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The Retired Investor: Food Scarcity in a Nation of Obesity
By Bill Schmick,
04:10PM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
Thirty-three percent of adults are obese, while ten percent of households with children are facing a food crisis. This is happening together, at the same time, in the same place — America. How can this be?   During the height of the pandemic, if you recall, the media featured long lines of hungry Americans queuing up at food banks and other community centers for food to feed their families. That was a shocking sight to me. In the supposed wealthiest country in the world, where Americans usually throw away more food than they eat, there are people going hungry? I thought it must be caused by supply chain problems, not the scarcity of food.   Digging deeper, I discovered that

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SVMC Selected For National Multi-Hospital Cooperation To Raise Colon Cancer Screening Rates
01:30PM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The American Cancer Society (ACS) has selected Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), as a Hospital Systems Capacity Building (HSCB) Community of Practice (COP) site to increase colorectal cancer screening rates.   The HSCB COP initiative is three year project including 20 hospitals and their community partners nationwide.    According to a press release, the aim of the project is to bring well-performing health systems together to share tools, resources, and capacity-building assistance and to solidify evidence-based methods to improve community health.   “I am thrilled to embark on this


Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
Super Bowl Pancake Breakfast
by TunnelVision 10:44PM / Monday, January 30, 2012

IRS Extends Individual Income Tax Filings to May
10:11AM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
WASHINGTON — Taxpayers will again get an extension in filing their federal income taxes.   The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced on Wednesday that the federal income tax filing due date for individuals for the 2020 tax year will be automatically extended from April 15 to May 17.   This does not currently apply to state filing dates but, last year, when the federal deadline was extended to July because of the pandemic Massachusetts and Vermont followed suit.   "This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the


Clark Art Lecture: Making Visible/Rachel Ruysch
08:09AM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —Class of 1974 Curatorial Fellow Robert Schindler will present the talk "Making Visible/Rachel Ruysch" as part of the Clark's Research and Academic Program's lecture series.    The lecture will be recorded and made available on the Clark website from March 19 through June 15.   According to a press release, Schindler introduces the career, work, and legacy of Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750), considered one of the foremost still-life painters of her time. Research on Ruysch's life and work lags behind that of many of her male contemporaries, which stands in stark contrast to the fame and fortune she achieved during her long


Cascade School Supplies Upgrades Warehouse Lighting
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:44AM / Thursday, March 18, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Cascade School Supplies took a step toward sustainability by upgrading lighting dating from the 1960s to modern LEDs   "The lighting of our building had been highlighted as a concern by our employees," Vice President Todd Shafer said. "Once we learned of the environmental impacts of the project it became, not just necessary, but a very exciting prospect. Our management team didn't have to discuss the project for long because it was so compelling from the standpoints of economics, employee satisfaction and positive environmental impact. We knew we wanted to move forward as soon as possible."   Shafer said the antiquated lighting


Massachusetts RMV Expanding Designated Senior Hours
04:46PM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) announced that it is expanding designated Wednesday in-person appointment hours for seniors from those 75 years of age or older to those 65 years of age or older.    Beginning March 24, 2021, customers who are 65 years of age or older will be able to book in-person transaction appointments in April during designated Wednesday senior hours online at Mass.Gov/RMV. Services that are available for customers during designated senior hours include driver's license and ID renewals and registration and title transactions.   Designated senior service hours began on Sep. 2, 2020, to offer customers 75 and older


Vaccinations Open to All Adults April 19; State Getting Boost in Vaccine Doses
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
10:44AM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
BOSTON — All residents ages 16 and older will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine on Patriots Day, April 19.    Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday morning announced new dates of eligibility for those ages 60, 55, with certain medical conditions and employed in specified occupations.    Speaking at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, the governor said states were informed of the increased doses during a call with federal officials on Tuesday night.    "The news about the arrival of more vaccine from the federal government means we will be able to move faster to get doses to our residents, and this is long overdue and welcome," he

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MCLA Faculty Authors Present Panel on Book Writing and Publishing
08:09AM / Wednesday, March 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — MCLA faculty members from different academic departments will present an April 6 virtual roundtable discussion about their most recent and forthcoming book publications from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 6.    Featured speakers will share information about their books, writing practices, and publishing processes.     This event is free and open to the public, and community members are welcome to attend. Register in advance at    Moderated by Assistant Professor of English Victoria Papa, who also directs The Mind's Eye, a research and praxis initiative at MCLA,


Yo-Yo Ma's Performance at BCC Vax Clinic Became International News
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:42PM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Today at the #MyBCC vaccine clinic, folks waiting in the observation area were graced by the musical talents of amazing cellist Yo-Yo Ma! 😍😍😍

Posted by Berkshire Community College on Saturday, March 13, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College made international headlines with a video of 18-time Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing at the Paterson Field House vaccination clinic on Saturday.

After receiving his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Ma spent the required 15-minute waiting period performing a rendition of "Ave Maria" and the Prelude to Bach's Cello Suite No 1.

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Time for some financial spring cleaning
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:26AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
In just a few days, we will experience the vernal equinox – one of the two times in the year when the sun is exactly above the equator. Apart from this astronomical anomaly, though, the equinox is mostly known as the beginning of spring – a fresh beginning and the time to spruce things up. This year, as you tidy up your home and surroundings, why not also consider some financial spring cleaning?   Here are a few ideas for getting your financial house in order:   "De-clutter" your portfolio Over the years, many of us tend to pick up duplicate items that find their way into the nooks and crannies of our homes, gathering dust and remaining unused. Over time,


MCLA Green Living Seminar: Emissions Info Can Prompt Greener Flights
08:00AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Angela Sanguinetti, research environmental psychologist at the University of California, Davis, will give a talk titled "How Emissions Information Can Prompt Travelers to Purchase Greener Flights" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Sanguinetti earned a B.S. and M.S. in psychology, with an emphasis in behavior analysis, from CSU Stanislaus, and a Ph.D. in


Fire-Damaged North Adams Apartment Building Being Replaced
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:47AM / Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The 1870 structure will be replaced by contemporary units. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The burned-out hulk of a Houghton Street apartment building is coming down two years after it was severely damaged by fire.   The Zoning Board of Appeals on Monday approved plans to replace the structure with a new six-unit apartment building at the request of owner Garabed Setrakian of Cambridge.   Setrakian purchased the property last April in hopes of restoring the 1870 building but found it too far gone.    "I definitely will make a gigantic improvement to this corner, which used to be a very valuable part of North Adams," he said, referring to its past hosting a


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