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SVHC Offers Tool for Sending Meals to Front-Line Staff
12:06PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the community and front line clinical teams and employees at Southwestern Vermont Healthcare (SVHC), the SVHC Foundation has heard many requests from members of the public regarding how they can help.    In response to this outpouring of concern, the SVHC Foundation has redeployed the Meal Train as a way citizens can show their support. Interested supporters can visit https://mealtrain.com/v1w8yz to purchase a meal for as few as two staff members or as many as 30.   "This program was such a success when we launched it in the spring of 2020, and it had a tremendous impact on the morale of our

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Williamstown Elementary, Mount Greylock Principals Outline Budget Priorities
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24AM / Monday, January 17, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The principals of Mount Greylock Regional School and Williamstown Elementary School on Thursday asked the School Committee to support staffing increases for next year that will address both learning gaps and social emotional wellness needs in the district.   Following on the heels of last month's presentation by Lanesborough Elementary School Principal Nolan Pratt, Mount Greylock's Jacob Schutz and Williamstown's Cindy Sheehy gave presentations at the committee's virtual meeting to discuss the fiscal 2023 budget priorities identified by the administration and school council at each school.   Sheehy had the longer "wish list,"

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Lance English
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:05PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lt. Col. Lance English and his son.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An absolute pleasure this month to interview Lance English, from the class of 1980 at Drury High School.   English spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves.   After graduating from Drury he attended Norwich University in Vermont, where he majored in military studies and government and was a member of ROTC, Reserve Officers' Training Corps.    "Norwich University shaped my life. My son went there as well and is a graduate of the class of 2020 (he

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Winter Storm Warning for Berkshires as Nor'easter Brings Up to Foot of Snow
Staff Reports,
01:35PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Berkshires are in for a double whammy this week — a Nor'easter is expected to bring up to a foot of snow and ice overnight followed by another Arctic blast that will keep temperatures in the freezer zone.    A winter storm warning is now in effect beginning Sunday at 10 p.m. and through Monday at the same time. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is forecasting 5 to 11 inches of snow and ice accumulations of up to a 10th of an inch. Winds could gust to 40 mph.   Adams, Clarksburg, North Adams (starting at 10 p.m.) and Pittsfield have so far declared snow emergencies and other communities may before the afternoon is over. Snow emergencies mean motor

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Bromley's 'Momís Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser
03:24PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — On Friday, Feb. 4, Bromley Mountain Ski Resort will hold their Annual "Mom's Day Off" fundraiser.    Moms ski or ride for just $25 when they show the ticket seller a snapshot of their kid or kids. Regular lift tickets cost $89.   Once again, this year's event will benefit women's breast cancer care at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The Cancer Center will receive the entire $25 lift ticket cost as a donation. There will also be a $12 burger-and-beer special at the Wild Boar Tavern.   Bromley Mountain is located at 3984 Vermont Route 11, Peru

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@theMarket: Beware the Hikes of March
By Bill Schmick,
03:08PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
There is a more than an even chance that the Federal Reserve Bank hikes interest rates at least 25 basis points by the end of March 2022. Several analysts expect another three hikes by the end of the year. As an equity investor, this should concern you.   This week, both the Consumer Price Index (CPI), and the Producer Price Index (PPI) came in as expected. But "expected" does not mean anything like good on the inflation front. On a year-over-year basis CPI was up 7 percent, while PPI hit 9.7 percent for all of 2021.   And while economists debate whether inflation and economic growth will subside over the course of this year, the Omicron variant is throwing a big kink

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Mount Greylock School Committee Advances Natural Grass Playing Field Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:02PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee voted Thursday to order design work for a new natural grass multi-sport athletic field at the middle/high school.   For the first time in the long and complicated history of the natural vs. synthetic turf field debate in the district, the committee voted to move forward with a field plan that does not include an artificial turf surface.   Carolyn Greene, the chair of the School Committee's Finance Subcommittee, reported that the latter panel decided at its late December meeting to recommend a field project that puts a natural grass playing field at the center of a new, six-lane artificial

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Hinds Announce $ 7.5M in ARPA Funds for Summer Storm Damages
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:05PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022

State Sen. Jo Comerford, who represents the city of Northampton and 23 towns in Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester counties, says the storms put pressure on already strained budgets in her communities. CHESTER, Mass. — Western Massachusetts communities will be eligible for funding from a $7.5 million American Rescue Fund Act bill to aid regions affected by the July 2021 storms.   State Sens. Adam Hinds and Jo Comerford, together representing the counties Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Worcester, were at Chester Town Hall on Thursday morning to announce the availability of funds for Chester and 75 other areas that sustained significant damages from the storms.   The

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The Retired Investor: No-Shows Threaten Economy
By Bill Schmick,
04:18PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
Last week, economists calculated that almost 5 million workers failed to show up at their jobs. Given the present upsurge in cases of the Omnicom variant, that should come as no surprise. However, it clearly has Wall Street economists reducing their estimates of first quarter 2022 GDP.   Slower economic growth normally has a negative impact on everything from the stock and bond markets, interest rates and employment. How this will ultimately affect the economy in the months ahead is a question worrying every trader and portfolio manager in the financial markets.   The first warning sign that this wave of coronavirus infection was impacting business came during the holidays.

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College Notes: Winter 2022
03:57PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022
Alex White of Dalton is the recipient of the Chancellor Scholars scholarship award at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, where he is studying physics. The college distributed $2.4 million in scholarships to students this academic year.    Academic Lists & Awards The University of Vermont in Burlington has named the following local students to the dean's list for the fall 2021 semester: Patience Macpherson of Dalton, environmental studies; Bom Bee Lahart of Lenox, elementary education; Owen Brandriss of Williamstown, mechanical engineering; and Ethan Labatt of Pownal, Vt., undeclared.     Stonehill College in Easton has named Gianni Bertelli of Great

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Letter: Support Voting Rights on MLK Jr. Day
Letter to the Editor,
03:30PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022

To the Editor:

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s family has requested that there be "no celebration" on the upcoming weekend in his honor until the federal voting rights legislation is enacted.

A group of concerned citizens, in an effort to honor Dr. King's memory, met to discuss what to do. We represent a number of organizations across Berkshire County.

As a collective, we are sincerely concerned about the recent attack on the rights of citizens to vote. Voting rights are the cornerstone of Dr. King's legacy. To truly honor that legacy, we agreed that it is time to rise up to "make some good noise" to protect and strengthen our democracy by doing all

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
02:02PM / Thursday, January 13, 2022

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 17. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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