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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.   King grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and served his country from 1993 to 2015. He enlisted at the age of 18 and was sent to basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala.    "It was definitely a culture shock," he recalled. "I learned about biscuits and gravy from the mess hall, which I found delicious ... remember an obscene amount of heat and humidity."   King's first assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served in law enforcement as an military police officer. From there, King was

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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

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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
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McCann to Install Lights on Football Field
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
05:07PM / Saturday, April 10, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — McCann Technical School hopes to have lights installed on the football field for the upcoming season.   "Friday night lights," School Committee member William Diamond joked at the committee's meeting Thursday after Superintendent James Brosnan said lights are finally coming to the school's athletic complex.   When Williams College renovated Weston Field, it donated the old lights and components to McCann. Brosnan said the project has been in the works some eight years.   He said contractor Musco Lighting went through the lighting components and that "everything is still viable and operational. Everything is ready to

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SVMC: Medical Matters Features Hand Surgeon
01:56PM / Saturday, April 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson" features Dr. David Veltre on April 7.   Veltre is a hand and upper extremity specialist at SVMC Orthopedics and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics. He discusses the most common conditions he sees in his practice and their treatments.   The weekly interactive medical-themed talk show hosted by Dr. Trey Dobson provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on health care, including topics like behavioral health, food insecurity, equitable care, and the opioid crisis.    The show is produced in partnership with Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and is broadcast on

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Berkshire County Experiencing Mild Drought Conditions
04:40PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
BOSTON — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared that Berkshire County is in a level 1 mild drought.   "In most regions across the Commonwealth, dry conditions have set in again, and it is important that we all take water conservation steps now to lessen its potential impacts on our environment and water supplies, and to take extra precautions when using an open flame or cooking on a grill to prevent wildfires," said EEA Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work closely with municipalities, local water suppliers and our federal partners to monitor and respond to the ongoing drought

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@theMarket: Stocks Grind Higher as Bond Yields Retreat
By Bill Schmick,
03:56PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
April is usually a good month for markets. Historically, it is one of the three best months of the year for equities. We all know what happens in May ("sell in May and go away") but we will worry about that later.   Over in the bond market, the bond vigilantes may have started to doubt their conviction that inflation is a fait accompli and so yields must go up. This week, yields declined a bit, which gave a boost to some sectors (gold and silver, for example), while banks pulled back a little. But Friday's Producer Price Index report for March reversed that. PPI was up 1 percent versus expectations that were only half that, which brings the year-over-year gain to 4.3

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Lanesborough's Johnson Departs Mount Greylock School Committee
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
02:37PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — For the fourth time in two years, a member of the seven-person Mount Greylock Regional School Committee has resigned mid-term.   Lanesborough resident Michelle Johnson tendered her resignation Thursday to the committee, effective Friday.   Johnson's letter of resignation said it comes with "great sadness," and she appeared to tear up while reading the letter during Thursday's virtual meeting. Her letter praised her colleagues on the committee for their professionalism and thoughtfulness.   It did not specify a reason for her resignation beyond "personal reasons."   "I urge the committee to continue on

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SVHC Thanks Local Businesses
01:14PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation recently approached several businesses who donated items to help medical staff remember to take care of themselves.   According to a SVHC press release, healthcare workers, working long hours caring for COVID-19 patients and others, needed a reminder to take a few moments to care for their own health and wellbeing. Businesses answered with donations of items that helped our staff remember to take care of themselves.   "Our staff is so dedicated and deeply compassionate, but we know they are not an inexhaustible resource," said Paula Seaman, director of Quality, a department that also helps

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MCLA Receives Grant To Improve Racial Equity On Campus
Staff Reports ,
10:47AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — MCLA has received a $28,720 Higher Education Innovation Fund Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) to help the college work toward improving racial equity.   The Higher Education Innovation grant will allow the MCLA Department of Public Safety to work with a consulting firm specializing in improving police departments' relationships with their communities. The consultant would work with MCLA to develop an interactive training module for the Department of Public Safety with the goal of increasing cultural competency and engagement of its officers and staff with the MCLA community.    "I'm deeply appreciative

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MCLA Greenhouse Showcases Campus Sustainability Efforts
08:10AM / Friday, April 09, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— Thanks to the MCLA Dining, Facilities, and the Campus Sustainability Committee, Venable Greenhouse is now home to seedlings that will become veggies and herbs for sauces, salsas, and pickles.    When students return to campus next semester, they'll be able to try a few varieties of an "MCLA Pickle" created by MCLA Dining Executive Chef Tony Fiorentino.     According to a press release, while the greenhouse will only produce a small amount of food, it's a visible reminder of the commitment MCLA and Aramark, which holds the college dining contract, have made to sustainability on campus.    MCLA Dining staff are

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The Retired Investor: Water Becoming a Rare Commodity
By Bill Schmick,
06:00PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021

America is running out of water. During the next 50 years, the nation could see its fresh water supply reduced by one third. But if you think that's a problem for the next generation, you are wrong. This year alone, as many as 83 out of 204 U.S. water basins could begin to feel the brunt of these shortages.

 And don't think these shortages will only affect those regions that we would expect to be dry. The central and southern Great Plains, the Southwest and central Rocky Mountain states, as well as the South, Midwest, and parts of California are all in danger. The twin culprits are rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns brought on by climate change.

The wettest

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North Adams School Bus Hit in Three-Vehicle Accident
Staff Reports,
04:26PM / Thursday, April 08, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Two children from Greylock School were taken to Berkshire Medical Center's satellite emergency facility for an evaluation after the bus they were on was involved in a three-vehicle accident. Police said there were no serious injuries.   The accident occurred shortly after school got out at 3 p.m. A black Subaru Outback was attempting to exit Protection Avenue onto State Road and the driver had edged out to far into the travel lane. Police were not sure if the driver had been trying to see around a utility pole. The red Jeep Wrangler was heading west and was clipped by the Subaru, sending it directly into the bus.   The Dufour school bus was oriented

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