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Carr Hardware Expanding With the Purchase of Lee Hardware

Carr Hardware will continue operating as Lee Hardware True Value with no interruption in service.

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BMC Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Improve Stroke Treatment

Each year program participants apply for the award recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, Berkshire Medical Center also provides education to patients to help them manage their health and rehabilitation once at home.

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BCC's '40 Under Forty' Awards Night Scheduled

40 Under Forty honors talented millennials and Generation Z professionals in the Berkshires who have shown their support for the region through leadership, community service, and a dedication to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the community.

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BART Upcoming Enrollment Deadline

The next enrollment deadline for the 2021-2022 school year for grades 6 through 9 is Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at noon. The first enrollment deadline for the 2022-2023 school year for grades 6 through 10 will be in January though applications can be submitted anytime.

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BCC Institutes Debt Forgiveness Program

HEERF funds were earmarked as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

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MountainOne Insurance Named a Top Insurance Employer

This is the second time that MountainOne Insurance has been recognized, having also achieved this distinction in 2019.

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Finalists Selected for Lever Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge

The winner will receive a $25,000 Lever Innovation Grant to continue developing their idea.

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Berkshire Money Management Team Receives Payroll Plus-up Bonus

The "plus up" is 5.4 percent of 2020 W2 wages—salary plus paycheck bonuses. For people not employed through 2020, equal flat payments will be made to each person. The minimum for any employee will be $2,500.

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LitNet featured as BerkShares' Business of the Month

The show will air on Wednesday, August 18 at 9:05 AM on local radio station WSBS. LitNet is BerkShares' featured business for the month of August.

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MountainOne Insurance Agency Appoints Commercial Insurance Account Executive

As Commercial Insurance Account Executive, Nowlan will be responsible for business development as well as maintaining current client relationships.

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MCLA Athletics Golf Classic Returns

The Golf Classic serves as a major fundraiser for the College's Athletics Department. Over the years, the Classic has netted more than $40,000 in funds to support the MCLA's student-athletes.

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Paige Fillio Joins SVMC ExpressCare

Fillio earned her master's degree in physician assistant studies from Westfield State University in Massachusetts in 2021. She received her bachelor's in allied health and biology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

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Harvesting for Health: CHP and Berkshire Fallon Health Collaborative

Participants Receive CSA Farm Shares in Program Showing Measurable Health Improvements, in Second Funding Round

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SVMC Awards June DAISY Award

Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation on the unit on Tuesday, June 8.

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Dr. Payne Joins Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC

Dr. Payne is accepting new patients in need of Physiatry services and is partnered with Katie Hatt, DO, at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Services of BMC

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SVMC Earns 'A' Rating from Leapfrog

The national distinction recognizes SVMC's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

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SVHC Announces DAISY Award Winner

Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation on the Women's and Children's Unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).

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SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers Certified Hand Therapy

She is now a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.

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Emergency Medicine Physician Honored with BMC Patient-Centered Award

Batya Cohen, MD, a member of the BMC Emergency Department, was awarded the honor during a special ceremony in May.

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Carr Hardware Advertising Campaign Wins Telly Award

The Telly Awards honor excellence in video and television across all screens. Campaigns are judged by the Telly Award Judging Council.

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Greylock Federal Credit Union and Greylock Insurance Agency Raise Minimum Pay

Additionally, they have adjusted the salaries of all employees making less than $20.00 per hour.

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Pittsfield to Reopen Public Buildings

As part of the governor's announcement issued last week, the state's mask mandate is no longer in effect for fully vaccinated people for both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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Mass Audubon West Director Recognized by Garden Club of America

As director of Mass Audubon West's network of 18 wildlife sanctuaries, which includes Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox, Ms. Cushing-Gop is the driving force behind the successful Berkshire Environmental Literacy Program, a core component of environmental education for elementary students in western Massachusetts.

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Berkshire Humane Society: How to Tell a Stray From an Outdoor Cat

With warm weather on the horizon, residents are bound to see more cats roaming their neighborhoods, many of whom are outdoor cats just going about their daily routine.

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UPDATED: Preschool, Kindergarten Registrations Scheduled Around County

All students, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness, have equal access to the general education program and the full range of any occupational, vocational programs offered by public school districts.

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Holiday Hours: Patriots Day

Monday, April 19, is Patriots Day, a state holiday marking the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord that began the American Revolution. The day is celebrated on the third Monday in April.

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SVMC Announces Winners Of Its DAISY Awards

Patients nominate nurses, and a committee presents one award each month.

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SVHC Thanks Local Businesses

healthcare workers, working long hours caring for COVID-19 patients and others, needed a reminder to take a few moments to care for their own health and wellbeing. Businesses answered with donations of items that helped our staff remember to take care of themselves.

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SVMC Primary Care Practices Recognized For Patient-Centered Care

SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Pediatrics in Bennington, and SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal have all received recognition.

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Regulators Give SVMC's Renal Dialysis Unit High Marks

Last week, the department underwent a 3-day survey and licensure review, including patient interviews, staff interviews, records reviews, and more. The survey happens once every 3 years.

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SVHC's Medical Matters Weekly: March 31

Dr. Leffler is the president and chief operating officer of the University of Vermont Medical Center. The two will discuss the state of health care from the perspective of the state's largest healthcare organization.

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SVHC Cancer Center Receives American College of Surgeon's Accreditation

To earn CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every 3 years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered cancer care.

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SVMC Offers Expanded Childbirth Education Series Online

The class is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Education Class.

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Vermont Educators and School Staff Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

They were the first two of three clinics that will be held to ensure that educators and school staff are vaccinated, according to Vermont's vaccine rollout plan.

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SVHC: Medical Matters Weekly Features Telemedicine Expert

Curtis the medical director of Connected Care and the Center for Telehealth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The two will discuss telemedicine before, during, and after the pandemic and the future of medicine.

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SVMC Selected For National Multi-Hospital Cooperation To Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates

The HSCB COP initiative is three year project including 20 hospitals and their community partners nationwide.

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SVHC Foundation Announces Annual Fund Leadership

They include Nancy Kimball of Manchester Center; Keith Michl, of Dorset; Leslie Morgenthal of Pownal; and Marv Neuman of West Dover. Michael McKenna of Bennington was chosen to chair the fund last November.

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BMC Presents Inaugural 'DAISY' Award to Cardiac Nurse

Cardiac care nurse Susan Alibozek was honored with Berkshire Medical Center's first DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a national nursing recognition program that has been adopted by thousands of hospitals to honor individual nurses who have had a tremendous impact on patient care.

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Berkshire Health Systems Welcomes New Board Members

Haynes and Boyd were both elected in January 2021 to three-year terms.

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SVHC Launches Medical Weekly Video Program

The show will be produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). The show will air at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays starting Feb. 10.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center to Host Women's Health Webinar Series

In this webinar series, women will gain knowledge and skills aimed at improving their physical, emotional, and social wellbeing from knowledgeable community partners.

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BHS and PCTV to Present Live Program on COVID-19 Vaccine and Treatment

BHS Community Conversation: A Closer Look at COVID-19 Treatment and Vaccines, will air live on PCTV, WTBR-FM and the PCTV Facebook page on Friday, February 5th, at 2 pm. The program will be aired as a live version of the monthly Berkshire Health Program on PCTV, hosted by Dr. Rebecca Caine.

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SVMC To Hold Online COVID-19 Information Session

The session will feature SVMC's Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson and Bennington's Public Health Services District Director for the Vermont Department of Health Megan Herrington.

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Healthy Eating on a Budget

Since COVID started, many of us have been trying to spend less money on food and make fewer trips to the grocery store.

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CHP Now Leads Berkshire Baby Box Program

As of Jan. 1, CHP will run the Baby Box program. The transition comes after distribution of more than 1,000 baby boxes to Berkshire families over the past five years.

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SVMC: COVID-19 Update January 8

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BHS Updates Visitation Guidelines

This change is for Berkshire Medical Center and its Hillcrest and North Adams Campuses, Fairview Hospital and BMC and Fairview Physician Practices.

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Carr Hardware Donates PPE to Berkshire Schools

Tuesday, Carr Hardware representatives made the rounds and delivered PPE to three local school districts: North Adams Public Schools, Lee Public Schools and Pittsfield Public Schools.

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Adams Holiday Home Decorating Contest Winners

Earlier this month, the town decided to resurrect the Holiday Home Decorating Contest in which homeowners are encouraged to decorate the exterior of their residences so they can be seen from the street and judged.

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Support The Berkshires: Bart Raser with Carr Hardware

Wayne Soares talks with Carr Hardware owner Bart Raser. Support the Berkshires is an initiative started by iBerkshires.com to help local business during the pandemic.

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2020

'Tis the season to be merry and bright. Planning a holiday event? Let us know at iberkshires.com. Visit our Holiday Bazaars and Craft Fairs list for holiday craft fairs.

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First-Responder Profiles: Paramedic Christine Isca

Paramedic Christine Isca has been working in emergency medical services for two decades and is currently the training supervisor and instructor coordinator for County Ambulance Service.

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SVMC: COVID-19 Pep Talk

Although there are still some questions that we don't have answers for, we are now operating on experience.

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North Adams Emergency Services Holding Toy Drive

In a statement released Thursday morning, city emergency services announced that they will unlikely be able to collect toys outside of Walmart as they have done in past years.

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First-Responder Profiles: EMT, Firefighter Brian Sears

This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.

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CHP: Plan Your COVID-safe Mammogram

In the early months of COVID-19, mammography numbers declined dramatically in the U.S. as hospitals and health care facilities suspended elective and preventive medical care to reduce virus transmission. Now, with more awareness of how to prevent COVID-19 transmission, mammograms and other diagnostic care are being offered again in safe surroundings.

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Massachusetts Early Voting Runs Through Oct. 29

Voting in advance or by mail is being encouraged to reduce long lines and potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. Early voting in person began on Oct. 17.

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Berkshires Beat: Elizabeth Freeman Center's Walk a 'Virtual' Mile Continues

The Elizabeth Freeman Center's 2020 digital Walk a 'Virtual' Mile fundraiser to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence continues through September.

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Berkshire Museum Enters Next Reopening Phase

The Berkshire Museum, which began a phased reopening on Aug. 1, will start phase of their reopening process that will bring changes to the museum’s available gallery experiences

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 18-Sept. 3

This Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29-30 is Tax-free Weekend in Massachusetts. Retail items of up to $2,500 - purchased in the state for personal use - will be exempt from sales tax on these two days. Special deals in downtown Pittsfield include a double tax-free discount at Carr Hardware, an end-of-summer sale at Dory & Ginger, and more!

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Biz Briefs: Carr Hardware Donating Personal Protective Equipment for Schools

Carr Hardware, a family-owned business for more than 90 years, has launched “Round-up for the Schools” to benefit the local Berkshire County school districts.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Aug. 21-27

This star-studded online reading of Rob Ulin's irreverent comedy Judgment Day will serve as a benefit for Barrington Stage Company and The Actors Fund.

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Berkshires Beat: Girl Scouts Present StoryWalk as Part of Silver Award Project

The project consists of three parts. The main part of the project is a StoryWalk® along Spring Street featuring the book "Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You" by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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It's World Breastfeeding Week

At Community Health Programs and Barrington OB/GYN, we strive to help our patients feel informed and supported in their breastfeeding journeys.

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First-Responder Profiles: EMS Director Jen Weber

This is a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.

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North Adams Farmers Market Open for In-Person Shopping

During the quarantine, the farmers market created an online marketplace where customers could order from participating farms. Community volunteers then packed and delivered upwards of 125 orders every Saturday. The market is now a hybrid market: online purchasing is still available but not required to shop in-person at the market.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 3-Aug. 6

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes, events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 24-30

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes, events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Mill Town, Dalton CRA Offer Music on Main Live Music Series

Registration is required for the event, with each performance capped at a maximum of 100 attendees in accordance with the Massachusetts state Phase III guidelines.

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Tanglewood Serves Up Virtual Menu

Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony’s Berkshire summer festival in Lenox, was forced to cancel its full season but has found a novel way to surmount this misfortune via streaming a wide range of musical offerings to the public.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 17-23

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes, events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at [email protected] Thank you and be well!

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Launches Virtual Urgent Care

In medical terminology, "qd" is shorthand for "every day." Through CAREqd the community can receive urgent care at any time of day, every day. CAREqd can be accessed through a live, secure video connection on its website, careqd.com, or a mobile app for smartphones.

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Berkshire Museum Will Reopen Saturday, Aug. 1

The museum, which will open in phases, plans to open exclusively to its members for two weeks during its first phase beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, before inviting the whole community in phase 2 starting Monday, Aug. 17.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 10-16

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: July 3-9

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Pittsfield Community Television to Highlight Fourth of July

On Saturday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m., PCTV will air a historical documentary called "Fighting for Independence: The History of the Pittsfield Fourth of July Parade." The show will look back at the history of the Pittsfield Fourth of July parade, and researchers attempt to trace the history of the parade further than ever before.

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Jacob's Pillow to Launch Virtual Festival

Jacob's Pillow announced the cancellation of its 10-week festival for the first time in the organization’s 88-year history in March, due to the novel coronavirus.

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BTG to Host 'Sunset Cinema' Outside at Taconic High School

The cinema will begin on Friday, July 10, with Disney’s "Newsies: The Broadway Musical!," a movie about an intrepid group of kids called the newsies in 1899, who fought corporate America and won.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: June 26-July 2

Welcome to Cultural Pittsfield's weekly guide featuring in-person and virtual classes and events, information, and more. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email us at cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Southern Section to Reopen; Northern Section to Close

Because of the State of Emergency declared at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in Massachusetts, the trail’s visitor center, restrooms and picnic areas are currently closed.

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Berkshires Beat: BNRC Opens New Mahanna Cobble Trail

Together, BNRC and Mill Town have placed temporary signage at Bousquet to highlight an access route for hikers from the mountain's base lodge and parking area, up a ski hill, to BNRC's new Mahanna Cobble trail.

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Your Mental Health During COVID-19: When Should You Seek Help?

For many, mental health during COVID-19 can be hard to maintain. Especially if you are hard hit economically by the punch of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be experiencing financial and emotional struggles you never before have encountered.

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Guerilla Bunny Hides Eggs on Solstice Weekend

Due to COVID-19, the eggs were not put out on Easter this year. Instead, early on the morning of Sunday, June 21, the Guerilla Bunny's eggs were hidden in the Berkshire towns of Egremont, West Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Monterey, New Marlborough, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, Sheffield, Lee and Housatonic.

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Heat Stroke Is No Joke

Before you head to the beaches and barbecues this summer, the folks at AMR suggest reviewing the symptoms of heat stroke, how to prevent it, and what to do if you suspect it in yourself or a loved one.

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Roots Rising Presents Bike Ride Challenge

To help support the market, Roots Rising is now calling on the community for a (socially distant) bike ride challenge: "Ride for Roots Rising." Between June 20-28, road cyclists and mountain bikers can complete either a beginner, intermediate or advanced route.

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Berkshires Beat: First Day School Students Donate Funds to SVHC

In the letter, Thea explained that the adults had provided the children with funds to give to the charity or charities of their choice and that the children had chosen to send a third of the funds to the hospital.

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First-Responder Profiles: Fire Lt. Timothy Conroy

This is the first in a series profiling some of our local first-responders in partnership with Lee Bank to highlight the work they do every day — not just during a pandemic.

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Berkshires Beat: Humane Society Launches Annual 'Choose Your Subaru' Raffle

Although tickets are only available over the phone for now, the ociety hopes to sell them at various businesses throughout Berkshire County when social distancing guidelines allow.

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Lenox Library Hosting 'Where the Wild Things Are' StoryWalk

The StoryWalk will begin at the Lenox Community Center (65 Walker St.) and end at the Library (18 Main St).

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Hancock Shaker Village Opening For Baby Animals, Outdoor Spaces

The Village will open only its outdoor spaces — including its beloved baby animals in outdoor fenced-in areas — to the public Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This schedule will be in place at least through June, as the Village plans for a full reopening in Phase 3.

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Biz Briefs: SABIC Donating to Local United Way to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

The company, which operates the Polymer Processing Development Center in Pittsfield, Mass., also is donating face shields made with SABIC’s LEXAN polycarbonate sheet product to local police and fire departments.

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