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SVMC Primary Care Practices Recognized For Patient-Centered Care
09:54AM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) announced that each of its five primary care practices in Vermont have achieved recognition for providing personalized, effective, and efficient primary care.   SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Pediatrics in Bennington, and SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal have all received recognition.   The medical practices have been re-designated as Patient Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).   "We are so proud of our primary care practices for

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Williamstown Housing Trust Sets Parameters for Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the town's Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday finalized the parameters of an emergency mortgage assistance program it is developing to help residents impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   Mirroring the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program the board created last summer, the new program will provide grants of up to $15,000 to help homeowners economically impacted by the pandemic stay in their homes.   Like the emergency rental program, the emergency mortgage grants will be administered by Pittsfield's Berkshire Housing Development Corp., which will screen applicants for eligibility and need.   The seven-person trust

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Feeding the hungry
by buddy 04:12PM / Friday, February 21, 2014

Williamstown Community Preschool Installs New Signage
by Billsville 02:46PM / Tuesday, February 26, 2013


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool began sprucing up its new home by hiring local sign maker Lindsay Neathawk,

Williamstown Youth Center Thanks Bedard Bros.
by Billsville 02:13PM / Friday, June 22, 2012
Bedard Brothers Chevrolet, through the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program, has helped sponsor the Williamstown Youth Center's Soccer Program for the 2012 season. In addition to soccer equipment, this
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Lanesborough Officials Presented FY22 Mount Greylock Budget
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:50AM / Thursday, April 01, 2021

Superintendent Jason McCandless speaks to a joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Selectmen on Monday. LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Town officials got their first look Monday at the proposed fiscal 2022 budget for the Mount Greylock Regional School District.   The total budget is $24,082,474, up $1,244,351 over this year. Lanesborough's assessment under the proposed budget stands at $5,876,831, a hike of $114,995 from last year's $5.7 million school bill.   The town is responsible for the cost of operating Lanesborough Elementary School and is assessed its share of Mount Greylock Regional School.   The elementary school's budget is $4,628,377, up about

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April Fool — Springtime Temperatures Will Give Way to Cold, Snow
Staff Reports,
02:00PM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Here is the Late night Weather Brief on the detailed breakdown of the potential snowfall Thursday...esp well north and west.

as of 11pm. pic.twitter.com/9iM0G12WCd

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) March 31, 2021 It's not over yet.   Berkshire County residents can expect some snow Thursday, according to AccuWeather.    In North Adams, snow is expected to start falling around 2 p.m. and continue until about 8 p.m. Temperatures will hover around 40 degrees and drop throughout the day, hitting the low 20s overnight.   Total accumulation should be around an "inch or two."   It is a different story in Central County. According to Accuweather,

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Regulators Give SVMC's Renal Dialysis Unit High Marks
08:39AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt.— The Renal Dialysis Unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has earned two distinctions from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a deficiency-free survey and a five-star rating.   "We see our patients three times a week and develop strong bonds with them," said Ruth Rudnick, the manager of the department. "That makes it really rewarding to do the important work necessary to ensure the care they receive is the best it can be."   Last week, the department underwent a 3-day survey and licensure review, including patient interviews, staff interviews, records

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Williamstown's Waubeeka Golf Links Adds to Sculpture Collection
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Arline Peartree's sculpture 'La Traviata' was inspired by curling leaves.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Arline Peartree conceived and sculpted "La Traviata" more than 20 years ago when she was living in Averill Park, N.Y.   But she said the apple red metal sculpture is right at home on the 18th fairway at Waubeeka Golf Links.   "After I thought about the sculpture and all the different parabolic curves that it has, it's similar to this beautiful parabolic curve that a golf ball makes," Peartree said as she regarded the newest outdoor installation on the South Williamstown layout. "It just seemed fitting that it would be on a

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Williamstown Facing Long-Term Decisions About Transfer Station
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:17AM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — It is getting to be time for Williamstown to do some trash talking.   That doesn't mean saying, "Our town is better than your town." In this case, it means recognizing that market forces affecting towns throughout the country are forcing some decision points here in North County.   The cost of operating the town's transfer station is exceeding the revenue brought in by user fees, Town Manager Jason Hoch told the Finance Committee last week. The fiscal reality is driven by a couple of different factors, most notably a severe drop in recent years in the demand for recyclable materials.   "We bring in about $36,000 from the sale

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SVMC Seeks Participation in Community Health Needs Assessment Survey
04:38PM / Monday, March 29, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is initiating a comprehensive health assessment of the communities that it serves.    Conducted every three years, the Community Health Needs Assessment process allows SVMC to understand the current health needs of its region, assess the services available to residents, and identify where and how improvements can be made. Information and opinions will be collected using a digital survey and virtual forums targeted to specific communities.   "SVHC uses many methods to continually collect feedback from patients," said Rory Price, the health system's coordinator of Population Health. "But this

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SVHC's Medical Matters Weekly: March 31
12:45PM / Monday, March 29, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show, will feature Stephen Leffler, as a guest on its March 31 show.    Dr. Leffler is the president and chief operating officer of the University of Vermont Medical Center. The two will discuss the state of health care from the perspective of the state's largest healthcare organization.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and airs live at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly live on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update March 26
08:44AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
  March 26, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Telemedicine and Space-Based

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Berkshire, Barrington Stage Companies Look Forward to Summer Return
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The past year of pandemic was a markedly difficult year for the arts, but local theaters are looking forward to COVID-19-friendly programming in the new year.   "It's been a year of trying to understand what a government's role is in taking care of us, not only in terms of our health but in terms of society, justice, and for all of these things to be happening at once," Berkshire Theatre Group's Artistic Director Kate Maguire said. "The only thing I know is that when we do start leaving our houses, we're going to be faced with different realities, and I think we should all be trying to create something really better for the

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Williamstown Youth Center Presents Funding Request to Town
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Numbers were down at the Williamstown Youth Center in 2020.   But numbers don't begin to tell the story, Executive Director Mike Williams said on Wednesday.   "I've been with the youth center for 15 years now," he said in a presentation to the town's Finance Committee. "I'm used to people approaching me with their comments, their questions. … This year, it has been remarkable hearing from people about how important we are to their families. That has been tremendously rewarding.   "Because we're serving a smaller number of kids this year, it sometimes feels like we're not having the impact we

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