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MCLA Information Sessions for Continuing Education, Graduate Programs
08:25AM / Monday, October 31, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Division of Graduate & Continuing Education (DGCE) will host information sessions for those interested in completing a Bachelor's Degree or pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA).    The 30-minute information sessions will be available in person and online in North Adams and Pittsfield.    The community is invited to the Nov. 1 information session at 5 p.m. remotely online only, Nov. 8 at 12 p.m. in Pittsfield at 66 Allen St., and Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. in North Adams, MCLA Eldridge Hall room 206, with optional remote registration for the latter two sessions.    MCLA's

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Veteran Spotlight: Army Lt. Col. Dorothy Courtemanche
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:31PM / Sunday, October 30, 2022
MASHPEE, Mass. — Dorothy "Dot" Courtemanche served her country in the Army as a nurse. She retired a lieutenant colonel after a marvelous 23-year career with assignments at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Cutler Army Hospital in Ayer, Walter Reed in Washington, D.C., and Fort Meade in Maryland.    Born in Dedham, she did her basic training at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., which received all orthopedic Vietnam War combat injuries.   Lt. Col. Courtemanche received her first assignment in Seoul, South Korea, at the 121st Evacuation Hospital.    "It was unbearably hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Many of us wrote home to ask our

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Oct. 28
09:28AM / Sunday, October 30, 2022

October 28, 2022

Medical Matters Weekly: Rheumatology in Southern

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Four North Adams Firefighters Graduate From State Academy
02:08PM / Friday, October 28, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four city firefighters graduated on Friday from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program.   Morgan Goodell, Michael Jordan, Mitchell Maselli and Ranen Rothman were among the 28 recruits in the class of S29 at the Springfield academy who represented 10 departments in Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Holden, Holyoke, Marlborough, North Adams, Northampton, Palmer, Southbridge and Springfield.   "First responders are on the frontlines protecting their communities, and these newest firefighters are needed now more than ever," said State Fire Marshal Ostroskey. "The rigorous professional training

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North Adams Spitzer Center Reopens After $800K Renovation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:43AM / Friday, October 28, 2022

The celebration included a luncheon in the expanded space. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The newly renovated Mary Spitzer Senior Center was celebrated on Thursday with a ribbon cutting and luncheon in the updated cafeteria.   "The city of North Adams, as you know, has always invested in our seniors. This opening is a true testament of this," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey after cutting a teal ribbon in the new meeting space with architect John McMillan, center Director Sandy Lamb, City Councilor Marie T. Harpin and state Rep. John Barrett III.   The 57-year-old building has a new roof, heating and ventilation system, electrical system, lighting, windows, floors,

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Clarksburg Gets $1M MassWorks Grant for Middle Road
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:17PM / Thursday, October 27, 2022
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The bumpy ride down Middle Road should be alleviated next year thanks to a $1 million MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant.    Gov. Charlie Baker announced the grant on Wednesday, part of the $143 million in grant awards disbursed in this round of which more than $12 million went to Berkshire County.    Town Administrator Carl McKinney and Select Board member Robert Norcross has attended the announcement at Berkshire Innovation Center in Pittsfield. McKinney said the award had been confirmed the week before.    "We were awarded a million dollars for the rehabilitation of Middle Road that will go from where Middle Road reaches

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SVHC Recognizes Nursing Advisory Council Leadership
01:38PM / Thursday, October 27, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The nurses of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), would like to acknowledge the inspired leadership of Bentley Munsell, BSN, RN, CEN, who has served as the chair of its Nursing Advisory Council (NAC) for the last three years and to welcome Deborah Mone, RN, as the incoming chair-elect for 2022 – 2023. The NAC works to advance nursing and nursing care across the health system. Mone will take on the role of chair in May 2023.   "We are so grateful for the astute leadership Bentley has offered to our nurses throughout the pandemic," said Pamela Duchene, APRN, PhD. "His ability to

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Adams Approves Nov. 15 Town Meeting Warrant
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:45AM / Thursday, October 27, 2022

ADAMS, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen has approved the Nov. 15 special town meeting warrant, which primarily serves to appropriate an additional $2.37 million in funding for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.

The board met briefly on Wednesday to approve the warrant, with the Finance Committee voting to recommend it in a meeting shortly after. Article 1 would appropriate the funding for the plant, as the town's bond counsel requires an additional two-thirds approval from town meeting.

Construction is already ongoing, as the project went out to bid earlier in the year.

"They're about 10 percent through. The project should be done by December of 2023. So

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North Adams Council OKs Land Sales to Abutters
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:18PM / Wednesday, October 26, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council endorsed the sale of a half-dozen vacant properties for 10 cents a square foot.   The total amount realized by the sales to abutters was $3,077; the properties together were assessed at $64,500, though those assessments likely date back before the city took them when some had buildings on them.   "I have been really working on focusing on getting as many parcels as we can back on the tax rolls," said Mayor Jennifer Macksey. "Our first attempt at this was to look at all the properties that we had and form an abutters sale. So these are properties that are owned by the city of North Adams."   The city in the past

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North Adams Endorses Funding for Flood Control Study
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:14AM / Wednesday, October 26, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday approved the appropriation of $500,000 to be used toward a feasibility study of the Hoosic River flood control chutes.   The funding is the city's share of the estimated $3 million study being done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which constructed the chutes in the 1950s.   "This is a pledge that the city of North Adams is behind this project," Mayor Jennifer Macksey told the City Council. "The majority of this a federal project which has been in process for many, many years. Since I've been in office, I have worked diligently with the Hoosic River [Revival] people to get the attention of the

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North Adams Chamber Announces LumiNAMA Holiday Lights Initiative
04:23PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Chamber of Commerce (NAC) announces the first citywide LumiNAMA holiday lights initiative to run from Nov. 23 to Jan. 1.    All businesses in North Adams are encouraged to create a window display and illuminate their windows with holiday lights from 4 pm to 8 pm daily, coinciding with the City's tree lighting ceremony on the evening of Nov. 23   "We believe businesses doing something as simple as hanging up some holiday lights will make shopping downtown for North Adams residents a little extra special this holiday season," said Chamber of Commerce President Glenn Maloney.    The LumiNAMA Downtown Holiday

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MCLA Education Department Offers MTEL Prep Courses
12:00PM / Tuesday, October 25, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Those interested in obtaining teacher licensure in Massachusetts are invited to register for the Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) preparation courses.     The courses will be held online on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 & 13, and cover Communication and Literacy and Foundations of Reading.   Communications and Literacy: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.   Foundations of Reading: 1 to 4 p.m.   Each semester the College's Education Department offers classes to prepare students for the MTEL. Each class will focus on a specific test and be taught by instructors

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