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Holiday Hours: Thanksgiving
Plymouth's statue of Massasoit, who was instrumental in Plymouth Colony's survival, looks out over the Plymouth Rock monument. Image via SeePlymouth.com. Thanksgiving will be observed on Thursday, Nov. 26. The day is a national holiday inspired by the first Thanksgiving dinner shared between the Pilgrims and Wampanoags in
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Biz Briefs: Big Y Closing Stores for Thanksgiving Holiday
Big Y Giving Workers Two Days Off Big Y has issued a reminder that it will close all stores including Big Y World Class Markets, Table & Vine and Fresh Acres specialty market on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, as well as Friday Nov. 27. Big Y Express Gas & Convenience locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day as well.   Big Y
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SVHC Fundraiser Features Virtual Grand Raffle & Drawings
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Jingle Bell Express, a virtual holiday-themed fundraising event to benefit Southwestern Vermont Health Care, kicked off on Friday, Nov. 20.   The centerpiece of the event is a grand raffle. It includes 10 packages worth $1,300 to $5,000 each. Prizes include $5,000 cash and a vacation in the French
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Commonwealth Urges Residents to Do What It Takes to 'Get Back'
Today we're launching #GetBackMass, a new public awareness campaign to urge people to keep doing the things we know work to fight #COVID19MA - so we can "get back" to the things we love to do. 😷 #MaskUpMA ↔️ Keep our distance ⚕️ Get tested Learn more: https://t.co/mndvD9lnCb
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SVMC: COVID-19 Update Nov. 23
  November 20, 2020   Teaming Up for This Next Phase You’ve heard the news reports. Vermont is breaking records every day for the number of new COVID cases. The highest number of cases every 14 days this spring was 400. In the last 14 days, we have seen 894 cases in our state. Hospitalizations related to the pandemic are increasing as well. It seems as if we are heading straight into what will likely be the most difficult part of the pandemic.   Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has prepared for this, and we are ready. Since the spring, we have anticipated that the return of colder weather and people’s natural inclination to socialize inside would drive cases upwards. And they have. We spent those months of lower COVID cases gearing up:   We set up a virtual waiting room and more negative-pressure spaces, so you could get the care you need safely. We bought new rapid PCR testing equipment, so we could process tests more quickly right here. We set up the computer infrastructure needed to send your results to you automatically in a text message, because the faster you get your results, the sooner you are able to go back to work or isolate.   The only way to make it through this safely is to work together. Healthcare workers in a variety of fields are doing their part. You are doing your part by staying home and practicing all of the mitigation measures.   Teams work best when they communicate regularly and clearly. More communication will be necessary. That’s why you will be hearing more from me as the situation intensifies. And I invite you to share your thoughts and your need for information with me. E-mail wellness@svhealthcare.org to let me know what’s on your mind.   The next phase of this pandemic—when vaccinations will provide protection—is just around the corner. And we are preparing for that, too. SVHC has several deep freezers needed to store the vaccine, and we are working in cooperation with the state to organize vaccination clinics, similar to our flu vaccine clinics.   Thank you, again, for continuing to follow precautions—including limiting gatherings, wearing masks, distancing, and handwashing—while we gain herd immunity through vaccination. Doing so is a show of support for your local healthcare workers and those on the frontlines, including teachers, police, firefighters, EMS, grocery store clerks… The list goes on and on. We all really appreciate your efforts.   Trey Dobson, MD Chief Medical Officer     Telemedicine at SVMC   Andrew McKeever from GNAT-TV's News Project interviewed Trey Dobson, MD, SVMC chief medical officer, about telemedicine at SVMC. WATCH NOW     Advances in Total Joint Replacement Webinar   SVMC proudly presents Advances in Total Joint Replacement 4 – 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 9 over video conferencing software. It is free and open to the public. The event is appropriate for any person who experiences joint pain, along with members of their families.  REGISTER HERE   OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS:         Southwestern Vermont Health Care | svhealthcare.org  ‌  ‌  
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Community Thanksgiving Meals Turn to Takeout, Continue Service
Berkshire Food Project's communal meal will be pickup on Monday this year.  ADAMS, Mass. — After spearheading an inaugural community Thanksgiving dinner last fall, there were times this year when Brian and Ann Grande thought there would not be a second annual meal.   But while they know this year
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BMC Therapy Dog Program Offers Benefits to Patients
Dr. Rebecca Caine, an internist at BMC, is the new host of the recently relaunched 'Berkshire Health Program.'  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Man's best friend can also be some of the best medicine for patients at Berkshire Medical Center.    Dog owner Dr. Rebecca Caine believes that having a
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One-Eyed Cat's Pet Contest Win Benefits Humane Society
Alastor was found abandoned in the woods and taken to Berkshire Humane Society.  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A local animal lover and her adorable one-eyed cat made the Berkshire Humane Society's day by winning a contest that benefits the shelter. Joanne LaCrosse won the Berkshire Humane Society a $5,000 prize, 1,000
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@theMarket: Markets Are in a Tug of War
The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths are surging way beyond those cases earlier in the year. That could indicate tough going for the economy over the next two quarters. On the other hand, two highly effective coronavirus vaccines have been announced, but won't be widely distributed until next year. In the middle sits the stock market
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Colleges Training Teachers 'For Whatever Comes Next' in Age of COVID
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Before the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts was the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, it was North Adams State College.   Before that, it was the State Teachers College of North Adams.   Before that, it was the North Adams Normal School.   In 2020, there is nothing
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