminum Sulfate Spill Closed Route 7 at Vermont Border for 4 Hours
12:41PM / Saturday, December 04, 2021

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Route 7 at the Vermont border was closed for four hours on Saturday morning to deal with a truck leaking aluminum sulfate.

The truck departing from Holland Co. in Adams when it began to leak at the base of the Hadley Overpass in North Adams. The liquid left a 2-foot wide line of white all the way down Route 8 into Williamstown.

The truck was stopped across from Stewart's in Pownal, Vt., and the highway closed until the material could be investigated.

According to the Northern Berkshire Regional Emergency Planning Committee, aluminum sulfate is used to treat drinking water.

"Please be advised there are no concerns to the public or the environment and all measures are

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Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:15AM / Saturday, December 04, 2021

The survey is part of a larger hazard mitigation program to identify areas for flooding and ecological damage caused by climate change.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. 

The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.

"I think sort of the biggest thing we want to get out there is that if you see folks assessing these structures or in your neighborhood, then it's a Greenagers

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Williams Women's Hockey, Basketball Earn Wins
10:18PM / Friday, December 03, 2021
CLINTON, N.Y. -- Chloe Heiting stopped 29 shots Friday to backstop the Williams College women's hockey team to a 4-1 victory over Hamilton.   Meghan Halloran, Maddie Tix, Brynn Puppe and Robin Kitazono each scored in the win.   Williams (2-2, 1-2 NESCAC) plays Hamilton again on Saturday afternoon.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maddy Mandyck and Arianna Gerig each had a double-double to lead Williams to a 61-41 win over Cabrini.   Mandyck scored 13 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Gerig had 13 points and 11 boards.   Williams (3-4) plays Babson on Saturday afternoon.

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