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Clark Art Tea Service Portrays Noted Women in European History
11:53AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute recently acquired a rare tea service that is noted both for the craftsmanship on the part of the woman artist who was central to its creation and for its subject matter, a collection of portraits of women noted in European history.   "The Tea Service of Famous Women" (Cabaret des femmes célèbres) is now on view in the Clark's permanent collection galleries. With miniature portraits painted by Marie-Victoire Jaquotot between 1811–12 for the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, the service is one of only three known sets and features portraits of women noted for their achievements within governance,

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SVMC Welcomes Anthony Donaldson to SVMC Urology
08:28AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomed urologist Anthony Donaldson to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam medical group and SVMC Urology. Dr. Donaldson is board-certified in urology by the American Board of Urology.   Dr. Donaldson received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his bachelor's in history from Dartmouth College, both in Hanover, NH. He completed his residency training in urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He has worked as the department head of Urology at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville in Florida and as a staff urologist at both Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington and Glens Falls Hospital in

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Williamstown Rural Lands Hires New Executive Director
08:24AM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) announced that Robin Sears has been selected as its new Executive Director.   Sears is an interdisciplinary scientist whose previous work at the intersections of forests and people, farming and forestry, and science and policy positions her well to lead WRL.    "I am thrilled to join the community of land stewards here at home after focusing for decades on forest management in the tropics," she said. I look forward to working with Williamstown residents, farmers, and community members to steward the rich natural and cultural assets around us for all to enjoy now and in the future.”   Sears has

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Williamstown Fire District Facing Decisions on FY23 Budget
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17PM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The chair of the committee that governs the fire district warned that the district's fiscal year 2023 budget would not be a "slam dunk" for voter approval this spring.   John Notsley asked his fellow Prudential Committee members to hold a special meeting on April 13 to focus on the budget the committee will present to residents at the May 24 annual district meeting.    "We have three heavy duty things the fire district is faced with," Notsley said at last week's virtual meeting. "Number one is the building [project], obviously. The second thing will be, operationally, our budget for next year and the year after for

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Williamstown Rural Lands Working Land Series
08:12AM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) program Working Lands Series will host site visits to Berkshire area farms and forests to meet the people who work them.    On Saturday, April 2 at noon WRL will meet Averill Cook at Wendling Farm for "Get to know your forester"   Participants can tour the forest with Cook and learn about the history of wood use for energy, paper, and building materials. Participants can find out about how our woodlands help keep air and water clean, learn about the ideal growing conditions, and how to measure trees for their energy and lumber value.    The program is for all ages and will take place rain or shine;

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Williamstown Select Board Studying Stipends for Town Committee Members
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:43AM / Wednesday, March 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board is moving to fulfill a mandate from last May's annual town meeting to study the issue of compensation for town board and committee members.   But the issue is complicated, and the budget ramifications extensive, according to the board member taking the lead on the project.   Hugh Daley told his colleagues that there are 110 active seats on various committees in town. Some are held by more than one person, like Select Board member Jeffrey Johnson, who also serves on the Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee, but, for argument's sake, he assumed at Monday's meeting that each seat might carry a stipend in any

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North County Figure Skaters Plan Saturday Show
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12:50PM / Tuesday, March 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- The Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club will hold its season ending show on Saturday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Rink.   The theme will be "Once Upon the Ice ... in Hollywood," and the show will feature graduating senior Samantha Taxter and soloists Elianna O'Leary, Madalyn Benson, Amelia Art, Kayla Miller, Katie Malone-Smith, Danielle Galietti, Danielle Furlong, Larry Stalvey and Lara Shore-Shephard.   The program's Learn to Skate program also will perform group numbers.   For information, visit www.christmasbrookfsc.org or find the club on Facebook.

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Fippinger Hopes to Bring 'Supporting-Role Mentality' to Williamstown Select Board
02:18PM / Monday, March 28, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Randal Fippinger has announced his candidacy to run for a seat on the Select Board in the annual town election.   Fippinger has "a track record of building community partnerships, all grounded in deep, respectful outreach and relationship building and an abiding belief that all voices deserve a space," according to a news release from his campaign last week.   He said he is running to extend the ongoing initiatives of the town's Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Equity Committee to his potential role as a representative of Williamstown residents on the Select Board, working in partnership with the police chief for supportive police reform

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District Attorney's Office Annual STRIVE Conference
12:05PM / Monday, March 28, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office’s annual STRIVE Leadership Conference on March 31 will focus on youth mental health and wellbeing, inclusivity, and anti-bullying.   The District Attorney’s Office Youth Advisory Board organizes and hosts the annual event for eighth-grade students from schools throughout the county as they prepare to enter high school. This year’s theme is "Courageous Conversations."   "Despite its ubiquitous impact on our lives and community, the concept of mental health is still foreign to many students in the Berkshires. The Youth Advisory Board is taking the first steps towards helping

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: March 25
08:41AM / Monday, March 28, 2022
  March 25, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Vermont's

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Clark Art First Free Sunday Program On April 3
08:23AM / Monday, March 28, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sunday Free program continues on Sunday, April 3, offering free admission to the galleries and special exhibitions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with a series of activities.    April's theme is "Photography."    There will be a pop-up installation of early photography in the Manton Study Center for Works on Paper from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. There will be art-making in the Clark Center's lower lobby from 1 to4 p.m. Participants can bring along a camera (or phone camera) and head outdoors to join a guided hike from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to learn best practices for photographing nature.   Visitors can

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Williamstown Residents Divided on Calls for Action, Analysis on Zoning Issues
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Monday, March 28, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The debate between those who want action now and those who want continued study played out in front of the Planning Board on last week.   The board held a public hearing on a series of zoning bylaw amendments it is proposing to put before May's annual town meeting.   The plan was to take input on all of the proposed amendments and decide whether to finalize language for the town meeting warrant.   After about three hours of in-person and virtual testimony from residents, the board did not even get to the one article that has generated the most opposition this winter and which split the board itself, advancing on a 3-2 vote a few weeks

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