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The Mayors' Fitness Challenge winners, from left, are Stacy Litke, Dan Dougherty, Jennifer Dermady, Maria Wadsworth, Amanda Dabrowski, Peter Gentile, Kelly Ryan, Jane Bernard, Sarah Gaffey, Maria Moulton, Emily Rodriguez and Kelli Kozak.

Berkshires Beat: Mayor's Fitness Challenge Winners Announced

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The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition has announced the winners of the 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge winners.

From North Adams, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team:

* MFC Individual Winner: Jane Bernard

* Healthy Work Site Winners: MountainOne Goal Diggers- & MountainOne Summit Slayers

* MFC Individual Winner At A Work Site: Denise Davis

* Participant With The Most Points Overall: Hannah Noel

From Pittsfield, the winners are as follows:

* Winning MFC Team:
Seniors Rock

* Individual Winner: Debbie Holden

* Healthy Worksite Winner: MountainOne Skinny Dippers

* City Hall Team: The Awesome Assessors

* Passport Winners: Sue Santolin, Teresa (Pam) Burton, Bonnie Connors

The city with the highest point average was Pittsfield.

The 2018 Mayors' Fitness Challenge was a huge success. This year, MFC passports were given to participants to use as a guide to track bonus points that were community driven. Some of the passport activities in North Adams included Downtown Bike Around with Mayor Bernard, Disc Golf with Mayor Bernard, free scavenger hunt and mobility flow class at Mass MoCA, yoga in the park by NA Yoga and many more. Passport activities for Pittsfield included Chef Demo's at the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, Community Bike Ride, Wellness Talks at the Berkshire Athenaeum, free yoga and guided hikes and more. Participants also tracked water, fruit/vegetable consumption and physical activity.


Natural growth

Nature Matters, a new 501c3 not-for-profit organization, is offering educational programs featuring direct experiences with live animals and the outdoors for audiences of all ages. Programs are run at Leahey Farm in Lee and local venues such as schools, libraries and community centers. The curriculum is designed to provide meaningful experiences and involve in-depth discussion while encouraging questions and exploration.

The founder, Jen Leahey, has a lifelong passion for the natural world around her. Raised outside of Boston, she was the assistant curator of live animals at the Museum of Science and coordinator of farms at Old Sturbridge Village. Now, living in Lee with her husband and two young children, she has started Nature Matters.

Each of the animals, and there are quite a few, are all authorized and licensed by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service). Animal educators include amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, including non-releasable wildlife such as foxes, skunk, tortoises and birds of prey.

"Animal Experiences" workshops, offered with various time allotments, bring an introduction to a variety of species, while other targeted themed programs such as "Nocturnal Animals" and "Adaptations" are a closer look. To book an Animal Experience, call 413-446-6959 or visit the website.


Dance moves

Berkshire Dance Theatre is relocating its Adams studio to the historic Howland School at 46 Howland Ave. in Adams, Mass. The building is owned and operated by C W Construction. BDT does not anticipate any delay in starting classes for the 2018-19 school year. The announcement of this move went out the BDT community on July 30. The dance school had previously operated out of the St. John Paul II Parish, 21 Maple St, Adams. There will be an open house at the Howland School location on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. to which the community is invited. Students can register for classes at that time as well.

Berkshire Dance Theatre offers an array of classes from beginner to pre-professional in three studio locations: Adams, Williamstown, and Bennington, Vt. The Bennington Studio offers adult classes instruction as well. Classes for the 2018-19 year include ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, pointe, lyrical, modern, breakdance, Bollywood, musical theatre, acrobatics, and choreography with a staff of 13 instructors and two co-directors.

The board of directors is composed of six individuals residing in Adams, Clarksburg, Williamstown, Bennington and Hoosick, N.Y., and welcomes new members annually. Contact the board president, Thomas Jammalo to inquire, at 413-652-1014. In addition to the Aug. 16 open house at the Adams location, BDT will host open houses at the Bennington studio at 120 Union St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, and at the Williamstown Studio, located in the Williamsown Youth Center, 66 School St., from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15.


Records destroyed

In accordance with state regulations, all temporary cumulative school records for students who have graduated from Hoosac Valley High School Class of 2011 will be destroyed after Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

Any students interested in retrieving their records may pick them up in the school's Main Office from  8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday. High school official transcripts are maintained for 60 years following graduation.


'Century of Caring'

One hundred years ago, Putnam Memorial Hospital opened its doors in Bennington, Vt. While the facility, practices, and technology have changed dramatically throughout the century, the commitment to delivering exceptional healthcare to the community has remained constant. In honor of its centennial year and in partnership with the HAYC3, Southwestern Vermont Health Care will present artifacts, stories and images from its 100-year history.

"A Century of Caring" will open Thursday, Aug. 16, at HAYC3, which is located at 80 Church St. in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Admission is free. This retrospective exhibit offers a glimpse of the evolution of care alongside a history of the hospital. It showcases the advancements in care practices that have elevated a humble hospital on the hill to an award-winning healthcare system operating in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and serving 75,000 residents in the surrounding communities of Vermont, New York and Massachusetts.

The HAYC3 exhibit is available to view during HAYC3 hours - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday - through Friday, Sept. 14. This is the third stop on the exhibit's regional tour: It opened at the Bennington Museum, where it ran from Feb. 1 to May 6, anf then went to the Manchester Community Library in Manchester Center from May 14 to June 17. The exhibit will end its tour at Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, Vt., from Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Tuesday, Oct. 9.


Addiction treatment

Experience Wellness Centers, a leader in outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction, is expanding its services into Northern Berkshire County. Located in the Medical Arts Building of NARH at 77 Hospital Avenue, Suite 104, North Adams, MA 01247, the program are currently accepting new patients and take most insurances. Providers are able to see most patients within 24 hours of their request.

The staff at Experience Wellness has many years of experience in assisting people who struggle with addiction and dependency and includes board-certified physicians, as well as licensed nurses, medical assistants and counselors. Its licensed facility is equipped to evaluate and treat most addictions with a variety of methods, including Buprenorphine (Suboxone) and Naltrexone (Vivitrol).

Treatment at Experience Wellness is based on the Harm Reduction Model. Providers strive to meet people “where they are at” and to help them work more safely toward their recovery.  Every effort is made to enroll people promptly. Located in Suite 104 at the NARH Medical Arts Building, the office can be reached at 413-398-5180.

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