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Speech Therapy Now Available at SVMC's Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses
02:15PM / Friday, July 01, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Speech therapy patients in areas near Manchester and Wilmington, Vermont, can now schedule appointments closer to home.   Speech-language pathologist Kate O'Neill, MS, CCC-SLP, will be traveling from SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation in Bennington to the primary care offices in Manchester and Wilmington. All three practices are part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) in Bennington.    Appointments in Manchester and Wilmington are open to all SVMC speech and language patients, regardless of where they receive primary care.   O'Neill works with adults and geriatric patients who have

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Holiday Hours: Independence Day
10:55AM / Friday, July 01, 2022

  Above, the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the presentation of the Declaration to John Hancock. John Adams is standing on the right of the Committee of Five. Right, the Bill of Rights currently on display at Williams College.

Independence Day will be celebrated Monday, July 4. It is a federal holiday marking the ratification of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

Representatives from 13 original colonies, of which Massachusetts was a leader, actually voted on July 2 at the Second Continental Congress to declare their independence from Great Britain. The Declaration formalizing the decision — and giving the reasons for doing so — was written by

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Williamstown Tea, Shake Spot Reopens Friday with New Owners
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:44PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022

The beverage shop offers indoor seating.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Spring Street's newest entrepreneur is new to business ownership but not new to the business of making healthy, refreshing beverages.   Logan Lamphere and her mother, Christina, took over Unlimited Nutrition at 31 Spring St. last week, and on Friday, they will hold their grand re-opening of Williamstown's home for "Good Vibes and Great Nutrition."   "I work at another nutrition club in New York state near my home," Logan said this week. "Jackie [Therrien] and Kenzie [Huntoon], who were the owners of Unlimited Nutrition, reached out to the owners of that [New York] club

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Williamstown Housing Officials: CPA Grant Not in Conflict with Section 8 Needs
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:21PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Residents who attended or watched this year's annual town meeting may have gotten the impression that a town grant to support a Water Street apartment project is somehow in conflict with the needs of families who hold Section 8 vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.   But the officials who administer the Section 8 program said this month that they support the Community Preservation Act allocation as constructed and it does not negatively impact the federal program.   At issue at the meeting was a $400,000 appropriation of CPA funds to the developer of Cable Mills as it nears ground-breaking on the development's third

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Pioneer in Art's Role in Healing
12:39PM / Thursday, June 30, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Shaun McNiff, PhD—artist, art therapist, professor, and author—is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly.   Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The show will address the power of art as a component of health and wellbeing in addition to the mental and physical healing processes.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Shaun McNiff is author of

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Mount Greylock Regional High School Honor Roll
04:00PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Mount Greylock Regional High School Fourth Quarter Honor Roll Grade 12 Zoe Armet, Jordyn Beaulieu, Adriel Benko, William Broadwell, Jillian Bump, Cayden Conry, Christian Doucette, Maisie Dufour, Ryan Goss, Jonah Hane, Luca Hirsch, Rosario Larios-Sontay, Felicia LaRoche, Catherine McAllister, Eleanor McPartland, Teague Murphy, Derek Paris, Tej Patel, Jamie Rhinemiller, Lily Rorke, Emma Sandstrom, Piper Schulman, Alayna Schwarzer, Mackenzie Sheehy, Christian Sullivan, Katherine Swann, Camden Taylor, Alexis Toomey, Rona Wang, Anthony Welch, Malina Woodbury   Grade 11 Arsil Ahmad, Bryn Angelini, Annabelle Art, Matilda Asch, Seamus Barnes, Matthew Bertolino, Henrik Bingemann, Marguerite

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Williamstown Select Board Finds Diversity Training Program for Town Personnel
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:13PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday expressed its commitment to provide ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion training for town employees.   And the board members promised in a formal statement to participate in that training themselves.   Andy Hogeland and Jeff Johnson took the lead on finding a firm to train town personnel in how to treat one another and members of the public in a way that upholds DEI values — as mandated by a pair of articles overwhelmingly passed by town meeting in 2020.   "We discovered three or four months ago there was a gap in our DEI training," Hogeland said Monday. "In the course of the last three months, we

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SVMC Named as Efficiency Vermont 'Energy Leader'
12:09PM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has been named as an "Energy Leader" by Efficiency Vermont.    The organization honored seven large commercial and industrial customers with the award at the end of last year.   "SVMC's investment in energy efficiency and commitment to lowering energy use, operational costs, and greenhouse gas emissions is a testament their forward thinking and leadership," said Dave Adams, senior customer engagement manager at Efficiency Vermont. "We're grateful for the opportunity to support them with technical advice and

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Update: Williams Alum Named Head Coach of NBA's Jazz
10:37AM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
A month after helping lead the Boston Celtics to their first Eastern Conference Championship in a dozen years, Williams College alumnus Will Hardy is heading west.   On Tuesday, the Utah Jazz named Hardy its new head coach.   At age 34, he becomes the youngest active head coach in the National Basketball Association.   "The Utah Jazz are one of the most respected and successful franchises in the NBA and the fan base here is legendary,” Hardy said in a news release. “This opportunity comes with tremendous responsibility. I’m grateful for the trust the Jazz have placed in me and I look forward to the work ahead.”   He spent last year as the top

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Mount Greylock District Takes First-Year 'Hit' in New Bus Contract
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:38AM / Wednesday, June 29, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee on Monday OK'd a three-year contract with Dufour Tours to continue to provide transportation services for the three-school district.   On a vote of 5-0 with Christina Conry and Jose Constantine unable to make the start of the special afternoon session, the committee ratified a deal with an 8 percent increase for fiscal 2023 over the rate paid in the 12-month period that ends on Thursday.   "But it does stay flat in years two and three," Business Administrator Joe Bergeron told the committee. "We take our lump in year one. But most of the contracts we're seeing have things like 5-5-5

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SVMC Celebrates Accredited Nursing Residency Graduates
07:54AM / Tuesday, June 28, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), graduated eight nurses from its Transition-to-Practice Nurse Residency Program.    The program is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the United States to have received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Practice Transition Accreditation Program for nurses working in the medical-surgical, women's and children's, and emergency departments. Accreditation for the intensive care unit is expected to be obtained later this year. Current students in the program joined the graduates in celebrating their

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: June 24
08:26AM / Monday, June 27, 2022
  June 24, 2022   A Family Medicine Leader's

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