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SVHC Enacts New Workplace Violence Policy
08:32AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has implemented a new Zero Tolerance Policy for its hospital campus, medical office building and offsite practices.   The policy and communications plan is a proactive approach detailing what actions and language are not tolerated to address the workplace violence trend currently occurring at healthcare institutions across the United States.        The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports that 44 percent of nurses report an increase in incidence of physical violence in the workplace since the pandemic and 68 percent report an increase in verbal abuse. In fact, an analysis by Press Ganey found


Williams Men's Basketball Tops SUNY-New Paltz
09:57PM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Alex Lee scored 25 points Tuesday to lead the Williams College men’s basketball team to a 63-57 win over SUNY-New Paltz.   Cole Prowitt-Smith scored 11, and Evan Glatzer grabbed nine rebounds in the win.   Williams (20-3) finishes the regular season on Sunday at Conn College.  



Williams Students Lead Tour of Clark Collection
11:57AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Friday, Feb. 10, Williams College art history graduate students will guide a conversation on the Clark's permanent collection.   In a new program, Fresh Takes, students in the Williams College/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art share their thoughts on an object in the collection through the perspective of new scholarship.     Tours begin in the Museum Pavilion at 12 pm.    Admission to the Clark is free through March 2023. No registration is required.


McCann Quarter Two Honor Roll
10:49AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023

High Honors 

Abuisi, Nicholas 2023

Ames, Ian 2023

Belisle, Camryn 2023

Booth, Collin 2023

Boyer, Molly 2023

Braman, Noah 2023

Champney, Isabella 2023

Ciempa, Erin 2023

Covello, Vincenzo 2023

DeBenedetto, Noah 2023

Durocher, Cameron 2023

Gamari, Alexis 2023

Gamari, Renae 2023

Girard, Anastasia 2023

Glasier, Emily 2023

Hartwig, Josephine 2023

Hayer, Addison 2023

Kipp, George 2023

Lake, Matthew 2023

LaSalle, Julia 2023

Lennon, Keira 2023

Liang, Ivan 2023

Livsey, Aaron 2023

Livsey, Joshua 2023

Loughman, Thomas 2023

Marsh, Catryna 2023

McGrath, Lucan 2023

McGrory, Daniel 2023

Medon, Ryan 2023

Meehan, Lillian 2023

Modena, Devon 2023

Moran, Cordelia 2023

Morin, Max 2023

Mroz, Lauren


Letter: Unethical Fire District Maneuver
Letter to the Editor,
04:00PM / Monday, February 06, 2023

To the Editor:

The Williamstown Fire District recently released a "Comparison of Size of Proposed Williamstown Fire Station to Other Fire Stations" chart on their official website. The purpose of this data was to educate residents about the sizes of fire stations recently built in the region compared to what Williamstown is proposing to gain support.

During the Jan. 25, 2023, Fire District Prudential Committee meeting (recorded by I asked the District if they knew the information on their data chart was incorrect. For example, under the section "Station Size," the communities of Holden (36,450 square feet), Sharon (42,460 square feet), Medfield (41,022


Clark Art: Start With Art
12:48PM / Monday, February 06, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 am, the Clark Art Institute's Start with Art series continues.    February's free event is themed to movement. Designed for preschoolers, Start with Art offers themed talks, gallery guides, and art-making activities. This program is best suited for three- to six-year-olds and their caregivers.   Admission to the Clark is free through March 2023. No registration is required.    The next Start with Art program, focused on movement, will be held on Saturday, March 11 at 12 pm.   


Celebrate Valentine's Day at the Clark
08:30AM / Monday, February 06, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — On Sunday, Feb. 12, visitors to the Clark Art Institute will hjost a valentine-making station (open 1–4 pm) located in the lower level of the Clark Center.    Participants can create a unique Valentine card that uses images from the Clark's collection.   Admission to the Clark is free through March 2023. No registration is required. For more information, visit


SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 3
08:25AM / Monday, February 06, 2023

February 3, 2023

Taking a Stand Against Workplace Violence

Every day, hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers across the country go to work with the goal of helping others. Due to a growing disturbing trend, far too many of them have a question on their mind: will I be


Williams Women's Hockey Wins in OT
09:44PM / Saturday, February 04, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Maddie Tix scored in overtime Saturday to give the Williams College women's hockey team a 2-1 win over Trinity.   Ellia Chang scored a second-period goal to give Williams a 1-0 lead.   Erin Pye made 33 saves for Williams (10-9, 5-7 NESCAC) goes to Middlebury on Friday.   Men's Hockey MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Ethan Davidson had a goal and an assist to lead Wesleyan to a 4-2 win over Williams.   Nicholas Rashkovsky had a goal and an assist for Williams (6-13-1, 4-9-1), which hosts Middlebury on Friday.   Women's Basketball WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Devin Biesbrock scored 23 points to lead Williams to an 84-76 win over Wesleyan.   Ryan


Williamstown Energy Audit Draws Attention to Solar Array Deficiency
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
06:33AM / Saturday, February 04, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — When a solar energy system was included in the design of Williamstown Elementary School in 2002, officials hailed the move.   "With renewable energy and other energy efficiencies, we can build a healthier and more comfortable learning environment for our children — and we can do it economically," the chair of the School Committee said when the state delivered a $58,000 Renewable Energy Fund grant.   Two decades later, the news is less encouraging.   "At the elementary school, we had one of our most surprising discoveries," Williams College senior Alana Lopez Barro Rivera said during a presentation at Town Hall late last


Gerig Leads Williams Women to Comeback Win in Fourth
10:46PM / Friday, February 03, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Arianna Gerig scored 13 points and shot 8-for-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter for Williams in a 49-48 come-from-behind win over Trinity on Friday night.   Williams (15-7, 6-2 NESCAC) outscored the Bantams, 25-19, in the fourth quarter to finally erase the remains of a 12-point lead Trinity grabbed in the first period.   Gerig finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.   Devin Biesbrock scored 14, including 10 in the fourth quarter.   Williams hosts Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.   Men's Basketball HARTFORD, Conn. -- Spencer Spivy scored 28 points to lead Williams to a 94-79 win over Trinity.   Dalton's Brandon


Clark Airs 'Much Ado About Nothing'
09:29AM / Friday, February 03, 2023
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute airs a presentation of "Much Ado About Nothing" (2 hours, 30 minutes), a production of London’s National Theatre, on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 pm.    The Clark airs the broadcast in its auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.   According to a press release:   In a fresh take on one of William Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, this acclaimed production sets the romantic rivalry against the backdrop of the legendary family-run Hotel Messina on the Italian Riviera, a site that has been visited by artists, celebrities, and royals. But when the owner’s daughter weds a dashing young


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