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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu

According to a recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control, flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 percent to 60 percent. By taking other precautions, like hand washing and avoiding close contact with those who are ill, in addition to getting a flu shot, you get excellent overall protection.

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Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food

If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.

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Getting Your Snow Thrower Ready For Winter

If you had fuel in the gas tank at that time and haven't thought about it since, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise when you want to use it again.

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5 Unique Pizzas You Need to Try Today!

If you're looking to try a new slice of pie, here are five unique pizzas made in the Berkshires that you'll totally want to order this weekend.

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.

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How to Choose a New Mower

Maybe your old mower is on its last legs, or maybe you're just ready for a new one. Here are some tips for choosing your next mower.

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Gardening For Your Life

Gardening also relates to many desirable health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity." And physical activity is a great way to ward off lots of common diseases, like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and more.

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Maintaining Your Current Sign Offers Many Benefits

Companies are always torn between two very popular provers: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and "Prevention is better than cure" - and this is especially true when it comes to signage.

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Health Screenings Save Time for Busy Moms

But visiting your healthcare providers for regular screenings can save you time and money in the long run - not to mention keeping you in good health so you can continue to juggle all of those responsibilities without getting run down.

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Massachusetts Residents Can Participate in Woodstove Change-out Program Again

Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if their old wood stove is currently operational, non-EPA certified and located in a residential building, and the stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.

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Get Your Lawn Mower Ready For Spring

The first and most important step is simply fallowing a regular maintenance program. Now, this may not sound like a big deal, but there is a lot more that goes in regular maintenance than you think.

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SVMC Health Blog: Three Food-Related Decisions That Can Help Lower the Risk of Colon Cancer

Almost 100,000 people are diagnosed with colon cancer every year, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of the risk factors are unavoidable, such as age and family history. Others are within your power. When you make choices to improve your diet and increase your activity, you decrease your risk.

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Changing Your Old Business Sign to LEDs is Easier Than Ever

There's never been a better time to get "out with the old and in with the new" by replacing your existing lighting with state-of-the-art illumination technology.

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Autumn Leaves Prelude to White Winter

We cannot count on another mild winter like we had in 2015-2016, and with snow, ice and sometimes dangerously cold temperatures, many of our senior citizens are looking at several months of anxiety, relying on others for snow removal, grocery shopping and transportation to appointments.

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Fire Prevention Week Is October 9-15

With The National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Fire Prevention Week occurring this month, Oct. 9-15, it is the perfect time for your Berkshire County neighborhood insurance agency to talk to you about how your home, condo or renters insurance can provide coverage in case of a fire event.

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Think About Test-Driving Your Next Tractor First

Industry experts say potential tractor buyers should "put it through its paces" beyond asking about obvious things like warranties. A huge consideration should be your own comfort; after all, you may spend hundreds of hours on the tractor each year for the next 10 or 20 years.

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Give Yourself the Gift of the Present

A person doesn't have to require any assistance to enjoy the freedom, the independence, the social, cultural and intellectual comradery, and stimulation of an Independent Living community.

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Is Renting Out Your Vacation Home Right For You?

A lot has changed in the vacation travel industry over the past five years, but arguably the biggest game-changer has been the growing desire of travelers to book vacation home rentals versus staying at traditional hotels or resorts. In fact, according to a study of the American traveler by the Ypartnership/Harrison Group, nearly 50 percent of all travelers are now interested in renting properties for their vacation.

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Building Your Image

These feelings that you get when you think of different companies is the company's brand. So what is a brand? A brand is an intangible idea, something that has credibility and an idea that people can trust. A brand has a clear focus and is consistently sticking to this focus. It's a belief system around a topic to which consumers can relate. Consumers get a sense of quality, desire and belonging. A brand means what you as a consumer says it means.

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To Go Solar Or Not To Go Solar?

In a highly unexpected move, the federal government pre-emptively extended the 30 percent investment tax credit for installing a solar PV (photovoltaic) system. This enticing credit was actually due to expire at the end of this year but is now available to homeowners through the end of 2018.

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Programs Offer Incentives for Changing Out Old Woodstoves

From now through Aug. 22, 2016, Massachusetts residents can apply for the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out program, a partnership between MassCEC, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy Resources, offers rebates to assist Massachusetts residents in replacing non-EPA-certified wood stoves with cleaner, more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves.

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Be Safe and Have Fun on Your Motorcycle

Two- and three-wheeled motorcycles share the road with cars and trucks in the warmer months, and that means safety is the number one priority. All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. And motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.

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Trade Out Old Woodstove With Help from Massachusetts Program

Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if their old woodstove is currently operational, non-EPA certified, and located in a residential building AND the stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.

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Stop Ignoring Recall Letters From Auto Manufacturers

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as many as 25 percent of car owners do not respond to a recall. You, the consumer must do your part by participating fully in recalls, which are always free safety fixes.

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The Right Mower Can Make Lawn Care a Pushover

Mowing a lawn isn't always something people look forward to. But there are many ways to make the job easier and more effective to provide a lush look that will make your neighbors green with envy.

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Flood Insurance: What Berkshire County Homebuyers & Homeowners Need to Know

While we love our rivers, lakes and waterfalls here in the Berkshires, they do make us much more susceptible to flood from heavy rains, ice jams, snowmelt, and more. Whether you own or are planning to buy a home, it's equally imperative that you understand property flood risks, your coverage options, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a flood catastrophe.

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