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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Dec. 10
09:41AM / Monday, December 13, 2021
  December 10, 2021   Dr. Dobson Appears on

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BAAMS Welcomes New Faculty
09:11AM / Monday, December 13, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.— The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) Welcomed four new faculty members.   The growing nonprofit music school has offered both online and in-person music lessons for Berkshire youth.    Dario Boente: Track Production  Latin Grammy Nominee Argentinian born pianist and composer Dario Boente grew up in Argentina and Spain, immersed in the culture of tango and Jazz. He pursued his formal studies at Berklee School of Music (Boston), the Guildhall School of Music (London) and the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program (New York).   Dario has released 10 albums and compilations as a leader, featuring well-known

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Renovated Flood House in North Adams Ready to Give Shelter
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
03:51AM / Monday, December 13, 2021

Louison House Executive Director Kathy Keeser leads a tour of the house last week.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The holidays will be a little brighter for three families this year as they move into the renovated Flood House on Church Street.    The first family — a mother and her four children — were set to move in this past week to a second-floor apartment.    "There's a couple little things in a few places," said Louison House's Executive Director Kathy Keeser during a tour of the completed building for local officials last week. "Luckily upstairs, the one that's going to be for the one with the youngest family, she

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McCann Student Tyler Pettit Superintendent's Award Recipient
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
01:36PM / Sunday, December 12, 2021

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School student Tyler Pettit has received this year's Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award for Academic Excellence.

"This is the most delightful of evenings that we have in our community meetings," said Northern Berkshire Vocational School District Superintendent James Brosnan at the committee's Thursday meeting, where he presented Pettit with the award.    Pettit, a senior at McCann, is a straight-A student, plays for the school's lacrosse and hockey teams, and plans to major in pharmacy in college. Each of the state superintendents can choose one high school student to receive the award every

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MCLA Women Fall Just Short in Bid for First Win
MCLA Sports Information,
12:14PM / Sunday, December 12, 2021
LYNDON, Vt. -- The Lyndon State duo of Riann Fortin and Lea Crompton each scored 21 points and the Hornets went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final minute as they held off the stubborn MCLA Trailblazers, 69-65, in non league action on Saturday.   Lyndon (5-2) led the entire second half, but couldn't put MCLA (0-10 away. The Hornets led 36-27 at halftime and then 49-42 after three quarters of play. From there MCLA kept fighting back.   Maddie Teta, who scored a career best 18 points, pulled MCLA within a point at 55-54 with six minutes left to play. The Hornets responded by scoring the next six points to increase the margin to 61-54 with under two minutes

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Restrictions Return in Region as COVID-19 Cases Surge
By Stephen Dravis,
12:52PM / Friday, December 10, 2021
With COVID-19 cases surging throughout the Northeast, areas bordering Berkshire County are beginning to see increased restrictions in a post-Thanksgiving surge of the novel coronavirus.   On Friday afternoon, Bennington, Vt.'s, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center announced that it is suspending in-person visits for hospital patients beginning Monday, Dec. 13.   Earlier Friday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the state will require face coverings to be worn in all indoor public places unless the business or venue has a vaccine mandate in place, also effective on Monday.   "Caring for patients during a pandemic involves making difficult choices," said SVMC Chief

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SVMC Collects More Than 2,000 Pounds of Unwanted Drugs
12:49PM / Friday, December 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — In the 4 years since its installation in the main lobby of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, the MedSafe collection box has facilitated retrieval of 2,000 pounds of unwanted medications from homes and the street.    The specialized box is available to the public 24 hours each day.    The box looks like a mailbox, featuring a one-way medicine drop. It can be used to dispose of unused or expired controlled substances, non-controlled substances, and even over-the-counter medications.   Several features ensure security, including a double-locked front panel. Medications can be removed for disposal only when both a member of the Bennington

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Gencores Declared Winner of Lever's Berkshire Sustainability Challenge
12:42PM / Friday, December 10, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A panel of expert judges declared Gencores, Inc., the winner of Lever's Berkshire Sustainability Challenge on Dec. 3, for its ultra-high-performance foam cores, which can be manufactured at scale and help companies shed 900lb of steel per vehicle, increasing efficiency by 40 percent.    "We're super excited," said Gencores Founder and CEO Jules Thiery. "Everyone who gave a pitch at the Challenge was really strong. We're honored to be the winners and grateful to Lever and MassCEC for the funding and coaching."   Supported by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the Berkshire Sustainability Challenge also

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Road Test Applicants Will Need Own Vehicles
06:40PM / Thursday, December 09, 2021
BOSTON – The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) is informing learner's permit holders applying for a Massachusetts issued driver's license that all applicants will be required to supply their own vehicle for road testing beginning on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.    Due to the pandemic and health and safety protocols, since June of 2020, the RMV has deployed a fleet of Commonwealth-owned vehicles for road tests which were cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.  The use of these Commonwealth-owned vehicles will end on Dec. 31, 2021.    Applicants for a Class M, or Motorcycle license, will continue to supply their own motorcycle for testing.

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North Adams Businesses Hosting Gingerbread House Contest
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:38PM / Thursday, December 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Five downtown businesses are participating in the Gingerbread House Walk Contest and participants are encouraged to visit local stores and vote for their favorites.   "We hope to see all sorts of creative ideas of what a gingerbread house could be," organizer Keifer Gammell said. "Based on last year's entries, which were all very different and fantastic, we expect to see even more."   The event was first held last year. Emilee Yawn of the Plant Connector on Eagle Street hosted it. Gammell, who entered the contest last year, said he wanted to help organize the event this year.   "It was a sort of last minute idea to

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The Retired Investor: Holiday Spending Expected to Stay Strong
By Bill Schmick,
03:20PM / Thursday, December 09, 2021
Despite the recent scare caused by Omicron, the new novel coronavirus mutation, retailers are hoping consumers will continue spending in December 2021. I like that bet.   The National Retail Federation (NRF) is expecting a record holiday season totaling a take of between $843 billion and $859 billion in revenues throughout November 2021 and December 2021. That would be a record year for retailers such as Target, Walmart and Amazon.   Time is running out, however, given that we have less than three weeks to go until Christmas Day.   Remember, too, that the shopper began picking up gifts earlier than normal this year due to fears of continued supply chain shortages. Many

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North Adams Airport Advisory Panel Discusses Decision-Making Power
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:58AM / Thursday, December 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Airport Commission Advisory Panel continued its review of the airport rules and regulations and discussed how much power the airport manager should have.   The panel held a hybrid meeting Tuesday and as members worked their way through sections of the draft, they often paused to discuss where the airport manager fits into the decision making when it comes to day-to-day operations.   "The airport manager at every airport has the authority to do daily operations, and they make judgment calls on a day to day basis," panelist Trevor Gilman said. "If there is questionable opposition the airport commission does have overall authority

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