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Bennington Hospital Adds Beds, Infrastructure to Prepare for Surge
That census normally is between 35 and 40 patients, Dobson said. Right now, SVMC has plans in place to treat about 100 patients inside the hospital.

Belltower Records Doors May Be Shut But The Music Is Still On
Belair and Nelson have always sold music online but saw an opportunity to expand while the brick and mortar operation is closed.. They have increased their offerings on both Discogs and Etsy, where they sell music posters.

Local Real Estate Firm Trying to Support Small Businesses
Nocher Realty has partnered with various businesses throughout Berkshire County including the Corner Lunch and Berkshire Printing & Embroidery.

Governor Raises Possibility of Testing, Field Hospital in Western Mass
Standing outside the new drive-through testing site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need for more testing and tracing capacity for the novel coronavirus.

Historical Echo, Irony in Williams College Cancellations
Another connection between the two. The 1970 strike disrupted the final semester for Miller and his classmates at the college. And in 2020, they were scheduled to hold their 50th class reunion in Williamstown the weekend of June 13.   1 Comment

Berkshire Humane Still Caring for Animals Despite Financial Struggles
The Berkshire Humane Society has been forced to change operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic but its and care and support for animals will not waiver.

Walmart Implementing COVID-19 Restrictions
As of Saturday, April 4, the number of customers allowed in store will be limited to five per every 1,000 square feet, or about 20 percent of each store's capacity.

Hoosac Valley Students Learn Composting for Gardening Program
In the weeks leading up to school closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoosac Valley was ramping up its composting program. Teacher and program organizer Lindsay McGinnis had her eyes set on the spring.

Testing, Contact Tracing Touted as Tool to Stop COVID-19 Spread
Gov. Charlie Baker stressed Friday that testing will be an "enormously powerful tool for public health officials" in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus. The new tracing collaborative is one of several assets being used to prepare for an expected surge in cases that could top 170,000 before the end of April.

Williamstown Commons COVID-19 Contagion Spreads
The 180-bed has seen cases rise since the first positive test results on March 24. Within three days the number had jumped to 14.

Adams Community Bank Donates $100,000 to BHS COVID-19 Relief Fund
Adams Community Bank has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Relief Fund that was recently established to help Berkshire Health Systems battle the coronavirus pandemic.

Williams College Cancels Commencement, Reunion Weekend
Mandel announced that members of the Class of 2020 will receive a survey seeking their ideas about alternative ways to celebrate their graduation from the liberal arts college.

Covid-19 Briefs April 3: BRTA Modifies Bus Routes
The Elizabeth Freeman Center, the county's provider of services to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, is still operating but the is concerned about the decline in requests for help.

Roots Rising Launching Virtual Farmers Market
The online store features a variety of vendors and is open to all local residents. Those who have SNAP benefits or those who have recently lost their jobs or are facing economic hardship from the pandemic are eligible for $30 a week in free food from the Virtual Farmers Market.

Vermont Veterans Home Hosts Vehicle Parade on Saturday
On Saturday at the Vermont Veterans Home, many local vets will be on the sidelines as the facility invites friends, family and members of the public to the home's first Vehicle Parade.

Legislators Continue to Plug Away at Budget, Virus-Related Issues
Barrett said despite a "dramatic" loss in state revenues because of the economic slowdown resulting from social distancing measures in place to slow the coronavirus's spread, the federal stimulus package should help.

One Million N95 Masks Headed for Massachusetts
The first shipment is expected to arrive Thursday night with the rest to follow shortly afterward, Gov. Charlie Baker said at Thursday's COVID-19 briefing.

North Adams Schools Preparing Alternative Budget Plans
A preliminary budget with a 1.5 percent increase to maintain level services had already been presented. That's now off the table as schools are shuttered until at least May 4 — if not longer — and Beacon Hill had barely made headway with the fiscal 2021 spending plan before the spreading novel coronavirus put everyone on an emergency footing.

Local Woman Organizing 'Bear Hunt' in Berkshires This Weekend
Inspired by the book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt," which Susan Wrba likes to read with her 2-year-old son, Wrba is organizing a "bear hunt" across the Berkshires from Friday, April 3, to Sunday, April 5.

Williamstown's Images Cinema Offers Movies at Home During Shutdown
Movie houses have not given up on trying to beat ‘em. But in the age of COVID-19, it cannot hurt to join them. … At least temporarily.

State Establishes Field Medical Station in Worcester's DCU Center
Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were at the DCU on Wednesday afternoon to provide their daily update on the state's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deadline for Nomination Papers for Clarksburg Election
The last day to take out papers for the eight offices on the town election ballot is Friday, April 3.

Mount Greylock Continues Teacher Talks Over Remote Learning
Districts statewide are closed through at least May 4 by order of the governor. Last week, the commissioner of education advised school officials to implement remote learning plans to continue students' education during the closure.

North Adams Considering Plans to Dispose of Properties
The city owns more than 200 pieces of property, ranging from City Hall to the Windsor Mill to vacant lots taken in tax title.

Williamstown Con Comm OKs Route 43 Paving Project
The portion of the highway in question, known as Green River Road, runs along the river from Five Corners intersection with Route 7 north and east to Hopper Road.

Tyer Asks Kids to Participate in Coloring Book Post
The mayor shared a video on her Facebook page Monday asking the city's children to print out a Crayola coloring page, color it, write a message on it, and then post a photo of their work under the video.

Baker: State Stay-in-Place Guidelines Extended to May 4
Gov. Charlie Baker announced Tuesday that he is extending the order closing non-essential businesses and his stay-at-home advisory for residents of the commonwealth through May 4.

Jacob's Pillow Cancels Summer 2020 Season
The festival's board of trustees and executive leadership announced the decision on Tuesday. The festival had been scheduled for June 24-Aug. 3.

Taylors Donate $350K to Launch BMC COVID-19 Relief Fund
Kim and James Taylor have donated $350,000 to Berkshire Medical Center to bolster the hospital's efforts in fighting the ongoing battle to stop COVID-19.

March 31 COVID-19 Briefs: Food Pantry Distribution Moves to St. Elizabeth's
The move from the location at 45 Eagle St. to the Parish Center, located at the corner of St. Anthony Drive and Holden Street, is being made to provide more room for social distancing and to adjust to increased need for emergency food during the COVID-19 emergency.

Barrett Says State's Unemployment System Still 'Completely Overwhelmed'
Barrett said that last week that Massachusetts received 19,000 calls from residents making unemployment claims, and the system received another 33,000 calls the next day.

Adams Resource Officer Makes Spirit Week Videos
Police Officer Nicholas Dabrowski brought Spirit Week to homebound Hoosac Valley Elementary pupils through his daily broadcasts.

State Staying with County Numbers for COVID-19 Reports
Of course, those numbers are always changing and likely will look different when the DPH updates its numbers again, which it does daily.

State Officials Bracing for COVID-19 Surge Next Week
Gov. Charlie Baker at Monday's briefing said reviewed plans being implemented to reduce pressure on the health system including increasing bed capacity, equipment and staffing.

Local First-Responders Facing Shortages of Protective Gear
Local first-responders are in dire need of personal protective gear as the number of COVID-19 cases has risen by more than 500 percent in the past week.

PEDA Director Thurston Stepping Down in April
Corydon "Cory" Thurston last week announced his retirement as executive director of the development agency he's lead for nine years.

Mental Health Providers Adjust to Provide Services During Pandemic
Berkshire County's Brien Center moved all of its psychotherapists to a telehealth model last week, according to the agency's vice president of service operations.

Sports Shop Opens in Former Cheshire General Store
Travis Delratez and co-owner Jammie Sears wanted to bring a local community sporting goods store to the heart of Cheshire and chose the vacant storefront on Church Street.

March 28 COVID-19 Briefs: Public Parks Push Passive Use
North Adams has installed large signs at the parks reminding residents of the rules but Canales acknowledged it has been difficult to enforce at the skate park.

Governor: Mass. Residents Can Check for Risk Factors on Web Site
The online tool developed by Buoy Health allows users to enter information about symptoms they may be feeling and directs them to resources that are available to them, like testing for the novel coronavirus, if it is recommended.

North Adams Resident Dies From COVID-19 Infection
A North Adams resident has died from complications of the novel coronavirus, according to Mayor Thomas Bernard.

Williams Shuts Down Construction After Worker Raises COVID-19 Concerns
Specifically, Bob refuted the contention that a worker from the electrical construction firm Comalli Group, who has tested positive, had contact with just two other Comalli employees who have been at the Williamstown site.

Hancock School Community Holds 'COVID-19 Drive By'
Friday morning, a group of around 17 teachers and staff (with puppies and babies) drove through the three rural communities the beeping and waving to students and families stuck inside during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Real Eyes Gallery to Sell Elements of 'TP' Art for Food Project
The piece in the Park Street gallery comprises an entire 24-roll pack of toilet paper strung out to create waves. It is part of Klein's "Uber Waves: Other Locations" exhibit that opened March 7.   1 Comment

Cheshire Receives Multiple Bids For Maple Drive, Grader
The Covid-19 virus and its related restrictions on gatherings and social interactions has not stopped the Selectmen from nearly finalizing two projects they have been working on since last year.

Governor Frustrated by PPE Shortage: 'Let Us Land the Order'
The state has found itself bidding against other states as well as the federal government in trying to find materials, particularly personal protective equipment desperately needed by medical facilities and first-responders.

Adams Selectmen Meeting Mostly Covid Related
Most of it was status quo with what the situation has been since the governor declared a state of emergency on March 10 to address the pandemic.

Worker Associated with Williams Construction Project Tests Positive for COVID-19
On Wednesday afternoon, other workers were still on the job site, and the college has announced no plans to suspend work on the project.

Massachusetts Schools to Remain Closed Through May 4
The emergency order was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday and announced at a press conference that afternoon.

Williamstown Commons Reports COVID-19 Case
A resident at Williamstown Commons' skilled nursing facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

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