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Guest Column: The Explosion of Vaping and Youth Use
By Joyce Brewer, Guest Column
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

To the Editor:

Last spring, I was inundated with requests from curious and concerned parents and schools about vaping. Vaping among youth had skyrocketed. Particularly I heard questions about the use of one product, JUUL, and adults were trying to figure out how to respond. Many had no idea that vaping products contain nicotine that can damage a teenager's developing brain and lead to addiction.

As young people go back to school this fall, some schools will have developed successful strategies to address this public health issue and yet new challenges will need to be addressed as the tobacco and vaping industries continue developing new tactics to addict young people to nicotine;

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Merlins Abide at Spruces Park
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:30PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A closeup of a small merlin hawk.  WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Look aloft, for I hear wings stirring the air and the primeval cry of a falcon in the spruce!   Also known as pigeon hawk, a family of merlin falcons occupies a significant niche in the open meadow known for its tall Norway spruce, seeded when these 38 acres was formerly a thriving mobile home park.   While I was surveying this moist meadow for butterfly diversity, both resident and migratory, walking the dirt roads between weedy quadrants, I heard a deliberate outcry from above, and looked up to behold some large hawk-like birds swiftly flying between the tall spruces that punctuate the grassy meadow like

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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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Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC Continues to Expand With New Doctor
04:44PM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Margaret Gordon-Fogelson, an obstetrician/gynecologist, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center and the physician staff of Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC. 

Dr. Gordon-Fogelson is accepting new patients in need of obstetrical and gynecologic care and is teamed with doctors Herbert Kantor, Robert Benner, Miriam Goldfarb, Lindsay Miller, Charles O’Neill, Kalpesh Patel, Jill Samale, Cassandra Service, Kathleen Sheridan, Michael Shreefter and Lauren Slater, nurse practitioner Sharon McLaughlin-Carvajal and certified nurse midwives Patricia Giardina, Kirsten Kowalski and Maribeth Pomerantz at Berkshire OB/GYN of

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North Adams Recognizes Child Cancer Month, Sandy Hook Promise
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:13AM / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Kathy Arabia explains some of the activities the AYJ Fund is involved in the fight against a deadly childhood cancer.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city is recognizing initiatives for children this month that are designed to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the effects of bullying.    Mayor Thomas Bernard read two proclamations last Tuesday recognizing September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the city's participation in a weeklong program from the Sandy Hook Promise, a gun-violence prevention movement built on the 2012 mass shooting at the Connecticut elementary school.     Go Gold for Kids With Cancer in September is a national

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Woman Found Deceased in Car
Staff Reports,
02:56PM / Monday, September 17, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The body of a woman from outside the area was discovered Sunday morning in the parking area of the former Holy Family Church on State Road.    The woman, who was reportedly from the eastern part of the state, was found sitting in a car by a resident of the nearby elderly housing complex. She appeared to have been there for some time.   Local authorities say the death is not considered suspicious. The woman's car, a late model Subaru, was towed from the scene.    The woman's name and age have not been released and it is not clear what she was doing in North Adams. 

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Biz Briefs: Three Local Businesses To Be Celebrated For Growth
02:30PM / Monday, September 17, 2018
Rural Small Business Initiative

Berkshire County comprises 931 square miles, making it the second-largest county in Massachusetts. Census estimates a total population of 126,313, with approximately 135 residents per square mile within this large land mass - creating many economic challenges in a mostly rural county.

On Wednesday, Sept. 19, officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center will celebrate three local small businesses that have received free counseling from the MSBDC and successfully acquired SBA financing to grow their business. The three local businesses to be highlighted are: Klara's Gourmet Cookies, 195 Water

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Berkshires Beat: Berkshire Grown Sets 20th Annual Harvest Supper for Sept. 24
12:54PM / Monday, September 17, 2018
Good meal

Berkshire Grown’s 20th annual Harvest Supper puts local food at the center of the celebration on Monday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington. More than two dozen Berkshire Grown member chefs and local beverage producers will be on-hand. The chefs will be serving a wide selection of tastings - all featuring fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction with favorites like dinner and an overnight stay at Old Inn on the Green in New Marlborough, dinner at Blue Hill New York City, a sheepskin from Mayflower Farm in South Egremont, and fruit trees from Windy Hill Farm.

This year's event is Barbara Zheutlin's

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Community Health Programs Names New Chief Communications Officer
11:50AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs has named Elizabeth "Betsy" Strickler as chief communications officer for the CHP countywide health and medical network. In this role, she will lead strategic marketing, communication and fundraising initiatives for the organization.

"Betsy is a great addition to the Community Health Programs' organization as we expand our marketing, outreach and fundraising initiatives throughout the Berkshires," said CHP CEO Lia Spiliotes. "As we continue to strengthen our brand of health care throughout the Berkshires, Betsy brings the tools to make it happen."

Strickler has worked for Berkshire region

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Gentrification Pops Up As North Berkshire Coalition Forum Topic
By Rebecca Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:59AM / Monday, September 17, 2018

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A new buzzword appeared repeatedly throughout the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition monthly forum on Friday.

That gathering, the first of the season, was the annual "needs assessment" forum, at which people can come throw out ideas for what future coalition meetings should focus on. In an effort to organize those thoughts, this year, the Coalition asked people to categorize their ideas into "topics," "needs" or "assets."

The one topic that was repeated several times throughout the meeting, which was attended by nearly 100 people, was "gentrification."

"Gentrification," according to Merriam Webster,

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Pittsfield Couple Expanding Gravesite Business
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
01:25AM / Monday, September 17, 2018
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In her final days, Matthew Kudlate's grandmother mentioned that she regretted not getting to the cemetery to clean up the family plot.    She was dying of cancer, one of five losses for Kudlate in recent years, and he and his cousin went the very next day to do it. And that is when a new business idea set in.   "It was kind of a heartbreaking thing to hear your grandmother say. We went up there to clean it the next day and started joking that it would be a good business idea," Kudlate said.   Somebody visiting the grave of a loved one had asked the two if they did it professionally and Kudlate thought it might be a way to make some

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Lemme, Mumford Top Individuals at Josh Billings Triathlon
08:34PM / Sunday, September 16, 2018
LENOX, Mass. -- Kent Lemme and Heather Mumford were the ironman and ironwoman champions Sunday at the 42nd Josh Billings Triathlon.   Lemme completed the run, boating, biking event in a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 38 seconds and placed fifth overall in the triathlon, which sees teams and indviduals competing together.   Mumford finished in 4:04:12.   The team from Allen Heights Veterinary (biker Josh Lipka, canoists Tom Keefe/Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick) defended its overall title, finishing in 2:17:08 to edge runner-up Josh Itch (Brian Rabuse, Sue Purdy/Kurt Kuehnel and Stephen Foley). Josh Itch came across the line in 2:29:18.   The top all-female team once

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McCann Honors Former School Committee Members
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
11:35AM / Sunday, September 16, 2018

Rebecca O'Hearn is a McCann graduate who served on the school council before being elected to represent Florida on the School Committee.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee on Thursday recognized former members Thomas Mahar and Rebecca O'Hearn.   Mahar and O'Hearn, who both recently stepped down from the committee, were awarded plaques from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.   "I have always noticed over the years what a great committee this is with so many different resources from all different areas," School Committee member Daniel Maloney Jr. said. "There is so much expertise here that the school has

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