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Adams Community Bank Announces New Employees and Promotions
09:07AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Charles P. O'Brien, President, and CEO of Adams Community Bank, announced two new employees and a recent promotion.   Samantha Tanner joins as AVP, Branch Officer of the Williamstown branch. She will manage the Williamstown location and serve as the Digital Branch Manager, overseeing product profitability and deepening relationships.    Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Keene State College.   Julie Zdon joins as Branch Officer of the Cheshire branch. Julie previously managed the Elm Street location at Berkshire Bank. Julie brings over 15 years of banking experience to the team, along with a degree from Isenberg School of Management

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Williamstown Finance Committee Reviews Town's Capital Plan
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Finance Committee last week concluded its review of the town's fiscal 2022 spending plan and made plans to vote its recommendations next week.   The last major item up for discussion was the capital spending plan for FY22, which represents about 6 percent of town hall spending, or $650,000.   That represents a $90,800 increase from the current fiscal year, but as Town Manager Jason Hoch reminded the Fin Common on Wednesday, $650,000 is closer to what the town had been investing in infrastructure before it dialed back that budget last summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   The largest single item in the capital plan is $203,000 for erosion

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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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Trustees Rename Monument Mountain Trails to Honor Indigenous Peoples
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:28AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — An organization known for preserving exceptional Berkshires — and beyond — destinations is taking steps toward preserving and honoring the history of indigenous peoples in the county.   On Thursday, The Trustees of Reservations announced that it has officially changed the names of its two Monument Mountain trails as a result of working with indigenous descendants of the Mohican Tribe who first settled in the Southern Berkshires nearly 300 years ago.     "We have worked for a long time with them, and have a relationship going pretty far back," Director of Southern Berkshires Properties Brian Cruey said in regard to the

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.   King grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and served his country from 1993 to 2015. He enlisted at the age of 18 and was sent to basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala.    "It was definitely a culture shock," he recalled. "I learned about biscuits and gravy from the mess hall, which I found delicious ... remember an obscene amount of heat and humidity."   King's first assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served in law enforcement as an military police officer. From there, King was

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White Withdraws From Williamstown Select Board Race
03:52PM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Nicholls "Niko" White has removed himself as a candidate for the Select Board.   White had to run for the last year of the term being vacated by Jeffrey Thomas and had gained enough signatures to be placed on the ballot for the annual town election. White said he had announced to run for office when no other candidates had stepped forward and it appeared that the elected office would be uncontested or lack a strong progressive candidate.    But as of last week, it had turned into a four-way race.   "I decided to campaign to make sure my positions were represented in the field," White said in announcing his witgdrawal from

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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SVMC: Medical Matters Features Hand Surgeon
01:56PM / Saturday, April 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson" features Dr. David Veltre on April 7.   Veltre is a hand and upper extremity specialist at SVMC Orthopedics and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics. He discusses the most common conditions he sees in his practice and their treatments.   The weekly interactive medical-themed talk show hosted by Dr. Trey Dobson provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on health care, including topics like behavioral health, food insecurity, equitable care, and the opioid crisis.    The show is produced in partnership with Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and is broadcast on

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@theMarket: Stocks Grind Higher as Bond Yields Retreat
By Bill Schmick,
03:56PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
April is usually a good month for markets. Historically, it is one of the three best months of the year for equities. We all know what happens in May ("sell in May and go away") but we will worry about that later.   Over in the bond market, the bond vigilantes may have started to doubt their conviction that inflation is a fait accompli and so yields must go up. This week, yields declined a bit, which gave a boost to some sectors (gold and silver, for example), while banks pulled back a little. But Friday's Producer Price Index report for March reversed that. PPI was up 1 percent versus expectations that were only half that, which brings the year-over-year gain to 4.3

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Lanesborough's Johnson Departs Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in two years, a member of the seven-person Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has resigned mid-term.   Lanesborough resident Michelle Johnson tendered her resignation Thursday to the committee, effective Friday.   Johnson's letter of resignation said it comes with "great sadness," and she appeared to tear up while reading the letter during Thursday's virtual meeting. Her letter praised her colleagues on the committee for their professionalism and thoughtfulness.   It did not specify a reason for her resignation beyond "personal reasons."   "I urge the committee to continue on

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SVHC Thanks Local Businesses
01:14PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation recently approached several businesses who donated items to help medical staff remember to take care of themselves.   According to a SVHC press release, healthcare workers, working long hours caring for COVID-19 patients and others, needed a reminder to take a few moments to care for their own health and wellbeing. Businesses answered with donations of items that helped our staff remember to take care of themselves.   "Our staff is so dedicated and deeply compassionate, but we know they are not an inexhaustible resource," said Paula Seaman, director of Quality, a department that also helps

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MCLA Receives Grant To Improve Racial Equity On Campus
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10:47AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) to help the college work toward improving racial equity.   The Higher Education Innovation grant will allow the MCLA Department of Public Safety to work with a consulting firm specializing in improving police departments' relationships with their communities. The consultant would work with MCLA to develop an interactive training module for the Department of Public Safety with the goal of increasing cultural competency and engagement of its officers and staff with the MCLA community.    "I'm deeply appreciative

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The Retired Investor: Water Becoming a Rare Commodity
By Bill Schmick,
06:00PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

America is running out of water. During the next 50 years, the nation could see its fresh water supply reduced by one third. But if you think that's a problem for the next generation, you are wrong. This year alone, as many as 83 out of 204 U.S. water basins could begin to feel the brunt of these shortages.

 And don't think these shortages will only affect those regions that we would expect to be dry. The central and southern Great Plains, the Southwest and central Rocky Mountain states, as well as the South, Midwest, and parts of California are all in danger. The twin culprits are rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns brought on by climate change.

The wettest

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