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News and events in North Adams, Mass.

SVHC Welcomes Local Midwives to SVMC OB/GYN
10:45AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes Certified Nurse Midwives Kim Griffin, CNM, and Amy Kranick, CNM, MSN, to SVMC OB/GYN and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    "Women at every stage of life need expert guidance for managing their health care and understanding their options," said SVMC's Chair of the Department of Obstetrics Kimberley Sampson. "I am delighted to expand our team by welcoming Kim and Amy."   The two had been partners in Women's View Midwifery and Women's Health, which was located in the Medical Office Building on the SVMC campus in Bennington. Their former practice's patients


Better Bennington February Pop Up Shop
08:43AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Better Bennington Corporation's next pop up is this coming weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, February 10 - 12, from 11 am - 5 pm.    The number of vendors has increased to a total of 17  over the weekend. the shops will be located at at 341 Main Street across from the W-Collective.   The current list of vendors includes:  A Crooked Barn Charcuterie, Crazy Creations, Lodestar Lights, Deb Higgins Art, Boho Folk-Furniture Reimagined, Divine Spirit, Js Grass Fed Garden, Threat Neutralized Bakery, Wicked Sniffer Products, 802 Vintage Boutique, Anchors Away Boutique, Highland Farm, M&J's Taste of Home (Sweets), Caroline's


MCLA Green Living Seminar Series: 'GDP is Gross, Wellbeing is Better'
08:28AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Eric Miller, Director of Ecological Footprint Initiative at York University, will give a talk titled "GDP is Gross, Wellbeing is Better" at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.    The presenter will attend via zoom.      As part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public.    About Eric Miller    Eric Miller is the Director of the Ecological Footprint Initiative, Footprint Data Foundation (FoDaFo) Secretary-Treasurer, and Course Director at York University. Miller manages multiple projects and partnerships


Candidates Sought for North Adams School Committee Vacancy
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:46AM / Thursday, February 09, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Committee is seeking applicants to fill an unexpired term for the next 10 months.    A joint meeting of the committee and the City Council will vote on the applicants at a special meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey, chair of the School Committee, told the panel on Tuesday that it would be "an all call for a letter of interest for people who are interested in joining our fantastic committee."   The vacancy was caused by the resignation of Joshua Vallieres, who was elected in 2021 to complete the last two years of a four-year term. In the meantime, he was appointed as city clerk last July,


Guest Column: Quit Smoking for Valentine's Day
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
02:00PM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant, on this Valentine's Day consider taking the first step toward quitting smoking, vaping or using other tobacco. 1-800-QUIT-NOW has a special incentive for you — pregnant Massachusetts residents can receive up to $65 on a Mastercard gift card when they participate in its free coaching services.

In the program for pregnant people, you can receive up to nine coaching calls with the same quit coach as well as text messages, email support and materials. When you quit, your body becomes safer and healthier for your developing baby's brain and lungs, and what a gift that is. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or visit for


SVHC Enacts New Workplace Violence Policy
08:32AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has implemented a new Zero Tolerance Policy for its hospital campus, medical office building and offsite practices.   The policy and communications plan is a proactive approach detailing what actions and language are not tolerated to address the workplace violence trend currently occurring at healthcare institutions across the United States.        The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports that 44 percent of nurses report an increase in incidence of physical violence in the workplace since the pandemic and 68 percent report an increase in verbal abuse. In fact, an analysis by Press Ganey found


Berkshire County Edward Jones Accepts Limited Partnership Offers
08:21AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Rob Adams, an Edward Jones financial advisor in North Adams, accepted an invitation to become a limited partner, while Patricia Kolis, a senior branch office administrator, accepted an invitation to increase her holdings in The Jones Financial Companies, L.L.L.P., the holding company for the St. Louis-based financial services firm.   "I am honored to be invited to become a limited partner in the firm," said Adams. "I value working at a firm with such a strong sense of purpose -- to make a positive difference for our clients, colleagues and community."   "I couldn't agree more," Kolis said. "I've always enjoyed


North Adams Committee Advises Splitting Short-Term Rental Measure
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:19AM / Wednesday, February 08, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The General Government Committee is recommending that the short-term rental ordinance be split so that registration, regulations, fees and enforcement fall under the Building Code and the definitions and restrictions in location under the Zoning Ordinances.    The vote was on the advice of the city solicitor and Administrative Officer Katherine Eade, who sectioned off the ordinance.    "She did an excellent job and she did a very short amount of time with one back to city solicitor again who said no, this is about as good as it gets," said Wilkinson. "It's a very good starting point. In fact, this may be something that other


Some Snow and Ice on the Way
12:16PM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
The US National Weather Service has released a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 7 pm Tuesday, Feb. 7,  morning to 1 am Wednesday morning.   Expect mixed precipitation with snow and sleet accumulation of up to one inch. Ice accumulation should be a light glaze.   Precipitation will start as a mix of snow and rain, transitioning into sleet mixing with freezing rain. Precipitation will taper off into a drizzle towards midnight Tuesday.   Plan for slippery road conditions   Temperatures will be warmer in the 40s on Tuesday and Wednesday.   On Thursday, Feb. 9, Accuweather predicts some snow without a significant accumulation. There will be a high of


McCann Quarter Two Honor Roll
10:49AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023

High Honors 

Abuisi, Nicholas 2023

Ames, Ian 2023

Belisle, Camryn 2023

Booth, Collin 2023

Boyer, Molly 2023

Braman, Noah 2023

Champney, Isabella 2023

Ciempa, Erin 2023

Covello, Vincenzo 2023

DeBenedetto, Noah 2023

Durocher, Cameron 2023

Gamari, Alexis 2023

Gamari, Renae 2023

Girard, Anastasia 2023

Glasier, Emily 2023

Hartwig, Josephine 2023

Hayer, Addison 2023

Kipp, George 2023

Lake, Matthew 2023

LaSalle, Julia 2023

Lennon, Keira 2023

Liang, Ivan 2023

Livsey, Aaron 2023

Livsey, Joshua 2023

Loughman, Thomas 2023

Marsh, Catryna 2023

McGrath, Lucan 2023

McGrory, Daniel 2023

Medon, Ryan 2023

Meehan, Lillian 2023

Modena, Devon 2023

Moran, Cordelia 2023

Morin, Max 2023

Mroz, Lauren


Could you cope with long-term care costs?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:49AM / Tuesday, February 07, 2023
We all want to stay healthy and live independently throughout our retirement years. Unfortunately, that won't be possible for some of us, so it's a good idea to be prepared for health-related challenges — such as the need for long-term care.   As you may know, long-term care covers a variety of services, ranging from occasional visits from a home health aide to full-time residency in a nursing home. But while these types of care may vary in duration and intensity, they all have one thing in common — they're expensive. Genworth, an insurance company, reports these median annual costs: Over $100,000 for a private room in a nursing home Over $60,000 for the


Stuff & Things: Feb. 6
Staff Reports,
05:51PM / Monday, February 06, 2023
No Gilded Gramaphone This Year   Local hopes were high that Pittsfield native Matt Cusson would bring home a Grammy on Sunday but it was not to be.    Cusson had been nominated for his arrangement of the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love" for a cappella group Kings Return. He lost to John Beasley, who was nominated for his arrangement of Charlie Parker's "Scrapple from the Apple."   This was Cusson's first nomination and he was up against prior Grammy nominees and winners. He told iBerkshires that it felt surreal to get his first nomination. 'I'm glad, obviously, beyond glad it happened win or lose," he


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