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SVHC Announces First DAISY Team Award
04:25PM / Tuesday, October 19, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Renal Dialysis team at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), was the recipient of the DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses in September.    This was the first time SVMC has honored a team with a DAISY award.   "Renal nurses see their patients three times a week and so have an opportunity to make an extraordinary impact," said Pamela Duchene, SVHC's chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services. "The Renal nurses at SVMC translate every bit of that time into quality interactions. That makes a big positive difference in the lives of their

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2021
12:40PM / Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Halloween this year means extra precautions because of the novel coronavirus and towns are weighing safe ways for trick-or-treaters to celebrate the spooky holiday. This may mean community events, limited trick or treating or cancelations. Check back as the holiday approaches for what your town is doing. 

If you are going door to door, remember to dress appropriately, carry a flashlight and only visit homes with lights on in your neighborhood. Some special precautions to prevent COVID-19 transmission include wearing a cloth mask instead of a costume mask, reducing physical contact between people as much as possible, handing out candy with minimal or no contact such as in small bags

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Paul Mark Announces Run for State Senate
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:14PM / Monday, October 18, 2021

Mark is endorsed by his House colleagues John Barrett III, left, Smitty Pignatelli and Tricia Farley-Bouvier. With his district being eliminated, Mark would have had to take on Barrett next election to stay in the House PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Paul Mark made official his run for the state Senate next year representing Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden District on Monday afternoon.   The 2nd Berkshire state representative had been expected to make a bid for the seat — the current senator, Adam Hinds, is running for lieutenant governor and Mark's own House district in Berkshire and Franklin is about to disappear in redistricting.    Mark made the the

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Williams College Museum of Art to Begin Design Phase for New Building
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:50PM / Monday, October 18, 2021

The site of the old Williams Inn will be WCMA's new location. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art has been in the queue for a new building for years as the college has dramatically revamped its campus over the past two decades.    Now the nearly 100-year-old museum is finally getting its turn at a new facility.   The Board of Trustees vote at its last meeting to enter the design phase marks a significant step forward in relocating the museum from the 1846 Lawrence Hall. The trustees two years ago voted to site any new building at the now vacant lot where the old Williams Inn once stood.    "We have been doing really

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MFBF Names Sunderland Cat Barn Cat of the Year
12:07PM / Monday, October 18, 2021
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. — The Farm Bureau Federation named Thomas Farm & Dairy's Sophie-Jane as Barn Cat of the year.   “Sophie-Jane exhibited the qualities of an excellent barn cat," said MFBF Promotion and Education Chair Meg Gennings. “Not only does she keep rodents and birds out of the barn at Thomas Farm and Dairy but she also is extremely affectionate and an excellent napper. Those qualities are what make barn cats popular."    Sophie-Jane was adopted through Dakin Humane Society's barn cat program, which pairs cats who are either too feisty or too shy to live in traditional homes with working barns. These cats are spayed or neutered,

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Clark Art: Living With Les Lalanne
10:34AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Oct. 23, in conjunction with the special exhibition "Claude & François-Xavier Lalanne: Nature Transformed," the Clark Art Institute welcomes Edith Dicconson, Senior Director at Kasmin Gallery and designer Brian McCarthy, to share their personal experiences of their work with the artistic duo and of their long relationship with artist Claude Lalanne.    Through private recollections, the two will explore the many ways in which collectors across the globe live with coveted works by Les Lalanne and will offer a glimpse into the world created by the pair in their home and studio in Ury, France.    Kathleen Morris,

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Oct. 20 Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Vanessa Britto of Brown University
08:57AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Brown University’s Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Executive Director of Health and Wellness Vanessa Britto, MD, on its October 20 program.    The show will air at 12 p.m. She will share the university’s pioneering role as one of the first institutions to mandate COVID vaccines for students and staff.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Oct. 15
08:41AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
  October 15, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: What is population health?     Rory Price, MPH, was this week's guest on Medical Matters Weekly with Trey Dobson, MD. They talked about population health and how

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Mount Greylock District Aims to Increase Sense of Belonging for All Families
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:03AM / Monday, October 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Recent reports of racist incidents at Williamstown Elementary School prompted a discussion at the Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday.   And that discussion tied directly to a scheduled discussion about the long-term improvement plan for the district.   Committee member Jose Constantine raised the issue during the monthly report from WES Principal Cindy Sheehy.   "The question I have is one that is in response to what seems to be a step change in the number of racist incidents afflicting children in Williamstown," said Constantine, who holds one of four seats designated for Williamstown residents on the seven-person committee.

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Williams Volleyball Sweeps Conn College
iBerkshires.com Sports,
05:56PM / Saturday, October 16, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Celia Adams recorded eight kills Saturday to lead the Williams College volleyball team to a three-set win over Connecticut College.   Lauren Kauppila passed out 26 assists and recorded 12 digs in the 25-15, 25-18, 25-16 win.   Williams (12-2, 6-2 NESCAC) hosts Babson on Friday.   Football CLINTON, N.Y. -- Joel Nicholas ran for 79 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Williams to a 35-7 win over Hamilton.   Bobby Maimaron threw for 169 yards and three TDs for Williams (5-0) goes to Bates on Saturday.   Women's Soccer MANSFIELD, Conn. - Sam Phan scored her fourth goal of the season to help Williams defeat Eastern Connecticut State,

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@theMarket: Markets Snap Out of Their Downtrend
By Bill Schmick,
03:09PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
It appears that we have established a range in the stock market over the last few weeks. The bears have not seen their worst predictions come true. My hope is that we leave this month where we entered it.   September 2021 was treacherous. Bears were calling for a 10 percent correction at a minimum. Bulls, already on the back foot after witnessing a 5 percent pullback in the indexes, insisted we had seen the lows. Since then, we had been bouncing back and forth in a range. This week, however, appears to be a game changer.   We have not re-tested the lows on the S&P 500 Index, which we hit on Oct. 1, 2021, at 4,288 (intraday), nor have we come close to the highs made on

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Mass MoCA, Clark Art Announce Vaccine Requirement
12:00PM / Friday, October 15, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute and MASS MoCA announced that as of Nov. 1, 2021 all visitors will be required to show proof that they have received the COVID-19 vaccination prior to entering their facilities.     "The vaccine requirement we put in place for FreshGrass was overwhelmingly well-received, so our staff now has a playbook to work from," said Tracy Moore, Deputy Director of MASS MoCA. "We're committed to maintaining safe and healthy conditions as we approach the winter months and start to spend more time indoors."   MASS MoCA's Vaccine Policy: Effective Monday, Nov. 1, all visitors to MASS MoCA over the age of

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