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Berkshire Scenic Railway's Hoosac Valley Service was nominated for Newcomer of the Year.

1Berkshire Announces 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Finalists

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire has announced the finalists for the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter Awards that will be presented at the eighth annual Celebrate the Berkshires event on Sept. 13 at the new Proprietor’s Lodge on Pontoosuc Lake.
The 1Berkshire Trendsetter Awards showcase Berkshire-based individuals and businesses who demonstrate excellence in several areas. Each year these winners are the highlight of the annual Celebrate the Berkshires event. 
This year saw the most nominations were received this year since the awards began. More than 140 businesses, organizations and individuals were nominated in the following categories: Comprehensive Marketing Campaign, Creative Economy Standout, Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year, Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy, Newcomer of the Year, Nonprofit Impact, and Under 40 Change-Maker.
Here is the list of all the 2018 Berkshire Trendsetter finalists:
Comprehensive Marketing Campaign
Berkshire Theater Festival 90th Anniversary Celebration
Community Access to The Arts (CATA)
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Greylock WORKS
The Mastheads
Creative Economy Standout
B&B Micro Manufacturing
Dr. Lisa Donovan / MCLA
The Stationery Factory
WAM Theatre
Growing/Advancing the Berkshire Economy
Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
Interprint USA
The New Taconic High School
The Norad Mill / Moresi & Associates
Newcomer of the Year
Berkshire Scenic Rail's Hoosac Valley Service
Allyn Burrows & Adam Davis, Shakespeare & Company
Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires
Peter Oleskiewicz of Desperados
David York of Museum of Dog/Bowlin on the River
Nonprofit Impact
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire Children & Families
Hillcrest Educational Centers
Mass Audubon Berkshire Sanctuaries
The Brien Center
Under 40 Change-Maker
Krystle Gallo
Rabbi Neil Hirsch
Mindi Morin
Colin Ovitsky
Geeg Wiles
Entrepreneur/Visionary of the Year
Stephen Boyd of Boyd Technologies / Berkshire Innovation Center
Becky and Caleb Miner of Miner Combat
Laura Shack of Firefly Gastropub & White Iris
Ben Svenson of Tourists
Eric Taylor of The Lake House & Proprietor's Lodge
To purchase tickets or to learn more about Celebrate the Berkshires, visit

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North Adams Releases Boil Water Notice

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city released a boil water notice for all residences and business that lost water service or experienced discolored water or lower pressure in connection to the River Street water main break.
The Department of Public Services released a statement at 2:30 p.m. on Friday urging residents and businesses whose water was affected to boil water before consumption. 
The statement reads:
"Due to the water main break on River Street, and as a precaution, all residences and business which lost water service, or experienced discolored water or lower pressure (below 35 psi at the water main/hydrant), advised to boil water for one minute prior to use for human consumption."
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