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Berkshire Fire Chiefs Donate to Senior Center in Honor of Former Captain

Even after retiring from the Fire Department, Capt. Richard Briggs would attend monthly meetings of the Berkshire County Fire Chief's Association. Briggs had been a member of the Fire Department from 1952 until 1984 but continued to stay in touch.

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Berkshire Bank Donates $10K to Soldier On

Soldier On scored a goal with an assist from the Berkshire Bank Foundation. Berkshire Bank passed over a $10,000 donation to the non-profit on Monday, a donation part of the foundation's eXciting assist program. For every assist tallied by the Boston Bruins between October 13, 2016 and December 7, 2016, $100 was donated to Soldier On.

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Berkshire Money Management Pays For BCC Nursing Exams, Licensing

The times Bill Schmick from Berkshire Money Management was in the hospital, it was BCC graduates who helped him. For that he is grateful. So grateful that he's helping Berkshire Community College nursing students with their licensing and exam fees. Berkshire Money Management on Monday donated $7,740 to the 18 students currently enrolled in the college's nursing program. The money will pay for the exam and licensing costs for when the students graduate and enter the field.

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Salvation Army Helps 300 Families Celebrate Christmas

Three hundred families will spend Christmas warm, fed, and the children will have presents to open because of the help from the Salvation Army and Christian Center. On Tuesday, the two organizations joined by volunteers from Berkshire Bank began distributing all the Christmas needs to those who signed up for the program. The Salvation Army's gymnasium was filled with toys, warm clothing, and food to pass out the eligible families. In total, the Angel Tree program will reach 620 children throu

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Court Employees Contribute to North Berkshire Veterans

Bags and boxes of canned and boxed foods, quilts, jackets, scarves, hats and gloves, and a thick envelope full of gift certificates were delivered to the Veterans' Office on Wednesday morning from the local court system, thanks to Bonnie Fachini and Tori Wilhelm of the Probation Department.

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Republic Services Gifts $2,500 To Pittsfield Programs

The George B. Crane Memorial Center runs Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs. But, because so many granting organizations require detailed information about the use of any funds, the organization struggles to find funding. On Monday, the city's contracted trash hauler Republic Services gave the organization a $500 gift to help fund those programs.

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Salvation Army Donates Hundreds of Winter Coats to North Berkshire Vets

The Veterans Services Office on Tuesday took delivery of nearly 30 bags fillled with warm coats for local veterans. The donation came courtesy of the Salvation Army and was prompted by a chance meeting between office assistant Tina Samson and Capt. Katherine Corno of the local Salvation Army post.

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North Adams Groups Holding Toy & Clothing Drive

The city's emergency responders are teaming up with the Northern Berkshire Family YMCA and North Adams Rotary to conduct a Holiday Toy and Clothing Drive this Thursday, Dec. 8, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Walmart on Curran Highway.

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Everyone Benefits When You Make Charitable Gifts

And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

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Oh Be Thankful Dessert Auction Helps Those In Need

Gabriel Abbott Memorial School's 13th annual Oh Be Thankful auction expanded this holiday season to allow any desserts rather than just its famed pies. Bakers were put to the test on Tuesday night as their confections were rated by select judges and the community at large.

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Pittsfield Firefighters Union Distributes Coats for Operation Warm

Pittsfield's Operation Warm: More Than A Coat was a partnership between Pittsfield Fire Fighters Local 2647, the Boys and Girls Club and the Pittsfield Family YMCA. "We were chosen this year as one of the organizations to receive [the coats]," said Rob Leary, president of Local 2647. "It kind of rotates throughout the state as to what area is to get them and they picked Pittsfield to get this year."

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Republic Services Donates $1,000, Food to South Congregational Pantry

Republic Services donated $1,000 and boxes and boxes of food to the South Congregational Food Pantry on Thursday.

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Pittsfield, North Adams Firefighter Unions Raises $7K For Muscular Dystrophy

The firefighters union raised more than $3,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association during the annual Fill the Boot drive. Some 25 members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2647 spent four hours last Saturday asking for change from people exiting Dunkin Donuts or the Donut Man in Pittsfield to raise the money. The effort is an annual drive to support IAFF's charity of choice.

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Adams Firefighters Donate to Louison House

The Fire Department raised and donated $900 to the Louison House. The Fire Department held a spaghetti dinner at Bounti-Fare to raise money for the nonprofit family shelter that suffered water and fire damage at its Adams building several months ago.

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Unistress Volunteers Build Shelter For Dogs At Sonsini Shelter

There are some cool dogs at the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter thanks to local businesses. Some 30 Unistress employees were at the volunteer-run shelter building a shelter for the dogs to protect them from the elements. The project allows the dogs to be outside without overheating from the sun which beats down onto the kennels.

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Bond Auto Donates $1,000 to Friendship Center

Bond Auto Parts customers snapped up coupons just before Christmas that would ensure donations to local food banks. And out of the 45 or so stores in the chain, the North Adams location was one of four that exceeded $1,000 in donations. Shawn Collins, store manager of the location on Curran Highway, delivered the $1,000 gift to the Friendship Center Food Pantry on Wednesday.

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Brayton Students Give to Louison House

Brayton Elementary students learned how to give back to the community and donated handmade blankets and food to the Louison House. Students from Marie McCarron’s leadership afterschool program “Giving Back” decided they wanted to do something nice for the residents at the Louison House, the non-profit family support center.

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Local Vermont Woman Sends Care Packages to Troops

"It doesn't matter what is in them — somebody from home thought of them." — Patricia Erdeski

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Maximize the Benefits of Your Charitable Giving

To get the most out of your gifts, your first step is to make sure you are giving to a worthy charity.

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St. Stan's School Receives $2K Donation for School Equipment

"I think it is very providential really. Divine intervention." — Linda Reardon

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Verizon's Hopeline Program Protects Domestic Abuse Victims

"They really do save lives." — Janis Broderick

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Brayton School Receives $35,000 in Donations Toward iPad Program

"We've been trying to reach out to community partners and alumni and any source we can for funding to help us upgrade our technology at Brayton." — Principal John Franzoni

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Bennington Museum Marks Year Filled with Acquisitions

"It's going to take us many years to start to wrap our minds around [the collection]." — Jamie Franklin

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