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SVMC Offers Expanded Childbirth Education Series Online
08:22AM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) will host an expanded childbirth education class online starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 22.   Parents-to-be are invited to register for the 4-week series at svhealthcare.org/Classes-Events. Each class is live, virtual, and interactive. The new format allows families to get a thorough introduction to the birthing experience from the comfort of their own homes.   "I am so excited to once again bring expectant parents and their support people together for these fun, interactive, and educational classes," said Jodi Henderson, the class's leader.

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BCC to Hold Virtual Commencement Ceremony
07:58AM / Thursday, March 25, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) plans to hold its 61st Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 4, via virtual broadcast.   With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing challenges to holding large gatherings, Tanglewood — the annual host of BCC's commencement ceremony — has made the difficult decision to not host certain gatherings at this time that may create a safety risk, including graduation ceremonies.   "The College understands and respects Tanglewood's decision, and we agree that we should continue to err on the side of caution with in-person gatherings," said Celia Norcross, Dean of Students. "We look forward to

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MCLA Sees COVID-19 Rise Linked to Ashland Street Apartments
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10:04PM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is dealing with the fallout of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Flagg Townhouse apartments.   On Tuesday, MCLA's vice president for strategic initiatives informed the campus community that the residence halls had been the source of eight positive COVID-19 tests over the last 10 days.   On Wednesday, the school moved to a "temporary targeted lockdown" of the Flagg townhouse, ordering its 242 residents to stay in place. MCLA also closed its fitness center and suspended all intercollegiate athletics until further notice.   Residents of the Ashland Street apartments will be required to participate in

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BRTA Receives MassDOT Funds
12:15PM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
BOSTON — The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) will receive $488,880  from MassDOT to continue the Evening Service Pilot program.   The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that $3.5 million in grants have been awarded to Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) across the Commonwealth that will be used to implement best practices and innovative services to benefit customers.   BRTA received $488,880 to continue the Evening Service Pilot program. Funds will allow the BRTA to continue evening services on Routes 1, 4 and 22, while adding evening service on Route 14, which connects several Environmental Justice communities in Pittsfield

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Vermont Educators and School Staff Receive COVID-19 Vaccines
10:34AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, which has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has been administered to more than 1,200 educators and school staff, largely from the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU), at Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics the last two Saturdays.    They were the first two of three clinics that will be held to ensure that educators and school staff are vaccinated, according to Vermont's vaccine rollout plan.   "It's really cool to see the joyous environment," Mount Anthony Union High School teacher Meaghan Morgan-Puglisi

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts
08:04AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Jason Seacat, professor of psychology at Western New England University, will give a talk titled "Promoting Recycling Behaviors in Massachusetts" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Seacat's major program of research explores the interplay of negative social stereotypes, stigmatization and personal health behaviors. As a social-health psychologist, he primarily

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North Adams Council OKs Hydrant Ordinance, Property Sales
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Wednesday, March 24, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A single line added to the city ordinances seems to have solved the debate over fire hydrant responsibility.   City Councilor Lisa Blackmer offered language that added the line "The construction, alteration, repair and care of public fire hydrants" to the list of duties and responsibilities of the commissioner of public services.   "We want to have this codified, we want to know who is taking care of the fire hydrants," she said at Tuesday's council meeting. "I thought since we have an ordinance that talks about the department of public services, and the powers and duties generally of the commissioner and it talks about the

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision
01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Workers set up a new public art installation, 'Bus Stop,' by Victoria Palermo as part of 2012 Downstreet Art. The functioning bus shelter will be used by patrons of the BRTA. A ribbon cutting will be held June 28.

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Going, Going ... Gone
by TunnelVision
11:49PM / Tuesday, January 03, 2012
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They were removing the letters at Staples on Tuesday, marking the closure of the office supply store in North Adams.

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North Adams City Council for 2012-13
by TunnelVision
12:25PM / Monday, January 02, 2012
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Here's the new City Council for the coming year.

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City Woman Wins Hometown Holidays Gift Basket
by TunnelVision
09:18PM / Thursday, December 22, 2011
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Jonathan Secor had some help in pulling the winning ticket. Congrats to Janet O'Neill of North Adams who won the big Hometown Holidays gift basket on Thursday. O'Neill won some $1,300 worth of gift certificates and merchandise.

The drawing could be entered by spending $50 downtown during the Thursday night Hometown Holiday events. Jonathan Secor of MCLA Gallery 51 said 62 people had entered the contest (including the editor of iBerkshires &mdash amazing how much cat toys cost nowadays).

Secor contacted O'Neill who  was excited and surprised at winning. "No, I'm not kidding," Secor assured her

We

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