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Berkshires Beat: Humane Race Kicks Off Spring

Scheduled for Saturday, April 29, in Williamstown, this year's 15th Humane Race promises a fun morning for people and their dogs with one small but exciting change: The run will be a timed race with the help of Berkshire Running Center.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Money Management Moving to Dalton

Prior to the projected move-in date, Berkshire Money Management has already made inroads with the Dalton community, and is the lead sponsor for the Dalton Community Recreation Association's annual May Day Races (to be held on Sunday, May 7, at Nessacus Middle School).

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Norman Rockwell Museum Receives Donation from Chubb Following Return of a Stolen Painting

The family returned their claims payment to Chubb in exchange for the Rockwell painting. And in an emotional and dramatic press conference on Friday, March 31, in Philadelphia, the FBI and Chubb presented the stolen painting to its rightful owners. The museum's director of Curatorial Operations attended the event and congratulated the family, the FBI, and Chubb.

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BHS Doctor Honored As 2017 Community Clinician of the Year

Board-certified in adult psychiatry, Dr. Smothers is the medical director of Acute Care Services of Berkshire Health Systems and The Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, a community-based, non-profit agency providing care for children, adolescents, adults and families who suffer from chronic mental illness, substance use disorder, and behavioral health disorders.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Holding Baby Shower for Kittens

Kitten season typically begins in May and winds down in October.

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Easter Events Around Berkshire County

Hippity, hoppety, Easter is on the way - and so are plenty of events around Berkshire County.

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day

Monday, April 17, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in April.

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North Adams Happenings: April 14-18

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Otto's Breakfast and Deli Honored for Diverse Workforce

The event, organized by the Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition and held at the Statehouse in Boston, recognized 27 companies who have created a diverse and welcoming workforce while also striving to lessen the stigma of mental illness often experienced by those seeking employment.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Launches Teen Meme Program

Students 13 and older should text "GO" to 802-768-9224 to enroll. In response, they will receive a link to the enrollment agreement and instructions to text "agree" after they and a parent or legal guardian read and understand the Terms of Service and consent to receiving text messages from SVMC at the phone number used.

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Berkshires Beat: Freeman Center Snags State Award for 'Money School'

During Victim Rights Month in April, Attorney General Maura Healey and the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance recognize individuals and agencies that have made notable contributions to victim rights and services.

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'Dear World' Project to Visit MCLA

"Dear World" is an interactive project that explores the subtle and powerful connections between students, faculty and staff at college campuses around the world. To date, the organization has taken more than 50,000 portraits.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 7-13

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by over 20 accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long! In most venues, artists will be present from 5-8 p.m. A free guided tour begins at 5 p.m. at the Intermodal Center @ BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave.

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Kindergarten Registration Dates Scheduled Around County

Schools can submit their dates to be added to this list to info@iberkshires.com.

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BArT Charter Public School Announces New Executive Director

Trustee Chair Charles Swabey said White will bring to BArT more than 30 years of teaching, administrative and fundraising experience in a variety of settings, including middle and high school, colleges and universities, and national and international nonprofit organizations.

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North Adams Happenings: April 4-11

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Two Pittsfield Businesses Get Help to Grow

EDIP is designed to foster job creation and stimulate business growth; companies receive state and local tax incentives in exchange for job creation, manufacturing job retention and private investment commitments.

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Berkshires Beat: St. Stan's Sendings Soccer Balls, Legos to Haiti

Students learned that while Haitian childrens' lives are very different from their own on many levels, they do have something in common: they love soccer and Legos.

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Healthy Living Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

Winners from two categories, Youth photographers (18 years and younger) and Adult photographers (19 years and older), will be honored. The top prize is $300.

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Non-Partisan Advocacy Workshops Offered

Participants are welcome to stay for an hour or the whole day. All workshops will be held on the Berkshire Community College campus at 1350 West St. in Pittsfield, which is fully accessible.

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Berkshires Beat: Volunteers Needed to Monitor Water Quality As 'River Smart' Month Nears

Once a month, trained volunteers will collect water samples at designated locations on the Green River in the Hoosic Watershed and Wahconah Falls Brook and the Southwest Branch of the Housatonic River in the Housatonic Watershed.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrating Earth Day by Holding DIY Contest

Participants should register for the Do-it-Yourself contest at ReStore, 399 Hubbard Ave., by March 25 to get their project materials and chance to win the grand prize, a $100 certificate to the ReStore.

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Biz Briefs: Fall Foliage Parade Gets $3,000 Boost From MountainOne

The Fall Foliage Parade is in its 62nd year in 2017. This year the theme is "Magic in the Berkshires," inspired by everything magical going on in the Berkshires from Harry Potter on Mount Greylock to Fairies in Adams, and so much more.

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DownStreet Art Looking for Artists for 2017 Season

To mark the 10th anniversary of the DownStreet Art program, BCRC will embark on an ambitious goal to commission 10 new projects, which will range from performances and murals to pop-up parks and community art projects.

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Berkshires Beat: Bromley Gives $8,140 to SVHC Cancer Center

More than 400 mothers received a $20 lift ticket when they showed a photo of their child or children at the resort’s ticket window.

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'Peep Show' Contest Seeks Entries

Peeps of all ages are invited to make a diorama based on their favorite book or story. Dioramas are to be created out of your favorite Peeps treats. Extra credit may be given to those who deftly use puns in the concept or title. Contest entry forms/rules are available at Ventfort Hall.

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Pittsfield Author Wins Public Radio Award

Jackson joins illustrator Barry Moser and the Northampton Jazz Workshop. Recipients will be celebrated at the ninth annual Arts & Humanities Awards Celebration on May 24 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke. Tickets are available at NEPR.net. Proceeds support the programs and services of New England Public Radio.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 17-23

Go green at Bousquet's 20th Annual Irish Olympics Slush Run on Saturday from 10 a.m. until late.

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North Adams Happenings: March 15-21

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Acquires GoodWorks Insurance's Great Barrington Office

Both organizations have a long history of supporting their communities through charitable giving and going forward will be no exception. Wheeler & Taylor will license the GoodWorks Insurance charitable-giving program to continue to support local organizations and charities in Massachusetts.

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Berkshires Beat: Norman Rockwell Museum Presents 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'

"Reimagining The Four Freedoms" will display around 125 original artworks, created in a variety of mediums, by high school students from the Capital District of New York State.

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Change Your Clocks, Check Your Alarms This Weekend

Ostroskey said time is the enemy during a fire, and alarms offer precious seconds to evacuate before poisonous gases and heat make escape impossible.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 10-16

Shop this month's Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Marketfor fresh, local and seasonal fruits and vegetables, pasture-raised meats, eggs, cheese, bread and baked goods, wine, coffee, artisan goods and more from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at The Boys & Girls Club, located at 16 Melville St.

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Walk with Me in the Berkshires Returns for 15th Season

Community registration for the Walk with Me program is Tuesday, March 28, beginning at 10 a.m. sharp on the iBerkshires website. Up to 2,400 people from the community, formed as teams of between two and 20 people each, will receive a free step counter and be able to log-in to a step-reporting site on iBerkshires in order to participate in the six week walking program.

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Women Must Act to Overcome Financial Challenges

For one thing, women still encounter gender-specific obstacles to their important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

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North Adams Happenings: March 8-14

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Biz Briefs: March Is 'Massachusetts Maple Month'

Last year more than 77,000 gallons of maple syrup was produced and Massachusetts maple producers' sales each year contribute more than $6 million to the commonwealth's economy. The maple industry employs more than 1,000 workers and Massachusetts sugar makers steward more than 15,000 acres of woodland.

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Berkshires Beat: Smoke Detectors Installed in Great Barrington Homes

Great Barrington firefighters installed smoke and CO detectors in 18 houses throughout town as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from fires by 25 percent by 2020.

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'Fresh Fest' Runs This Weekend at Images

Fresh Fest is a collaborative effort to educate the public about farming, food production and sustainability.

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North Adams Happenings: March 1-7

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 3-9

Discover what's happening in the hub of the Berkshires.

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BHS Urgent Care Expands Access with Online Appointment System

The new online appointment system can be accessed by visiting the BHS Urgent Care website. The system can be used through any web-ready device, including computers, smart phones and tablets.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Athenaeum teams up with Boston Bruins for PJ Drive

The Boston Bruins PJ Drive runs through March 15. The library will be collecting new pairs of pajamas for babies, children and teens. Please bring new pajamas to the library's Children's Department.

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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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'Lion': A Prince of the Jungle

Fortunately, Saroo is too young to be afflicted with this rabid pessimism currently masquerading as populism. Fully in survival mode and still blessed with that idealism that distinguishes us from the savage beast, he traverses the landscape of India. We are aghast as the harrowing journey, based on a true story, thrashes our sensibilities. Bouncing from one train car to another and walking miles across inhospitable geography, it is heinous that this child must use his intuition to evade those d

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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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Miss Hall's School Presents 'The Addams Family'

This MHS production stars sophomore Ainsley Schuth as family patriarch Gomez Addams; senior Josie Dorsey as his wife, Morticia Addams; junior Olivia Kinne of Pittsfield as Wednesday Addams; and freshwoman Olivia Finston-Fox of Monterey as Lucas Beineke.

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Boston Seafood Defends Chowder Cook-off Title

The 2017 competitors were Boston Sea Foods, Bounti Fare, Gramercy Bistro, Grazie, The Hub, Mingos, MCLA Dining Services, North Adams Commons and Williamstown Commons.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 22-28

Brought to you by: MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center and the North Adams Office of Tourism & Community Events.

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Berkshires Beat: Bad Weather Doesn't Stop Lenox Robotics Team

At the end of the day, Team Enginuity finished in the final round, was awarded the PTC Design Award and was one of four teams selected for the state competition in March.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20.

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North Adams Hosts Winterfest Celebration for 20th Year

This family-friendly, day-long, event wraps up at the Peter W. Foote Vietnam Veterans Memorial Skating Rink with free skate rentals and rink access from 2 to 4 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 15-21

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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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Drury Students to Present Comedy to Grade-Schoolers

This groundbreaking ensemble is designed for a two- fold purpose: first, a reach out to our elementary school population, utilizing theater arts as both an educational tool for growth, and second, as a service troupe for the wider community.

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Electric Vehicles Discount Program Information Session Set

Staff from the nonprofit Center for EcoTechnology will describe the Drive Green with Mass Energy program, which was launched in November by nonprofit Mass Energy Consumers Alliance (Mass Energy) and runs through Feb. 28. Drivers will be able to buy or lease cars at significant discounts below standard pricing.

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10X10 Arts Festival Kicks off Feb. 16 in Pittsfield

The 6th annual 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival participants and locations include Barrington Stage Company, the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire Athenaeum & Berkshire Historical Society, Berkshire Art Association, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Berkshire Running Center, Berkshire Yoga Dance & Fitness, Dottie's Coffee Lounge, Jacob's Pillow Dance, and Word X Word.

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Berkshire Museum Presents 'Ten Days of Play'

Celebrating the fifth year for this popular event, this innovative opportunity for child-directed play is included with regular museum admission and is available daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. "Ten Days of Play" is part of Pittsfield's 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

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Berkshires Beat: Displays at North Adams Public Library Tell Story of the Hoosic River Revival

The North Adams Public Library is currently featuring two displays to learn about the history of the Hoosic River and the Hoosic River Revival's vision for the south branch of the river.

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SVMC Sponsoring Active Lifestyle Photo Contest

Participants should photograph people being active in Bennington County and its surrounding communities. Examples of activities participants may photograph include hiking, biking, running, or team sports. Entrants can submit photos for consideration electronically through April 1.

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Morris, Williamstown Elementary Schools Honored at State House

The two Berkshire County schools were among 51 schools honored for high achievement, narrowing achievement gaps between groups of students or making strong progress.

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Mass 2-1-1 Day Celebrated Feb. 11

Mass 2-1-1 is a referral line that is staffed by information and referral specialists 24/7 who connect residents to the resources they need.

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Jacob's Pillow Hosts 'Chance to Dance' Contest

An exciting opportunity to perform on the Pillow's iconic outdoor stage, the Chance to Dance contest is a viewer-selected online competition that allows the public, peers, and fans of artists to vote on their inclusion in the Inside/Out Performance Series for Festival 2017.

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MCLA Announces Spring Preview Days

Check in for each Spring Preview Day begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Center for Science and Innovation. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Berkshires Beat: Senior Living Community Collects Items For Neighbors in Need

The associates, residents and their families at Brookdale Fillmore Pond collected items based on the needs of the BCCH.

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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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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 8-14

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'The Founder': The Original Hamburglar

It gets you thinking what you might have done, and wondering if you ever passed up such a seemingly divine signal. For when Kroc, the heretofore unsuccessful milkshake blender salesman, receives an order for not one but six blenders from San Bernardino's Dick and Mac McDonald, he isn't content to take the paltry commission. Nope, he gets out the map and makes a beeline for that first McDonald's eatery — a clean, shining example of gastronomic efficiency.

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Pittsfield Holding Public Forum On Needle Exchange Program

The first public engagement session about a needle exchange program is scheduled for Tuesday. The city is considering authorizing a needle exchange program to operate in the city and the Board of Health was close to voting to give that authorization last month. But, the board decided to hold off and in conjunction with the mayor's office launch a series of public sessions to gain additional feedback and inform citizens about the program.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 3-9

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Williamstown Nomination Papers Available

Offices on the May 9 annual town election ballot will be two selectmen for three-year terms, one elementary School Committee member for a three-year term, two library trustees for three-year terms, one Housing Authority member for a five-year term, and one Planning Board member for a five-year term.

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Landmark, Greylock Credit Unions to Merge

Landmark Credit Union and Greylock Federal Credit Union will merge this April, bringing together the financial institutions that once serviced workers in two of the county's largest employers. Landmark members were notified of the upcoming merger by letter last week that the credit union's board had unanimously agreed to merge with Greylock on April 30.

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Bromley’s 'Mom’s Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser Set for Feb. 3

Once again, this year's event will benefit the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The Cancer Center will receive the entire $20 lift ticket cost as a donation.

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High School Art Show Opens at Norman Rockwell Museum

Participating schools include: BART Charter School, Berkshire School, Berkshire Waldorf School, Drury High School, Lee High School, Lenox Memorial High School, Monument Mountain Regional High School, Mount Everett Regional High School, and Wahconah Regional High School.

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NAMI Berkshire County To Hold Cupcake Wars

Bakeries from throughout Berkshire County – including Linda's Pastries, Cakewalk Bakery & Cafe, and Gimme Some Sugar– will compete for the best cupcake in the following categories: Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Most Creative Use of Theme and People's Choice.

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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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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Towns Receive Complete Streets Community Funding Awards

The Complete Streets funding awards will be used to fund local, multi-modal infrastructure improvement projects, as identified in each municipality’s submitted Complete Streets Prioritization Plan.

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Jacoby to Retire as Boys & Girls Club CEO

Jacoby has served as CEO since March 2015. A search will begin shortly for a new long-term CEO to take the club into the future.

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Young People Set to Lift the Spirits of Berkshire Seniors With Valentine's Cards

Berkshire seniors served by Elder Services of Berkshire County are set to receive handmade Valentine's Day cards created by youth volunteers from across the country this Valentine's Day.

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Social Justice Discussion Set for Jan. 26 at Simon's Rock

The summit begins at 7 p.m. featuring Anastasia Stanmeyer, Berkshire Magazine editor,aas moderator and panelist. Eugenie Sills, founder of Womens Times and principal of TWT Media, and Jenn Smith of the Berkshire Eagle, also will participate on the panel.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Promotes Ladies First Vermont

Ladies First is a free program funded through the Vermont Department of Health. Most Vermont women are eligible, even if they have insurance. Benefits include those for prevention, screening, diagnostic testing and more.

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Berkshires Beat: Human Library at Williams Seeks 'Books'

A Human Library has "books" and "readers," all of whom are, as the name suggests, human. Each book volunteers to share a personal story about a topic related to stereotypes and discrimination.

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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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Drury Performing Arts Center to Present First-Ever Comedy Show

The show will feature Philadelphia native Dave Temple. Temple has been recently featured on Live at Gotham on national television. He is said to "bring an unadulterated view on life and his immediate surroundings with a poignancy that is unparalleled and leaves every single audience in stitches."

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Cariddi Planning Listening Sessions in North Berkshire

The community meetings, titled "There Ought to be a Law," will allow citizens to share ideas about local and district issues, state government, and legislation – particularly what laws should exist and what laws, if any, should be repealed.

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Fifth Grade Arbor Day Poster Contest Theme: 'Trees are Terrific'

Fifth grade classes from both public and private schools across the commonwealth are encouraged to participate in the annual Arbor Day Poster Contest by having the students create posters highlighting this year's theme, and then hosting a school poster contest. The winning poster from each school can then be submitted to the agency for review.

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2017 Pittsfield 4th of July Parade Theme Announced

The committee also has kicked off the fundraising drive for the 2017 parade. The committee is looking for corporate sponsors, small businesses and Berkshire County residents to help reach this year's goal of $85,000. Individual and corporate donation forms are also available on the website. Individuals may elect to donate online via Pay Pal.

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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 farm’s ingredients.

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Berkshires Beat: OLLI Opens Spring Classes

There is no educational requirement for joining OLLI, just a love of learning for the sake of learning. The classes have no tests, no grades and no required homework.

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North Adams Man Honored for WWII Service at NHL Game

David Shaker, a lifelong North Adams resident now retired and living in Boca Raton, Fla., was recognized on the jumbotron at Saturday's Boston Bruins-Florida Panthers game as part of the Panthers' "Heroes Among Us" program.

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Berkshires Beat: Boys & Girls Club Receives $9,948 Donation

The amount raised by the Pittsfield Ninety Nine, located at 699 Merrill Road, was the eighth highest of the 106 Ninety Nine stores participating in fundraising efforts for their local Boys & Girls Clubs.

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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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BFAIR Kicks Off Annual Campaign

BFAIR offers assistance to adults living with developmental disabilities, children with autism, elders in their homes, men and women who have an acquired brain injury, providing services in their facilities, in individual homes, in businesses throughout the Berkshires.

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