Berkshire Athenaeum to Host Community Health and Wellness Fair

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's public library, will be hosting a free community health and wellness fair on Tuesday, Jan. 24. 
The fair will be held noon-3 p.m. in the library's auditorium.
Representatives from Berkshire Harm Reduction, Berkshire Health Systems, Berkshire North WIC, the Brien Center, Community Health Programs (CHP), Elder Services of Berkshire County, NAMI Berkshire County, and Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) will be available for one-on-one conversations to answer questions and provide health and wellness resources. Blood pressure screenings will also be available.
The library, located at 1 Wendell Ave., is open 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. 

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BCC, Sonoco Partner in Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) and Sonoco Plastics have entered into a partnership to encourage those interested in a career in mechatronics to apply for an apprenticeship at Sonoco. 
Apprentices will receive full tuition at BCC for its associate degree in mechatronics program, provided they complete the apprenticeship. 
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