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iBerkshiresTV Discusses Domestic Violence, Opioids on Latest Episode

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — We took on some big issues on the latest episode of iBerkshiresTV.
Benjamin Lamb is one of the founders of a new organization in North County aimed to get men to do their part in curbing domestic violence. Men Initiating Change in North County is bringing men together show role model appropriate behavior and speak up when they see signs of abuse. Editor Tammy Daniels talked with Lamb about the group's founding and goals.
Then we spoke with County Ambulance President Brian Andrews. The data has been showing that overdose deaths are leveling out. But, if you ask first responders, they'll tell you overdoses are not. County Ambulance is looking to become more proactive through a post-overdose intervention program where paramedics and EMTs will reconnect with their patients and coach them with harm reduction techniques and hopefully how to enter recovery.
We end with an in-studio performance of two original songs by local singer Tyra Nurmi.


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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Equestrian Center to Host Horse Show Benefiting Berkshire Humane Society

Benefit horse show

After 25 years of hosting the Berkshire Humane Society Horse Show, Overmeade Farm has passed the reins to the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond. Through the support of the Hart Family and Overmeade Farm, the horse show has raised more than $250,000 during the lifetime of the event. Berkshire Humane Society is excited to begin a new partnership with Berkshire Equestrian Center.

This event is recognized by the Western New England Professional Horseman's Association. Riders participate in hunter and equitation classes, both on the flat and over fences. The show offers riders of all ages and skills an opportunity to compete while helping raise critical funds that support the programs and services of Berkshire Humane Society. BHS has provided care to thousands of homeless animals over the past 27 years, and the horse show is one event that makes this lifesaving work possible.

Divisions to be held include: Short/Long Stirrup, Baby Green Hunter, Low/Adult Hunter, Novice Hunter, Pre-Children’s/Adult Equitation, Junior/Amateur Hunter, Children’s Equitation, Pony Hunter, Children’s Hunter Horse, Modified Junior Equitation, Junior Equitation, Adult Equitation, among others.

"We are so excited that the horse show has returned," said John Perreault, executive director for BHS. "This event is a great way for people of all ages to combine their love of horses and their compassion for all companion animals. We cannot thank Overmeade Farm and Berkshire Equestrian Center enough for their support. The Hart Family has made this event what it is today, and we’re thankful that Sarah Hogue at Berkshire Equestrian Center wants to continue this summer tradition that celebrates horses and helps homeless pets."

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