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COVID-19 Booster Shots Available Throughout County
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 Booster Shots are available at Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) locations throughout the county.   BHS encourages all eligible residents to take advantage of the opportunity to secure the additional protection from COVID-19 that boosters provide.   The CDC has approved Pfizer and Moderna booster doses for individuals 65 years or older, individuals 18-64 years old who live or work in a high-risk environment, and individuals 18-64 years old who have an underlying medical condition that makes them  more vulnerable to serious infection by COVID-19.    Johnson and Johnson boosters are approved for individuals 18 years or older. Additional

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Fire Officials Reminder: Change Clocks, Check Alarms
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
STOW, Mass. — With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 7, Massachusetts fire officials issued a seasonal reminder to check smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when you change your clocks.   "Working smoke and CO alarms are key to surviving a fire or carbon monoxide leak," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "As we 'fall back' this weekend, remember to check your alarms when you change your clocks.  Unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries, this is a good time to replace the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or replace the entire device if it's more than 10 years

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McGowan Retires From Williamstown Police Department
01:15PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The police officer who accused the Police Department of sexual harassment and racism has retired, ending a year of tumult that saw the departure of both the town manager and police chief.    Sgt. Scott McGowan retired as of Oct. 31, according to a statement issued by his attorney David A. Russcol, a partner of Zalkind, Duncan and Bernstein of Boston.   "Sgt. McGowan came to believe that continuing the legal disputes with the town of Williamstown would not be in anyone's best interests," said Russcol. "He intends to dismiss his recent retaliation complaint at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, as those issues

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NAMI Berkshire County Hires New Executive Director
12:30PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County announced that Melissa Helm has joined the organization as Executive Director.    "Her passion for our mission along with her desire to grow and expand our organization made her the perfect fit to lead NAMI Berkshire County," said board president Ruth Healy. "The three tenets of NAMI's mission are to support, educate and advocate for all those in Berkshire County whose lives are impacted by mental illness. Our niche is helping the family and loved ones of someone suffering from mental illness because they often don't know who to turn to for help in coping with their

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Frost, Cold Forecast for Berkshire Region
Staff Reports,
11:02AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
The moderate fall weather we've had so far is about to take a sharp turn downward.   Frost and snowflakes are in the forecast for the Northeast with Accuweather cautioning that "people who have delayed making their winter preparations will want to expedite them sooner rather than later this week with many northeastern areas forecast to experience their lowest temperatures since April or March."   The temperatures have dipped on occasion over the past couple months but most days have been shirtsleeve or at least light jacket weather. Most of the region has seen temperatures averaging 3 to 6 degrees higher than normal.    Just a few weeks ago, the temperature

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Clark Art Opens Exhibition On Japanese Prints
08:48AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute presents a wide selection of works from its collection of Japanese prints.    "Competing Currents: 20th-Century Japanese Prints" includes more than thirty-five works and considers two specific movements that had an influence on twentieth-century printmaking in Japan. The exhibition is on view in the Clark's Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper from Nov. 6, 2021 through Jan. 30, 2022.   "We are eager to share a remarkable selection of works from our collection that we know our visitors will find both beautiful and fascinating," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "We are

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New Cell Tower Erected in Williamstown
Staff Reports,
02:28AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four months after getting the green light from the Zoning Board of Appeals, a new wireless communications tower is ready to accept antennae.   Evolution Site Services of Pittsfield this week announced that construction is completed on a new 153-foot cell tower in South Williamstown on the Phelps family's farm.   It was the third different proposal for a cell tower in that area over the last decade, including one proposal to place one on the property of the nearby Mount Greylock Regional School.   "Although it has been a long time in the making, I am happy that this project finally came together," said Christopher Ciolfi, a principal

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Williamstown Rural Lands Completes Berlin Pass Trail Work
01:12PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation completed a reroute of the Berlin Pass Trail's lower section in early October.   Assistance was provided by the Student Conservation Association and funding made possible by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation's MassTrails Grant program, a state-level administration of the US Department of Transportation's Recreational Trails Program.    The new trail project includes the construction of approximately 1,000 feet of trail, 30 rock steps, 10 stepping stones, and a boardwalk at the trail's start.   The route is a scenic bypass of the trail's original lower section,

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Resigns, Interim Named
iBerkshires.com,
12:40PM / Monday, November 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Theatre Festival on Monday announced that Mandy Greenfield has resigned as artistic director and a former artistic director at the festival has stepped in to lead the company on an interim basis.   Jenny Gersten, who was the WTF's artistic director from 2010-14 and an associate producer from 1996-2004, will lead the upcoming summer season, the festival announced by email.   Greenfield resigned her position in "late October," according to a release from the festival.   Last summer, the Williamstown Theatre Festival drew national attention for labor strife among its personnel during the production of outdoor

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: October 29
08:37AM / Monday, November 01, 2021
  October 29, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Pediatric Critical Care During COVID     Rebecca Bell, MD, of the University of Vermont Children's Hospital, was Dr. Trey Dobson's guest on Medical Matters Weekly. They

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Coggins Auto Group, Part of the Bennington Community
01:00AM / Monday, November 01, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Mike Coggins, who you all may remember from his more than 20 years with the Haddad Auto Group in Berkshire County, acquired three dealerships in Bennington – Honda, Toyota, and Ford!   Coggins and his son Patrick have spent a lot of time becoming a part of the community, through outreach and their involvement in the day-to-day operations.   "We have been getting involved in the town, the community, and the area. You’ll see our faces out and about right alongside you, enjoying what Bennington has to offer, and becoming a part of that," Mike said. "We’ve been working on bringing that back to these great

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. John Brack
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:14PM / Sunday, October 31, 2021

Cpl. John Brack on duty in Afghanistan; below, with his wife.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — John Brack bravely served his country in the Marine Corps from 2009 to 2013. He did his basic training at Parris Island, S.C., and described it as "some parts were fun while others were extremely frustrating."    He was then sent to Camp Johnson in Jacksonville, N.C., for further training, then was assigned to Camp Lejeune. Here Cpl. Brack's duty was that of a mechanic, working on Humvees and other military apparatus. He would be deployed in January 2010 and serve seven months in Afghanistan in the Helman Province of Sistani, the southeastern

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