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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 -


Berkshire Planning Commission Looks to Build Housing Coalition
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
02:45AM / Monday, November 08, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is continuing its efforts to address the county's housing crisis.

On Thursday, BRPC's Executive Committee voted to submit a grant of services application to the Citizen's Housing and Planning Association's Municipal Engagement Initiative to build a regional housing coalition that will address housing of all types.

This is part of this regional housing strategy BRPC has been working on with housing practitioners. It was suggested that the planners become more inclusive by trying a broader outreach to different population groups and then build a coalition that wants to advance housing of all types.



Berkshire Humane Senior Pets Seeking Homes for Holidays (And Beyond)
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
06:29AM / Sunday, November 07, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass.— November is Adopt a Senior Pet month and the Berkshire Humane Society has a number of furry friends in their golden years who would love to spend the holidays in a forever home.

There are currently about 10 senior cats and dogs at the shelter and, during November, adoption fees for those 7 years or older are reduced to $50.

Senior companions will also come with a goodie bag consisting of a bed and some other supplies that will help acclimate to their new home.

By incentivizing the adoption of older animals, the shelter hopes to show all that mature pets can offer and get them into loving, permanent homes.

In a press release, Executive Director John Perreault


Williams Football Team Wins on Homecoming Day
Williams Sports Information,
09:12PM / Saturday, November 06, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- For the first time since 2010, the Williams College football team is 8-0 after a 25-0 shutout of the Wesleyan Cardinals (6-2) in which Williams racked up 290 total rushing yards and prevented the Wesleyan offense from reaching the red zone for the entirety of the game.   This is the first time Williams has been 8-0 since 2010. Due to the NESCAC's expansion to a 9-game season in 2017, Williams has the opportunity to advance to 9-0 next week for the first time in the school's history.   "This feels great," coach Mark Raymond said. "I'm so proud of the players and coaches for their phenomenal effort and focus this whole


Northern Berkshire United Way Elects Officers and Directors
08:38AM / Friday, November 05, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way announced newly elected and renewed board members and officers for the 2021-2022 year.   "Our board of directors consists of some of the most dedicated individuals in our community," said President of the Board, Leah Thompson. "I thank the board for their commitment and look forward to working with the incoming members to maintain a strong and effective United Way that helps care for our community."   Emily Standford, Bonnie Howland, and Celia Norcross were newly elected to the board at its October meeting.   Emily Stanford is the Branch Manager of Adams location of Greylock Federal Credit Union. She


SVHC to Host Special Vaccination Clinics for Children Ages 5 - 11
12:36PM / Thursday, November 04, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has scheduled two COVID-19 vaccination clinics for ages 5 – 11 from 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at their COVID Resource Center at 982 Mansion Drive in Bennington.    The clinics are only for children. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Scheduled appointments are preferred, and a limited supply will be available for walk-ins. Families should go to to make an appointment.   "I highly recommend that every eligible person get vaccinated," said Trey Dobson, SVMC's Chief Medical Officer. "And I


Public Health Officials Urge COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children
Staff Reports,
11:19AM / Thursday, November 04, 2021
BOSTON — State officials are encouraging parents to vaccinate their children now that the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine for COVID-19 has received emergency authorization for ages 5 to 11. This is the best way, they say, for the state and schools systems to get back to normal.    More information about how to schedule a vaccine appointment can be found here.   Gov. Charlie Baker, speaking Thursday at Boston Children's Hospital, said pediatric doses have already been received and he did not anticipate any supply issues, such as those that hampered the rollout for adult vaccinations earlier this year.    "We continue to lead the way in vaccinations here in the


WRL Lecture Series
12:44PM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williamstown Rural Lands (WRL) is launching TALKS on the HILL, a free monthly lecture series for the greater Berkshire community on a variety of environmental and land-use topics.    These talks draw on the expertise of residents of Western Massachusetts, The Berkshires as well as neighboring Vermont and New York. WRL aims to provide a space for regional thinkers: writers, scientists, historians, creative producers, and others to elucidate on diverse subjects.   The topics of the talks are diverse, yet each speaker will invite the audience to consider issues, conundrums, initiatives, queries, and findings from a particular point of view and then


Becket, Peru Awarded $2M in MassWorks Grants
11:32AM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
BECKET, Mass. — Several Berkshire towns are getting more than $2 million in MassWorks funding, largely for road repair.    The funds were part of $66.5 million in grant awards to 50 communities announced last week by the Baker-Polito administration. The administration also kicked off the first series of grant awards made through the Community One Stop for Growth program, which total a combined $88 million for projects in 122 communities across the commonwealth, including MassWorks awards.    "MassWorks and the programs accessed through One Stop support local infrastructure projects that spur housing, workforce development and private investment," said


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