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Mount Greylock Students Raise $1,000 for Berkshire Immigrant Center
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
05:57AM / Saturday, October 22, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional High School students donated $1,000 to the Berkshire Immigrant Center (BIC) during a Greylock Talks presentation focusing on immigration in the Berkshires.   During the lecture, Tuesday, eighth-grade students Lillian Howe, Abbe Ali-Nixon, and Esme Aalberts handed over a $1,000 check to a BIC Volunteer Coordinator Charles Bonenti.    "[The student raising money is] remarkable to me. We may hire them as fundraisers for other projects we have going here in the districts. It's really impressive," Superintendent Jason Mccandless said.    The three students raised money over the summer by baking and selling

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Clark Art Presents Concert By Pianist Gabriel Quenneville-Belair
12:02PM / Friday, October 21, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Oct 29, at 2 pm, the Clark Art Institute presents a concert by Montreal-based pianist Gabriel Quenneville-Bélair.    The program includes nineteenth- and twentieth-century music selected from composers including Maurice Ravel, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Schubert, and Ludwig van Beethoven. Also premiering at this performance are three concert études composed by Williamstown resident Stephen Dankner.    The free performance is open to the public and takes place in the Clark's auditorium.   Free; no registration is required. For more information, visit clarkart.edu/events.

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Weekend Outlook: Pub Crawls, Festivals, and More!
By Sabrina Damms,
12:00PM / Friday, October 21, 2022
Berkshire County will be hosting a variety of events this cool cloudy weekend including Pub Crawls, festivals, and haunted hikes.   Downtown Pittsfield… It’s Alive!  Various Venues, Pittsfield    Downtown Pittsfield will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate the spooky season this Friday, October 21 from 4 to 8 p.m.    Various venues will be hosting events for people of all ages throughout the night including an outdoor movie night, a Kids’ Fun Zone, Kids’ Monster Hunt, a night market, live music, and more.    A complete list of participating locations and line-up here.    13th Annual Zombie Pub Crawl Various

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Recognizes Nursing Staff
11:53AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) nursing leaders have chosen four nurses whose work represents each of the four qualities of a Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, including transformational leadership, innovation, structural empowerment, and exemplary professional practice.   "The nurses we are honoring are noted standard bearers within the organization,” said Pamela Duchene, APRN, PhD. "We are grateful for their extraordinary work, which together in cooperation with nurse and physician colleagues, makes SVHC the health system it is."   Laurie Darby, RN, BSN, SANE, CEN, was honored for her commitment to transformational

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes SVMC Rheumatologist
08:49AM / Thursday, October 20, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Rheumatologist Matthew Stanishewski, DO, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. He practices with SVMC Rheumatology, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, in Bennigton. The show airs on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.   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.   Stanishewski earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and most recently

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Williamstown Fire District Will Postpone Fire Station Funding Vote
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
09:30PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Fire District announced Wednesday that it will hold off on a special district meeting to approve funding for a new fire station until at least early 2023.   The district Wednesday held an informational forum about the new building project at Mount Greylock Regional High School.   The meeting was billed as a chance to provide information and answer residents' questions in advance of a Dec. 7 special meeting to approve funding for a 27,000-square-foot station on Main Street (Route 2).   But at the outset, Jim Kolesar of the district's Building Committee announced that committee met earlier Wednesday and voted unanimously to

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Eliza Edens To Perform at the Store at Five Corners
08:05AM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Oct. 21, at 6:00 p.m. the indie folk rock bands Eliza Edens Band and Collect Calls will perform at the Store at Five Corner.   The four-person Eliza Edens Band will follow the opening act Collect Calls, a singer-songwriter collective that includes Lily Goldberg, Jason Bascasa and Karl Mullen.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.   Edens is a Mount Greylock Regional School graduate who just released her second CD, "We'll Become the Flowers" on Oct. 14. The Williamstown show is midpoint in a record-release live tour that includes Philadelphia, New York City, Cambridge, Mass., Portland, Maine, Burlington, Vt., and a Catskills

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Beyond Boundaries: Seeing Art History from the Caribbean
04:00PM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Thursday, Oct. 20, and Friday, Oct. 21, the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute hosts a Clark Conference, Beyond Boundaries: Seeing Art History from the Caribbean.    The conference begins at 9 am in the Clark's auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.   Included in a press release: Why has art history—a discipline often defined by its relationship with shifting terrains of theoretical critique and analysis—been slow to engage with Caribbean writers and thinkers, to take seriously their multidisciplinary, multi-theoretical, and multi-lingual voices? This conference asks what a deep engagement

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BHS and Public Health Nurses Holding Vaccine Clinic in Williamstown
11:18AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems and the Berkshire County Boards of Health Association are teaming up for a vaccination clinic in Williamstown in October.    The clinic, to be held on Friday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 6 pm at the Williams College Field House, is open to the public and to staff and students from Williams College.   The clinic will provide the COVID-19 Bivalent Booster, which is effective against the latest strains of the COVID-19 virus, BA.4 and BA.5, and the Flu vaccine to help prevent Influenza. In order to receive the Bivalent vaccine, you must have received the first two primary doses of either Pfizer or Moderna, or the single primary dose of

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Talk on Frank Grant at the Williams Bookstore
04:02PM / Monday, October 17, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A biography about Berkshire County's Frank Grant, a Black player voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006, will be the focus of a talk starting at 4:00 this Wednesday at the Williams Bookstore on 81 Spring Street.   The new 270-page book is by a Minnesota author named Richard Bogovich.     This talk is his first about Grant's biography.     Also speaking at the bookstore will be Carolyn Foote-Minich, a descendant of Frank Grant's brother Clarence, and Kevin Larkin, a baseball historian and author who lives in Berkshire County.  Other descendants of Clarence and Frank Grant are also expected to

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Berkshire Libraries Fall Crawl
12:10PM / Monday, October 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — One dozen Berkshire county libraries are hosting The Berkshire Libraries Fall Crawl from October 17 to October 22, 2022.   All are welcome to explore the Berkshires by visiting public libraries across the county. Participants can pick up a passport at the first library they visit and then drive from library to library, collecting passport stamps and small prizes.   Participants are asked to take a photo of themselves at each library along the way and use the tag #BerkshireLibraryCrawl2022. Those who are unable to make the trip in person can participate in a virtual crawl at https://www.milnelibrary.org/fall-crawl-2022 to be entered into a prize

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Williamstown Board's Try to Make Housing Affordable Called 'Madness'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:10AM / Monday, October 17, 2022
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After June's annual town meeting referred back most of an ambitious slate of proposals from the Planning Board, the panel is preparing a simpler, more focused set of proposed bylaw amendments that it hopes will be more readily understood by members of town meeting 2023.   Last week, the board heard a sample of just how objectionable some residents can find even the simplest of ideas.   "I may be the only person in this room feeling this way, but it seems like madness has taken hold of the Planning Board," Rhon Ernest-Jones told the board.   Ernest-Jones was speaking in response to a draft warrant article that would

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