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The Retired Investor: Thanksgiving Post-Pandemic
By Bill Schmick,
03:55PM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
Consumers are making up for last year's subdued Thanksgiving holiday. Air travel has jumped. Traffic on the roads is expected to be heavy. Grocery stores are crowded, and families are getting back together again all over the country. Hurrah!   As most readers know, last year's holiday was a bit of a dud largely because of the pandemic. Fewer people travelled. Instead, many of us decided to play it safe. Across the nation, family members decided to remain home, avoid the possibility of contagion, and postpone celebrating together until this year. That was a smart decision. In the meantime, the coronavirus cases have declined, vaccinations rates have risen, and America has

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Hoosac Valley Kindergarteners on 'How to Cook a Turkey'
Community Submission,
11:24AM / Thursday, November 25, 2021
  ADAMS, Mass. — There are many ways to cook a turkey, and the kindergarten classes at Hoosac Valley Elementary School annually send iBerkshires their own ideas on how much turkeys weigh, who cooks them and how long it takes, along with their own somewhat exotic recipes.    Their Thanksgiving recipes are always amusing and sometimes enlightening, particularly the choices of stuffing, but we must strongly caution against following any of their directions as a matter of public health. Please note, these recipes are only for your reading pleasure. Happy Thanksgiving!   Teacher Robin Poirot started this fun project some years ago so we start off with what her

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SVHC Launches Website for Emergency Department Renovation Project
01:43PM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — A $25.8 million project to renovate and expand the Emergency Department and Main Entrance of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), requires a lot of coordination and communication.   The health system has launched a website to facilitate sharing news and developments about the project directly with patients. The website is located at svhealthcare.org/EDRenovation.   "We want to share the excitement of this important project with our community," said Ray E. Smith, the administrative director of Corporate Development and public information officer for SVHC. "Additionally, the website and

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Williams College Astronomy Professor to Observe Solar Eclipse in Antarctica
01:32PM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Jay Pasachoff, director of Williams College's Hopkins Observatory and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, announced the Williams College Eclipse Expedition's plans for the Dec. 4 total solar eclipse over and near Antarctica.   Pasachoff has been observing total solar eclipses together with Williams College students for 50 years, since he came to Williams in 1972 and took students to an eclipse only 10 days after his arrival.   Major research about the outer layer of the Sun, the solar corona, requires the Sun visible in the sky without the blue sky blocking the view, which is accomplished by the passage of the Moon before the everyday Sun.

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SVMC Launches Patient and Family Advisory Council
08:29AM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is gathering members for a new council made up of patients and their families.    The new Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) aims to provide a forum for dialogue among patients, families, community members, and the health system as a way to ensure that the health system is meeting the needs of the community. The group will be made up of 12 members of the community who have been patients at SVMC or who are a family member of a current or past patient at SVMC. The group will meet every other month for an hour in the evening. Meetings will begin with a

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Clark Art Free Day
08:13AM / Wednesday, November 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, Dec. 5 and admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is strongly recommended.   Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. Explore images of indoor and outdoor spaces in the galleries with a special self-guide, available at the Admissions desk. And stop by the Conforti Pavilion to make giftable keepsakes.   Indoors, explore twentieth-century printmaking movements through a wide selection of works from the Clark's collection of Japanese prints in "Competing Currents: 20th-Century Japanese

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Williams Men's Basketball Team Tops MCLA
10:06PM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 22 points Tuesday to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to an 89-62 win over MCLA.   Taconic graduate Quentin Gittens scored 14 points to lead MCLA, which got seven rebounds apiece from Mamadou Diallo and Drury graduate Reece Racette.   MCLA (2-5) travels to Russell Sage next Tuesday.   Williams (4-0) hosts Worcester State next Thursday.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Rachel Vinton and Sam Hourihan each scored 18 points to lead Springfield College (7-0) to a 64-59 win over Williams.   Maggie Meehan scored 15 points to lead Williams (2-4), which hosts Cabrini on Dec. 3.   SUNY

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Williamstown Board of Health Stresses Boosters, Holiday Safety
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:15PM / Tuesday, November 23, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Tuesday offered a suggestion for anyone searching for holiday gift ideas.   "It's a gift for your families to get vaccinated," Chair Ruth Harrison noted.   "When you look at your most vulnerable, your kids, your 5-year-olds, you can vaccinate them so they can play with each other, perhaps, but most importantly you have the opportunity to protect your community and your family."   The board held an emergency meeting Tuesday morning to discuss a recent spike in COVID-19 cases locally and in Berkshire County.   Health Inspector Jeff Kennedy told the board the town had just three active COVID-19 cases

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2021
04:15PM / Monday, November 22, 2021

This year's holiday gatherings and annual tree lightings are still feeling the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Some events have been canceled or are being held virtually. Here's what we have so far in events below. If we're missing any, let us know at info@iBerkshires.com. Reminder that many of these events and activities do require face coverings and social distancing. 

Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs and markets.

 

Christmas Tree Lightings 🎄 Adams: Tree lighting and a visit from Santa at the annual Holly Days on Sunday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Town Common. Santa arrives by 3 and the tree

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Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs 2021
03:11PM / Monday, November 22, 2021
With the holiday's around the corner communities throughout the county are holding craft and holiday markets. This list will be updated as more markets are announced.      Monday, Nov. 22-Monday, Nov. 29

Heart & Soil Collective, a nonprofit based in Lanesborough, is hosting a virtual vendor market through 32 Auctions here. The market features 15 local artists and markers and proceeds from sales go back to them and donations benefit Heart & Soil's food security programming. Some items may be eligible for shipping. Market ends on Nov. 29. 

Friday, Nov. 26 North Adams: Holiday Market at 77 Main from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to utilize market

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Monday, November 22, 2021

Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via SeePlymouth.com.

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 25. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Patuxet continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate. This year will include COVID-19 restrictions.

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Nov. 19
09:53AM / Monday, November 22, 2021
  November 19, 2021   Lodge Demolition Paves Way for New Emergency

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