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Williamstown Resident Injured, Dog Killed in Traffic Incident
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:11PM / Tuesday, January 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A pedestrian suffered significant injuries and her dog was killed when they were struck by a vehicle on Main Street on Monday evening.   A Williamstown woman was crossing Main Street from north to south near Luce Road when she was struck by an eastbound vehicle at about 5 p.m., Williamstown Police said on Tuesday.   Her injuries included a broken leg and cuts on her face. She was "going in and out of consciousness when officers arrived," interim Police Chief Michael Ziemba said.   "First arriving police officers rendered first aid with passersby who had stopped to assist at the scene until [Northern Berkshire EMS] arrived,"

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Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative Holding Additional Vaccination Clinics
04:28PM / Tuesday, January 04, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative are holding additional community vaccination clinics to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the Berkshires.    A clinic will be held in Pittsfield on Saturday, Jan. 8, and a Williamstown clinic will be held on Friday, Jan. 14.   "The Omicron variant continues to spread across the state and nation, and the Berkshires has seen a dramatic rise in positivity," said James Lederer, MD, BHS Chief Medical Officer/Chief Quality Officer. "While Omicron is more transmissible than its predecessors, the best defense is still full vaccination, including the booster. Breakthrough cases

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Williams College Sees COVID-19 Numbers Spike
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Tuesday, January 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — As Williams College on Monday began its first Winter Study since 2020, the school is reporting one of its highest COVID-19 positivity rates since it began a testing program in August 2020.   The college already last week announced measures to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus in anticipation of this weekend's return of students to campus.   On Monday afternoon, the school's "COVID-19 dashboard" was reporting a 3.41 percent positivity rate over the last seven days and 40 positive tests among students and staff in the last seven days.   To put that last number in context, the school has had 154 positive results from

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Governor Says Schools Will Remain Open
Staff Reports,
02:19PM / Monday, January 03, 2022
SALEM, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker gave no indication that the schools will go remote this year despite the rising cases of COVID-19.   Speaking at Saltonstall School early Monday morning, the governor noted that his administration has "aggressively partnered" with schools across the state to ensure they could safely open in the new year.    "We said for quite awhile from the beginning of the school year, and in fact al the way back to last spring, that it was critically important for kids to be back in school for a number of reasons," he said during the livestream event, pointing to the potential affects of remote learning on social development,

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RMV Extending Use of State-Owned Vehicles for Road Testing into 2022
10:36AM / Monday, January 03, 2022
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced the agency will continue with the use of Commonwealth-owned vehicles for Class D road testing services through April 30, 2022 and has delayed the return to the use of private passenger vehicles for road tests.   Due to the pandemic and health and safety protocols, since June of 2020, the RMV has deployed a fleet of Commonwealth-owned vehicles for road tests which are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Plans to return to private vehicles have been delayed and existing protocols will remain in place: All occupants of a vehicle used in a road test, including the applicant, sponsor and examiner will

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@theMarket: Markets Up on Thin Holiday Trading
By Bill Schmick,
03:15PM / Friday, December 31, 2021
The Santa Rally continued this week with the S&P 500 Index hitting a new record high. Most stocks that gained did so on little volume. Don't read too much into this week's gains, however.   There is an old, rarely used term called "painting the tape." It is a mild form of market manipulation where market traders buy and sell securities among themselves to create an appearance of substantial trading activity. The goal is to fool investors into buying into stocks, sectors, or the market thereby driving prices higher.   These kinds of tactics often result in an unsustainable spike higher in the averages, followed by a period of consolidation, or decline. The

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Williamstown Fire District, Architect Still Without Contract
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:35PM / Friday, December 31, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nearly five months after its building committee selected an architect for planned station project, the Williamstown Fire District is ending the calendar year without a signed contract for those services.   But the absence of a deal has not kept the district from moving forward with the planning process.   The district's Prudential Committee met on Wednesday at town hall, and Ed Briggs informed his colleagues that they did not have a contract to ratify with Pittsfield's EDM to design a new station for a Main Street parcel.   EDM and its partner, Mitchell Associates, have been doing preliminary work on the project since its August

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First Day Hike on the Mount Greylock Reservation
08:55AM / Friday, December 31, 2021
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — The Department of Conservation and recreation will host a First Day Hike on the Bradley Farm Trail, part of the Mount Greylock State Reservation.    "The Baker-Polito Administration is thrilled to continue the tradition of offering First Day hikes at state parks throughout the Commonwealth again this year," said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "There is nothing more invigorating than hiking through one of our beautiful parks with family and friends, and we're pleased to offer the opportunity kick off the New Year by getting outside and exploring the wonderful natural resources we have here in

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Berkshire High School Athletics 2021: A Year In Review
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com Sports
04:52PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
"Normal" may still be a long way off.   But some of the usual suspects were back in their normal positions, at the top of the heap, during 2021's sports seasons.   The state's high school athletics governing body went 14 months without awarding a state championship. And once it did, a Berkshire County dynasty claimed another one.   The trend continued in the fall when one perennial power defended its state title and another earned a return trip to the biggest sports venue in New England.   Here is a look back at some of the athletes and teams making headlines in 2021.   Taconic baseball Coach Kevin Stannard's program earned its fourth straight

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The Retired Investor: Climate Change Is Costing Billions
By Bill Schmick,
04:04PM / Thursday, December 30, 2021
In 2021, worldwide, the costs of the ten worst disasters caused by climate change totaled more than $170 billion. It was the fourth time in the last five years that we have suffered that level of damages. Scientists expect next year to be even worse.   Insurance companies, like Zurich-based Swiss Re, bear the brunt of the costs of extreme weather. During the last decade, losses have been rising 5-6 percent per year, according to Swiss Re's recent analysis. They expect at least one $10 billion catastrophe, such as severe flooding, a winter storm, or a massive wildfire will be part of the new normal in weather changes.      What is worse, more than ever before, extreme

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Downing Announces End To Gubernatorial Campaign
Staff Reports ,
09:59AM / Tuesday, December 28, 2021
BOSTON — Former state senator Ben Downing released a statement Tuesday morning announcing the end of his gubernatorial campaign.    "For everything there is a season. For this campaign, that season has come to a close. Today, I am formally ending my bid to become the next Governor of Massachusetts. I do so with a heavy heart, but also with hope, and gratitude beyond measure," Downing noted in a statement.   The former state senator announced that he was running in January of 2021. The democrat was the first to enter the 2022 race for governor.   Downing noted that his campaign does not have the financial resources to continue.    "Over

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SVMC Welcomes New Member to Orthopedics Practice
12:29PM / Monday, December 27, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Allison Murphy, FNP, has joined Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Orthopedics and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Murphy holds a master of science in Nursing from Saint Joseph's College of Maine, a first assistant certification from the University of Rochester in New York, and a bachelor's in nursing from Southern Vermont College. In addition, she is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.   Murphy has worked at SVMC since October 2010. She started as a unit coordinator on the hospital's inpatient units and went on to become a medical-surgical nurse and an operating room nurse. She was a nominee for both

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