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Williamstown DPW Worker Rescued in Snowplow Accident

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — A Department of Public Works employee was treated and released from the hospital Sunday morning after his snow plow went off the road and down an embankment in South Williamstown, police said Sunday afternoon.
At about 1:30 Sunday morning, Robert Sweet radioed the garage foreman to tell him he was off the roadway on Roaring Brook Road, Police Lt. Michael Ziemba said.
Police, firefighters, Northern Berkshire Emergency Medical Service and another DPW employee arrived to find Sweet trapped upside down inside the cab of his truck down a 15-foot embankment and in a pool of water about 3 feet deep, Ziemba said.
"Officers and the DPW employee extricated Sweet from the water and the truck to the river's edge," Ziemba said. "EMS and Fire arrived and stabilized Sweet before performing a rope rescue to bring him up the banking."
Sweet was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, where he was treated and released, Ziemba said.
Massachusetts State Police and New Ashford Fire and Hancock Fire departments also responded to the scene. The accident happened in the middle of a snowstorm that dropped 3 to 10 inches across the Berkshires.
Ziemba said the truck, plow and sander, which were removed by Village Truck Sales of Lanesborough, likely are a total loss.
The accident is under investigation by the Williamstown Police Department.

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Williamstown Housing Trust Looks to Spread Word About Rental Assistance Program

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The board of the Affordable Housing Trust on Wednesday talked about how it can reach more potential beneficiaries of its emergency rental assistance program and how it can structure a companion program for homeowners.
To date, the Williamstown Emergency Rental Assistance Program, funded by the trust and administered by Berkshire Housing Development Corp., has awarded just more than $17,000 in grants since its inception.
"There also is one pending $1,500 award waiting for some documentation," said Liz Costley, who serves as the trust's liaison to the Pittsfield non-profit. "You can see that's a second-time support for a restaurant worker in town, It may be increased depending on the conversation between the renter and the caseworker at Berkshire Housing.
"It's a hard time for a restaurant worker. They're trying to get more hours, but it's difficult, as you might imagine."
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