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North Adams Schools Invest in Smartboard Technology
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Department has 53 new smartboards installed across all school buildings with the goal having one in every classroom by November.   The interactive panels function as both classic blackboards and as interconnected collaborative screens that can allow teachers and students to interact remotely,
Op-Ed: The Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines
Like many across the country, I was thrilled when the FDA approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the end of August. Full approval affirms that the Pfizer vaccine is safe, effective, and has met the rigorous standards required by the FDA. This represents a light in the long tunnel of the pandemic, and it fills me with a great sense
North Adams Public Library New Hours
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Library has added weekend and evening hours.   Past Thursday evening hours have moved to Wednesdays. The library will open at the same time every morning.   New hours: Monday         10am to 5pm Tuesday     
Plan ahead before joining the "Great Resignation"
It's been called the "Great Resignation" – the large number of Americans voluntarily leaving their jobs. If you plan to be part of it (ideally with another source of employment lined up), you'll need to make the financial moves necessary to keep making progress toward your long-term goals.   Here's some
MassHire Workforce Uses $235K Grant to Address Health Care Worker Shortages
The MassHire board meets virtually. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A state grant of $235,000 is being used by the MassHire Berkshire Workforce Board for free health-care training programs to aid a sector that was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.   The funding supported certified nursing assistant refresher courses
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MassDOT Announces Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce entries are now being accepted for the eighth annual statewide high school video contest:  Safe Streets Smart Trips.     The contest, which began in 2014, encourages high school students to showcase their understanding of
William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center Registration
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The William Stickney Pittsfield Adult Learning Center is currently offering registration for free classes in HiSET/GED preparation, Adult Basic Education and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).    Please contact Bridget Manarchik to make an appointment by phone at 413.499.9530 or email
Jeff Rodgers Steps Down as Berkshire Museum Executive Director
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Jeff Rodgers stepped down as Executive Director of the Berkshire Museum on Sept. 10, 2021, after two and a half years in the position.   "Thanks to the hard work of many, the museum has made tremendous progress. We are financially secure, deferred maintenance issues have been addressed, and we have
SVHC's Weekly Health Update Sept.10
  September 10, 2021   Medical Matters Weekly: The Lown Institute Hospitals Index     On Medical Matters Weekly, Trey Dobson, MD, welcomed Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute, a pioneer in healthcare quality metrics. Tune in to learn about how his organization is changing how we hold hospitals accountable for the care they provide. WATCH NOW   Question of the Week: Do I need a booster?     Dr. Trey Dobson, SVMC's chief medical officer, provides a thorough response to this often-asked question: Do I need a booster shot of COVID-19 vaccine? READ MORE     So You've Been Exposed Dr. Marie George is here with the advice you need if you or a member of your family is exposed to COVID-19. Read More.     All About Kidneys Dr. Patrice Thornton shares how these amazing organs work for us and what we can do to help them function at their best. Read More.   Nutrient Spotlight: Folic Acid A healthy pregnancy relies on a healthy diet, including vital nutrients like folic acid. Read More.     The COVID Resource Center   We've expanded testing to serve you better. Whether you need a COVID test, your first or second vaccine, or a third vaccine for immune-compromised people, the COVID Resource Center can help. Schedule in advance for the shortest wait. INFORMATION & ONLINE SCHEDULING     Colorectal Cancer Awareness Webinar An expert panel will share everything you need to know but were afraid to ask. Don't miss it! Read More.     Visiting Hours Visits from family and friends are an important part of healing. See recent updates about when you can visit and what's required. Right Here.   The Next Medical Matters Weekly Jill Maynard, MSN, RN, will share plans for SVMC's new Emergency Department. Read More.   OUR CORPORATE SPONSOR:       Southwestern Vermont Health Care |  ‌  ‌  
Update: MCLA Campus Police Arrest Student After Active Shooter Threat Alert Issued
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA Campus Police arrested an 18-year-old MCLA resident student believed to be connected to an early active shooter threat.   According to a notification sent out by the MCLA Campus Police Department, student Joseph Caso was arrested on a felony charge of Threats of Deadly Weapon and Disruption of
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