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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


American Legion Post 125 Honors the Four Chaplains
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
12:08PM / Monday, February 06, 2023
NORTH ADAMS Mass. — The Northern Berkshire veteran community acknowledged the "Four Chaplains," marking the 80th anniversary of their heroics and sacrifice during the sinking of the SS Dorchester during World War II.   Dozens gathered in the American Legion ON Sunday to pay tribute to the four Army chaplains who who died rescuing civilian and military personnel as SS Dorchester, an American troop ship, sank on Feb. 3, 1943   "This service is a tribute to those courageous chaplains and the 672 brave young men who lost their lives on that fateful night," said American Legion Post 125 Commander Mitchell Kiel. "Further, this ceremony honors all those who


SVHC Weekly Health Update: Feb. 3
08:25AM / Monday, February 06, 2023

February 3, 2023

Taking a Stand Against Workplace Violence

Every day, hundreds of thousands of healthcare workers across the country go to work with the goal of helping others. Due to a growing disturbing trend, far too many of them have a question on their mind: will I be


Clarksburg Elementary Working on Student Opportunity Act Plan
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:30AM / Monday, February 06, 2023

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Clarksburg Elementary School hopes to provide more student intervention with the district's Student Opportunity Act plan. 


Tara Barnes, director of pupil services for the Northern Berkshire School Union, spoke with the committee about the plan, which the department of elementary and secondary education requires each district to do. The goal is for districts to provide evidence-based programming for struggling student groups. 


"Ultimately, you have to approve the plan that we submit as a district in an official meeting. So I hope by the next meeting that we have a plan for you to review," she said. 


Barnes said the


Winterfest Seeking Participants for Chowder Cook-off and Artisan Market
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:09PM / Sunday, February 05, 2023
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — North Adams Tourism is bringing back a community favorite — the Chowder Cook-off — for this years Winterfest on Saturday, Feb. 18.    Only two contestants had signed up for cook off when iBerkshires spoke with organizers last week: Italian restaurant Grazie and Clarksburg Elementary School. The cookoff has featured a dozen or more in the past so businesses and organizations are encouraged to participate.    Interested in showing off your chowder recipe? Sign up for the competition by Monday here.    Festivalgoers will be able sample these recipes from noon until 2 p.m. at Terra Nova Church's The


Mural Honoring Community Contributors Unveiled at North Adams Armory
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
06:06PM / Saturday, February 04, 2023

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Well over a hundred people filled the basketball court at the Armory on Saturday to see the unveiling of a mural commissioned by the North Adams Youth Basketball League, honoring the history of the community and the building itself.

"This has morphed into something way bigger than the initial thought," said NAYBL board member Mark Moulton, who presented the finished mural to the crowd Saturday afternoon.

The mural honors six people whom Moulton said contributed to the league and youth sports in North Adams: state Rep. and former Mayor John Barrett III, Bernard "Bucky" Bullett, John Gaudreau, Caleb Jacobbe, Jim Shaker and Gene Wein. Local


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