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New State Program Will Let School Districts Distribute At-Home COVID-19 Tests
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:00PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
BOSTON – Massachusetts schools will have the option to distribute weekly at-home tests to students and staff this month under a new testing program announced by the Baker administration on Tuesday morning.   The at-home testing program is designed to replace the commonwealth's "test and stay" program, which was created to allow in-school testing of asymptomatic close contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19.   Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley called at-home testing a "game changer" for Massachusetts schools.   Baker said schools will continue to have the option to continue with a test-and-stay program already in place or adopt

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40 Under Forty Nominations Open
12:28PM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nominations are now open for Berkshire Community College's announces the annual 40 Under Forty awards celebration.    40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a deep dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.   "40 Under Forty recognizes leadership, innovation, commitment and accomplishment. We are fortunate that this generation is having an impact on our collective quality of life," said Berkshire Community College (BCC) President Ellen Kennedy.

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Should inflation affect your investment moves?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:55AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
As you know, inflation heated up in 2021, following years of pretty stable – and low – numbers. And now, early in 2022, we're still seeing elevated prices. As a consumer, you may need to adjust your activities somewhat, but as an investor, how should you respond to inflation?   First, it helps to know the causes of this recent inflationary spike. Essentially, it's a case of basic economics – strong demand for goods meeting inadequate supply, caused by material and labor shortages, along with shipping and delivery logjams. In other words, too many dollars chasing too few goods. Once the supply chain issues begin to ease and consumer spending moves from goods to

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Berkshire County Baseball Umpires Offer Training for New Officials
Community submission,
11:35AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Berkshire County Baseball Umpires will offer an initial class for prospective candidates on Thursday, Feb. 3.   The class will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Italian American Club on Newell St.   The exam fee is $45. Prospective candidates should contact Don Singleton at 413-884-4353 or rainier@bcn.net  

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McCann School Committee Applauds Students for Tornado Relief Drive
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:19AM / Tuesday, January 18, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the McCann School Committee congratulated students on Thursday for their work collecting donations for technical school students in Mayfield, Ky. 

 

Led by students Cecilia Marszalek and Jakob Wood, students collected gifts and donations late last month to help students struggling in the aftermath of a destructive tornado. McCann Principal Justin Kratz said a total of 239 boxes were donated for the cause, weighing in at about 5,000 pounds. 

 

"I knew something would happen," he said. "But I had no idea how much was going to happen." 

 

Kratz said SkillsUSA and Business Professionals of America

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MCLA Men Win on Road After Long Layoff
MCLA Sports Information,
09:30PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
WESTFIELD, Mass. -- The MCLA men's basketball team Monday returned to play after a lengthy 36-day layoff as they traveled to face Westfield State.     The Trailblazers came out firing and never looked back as they earned a key 79-64 win over the Owls. Noah Yearsley scored a season best 26 points and MCLA was great from 3-point range as they went 13-28 from beyond the arc.   MCLA (6-6 overall) earned their first win of the conference slate as they're now 1-0. The Owls dropped to 12-4 overall and sit at 2-2 in the conference.   The Trailblazers never trailed in this one as they held Westfield without a basket for the opening four minutes to open up a quick 8-1

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Fans Supporting Animal Shelters & Organizations for Betty White
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:44PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Shelters and rescue organizations across the country are being supported on Monday through the Betty White Challenge.    Monday would have been beloved television star Betty White's 100th birthday. The "Golden Girl" actor died at age 99 on Dec. 31, 2021, and fans within days had come up with a way to honor her memory by helping animals.    White was a strong advocate for animals during her lifetime in supporting numerous organizations and foundations dedicated to both wildlife and domesticated animals and received the American Humane Society's National Humanitarian Medal and the Legacy Award.   The internet-driven fund

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan 14
02:13PM / Monday, January 17, 2022

 

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center wellness@svhealthcare.org via svhealthcare.ccsend.com  Jan 14, 2022, 4:10 PM (3 days

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SVHC Offers Tool for Sending Meals to Front-Line Staff
12:06PM / Monday, January 17, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge the community and front line clinical teams and employees at Southwestern Vermont Healthcare (SVHC), the SVHC Foundation has heard many requests from members of the public regarding how they can help.    In response to this outpouring of concern, the SVHC Foundation has redeployed the Meal Train as a way citizens can show their support. Interested supporters can visit https://mealtrain.com/v1w8yz to purchase a meal for as few as two staff members or as many as 30.   "This program was such a success when we launched it in the spring of 2020, and it had a tremendous impact on the morale of our

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Veteran Spotlight: Lt. Col. Lance English
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:05PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022

Lt. Col. Lance English and his son.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — An absolute pleasure this month to interview Lance English, from the class of 1980 at Drury High School.   English spent a total of 28 years in active and Reserves in the Army and an additional seven years of service in the government sector. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Reserves.   After graduating from Drury he attended Norwich University in Vermont, where he majored in military studies and government and was a member of ROTC, Reserve Officers' Training Corps.    "Norwich University shaped my life. My son went there as well and is a graduate of the class of 2020 (he

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Winter Storm Warning for Berkshires as Nor'easter Brings Up to Foot of Snow
Staff Reports,
01:35PM / Sunday, January 16, 2022
The Berkshires are in for a double whammy this week — a Nor'easter is expected to bring up to a foot of snow and ice overnight followed by another Arctic blast that will keep temperatures in the freezer zone.    A winter storm warning is now in effect beginning Sunday at 10 p.m. and through Monday at the same time. The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., is forecasting 5 to 11 inches of snow and ice accumulations of up to a 10th of an inch. Winds could gust to 40 mph.   Adams, Clarksburg, North Adams (starting at 10 p.m.) and Pittsfield have so far declared snow emergencies and other communities may before the afternoon is over. Snow emergencies mean motor

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North Adams Library Suspends In-Person Events
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:48PM / Friday, January 14, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The library will reevaluate whether or not they will resume in-person events at the end of the month.   Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees Wednesday that all in-person events and activities in the library have been suspended as they monitor the recent COVID-19 surge.   "We decided to do this for the month of January, and we will reevaluate in a couple of weeks just to keep things on the safe side," she said. "Not everybody but a number of libraries are doing the same thing."    She then reviewed a recent staff development day and although they were unable to undergo the crisis management portion of the

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