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POSTPONED: Internet Safety Presentation Set at Drury High
02:00PM / Thursday, January 06, 2022
The District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that that the Internet Safety Presentation will be postponed until March because of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. _______________________________________________________________________________________________     NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire District Attorney's Office, U.S. Attorney's Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Massachusetts State Police, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, and North Adams Public Schools are teaming up to provide parents, caregivers, and educators a presentation on how to best protect children from online exploitation.   The law enforcement agencies will give a

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SVHC Makes Change to COVID Resource Center Hours
12:09PM / Thursday, January 06, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) COVID Resource Center hours will change starting Monday, Jan. 10.   The center will no longer take appointments for COVID testing. Tests will be available without an appointment 8 a.m. – noon Monday – Saturday. COVID vaccinations and boosters—both walk-ins and scheduled appointments—will be available 1 – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 8 a.m. – noon on Saturday.   Hours may change based on demand and other factors.   The clinic is located on the former Southern Vermont College campus at 981 Mansion Drive in Bennington. The COVID Resource Center is a Vermont state

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North Adams School Committee Organizes; Finance Post Filled
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
08:30AM / Thursday, January 06, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The new School Committee met for the first time on Tuesday with its four new members.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey, as chairman of the committee, presided over the meeting in her first public action. But she isn't the only mayor on the committee — former Mayor Richard Alcombright is also a new member, along with David Sookey and Joshua Vallieres.    They join Karen Bond and Tara Jacobs, and Emily Daunis who was elected to a full four-year term after serving a partial term by appointment.   (Both North Adams and Pittsfield elected former mayors to their school committees this past November, with Sara Hathaway being picked in

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Berkshire Health Systems Updates Visitation Policies
03:35PM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — As the most recent COVID-19 surge continues and following guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Berkshire Health Systems has updated its Visitation Policies for Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital and BMC and Fairview Physician Practices, effective Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.    In most cases, the policy limits visitation to one care partner for non-COVID-19 inpatient units and allows limited window-separated visits for COVID-19 inpatients. The detailed policy can be found online at www.berkshirehealthsystems.org/coronavirus.   For the Emergency Departments, non-Critical Care and Critical Care Units and Medical Surgical

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Lee Bank Fourth Quarter Community Funding
02:30PM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
LEE, Mass. — Lee Bank Foundation has awarded $68,560 to twelve Berkshire area organizations in its fourth-round of 2021 community grant awards.    Recipients were awarded grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 to support their local programming. Included in the awards are a series of Arts Access Grants for arts and culture organizations to expand access to programming for underserved audiences. The following organizations received funding from Lee Bank Foundation: 18 Degrees Barrington Stage Company Berkshire Busk! Berkshire Community Action Council Berkshire Immigrant Center IS183 Art School Latinas413 Literacy Network of South Berkshire Mass MoCA NAACP

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Freezing Rain and Sleet Expected Wednesday
10:47AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
The U.S. National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for portions of the mid-Hudson Valley, central and northern Taconics, northern Berkshires, and southern Vermont prior to noontime.   Some light glazes of ice are possible and this may cause some slippery spots on untreated surfaces. Sleet accumulations will be very light.    MassDOT issued a notice that the freezing rain will impact travel:   Members of the public are encouraged to travel only if necessary and delay trips if possible until at least noon today.  MassDOT crews have been chemically treating and salting roadways but rain, freezing rain and light snow in some regions has impacted

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North Adams, Williamstown Churches to Hold Jan. 6 Events to Oppose Christian Nationalism
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
08:42AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol was a reminder for many Americans of the violence associated with extremist political movements.   For some, like Williamstown's Betsy Burris, the riot revealed a particularly disturbing undercurrent of the movement that fueled the insurrection.   "There was an obvious problem that I, personally, hadn't noticed before: this conflation of Christianity and nationalism and the idea that self-proclaimed patriotic people use Christian symbols like Jesus on the cross to justify their anti-democratic behavior.   "There were some really obvious images from the insurrection of people carrying crosses

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MFBF Partners With A&B Insurance
08:22AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. The Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) announced it has entered into an agreement with A&B insurance, an independent insurance agency based in Westford.    "MFBF is much more than the insurance or discounts we offer," said MFBF President Warren Shaw. "However, the single most important reason we've entered into this new agreement is that we believe it will provide our members with more and better options to help ensure the security of their family, home and business."   Immediately, A&B Insurance will be offering MFBF members discounts on policies with CountryWay, which is affiliated with Virginia Farm Bureau

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Virus, Departures Have North Adams School Staffing 'On the Edge'
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:07AM / Wednesday, January 05, 2022
NORTH ADAMS,  Mass. — The School Department's "on the edge" when it comes to the level of staffing because of the spread of COVID-19.   "If we're already short on staff, and then we have a significant number of staff who are testing positive, we may run into the situation of not having sufficient numbers of adults to appropriately supervise the students," Superintendent Barbara Malkas told the School Committee on Tuesday night.   She said the increase in positive cases has followed a similar pattern as last year, when infections surged during the holidays. But this has been exacerbated by the highly contagious omicron variant.   There

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MassDEP Files New Regulations to Reduce Emissions
11:11AM / Tuesday, January 04, 2022
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced that emergency regulations have been filed with the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office to immediately adopt California's Advanced Clean Trucks regulation, which requires an increasing percentage of ZEV truck sales starting with Model Year 2025 and ramping up through Model Year 2035, accelerating the market for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs.    The filing of the emergency regulations commences the start of a public comment period and the coordination of a public hearing in February 2022, and will help reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse

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What should you know about investment risk?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:16AM / Tuesday, January 04, 2022
When you invest, you incur risk – there's no avoiding it. But the concept of "risk" may be more expansive than you realized. And by understanding the different types of investment risk and how these risks can be addressed, you can improve your skills as an investor.   The most common perception of investment risk is simply the risk of losing money. When you invest in stocks and stock-based vehicles, such as mutual funds, there are no guarantees that your principal – your initial investment amount – will be preserved. Generally speaking, if you hold stocks or mutual funds over a period of years, and even decades, you can reduce the likelihood of

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Governor Says Schools Will Remain Open
Staff Reports,
02:19PM / Monday, January 03, 2022
SALEM, Mass. — Gov. Charlie Baker gave no indication that the schools will go remote this year despite the rising cases of COVID-19.   Speaking at Saltonstall School early Monday morning, the governor noted that his administration has "aggressively partnered" with schools across the state to ensure they could safely open in the new year.    "We said for quite awhile from the beginning of the school year, and in fact al the way back to last spring, that it was critically important for kids to be back in school for a number of reasons," he said during the livestream event, pointing to the potential affects of remote learning on social development,

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