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Clark Art Lecture 'As They Saw It'
12:13PM / Wednesday, March 02, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, March 5 at 2 pm, in conjunction with the opening of "As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War," the Clark Art Institute presents a lecture by Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Anne Leonard.    The lecture will be presented live in the Clark's auditorium and broadcast simultaneously via Zoom and Facebook Live.   Examining the role artists played in documenting the events and experiences of war, both before and after photography, "As They Saw It: Artists Witnessing War" showcases a diverse selection from the Clark's holdings: both pro- and anti-Napoleonic imagery (including Francisco de

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SVMC Welcomes Pathologist Leslie Allan Dowd
10:44AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC)—a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC)—is pleased to announce that Leslie Allan Dowd, MD, has joined SVMC Pathology and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.   Dr. Dowd earned his medical degree at the New York Medical College and his bachelor's degree in at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. He completed a pathology internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital and his residency at the University of California, Davis. He is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.   Most recently, Dr. Dowd worked as a pathologist at Morton Hospital in Taunton and Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton,

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WRL: Looking Back To See Our Future
08:13AM / Wednesday, March 02, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) is hosting a talk by Tom Johnson "Looking Back to See Our Future."    The lecture is one of a monthly WRL series Talks on the Hill;  it is held as a zoom webinar and takes place on Thursday, March 3 from 7:00 -8:30 pm.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.   Trained as a Geological Oceanographer, Tom Johnson will discuss forecasting climate change by looking back at climate history. What can be learned by 'hindcasting' when scientists compare analysis of tree rings, sediment cores from lakes and oceans, ice cores, and cave deposits.    Professor Johnson was

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Buxton School to Ban Smartphones for Wellness of Students
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:01PM / Tuesday, March 01, 2022

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Beginning next school year, Buxton School will no longer allow smartphones on campus.

This decision, though it was made for various reasons, mostly considers the well-being of students and community building. The private boarding school positions itself as a progressive institution with egalitarian principles that strays from the status quo and believes the ban is a necessary move.

"As part of the progressive ideal, we feel like the best teaching tool we have is the community that we make together every year," Franny Shuker-Haines, director emeritus of the school, said.

"It's a really powerful way for kids to learn sort of their effect

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 25
08:41AM / Monday, February 28, 2022
  February 25, 2022   Professional Mountain Biker Lea

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Clark Art Lecture On Intimate Color Prints
08:22AM / Monday, February 28, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mary Weaver Chapin, curator of prints and drawings at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, will present a special talk on the print portfolios of key leaders of the Nabis artistic movement, who played a central role in the late nineteenth-century transition from Impressionism to early modernism.    Her talk, "Intimate Color: The Print Portfolios of Bonnard, Vuillard, and Denis, 1899," will be broadcast live via Zoom and Facebook Live on Sunday, March 6, at 2 pm.   Chapin's lecture marks the final day of the Clark's presentation of Hue & Cry: French Printmaking and the Debate Over Colors.    In 1899, art dealer

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Williamstown Audit Raises Question About Reporting of Severance Agreements
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Monday, February 28, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — An examination of the town's fiscal 2021 financials raised new questions about why residents were not informed earlier about deals struck in 2020 and early 2021 to buy out the contracts of the former town manager and police chief.   Auditor David Irwin of Pittsfield's Adelson & Co. met with the Finance Committee on Wednesday to go over his firm's audit of the town's finances for the year that ended June 30, 2021.   As usual, Adelson issued a clean report, meaning there were no accounting issues that arose during the audit. But there was a lingering issue that sparked questions from a member of the committee.   Dan Caplinger

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Wesleyan Men's Basketball Beats Williams in League Final
07:06PM / Sunday, February 27, 2022
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Jordan James and Preston Maccoux each scored 18 points Sunday to lead the Wesleyan men's basketball team to a 78-75 overtime win over Williams in the championship game of the NESCAC tournament.   Nate Karren scored 19 points, and Cole Prowitt-Smith added 15 for Williams (16-4).

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Positivity Expert
03:16PM / Friday, February 25, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson is  welcomes Jerry Posner, an author and speaker on the power of rational positivity at noon on Wednesday, March 2.    The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Posner is a training specialist, personal strategic coach, conference speaker, author, and consultant who emphasizes rational positive thinking and its power to

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BHS Offering Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
02:19PM / Friday, February 25, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With COVID-19 still impacting the region, Berkshire Health Systems is expanding its vaccination program with special vaccine clinics, specifically for children.    These pediatric clinics will provide COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 and will be held the first Saturday of each month, beginning March 5 at the BHS Vaccine Center, 505 East Street in Pittsfield, from 8am to noon.    Each child being vaccinated must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.   Appointments are required and can be made by calling the BHS COVID-19 Hotline, 855-BMC-LINK, or 855-262-5465 or by booking an appointment online through the child's

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Northern Berkshire United Way Receives Emergency Funds For Assistance
01:30PM / Friday, February 25, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Emergency Food and Shelter Program Awarded Berkshire County $62,726 in Phase 39 (FY20) and $193,871 in Phase ARPAR (FY21) Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) assistance funding.   Northern Berkshire United Way, local administrator of the program, urges qualifying organizations located throughout Berkshire County to submit an application for supplemental emergency food and shelter and to obtain it at this link: https://www.nbunitedway.org/emergency-food-and-shelte-program   Local organizations chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits (with a voluntary board) or units of government; have an accounting system; practice

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SVHC COVID Resource Center Closed Friday
02:36PM / Thursday, February 24, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID Resource Center, located on the former Southern Vermont College campus at 981 Mansion Drive in Bennington, will be closed on Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, due to the forecasted winter storm.   The closure includes both outdoor testing and indoor vaccination operations. The Resource Center will re-open on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 a.m.   Hours may change based on demand, holidays, weather, and other factors. Visit svhealthcare.org/COVID-Resource-Center and facebook.com/svmedicalcenter for updates.   Regular hours at COVID Resource Center vary for testing and vaccinations. COVID-19 tests are available without an

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