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MCLA Theatre to Perform Experimental Show 'The Left Hand of Darkness'
10:00AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Theatre will debut "The Left Hand of Darkness" this weekend as a developmental workshop in conjunction with Associate Professor of Theatre, Laura Standley, her directing students, and the Theatre Lab.     The show dates are Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Dec. 3 at 8 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. in MCLA's Venable Theatre.    "The Left Hand of Darkness" is a developmental workshop adaptation of the 1969 novel by Ursula K. Le Guin.   "In Brown's book, she talks about being inspired by science fiction to develop her strategies because of how it presents 'more viable

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SVHC Physician Aims for the Olympics
08:46AM / Thursday, December 01, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Ivette Guttmann, MD, a sports medicine physician with SVMC Orthopedics, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) in Bennington, has something in common with the best athletes in the world; she has a dream to make it to the Olympic Games.    Her hope is to serve the athletes as a volunteer physician.   "I am an athlete at heart, and the Olympics is something I have always aspired to," Guttmann said. "While I didn't make it to the Olympics as an athlete, I hope to be able to use my skills as a physician to serve Team U.S.A."   As a first step, Dr. Guttmann will serve as a

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McCann Honor Roll
12:02PM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School's first quarter honor roll.   High Honors  Abuisi, Nicholas 2023 Belanger, Vivianna 2023 Belisle, Camryn 2023 Blanchard, Seth 2023 Booth, Collin 2023 Boyer, Molly 2023 Canales, Samantha 2023 Champney, Isabella 2023 Ciempa, Erin 2023 Covello, Vincenzo 2023 DeBenedetto, Noah 2023 Demers, Owen 2023 Diesz, Christopher 2023 Durocher, Cameron 2023 Durocher, Madeline 2023 Gamari, Alexis 2023 Gamari, Renae 2023 Gaylord, Zachary 2023 Girard, Alexander 2023 Glasier, Emily 2023 Gwozdz, Mireille 2023 Hartwig, Josephine 2023 Hayer, Addison 2023 Kipp, George 2023 Lake, Matthew 2023 Lennon, Keira 2023 Liang, Ivan 2023 Livsey, Aaron

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MCLA Men Beat Russell Sage
MCLA Sports Information,
09:00AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Noah Yearsley scored 24 points and Dylan Morris-Gray and Jayden Mills each scored 15 as MCLA defeated Russell Sage on Tuesday at the Amsler Campus Center, 73-66.   The Trailblazers (4-5) entered the second half with a slim 34-33 lead and would stretch that lead to 46-37 just three minutes in on a Morris-Gray jumper which forced a Sage timeout.     MCLA was able to hold a narrow advantage for the next 10 minutes but a steal and subsequent layup by Todd Williamson gave Sage (2-4) the lead at 55-54 with 7:46 left in the game.    In addition to his game-high 24 points Yearsley also grabbed 12 boards. Mamadou Diallo was also a huge factor on

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Samantha Kaftan Joins SVMC ExpressCare
08:33AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) welcomes Physician Assistant Samantha Kaftan, PA-C, to SVMC ExpressCare and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Kaftan earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She received a bachelor's in biology from the University of Dallas in Texas. She is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants.   Most recently, Kaftan has worked as a physician assistant in the Emergency Department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. She also worked as a physician assistant in Hospital Medicine at CHI

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BHS, CHP Urge Parents to Protect Children from RSV Virus
08:00AM / Wednesday, November 30, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and Community Health Programs (CHP) released a press release urging parents to take preventive measures to protect their children against seasonal respiratory illnesses, particularly the surging respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).     With flu season emerging and COVID-19 persisting, the risk of triple-virus exposure – especially for very young children – is straining hospitals and pediatric healthcare providers across the U.S., Massachusetts and the Berkshires.      In Massachusetts, the five-week average of RSV cases detected by PCR test was 4.4 on March 19, 2022. By Nov. 12, however, that

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North Adams Restaurant Has to Reapply for Alcohol License
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:48PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Desperados restaurant won't be able to serve alcohol until it gets a new license under its new ownership.    Former owner Peter Oleskiewicz and new manager Chris Bonnivier had been scheduled to discuss the transition situation with the License Commission on Tuesday but Commissioner Rosemari Dickinson informed her colleagues that the restaurant's license had been turned in.    "Mr. Oleskiewicz hand-walked his license to surrender to us yesterday," Dickinson said at Tuesday's meeting. "So the license is no longer. He voluntarily surrendered it."   Since the property no longer has a valid license, the alcohol

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Five Berkshire Communities Get Police Body-Camera Grants
03:09PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is one of five Berkshire communities receiving a total of $436,000 in funding for body-worn cameras through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.    The grant program awarded $2,494,752.40 in fiscal 2023 to a total of 32 municipal departments across Massachusetts to implement or expand body-worn camera programs.     Every department that applied for this year's grant program received either full or partial funding through a competitive application process administered by the Office of Grants and Research.   Both Berkshire cities received funding, with North Adams being granted $94,492 and Pittsfield,

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North County Communities Close to Hiring Shared HR Director
By Brian Rhodes,
02:00PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ADAMS, Mass. — The town is close to picking a candidate for a grant-funded human resources director, which will split time between Adams, North Adams and Williamstown. 

 

The Board of Selectmen's Personnel Sub-committee met on Monday to discuss the position and several other personnel matters. In March, the three communities received a $100,000 grant from the state's Community Compact Cabinet Efficiency and Regionalization program to fund the position. 

 

Town Administrator Jay Green said two candidates were interviewed for the job, with expectations to make a formal offer to one of them soon, pending final approval from officials in North

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COLA is sweet for Social Security recipients
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:05PM / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
If you receive Social Security, you've probably already heard that your checks in 2023 will be bigger – considerably bigger, in fact. How can you make the best use of this extra money?   Here's what's happening: For 2023, there's an 8.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits – the largest increase in 40 years. Also, the monthly Medicare Part B premiums are declining next year, to $164.90/month from $170.10/month, which will also modestly boost Social Security checks for those enrolled in Part B, as these premiums are automatically deducted.   Of course, the sizable COLA is due to the high inflation of 2022, as the Social

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Voting Underway for Best Holiday Lights in North Adams
10:46AM / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Chamber (NAC) of Commerce announces the beginning of community voting on the best holiday lights and window displays created by businesses throughout the city.   As part of the LumiNAMA holiday lights initiative running now through Jan. 1, any North Adams resident can vote for their favorite holiday lights display at nachamber.org/luminama or by scanning the QR code on any LumiNAMA poster posted by local businesses.     Businesses were asked to register their holiday lights and/or window displays by Nov. 18 to be considered for an award. Those who registered are being considered for the following awards: Brightest Lights, Best

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Grace Hallenbeck Joins SVMC Pownal Campus and SVMC Cardiology
08:30AM / Tuesday, November 29, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), welcomes Grace Hallenbeck, DNP, FNP, a family nurse practitioner, to the SVMC Pownal Campus, SVMC Cardiology, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.    Hallenbeck will divide time between the Cardiology practice and the Pownal practice.   Hallenbeck completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Maryland. She has worked as a nurse in the SVMC Emergency Department since 2019 and previously in the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Ann and

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