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Performing Artist in Residence Series Returns to the Clark
10:45AM / Tuesday, November 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Nov. 21 at 2 pm, pianist Jeewon Park and cellist Edward Arron, co-artistic directors of the Performing Artists in Residence series at the Clark Art Institute return to resume their concert series, now in its ninth year.    The Sunday afternoon concert will be presented in the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion and features a program of music for piano and cello, offering Mendelssohn: "Sonata in B-flat Major for Cello and Piano," "Opus 45, Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel" (1978), and Rachmaninoff: "Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Opus 19."   According to a press release, Korean-born pianist

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Williamstown Select Board Postpones Town Manager Decision
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Tuesday, November 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board postponed a decision on the next interim town manager until Thursday.    If it makes a decision.    Town officials were searching for an interim to replace current interim Charles Blanchard, who was expected to leave the post in December. He was hired last April.    But after interviewing North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard and former Amherst Town Manager Barry Del Castilho on Monday, some board members floated the idea of keeping Blanchard in place.    "Once we're just looking at interims it seems to me the person that's been doing it for the last six months is the fairly obvious choice,"

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
04:14PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends that people wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "This may be a particularly good winter for attracting winter birds arriving from Canada, including Evening Grosbeaks and Purple Finches," Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader said. "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds, and folks may want to try other seeds or suet to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming flowers uncut provides seeds which can also attract

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SVMC is First in Vermont to Receive American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation
01:31PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has granted a 4-year accreditation to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), for its Practice Transition Program.    It is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the United States to have received the accreditation.   "This new distinction validates that SVMC is a wonderful place to start your career in nursing," said Pamela Duchene, the chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services at SVMC.  "It shows that we are following evidence-based practice to support our new nurses. That improves

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SVHC Undergoes 'Green Demolition'
12:43PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Insulation, doors, lighting fixtures, pressure treated lumber, wooden beams, and an antique cast iron sink are among the items being harvested for reuse from The Lodge, a building on the Bennington campus of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).    The building is slated for demolition next week to make way for a $28 million renovation and expansion to SVMC's Emergency Department.   The salvage work was done by Deconstruction Works, a demolition, salvage and recycling service based in Vermont. The business has offices in Brattleboro and Bristol and is co-owned by Erich Kruger and Tom Shea. The

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Nov. 12
12:10PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
  November 12, 2021   Trey Dobson, MD, Appears on

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Williamstown Hair Salon Hopes to Fill Spot Left by Historic Barber Shop
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Monday, November 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Spring Street institution got an infusion of new energy this fall when 3 Queens Emporium hair salon opened.   Stylist Courtney Haner of Pittsfield, who has worked in multiple shops around the county over the years, began seeing clients this month in the space that for decades was home to St. Pierre's Barbershop.   "I had a great opportunity to come up here," Haner said this week. "The shop is in a perfect location.   "I've always wanted to eventually branch out and open my shop, and I kind of got the opportunity to somewhat start that right now. Williamstown is perfect. We're located in a good location with all the

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Williams Women Beat MCLA for First Win
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:51PM / Sunday, November 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College women's basketball team held MCLA to one point in the first quarter en route to an 89-42 win on Sunday.   Maggie Meehan scored 12 points, and Priscilla Singleton-Eriyo pulled down 16 rebounds for Williams (1-1).   Shannon Carney scored 15 for MCLA (0-3).   Williams goes to Vassar on Tuesday. MCLA hosts Keene State on Tuesday.

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Notchview Ski Area Awaits First Snowfall with Expanded Programming
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:13AM / Sunday, November 14, 2021

There are programs for all ages and trails set aside for those who want to bring their dog along for the fun. 

WINDSOR, Mass. — As temperatures drop and leaves fall, the Trustees of Reservations look forward to welcoming cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and even four-legged friends to Notchview in the upcoming season.

The Nordic ski area is located on more than 3,000 acres in the hills of Windsor. It is known as a recreational destination for skiers and snowshoers in the winter and recently adopted hiking and biking in the warmer months.

On the busiest weekend days, the property sees around 500 visitors.

"As an operation and through the trustees, our goal is to

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Williams Football Tops Amherst to Finish 9-0
Williams Sports Information,
07:39PM / Saturday, November 13, 2021
AMHERST, Mass. -- For the first time since 2010, the Williams College football team (9-0) is NESCAC champion, holding off a furious comeback by the Amherst Mammoths (5-4) to win 24-19.   Though Williams also went undefeated in 2010, this marks the school's first undefeated season since the NESCAC's expansion to a nine-game schedule in 2017.   With under a minute to go, the Mammoths faced fourth-and-10 at their own 47-yard line. Quarterback Chad Peterson, who had played outstanding football in the second half, dropped back to pass and threw to Joe Masterson, his favorite receiver on the day, about three yards past the sticks. Masterson, covered by two Williams defenders,

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@theMarket: Annual Inflation Hits 30-year Highs
By Bill Schmick,
03:45PM / Friday, November 12, 2021
The stock and bond markets knew inflation was coming. This week's 6.2 percent jump in the Consumer Price Index drove home the fact that inflation has become a fact of economic life, at least for the near future.   The jury is still out on whether inflation will prove to be "transitory" as the Federal Reserve Bank argues and as some economists believe. Others fear that we could be on the verge of something a little more serious. The fear is that the Fed might be forced to raise interest rates if that were the case.   The Producer Price Index (PPI) and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) both came in a little warmer than forecasted on a year-over-year basis, but not as high

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Massachusetts RMV To Pause Transactions
12:56PM / Friday, November 12, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced that transactions will not be possible on Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday morning, Nov. 14, as the RMV is migrating to a new infrastructure platform.   No online transactions can be conducted from 1:00 a.m. on Saturday to 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, no vehicle inspections can occur, and business partners will be unable to perform transactions.   "The pause in conducting transactions is a necessary step in order for the Registry to be successful in migrating to a new infrastructure platform," said Registrar Colleen Ogilvie.  "We apologize to customers who are inconvenienced and encourage the

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