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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Recognizes Nursing Staff
11:53AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) nursing leaders have chosen four nurses whose work represents each of the four qualities of a Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, including transformational leadership, innovation, structural empowerment, and exemplary professional practice.   "The nurses we are honoring are noted standard bearers within the organization,” said Pamela Duchene, APRN, PhD. "We are grateful for their extraordinary work, which together in cooperation with nurse and physician colleagues, makes SVHC the health system it is."   Laurie Darby, RN, BSN, SANE, CEN, was honored for her commitment to transformational

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Tap for Joy Workshops at MCLA Art Lab this Fall
10:44AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — This Fall MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC) is offering free tap dancing workshops by teacher Jenny Herzog at the MCLA Art Lab.     From October to November, all ages and skill levels can learn how to "Tap for Joy."    Featured on NPR and in the Boston Globe, Herzog started the community workshop during the pandemic to bring people together.     The workshops are free and open to the public and will occur on Saturday afternoons. Shoes and boards will be provided.    Oct 29, 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Nov 5, 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Nov 12, 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Nov 19, 12:00-1:15 p.m.    Herzog is a

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New President and CEO for Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc.
08:11AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Child Care of the Berkshires Board of Directors announced that Amy Hall has been selected to replace Anne Nemetz-Carlson to lead Child Care of the Berkshires into the future.    Hall is currently the Program Manager of CCB's Family Support Programs and has over 24 years of experience working at CCB, leading and growing the Northern Berkshire Family Center and ParentChild+ programs and managing several other family support programs.    "Amy's passion for the children and families of Berkshire County, her thoughtful and calm approach, and her vision for the future of CCB made her the clear and definitive choice to take over the

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North Adams Airport Hangar Renovation Will Begin Next Year
Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:46AM / Friday, October 21, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North East Hangar renovation project is slated to begin in earnest in January of  2023.   Stantec Engineer Peter Enzien told the airport commission Tuesday that with wait times for materials, demolition work, and administration work construction would likely begin after the holidays into the new year.   "There will be a lag until they start to receive some of those materials," he said. "Then they will be able to get back in the hangar and hit the project hard."   The city plans to use non-primary entitlement funding and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to renovate a city-owned hangar.   Enzien said Stantec

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Nominations Sought for 2022 Neighborlies
10:48AM / Thursday, October 20, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) is accepting nominations for the 2022 Neighborlies celebration, a community recognition award night.    The Neighborlies will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the MCLA Church Street Center, 375 Church Street in North Adams.    The event is free and open to the public. According to a press release, the Coalition urges community members to take the time to recognize those people who have given their time, energy and resources to help make Northern Berkshire a better place to live and work.   Residents are encouraged to consider people of all ages who have performed

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes SVMC Rheumatologist
08:49AM / Thursday, October 20, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Rheumatologist Matthew Stanishewski, DO, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. He practices with SVMC Rheumatology, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, in Bennigton. The show airs on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Stanishewski earned his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and most recently

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North Adams Planners OKs Permit for Berkshire Catering
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:45AM / Thursday, October 20, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Taylors are expanding their food service business again, this time in support of their catering operations.    The Planning Board on Monday approved Berkshire Catering's special permit to operate a storage unit at 708 State Road.   "We opened Berkshire Catering company last year and we grew because catering grew," said Colleen Taylor, who operates Baystate Hospitality Group with her brother, Sean Taylor. "We have a couple of trailers, we have a pig roasting grill, and lots of like small wares, just that type of stuff.   "We also have a liquor license for Berkshire Catering Co. that's separate from our other

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North Adams Planners Pushing for Action on Gas Station
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:08PM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Planning Board is asking the City Council to address the long defunct gas station at the corner of Canal and North Eagle Streets.    Planners Lynn Ritland Bond and Kyle Hanlon brought up the eyesore at 140 Eagle St. — not for the first time — as a continuing enforcement problem at Monday's board meeting.   The former BP gas station has been closed and fenced off for years. It had continued to operate as a kiosk for several years after the gas was shutoff until it was found to be out of compliance with its permit.    The lot is owned by Boon Properties LLC of New Hyde Park, N.Y., which purchased that property and the

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BRPC Seeks Input On Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
11:00AM / Wednesday, October 19, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is seeking public comment on a draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Berkshire County, which will be in effect from 2023 through 2027.   The CEDS is a coordinated regional planning process that documents current economic conditions, identifies priority economic development projects, and sets goals and strategies for the upcoming 5-year period. Two previous CEDS have been published for Berkshire County, in 2011 and 2017. The 2023 edition will include an expanded Resiliency Planning chapter, as well as an overview of COVID-19 impacts on unemployment rates and labor force statistics.   The

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BHS grows its healthcare workforce through unique "talent pipeline" program.
09:25AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022
In a decisive move to address staffing challenges and continue to build a skilled healthcare workforce right here in the Berkshires, that county's largest employer, Berkshire Health Systems, has launched a series of workforce development pipeline programs that are opening new career paths for hundreds of nursing assistants, medical assistants, licensed practical nurses and registered nurses. Even more importantly, the creation of those skilled jobs will expand and deliver vital healthcare services to patients and communities throughout the region.   Particularly in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals, healthcare networks, primary care providers and medical

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Should You Consolidate Retirement Accounts?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:00AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022

One of the rewards for working over several decades is the ability to contribute to tax-advantaged retirement accounts, which can help provide needed income for you when you do retire. As the years went by, you may well have accumulated several retirement accounts, such as IRAs and 401(k)s or similar employer-sponsored plans. But you might find it advantageous to consolidate these accounts with a single provider.

Consolidating them can provide you with several potential benefits, including these:

Less confusion and clutter – If you have multiple accounts in different locations, it may be difficult to keep track of tax documents, statements, fees, disclosures and other

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MCLA Returning to Pre-pandemic Patterns, In-class Instruction
By Brian Rhodes,
05:07AM / Tuesday, October 18, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA president James Birge said students are mostly doing well to start the new school year, after two-and-a-half years of remote or hybrid instruction.   "I think all of us know that the pandemic hasn't disappeared. It's in an endemic stage, and so there's a little bit of disease, but generally, the people that I've encountered seem really excited to be back," he said. "Really happy to be sitting with people and not necessarily online."   Birge updated the school's Board of Trustees on the beginning of the semester at its meeting on Thursday. He said the college is starting to return to more familiar patterns,

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