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Mount Greylock School Committee Member: Widen Audience for Diversity Discussion
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:44PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A member of the Mount Greylock Regional School Committee last week pushed for the district to be more inclusive in its conversations about inclusion.   At Thursday's monthly meeting, Jose Constantine reacted to a report about the superintendent's appearance before Williamstown's Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Equity Committee by suggesting that the DIRE Committee ought not be the sole focus of the administration's community outreach.   "My big concern about the DIRE Committee, and it does incredible work, but that it doesn't speak to the needs or concerns of all families of color or marginalized families in Williamstown,"

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North Adams Awarded $200K for Mohawk Marquee Restoration
Staff Reports,
04:20PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is receiving $200,000 in state funding toward the refurbishment of the landmark Mohawk Theater marquee.    North Adams was awarded $200,000 from the Regional Economic Development Organization program, which is administered through the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. Some $2.1 million in the competitive grants were announced on Wednesday for 38 projects across the state, including more than $600,000 in the Berkshires.    The status of the 1938 theater has been the center of numerous discussion on downtown development and not a few biennial mayor contests. The marquee was last restored two decades ago and, while it's

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Institute Leader
12:40PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Amber E. Barnato, MD, MPH, MS, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25.    The show will cover Barnato's wide range of expertise, including public health/preventive medicine, hospice/palliative medicine, the institute's work, health equity, and Barnato's research regarding life support decisions families and physicians make for patients in the ICU.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers

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SVMC Emergency Department Receives Donation of Blankets for Children
12:28PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Just as the rain began to fall on Thursday, April 14, Danielle Ploof, a middle school science teacher at Pine Cobble School in Williamstown, Mass., stopped by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) to spread some sunshine in the form of 50 handmade blankets for children using the Emergency Department.   "These blankets are so soft and adorable, with child-friendly prints. We know they will be a great comfort to children and families using Emergency Services," said Jill Maynard, MSN, RN, director of nursing for the department. "We are so grateful to these organizations who give so freely for the benefit of others."   The blankets were

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Berkshire Roots Official Cannabis Sponsor for Solid Sound Festival
12:20PM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Roots recently announced their partnership and exclusive sponsorship of Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.   "Berkshire Roots is honored to be the official cannabis sponsor of this year's Wilco, Solid Sound Festival. We are thrilled to be able to participate in such a special event right in our backyard," Holly Alberti, Berkshire Roots Senior Director of Marketing. "Bringing folks together, celebrating community, good music, good food, good fun, good vibes, we can't wait."   Wilco's Solid Sound Festival is back again this year, at the Mass MOCA campus in North Adams. The three-day live festival is held on

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Mayfest Returns to Downtown Bennington
11:45AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The 35th annual Mayfest Arts and Crafts Festival returns to Bennington after a COVID-19 driven two-year hiatus.    Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic and filled with over 95 vendors offering juried crafts and specialty food on May 28 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.    This event is free and open to the public with plenty of free parking downtown.   There will be many different types of live performances throughout the day on four separate stages including the Thomson Family Stage in Merchants Park as well as children's activities, live demos, and much more. Artisans will be offering a range of products, from handmade jewelry,

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North Adams Home Shop Offers Unique, Vintage Home Decor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:29AM / Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Renee Tessier's new shop offers a mix of new, vintage and repurposed home decor items.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Renee Tessier is hoping to turn what started as a hobby into a second successful business venture.    "This is my passion. I love to recreate and repurpose and reuse and I love to make things look beautiful," Tessier said last week as she styled her new space in the Berkshire Emporium. "A lot of people don't see the beauty in something like a dresser or a buffet, or to take a large hutch and make it into two pieces and change things. I love home decorating and decor."   Tessier's new store LifeStyler is a mix of

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North Adams School Committee OKs $19M Budget for Fiscal 2023
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:43PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee on Tuesday approved a fiscal 2023 budget of $18,757,788, an increase of 5.56 percent over this year.    The budget is up $988,713 but Chapter 70 education aid is also up by an anticipated $1,070,575, or 7.73 percent, for fiscal 2023.    The main drivers of the increase are salaries, contracted obligations, one restored position, and a new bus contract.   "The big change here is that I wanted to emphasize that we're restoring a performing arts position as opposed to adding it," said Superintendent Barbara Malkas. "We are adding a special education teacher at Drury High School that is for compliance

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Harness the power of budgeting
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:00PM / Tuesday, May 17, 2022
When you hear the word "budgeting," your first thought might be that it's mostly for young people starting out in their careers and adult lives. Yet, budgeting can be important for everyone, no matter their age. And even if you feel that you're in pretty good financial shape, with a reasonable amount of savings and investments, you can still benefit by establishing a budget or improving your current one.   Here's what budgeting can do for you: Give you feelings of control – Not knowing where your money is going can be bewildering. But when you follow a budget, you'll get a clear picture of your money movements. Consequently, you'll feel more in

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MCLA to Hold Annual Educator Recognition Awards Event
04:00PM / Monday, May 16, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.—Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), in collaboration with the Berkshire County Superintendents' Roundtable, will hold its annual Educator Recognition Awards event on Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Murdock Hall Room 218 on MCLA's campus.     This award was created to honor the region's exceptional educators. This year's awardees are being recognized for their outstanding contributions to education throughout the pandemic.    The event is free and open to the public, and a virtual attendance option is available.      Those who would like to attend can register at

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Dartmouth Health's Diversity Officer
09:04AM / Monday, May 16, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Dartmouth Health's new Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Teresa Malcolm, MD, FACOG, MBA, will be the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Malcolm served most recently as chief executive officer at the coaching firm Master Physician Leaders. She also currently

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: May 13
08:21AM / Monday, May 16, 2022
  May 13, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Lifestyle

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