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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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Berkshires Beat: Contest Invites Youths to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln

The contest will be open to all children attending public, private or parochial school as well as those who are home-schooled.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 22-28

February 1 - North Adams Farmers Market Indoor Monthly Market 9AM - 1PM at the Green, 85 Main Street, Suite 105. Baked goods, preserves, jams, honey, syrup, eggs, cheeses, and meats! We accept SNAP and double benefits up to $15 per market!We also accept, HIP, credit, debit, and cash. More information.

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Holiday Hours: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is being celebrated Monday, Jan. 20.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 17-23

Berkshire Community College honors one of America's greatest heroes by giving back to the community at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event, taking place in the Connector building at BCC's main campus on Monday, Jan. 20 and co-sponsored by the NAACP-Berkshire County Branch.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 15-21

January 25 - MASS MoCA Community Day FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION ALL DAY Free for all who walk through the doors, our annual community celebration is brimming with art-making, gallery tours, live music, pop-up performances, fun photos, and tons more to inspire and explore. Kidspace turns 20 this year — join the festivities as we celebrate two decades of bringing engaging exhibitions and a vibrant art studio to both children and adults.Check "More information." for a full schedule of events.More info

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Veteran Spotlight: Giardina Rolled Across Europe

Enrico Giardina served his country in the European Theater in Army from 1944 to 1946. Drafted right out of Pittsfield High School at the age of 18, he was sent to boot camp at Fort McClellan in Alabama for infantry training.

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Berkshires Beat: Community Members Donate Guided Technology for PICC Line Placement

The Interventional and Perioperative Services Departments at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received a special gift from donors Bob and Anne Farrara of Eagle Bridge, N.Y.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 10-16

All visitors under 18 years of age will enjoy FREE admission to Berkshire Museum in 2020 through a new initiative honoring Museum trustee and former board president Elizabeth "Buzz" McGraw.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 8-14

January 20 - MCLA's Day of Service in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday January 20th at MCLA's Venable gym. Beginning at 8:30 with registration and light refreshments. We kick off the day around 9:30 and send people off to their choice of about 20 projects that they will be doing either on campus or around the community. at 12:30 all will return to MCLA's Venable gym for free community lunch and celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr with the highlight being the presentation to o

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Biz Briefs: Gordmans Hiring for Upcoming North Adams Location

Gordmans offers a variety of positions in an energetic and engaging work environment.

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Veteran Spotlight: Pvt. Zanna Fought Through the Ardennes

Zanna and his division were involved in extremely serious combat in the Ardennes Forest. The German Panzer tanks would shoot over their heads in the forest so the trees would topple on them.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Jan. 3-9

Join the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission at Hotel on North for a Berkshire County Outdoor Recreation Forum from 5-7 p.m. There will be an interactive discussion of opportunities and concerns related to outdoor recreation in the county. All are welcome and pre-registration is greatly appreciated for this free event.

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North Adams Happenings: Jan. 1-7

January 11 - Northern Berkshire Youth Hockey League Celebrates 50 Years Highlighted by Boston Bruins Alumni Game!

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Berkshires Beat: SVMC Women's and Children's Department Receives Donation of Art

She believes in helping others and dedicates a portion of her work and time to help charitable organizations dedicated to the service of those in need

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Holiday Hours: Christmas & New Year's

Businesses, schools and government offices will be taking breaks over the next week as the nation celebrates Christmas and New Year's.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 20-26

Mark "Monk" Schane-Lydon inhabits every role in this hilariously touching stage adaptation of the iconic holiday film It's a Wonderful Life at the Whitney Center for the Arts. George Bailey, Clarence, Mr. Potter and the gang come to life as a single actor creates a heartwarming story about the effect one hardworking man's life has on the people around him.

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Holiday Events and Tree Lightings 2019

'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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North Adams Happenings: December 18-24

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Dec. 13-19

The annual Holiday Shindy returns to the former Shire City Sanctuary, now the Al-Khalil Cultural Center. Forty accomplished artisan vendors will sell their unique and distinctive offerings. Enjoy hot drinks from Dottie's Coffee Lounge and lunch from Braise Worthy while you shop. Shindy hours are Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 and children under the age of 12 are free.

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Veteran Spotlight: PFC Giardina Runs Out of Luck on Day 13

On his 13th day in the Chorwon Valley, Giardina wasn't so lucky when a bomb exploded several yards from him while on patrol. The explosion was so powerful that it lifted him 3 feet off the ground. He took shrapnel in his shoulder and leg.

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 11-17

MASS MoCA celebrates the Berkshires this holiday season offering FREE admission to all Berkshire County residents from Friday, December 6, through Monday, December 23.

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North Adams Happenings: Dec. 4-10

DECEMBER 14th - Wreaths Across America Ceremony and Wreath Laying - North Adams Cemeteries Join us as we remember our veterans in North Adams. We will first have a ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park, followed by wreath laying at Southview Cemetery. If you have not already signed up with us to lay wreaths, please message us via this event.

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Veteran Spotlight: Airman Woolfe Flew Bombing Missions in South Pacific

Woolfe enlisted in the Army Air Forces at 18 1/2 and served his country in World War II from 1942-1945 and is credited with an amazing 47 missions flown (his bomber group miraculously lost only one plane and that because of inclement weather).

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Get a jump on your holiday shopping in Pittsfield on Small Business Saturday, and be part of a national effort to highlight locally owned small businesses each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 27-Dec. 3

DECEMBER 7th - December Indoor Farmers Market Join us for the December indoor market. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Over a dozen vendors. HIP/SNAP/EBT/CC/Debit/Cash accepted. We double SNAP/EBT up to $15. For more updates on this market follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/

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Red Cross Offers 10 Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States, and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts urges everyone to never leave cooking food unattended — which is the most common cause of kitchen fires.

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Humance Society Hosts 100 Cats for Christmas

The program is the shelter’s largest and most successful low-cost spay/neuter effort for kittens and cats in the Berkshires and surrounding areas. Without the support of the license plate program, this invaluable service would not be possible.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 22-28

The Colonial presents Tramps Like Us, a high-energy band that delivers Bruce Springsteen's iconic rockers and ballads including "Dancing In the Dark," "Born in the U.S.A.," "Thunder Road," "Badlands" and more. Tramps Like Us is the only tribute band to be endorsed by members

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Donates to Habitat for Humanity

The member-owners of Wild Oats Market have selected Northern Berkshire Habitat For Humanity as the recipient of this quarter's donation from its Pass It On Program.

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North Adams Happenings:Nov. 20-26

NOVEMBER 27th - North Adams Annual Tree Lighting Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown North Adams on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6:00PM! The rain date will be Friday, December 6, 2019. https://www.facebook.com/events/942141622814491/

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Veteran Spotlight: Seaman Nichols Witness to History

Nichols was on duty on Sept. 2, 1945, and about 100 feet from the signing of the Japanese surrender document on the Missouri.

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 15-21

Berkshire Museum will hold its annual Festival of Trees Preview Party on Friday, Nov. 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy delicious appetizers and beverages, including a signature cocktail, as you explore more than 100 dazzling holiday displays. This year's Festival of Trees theme, "Heroes," is sure to inspire. Party guests are invited to incorporate their own hero(es) into their evening's attire!

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 13-19

NOVEMBER 20th - The Neighborlie Awards! Celebrate someone who has made a positive impact in your life or community. Nominate someone now here. Nomination deadline is November 4. For more information, call Glenda at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition at (413) 663-7588. http://www.nbccoalition.org/the-neighborlies.html

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Cultural Pittsfield This Week: Nov. 8-14

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North Adams Happenings: Nov. 6-12

NOVEMBER 20th - The Neighborlie Awards! Celebrate someone who has made a positive impact in your life or community. Nominate someone now here. Nomination deadline is November 4.

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