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Seline Skoug Takes on Role as SVMC Breast Health Nurse Navigator
12:44PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Seline Skoug, RN, has taken on the role of full-time breast health nurse navigator at the Breast Health and Imaging Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care.   "My goal is to be an educator and an advocate for those needing breast cancer screening. However, from the moment a patient needs imaging beyond their initial mammogram, I am there to support them, explain the clinical reasons for further imaging or treatment, and remove barriers to care," Skoug said. "I am the nurse who navigates the healthcare pathway for patients and helps them through a potentially stressful time, with the goal of

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Big Y Donates to Red Cross Ukraine Humanitarian Relief
12:37PM / Monday, May 02, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y World Class Markets added to the collected donations from customers and employees from March 17 through March 30 through their traditional registers, online and myExpress check out for Ukraine Humanitarian Relief.   Community and employee donations along with additional support from Big Y resulted in a donation of $100,000 which will be donated to the global Red Cross network response to provide humanitarian relief to people affected by the crisis in Ukraine.   "We have all witnessed the heartbreaking effects particularly on children and families in Ukraine," Big Y President and CEO Charles L. D'Amour said. "We are grateful to

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: April 29
08:32AM / Monday, May 02, 2022
  April 29, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Vermont

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Long Vehicles Banned from Mount Greylock Roads
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
04:29AM / Monday, May 02, 2022
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Members of DCR told the Mount Greylock Advisory Council that in most cases vehicles longer than 22 feet will no longer be allowed to traverse the roads to the summit.   "I think overall everyone will be pleased with the way this came out, and it will fix a lot of problems for us," Mark Jester, mountain district manager for the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, said.    The councilors at their last meeting had talked about concerns they had with school buses and other long vehicles navigating the tricky summit roads. They drafted a letter to the state that contained safety concerns as well as maintenance worries with

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Scholarship Offered to BART Graduates
12:00PM / Sunday, May 01, 2022
ADAMS, Mass. — Graduates of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BArT) who have completed their first year of college are invited to apply for the Julia Bowen Bridge to College Scholarship.   The scholarship fund was established in 2017 to honor Julia Bowen, BArT's founding executive director.    The scholarship was created by and is managed by the BART Foundation to provide financial assistance to select BArT alumni through their college career.   A scholarship of up to $1,000 will be awarded to a BArT alumnus or alumna who has successfully completed year 1 of college. Assuming successful completion of the school year, the award will be

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Donations, Meals Being Raised for Burned McCann Student
11:29AM / Friday, April 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The community is rallying around Zowie Martin-Levesque, the McCann Technical School senior seriously burned in an accident at the school on Wednesday.    A meal train has been set up for younger siblings and a raffle for a $500 gift certificate is being held by Hometown Tire Works to benefit the family.   Martin-Levesque reportedly caught on fire while welding in the school's metal fabrication shop and suffered third-degree burns. The Williamstown teen was taken to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and then by medical helicopter to another hospital 3 1/2 hours away.   Her brother, Zavier Martin-Levesque, also a McCann graduate, is an

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MCLA Virtual Info Session on Continuing Education and Graduate Programs
08:11AM / Friday, April 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Division of Graduate and Continuing Education (DGCE) will hold a virtual information session at 5 p.m. on May 3,   The session is for community members interested in the College's Master of Education (MEd) and teacher licensure programs, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, Master of Education program, Leadership Academy, and bachelor's degree completion programs.    This info session is free and open to the public,   To register, visit mcla.edu/infosession, or email DGCE at dgce@mcla.edu for more

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North Adams Council Refers Eagle Street Traffic Issues to Mayor
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:59AM / Friday, April 29, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council on Tuesday referred traffic and pedestrian issues on historic Eagle Street to the mayor's office and a filed another one on artistic cross walks.    Both issues had been raised last year by former Councilor Benjamin Lamb.    The papers had been taken up by the Traffic Commission on April 13; Councilor Marie T. Harpin, the appointed council member on the commission, provided an update and recommendations from the commission.    "There were three recommendations. One was to install illuminated crosswalk signs and I believe and I believe there is a grant in process for that," she said. "To add stripes

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A-oK Berkshire Barbeque to Close
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04:00PM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The owners of A-oK Berkshire Barbeque announced that they plan to shut up shop after May 2.   "This decision did not come easily. We have loved every second here. There are too many memories to mention as all of them were so much a part of our adventure on this campus and in this community," owners Aaron and Alexandra Oster wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.   The Osters and Orion Howard, owner of Bright Ideas Brewery, opened the barbecue in 2018 in the former Sprague Electric guardhouse on the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts campus.   The Osters continued in their post that there will be one last "Racks &Stacks" party

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The Cruckfather Wins Lever's 2022 Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge
11:43AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —The Cruckfather, LLC of Shelburne was selected by a panel of judges on Wednesday during the 2022 Mohawk Trail Entrepreneur Challenge (MTEC) pitch event at Foolhardy Hill in Charlemont, winning a $25,000 Lever Innovation Grant for their innovative timber frame construction business model.   The Cruckfather and three other wood-based businesses from the Mohawk Trail region pitched their ideas at the MTEC, the culmination of Lever's startup acceleration program that helped each refine their business plans and work with mentors. Hall Tavern Farm of Charlemont was declared the runner-up.    This is Lever's second MTEC event; Foolhardy Hill's

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SVMC Celebrates National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30
09:47AM / Thursday, April 28, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is proud to participate with local organizations to share National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30.    The observation provides a reminder for community members to look through their medicine cabinets and safely dispose of medications that could cause harm to others.   SVMC hosts a MedSafe collection box, which is available 24 hours every day for the anonymous disposal of unneeded medications. During a major renovation of the Emergency Department and Main Entrance, the box, which had been in the lobby, is located in the Emergency Department

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North Adams Council Rejects 'Short' Short-Term Rental Ordinance
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:28PM / Wednesday, April 27, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A councilor's effort to streamline a controversial short-term rental ordinance came to naught on Tuesday when it was sent back to committee.   Councilor Ashley Shade's stripped-down ordinance would have required only two things — registration and an inspection of any units that were not owner occupied.     "This wouldn't be a complete ordinance. It would be something that would continue to be worked on by the administration to expand upon that," she said. "But these two particular points I felt we shouldn't wait on."   The original and lengthy ordinance has been debated and amended over the past

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