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Ham Radio Operators Will Be On the Air for National Field Day Drill
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:03PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — This weekend, for 24 hours, more than 26,000 ham radio operators will be on the air in an annual exercise testing their abilities to keep a communications system up and running in an emergency.    Locally, up to 20 or so members of the Northern Berkshire Amateur Radio Club will be set up at the old airfield in Windsor to join the nationwide Field Day event.    "I feel it's very important because it lets the operator get to know their equipment better. It lets you run into real-world problems that could happen, like say if we had an emergency event, a radio goes down or an antenna breaks, things that we can do to fix them in the field,"

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SVHC Honors the SVMC ICU Team with DAISY Team Award
01:32PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), was the recipient of the DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses in May.    The department was nominated in a heartfelt message from a patient recovering from an overdose.   The nominator wrote, "I would just like to sincerely thank all the staff on the floor for taking the best possible care of me. Each nurse and LNA showed me so much empathy and gratitude, love, and respect. Each nurse had so much to bring to the table and, in combination, gave me the best care I've ever had. [It was] a judgement-free zone,

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Weekend Outlook: Pride Nights, Fundraisers, Fairs, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:41PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this hot sunny weekend including pride nights, fundraising events, museum activities, and more.    North Adams PRIDE Night Friday, June 24, Mass MoCA   North Adams holds second annual Pride night this Friday at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art to recognize the 1969 Stonewall riots and raise awareness of equality for the LGBTQIA-plus community.    The event will be held at 6 p.m. in courtyard A at Mass MoCA and will be free and open to the public. There will be performances by Boxxa Vine and local drag queens Vuronika Baked and Jackie Leggs and attendees can purchase cocktails and food from Chingon Taco Truck

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Individuals Indicted In North Adams Shooting and Clarksburg Homicide
08:33AM / Friday, June 24, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A grand jury returned indictments related to a shooting in North Adams on Feb. 19, which injured two people, and a murder in Clarksburg on Feb. 23.   Paul Starbird and Keith Larrabee, both of North Adams, were indicted in the shooting. Starbird, 20, and Larrabee, 27, are currently being held without the right to bail on District Court charges. The court arraigned Larrabee on Thursday and will arraign Starbird on June 29.   Starbird is facing two counts of armed assault with intent to murder and single counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, illegal possession of a firearm, and illegal possession of a loaded firearm. Larrabee is

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Warren, Neal Looking Into North Adams Flood Control Chutes
05:06AM / Friday, June 24, 2022
  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city's congressional delegation is taking notice of the 70-year-old flood chutes that contain the Hoosic River.    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be in North Adams on Friday afternoon to view the failing panels in the Willow Dell section and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal has a $200,000 earmark in a House appropriations bill for a study on upgrading the system.   The city has requested the U.S. Army Corps to conduct a feasibility study on this system.   The Hoosic River Basin Flood Control System was constructed in the 1940s and 1950s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prevent the destruction and loss of life in North Adams after

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SVHC Summer Gala Raises Record Funds
12:35PM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Summer Gala—the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation's signature fundraising event was held for the first time in two years on the evening of June 11 at the Hubbell Homestead in Bennington.    The event hosted more than 400 people and raised more than $450,000. This is the highest amount ever raised at an SVHC event, according to SVHC. Funds raised will support the Vision 2020 project to renovate and expand the Emergency Department and  Regional Cancer Center.   "The outpouring of support for our hospital and the exceptional physicians, nurses, and staff was incredibly inspirational," said SVHC's Vice

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Mayor: Greylock School Still in the Mix for MSBA Project
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:28AM / Wednesday, June 22, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The closure of Greylock School isn't a done deal, says Mayor Jennifer Macksey.    The mayor made the comments during Tuesday's School Building Committee, during which it unanimously voted to go with TSKP Studio as the designer for the Brayton/Greylock school project.    "I think out of the gate when we started this project, it was before my time, everybody kind of jumped the gun a little bit and thought Greylock was going to be the one to close but that decision has not been made," she said. "And quite frankly, under my administration, I'm not sure that that will be a decision that will be made."   The city

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St. Stan's Students Shown How to Fold American Flag
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:00PM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Members of the American Legion Post 125 visited St. Stanislaus School recently to show students how to properly fold a special flag that was flown over the Capitol.   "It is a special flag," student Abbey Little said at the June 10 presentation.   Abbey said she and some classmates had attended the funeral for Officer William "Billy" Evans in 2021.   Evans, a member of the U.S. Capitol Police, was killed on April 2, 2021, when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol. Evans was a Clarksburg native and attended local schools. His funeral was held at St. Stanislaus Church.   Abbey said one of the

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BART Announces Junior Book Awards
11:28AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
ADAMS, Mass — Berkshire Arts and Technology (BArT) Charter Public School presented Junior Book Awards during a ceremony on Friday, June 17 at an all-school assembly.   The recipients follow:   The Saint Anselm College Book Award goes to a junior who exercises a capacity for academic achievement and qualities in the areas of civic engagement and social responsibility. This award goes to Josiah Hylton.   The RIT Award is given to a junior or juniors who demonstrate high academic promise. The awardee will receive a waived application fee and a $32,000 scholarship ($8,000 annually) if they are accepted for admission to an RIT BS/BFA program, and enroll full-time in the fall

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Strengthen your 'three-legged stool' for retirement
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:05AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
For many years, Americans provided for their retirement needs through three sources: employer-sponsored pension plans, Social Security income, and savings and investments accumulated through employer plans or individual accounts – the so-called "three-legged stool." But today, that stool is shakier than it used to be. What can you do to strengthen it?   To begin with, all three legs of the stool are facing challenges. Let's consider them:   Employer pensions – A generation ago, workers employed in many companies could count on a set monthly pension income to help them through their retirement years. Today, pensions – also known as defined benefit

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Vaping: The Hidden Danger in Plain Sight
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09:20AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022
These days, it's hard to go anywhere without encountering someone using a vaping device.   Often called "e-cigs," "jules," "vapes," "vape pens," or "ENDS" (electronic nicotine delivery systems), these battery-operated devices deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other chemicals in the form of an aerosol that users inhale.   While vaping devices may look harmless—some are even designed to look like everyday objects, including pens, USB drives, watches, and markers—the risk they pose is very real and especially dangerous for youth.   Danger in disguise According to Dare Chammings, director of the Alliance for

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NBCC Celebrates 36 Years, Recognizes Staff & Volunteers at Annual Meeting
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:01AM / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Mary Morrison of Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity was this year's North Berkshire Hero. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition on Friday celebrated 36 years of empowering the community.    This year alone, it's engaged nearly 800 residents and stakeholders in seeking solutions to social issues, collaborated with more than 150 organizations, given out 191 backpacks filled with supplies to schoolchildren, served nearly 300 youth in teen programming, and offered leadership training, and family and parenting programs for hundreds.    "It's hard not to be thoughtful about all that

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