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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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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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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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Holiday Hours: Independence Day

Independence Day will be celebrated Saturday, July 4. It is a federal holiday.

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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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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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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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Mahaiwe Changing Up Its Upcoming Schedule

"It's a reminder that great art endures and resonates across eras and circumstances," Martinson said. "It's also a promise that there is great art to come back to. I am thrilled that we will have so many talented performers in the future, and I look forward to announcing others in the pipeline, when the time comes."

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Museum Starting Series of Renovations

The lengthiest and most visible phase of construction will be the installation of a new sewer line to replace the original pipe installed when the historic institution was first built in 1903.

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Biz Briefs: Wheeler & Taylor Insurance Donates Masks, Face Shields for Poll Workers

The face shields will be used by poll workers. Facemasks will be provided to poll workers and to ensure that all voters have proper facemasks on.

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Berkshires Beat: Beckett-Chimney Corners YMCA Receives $500 Community Spirit Grant

An employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used to provide scholarships to campers in need.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 15-21

While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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First Fridays Artswalk Features 'Quarantine Artist Profiles' on Social Media

Berkshire County artists are invited to submit images of works (or works in progress) they have created during this unprecedented time of social distance and isolation.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: May 8-14

While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Berkshires Beat: Bidwell House Museum Cancels House Tours for 2020

The Bidwell House Museum staff will continue to monitor the situation in Berkshire County and around the world and will make a decision at a later date about other events and programs scheduled for August and September.

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North Adams Happenings May 6-13

MPORTANT NOTICE: In the interest of keeping these updates to a manageable length without sacrificing access to the ever growing and ever changing list of information and links, we've moved a lot of the content to this separate RESOURCE PAGE.

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Community Access to the Arts to Host Virtual Gala

The celebration culminates in a gala evening, which includes the debut of a short film showcasing the talents of people with disabilities as well as a virtual paddle-raise auction to support CATA programs.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 30-May 7

While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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MCLA's Senior Art Exhibition Opens May 1 — Virtually

The event and exhibition will feature artists Emery Bibbins, Liz Brick, Gillian Catherine Fournier, Spring Hajjar, Samantha Louise Hinds, Sierra Lamonde, Kelsey Sherman, and Macie Turrell, all class of 2020.

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Honorees Chosen for Berkshire Nonprofit Awards

The Berkshire Nonprofit Awards recognize the accomplishments and dedication of the people who work in the nonprofit sector.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 22-29

While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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North Adams Happenings April 22-28

IMPORTANT NOTICE: In the interest of keeping these updates to a manageable length without sacrificing access to the ever growing and ever changing list of information and links, we've moved a lot of the content to this separateRESOURCE PAGE.

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Berkshire South to Start Supplemental Meal Program Called 'Nourishing Neighbors'

Through Nourishing Neighbors, Berkshire South will distribute 500 restaurant-prepared cold to-go meals each Wednesday from 1-3 p.m. with the help of a volunteer team. Meal recipients will drive up to a non-contact distribution system in the circle of the front lot at the community center.

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Gardening Group Offering Free Seeds

Using emergency grant funding that was awarded by the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, the Seed Savers are offering free seeds to town residents who want to plant a spring garden. 

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Hancock Shaker Village Focuses on Gardens, Livestock

Though the museum is closed — and, like every other business in the country closed due to the pandemic, doesn't know when it will reopen — the village made the decision to plant its gardens.

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Biz Briefs: Bromley Ski Resort Donates $3,050 to SVMC Cancer Center

The donation was raised through Bromley's "Mom's Day Off" events on Feb. 5 and March 6.

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MCLA Professors, Accounting Students to Prepare Virtual Tax Returns Through VITA Program

MCLA's new virtual VITA location, approved by the IRS, will be working through the end of April 2020 preparing eligible taxpayers' returns and helping ensure Berkshire County residents receive their coronavirus stimulus payment from the federal government.

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Berkshire Humane Society to Hold Pet Food Drive-Thru on Friday

A Berkshire Humane Society employee in personal protective equipment will take your order and load the food you need. You do not need to leave your car or give your name.

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Biz Briefs: Tunnel City Coffee Offering Coffee Care Packages

By sending something familiar and comforting like a pound of coffee, they are able to share the experience of having a cup of coffee together, even when they can't be together in person.

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'A New Leaf': When Knighthood was in Flower

The thing that happens here, as it does with any film you consider among your very favorites, is that in the magical whirligig of imagination that is cinema, you presume friendship with the protagonists. You like them … maybe even love them, and it has yet to be disproven outside of the most esoteric, philosophical conjecture, that they don't feel exactly the same way about you.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: April 3-9

While we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield will offer weekly guides featuring online events and information. If you are a Pittsfield business and would like your event listed, please email cultural@pittsfieldch.com. Thank you and be well!

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Berkshires Beat: Nursing Home Residents Share Messages With Public

Residents aim to update the message a few times a week.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 27-April 2

This week, while we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield would like to offer you this useful guide.

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MCLA Offers Health Sciences Degree With Concentration in Radiologic Tech

The program has been approved through the MCLA governance process and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, and students completing the degree are eligible to sit for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists Radiography examination.

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Nonprofit Center Hosting Online Auction

The "Nonprofit Necessities" online auction features items needed by nonprofit organizations as well as things that appeal to the general public.

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Berkshires Beat: Local Community Radio Station WBCR Goes Live

There, the resurrected and much-loved on-air mixing board’s red and yellow lights are lit to affirm that 97.7FM has come alive again.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 20-26

This week, while we all do what we can to stop the spread of Covid-19, Cultural Pittsfield would like to offer you this useful guide. It is by no means exhaustive, and hours and offerings are subject to change. Please call businesses directly for up-to-the-minute info. Thank you!

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Veterans Spotlight: Sgt. Delphia Took Care of Fellow Soldiers

He enlisted at the age of 19 and was sent to basic training at what was then Camp Pickett in Virginia. His first assignment was at the Army-Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Ark.

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North Adams Happenings: March 17

For the next few weeks we'll be changing our focus from promoting events in our area to offering updates and resources related to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 13-19

Please contact individual venues and organizations to be sure that their event is still taking place.

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North Adams Happenings March 11-17

April 18 - Spring Community Day of Service Register today for the 28th Annual Spring Community Day of Service at https://tinyurl.com/spring2020DOS

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North Adams Happenings: March 4-10

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: March 6-12

Enjoy more than a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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Hinds Sets Community Outreach Events for March

The senator's staff will be available to meet with constituents in the communities of Huntington and North Adams on Wednesday, March 18, for this month's staff office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Veteran Spotlight: Gen. Sullivan Lead Army Into Information Age

The former Army chief of staff and retired four-star general served his country from 1959 to 1995. Born in Boston, he grew up in Quincy and graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., later earning a master's degree from the University of New Hampshire.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 28-March 5

During the 2020 Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will serve a lunch or dinner pre-fixe for $20.20 or another amount ending with $.20 (tax and gratuity not included). Complete a Restaurant Passport during March 1-March 7 to be entered into a raffle! Diners will receive a card punch each time they buy a Restaurant Week special. Each punch equals one entry. A grand prize winner will receive a basket of gift certificates for $20.20 from each participating restaurant!

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Berkshires Beat: 'Mom's Day Off' Cancer Fundraiser Re-do Set for March 6

Once again, this year's event will benefit women's breast cancer care at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Cancer Center will receive the entire $25 lift ticket cost as a donation.

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Eversource Hosts Seventh Annual Student Challenge

The energy company is reminding students that submissions are still being accepted for its seventh annual Student Challenge. The contest promotes energy conservation, energy efficiency and sustainability and is open to kindergarten to high school students in its Massachusetts electric communities. The deadline for registration is March 17. All entries must be received or postmarked by March 27.

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Great Barrington Celebrates Annual Du Bois Legacy Festival

The Town of Great Barrington, together with community partners, welcomes nationally renowned artists and scholars to the Berkshires for the 3rd Annual W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Festival on the weekend of Du Bois' 152nd birthday, Feb. 22-23.

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Biz Briefs: Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Hosts Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week

The goal of Downtown Pittsfield Restaurant Week is to highlight the numerous and diverse dining options of downtown Pittsfield and to help boost business during what is typically a slower time of the year for restaurants

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 19-25

This month at the market: Square Roots Farm, Mountain Girl Farm, MonArtistic Pet Products, Cricket Creek Farm, Jaeschke Fruit & Flowers Center, Many Forks Farm, Cookies & More, Polish Roadside Grill, Fahey Family Honey Farm, Natalya's Ethnic Cuisine, Bees n' Blossoms, Red Shirt Farm, Highland Ledge Farm, Peach Tree Jewelry, Ashford Heights Farm, Twin Pines Jewelry, bread from A-oK Berkshire Barbeque and music! Please join us at the Market on Saturday, March 7 from 9am to 1pm.

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 12-18

9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. (FREE), FESTIVAL, WinterFest 2020 Downtown, multiple locations, 413-664-6180 More Information.

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Holiday Hours: Presidents Day

Washington's Birthday will be celebrated on Monday, Feb. 17.

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Berkshires Beat: Schools Sought for Humane Society PAWS Read-A-Thon

For the first time in the program's five-year history, Berkshire Humane Society will open its annual PAWS Read-A-Thon to all pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students in Berkshire County.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Feb. 7-13

Enjoy a dozen different art shows featuring work by more than two dozen accomplished regional and student artists in Pittsfield's bustling Upstreet Cultural District during the First Friday Artswalk and all month long!

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Veteran Spotlight: Cpl. Massaconi and Terror of Iwo Jima

Drafted right after Christmas in 1942, the 18-year-old Massaconi was sent to Fort Eustis in Richmond, Va., then to the Pacific Theater. His assignments would include Pearl Harbor, and the Battles of Saipan and Iwo Jima, which he described as "Hell on Earth."

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North Adams Happenings: Feb. 5-11

February 15 - Annual WinterFest! All events are FREE to the public. Join us downtown for some winter fun!

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 31-Feb. 6

On Thursday, Feb. 6, bakeries throughout Berkshire County will compete in the 6th Annual Cupcake Wars in the categories of Best Tasting, Best Presentation, Most Creative, and People's Choice at the Berkshire Hills Country Club from 5:30-8 p.m.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 29-Feb. 4

February 15 - Annual WinterFest! All events are FREE to the public. Vendor fees apply for Winterfest Farmer & Artisan Market. (Location TBD.) Events will include farmers market, annual chowder cook-off, ice sculpting, horse-drawn wagon rides, s'mores, and more. Stay tuned for details!

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Biz Briefs: Price Rite Marketpace to Hold Grand Re-Opening of Pittsfield Store

The supermarket is continuing to roll out its award-winning redesigned store concept focused on deep discounts and fresh foods after successful store rebrands in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania locations.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 24-30

Meet professional fitness trainers and local health experts, learn about local health and sports clubs, get your blood pressure tested, participate in various workshops, and sample healthy food and drink. Holiday Inn & Suites, 2-5 p.m.

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Veteran Spotlight: Marine Cpl. Keil Did Tour in Afghanistan

Mitchell Keil served his country from 2006 to 2010 in the Marine Corps. A graduate of Wahconah Regional High School in Dalton, he was sent to basic training at the famed Parris Island in North Carolina.

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North Adams WinterFest Celebration Seeks Participants

The event is expected to draw more than 1,000 people - locals and visitors alike - to downtown North Adams.

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