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Galanie Leads SteepleCats to Fourth Win
09:41AM / Saturday, June 25, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Ryan Galanie hit a game-tying double and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th Friday as the North Adams SteepleCats defeated Ocean State, 6-5.   Tyler Epstein went 3-for-4 and scored a run. Hunter Pasqualini was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run.   Cooper Omans and Nate Beal combined to throw six innings of one-run ball.   North Adams (4-11) goes to Danbury on Saturday.

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North Adams Library Reading Room Dedicated to Longtime Friend Gooch
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:09AM / Saturday, June 25, 2022

Lynne Blake talks about her mother, a longtime secretary of the Friends of the North Adams Public Library. The reading room has new wallpaper, rugs and furniture thanks to a donation from Gooch's estate. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Evelyn Gooch was a voracious reader who instilled her passion for reading in her children and grandchildren.    She'd send them several times a week to the library annex on Houghton Street to pick up books. Her daughter Lynne Blake recalled how they had to check the library cards to make sure her card number — X2820 — wasn't already stamped on them. She was greeted by the librarian one day with a stack of books from the main

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SVHC COVID Resource Center Will Discontinue Testing
04:10PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to decrease and the supply of rapid antigen tests has stabilized, the need for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing has declined dramatically.   Federal funding for centralized testing has ceased. In addition, most workplaces and travel destinations no longer require PCR testing. As a result, SVHC will discontinue offering PCR tests at the CRC at noon on Friday, July 1.   Employees of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) collected more than 110,000 COVID specimens at the COVID Resource Center (CRC) since January 2021.    "Our work to provide testing to the community was one of the greatest

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Cleveland Clinic's Chief Wellness Officer Emeritus
02:54PM / Friday, June 24, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic and leading health and wellness communicator, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly.    Viewers are invited to tune in at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The show will address the power of everyday choices in preventing disease and prolonging productive and enjoyable lives.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see the show on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on

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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 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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