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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan. 7
08:31AM / Monday, January 10, 2022
  January 7, 2022   Surviving

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Williamstown's Community Preservation Committee Facing Four Applications
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:16AM / Monday, January 10, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Community Preservation Committee this month will meet to consider four requests for funding.   Three combine to fit under the amount of Community Preservation Act funds the town anticipates for fiscal year 2023. The fourth exceeds that total on its own, but the applicant is hoping to receive its funds over a period of years.   Last fall, the town manager reported to his fellow CPC members that the town expects to have about $258,000 in CPA funds available for FY23.   On Friday, the deadline passed for applications for the current funding cycle.   The town's Affordable Housing Committee is looking for $100,000 in unrestricted funds,

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Amherst Men's, Women's Basketball Top Williams
06:41PM / Saturday, January 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Grant Robinson scored 27 points Saturday to lead the Amherst men's basketball team to a 73-65 win over Williams.   Nate Karren scored 19 points to lead Williams, which shot just 38 percent while being outscore by seven points in the second half.   Williams (10-1, 1-1 NESCAC) goes to Bowdoin on Friday.   Women's Basketball AMHERST, Mass. -- Reeya Patel scored 16 points to lead Amherst to a 72-54 win over Williams.   Mia Holtze scored 14 in the loss.   Williams (6-7, 1-1) hosts Bowdoin on Friday.   Men's Hockey HARTFORD, Conn. -- Trinity's Patrick Pugliese stopped 22 shots to lead the Bantams to a 2-0 win over

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Williamstown Panel Starts Building a New Comprehensive Plan for Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Saturday, January 08, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The panel charged with shepherding the town's new comprehensive plan discussed on Tuesday some of the elements that they want to see addressed in the state-mandated document.   The town's consultants from Plymouth, N.H.'s, Resilience Planning and Design asked the committee appointed by the Planning Board to provide feedback about topics that need to be addressed under two of the broad sections expected to be included in the plan.   The state requires that a plan address at least seven key issues: land use (including the "proposed distribution, location and inter-relationship of public and private land uses"); housing; economic

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SVHC Makes Change to COVID Resource Center Hours
05:35AM / Saturday, January 08, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID Resource Center hours will change starting Monday, Jan. 10.    The center will no longer take appointments for COVID testing.    Tests will be available without an appointment every Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. COVID vaccinations and boosters—both walk-ins and scheduled appointments—will be available every Monday through Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Hours may change based on demand, holidays, weather, and other factors.   Consent forms for testing and vaccines are available as downloadable and printable documents at

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@theMarket: Fed Meeting Notes Throw Markets a Curve
By Bill Schmick,
03:11PM / Friday, January 07, 2022
Investors were set back on their heels this week after reading the latest member comments from the Federal Open Market Committee's December 2021 meeting. It suggests that the Fed is prepared to tighten far sooner than most expected.   Members seem to say that the Federal reserve bank central bank was prepared to shrink its $9 trillion balance sheet "much sooner and faster" than anyone expected. This is in addition to the already announced plan to reduce its asset purchases faster than they first planned. Couple that with expectations that we could see three interest rate hikes this year and one can understand why stocks dropped this week.   The U.S. Ten-Year Treasury

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Clark Art Hosts Williams College I/O Fest
12:00PM / Friday, January 07, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is hosting five performances as part of the Williams College Music Department's I/O Fest, an annual expedition into the music of today.    From Jan. 13 through 16, 2022, students in the music program will take audiences on a tour of new sounds and adventurous music. These free programs are presented in the Clark's Michael Conforti Pavilion, but advance registration is required. Visit clarkart.edu/events for more information.    The performance schedule is:    I/O Ensemble Performance Thursday, Jan. 13, 4– 5 pm The Williams College Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Matthew Gold and the

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Fire Officials Warn Against Smoking on Home Oxygen
08:31AM / Friday, January 07, 2022
STOUGHTON, Mass. — After the third death this year involving smoking and medical oxygen, Massachusetts fire officials issued a reminder that smoking is especially unsafe when using home oxygen.   "There is no safe way to smoke, but it's especially dangerous when using home oxygen," said Stoughton Fire Chief Michael E. Carroll. "A fire can start easier, burn hotter, and grow faster in an oxygen-rich environment. Never smoke while using oxygen or in a home where someone else is using it. Always keep tanks and tubes well away from heat sources and open flames."   A 77-year-old Stoughton resident succumbed on Christmas Day after sustaining injuries while

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County Protests Counter Christian Nationalism, Support Democracy
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:19PM / Thursday, January 06, 2022

Organizers Betsy Burris, left, and Sherwood Guernsey address the crowd at Williamstown's First Congregational Church. WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The events of Jan. 6, 2021, spurred a local conversation about Christian nationalism.   But the roots of the issue go deeper than that.   "I came to the church in the '80s when the Moral Majority was coming into power in the United States," the Rev. Mark Seifried said on Thursday afternoon. "I say, 'coming into power' because they are a powerful force. I felt like it was incumbent for people of faith to offer a different perspective than they were offering.   "To offer a

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Snow Expected Friday Morning; North Adams Schools Close
04:51PM / Thursday, January 06, 2022
 The Berkshires can expect 2 to 5 inches of snow overnight into Friday morning.    A winter weather advisory is in effect from midnight through noon on Friday.  A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is also possible late Saturday night into Sunday, which could result in slippery travel conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.North Adams Public Schools will use an “emergency day” for Friday in light of the coming weather and staffing shortages because COVID-19. There will be no school or afterschool activities on Friday. The state Department of Transportation is warning of 3 to 9 inches across the state and the governor has directed

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SVHC Makes Change to COVID Resource Center Hours
12:09PM / Thursday, January 06, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID Resource Center hours will change starting Monday, Jan. 10.   The center will no longer take appointments for COVID testing. Tests will be available without an appointment 8 a.m. – noon Monday – Saturday. COVID vaccinations and boosters—both walk-ins and scheduled appointments—will be available 1 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday.   Hours may change based on demand and other factors.   The clinic is located on the former Southern Vermont College campus at 981 Mansion Drive in Bennington. The COVID Resource Center is a Vermont state

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North Adams, Williamstown Churches to Hold Jan. 6 Events to Oppose Christian Nationalism
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:42AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol was a reminder for many Americans of the violence associated with extremist political movements.   For some, like Williamstown's Betsy Burris, the riot revealed a particularly disturbing undercurrent of the movement that fueled the insurrection.   "There was an obvious problem that I, personally, hadn't noticed before: this conflation of Christianity and nationalism and the idea that self-proclaimed patriotic people use Christian symbols like Jesus on the cross to justify their anti-democratic behavior.   "There were some really obvious images from the insurrection of people carrying crosses

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