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The Retired Investor: A Highway of Opportunity
By Bill Schmick,
04:12PM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
Most Americans seem excited and hopeful about the prospects for the Biden Administration's infrastructure plan. Local politicians as well as their construction buddies are salivating at the possible promise of getting their share of this multi-trillion-dollar prize. But looking beyond the pork barrel, we might want to consider how innovation and technology could help America regain its first-class status in infrastructure.   As of 2019, the United States is ranked 13th in the quality of its infrastructure after countries like Singapore, Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom among others. Of course, it may not be a fair comparison since the U.S. has to rebuild and maintain 4

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SVMC Announces Winners Of Its DAISY Awards
09:22AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), announces the winners of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.    Patients nominate nurses, and a committee presents one award each month.     "This is an exceptional group of highly skilled and compassionate professionals," said Pamela Duchene, vice president of Patient Care Services and chief nursing officer. "The DAISY Award is a really special way for us to communicate our appreciation and our patients' appreciation for their important work."    President and CEO Tom Dee, Duchene, and others visited each recipient on

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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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Clark Art First Sundays Free Returns In May
08:06AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute's First Sundays Free program continues on Sunday, May 2.    Admission to the galleries is free to all visitors for the entire day, but advance registration is necessary.    Visitors are invited to explore the Clark, indoors and outdoors. See the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, "Ground/work," consisting of site-responsive installations by six international artists: Kelly Akashi, Nairy Baghramian, Jennie C. Jones, Eva LeWitt, Analia Saban, and Haegue Yang. Enjoy an outdoor, socially distanced talk about three installations—Nairy Baghramian's "Knee and Elbow," Eva Lewitt's

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Williamstown Planning Board Sends Cannabis Bylaw to Town Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:45AM / Thursday, April 15, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — In the end, the Planning Board decided on Tuesday that size doesn't matter.   Not when it comes to the canopy size of a cannabis grow area, anyway.   After taking more than two hours of testimony from the public — most of it asking the board to more severely restrict or even disallow outdoor commercial marijuana production in town — the planners put forward a zoning bylaw amendment that would allow by special permit canopies of up to 100,000 square feet, the largest size allowed by the commonwealth's Cannabis Control Commission.   Based on that testimony, the Planning Board did make a couple of significant revisions to its draft

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'Zoom Bombing' Ends Williamstown Forum on Town Manager Search
Staff Reports,
06:58PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A "Zoom bombing incident" Wednesday forced an abrupt end to a listening session involving two members of the Select Board.    Jane Patton and Hugh Daley, who are chairing the search committee for a new town manager, scheduled the virtual listening session to gather input from residents as the search process gets underway.    "I won't repeat the details of what was said, but it was inappropriate and unacceptable," Patton said.    Parton said she will reschedule the meeting for Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The Zoom link will be posted on the town website. 

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April Snow in the Forecast
04:58PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Main Street in North Adams on Wednesday. Say goodbye to this burst of spring — Mother Nature prefers a little chaos in her work.   The warm temperatures of Wednesday are about to plummet as a snowstorm — yes a snowstorm — bears down on the Berkshires.    The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Pittsfield north and parts of Southern Vermont beginning Thursday evening through Friday night. Total accumulations could reach 6 inches in the higher elevations.   Accuweather is forecasting up to 10 inches with rain all day Thursday and temperatures dipping into the 40s. Thursday night will temperatures dropping into the

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Baker: Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Shows System is Working
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
12:53PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday said the FDA’s decision to recommend pausing distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was a positive.   “I would argue, in some respects, the decision the FDA and CDC made here based on six cases out of 7 million [doses distributed] to put a pause on this and take a look at it is an example of the system working the way it should,” Baker said. “In an abundance of caution, they put out the word that, ‘We need to take a look at this,’ and that’s what they’re doing.   Baker referred back to an incident earlier this month when problems were reported at a Johnson & Johnson

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Mount Greylock District Builds Diversity Training Days Into 2021-22 Calendar
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week approved a 2021-22 academic calendar that includes six half days for all-staff professional development with an emphasis on diversity training.   "When it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work, that's a community effort, and it starts with the community in the central office and goes to everyone who works in school buildings or around school buildings," Superintendent Jason McCandless said in proposing the calendar.   "I would suggest to you that if we adopt this calendar, it becomes, in many ways, a template for moving forward with inclusion of half days as

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SVMC Community Survey
04:20PM / Tuesday, April 13, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has released a survey and have asked community members to provide feedback   The survey can be found here.   According to SVMC, the online survey takes between 5 and eight minutes and will inform future programs and services.   Survey respondents can enter a drawing for a $50 gift card.  

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Williamstown Looking at Four Candidates for Interim Police Chief
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
10:16PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The town has received four applicants to serve as its interim police chief, the Select Board learned on Monday night.   Anne O'Connor, who is a non-voting member of the interim chief advisory committee, told her colleagues on the Select Board that the search group has interviewed three applicants and is hoping to arrange a fourth interview.   Outgoing Town Manager Jason Hoch asked the Select Board to form a search committee to make a recommendation to his office for the interim post after then-Chief Kyle Johnson resigned in December.   After some initial uncertainty about the level of community interest in serving on the search committee, the

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Adams Community Bank Announces Promotions
12:52PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank announced five employee's recent promotions.   Elena Tucker has been promoted to SVP Human Resources and Payroll Officer. Elena started at Adams Community Bank in September of 2012 as the Human Resources Manager. She was promoted to HR and Payroll Officer in 2014 before becoming VP in January 2015.   Michael Gwozdz has been promoted to VP Retail Operations. Michael began his career as a Teller at South Adams Savings Bank in September of 2001. Michael brings a knowledge of banking from the variety of roles he has held, including IRA Coordinator, Sr. Operations Administrator, and Retail Operations Officer.   Tess Sorrentino has been

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update April 9
11:25AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
  April 9, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: Well in

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