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Sts. Patrick & Raphael Parish Hosting Synod Listening Sessions
02:11PM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Parish of Sts. Patrick & Raphael is seeking input from interested community members on their spiritual reflections.    The Rev. John P. McDonagh said the parish has already held Synod Consultation Sessions with the Parish Council, parents participating in Generations of Faith Formation program, and parishioners, as well as the Harper Center and Williamstown Commons.   He added that "the parish is also interested in hearing what the Holy Spirit is telling people in the community."   Three open sessions have been scheduled, including one earlier Thursday at the parish center. The next sessions are Saturday, April 23, at 6 p.m.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Vermont Food Security Leader
09:39AM / Thursday, April 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — John Sayles, CEO of the Vermont Foodbank, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27.   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.   Sayles joined the Vermont Foodbank as the CEO in March of 2009 after serving ten years in senior appointed positions with the State of Vermont at the Department of Public Service and Agency of Natural Resources.

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Williams College Museum of Art Program on Sol LeWitt's Jewish Projects
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In conjunction with the "Strict Beauty: Sol LeWitt Prints" exhibition currently on view at the Williams College Museum of Art, curator David S. Areford will present a program at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, that explores the Jewish dimensions of Sol LeWitt's art through five projects.   The program will be held in person at Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) as well as virtually on Zoom and live-streamed on YouTube.    To register for the Zoom program, visit artmuseum.williams.edu. WCMA's galleries will remain open until 5:30 p.m. so that attendees can visit the exhibition before the program.   According to a press

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Williamstown Fire District Honing FY23 Budget Proposal
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
05:59AM / Wednesday, April 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The committee that oversees the Fire District last week reviewed a fiscal 2023 budget that amounts to a 3.14 percent increase over the current year.   But the $498,000 spending plan is just 0.4 percent higher than the operating budget the annual district meeting approved two years ago.   Last spring, the Prudential Committee put forward a budget that reflected a 2.7 percent decrease from FY21 to FY22. This year, it may be looking to recoup that drop plus a little more according to a preliminary budget presented by Treasurer Corydon Thurston at a special meeting.   "It's certainly a manageable number and a sellable number, in my

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Seasonal Safety Reminder: Be Aware of Mulch Fire Hazards
03:59PM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
STOW, Mass. —State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey offered a fire safety reminder to homeowners and others who plan on using mulch in upcoming landscaping projects.   "Every spring, firefighters across Massachusetts respond to mulch fires on commercial and residential properties," State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said. "These include fires that start with cigarettes and other smoking materials. Remember that mulch is combustible and can easily catch fire."   The hazard is especially significant around residential structures because fires that start on the exterior of buildings are usually not detected early. By the time smoke and heat enter the building to

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Best Selling Author Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
08:39AM / Tuesday, April 19, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Award-winning California-based journalist and author Richard Louv has spent his career exploring human relationships with nature and animals and how those relationships affect our health and wellbeing. At 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, he joins Trey Dobson, MD, on Medical Matters Weekly.   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.   Richard Louv is a journalist and author of

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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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