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North Adams Mayor in Running for Interim Town Manager Post
Staff Reports,
12:14PM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The mayor of North Adams is being interviewed for a  new position — town manager of Williamstown.    Thomas Bernard, who will end his second two-year term in the corner office at the beginning of the new year, is a finalist to be interim town manager for the Village Beautiful. He and Barry Del Castilho, former town manager of Amherst, will be interviewed publicly on Friday afternoon.   The Select Board determined last month to seek out another temporary manager when a nationwide search failed to turn up a suitable candidate for the permanent position. Officials are trying to replace Jason Hoch, who left by mutual agreement in


SVMC Anesthesiology Welcomes David Record
10:01AM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), announced that David Record, MD, has joined its anesthesiology practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.   Dr. Record earned his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a bachelor's in biology from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.   The practice provides general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and pain control for procedures conducted at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. It is located at 100 Hospital Drive in


Mount Greylock Names National Merit Students
08:22AM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Principal, Jacob Schutz, of Mount Greylock Regional School announced that Livia F. Morales, Alayna M. Schwarzer, and Rona L. Wang have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.   A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.   About 34,000 commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the


Williams College Introduces Student Exploration Initiative
12:48PM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Starting this summer, Williams College will be among the first schools in the country to entirely eliminate students' summer earnings requirement for all four years.    Williams' Summer Exploration Initiative augments the college's need-based financial aid policies and is part of a larger commitment to what it is calling "True Affordability" to help ensure that all students can experience the totality of a Williams education.   Traditionally, financial aid packages at Williams and most other colleges have included a  "summer earnings contribution," an expectation that students will contribute a sizable portion of what


Allison Niemi Joins SVMC Pownal Campus
10:10AM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomed Allison Niemi, MD, family medicine physician, to the SVMC Pownal Campus and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Dr. Niemi completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in Virginia, her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and her residency in family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. She was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the recipient of the Howard C. Silver Memorial Student Fellowship for Outstanding Community Service in Family Medicine. In addition, she was given the American Medical Women's Association Glasgow


Williamstown Officials Say Issues Between Town, McGowan 'Resolved'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:54AM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday confirmed that the town and Sgt. Scott McGowan have dropped their mutual actions against each other and severed connections.   McGowan last week, through his attorney, stated that he had retired as of Oct. 31 after 20 years with the Police Department, about two weeks before a scheduled disciplinary hearing.   Interim Town Manager Charles Blanchard could only confirm that McGowan was no longer employed by the town and that more information would be forthcoming.   That came Monday night when Select Board Chair Andrew Hogeland opened with a statement about the "recent settlement."   "The town and Mr.


Anne Thompson: Trail Signs at the Clark Art
01:10PM / Monday, November 08, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Anne Thompson: Trail Signs, offers visitors to the Clark's campus a viewing experience that can be encountered along the walking paths that traverse the Clark's 140-acre site.    On view through Dec. 31, 2021, the exhibition features a rotating installation of unique prints displayed on seven kiosks across the Clark's trail system.    According to a press release, Anne Thompson has long explored the shifting meaning of signs and symbols in relation to their social setting, whether making paintings, prints, or outdoor projections. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, she began designing posters featuring bold, black-and-white


WCMA To Host Two Curatorial Close Look Program
12:05PM / Monday, November 08, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art will host two more programs in its Curatorial Close Looks virtual series in November.    The programs are free and open to the public with Zoom registration.   On Thursday, Nov. 11, at noon ET, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, whose site-specific installation "Worshipping at the Altar of Certainty" is on view through the academic year, will join exhibition co-curators Mallory Cohen MA '20, Nidhi Gandhi MA '20, and Elyse Mack MA '20 for a conversation.    Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the program.   Rasheed, who was born in East Palo Alto, Calif.,


SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Nov. 5
09:24AM / Monday, November 08, 2021
  November 5, 2021   First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 5 -


Berkshire Planning Commission Looks to Build Housing Coalition
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Monday, November 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is continuing its efforts to address the county's housing crisis.

On Thursday, BRPC's Executive Committee voted to submit a grant of services application to the Citizen's Housing and Planning Association's Municipal Engagement Initiative to build a regional housing coalition that will address housing of all types.

This is part of this regional housing strategy BRPC has been working on with housing practitioners. It was suggested that the planners become more inclusive by trying a broader outreach to different population groups and then build a coalition that wants to advance housing of all types.



Berkshire Humane Senior Pets Seeking Homes for Holidays (And Beyond)
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:29AM / Sunday, November 07, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— November is Adopt a Senior Pet month and the Berkshire Humane Society has a number of furry friends in their golden years who would love to spend the holidays in a forever home.

There are currently about 10 senior cats and dogs at the shelter and, during November, adoption fees for those 7 years or older are reduced to $50.

Senior companions will also come with a goodie bag consisting of a bed and some other supplies that will help acclimate to their new home.

By incentivizing the adoption of older animals, the shelter hopes to show all that mature pets can offer and get them into loving, permanent homes.

In a press release, Executive Director John Perreault


Williams Football Team Wins on Homecoming Day
Williams Sports Information,
09:12PM / Saturday, November 06, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- For the first time since 2010, the Williams College football team is 8-0 after a 25-0 shutout of the Wesleyan Cardinals (6-2) in which Williams racked up 290 total rushing yards and prevented the Wesleyan offense from reaching the red zone for the entirety of the game.   This is the first time Williams has been 8-0 since 2010. Due to the NESCAC's expansion to a 9-game season in 2017, Williams has the opportunity to advance to 9-0 next week for the first time in the school's history.   "This feels great," coach Mark Raymond said. "I'm so proud of the players and coaches for their phenomenal effort and focus this whole


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