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Linda Robinson-Hidas, Amherst-based acupuncturist and president of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts, presents Rep. Pignatelli with a 'Person of the Year' award on behalf of the organization.

Acupuncture Society Honors Rep. Pignatelli

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BOSTON — State Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli (D-Lenox) and the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts co-hosted a briefing in the State House on Thursday to help elected officials, staff and the public understand more about acupuncture and its ability to help patients deal with chronic pain, substance abuse issues, PTSD and a number of other conditions.

Legislation filed by Representative Pignatelli currently pending in the State House would increase patients' access to safe, effective, quality treatment by requiring that insurance coverage in Massachusetts include acupuncture treatment of pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and nausea.  

During the event, Linda Robinson-Hidas, Amherst-based acupuncturist and president of the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts, presented Pignatelli with a "Person of the Year" award on behalf of the organization.

"We gave the award to Smitty because he has been a tireless promoter of acupuncture and its integration into available medical choices for all people of the commonwealth," Robinson-Hidas said. "For several years, he has filed and fought for a bill which would mandate insurance coverage and therefore provide a non-pharmaceutical alternative to opioid treatment of pain."

"As the opiate epidemic continues to worsen, we cannot wait for health insurance companies to catch up with the scientific literature when we could be utilizing an effective tool to decrease the circulation of prescription opiates and improve substance abuse treatments in our communities," Pignatelli said. "Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and it should be equally accessible to all, regardless of their insurance provider."

Acupuncturists in Massachusetts are licensed by the Board of Registry in Medicine and acupuncture treatment plays a crucial role in clinical settings at Hillcrest Cancer Center in Pittsfield, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Bay State Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital and many other health care facilities ranging from hospitals to community health centers to private practices.

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Lenox Memorial Middle School Presents 'Honk! Jr'

LENOX, Mass. — Lenox Memorial Middle School students will perform a musical adaptation of "The Ugly Duckling" at the Duffin Theater on Friday, June 14 at 6 pm and Saturday, June 15 at 1 pm. 
According to a press release:
"Honk! Jr." is a heartwarming celebration of being brave, bold & different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its witty dialogue, delightful dancing & memorable score. 
Ugly looks different from his duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and ridicule. Being bullied and feeling rather foul about himself, the little waterfowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of characters and finds out that embracing your differences and being uniquely yourself is an extraordinary thing to be! The story teaches us compassion, the power our words have on others and the lesson to never judge a book by its cover. For anyone who has ever felt different, this play is for you. 
Suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. 
Tickets will be sold in person, 1/2 hour prior to each performance at the door. A bake sale and a gift basket raffle will be held after the show.
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