|Lanesborough Looks to Join Berkshire Mosquito Control Project|
Voters will be asked to join the Berkshire County Mosquito Control Project at town meeting.
The Board of Selectmen voted to add a warrant article asking voters to join the efforts to control mosquito populations after meeting with project Superintendent Christopher Horton. The project is state run and so far eight other Berkshire towns are part of the local effort - those are Clarksburg, Hinsdale, Otis, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sheffield, Stockbridge, and Tyringham.
|Local Student Raises Funds to Support Berkshire County Arc|
The $908 raised will support Berkshire County Arc’s Autism Sensory Integration Program, which serves children with autism and other sensory processing disorders through structured therapeutic and recreational activities that improve their gross motor, fine motor and oral motor development.
|Fairview Commons Hosts Dementia Education Series for Caregivers|
Subjects include effective communication strategies, understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, and healthy living for your brain and body.
|Pittsfield Kicks Off 2016 Mayors' Fitness Challenge|
It may be a challenge with no losers, but Pittsfield wants to win it.
The city kicked off its mayor's fitness challenge, a friendly competition with the city of North Adams. Residents in each city are asked to track health and fitness goals, earning points for such things as attending a farmer's market, eating healthy foods, and exercise. The city whose residents gain the most points wins the challenge.
|Coalition Forum: Prevent Tomorrow's Addicts By Educating Today's Children|
That is part of a strategy called "looking upstream," and in the Berkshires right now, the analogy is being used to describe a way to tackle the region's substance abuse problem.
In this case, said Wendy Pender, direction of prevention and wellness at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, "upstream" is actually the children of today who we hope to prevent from becoming the addicts of tomorrow.
|Downing Honored During Brien Center's UNICO Dinner|
Maria Congelosi was feeling so low that she tried to kill herself.
Congelosi is a Romania native and came to the Berkshire because she was adopted. By the age of 9 or 10, she started getting into physical altercations with her adoptive mother. Throughout school she felt self conscience, had depression and anxiety. She was teased by her peers.
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|Pittsfield Council Voices Opposition to Tobacco Regulations|
Economic development and health went head to head Tuesday night as members of the City Council pushed back against unwavering health officials.
For more than two hours the City Council peppered local and state health officials about tobacco regulations which were implemented in 2014. The issue came to a head now, months after a business was denied a tobacco retailer permit because the regulations limit the number of establishments selling the products.
|Adams Board Of Health Ready For Inspections |
After reorganizing the board and electing Bruce Shepley as chairman Wednesday, the board welcomed new code enforcement officer Thomas Romaniak and new member Peter Hoyt and mobilized on inspections that were tabled while the town searched for a new code enforcement officer.
Romaniak, a former Adams dispatcher, started earlier this week and has already toured lingering cases.
|'Disrupting Aging' Comes to the Berkshires|
Our culture tells us that aging will change us against our will, and for the worse. Dr. Bill Thomas, an internationally acclaimed longevity expert argues that our cultural view of aging is all wrong.
|SVMC ExpressCare Appoints New Physician Assistant|
Open seven days a week, ExpressCare is a convenient walk-in clinic.
|North Adams Kicks Off Annual Fitness Challenge|
The crowd punched into the air, "jump roped" to the beat of the music, dropped for some push-ups and wrapped up with some meditative stretching.
The 10-minute exercise routine on Friday night was the warm-up for the third annual Mayor's Fitness Challenge - a 10-week challenge to a healthier life.
|BFAIR to Host Memory Cafe|
The Berkshire Memory Cafe, the only of its kind in Western Massachusetts to receive funding, offers a casual, cafe-like setting for people living with memory issues and their caregivers, designed to spend less time on focusing on the memory issues and more time socializing.
|BHS Urgent Care Expands Hours of Operation|
BHS Urgent Care, located at 505 East St. in Pittsfield, in St. Luke’s Square, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, beginning on Sunday, May 1.
|New Doctor Joins SVMC Internal Medicine|
Smith is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
|SVMC Health Blog: Good News, Gone Bad|
One day several years ago, a national news broadcast reporter covered a scientific study that revealed the beneficial components of chocolate. "It's good for your heart," she proclaimed. "Eat more chocolate."
|State Senator Downing Presented With Downing Award|
Saturday mornings bright and early, the late District Attorney Gerard Downing would get dressed, head down to the Catholic Youth Center on Melville Street, descend the stairs to the mini gym and start working.
His work had nothing to do with the district attorney's office. It had to do with teaching a group of five-year-olds how to dribble and shoot basketball. It was becoming a mentor and inspiration for the area youth.
|Private Bennington, Vt., Wells Test Positive for PFOA|
Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday released drinking water test results for perfluorooctanoic acid from a new area of testing south of the Bennington landfill.
|Biz Briefs: Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins TV Award|
In the video, John, an auto detailer in Bennington, shares his emotional story about battling cancer with SVMC’s team. The video was part of a series of patient videos, all of which can be viewed at svhealthcare.org/stories.
|Lanesborough EMTs Forgoing Stipends to Save Ambulance Service|
Town EMTS will no longer take the small stipend offered in order to help keep the ambulance service alive.
The move cuts out some $22,000 from the enterprise budget and is being coupled with increased fees. The hope is to keep the ambulance service afloat for the year while officials look to find ways to keep it. The service struggled in the last year because of some $30,000 in unpaid bills owed to the ambulance and the inability to respond to all calls
|Berkshire Medical Center Gets OK to Expand Addiction Treatment|
Berkshire Medical Center is taking the first steps in providing local comprehensive after-care for patients struggling with addiction.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has approved the proposal by BMC to create a new 30-bed unit to improve long-term recovery. The Clinical Stabilization Services center will be created on the first floor of the Edward A. Jones Memorial Building, which also contains the the McGee Recovery Center.