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State Awards $1.3 Billion in Loans and Grants to Fund Wastewater and Drinking Water Projects
12:37PM / Sunday, May 15, 2022
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that 183 projects across the Commonwealth are eligible to receive approximately $1.3 billion in low-interest-rate loans and grants to fund construction, planning and asset management projects designed to improve water quality, upgrade or replace aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and cut treatment plant energy use and costs.    These offerings include nearly $189 million in additional funding that Massachusetts expects to receive from federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and $100 million from American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds this year.   "Wastewater and drinking water facilities play a

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MCLA Holds First In-Person Commencement in Two Years for Class of 2022
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
01:59PM / Saturday, May 14, 2022

Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago gives the keynote address in the Amsler Campus Center. See more photos here.

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Commissioner of Higher Education Carlos Santiago applauded the new graduates of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts for completing their degrees despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

"At any other time, your achievement would simply be celebrated, which would be the end of it. But this is no ordinary time . . . You have succeeded in your quest amid the most convulsive circumstances that we can remember," Santiago said.  

Santiago was the keynote speaker at MCLA's 123rd commencement ceremonies on Saturday, receiving an

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SVHC Foundation Opens the Summer Gala Raffle
12:00PM / Friday, May 13, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — After a 2-year hiatus, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation's Summer Gala returns on June 11, 2022, at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead in Bennington.    Among the region's most anticipated charity events, the event includes an exciting raffle for more than $20,000 in prizes. Those interested should visit summergala.com to learn more and purchase tickets.   This year's Summer Gala raffle includes eight prizes: three cash prizes of up to $10,000, $5,000, and $2,500 each; gift certificates to the area's best restaurants, valued at $1,500; and packages featuring arts & culture experiences, local luxury products,

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North Adams Library Director to Leave Position
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:29AM / Friday, May 13, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo will move on from the position after three years.   "While I am leaving for an exciting opportunity closer to family, I am sorry to be leaving North Adams, especially just as the world appears to be getting back to some kind of normal," Sanfilippo said in an email exchange. "In the three years I've been here, the patrons, staff, Trustees, and the Friends of the Library have been nothing but welcoming and supportive. It is clear they are dedicated to this library and its mission. Mayors Bernard and Macksey have both offered a willing ear to our ideas and plans."   Sanfilippo was hired in 2019 after

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Drury High Students Stage Protest Against Roe v. Wade Overturn
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:20PM / Thursday, May 12, 2022

A student-organized protest lead by Jaycee Babbs at BArT Charter School walked out for about 10 minutes on Thursday morning. The students held signs and Babbs spoke about the importance of Roe v. Wade and thanked her classmates for participating. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students at two North County schools marched out of classs on Thursday to protest the likely overturn of Roe v. Wade.    Students from Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School in Adams walked out in the morning with signs and more than 125 Drury High School students left class to gather in front of the school at noon.    Holding signs that said "Girls Just Want to Have

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The SVHC Foundation Welcomes New Board Member
09:02AM / Thursday, May 12, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Jason Dohaney, of Williamstown, Mass, has joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation Board of Directors.   "Jason is deeply committed to the important causes in his community," said Bob Van Degna, Chair of the SVHC Foundation Board of Directors. "We are pleased that he has chosen to commit  his wealth of experience and valuable efforts to the SVHC Foundation in our mission to support health care within the regional communities we serve."   Dohaney is an investment advisor and has been with MountainOne Investments since 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from MCLA and his MBA from

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North Adams City Council Hopes to Find Resolution to Conflicts
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:09PM / Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Assistant City Clerk Joshua Vallieres with family and Mayor Jennifer Macksey after being sworn in on Tuesday. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A councilor's request to consider standards of conduct revealed some of the ongoing tensions in the City Council.   Councilor Jennifer Barbeau submitted a communication to her colleagues expressing concerns brought to her attention by constituents about "council conduct on the floor, on social media and in direct correspondence."   The section in the council's rules of order, No. 12, seemed outdated, she wrote, and suggested there should be guidelines for conflict resolution.    "It has become pretty

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NBYHL Ice Jam Fundraiser Concert
11:32AM / Wednesday, May 11, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League (NBYHL) is hosting a fundraising event at the Peter Foote Memorial Rink on Saturday, May 14.   The ice will be melted in order to host a night of country music to benefit NBYHL.   Local singer/songwriter CJ Field and Nashville recording artist Timmy Brown will be performing.     Food trucks and a bar will be provided by Bounti Fare   Doors open at 5 pm. The show starts at 6 pm.   Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.   The Peter Foote Memorial Rinks is located on 1267 South Church St.

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Clarksburg Student Council Planning Walk to School Options
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:06PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Student Council members listen to Lucy Friedman-Bell, right, of Safe Routes to School after making a presentation to the School Committee on Thursday. CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The Student Council is working with the state's Safe Routes to School program to encourage ways for students to walk and bike to the school.   Its first step is to encourage the middle school students to walk across Cooke Memorial Town Field and up the path to Clarksburg School this May.   "We're always trying to figure out how to utilize our trails in the area around our school more," said Principal Tara Barnes. "And these folks would like to propose something that would

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner
01:45PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Kathleen Cloud, RN, of the Emergency Department (ED), was the April recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).   "What patients notice most about Kat is her professional and caring manner. She knows how to make room, even during a very busy shift, for what matters most," said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, SVHC's chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services. "We are so grateful to have Kat working in our Emergency Department."   Duchene gave the award during a surprise presentation in the Emergency Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) on the

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Summer Temperatures Expected this Week
12:36PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022
The Berkshires can expect an early glimpse at some summer temperatures this week.   We are looking at a high of 74 in North Adams today, according to Accuweather.   But be warned, the National Weather Service released a special weather statement that indicated that a  very dry airmass combined with gusty winds will result in elevated fire weather concerns today.   This warning expires at 8 pm   Wednesday, May 11 gets even better with a high of 80 predicted. Thursday, Temperatures could hit 85.   Friday, May 13 could truly feel like summer with a high of 89 predicted.   A high of 86 is predicted Saturday.   Sunday, temperatures should wind down into

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Retiring early? Know your health care choices
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:15PM / Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Life doesn't always go as planned. For example, you might think you'll retire at 65 or later, when you'll be eligible for Medicare. But if you retire before then, how will you pay for your health care?   Without insurance, you risk incurring thousands of dollars of expenses if you are injured or become seriously ill. And if you must pay for these costs out of pocket, you might have to dip into your IRA, 401(k) or other retirement accounts earlier than you had planned – which could result in a less desirable retirement lifestyle than you had envisioned.   What, then, are your options? It depends on your situation, but here are four possibilities: Employer

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