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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


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 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


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


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

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


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


SVMC's 'Green' Razing of Lodge Building Makes Way for New ER
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
01:28PM / Sunday, November 21, 2021

The Lodge building was most recently used for offices. 

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has begun the slow process of a "green demolition" of its Lodge building.

The building, which SVMC is demolishing to make way for its $28 million Kendall Emergency Department, was built in 1925 and initially acted as laundry and housekeeping facilities. In recent years, the Lodge has served primarily as an office building.

"This really is the culmination of probably the better part of 10 years of planning," said SMVC President and CEO Thomas Dee.

Rather than demolishing the Lodge and disposing of the materials, SMVC is doing a "green


Carpenter, Framingham State Women Top Williams in OT
09:24PM / Saturday, November 20, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mount Everett alumna Gwendolyn Carpenter scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds Saturday to help the Framingham State women's basketball team earn a 67-66 overtime win over Williams College.   Carpenter scored three points in OT and made a steal with 10 seconds left to help seal the victory.   Krysta Padellaro led Framingham State (3-1) with 15 points.   Maddy Mandyck scored a game-high 16 points for Williams (2-3), which hosts Springfield College on Tuesday.   Men's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Nate Karren scored 15 points to lead the Williams College men's basketball team to a 90-50 win in the first round of the Purple and


@theMarket: Market's Week of Indecision
By Bill Schmick,
11:51AM / Saturday, November 20, 2021
Stocks and bonds traded in a tight range for most of the week. Some stocks were rewarded, while others punished, based on their earnings results. The U.S. dollar hit a series of new yearly highs, and just about everyone is waiting for President Biden's pick to head the Federal Reserve Bank.   That announcement could come as early as this weekend. Chairman Jerome Powell's term will end in February 2022. He is a Republican, picked by former President Donald Trump. He had a somewhat rocky relationship with the ex-president but did manage to maintain the independence of the central bank despite Trump's attempted interference. His track record through the pandemic makes him a


St. Lawrence Women's Basketball Edges Williams
10:45PM / Friday, November 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The St. Lawrence women's basketball team held off a furious comeback by Williams to escape with a 65-64 win on Friday night in the Morin Memorial Tournament.   Katie Frederick and Sierra Sanson each scored 14 for St. Lawrence, which had a 55-42 lead going to the fourth quarter.   Maggie Meehan scored 25 points, and Maddy Mandyck had 13 rebounds for Williams (2-2), which hosts Framingham State on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Hockey WATERVILLE, Maine -- Jacob Monroe scored midway through the second period to lead Williams to a 1-0 win over Colby in Friday's season-opener.   Evan Ruschil stopped 43 shots to earn the shutout in


The Retired Investor: The Teacher Shortage
By Bill Schmick,
11:46AM / Friday, November 19, 2021
The U.S. labor shortage is hitting the public education sector hard. Yes, COVID-19 and its mutations have had a lot to do with the lack of teachers, but the problem predates the pandemic. In just the last two months, 65,000 public education employees left the industry.   Across the United States, in October 2021, there were 575,000 fewer state and local education employees than in February 2020, according to the latest employment report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The pandemic, in some ways, was simply the straw that broke this camel's back.   Stagnant wages, or worse, falling wages, have beset the teaching industry for years. In 2018, for example, the wage gap between

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Mount Greylock School Committee OKs Additional 90K for Storage Building
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:00AM / Friday, November 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee unanimously authorized using  up to $90,000 more of Williams College's capital gift funds for a storage building at the middle/high school.   The structure was originally intended to cost just $90,000 but bids were coming in significantly higher and Business Administrator Joe Bergeron had to ask the panel for doubled funding on Thursday.   "It is a nightmare scenario for me coming to you and asking for an additional $90,000 from the capital gift because I know how sensitive that topic is," he explained.   "But we also do not have good pockets of money to be able to tap into for


SVMC Lab Receives National Accreditation
01:57PM / Thursday, November 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the laboratory at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).     The laboratory is staffed by a team of phlebotomists, technical laboratory technologists, medical technologist, cytologist, and pathologists who work 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to deliver laboratory results to the patients of SVMC.   "Laboratory accreditation ensures accuracy,” said Karen Bond, the department's director. "CAP's vigorous inspection confirms that SVMC is delivering high quality results


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