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Neal Touts County's $41M Portion of American Rescue Plan
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Friday, March 26, 2021

Congressman Neal speaks about the American Rescue Plan during Friday's press conference. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — U.S. Rep. Richard Neal stood in Council Chambers on Friday morning to tout the American Rescue Plan that will allocate $34 million to the city of Pittsfield and $41 million to Berkshire County.   Neal was joined by Mayor Linda Tyer, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, and state Sen. Adam Hinds.   "Boy, it is so refreshing to have the federal government on our side, I must say that for the entire year of 2020 It felt like communities were on their own in this fight against COVID-19," Tyer said as she opened the press


SVMC Welcomes New Gastroenterologist
01:19PM / Friday, March 26, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes gastroenterologist, David L. Furman, to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group.    Furman is board-certified in gastroenterology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and specializes in comprehensive treatment of the digestive system, with a particular focus on neuro-gastroenterology and chronic conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux and chronic abdominal pain syndromes.   A native New Englander, Furman received his medical degree from Boston University school of medicine. He then served for 11 years as an officer and physician in the United States Navy. He


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

The Retired Investor: Cannabis Catalysts Coming Soon
By Bill Schmick,
12:39PM / Friday, March 26, 2021
Last week, a bipartisan slate of U.S. Senate co-sponsors introduced the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (the SAFE Act) that would allow the cannabis industry to tap the federal banking system. If passed, this could be a game changer for marijuana companies.   The SAFE Act has already been passed by the House back in September 2019 but was never brought up for a hearing, much less a vote in the Senate.   The bill's author, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, a Colorado Democrat, has introduced several versions of this bill many times over the last eight years. During that time, the legalization of marijuana has moved from a pie-in-the-sky hope of a few legislators to something


SVHC Cancer Center Receives American College of Surgeon's Accreditation
08:45AM / Friday, March 26, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted 3-year accreditation to the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (SVRCC), part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).   "This voluntary program is an important national benchmark for us to validate that our patients are receiving the very best care possible," said Charlene Ives, a medical oncologist and medical director for the Center. "Our goal is to provide the care and  support needed by our patients and their families as they navigate their cancer diagnosis."   To


Cultural Grants Awarded To Northern Berkshire Communities
08:09AM / Friday, March 26, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — State Representative John Barrett III and the Northern Berkshire Cultural Council jointly announced the award of 63 grants totaling $72,500.00, for cultural programs in Northern Berkshire Communities.    These eleven communities are comprised of ; Adams, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Florida, Hancock, Lanesborough, Monroe, New Ashford, Savoy, Williamstown, and the City of North Adams. A complete list of recipients and grant amounts can be found here.   "It's the local volunteers who really make this system work," said State Representative Barrett. "They make limited resources go as far as possible, and


Williamstown Community Preservation Committee Votes Funding Requests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:43AM / Friday, March 26, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — After one of its four applicants withdrew its independent request, the Community Preservation Committee was able to give all four what they sought for fiscal 2022.   The committee Wednesday voted to send the annual town meeting three requests covering four entities for Community Preservation Act funds.   One of the three, a request for $200,000 from the town's Affordable Housing Trust, now includes a commitment from the trustees to grant $40,000 to Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.   The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity had in December submitted an application for $80,000 to fund a project manager for two years to oversee the


State Program to Bring COVID-19 Vaccines to Homebound Residents
By Stephen Dravis,
12:14PM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday announced a statewide program to vaccinate about 25,000 homebound Massachusetts residents in their homes.   The homebound vaccination program will consist of visits coordinated by local boards of health or through the Commonwealth Care Alliance, Baker said during his COVID-19 update on Beacon Hill.   "As we continue to roll out the vaccination program, we always knew there are individuals for whom we would have to go to them," Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders said. "Whether it's in certain communities … or individuals who are homebound. The federal government came out with some


SVMC Offers Expanded Childbirth Education Series Online
08:22AM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will host an expanded childbirth education class online starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.   Parents-to-be are invited to register for the 4-week series at Each class is live, virtual, and interactive. The new format allows families to get a thorough introduction to the birthing experience from the comfort of their own homes.   "I am so excited to once again bring expectant parents and their support people together for these fun, interactive, and educational classes," said Jodi Henderson, the class's leader.


Six Running for Two Seats on Williamstown Select Board
02:30PM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- A four-way race is shaping up for a single Select Board seat in May's town election.   Tuesday was the deadline for submitting nomination papers with signatures for six positions that will be on the ballot this spring.   Town Clerk Nicole Pedercini reported on Wednesday that all of the positions have been filled and all of the nomination papers have been certified.   On the Select Board, there are two seats open this year: a three-year seat currently held by Anne O'Connor, and the last year of a three-year term currently filled by Jeffrey Thomas, who announced this winter his intention to step down.   For the three-year seat, Anthony


Williams College Sees 'Uptick' in COVID-19 Among Students
By Stephen Dravis, Sports
11:30AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams College is addressing a "significant and concerning" uptick in COVID-19 positive tests, two of which are linked to a weekend party at one of the school's residence halls.   In a Tuesday evening letter to the community signed by President Maud Mandel and Dean of the College Marlene Sandstrom, the school reported six positive COVID-19 tests among students in the last seven days.   While that computes to a relatively low .14 percent positivity rate for the 4,144 tests conducted in the same period, the six positive tests among students represents 21 percent of all the positive tests in the student population (28 total positives) since

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Vermont Educators and School Staff Receive COVID-19 Vaccines
10:34AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been administered to more than 1,200 educators and school staff, largely from the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU), at Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics the last two Saturdays.    They were the first two of three clinics that will be held to ensure that educators and school staff are vaccinated, according to Vermont's vaccine rollout plan.   "It's really cool to see the joyous environment," Mount Anthony Union High School teacher Meaghan Morgan-Puglisi


MCLA Green Living Seminar: Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts
08:04AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Jason Seacat, professor of psychology at Western New England University, will give a talk titled "Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Seacat's major program of research explores the interplay of negative social stereotypes, stigmatization and personal health behaviors. As a social-health psychologist, he primarily


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