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Caring for Those Who Provide Care: Frontline Workers Receive, Need Support
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Any death in a facility like the Williamstown Commons nursing home hits home for the caregivers who make the facility possible.   The 10 recent deaths in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic have been particularly painful.   "For folks who work in nursing homes, this is where [the
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Miss Hall's School Head's List and Honor Roll
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Miss Hall's School has announced 51 local students among the 148 students schoolwide named to the Head's List and Honor Roll for the first semester, which ended Jan. 17. For Head's List recognition, students must have taken five major, full-credit courses and must maintain a minimum grade-point average
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CARES Act Offers Help for Investors, Small Businesses
As we go through the coronavirus crisis, we are all, first and foremost, concerned about the health of our loved ones and communities. But the economic implications of the virus have also weighed heavily on our minds.  However, if you're an investor or a business owner, you just got some help from Washington – and it could
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Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Responds to COVID-19 Crisis
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- No one could have foreseen the exact nature or timing of a global pandemic, but some of the infrastructure put in place by the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission has helped area communities deal with the COVID-19 crisis.   On Thursday, BRPC Executive Director Tom Matuszko told the agency's executive
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MCLA Moves Students Online But Still Plans Commencement
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Like so many college and universities across the nation, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has had to quickly restructure its spring semester and cancel all of its sports and activities.   But what it isn't going to do is force the class of 2020 to forgo its commencement
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Governor Announces COVID-19 Relief Fund, Testing Facility for WMass
BOSTON — A COVID-19 testing facility is expected to be up and running in West Springfield by the end of the week for public safety workers.     The information was provided at Gov. Charlie Baker's daily update on Monday, which also included the announcement of a $13 million Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund to
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Bennington Hospital Adds Beds, Infrastructure to Prepare for Surge
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center had Vermont's first patient to test positive for COVID-19.   But hospital officials knew it would be far from the last.   Since then, the facility has been gearing up for the surge that public health officials nationwide are
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Local Real Estate Firm Trying to Support Small Businesses
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nocher Realty is lending a helping hand to fellow businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.   "If we don't support them through these unusual times they won’t be there when this all blows over, when business is back to normal we need these shops back in action," owner Jason Nocher said.
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Governor Raises Possibility of Testing, Field Hospital in Western Mass
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Conversations are under way on the possibility of setting up a testing facility in Western Massachusetts for public safety personnel and for an expansion of bed capacity.   Standing outside the new drive-through testing site at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on Friday, Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need
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Berkshire Humane Still Caring for Animals Despite Financial Struggles
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 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.   "We understand that this is a tough time for everyone. We just want people to know that the homeless animals in our care are still getting the
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