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Berkshires Beat: Sen. Hinds Reads Aloud to Young Children in Pittsfield

Dr. Dempsey participates in Reach Out and Read, a program that prescribes books and reading aloud to give young children a foundation that is crucial for success.

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Berkshires Beat: Thermal Cameras Available at the Milne Library

The cameras were donated to the library by Williamstown Girl Scout Troop 12940 and the Williamstown COOL Committee.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire OLLI Set to Kick Off Spring Semester

OLLI courses are designed especially by and for people 50 years and older, but everyone is invited to join and attend.

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Berkshires Beat: PCTV to Air PSAs for 29 Nonprofits

With the high cost of media production, many of these organizations had not been able to achieve their outreach goals and thus, the objective of PCTV creating an annual donation of its professional production capabilities.

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Berkshires Beat: NAMI Berkshire County Raises $15,000 at Cupcake Wars

All proceeds support the programs of NAMI Berkshire County, which provides information, referrals, classes, workshops, support groups and advocacy to family members and caregivers of people living with mental illnesses throughout Berkshire County.

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Berkshires Beat: Rockwell Museum Hosts Student Exhibit 'Reimagining The Four Freedoms'

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

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Berkshires Beat: SVC Receives Gift to Support Nursing Scholarships

The deadline to apply for the scholarship will be March 30, 2018, with mid-April decisions and notifications to applicants. In addition to meeting scholarship requirements, students applying for the BSN program must first meet admission requirements.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Berkshires Beat: Fall Foliage Children's Races Winners Announced

This annual event kicks off the Fall Foliage Festival going on through Sunday, Oct. 1, when the Greylock Federal Fall Classic 5k Road Race and the 62nd annual Fall Foliage Parade round out the festivities.

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