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New Parents Invited to Bring Infants to Clark
11:50AM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Dec. 2, at 10:15 am, the Clark Art Institute hosts a tour of the permanent collection galleries for new parents.    The event is free. Participants will meet at the Clark's main Admissions desk.   New parents and caregivers are invited to bring their infants into the galleries for an informal, guided visit. The tour includes a unique look at the Clark's permanent collection, featuring a rich array of works by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas. This special program is best suited for adults with pre-toddlers.    Strollers and front-carrying baby

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Williamstown Planners Hones Manufactured Home, Frontage, Multi-Family Bylaws
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:43AM / Tuesday, November 22, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Planning Board this month reached a consensus in principle on three bylaw amendments it wants to start promoting this winter.   But the board still needs advice from town counsel before moving forward on one of the three.   A couple of the proposals have ties to a series of warrant articles that were referred back to the Planning Board by last year's annual town meeting. All three share a common objective: increasing housing opportunity.   The board is on track to propose three amendments that members hope will be more easily understood by town meeting members at the May 2023 assembly.   One would increase the number of units allowed

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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
02:30PM / Monday, November 21, 2022

Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via SeePlymouth.com.

Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 24. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in 1621 at Plymouth. The living history museum Plimoth Patuxet continues the tradition each year with a recreation of the event in which visitors can participate. 

Thanksgiving was first federally recognized by proclamation in 1863 by President Lincoln at the height of the Civil War. It did not become codified as a national holiday until 1941, when President

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Small Business Saturday Celebrated in Downtown Bennington
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12:01PM / Monday, November 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Bennington business owners are preparing for Small Business Saturday, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.   This nationwide initiative, started by American Express in 2010, encourages consumers to shop locally and support small businesses, with the goal of bolstering local economies and keeping shopping dollars in-state.   The first customer at every downtown shop will receive a free "Shop Small" tote bag courtesy of the Better Bennington Corporation. Hidden inside one of those bags will be $25 Downtown Dollars and $10 Downtown Dollars.   "2022 has been an exciting year for Downtown Bennington," said Jenny Dewar, executive

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Williams Men's Soccer Reaches NCAA Final Four
10:10AM / Monday, November 21, 2022
GAMBIER, Ohio -- David Wang scored in the 83rd minute Sunday to send the Williams College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over Kenyon and a berth in the NCAA Division III Final Four.   Nick Boardman assisted on the goal at 82 minutes, 19 seconds of the match.   Ben Diffley made one save to earn the win in goal for Williams (9-1-11), which will face the University of Mary Washington on Dec. 1 in Salem, Va., in the national semi-finals.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maddy Mandyck recorded a triple double Sunday to lead Williams to a 56-40 win over Stevenson.   Mandyck led all players in points (13), rebounds (16) and blocks (12) in the

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Nov. 18
08:30AM / Monday, November 21, 2022

November 18, 2022

Introducing SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday

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Clark Art Presents Jazz Concert
08:24AM / Monday, November 21, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Williamstown's Holiday Walk Weekend kicks off with a performance by Oasis Jazz Awards "Jazz Group of the Year" nominee, The Lao Tizer Quartet featuring Eric Marienthal.    The group presents a jazz concert on Friday, Dec. 2, at 6 pm in the Clark Art Institute's auditorium.   According to a press release:   The Lao Tizer Quartet returns to the Clark bringing their swinging sound for a memorable evening of music in support of its latest album, Songs From The Swinghouse. The album features original instrumentals and classic rock covers with reimagined arrangements. Led by pianist, keyboardist, composer Lao Tizer (Special EFX, Down To

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Williams Men's Soccer Reaches NCAA Elite 8
08:14AM / Sunday, November 20, 2022
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Nathan Song scored early in the second half, and the Williams College men's soccer team went on to a 1-0 win over Ohio Northern on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.   Ben Diffley made three saves to earn the shutout win for Williams (8-1-11), which faces Kenyon on Sunday afternoon in the national quarter-finals.   Women's Soccer DALLAS, Texas -- Johns Hopkins' Breukelen Woodard scored two goals six minute apart in overtime to give her team a 2-1 win over Williams in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament.   Williams' Jaquelin Nordhoff broke a scoreless tie in the second minute of OT. Johns Hopkins

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Vacancy Filled on Williamstown Planning Board
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:31PM / Saturday, November 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board and Planning Board last week filled a vacant seat on the Planning Board.   By a vote of 8-0, the combined panels appointed Williams College professor Allison Guess to the post vacated earlier this year by Dante Birch.   Guess will serve on the Planning Board through May's annual town election, when the seat will be on the ballot for the remainder of the five-year seat Birch won in 2019.   Guess is a professor of Africana Studies at the college and is a trained geographer and environmental scientist.   She told the boards on Monday that she has an "appreciation for land" and understands the housing housing

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Mount Greylock School Committee Member Clashes with Colleagues
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:19PM / Friday, November 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Two days after being re-elected to the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee, a member was at odds with the rest of the committee and the district's superintendent at the committee's monthly meeting.   Steven Miller, who was first appointed to the committee in 2016, was in a minority of one on a vote to elect a chair, advocated that the committee "investigate" the curricula in the public schools and said the superintendent acted in contradiction to advice from the district's counsel — all before the meeting was 40 minutes old.   As is the committee's practice, its first order of business after the biennial election

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One Held on Drug, Firearms Charges in Williamstown
03:42PM / Friday, November 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Police arrested a man Thursday on nearly a dozen drug-related and firearms charges after an incident in South Williamstown.   Williamstown Police on Friday said the department was notified by several callers about a "running vehicle located in the travel lane at the Five Corners intersection with an unresponsive operator at the wheel."   An officer responding to the scene was able to awaken the operator, police said. After observing the individual and based on evidence in plain view inside the vehicle, the officer believed the subject was under the influence of narcotics.   Police said that while the subject was exiting the vehicle,

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SVHC Introduces Healthy Holiday Challenge
10:57AM / Thursday, November 17, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Richer meals, shorter days, late nights celebrating with friends, and cookies, so many cookies… The holidays can be a tricky time to maintain our healthy routines. That's why Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is launching the 8-week Healthy Holiday Challenge.   "We were looking for a fun way to engage the community about making healthier choices this holiday season," said Pam Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services. "Our staff came together with some great challenges that we think people will truly enjoy."   Every Friday from Nov. 25 to Jan 13, SVHC will release a video

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