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Democrats Meeting Across Berkshire County

Democratic town committees have been meeting and preparing for the Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention and hosting other events across Berkshire County. The following is a sample:

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 21-27

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: Feb. 23-March 1

The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival continues daily through Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more.

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Biz Briefs: Pittsfield Chiropractor Sponsors Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

To support Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity, Schagen will donate all of the proceeds from new patient exams scheduled through his community outreach program.

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Berkshires Beat: Grazie, Mingo's Take Top Honors in Chowder Cook-off

Voters were asked to rank their top three favorite, though many just picked one. Competitors were awarded three points for every first-place mark, two points for each second-place mark, and one point for every third-place mark.

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10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival Runs Feb. 15-25 in Pittsfield

Organized by the city of Pittsfield's Office of Cultural Development and Barrington Stage Company, the festival features 66 events in 12 different venues, highlighting dozens of artists, actors, musicians, playwrights and performers.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 19.

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MCLA Rolls Out New Career Development Platform

The Career Trail Online includes professional development training and assistance; a place to post resumes and search for jobs, as well as a place for employers to search for recent graduates; allows students to make career counseling appointments at CSSE; and provides ways for students to connect directly with MCLA alumni or an employer who is willing to be a mentor.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 14-20

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: Bank of America Offers Free Museum Admission to Members

Each Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or US Trust cardholder is allowed one free general admission to participating institutions on any eligible day.

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Berkshires Beat: Final Steel Beam Placed on New Tanglewood Complex

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the new four-building complex is being designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, led by William Rawn and Cliff Gayley, and is the largest building project at Tanglewood since the construction of Ozawa Hall (1994), also designed by William Rawn Associates.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 9-15

The 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival takes place Thursday, Feb. 15 - Sunday, Feb. 25 and features music, art, theater, dance, film and more. There is something for the entire family, from Barrington Stage's 10x10 New Play Festival and opera at The Whitney, to 10 Days of Play at the Berkshire Museum and a fireworks extravaganza at the Pittsfield Common.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 7-13

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: New Jersey Brothers Purchase Elm Street Market

Verson, Inc. is a family-owned business that owns and operates a group of deli and catering shops in New York City. Verma plans to keep the current staff while adding more prepared foods to the menu.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Interfaith Organizing Adds New Group at Convention

BIO's newest member organization is Temple Anshe Amunim of Pittsfield; this brings the number of member groups to 18, spread around the county. They are joined by individual members of the group BIO Community Leaders. All work together to build strength within the community to address the root causes of struggles faced by many Berkshire neighbors, including hunger, transportation and the need for immigrant support.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 2-8

Enjoy almost a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than a dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!

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Dreaming Of A White Groundhog's Day?

Just how much snow will we get on the day Punxsutawney Phil lets us know when winter will end?

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

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: Sports Teams Donate Blankets to Cancer Center

The blankets were given in honor of John Werner, who coached both the Castleton University softball and men’s soccer teams and who founded the LINAO movement. LINAO stands for "Losing Is Not An Option."

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Bakeries from throughout Berkshire County, including Linda's Pastries, Berkshire Pathways and Simply Sweet will compete at the 4th Annual Cupcake Wars in the categories of Best Tasting, Most Creative, Best Presentation and People's Choice.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 24-30

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

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Berkshire County Democrats Meeting to Choose Delegates

This year's Massachusetts Democratic Party Endorsing Convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide offices, including constitutional officers and gubernatorial candidates.

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Berkshires Beat: MCLA Recognized for 'Outstanding Energy and Environmental Efforts'

Over the past decade, MCLA's clean energy and sustainability initiatives resulted in a 19 percent reduction in campus greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing 232 cars from the road – despite a 14 percent growth in campus square footage.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 19-25

The Body, Mind & Health Expo is a FREE event that will feature information and demonstrations to improve your health and well-being.

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SVMC Hosts Life Hacks Meme Competition for Teens

The program at SVMC aims to use memes created by students to influence the attitudes and behaviors of their peers, increase feelings of self-worth, and reduce the risks of developing chronic diseases.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 17-23

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: Crissey Farm Honored for Excellence in Wedding Venues

Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients.

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Williams College Seeks 'Books' for Human Library Project

A Human Library consists of volunteers who act as "books" that can be "checked out" by "readers." Each book decides on a title that gives a snapshot of their story:

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Berkshires Beat: Real Women Essay Contest Entries Sought

Founded in 1986, the Real Women Essay contest, invites Berkshire County students K-12 to participate by writing an essay, poem, scripted conversation, first-person monologue or journal recognizing a woman in their lives that has inspired them.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 12-18

On Sunday, the Second Congregational Church will host Delivering the Dream: A Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. from 3-5 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 10-16

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

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Du Bois 150th Festival Begins on Jan. 15 in Great Barrington

The festival kicks off on Monday, Jan. 15, with the Martin Luther King Day Interfaith Service from noon to 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church on Main Street.

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Free for Berkshire County Residents Through Jan. 19

Since Mass MoCA’s inception, various campaigns have steered patrons to the galleries free of charge. Mass MoCA's annual Free Day, which typically falls during the winter season, waives admission to all museum-goers, attracting an influx of visitors. This year, Free Day falls on Saturday, Jan. 20.

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Biz Briefs: Nonprofit Center Report Addresses Sharing of Services

Forty-eight individuals participated from 48 organizations, representing a diversity of size, type, budget, and experience of nonprofit leaders. Respondents were primarily executive directors, senior administrators and a few board members. South, central and northern Berkshire County were represented.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 5-11

Email your horizontally oriented, high resolution images to OLLI@Berkshirecc.edu by Wednesday, Jan. 10 to be considered.

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Berkshires Beat: Fairview Earns National Recognition as a Top Rural Hospital

This is Fairview's fifth year of being named a top rural hospital in America.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 3-9

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: Berkshire 4-H Holds Awards, Recognition Event

About 100 people gathered to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of 4-H'ers, volunteers and others on Dec. 2.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 29-Jan. 14

Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's North Adams Branch Moving to Ashland Street

The Landmark building is the former home of Landmark Credit Union, which merged with Greylock in 2017.

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E-Book Review: 'Symphonies & Scorpions' by Gerald Elias

Now, Elias has just released his first downloadable e-book, "Symphonies & Scorpions." A memoir, he has subtitled it "Ramblings of a Wand'ring Minstrel on the Boston Symphony's Far East Tour of 2014."

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 27-Jan. 2

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

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Contact Your Elected Officials

Have something to say? Here's how to get in touch with your local officials, both on the national and state level.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 22-28

Pittsfield's city-owned community arts center, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, features nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio, a community room and an art gallery with changing exhibitions, classes, performances and more!

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 20-26

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: Berkshires-Based Pungl Ready to Expand Nationwide

Through the Pungl marketplace, anyone in the country can shop by location or charitable cause, and then make a donation to that cause in their own name or in the name of a loved one.

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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community

The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 15-21

Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer and the Beacon Cinema management will officially unveil the renovations and upgrades with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for December

State Sen. Adam Hinds will convene his final Speak Up Western Mass public forum of the year at Williamstown Town Hall, 31 North St., on Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 to noon.

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 13-19

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: Wild Oats Celebrates 35 Years As Cooperative in Williamstown

The main event will be a cake cutting at 3:35 p.m., but the celebration will go on all day with vendor demos throughout the day, including Maplebrook Farm, Hop2o, Heritage Cider and Niman Ranch.

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Berkshires Beat: Habitat for Humanity Giving One Family Ultimate Christmas Present

More than 700 volunteers and over 17,500 hours of volunteer labor helped build the DelSonno house during the last seven months.

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BArT Presents 'Twelfth Night'

The production is filled with music, mistaken identities, tangled letters of love, and gender-bending hijinks.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 8-14

Shire City Sanctuary will again host its Holiday Shindy, featuring more than 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks and live music

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Biz Briefs: BCC Offers Micro-Grants to Help Students Get Out of Debt

The scholarship can help reduce or remove a student's debt to the college which in turn allows them to register for upcoming spring 2018 classes at BCC.

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Children's Musical Set For Dec. 2-3 in Williamstown

“Angels Aware” features two dozen local children ranging in age from 4 to 14 singing, dancing and acting in a Broadway-style musical.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 1-7

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Fridays Artswalk and all month long!

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MCLA Students Seeking Community Input on Concussion Survey

The survey was developed using SurveyMonkey and the students say "input will help us understand how this issue may impact the future of participation in youth sports."

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

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: Pittsfield Business Sponsors Thanksgiving Run/Walk to Benefit Autism Connections

The Lemmes have been running the business and specializing in race directing and timing since 2010. Among the largest races they have directed is the annual Steel Rail Half Marathon held in May on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, as well as more than 25 other running events in the county.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 17-23

Celebrate the start of the holiday season and enjoy an alluring variety of appetizers and beverages at the Festival of Trees Preview Party. Guests are invited to dress to fit the theme or wear their holiday best. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 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: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program

Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social contact and a health and safety wellness check.

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Berkshires Beat: Home Instead Kicks Off 'Be A Santa To A Senior' Program

Holiday shoppers are invited to support Be a Santa to a Senior by visiting a participating location where Be a Santa to a Senior trees will be on display from Nov. 10 to Dec. 29.

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Miss Hall's School Presents 'You Can't Take It With You'

This MHS production stars senior Jayme McGuigan of Pittsfield as Martin Vanderhof/Grandpa; junior Jasmine Briggs as Alice; and sophomore Emily Carmel of Pittsfield and junior Trudy Fadding of Glendale as Alice's parents, Penelope and Paul Sycamore. Guest actor Matthew Gallagher of Pittsfield plays Tony Kirby, while senior Gabby Hinkley of Dalton and senior Miriam Myers of Monterey play Tony's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kirby.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 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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Berkshires Beat: Center for EcoTechnology Wins 2017 Composting Challenge

CET receives $100,000 for its past work and the exclusive invitation from the Rathmann Family Foundation to apply for an Even Bigger Idea grant of $200,000.

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Biz Briefs: North Adams Edward Jones Office Supports Northern Berkshire Santa Fund Toy Drive

Local residents may help needy children in the area by bringing in a new, unwrapped toy to the office, 71 Main Street, North Adams, during regular business hours from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Especially needed are LEGOs and baby dolls of all types, as well as board games and books.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 3-9

November 3 is First Fridays Artswalk & More!

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 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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Massachusetts Health Connector Begins Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment starts on Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 23, 2018, longer than the Nov. 1-Dec. 15 federal deadline, and is consistent with past Massachusetts Open Enrollment periods. The Health Connector is planning a number of other outreach and enrollment support activities this year that mirrors the Exchange’s past commitment to comprehensive Open Enrollment activities.

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Biz Briefs: Abstract Art Colors Walls at Tunnel City Coffee

Moving from analog through the technological revolution and into the realm of software applications and iPad drawings, the Hudsons consider themselves lucky to keep pace. They use a variety of Mac-based photography and videography editing programs, and produce pieces for single-channel, installation and web contexts.

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Berkshires Beat: Coalition Holds Fall Neighborlies Awards Night

Friends, family and many supporters gathered to honor and congratulate individuals and groups in the Northern Berkshire communities whose acts of kindness and volunteer efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of their neighbors and the community.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 27-Nov. 2

This week's newsletter is full of spooky events!

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Trick-or-Treat, Halloween Events 2017

Below is a list of towns holding trick-or-treat hours and/or events on Halloween.

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BRTA Seeking Feedback on Employment-Based Transportation

The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority is releasing the results of a study down on the need employment-based transportation. The survey, done in conjunction with transportation planning consultant McMahon Associates, looked at employment issues related to the lack of public transportation after the buses stop running at 6 p.m. in Berkshire County.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

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: SVMC Hosts Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington, Vt., has scheduled two events designed to help area women lessen the effects of breast cancer on their lives.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Farm & Table, Alchemy Initiative Team Up to Aid Farmers Markets

The project will build capacity, address market challenges, provide an ongoing support network to farmers market managers, increase customer volume and sales, and ultimately contribute to economic development in the region.

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MassWildlife Offers Tips for Aggressive Turkeys

Wild turkeys live in a variety of habitats in Massachusetts, including suburban and urban areas. They roost in large trees at night to avoid predators and you may see turkeys roosting on on railings, roofs, or vehicles in residential areas. Wild turkeys live in flocks organized by pecking order.

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How Big Was a T-Rex? Dalton Preschoolers Know!

The installation will be on view on the side-lawn of the Dalton CRA, 400 Main St., through Sunday, Oct. 22. The project was made possible with support from Hill Engineers, Architects & Planners.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 18-25

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: Outlets Going Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Visitors to the Lee Premium Outlets, as well as other Simon malls and outlets in New England, will notice the pink theme carried out at select Guest Services booths and staff will be honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donning pink accessories.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire County Arc Participates in BIAMA's Walk & Roll

Berkshire County Arc opened its first residential program for individuals with developmental disabilities in 1971, and, in 2002, the agency opened its first residential program for individuals with brain injuries.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Oct. 13-19, 2017

Cultural Pittsfield and the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market join forces to host the Second-annual Harvest Festival at the First Street Common on Saturday, October 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Williamstown Elementary Holds Fall Children's Clothing Sale on Oct. 14

The WES cafeteria will be packed with gently used, nearly new and brand new quality children's clothing and accessories, including dressy styles, swim and athletic wear, foot wear, costumes and pajamas.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 11-17

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

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Area artists rally to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center

Ceramic artist Stephanie Boyd, one of the event organizers, was inspired after a recent mini-fundraiser she held on Facebook shortly after the events at Charlottesville, Va. She made six mugs, posted them for $100 each with the intent of donating 100 percent to the Southern Poverty Law Center. She sold out within a few hours. The success of that project led her to create something larger to benefit a local organization.

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North Adams Happenings: Oct. 4-10

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: McCann Tea Room Open for Business This Week

The Tea Room is a fully functioning restaurant open to the public from twice a week for a few weeks each semester.

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Berkshires Beat: Mass MoCA Lights Up Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness

Although childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children, childhood cancer research is tremendously underfunded in the United States and around the world.

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More Than a 'Thank You': The 'Neighborlies' Bring People Together

While its gone through some changes throughout the years, its purpose has remained the same: to provide residents the opportunity to go beyond a thank you and recognize neighbors, community groups, youth, and local businesses for simple acts of kindness and going the extra mile.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Sept. 19-Oct. 5

Berktoberfest, an annual fundraiser held to benefit the Elizabeth Freeman Center and Moments House, will be held from 1-5 p.m.* on McKay Street. The 10th annual fest will feature regional brews from Bright Ideas, Big Elm, Wandering Star, Angry Orchard, Sam Adams, Glass Bottom, White Lion, von Trapp and many more.

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DownStreet Art Set for Thursday, Sept. 28

DownStreet Art is a program of MCLA's Berkshire Cultural Resource Center

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Biz Briefs: Citizens for a Greater Bennington to Support the Putnam Block Project

The Putnam Block Project is a vibrant, mixed-use downtown space with offices, in-town living, restaurants and retail. The Putnam Block Redevelopment is a community-led development. The civic leaders of Bennington together with the town, state and key tenants are providing the investments and commitments to ensure this project will be successful.

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North Adams Happenings: Sept. 27-Oct. 3

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

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