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Fire Officials Urge Prevention During Wildfire Season
12:04PM / Tuesday, April 05, 2022
DEVENS, Mass. — Fire Officials are asking the public for help in preventing outdoor fires which typically increase during the spring.   Pointing to the Delta Range fire that burned 341 acres at Fort Devens last week, Devens Fire Chief Timothy F. Kelly, Chief Forest Fire Warden David Celino of the Department of Conservation & Recreation, and State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey are asking for the public's help in preventing outdoor fires, which start to increase in the early spring.   "As we saw last week, large wildland fires are labor-intensive and can severely tax regional firefighting resources," said Chief Kelly. "Disposing of brush by burning it

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Cultural Council Grants Awarded To Northern Berkshire Communities
04:00PM / Monday, April 04, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— State Representative John Barrett, III and the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire jointly announced awards of 83 grants totaling $85,537.00, for cultural programs in Northern Berkshire Communities.    "I'm pleased that the State Legislature has once again shown its support of local cultural councils across the State. Investing in arts, sciences, and humanities has proven to be a critical component in improving the quality of life in communities across the Commonwealth," said State Representative John Barrett, III.   A full list of awards can be found here.   These eleven communities are comprised of; Adams, Cheshire,

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: April 1
10:01AM / Monday, April 04, 2022
  April 1, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Tough

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Williamstown Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Task Force Seeks Community Input
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Monday, April 04, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board last week heard about two initiatives looking to make change on a regional and global scale and one proposal that would shake up the way the town taxes at the local level.   At last year's annual town meeting, members overwhelmingly voted to commit the town to a "net zero greenhouse gas emissions goal" by 2050.   Part of the resolution included a more immediate goal of forming a "comprehensive action plan" by next year.   Last Monday, one of the residents on a 27-person task force working on that plan updated the Select Board on the group's activities.   "What is a net zero community?"

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Local Youth Baseball Leagues Joining Forces
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
07:04AM / Sunday, April 03, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After two years of canceled games or restricted action, youth baseball in North County is coming back in a big way.   The Lanesborough and Williamstown Cal Ripken Baseball Leagues and Northern Berkshire Independent Youth Baseball League are joining forces to give their players better competitive opportunities.   And the Adams-Cheshire and Dalton-Hinsdale Little Leagues are following suit.   The winners, organizers say, are the players in all four programs.   "It's been building for years," Williamstown Cal Ripken President Chris Johnson said of the partnership with the North Adams-based NBIYBL. "Ever since they formed an

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Williams Women's, Men's Lacrosse Earn League Wins
05:56PM / Saturday, April 02, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Shea van Den Broek scored four goals Saturday to lead the Williams College women's lacrosse team to a 15-10 win over Bates.   Lily Warendorf had two goals and three assists, and Caitlyn Joyce stopped eight shots to earn the win in goal.   Williams (3-4, 2-3 NESCAC) hosts Babson on Thursday.   Men's Lacrosse LEWISTON, Maine -- Jake Haase scored seven goals to lead Williams to a 21-8 win over Bates.   Pearse Glavin had four goals and four assists, and three Williams keepers combined to stop 15 shots in the win.   Williams (5-3, 4-1) hosts Tufts on Wednesday.

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SVHC Launches Healthy+ Magazine
03:18PM / Friday, April 01, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — In an effort to distribute health and lifestyle information in an accessible and interesting way, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has launched a quarterly magazine called Healthy+.  The publication is free and available wherever the Vermont News Guide is distributed.   "Through this new magazine, we are listening to the public and aiming to get them the information they need most," said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services who also directs the health system's population health programs. "It is one of many ways we are trying to develop a regional culture where it's easier

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Clark Art Talk On 18th French Engraving Drawing
12:00PM / Friday, April 01, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Sarah Grandin, the Clark-Getty Curatorial Fellow, will lead a virtual lunchtime talk showcasing the role prints played in making drawing more accessible to the public in eighteenth-century France.    Her talk, "A Market for Imitation—Engraving Drawing in Eighteenth-Century France," will be broadcast via Zoom and Facebook Live (@clarkartinstitute) on Thursday, April 7, at noon.   Grandin's talk begins with a film presentation of a selection of works by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, François Boucher, Jean-Antoine Watteau, and others. Following the film, Grandin joins the audience in a live Q&A session.   The event

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Vermont Legislator Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
09:39AM / Friday, April 01, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson welcomes As a retired nurse practitioner, current state representative for Windham-3, and member of the health committee, Leslie Goldman on the show at noon on Wednesday, April 6.    The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Goldman moved to Bellows Falls in 1982. She was a family nurse practitioner and started a primary care

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Kipnis Homers Twice in Double-Header Sweep for Williams
09:52PM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
TROY, N.Y. -- Mara Kipnis homered twice Thursday to lead the Williams College softball team to a double-header sweep at Rensselaer Polytechnic.   In Game 1, Mara Kipnis went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in a 13-5 win.   Vicky Trujillo went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, and Madison Mok struck out seven in a complete-game win in the circle.   Williams won the nightcap, 10-6, behind a 4-for-4 performance and another homer from Kipnis.   Ronni Ramos went 3-for-3, and Elyse Chan struck out eight for Williams (9-5).

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'Embodied Words: Reading in Medieval Christian Visual Culture' on View at WCMA
04:09PM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— The Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) presents "Embodied Words: Reading in Medieval Christian Visual Culture," a reinstallation of the museum's medieval gallery.   The exhibit brings together new and past objects from the WCMA collection with a selection of manuscripts from Williams College's Chapin Library.   According to a press release, this ongoing exhibition demonstrates the embodied nature of reading in Christian Europe from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries, with art from present-day Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. More than two dozen works on view include several

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Williamstown Finance Committee Votes $100,000 Budget Cut for FY23
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:02PM / Thursday, March 31, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town's fiscal 2023 budget will not account for an increase in the town's health insurance costs after the Finance Committee on Wednesday directed the town manager to slash the line item for health insurance by $100,000.   Interim Town Manager Charlie Blanchard had budgeted for the cost increase after Berkshire Health Group announced that it needed to raise premiums it passes along to member municipal entities by 8 percent in the next fiscal year.   To help cushion the blow to the 31 towns and school districts it serves, the BHG board in January voted to give its members a one-month "premium holiday" in FY23 and cover the difference

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