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School Changes to Have Little Impact On Lanesborough's Management

Town Manager Paul Sieloff doesn't expect much to change with the elementary school transitioning to the Mount Greylock Regional School District. Sieloff said in July, the employee's contracts will all be in the district budget. The transition team will be merging union contracts, bringing all the workers under the same system. But, the school district will be billing the town for those services.

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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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Senior Citizens Prom Set for Tuesday, May 16

The 2017 theme is "Bash on the Bayou” to help celebrate the southern carnival and Mardi Gras.

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North County Seniors And Students Prepare Food Bags

North County seniors and students teamed up to make and fill bags for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts' Brown Bag program. Seniors made an assembly line at the Visitors Center on Friday morning and filled 96 decorated bags with food for other seniors throughout the county.

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Commission Listens to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The gathering was the first of eight listening sessions across the state by Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. The panel included Chevers and fellow Commissioner Ilene Mitchell, an assistant deputy court administrator for Probate and Family Court in Boston; Catherine Madden, project manager of the Opioid Task Force for the Office of the Attorney General, and Abigail Taylor, assistant attorney general for the Child and Youth Protection Unit for the AGO.

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Mayors Support Employment of Older Workers

Boulger was joined by representatives from Elder Services of Berkshire County and BerkshireWorks Career Center in North Adams in the morning, where Mayor Richard Alcombright read and signed an official proclamation, and Pittsfield City Hall in the afternoon, where Roberta McCulloch-Dews, on behalf of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, also read the proclamation that Tyer previously had signed.

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Doll Makers Donate Two 'Babies' to Williamstown Nursing Home

You see, Jenna and Angie are dolls, the extremely realistic hand-crafted creations of Kathi George and Julie Crosier. George and Crosier are sisters who create lifelike dolls for their company, Until Forever Nursery. The two donated the dolls to Williamstown Commons.

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Adams Adopts Age Friendly Berkshires Resolution

The Selectmen on Wednesday accepted the "Age Friendly Berkshires Resolution" and pledged to make improvements to the town that would make Adams a better place to grow old. Council on Aging Director Erica Girgenti told the board that Adams will be the second community in the county to adopt the policy. By accepting the policy, town pledges to seize opportunities to help older adults live healthy lives and be engaged in their community for as long as possible through improving the physical and

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Brien Center's Adult Day Health Program Provides Dignity, Respite

Three days a week, Jusino arrives at the center at 8:30 a.m. and enjoys coffee, tea and breakfast and companionship with other clients. That begins an active day that includes table activities, exercise, lunch, reading (the center has an audio book player) and special events like last week's "Christmas in July" party.

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Program Aims to Make Berkshires 'Age-Friendly'

Locally, the Berkshires have Celeste Harp, an energetic and passionate advocate of growing old gracefully. As she has settled into the role and began making connections, she already has brainstormed ideas like forums on Alzheimer's and housing, as well as an upcoming "senior speed dating" event for adults 70 and older to meet a new friend or companion.

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Solid Waste District May Receive Free Senior Help

The Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District may utilize the senior worker program to ease the transition to a new program coordinator. Program Coordinator Sandy Totter told district representatives Thursday that the district may be able to hire a senior that she can teach before her retirement at the end of the year. This senior would still be on board when the district hires a new coordinator.

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