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Biz Briefs: Lowe's, Central Berkshire Habitat Team Up for Women Build Month

On April 30, local volunteers will start Women Build Month by attending a half day construction training that will give them the necessary tools to build the new construction home.

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Biz Briefs: Stop & Shop Donates $5,000 to Berkshire Dream Center

The Berkshire Dream Center's core values and beliefs are firmly grounded in the Bible.

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Biz Briefs: Young People Start to Work on Their Own Businesses

Students in the program, who range in age from 14 to 27, are asked to write business plans that address gaps in the local economy, meeting needs for basic goods and services that we are currently importing to the region.

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Biz Briefs: Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity to Dedicate 37th Home

This new homeowner had to complete 400 hours of sweat equity working at ReStore, on the job site of her future home, in addition to Financial Tools workshops and coaching.

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Biz Briefs: Williamstown Commons, Kimball Farms Named Best Nursing Homes by Magazine

US News evaluated more than 15,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide, across each state and in 100 major metropolitan areas. Just over 2,000 nursing homes earned the designation as a US News Best Nursing Home.

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Biz briefs: Cosmetologists Sought for Cancer Society Makeover Program

The program offers complimentary group, individual and online sessions that teach beauty techniques to help cancer survivors face their diagnosis with greater confidence.

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Biz Briefs: 'Farm to Fork' Bike Ride Coming to Berkshires

The ride course, with options for all abilities ranging from 10 to 100 miles, will include gourmet aid stations at several Berkshire County farms where cyclists will sample chef-prepared food made from each farmís ingredients.

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Biz Briefs: Scooby Doo Drops In To Lee Outlets

Scooby Doo was onsite as part of the "HANNA-BARBERA: The Architects of Saturday Morning" exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum, which is open through May 29.

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Biz Briefs: South County Bakers Develop Treats for Dogs

The product, unveiled earlier this month, is named in memory of the Old Innís beloved mascot, Chapman, a rescue hound who cheerfully greeted guests and diners for many years before passing away of old age in August.

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Biz Briefs: Williamstown Natives Start Organic Beauty Company

Their products are organic, non-toxic, vegan, and certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. The Williamstown natives feature an anti-aging line using the highest quality oils. More information can be found on their website.

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Biz Briefs: Downtown Window Decoration Contest Winners Announced

The Berkshire Emporium will receive a gift certificate with the Mohawk Soaring club for a one-month membership and flight with an instructor in the spring.

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Biz Briefs: Jeweler, Health Food Store Open in Lee Outlets

These new additions are open just in time for Black Friday at Lee Premium Outlets. The Outlets will open at 6 a.m. this year on Nov. 25. This is a change from midnight openings in years past but will still allow shoppers to both enjoy Thanksgiving and get an early start on shopping for Black Friday deals.

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Biz Briefs: Railway Museum Seeks Volunteers for Christmas Train Rides

Volunteer help is needed in a few different places from routine summer operations. Experienced volunteers are placed in positions requiring skills, qualifications or certain levels of knowledge; however our Christmas trains are a great opportunity for potential new volunteers who wish to get involved.

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Biz Briefs: Massachusetts Maple Producer Wins Top Honors

Sugarmakers from the United States and Canada submitted 170 entries into the contest, making for very tough competition in each category. Leab and her husband Rob own and run Ioka Valley Farm, and she is also president of the Massachusetts Maple Producers Association.

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Biz Briefs: Mentors Needed for Financial Literacy Workshop

Eighth-grade girls from across Berkshire County will attend the program, which provides them with a foundation of financial understanding

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Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Opens New Store in Connecticut

This new store was designed based on the Destination True Value model that has been successful at Carr's in North Adams and the newly opened Avon, Conn., locations.

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Biz Briefs: Bookstore in Lenox Features in New Book

The Bookstore is not just in Ecksteinís collection of great local bookstores, they kick the whole thing off as the first book featured right on page one.

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Biz Briefs: Jacob's Pillow Archive Site Builds on Successful Season

In wake of the record-breaking surge in visits to the archives and its programs during Festival 2016, Jacobís Pillow announces dramatically-expanded online access to one of the most eminent collections of archival material within the dance field.

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Expand Before Holiday Season

Popular apparel retailer Guess has opened a factory store at the Lee Premium Outlets, and Toys 'R Us Express and Ten Thousand Villages are open at the center through the fall and holiday shopping seasons.

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Kmart Closing in Great Barrington; Marshalls Eyed for Location

The Kmart department store, No. 9146, the only one left in Berkshire County, is slated to close by the end of the year.

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Biz Briefs: Senior Crimestoppers Boosted by Berkshire Bank

CRA Partners, powered by the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, is a national organization that guarantees banks federally mandated CRA credit through the operation of the turn-key Senior Crimestoppers program, providing safe and secure living environments for the nation's low to moderate income seniors.

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Biz Briefs: New Boston Crane Service & Sleds Expands Reach with U-Haul Trucks, Trailers

New Boston Crane Service & Sleds, located at 85 South Main St., will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire East Opens New Children's Aerial Adventure Park

For children 3 years of age and older, the Tree House Park features a maze of trails that are fully protected by netting. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents to share the joys of a forest adventure with their children and grandchildren. Trained guides will be present at all times.

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Biz Briefs: Wood Brothers Music now offering Band and String Instrument Rentals

Winnard said this new venture coincides with a move and expansion for Wood Brothers to a larger store within the Allendale Shopping Center.

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Biz Briefs: Goodwill Leases Space in Great Barrington for New Retail Store, Donation Center

A grand opening of the Great Barrington retail outlet will be held on Saturday, Sept. 10. The site also has a donation center where people are encouraged to drop off items for resale.

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