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Williamstown Rural Lands To Host Sheep to Shawl
07:59AM / Thursday, May 05, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL), a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust, invites members of the community to the return of its Sheep to Shawl event on Saturday, May 7, from 11am to 3pm.   Located at WRL's Sheep Hill headquarters, the festival will celebrate spring and New England heritage with time-honored crafts, local artisans, farm animals, and a focus on the region's historic fleece and fiber industry.    Fred DePaul will spin stories and use traditional tools to shear sheep, while border collies from Tanstaafle Farm and Littlebrook Farm herd sheep in complex maneuvers around the hills.    The Green Mountain

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Williamstown Select Board Candidates Make their Pitches
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:05AM / Thursday, May 05, 2022
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Faced with three Select Board candidates who each have served on the town's diversity committee and made equity and inclusion a cornerstone of their respective campaigns, some town residents may have trouble picking just two when they go to the polls next Tuesday.   One of the trio offered some helpful advice.   "If you're deciding between myself and Jane [Patton], please vote for Jane," Bilal Ansari said last week.   Ansari made the comment during a candidate forum hosted by the local chapter of the League of Women Voters.   He later clarified that he was not running against Patton, the lone incumbent on the ballot

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SVHC Presents at American Hospital Association Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference
03:12PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Caitlin Tilley, BSN, RN, CEN, SANE, director of Care Coordination and Blueprint program manager at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), was invited to present SVHC's groundbreaking work in population health at the American Hospital Association (AHA) Rural Healthcare Leadership Conference in Phoenix, AZ, in February.    Presenters had 7 minutes to share how their rural hospitals are implementing strategies that enhance the patient experience, designing care delivery to meet patients where they are, addressing their patients' medical, mental, and social needs, and improving value.    Tilley relayed SVHC's work implementing a

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Williamstown Farmers Market Returns May 14
12:16PM / Wednesday, May 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The first farmers market of the season will be May 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower Spring Street parking lot   This year the market will feature returning vendors, along with a variety of new vendors, including a fishmonger, knife sharpener, baker, chef, and much more.    Again this year there will be a host of of musicians performing at the market.    The Farmers Market partners with market vendors and local food pantries through the Williamstown Farmers Market's Community Essentials Initiative, which purchases produce from vendors to donate to north Berkshire food pantries. Donations are always welcome.   For more

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Soccer Officials Sought
Community submission,
10:41AM / Wednesday, May 04, 2022
People 14 and up are invited to apply to become soccer referees for youth sports.   For information, contact Nigel Gayle at 413-329-3635.

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Jewish Federation of the Berkshires' Dignity Drive
04:02PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will accept new, Packaged menstrual and incontinence products from May 5 through May 31.   Volunteers from the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires will be collecting the donations on a weekly basis and organizing them to be distributed through local food banks and social services organizations across the region.   Products will be given to neighbors in need and can be donated here: The Berkshire Food Co-op (34 Bridge Street, Great Barrington) Concepts of Art (65 Church Street, Lenox) Jewish Federation of the Berkshires (196 South Street, Pittsfield) Williams College Bookstore (81 Spring Street,

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Women's Run, Community 5K Returns on Mother's Day
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01:55PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire Running Center and MountainOne are sponsoring the 45th running of the Women’s Running Race and Community 5K on Sunday at BCC.   Historically held on Mother’s Day, this event makes the claim of being the longest held all female running event in the country. The event will be returning in person after a long hiatus with three races, all of which will raise funds for the Elizabeth Freeman Center.   “MountainOne is pleased to support the amazing work of both the Berkshire Running Center and the Elizabeth Freeman Center, not to mention honoring all of the wonderful women in our community,” MountainOne Vice President of

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Fresh Fest: A Farm and Food Film Festival At Images Cinema
12:29PM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema presents Fresh Fest: A Farm and Food Film Festival, Friday, May 6 through Thursday, May 12.    Produced by Images Cinema, in collaboration with Storey Publishing and the Williams College Center or Environmental Studies, this annual film festival explores the ways farming and food culture impacts lives, and makes links to local farmers and food producers.    All events are at Images Cinema, 50 Spring Street, Williamstown, MA. Find more details at imagescinema.org.     Events  Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm: Opening Reception featuring refreshments from Cabot Creamery, Cricket Creek Farm, and Wild Oats Market. Entrance

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Clark Art Airs Met Production of 'Turandot'
08:32AM / Tuesday, May 03, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, May 7 at 12:55 pm, the Clark Art Institute screens The Met: Live in HD's broadcast of Giacomo Puccini's "Turandot."    The Met: Live in HD is an award-winning series of live high-definition cinema simulcasts that feature the full live performance along with backstage interviews and commentary.   Soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska stars in the title role of the cold-hearted princess. Tenor Yonghoon Lee is the prince determined to win Turandot's love, alongside soprano Michelle Bradley as the devoted servant Liù and bass Ferruccio Furlanetto as the blind king Timur. Marco Armiliato conducts Puccini's stirring

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Seline Skoug Takes on Role as SVMC Breast Health Nurse Navigator
12:44PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Seline Skoug, RN, has taken on the role of full-time breast health nurse navigator at the Breast Health and Imaging Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care.   "My goal is to be an educator and an advocate for those needing breast cancer screening. However, from the moment a patient needs imaging beyond their initial mammogram, I am there to support them, explain the clinical reasons for further imaging or treatment, and remove barriers to care," Skoug said. "I am the nurse who navigates the healthcare pathway for patients and helps them through a potentially stressful time, with the goal of

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: April 29
08:32AM / Monday, May 02, 2022
  April 29, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Vermont

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Williamstown's WilliNet Adds App to Streaming Services
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:16PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022

The WilliNet app's home page as viewed on the Amazon FireTV service. Executive Director Deb Dane gives the OK to begin a candidates forum at Town Hall this week.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In March 2020, most Americans did not know about social distancing or PCR testing ... or a four-letter word that has become a staple of everyday life.   "My son was in law school," Deb Dane recently recalled. "And they closed down like that Tuesday. He said, 'We're going to do this thing where we're going to meet remotely.' And I was like, 'How are you going to do that? What does that even mean?'   "He said, 'I

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