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1Berkshire Receives REDO Funds for AreaProjects
03:39PM / Thursday, May 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire received over $605,000 in Regional Economic Development Organization grant funding as part of the recently-announced $2.1 million in funding through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.    As the Regional Economic Development Organization (REDO) for the Berkshires, 1Berkshire was part of the application process for a variety of collaborative endeavors to help secure capital for a number of endeavors to collectively support the regional economy.    On top of the previously announced and launched business resource translation project and the

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner
12:46PM / Thursday, May 19, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Brittany Felton, RN, a Medical/Surgical nurse, was the May recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).   "Patients appreciate Brittany's motivational spirit and her extraordinary attention to their unique needs," said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, SVHC's chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services. "As one family member put it, she helps patients feel more like themselves."   Duchene gave the award during a surprise presentation on 2 West at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 11, 2022.   Felton received three

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Clark Art Presents Soundings: This Land With Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies
12:15PM / Thursday, May 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Soundings: New Music at the Clark, a concert series presented by the Clark Art Institute in collaboration with the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, continues on Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm.    The second concert of the series, Soundings: This Land with Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies, takes place near the Clark's outdoor reflecting pools (rain location: Clark auditorium).   Theo Bleckmann & The Westerlies draw inspiration from protest music in a performance delivered on the grounds of the Clark from a truck called the Yellow Barn Music Haul. A rousing brass band, Theo Bleckmann and The Westerlies has arranged songs by Joni Mitchell, Woody

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North Adams Man Injured in Williamstown Motorcycle Accident
By Stephen Dravis,
11:35AM / Thursday, May 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A North Adams resident Saturday night was found bleeding and unconscious after a motorcycle accident on North Hoosac Road near the North Adams line, according to a Police Department report.   Edward Laurin Lacosse Jr. of West Shaft Road was traveling west at a high rate of speed in a group of three riders when he lost control of his vehicle, according to a report filed by Police Officer Shuan William.   Lacosse, who was operating a motorcycle belonging to a friend at the time, started to lay the vehicle down and applied the brakes hard, the report reads. The motorcycle crossed into the eastbound lane and crashed into a guard rail.   The report says

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Sage City Symphony Spring Concert
08:15AM / Thursday, May 19, 2022
BENNINGTON, Mass. — On Sunday, May 22, at 4:00 p.m. Sage City Symphony will present a Spring Concert and Silent Auction at Greenwall Auditorium in the VAPA Building at Bennington College.    Admission is free and open to all.      The program will feature "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra," by Michael Gallagher, with the composer on piano; "Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90," by Johannes Brahms; and "The Lark Ascending," by Ralph Vaughan Williams, featuring symphony concertmaster Kaori Washiyama.    A Silent Auction featuring a wide array of arts, crafts, jewelry, deluxe gift baskets, gift certificates, and many other

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Planned Chemical Dependency Center Headed to Williamstown Zoning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:53AM / Thursday, May 19, 2022
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A vacant Cold Spring Road property could have new life if the Zoning Board of Appeals gives the go-ahead on Thursday night in June.   Williamstown Recovery Realty LLC will be before the board seeking a special permit to operate an inpatient behavioral health-care facility at 1561 Cold Spring Road (Route 7), at the site of the former Sweet Brook Care Centers.   The Woodmere, N.Y.,-based applicant is seeking a special permit to operate on the site. Section 70-3.3 of the town code requires special permits for a "nursing home or other medical institution" in all parts of town where they are permissible.   Throughout its written

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Institute Leader
12:40PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.    The show will cover Barnato's wide range of expertise, including public health/preventive medicine, hospice/palliative medicine, the institute's work, health equity, and Barnato's research regarding life support decisions families and physicians make for patients in the ICU.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers

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SVMC Emergency Department Receives Donation of Blankets for Children
12:28PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Just as the rain began to fall on Thursday, April 14, Danielle Ploof, a middle school science teacher at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Mass., stopped by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) to spread some sunshine in the form of 50 handmade blankets for children using the Emergency Department.   "These blankets are so soft and adorable, with child-friendly prints. We know they will be a great comfort to children and families using Emergency Services," said Jill Maynard, MSN, RN, director of nursing for the department. "We are so grateful to these organizations who give so freely for the benefit of others."   The blankets were

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Mayfest Returns to Downtown Bennington
11:45AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The 35th annual Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Bennington after a COVID-19 driven two-year hiatus.    Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic and filled with over 95 vendors offering juried crafts and specialty food on May 28 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.    This event is free and open to the public with plenty of free parking downtown.   There will be many different types of live performances throughout the day on four separate stages including the Thomson Family Stage in Merchants Park as well as children's activities, live demos, and much more. Artisans will be offering a range of products, from handmade jewelry,

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Williamstown Town Meeting Adjourns to June 14
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:13PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Alison Case moves to adjourn Williamstown's annual town meeting at its outset on Tuesday evening.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Attendees at Tuesday's annual town meeting voted overwhelmingly to adjourn the meeting at its outset and continue on Tuesday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at Mount Greylock Regional School.   As expected, a motion to adjourn was made immediately after Town Moderator Adam Filson called the meeting to order in the Williamstown Elementary School gymnasium.   The motion, which needed a simple majority for passage, was approved by a vote of 149-49. The meeting was attended by 242 registered voters in a town where there are 4,926 registered voters,

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Judge Denies Request to Delay Williamstown Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:20PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
A Superior Court judge in Pittsfield Tuesday denied a request for an injunction that would have postponed Tuesday’s meeting but required that all participants wear masks. The town previously had announced it would provide masks to any attendees needing one.   Earlier versions of this story incorrectly identified Huff Templeton as a party to the motion seeking an injunction.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Board of Health on Monday morning strongly recommended that attendees at Tuesday's annual town meeting wear masks and relayed that masks will be available for anyone who arrives without one.   But a groundswell appears to be developing for that meeting to be

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Health's Diversity Officer
09:04AM / Monday, May 16, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Dartmouth Health's new Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Teresa Malcolm, MD, FACOG, MBA, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) 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 as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Malcolm served most recently as chief executive officer at the coaching firm Master Physician Leaders. She also currently

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