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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 20.

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BMC Rebuilt Surgical Residency Program Earns New Accreditation

"That was the year things changed radically around here. We had to regroup and rethink about surgical education. We had to develop a whole new process and whole new program," Dr. Michael DiSiena said.

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Pittsfield Officer to Carry Torch in Austria For Special Olympics World Games

The job of a police officer means dealing with people on their worst days, day after day. And it wears on the officers. Eight years ago Officer Darren Derby started getting involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run fundraising efforts for the Special Olympics. He's raised more than a half million dollars in support of those athletes. And he does it because he feels those athletes do more for him than he could ever do for them.

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Waste District Passes Budget, Welcomes New Program Coordinator

The 13-member Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District passed a fiscal 2018 budget that will see an increase of 4 percent in each town's assessment.

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'The Oscar Picks: Betrayed': The Great Goldberger Squirrel Conspiracy of 2017

Now, it bears informing that much of what followed is uncertain in its details, and will imminently be thoroughly investigated by a panel of independent chipmunks. But it's definitely a conspiracy meant to undermine the peace, tranquility and high-minded principles that have long comprised the noble doctrine cherished and adhered to by my backyard's fauna.

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Announces New Board of Trustees Members

As members of the Jacobís Pillow Dance Board of Trustees, Abraham, Patrick, Patti and Whelan will utilize their unique abilities, interests, and experiences to guide, sustain, and promote the Pillow. The board is responsible for successfully defining and carrying out the organizationís mission in coordination with Director Pamela Tatge, Managing Director Andrea Sholler, and the executive team.

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Darrow School Junior Wins Top Art Show Prize

LaPell was named the first-place winner for his untitled work, a series of three-dimensional monochromatic acrylic paintings on cardboard, and received a $150 prize at the awards ceremony held at the college on Jan. 26.

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Berkshire Bank Names President of First Choice Loan Services

As president, Costello will work with the current leadership team of First Choice Loan Services including Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Norman T. Koenigsberg and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Ralph Picarillo in developing strategic initiatives.

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Berkshire Bank Announces Director of Wealth Management & Interim CIO

In his new role, Edgar will lead Berkshire Bank's Wealth Management initiatives and oversee its investment process.

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Williams College Art Professor Has Book on 'Choice' List

Hedreen's book, "The Image of the Artist in Archaic and Classical Greece" (Cambridge University Press, 2016), uses lyric poetry and pictorial art to explore the emergence of artistic subjectivity in early Greek culture.

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Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces First Grade Teacher

Fernbacher brings broad Waldorf teaching experience to her new position, including teaching at every grade level. The GBRSS Board of Trustees and Council of Teachers approve the hiring of Fernbacher to lead the class of 2025 from first grade through middle school, a period of exceptional human growth.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union Announces Promotions

Felix has served in the Business Banking department since 2008. In his new role, he will be responsible for helping credit union members with business loans and other financial products and services. Kaley was previously Contact Center supervisor, helping oversee 70 percent of all incoming calls and contacts to the credit union, including all internet banking inquiries.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Welcomes New PA

Cornwell-Khan received her master's degree from the University of New England in Portland, Maine, in 2016. She holds a bachelor's degree in African Development Studies from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.

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Berkshire County Arc Hires Director of Marketing & Development

In this role she will oversee the marketing strategy, public relations and fundraising efforts for the agency.

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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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Mount Greylock Hires Architect to Look at Options for Capital Endowment

The Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has decided to hire a Greenfield architect to help develop a plan to spend a $5 million capital endowment. The school district received the gift from Williams College last year to help cover improvements not included in the $65 million addition/renovation project at the junior/senior high school.

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North Adams Will Know Small Business Voting Results Next Week

It's all over but the counting for five communities hoping to become this year's Small Business Revolution - Main Street winner. The city's weeklong push to collect as many votes as possible toward the $500,000 economic development boost ended at midnight on Thursday.

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Lanesborough Selectmen Ask Town Manager To Remove Salary Increases

The Selectmen have asked Town Manager Paul Sieloff to back out all salary increases in his preliminary budget. Sieloff walked the board through parts of his preliminary budget Monday night. The Selectmen asked him to take out all 2 percent increases for nonunion employees.

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Berkshire Delegation Gets Committee Assignments

State House leaders have released committee assignments for this session, with the Berkshire delegation picking up two chairmanships in the House and one in the Senate.

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Polito Announces South County Bridge Funding, Tours Pittsfield

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito toured the downtown Thursday afternoon before announcing grant funding for two Southwestern Massachusetts bridges. Polito had spent the morning signing a Community Compact agreement with Lanesborough and Windsor. She later joined Mayor Linda Tyer for a brief private meeting at city hall. She left the offices and proceeded to the Onota Building with the mayor, City Council President Peter Marchetti 1Berkshire CEO Jonathan Butler, Downtown Pittsfield Inc. President Jesse C

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Downtown Pittsfield Gives Council Annual Report

Dropping the speed limit on North Street to 25 miles-per-hour may not seem like a big deal on its own. But, that is just one of many initiatives Downtown Pittsfield Inc. has taken on to improve the downtown. The speed reduction was approved by the City Council Tuesday night in an effort to improve vehicle and pedestrian safety. But Tuesday was also the same night Downtown Pittsfield Inc. provided an annual report, outlining its initiatives.

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Polito Signs Community Compacts With Lanesborough, Windsor

For small towns it is difficult to bring in special expertise so the state is stepping in to help. Lanesborough wants to focus more on economic development and that long-range planning is significantly helped along by a professional economic development planner. In Windsor, town officials want to secure long-term financial stability but doesn't have the professional expertise and time to craft a careful long-term plan.

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School Assessment Hike Draws Concern at Williamstown Town Hall

The town is projecting a 5.5 percent tax increase attributable entirely to its two largest cost centers: Williamstown Elementary School and Mount Greylock Regional High School. Town Manager Jason Hoch in separate meetings Wednesday presented a fiscal 2018 budget overview to the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee.

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Greylock Glen Resort Outdoor Center Receives 13 Design Bids

Adams, the designated developer of the Greylock Glen, has received 13 proposals from architectural firms interested in designing the "Greylock Glen Resort Outdoor Center." "It's an excellent response," Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco said. "It is for the design of the outdoor center so you'd expect many bidders but 13 gives us a great number of design options and price ranges to choose from."