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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Jan 13
04:26PM / Sunday, January 15, 2023

January 13, 2023

#8 in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge

Physical Therapy Assistant Jason Howland, PTA, of SVMC Outpatient Therapy delivers the last challenge in SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday Challenge. Post your progress on social media with

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Gabriel Abbott Memorial Student Recognized for Service Leadership
10:31AM / Sunday, January 15, 2023

FLORIDA, Mass. — Lael Pavlak, an eighth grader from Gabriel Abbott Memorial School was recently selected as Florida's 2023 Project 351 Ambassador for her ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. 

According to a press release, Project 351 is a non-profit organization that empowers a youth-led movement for change powered by an eighth-grade student representing every city and town in Massachusetts.

"Lael is a student that is always concerned about how she can help others. She was just a natural choice to be Project 351 ambassador," said Tim Rougeau, Lael's English and Social Studies teacher.

On Jan. 14, Pavlak will unite with

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Carpenter, Framingham State Top MCLA
10:23PM / Saturday, January 14, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Katty Haidul scored 18 points, and Mount Everett graduate Gwen Carpenter passed out four assists Saturday to lead the Framingham State women's basketball team to a 69-43 win over MCLA.   Hailey Peabody scored 14 points to lead the Trailblazers (3-12, 0-3 MASCAC), who go to Salem State on Wednesday.   Men's Basketball NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Noah Yearsley scored 24 points to lead MCLA to a 64-60 win over Framingham State.   Mamadou Diallo had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Trailblazers (6-7, 2-1), who go to Salem State on Wednesday.

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Small Business Administration Offers Veteran Certification Program
11:40AM / Saturday, January 14, 2023

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration began accepting applications through the Veteran Small Business Certification (VetCert) program as part of the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to expanding access to resources for Veterans and other underserved populations. 

The improvements in the customer experience for Veteran entrepreneurs and business owners made by VetCert will build upon the $25 billion in government contract spending with service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses in fiscal 2021. 

"The SBA's new Veteran small business certification program is designed with our commitment to

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MCLA Panel to Explore Art, Race, Nationality and Gender
10:55AM / Friday, January 13, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Arts & Culture (MAC) will host a panel discussion, "Modes of Relationship," focused on art, race, nationality, and gender on Jan. 26, 2023, with artist-in-residence WANG Chen and Mikayla Patton, artist-in-residence at The Studios at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA).     The discussion will take place at 5 p.m. at the MCLA Design Lab on 49 Main St. The event is free and open to the public.     The panelists will reflect on the contemporary art world that insists on the ideas of authenticity and identity in their work. The discussion will be moderated by Dr.

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Flu Shots Still Available at Big Y Pharmacies
08:11AM / Friday, January 13, 2023
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y Pharmacy and Wellness Centers have administered over 30,000 flu shots this year, a record number for the chain.    Health officials continue to make another urgent push to encourage the public to get vaccinated. In the US, this flu season has been one of the most significant in recent memory with nearly 20 million illnesses, 210,000 hospitalizations and 13,000 deaths from flu so far, according to CDC estimates. Experts say it's not too late to get vaccinated. Each Big Y Pharmacy location still offers flu vaccines, no appointment is necessary.   In addition to their flu vaccinations that continue to increase daily, Big Y Pharmacies have

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
02:02PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023

The Rev. King waves to the hundreds of thousands gathered on the Washington Mall in 1963 when he gave the 'I Have a Dream' speech.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 16. It is a federal holiday to commemorate the birthday of the civil rights activist born Jan. 15, 1929. It is observed on the third Monday in January.

King, a Baptist minister, led the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s by espousing nonviolent protest. His best-known address, the "I Have a Dream" speech, was given in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to a crowd of 250,000 who participated in the March on Washington. The 1964 Nobel Prize winner was

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BMC North Adams Campus Renal Dialysis Nurse Earns DAISY Award
01:46PM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center (BMC) Renal Dialysis nurse Michael Tessier, RN, has received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.    Tessier, who serves in the Renal Dialysis Center at the North Adams Campus of BMC, was honored for the compassion and above and beyond care he provided for a Renal patient who was facing end of life, according to a press release.   According to one of the nominations submitted for Tessier, "Recently a patient who receives dialysis in North Adams was

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Regional Lawmaker See Possibilities in Northern Tier Passenger Rail
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:57AM / Thursday, January 12, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Western Mass lawmakers say a $2 billion price tag for passenger rail across the Northern Tier isn't high compared to past projects and would be a significant economic boost to a region long ignored.     Preliminary estimates to develop the passenger line between North Adams and Boston is estimated between $1 billion and $2 billion (in 2027 dollars) over a three- to five-year period.    "When I see an investment of $2.1 billion compared to what we have put into roads and bridges and all the other things that would improve access on our roadways to get to Boston or the eastern part of the state, this to me is a very small

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North Adams Bridge to Be Dedicated to Slain Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans
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05:25PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Among the last bills signed by outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker was an order dedicating a bridge on Route 2 for the late Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans.   The bill filed by state Rep. John Barrett III will designate the Greylock bridge near West's Variety as the William F. Evans Memorial Bridge.    Evans, 41, was killed in the line of duty on April 2, 2021, when a man rammed his car into at a barrier on the north side of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., then got out and lunged at officers with a knife. He was a city native who later grew up in Clarksburg and graduated from Drury High School in 1998. He was buried in Bellevue Cemetery in

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BRPC to Receive $50K National Endowment for the Arts Grant
01:35PM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) announced it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to receive a Grants for Arts Projects award of $50,000.    This grant will support the Creative Compact for Collaborative and Collective Impact (C4) Initiative. This grant is one of 1,251 Grants for Arts Projects awards totaling nearly $28.8 million that were announced by the NEA as part of its first round of fiscal year 2023 grants.   "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts projects in communities nationwide," said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. "Projects such as this one strengthen

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North Adams Receives $629K State Grant for Violence Prevention
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:55AM / Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Top, Councilors Marie T. Harpin and Jennifer Barbeau pull the new seating assignments for the year. Below left, Lisa Blackmer is sworn in as council president again and, right, Bryan Sapienza takes the oath as the new vice president.    NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is the recipient of a $629,000 violence prevention grant through the state's Strong Communities Initiative.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey announced the grant from the Executive Office of Health and Human Services during her update at Tuesday's City Council meeting.   "This provides a great opportunity for us to provide collaborations in things that are very, very

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