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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

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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 https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration to make an appointment.   "I highly recommend that every eligible person get vaccinated," said Trey Dobson, SVMC's Chief Medical Officer. "And I

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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

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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

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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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COVID-19 Booster Shots Available Throughout County
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 Booster Shots are available at Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) locations throughout the county.   BHS encourages all eligible residents to take advantage of the opportunity to secure the additional protection from COVID-19 that boosters provide.   The CDC has approved Pfizer and Moderna booster doses for individuals 65 years or older, individuals 18-64 years old who live or work in a high-risk environment, and individuals 18-64 years old who have an underlying medical condition that makes them  more vulnerable to serious infection by COVID-19.    Johnson and Johnson boosters are approved for individuals 18 years or older. Additional

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Fire Officials Reminder: Change Clocks, Check Alarms
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
STOW, Mass. — With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 7, Massachusetts fire officials issued a seasonal reminder to check smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when you change your clocks.   "Working smoke and CO alarms are key to surviving a fire or carbon monoxide leak," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "As we 'fall back' this weekend, remember to check your alarms when you change your clocks.  Unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries, this is a good time to replace the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or replace the entire device if it's more than 10 years

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McGowan Retires From Williamstown Police Department
01:15PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The police officer who accused the Police Department of sexual harassment and racism has retired, ending a year of tumult that saw the departure of both the town manager and police chief.    Sgt. Scott McGowan retired as of Oct. 31, according to a statement issued by his attorney David A. Russcol, a partner of Zalkind, Duncan and Bernstein of Boston.   "Sgt. McGowan came to believe that continuing the legal disputes with the town of Williamstown would not be in anyone's best interests," said Russcol. "He intends to dismiss his recent retaliation complaint at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, as those issues

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NAMI Berkshire County Hires New Executive Director
12:30PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County announced that Melissa Helm has joined the organization as Executive Director.    "Her passion for our mission along with her desire to grow and expand our organization made her the perfect fit to lead NAMI Berkshire County," said board president Ruth Healy. "The three tenets of NAMI's mission are to support, educate and advocate for all those in Berkshire County whose lives are impacted by mental illness. Our niche is helping the family and loved ones of someone suffering from mental illness because they often don't know who to turn to for help in coping with their

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Frost, Cold Forecast for Berkshire Region
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11:02AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
The moderate fall weather we've had so far is about to take a sharp turn downward.   Frost and snowflakes are in the forecast for the Northeast with Accuweather cautioning that "people who have delayed making their winter preparations will want to expedite them sooner rather than later this week with many northeastern areas forecast to experience their lowest temperatures since April or March."   The temperatures have dipped on occasion over the past couple months but most days have been shirtsleeve or at least light jacket weather. Most of the region has seen temperatures averaging 3 to 6 degrees higher than normal.    Just a few weeks ago, the temperature

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Clark Art Opens Exhibition On Japanese Prints
08:48AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute presents a wide selection of works from its collection of Japanese prints.    "Competing Currents: 20th-Century Japanese Prints" includes more than thirty-five works and considers two specific movements that had an influence on twentieth-century printmaking in Japan. The exhibition is on view in the Clark's Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper from Nov. 6, 2021 through Jan. 30, 2022.   "We are eager to share a remarkable selection of works from our collection that we know our visitors will find both beautiful and fascinating," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark. "We are

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New Cell Tower Erected in Williamstown
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02:28AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Four months after getting the green light from the Zoning Board of Appeals, a new wireless communications tower is ready to accept antennae.   Evolution Site Services of Pittsfield this week announced that construction is completed on a new 153-foot cell tower in South Williamstown on the Phelps family's farm.   It was the third different proposal for a cell tower in that area over the last decade, including one proposal to place one on the property of the nearby Mount Greylock Regional School.   "Although it has been a long time in the making, I am happy that this project finally came together," said Christopher Ciolfi, a principal

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