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From left, Cancer Center's Wendy Petitt, manager; Dr. Matthew Vernon, interim medical director; Jenny Coutu, nurse manager; Christine Krenzer from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter; and General Sales Manager Isaac Simon and General Manager Mike Perry from Bennington Subaru.

Biz Briefs: Bennington Subaru Collects Blankets for SVMC

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Blanket statement: Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, accepted a donation of dozens of blankets from Bennington Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter. Representatives of Bennington Subaru also brought lunch boxes filled with art-making supplies for children who visit the center.

"Blankets are so comforting to patients," said Wendy Petitt, the manager of the Cancer Center at SVMC. "We know patients will appreciate both the blankets and the thoughtfulness Subaru and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have shown them."

Career path: Hillcrest Commons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will host a career fair for nursing positions and others on Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 169 Valentine Road in Pittsfield.

Career opportunities are available for registered nurses, nurse management, certified nursing assistants, nursing scheduler and housekeeping/laundry. Hillcrest will offer on-site interviews that day and tours of its five specialty care units, including respiratory care, behavioral health, dementia care, long-term care and short-term rehab. Those completing applications that day will be entered in a drawing. For more information contact Brenda Stokes at or 413-445-9718.

Hillcrest's benefits package includes a new wage scale; tuition assistance; paid meal breaks; 403(b) retirement plan with match; earned time program; comprehensive medical and dental insurance; staff recognition programs; weekly payroll; and continuing education opportunities.

No taxation without ...: The state government voted not to have a tax-free weekend, so Carr Hardware has decided to revolt and have their own tax-free holiday. Therefore, Carr Hardware announces the "Tax Free Revolution" this upcoming weekend, Aug. 19 and 20, at each of their four stores in the Berkshires.

For the second year in row, Massachusetts cancelled the No Sales Tax Holiday. For many years, consumers anxiously wait until the third weekend in August to make significant purchases and avoid paying state sales tax. The weekend traditionally not only saves money for shoppers but also gives them the pleasure of not having to pay the tax man in Boston.

Carr locations in Pittsfield, North Adams, Lee and Great Barrington will all join in the celebration. Carr will discount all purchases to offset the state sales tax during the No Sales Tax Revolution Sale.


Wait, there's more: The state may not be holding the annual Tax Free Weekend, but retailers in Lenox have banded together to still offer that great discount to shoppers this weekend. Many Lenox retail stores will be offering a discount equal to the state's sales tax of 6.25 percent on all purchases that are subject to the sales tax on both Saturday and Sunday.

The downtown Lenox businesses that are confirmed to be taking part include:

  • MacKimmie Co.
  • Scott Barrow Photography
  • Art and Chocolate
  • Lenox Print and Mercantile
  • Nejaime's Wine Cellar
  • Wit Gallery
  • Design Menagerie
  • Lenoxology Store
  • Berkshire Poster
  • Purple Plume
  • Casablanca
  • Shooze
  • Sweatrz
  • Willowbrook

More businesses may be added and an updated list can be found online.

Fine wines: The Red Lion Inn recently received a "Best of Award of Excellence" from the Wine Spectator Magazine. Wine Spectator's Annual Restaurant Awards this year honors 3,592 with candidates from 50 states and more than 75 countries. Awards are given across three categories honoring winners for their outstanding dedication to wine. Categories include: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence and Grand Award.

The Red Lion Inn's third consecutive "Best of Award of Excellence" speaks to sommelier Daniel Thomas' "fine list of wine options from California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Italy."  The inn currently offers more than 560 selections of both old and new world wines individually selected by Sommelier Dan Thomas.

Manage your money: Berkshire Community College is offering a free course to students that will help them achieve a level of financial independence, thanks to a partnership with Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. The free course will be offered this fall at the South County Center on Main Street in Great Barrington from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays or on the Main Campus in Pittsfield on Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The three-credit course, called BUS 139 – Money Management for Life, will cover strategies to help students manage budgets, expenses and debt; save and invest for the future; plan for the unexpected; and establish personal financial plans to achieve their goals. Through in-depth lesson plans and presentations, students are offered the chance to learn about key personal finance issues that could impact their overall financial health. The course helps educate and arm students with the critical skills and knowledge they need to manage their personal finances throughout the various stages of their lives. The course explores topics ranging from saving for retirement to insurance planning across life stages, among other important financial issues.

The course will conclude with students having a financial plan for the next 15 years and it counts as a free elective for students as well. For more information, conact the BCC Admissions Office by email or call 413-236-1630

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