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Williamstown Sets Interim Town Manager Interviews March 29
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Select Board plans to interview two candidates for the interim town manager position on Monday with hopes of picking a temporary occupant of the corner office on April 5.   At Monday's meeting, Andrew Hogeland informed his colleagues that the town had received about a dozen applications for the short-term position. He said six seemed very well qualified, and from that smaller group, two dropped out before the initial interview.   Hogeland and Hugh Daley interviewed four candidates and chose two to have sit downs with senior members of the Town Hall staff late last week.   Hogeland did not identify the two finalists but suggested that the

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Northern Berkshire United Way Community Needs and Special Grants Applications Available
04:30PM / Tuesday, March 23, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire United Way's Community Needs and Special Grants (CNSG) grant applications are now available.   Community Needs and Special Grants are intended to support one-time, short-term projects that address current community issues with the goal to positively impact the community. Collaborations are valued. Applications must be received at Northern Berkshire United Way by April 21, 2020. Funding decisions will be announced in June.   Applicants do not need to be member agencies of Northern Berkshire United Way but must be designated by the IRS as a charitable organization. Grants are for residents residing in towns served by Northern


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

Williamstown Police Personnel Suspended Without Pay Over Data Searches
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:53AM / Tuesday, March 23, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Police Department officers who illegally accessed a state database to seek information on town residents were suspended from duty without pay.   That was one of the corrective actions that acting Chief Michael Ziemba outlined Monday in a report to the Select Board about the incident.   "Swift disciplinary actions have already been taken in the form of suspension from duty without pay for these offenders, and all officers, including myself, have been required to complete retraining in the requirements for accessing the [Criminal Justice Information System]," Ziemba said.   "In addition, security requirements for


SVHC: Medical Matters Weekly Features Telemedicine Expert
02:15PM / Monday, March 22, 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 Kevin Curtis, as a guest on its March 24 show.    Curtis the medical director of Connected Care and the Center for Telehealth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The two will discuss telemedicine before, during, and after the pandemic and the future of medicine.   The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and airs live at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Viewers can see


Clark Art: Virtual Artist Conversation
12:58PM / Monday, March 22, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Artist Jennie C. Jones discusses her site-specific installation in the Clark's "Ground/work" exhibition with Dr. Kimberly Juanita Brown, associate professor at Dartmouth College and author of "The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary" (Duke University Press), on Tuesday, March 23.    This free program takes place over Zoom at 6 pm.   "Ground/work," the Clark's first outdoor exhibition, consists of newly commissioned site-responsive installations by six  contemporary artists set throughout the woodland trails and open meadows of the  140-acre campus.    Working


SVMC: COVID-19 Update: March 19
08:38AM / Monday, March 22, 2021
  March 19, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: When the Pandemic Hits


Trustees Welcome Guests Back to Iconic Williamstown, Ipswich Inns
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
01:16AM / Monday, March 22, 2021

The grounds at Field Farm features more than a dozen works of art and miles of trails.

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Trustees of Reservations is now accepting applications at the Guest House at Field Farm in Williamstown and The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, appealing to travelers with intimate, small-scale boarding, outdoor recreation, and historical accommodations that make you "feel like you're staying in a museum."  

It has quite the year for the travel industry.  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trustees are utilizing technology and encouraging guests to explore the natural beauty that their properties boast.

"There was a lot of growing


@theMarket: Rising Rates Create Headwinds for Stocks
By Bill Schmick,
04:36PM / Friday, March 19, 2021
The saga of rising interest rates in the long end of the U.S. Treasury market continued this week. Investors, fearing runaway inflation, sold both bonds and stocks. Will the selling continue, or Is this a buying opportunity?   It depends upon which asset class we are talking about. Yields on the 10, 20, and 30-year U.S. Treasury Bonds, I believe, will continue to rise. How far? It is possible that the benchmark "Tens" could finish the year at 2 percent. In the short-term, however, I expect yields to fall a bit on profit-taking.   Last week, I warned readers that the rise in rates was not over. I expected yields on the U.S. Ten Year Treasury Bond to hit the 1.70 percent


MCLA Student Government to Hold Virtual Sam Gomez Road Race
12:01PM / Friday, March 19, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The MCLA Student Government Association's annual Sam Gomez Road Race will take place virtually from April 10-17.    This year's race will benefit the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition in North Adams. Runners can register at    This virtual race is flexible; complete your run any time between April 10 and 17 and post a photo to social media using #VirtualSamGomez and tag @MCLAStudentGovernment. Runners who register will receive a T-shirt and downloadable runner's bib; a race medal is available for an additional fee. Runners don't have to complete a full 5K (3.1 miles) to participate, and runs can take place


Williamstown Community Preschool Makes its Case to Town's Finance Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:52AM / Friday, March 19, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Williamstown Community Preschool is hoping that the town will partner with the nonprofit to help continue to provide affordable child care.   "The board is seeking a long-term solution to bring stability to the preschool's financial model," WCP President Mark Robertson told the town's Finance Committee on Wednesday. "The success of the preschool ultimately affects the health of our community. Just as the pandemic demonstrated flaws in our financial model, it equally showed the vital importance of childcare to functioning families and communities.   "That's why we're seeking this grant this year.   At


The Retired Investor: Food Scarcity in a Nation of Obesity
By Bill Schmick,
04:10PM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
Thirty-three percent of adults are obese, while ten percent of households with children are facing a food crisis. This is happening together, at the same time, in the same place — America. How can this be?   During the height of the pandemic, if you recall, the media featured long lines of hungry Americans queuing up at food banks and other community centers for food to feed their families. That was a shocking sight to me. In the supposed wealthiest country in the world, where Americans usually throw away more food than they eat, there are people going hungry? I thought it must be caused by supply chain problems, not the scarcity of food.   Digging deeper, I discovered that

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SVMC Selected For National Multi-Hospital Cooperation To Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates
01:30PM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The American Cancer Society (ACS) has selected Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), as a Hospital Systems Capacity Building (HSCB) Community of Practice (COP) site to increase colorectal cancer screening rates.   The HSCB COP initiative is three year project including 20 hospitals and their community partners nationwide.    According to a press release, the aim of the project is to bring well-performing health systems together to share tools, resources, and capacity-building assistance and to solidify evidence-based methods to improve community health.   “I am thrilled to embark on this


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