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The Retired Investor: SALT Away?
By Bill Schmick,
01:43PM / Thursday, November 11, 2021
High-income tax states like Massachusetts, New Jersey, California, and New York would appear to be winners if President Biden's "Build Back Better" plan is finally passed by Congress. The Trump-era limit on state and local tax deductions could provide a $200 billion (or more) wind fall for wealthy Americans.   As it stands now, congressional Democrats, especially those who represent high tax states, are crafting a change in the SALT deduction cap. Presently American households can only deduct $10,000 of state and local taxes from their federal income taxes. That cap deduction is poised to end by 2026.   In a prior column, I explained that in exchange for their votes

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State Parks Parking Fees Waived in Honor of Veteran's Day
12:01PM / Thursday, November 11, 2021
BOSTON — In honor of Veteran's Day, the Baker-Polito Administration will once again waive parking fees at all Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) state parks throughout the state on Thursday, November 11, 2021.    Additionally, interpretive programming will also be offered at state parks during the upcoming holiday weekend. Furthermore, visitors are encouraged to participate in self-guided walks and hikes within the state parks system, where there are numerous veterans memorials, military forts, and other notable sites. The fee waiver falls in line with a National Park Service initiative that also provides free admission at federal parks nationwide on


World War II Veteran's Account Recorded for Posterity
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:08AM / Thursday, November 11, 2021

Sacco in his newly issued uniform in Miami Beach, 1943. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Pasquale "Pat" Sacco was cruising at 32,000 feet when he realized something was wrong.    It was May 1944 and the 457th Bomber Group was headed for Berlin when it came under attack by German Messerschmitts, Me-109s.    Sacco was under the belly of the bomber, manning the gun in the ball turret. He saw flames and smoke trailing from the back of the Flying Fortress and climbed out of the cramped ball to help the radio man but he would be the only crew member killed. Sacco and the pilot were about the last to jump.    "We no sooner left the plane when it blew up


North Adams Mayor in Running for Interim Town Manager Post
Staff Reports,
12:14PM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The mayor of North Adams is being interviewed for a  new position — town manager of Williamstown.    Thomas Bernard, who will end his second two-year term in the corner office at the beginning of the new year, is a finalist to be interim town manager for the Village Beautiful. He and Barry Del Castilho, former town manager of Amherst, will be interviewed publicly on Friday afternoon.   The Select Board determined last month to seek out another temporary manager when a nationwide search failed to turn up a suitable candidate for the permanent position. Officials are trying to replace Jason Hoch, who left by mutual agreement in


SVMC Anesthesiology Welcomes David Record
10:01AM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), announced that David Record, MD, has joined its anesthesiology practice and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.   Dr. Record earned his medical degree at the University of Utah School of Medicine and a bachelor's in biology from the University of Utah. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.   The practice provides general anesthesia, regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and pain control for procedures conducted at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. It is located at 100 Hospital Drive in


Mount Greylock Names National Merit Students
08:22AM / Wednesday, November 10, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Principal, Jacob Schutz, of Mount Greylock Regional School announced that Livia F. Morales, Alayna M. Schwarzer, and Rona L. Wang have been named Commended Students in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.   A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to these scholastically talented seniors.   About 34,000 commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2022 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the


Williams College Introduces Student Exploration Initiative
12:48PM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. Starting this summer, Williams College will be among the first schools in the country to entirely eliminate students' summer earnings requirement for all four years.    Williams' Summer Exploration Initiative augments the college's need-based financial aid policies and is part of a larger commitment to what it is calling "True Affordability" to help ensure that all students can experience the totality of a Williams education.   Traditionally, financial aid packages at Williams and most other colleges have included a  "summer earnings contribution," an expectation that students will contribute a sizable portion of what


Allison Niemi Joins SVMC Pownal Campus
10:10AM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomed Allison Niemi, MD, family medicine physician, to the SVMC Pownal Campus and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Dr. Niemi completed her undergraduate studies at James Madison University in Virginia, her medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and her residency in family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. She was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and the recipient of the Howard C. Silver Memorial Student Fellowship for Outstanding Community Service in Family Medicine. In addition, she was given the American Medical Women's Association Glasgow


Williamstown Officials Say Issues Between Town, McGowan 'Resolved'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:54AM / Tuesday, November 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board on Monday confirmed that the town and Sgt. Scott McGowan have dropped their mutual actions against each other and severed connections.   McGowan last week, through his attorney, stated that he had retired as of Oct. 31 after 20 years with the Police Department, about two weeks before a scheduled disciplinary hearing.   Interim Town Manager Charles Blanchard could only confirm that McGowan was no longer employed by the town and that more information would be forthcoming.   That came Monday night when Select Board Chair Andrew Hogeland opened with a statement about the "recent settlement."   "The town and Mr.


Anne Thompson: Trail Signs at the Clark Art
01:10PM / Monday, November 08, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Anne Thompson: Trail Signs, offers visitors to the Clark's campus a viewing experience that can be encountered along the walking paths that traverse the Clark's 140-acre site.    On view through Dec. 31, 2021, the exhibition features a rotating installation of unique prints displayed on seven kiosks across the Clark's trail system.    According to a press release, Anne Thompson has long explored the shifting meaning of signs and symbols in relation to their social setting, whether making paintings, prints, or outdoor projections. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, she began designing posters featuring bold, black-and-white


WCMA To Host Two Curatorial Close Look Program
12:05PM / Monday, November 08, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williams College Museum of Art will host two more programs in its Curatorial Close Looks virtual series in November.    The programs are free and open to the public with Zoom registration.   On Thursday, Nov. 11, at noon ET, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, whose site-specific installation "Worshipping at the Altar of Certainty" is on view through the academic year, will join exhibition co-curators Mallory Cohen MA '20, Nidhi Gandhi MA '20, and Elyse Mack MA '20 for a conversation.    Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions throughout the program.   Rasheed, who was born in East Palo Alto, Calif.,


SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Nov. 5
09:24AM / Monday, November 08, 2021
  November 5, 2021   First COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 5 -


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