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The Retired Investor: Will Infrastructure Spending Boost Clean Energy Stocks?
By Bill Schmick,
01:21PM / Friday, April 02, 2021
Renewable energy stocks were all the rage last year. This year, however, not so much with clean energy funds taking hits of between 25-50 percent. Will President Biden's proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill breathe new life into this sector?    President Biden ran on a platform that included the build out of an infrastructure plan that would "achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050." By the time of his November election last year, investors had bid up the clean energy sector, which includes everything from electric cars, and clean water to solar and wind power, by over 200 percent in some cases.   New renewable energy exchange

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Berkshire Housing Announces Leadership Transition
12:30PM / Friday, April 02, 2021

Eileen Peltier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing & Community Development, is one of three leads in creating and...

Posted by Change The Story VT on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. has announced that Eileen Peltier, currently of Montpelier, Vt., has been selected as its new president and chief executive officer effective April 20.   Elton Ogden, who has led the non-profit since 2006, will continue to oversee completion of Berkshire Housing's major real estate development projects and serve in an advisory capacity through September.   Peltier brings 25 years of experience in

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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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BRPC Favors Pittsfield Location, Reduces In-Office Requirements Post-Pandemic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Friday, April 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Members of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission believe that the agency' s offices should remain in downtown Pittsfield.   Executive Director Thomas Matuszko informed the Executive Committee that BRPC would be going out for bid for office space shortly with a possible deadline in early October. The offices are off Fenn Street, just a couple of blocks away from Park Square.   "I guess one of the things that this committee would be most helpful with for me is getting some input on one of the criteria we had was that we needed to be within a mile, I think, of Park Square and trying to be located in downtown Pittsfield," he said.

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Williamstown Interim Town Manager Finalist 'Inclined' to Stay in Current Post
By Stephen Dravis,
07:48PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A half hour into his interview with the Select Board on Thursday night, interim town manager candidate Robert T. Markel told the town it may want to go with the other guy.   Markel told the board that the reason his interview needed to be rescheduled from Monday to Thursday was that he was in an extended meeting with his current employers, the select board in Hampden.   “They decided to offer me a contract to run through June 30, 2022,” Markel said. “I don’t have that contract. I’ve been thinking in my own situation all day what makes sense for me and what may make the best sense for the town.   “I understand you

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Images Cinema Open For Theater Rentals
03:51PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Images Cinema has entered the first phase of its reopening plan with Private Theater Rentals.    The theater is available for private rentals for quarantine pods or other groups.    The rental price starts at $350, with a discounted price of  $275 for Images members. The schedule is flexible, so any night of the week can be a night out at the movies.   Plus, people can also enter Images' raffle for a 1-in-35 chance to win a Private Theater Rental. To buy a $10 raffle ticket, visit Images Cinema's online store, images-cinema.square.site.   All current guidelines will be followed, meaning groups can be no larger than 20

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MCLA to Go Fully Remote After Cluster Caused by 'Social Activity'
Staff reports,
01:47PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is converting all of its classes to remote learning starting Monday, April 5, and closing its residence halls effective Sunday, April 11.   President James Birge announced the decision to the campus community on Thursday morning, citing a national increase in COVID-19 cases that "has been mirrored across the state and in our local community."   Birge specifically mentioned the outbreak on the MCLA campus that prompted a stay-in-place order for residents in its Flagg Townhouses residence halls.   Since March 22, MCLA has identified 28 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 3.6 percent

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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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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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