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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: April 15
08:33AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  April 15, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Medical

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Mount Greylock District Plans 32 New School-Choice Slots for Fall
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:18AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School District plans to open up 32 new school choice slots between its three schools for the 2022-23 academic year, the School Committee learned last week.   Superintendent Jason McCandless had previously announced a plan to open up 15 new slots at Lanesborough Elementary School to help offset increased use of the district's school choice reserve in fiscal year 2023 spending plan.   At Thursday's monthly School Committee meeting, McCandless provided more detail of what he has characterized as a return to past practice after a couple of years without significant School Choice opportunities in the district due to the

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Williamstown's Boyd 20th in Age Group at Boston Marathon
08:36PM / Monday, April 18, 2022
BOSTON, Mass. -- Williamstown's Stephanie Boyd placed 20th in her age group on Monday in the 126th running of the Boston Marathon.   Boyd covered the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 37 minutes, 40 seconds, maintaining a pace of 8:18 per mile to finished 20th in the women's 60-64 division.   The women's 60-64 age group had 450 finishers.   A pair of runners from Kenya won the event, which celebrated its return to the Patriots Day holiday for the first time since 2019.   Evans Chebet took the men's title in a time of 2:06:51. He was followed by countryman Lawrence Cherono (2:07:21) as Kenyan athletes took five of the top six places on the men's

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Earth Day Celebration in Merchants Park
04:13PM / Monday, April 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Earth Day celebration this spring will take place at Merchants Parks at 3:30 the afternoon of April 22, 2022.     This will be the fifty-second commemoration of Earth Day which began in 1970.    This Earth Day is sponsored by Climate Advocates Bennington, the MAUHS group Climate Change Initiative and Better Bennington Corporation.  The celebration is open to the public and will have speakers, music, and skits with audience participation.   According to a press release, Earth Day in the US, began after several major ecological disasters.  In January of 1969 An oil rig leaked millions of gallons of oil on the coast of Santa

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Williamstown Spring Water Main Flushing Notice
08:08AM / Monday, April 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Water Department will be flushing water mains beginning Monday, May 9, through Thursday, May 19, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting.    Flushing will not be done on Friday evenings or weekends.   Customers may experience some cloudy water and lower than normal pressure.   This is a semi-annual procedure to remove any sediment in the mains and check the operation of all hydrants.   Any questions regarding this matter to call the business office at 458-3383

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Cost Overruns Seen in Mount Greylock Outbuilding
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:05AM / Monday, April 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock School Committee on Thursday agreed to spend more than $100,000 in additional funds to get an outdoor equipment storage facility online.   The new structure at the middle/high school will be used to protect equipment needed to maintain the fields at the school.   The district had hoped to complete the project for less than $200,000, but complications in the project and increased costs during the course of the project necessitated bringing that figure up to $314,000, Business Administrator Joe Bergeron told the committee.   Bergeron sought and approved the committee's blessing to use up to $134,000 more from the capital gift

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Williams Softball Team Wins Weekend Series
05:28PM / Saturday, April 16, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The Williams College softball team Saturday completed a game suspended by darkness on Friday with a win over Wesleyan.   The Cardinals then came back to salvage a split in the three-game weekend series.   In Game 2, a 10-5 Williams win, Mara Kipnis homered, and Madison Mok struck out six for Williams.   Wesleyan's Courtney Collins-Pisano went 3-for-4 with a home run in her team's 10-7 win.   Williams (14-10, 3-3 NESCAC) hosts Tufts on Monday.   Men's Lacrosse AMHERST, Mass. -- Brock Gonzalez scored three goals and assisted on one to lead Amherst to a 14-10 win over Williams.   Calvin Caputo and Tim Saffold each scored three

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Williams Softball Tops Wesleyan in Walkoff
09:17PM / Friday, April 15, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Kelly McGuigan hit a walkoff single Friday to give the Williams softball team a 3-2 win over Wesleyan.   Williams came back from deficits of 1-0 and 3-2 to improve to 13-9 this spring (2-2 NESCAC).   Tayler Wise and Bailey Burger-Moore each had two hits, including a double. Elyse Chan struck out nine to earn the complete-game win in the circle.   Game 2 of Fridays double-header was suspended due to darkness. It will resume on Saturday morning with Williams up, 6-3. Game 3 of the weekend series will follow.   Baseball MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Mitchell Schroeder went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI Friday to lead Middlebury to a 5-4 win over

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Letter: April Is National Volunteer Month
Letter to the Editor,
01:00PM / Friday, April 15, 2022

To the Editor:

Kindness and Compassion.  April is National Volunteer Month.

Why do people volunteer? What do they get out of it?

We're taught from a very young age that we will feel good if we help others. It's true, volunteering gives us a sense of meaning, of purpose.

Thanks to a website, nextdoor.com, people can post requests for help. I just saw such a request from someone who knew of an elderly woman who was unable to walk her beloved dog and would have to give him up if she couldn't find help walking him. "Her health is declining, and the dog is her best friend."

I believe it's common knowledge that having something to care for can make a huge

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day
11:07AM / Friday, April 15, 2022

Monday, April 18, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day has been celebrated on the third Monday in April since 1969.

It was on the morning of April 20, 1775, that Paul Revere and other riders began the alert across and beyond Massachusetts Colony that troops were planning to advance from Boston to the towns of Lexington and Concord. They were to seize a cache of gunpowder and arms and capture revolutionaries Sam Adams and John Hancock.

(Local legend claims that Israel Bissell, later of Hinsdale, rode all the way to Philadelphia, but most historians dismiss it.)

Previous attempts to

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Mass RMV Preparing for High Customer Volume During April Vacation
08:29AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is preparing for a high volume of in-person customer service transactions during school vacation week which is scheduled to take place the week of April 17, 2022.     The RMV traditionally sees a high volume of customers at its statewide Service Center locations during this annual vacation week, and encourages customers to schedule appointments for required in-person transactions and avoid unnecessary visits by using Mass.Gov/RMV to conduct more than 40 RMV online transactions.     Customers should also note that Commonwealth of Massachusetts offices, including RMV Service Centers, will be closed on Monday,

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Williamstown Planning Board Splits on Proposal for Rural Development
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:24AM / Friday, April 15, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A deeply divided Planning Board on Tuesday recommended next month's annual town meeting adopt the most contentious zoning bylaw amendment the board has produced this cycle.   On a vote of 3-2 that followed the same split as past votes on the topic, the board advocated for passage of what is now known as Article 45 on the town meeting warrant.   The act would, if passed, reduce the residential lot dimensions in the town's Rural Residence 2 zoning district in the same proportion that a similar article, No. 44, would do so in the General Residence district.   RR2 still would require significantly more square footage, frontage and setbacks than

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