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The Classical Beat: Summer 2017 Music Festival Begins

With programs in Lenox and in Manchester, Vt., concertgoers will have a wide selection of music in a multiplicity of styles to enjoy in venues large and small: from solo jazz piano to the stellar Chris Botti with the Boston Pops, followed by a celebration of beloved show tunes by Rodgers and Hammerstein at Tanglewood.

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North Adams Happenings: June 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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Free Fun Fridays Return This Summer

Since its inception in 2009, Free Fun Fridays has drawn more than 1,000,000 visitors to venues throughout the commonwealth. Last year alone, the program reached more than 160,000 people with many partner institutions, such as The Mount in Lenox, The Old State House in Boston, Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich and the EcoTarium in Worcester, experiencing record-breaking attendance.

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Berkshires Beat: Fishing Derby Winners Announced

The 25th annual Harry Bateman Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby was held on June 3.

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Biz Briefs: Two Local Students Granted Lee Outlets Scholarships

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, is proud to support Simon Youth Foundation (SYF) in its efforts to increase educational opportunities for at-risk students through Simon Supports Education.

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MountainOne Provides Funding for Scholarships for MCLA Camps

NBUW and WCC will work closely with area youth agencies to refer young people into the summer programs and coordinate transportation when needed.

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The Cassical Beat: Tanglewood, Tannery Pond, Taconic Music Prepare to Open

After an arduous winter, the summer's musical offerings will be balm to both popular music and classical aficionados, who anticipate the cornucopia of music these diverse festivals and series present.

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North Adams Happenings: June 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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Berkshires Beat: YMCA Opening Childcare Center at Mountain Brook School in Lenox

The center is currently licensed for 15 preschool children ages 2.9 years to pre-kindergarten. The YMCA’s Childcare Director Laurie Vanuni has plans to grow it further.

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Biz Briefs: Beacon Cinema Getting $500,000 Facelift

The renovation will run from mid-July to mid-October. Three theaters will closed at a time. To kick off the new project, the Beacon will be offering a number of promotions and contests throughout the entire renovation period.

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Williams College 'Still In' on Paris Climate Agreement

The "We Are Still In" statement says, in part, that "the Trump administration's announcement undermines a key pillar in the fight against climate change and damages the world's ability to avoid the most dangerous and costly effects of climate change. Importantly, it is also out of step with what is happening in the United States."

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North Adams Happenings: June 7-31

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

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Financial Gifts – and Tips – for New Graduates

But what should you give to your newly minted diploma holder? You might want to consider offering a combination of financial gifts and tips, which, taken together, could set your graduate on a path toward a successful, independent life.

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Biz Briefs: Berkshire Bank Closing at Noon on June 7 for Day of Volunteering

Xtraordinary Day provides all Berkshire Bank employees the opportunity to volunteer in communities the Bank and its affiliates serve.

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Rudolf Steiner School Hosts Eigth Grade Portfolio Exhibit

The Class of 2017's 22 soon-to-be graduates have journeyed together from first through eighth grade and will present their handmade books in core academic subjects including history, mathematics, biology, chemistry, botany, language arts and foreign language, and portfolios of work in handwork, woodwork, geometry, 2D and 3D art.

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Berkshires Beat: Eighth-Graders Sew Patriotic Pillowcases

Vivori set the class up like a manufacturing company with students picking different areas of production. Some students chose laying out patterns and pinning, others cut out the patterns, and the rest sewed or ironed the pillowcases.

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Concerts on the Lake Run June 7-Aug. 30

The series runs every Wednesday at 6:30pm through August 30th (excluding August 16th for the Downtown Celebration).

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National Trails Day Activities Planned at Great Barrington River Walk

From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., guests can meet at the Dubois River Garden Park (corner of Church and River Streets in Great Barrington) to explore the natural landscape through a variety of activities including hiking, paddling, history walk and a riverside activity for children. A potluck picnic will be held at 12:30 p.m.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 2-8

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than 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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Law Enforcement Golf Tournament Supports Child Abuse Victims

Local law enforcement, prosecutors and members of the community will tee it up at Berkshire Hills Country Club to support the programs and services provided by Berkshire County Kids' Place, a children's advocacy center that provides services to approximately 400 child victims and their non-offending family each year at no cost.

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Unpublished Edith Wharton Play Discovered by Scholars

The Edith Wharton Review, published by Penn State University Press, have published this finding, by Laura Rattray, a reader in American literature at the University of Glasgow, and Mary Chinery, a professor of English at Georgian Court University in New Jersey, in a journal article titled "The Shadow of a Doubt: A Play in Three Acts by Edith Wharton." The article includes the play in its entirety.

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North Adams Happenings: May 31-June 6

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

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MCLA to Host North County Eighth-Grade Career Fair

Funded in part by a $7,500 grant from the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America in Pittsfield, and sponsored by MCLA and the Berkshire Compact for Education, the fair will help students learn about different types of jobs and careers so that they can make informed decisions about course selection in high school and begin to think about higher education and a career.

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Berkshires Beat: Cancer Center Community Crusaders Annual Event Joins with Survivors Day

Both events will be held on Saturday, June 3. The program schedule begins with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Cupcake tasting, raffles, music and kids’ activities — like inflatable bounce houses and face painting—continue throughout the day.

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Holiday Hours: Memorial Day

Holiday closures for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day Events 2017

All events are on Monday, May 29, unless otherwise noted.

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McGovern Tapped as Executive Director of Boys & Girls Club

McGovern will replace the current CEO, Chris Jacoby, who will retire June 30. Jacoby is expected to resume his position as a member of the board of directors.

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On '529 Day,' Think About College Savings Plans

This day, named after the 529 plan, a popular college-savings vehicle, is designed to promote people’s awareness of the need to save and invest for the high costs of higher education. And that need has never been greater.

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Spring Neighborlies Celebrate Community Individuals Groups

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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Berkshires Beat: Williams Environmental Center Earns Petal Certification

Twelve months of consecutive data showed that the center qualified in six of the seven environmental performance criteria for the Living Building Challenge, but fell short for the energy standard, just missing full certification as a Living Building.

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Biz Briefs: CompuWorks Celebrates 30 Years in IT Services

Founded in 1987 by David Hall and Alan Bauman, CompuWorks' mission has always been to help its clients maximize the business impact of technology. T

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Math Major Wins MCLA's '29 Who Shine' Award

In addition to two years of service to the Adams Youth Center program as a mentor and a tutor, LaVoice is the creator of the "Pathways to College" program, which sends MCLA students to Drury High School in North Adams to help the younger students with professional development and college access-related activities.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 19-25

Join the Berkshire Museum to celebrate the "electric" opening of its newest exhibit, Guitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: May 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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Clothing Sale, Now a Decade Old, Set for Saturday, May 20

The sale features gently used clothing and shoes sized from infant to teen styles, including pajamas, swimwear and outerwear, as well as infant bedding/gear, sporting and dance apparel, costumes, accessories and maternity items. The sale featuring items for all seasons, including high-quality winter coats. All items will be 50 percent off from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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St. Stan's Team Wins Battle of the Books

Held on May 9 at Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke, the grade five-six team, The Plot Twisters, won first place in their division. Going head to head with St. Mary's Academy from Longmeadow, the win marked the second year in a row this group had a first place finish.

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Biz Briefs: Greylock's Annual Shred Day Benefits Berkshire United Way

The credit union suggested a $1 donation per box from people looking to dispose of personal documents.

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Berkshires Beat: Brien Center Receives Donation from Williams Rugby Football Club

The team has been organizing the John Donovan Memorial Tournament in memory of their former teammate who lost his battle to mental illness.

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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 12-18

Next Thursday, May 18, is the first 3rd Thursday of 2017!

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North Adams Happenings: May 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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Berkshires Beat: Great Barrington Police Department Earns State Accreditation

Under the leadership of Chief William Walsh Jr., the Great Barrington Police Department was evaluated by a team of commission-appointed assessors. The Assessment Team found the department to be in compliance with all applicable standards for accreditation.

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Letter Carriers Food Drive to Benefit Local Pantries

Letter carriers will be collecting non-perishable food items for distribution to local food pantries and meal programs. Non-perishable food items such as peanut butter, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice are welcome and appreciated.

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Biz Briefs: Yummy Treasures Named Microenterprise of the Year for Massachusetts

In early October the store opened with a goal to not only have an incredible array of new and vintage product, but to foster a sense of community. This was done through a series of beading classes, Mother's Day events, Trunk Shows, and open tables for crafters to work at anytime

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 5-11

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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North Adams Happenings: May 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: Adams Native Stars in ‘Peppa Pig’ Stage Show

Pinsonnault is a 2001 graduate of Hoosac Valley High School, where he performed in a number of theatrical productions.

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Biz Briefs: Lee Outlets Join In 'More Than Pink' Movement

Visitors to Simon Malls and Simon Premium Outlets will notice the pink theme carried throughout the shopping centers with features such as pink-lit entrances, pink flowers on display, pink ribbon parking and more.

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MCLA Names Recipients of Berkshire County Educator Recognition

This year's recipients will be recognized on Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Murdock Hall room 218, on the MCLA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

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Berkshire County Rx Round Up Set for April 29

Anyone with unused, unwanted and expired prescription, over-the-counter and controlled medications may stop by to dispose of them safely. Personal needles will also be accepted in puncture-proof plastic containers.

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MCLA Holding 25th Community Day of Service

According to Moser, this year is special in that it marks the 25th anniversary of this annual spring day of service. Participants will meet in the larger Venable Gym because the event has outgrown its previous location in the MCLA Church Street Center.

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North Adams Happenings: April 26-May 2

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: 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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