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BCC Hosts Admissions Info Sessions
04:34PM / Wednesday, November 17, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will offer four free Virtual General Information Sessions through the end of the year: Thursday, Nov. 18 at 12 pm; Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 4 pm; Monday, Dec. 13 at 6 pm; and Thursday, Dec. 16 at 12 pm.   The 30-minute info sessions, presented by admissions counselors on Zoom, are designed to familiarize prospective students with the application and registration process.   Virtual General Information Session participants can: Ask questions about the admissions process: how to apply, register, and choose classes Learn about BCC's affordability and its financial aid options Hear from staff about quality programs and

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North Adams Councilor Asking for Reconsideration of Mohawk Theater Vote
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:03PM / Wednesday, November 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — City Councilor Keith Bona is requesting access to the city solicitor to question KP Law about its opinion removing the council from consideration of the Mohawk Theater sale and for the council to revote its authorization declaring the theater surplus property.   Councilors were surprised at last week's meeting when they were informed that the disposition of the theater would move forward without their approval.    According to an opinion provided by KP Law, the order approved by the council in 2019 "gives broad authority to the mayor to dispose of the property without further authorization" provided it complies with the state's 30B

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North Adams Tax Bills Expected Rise 7%, Tax Rate to Drop
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:14AM / Wednesday, November 17, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The City Council approved a split tax rate Tuesday that will marginally lower the tax rates for both residential and commercial/industrial properties.    In a special meeting held for the annual tax classification hearing, the council voted to accept the administration's recommendation of a shift of 1.68 percent toward the commercial side.   The rate will be $18.53 per $1,000 valuation for residential, down eight cents from this year, and $39.26 per $1,000 valuation for industrial, commercial and personal property, down 51 cents from $39.77.   A single tax rate would have been $23.37.   The owner of the average home will see their tax

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North Adams Council Begins Streaming to Facebook
Staff Reports,
06:24PM / Tuesday, November 16, 2021

The Owl looks like a large microphone. It swivels to track voices.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — You can now watch the City Council via Facebook thanks to a new piece of technology that's been added to council chambers.    Last week's meeting was a test of the Owl Pro system, which allows for recording and streaming in real time.    Councilor Benjamin Lamb pointed out the "white tower" that looks like a giant microphone in the middle of the room at last week's meeting.    "Several of us on council have been raising the issue and need for us to provide more accessibility to public meetings here in the city by leveraging

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Work with life partner to achieve mutual goals
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:39AM / Tuesday, November 16, 2021
When you and your life partner work together to achieve your important long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement lifestyle, the experience can be greatly rewarding. However, your success will require commitment and discipline. So, what steps should you take along the way?   One key move is to decide early in your relationship how you will handle money. Many couples merge their finances and make joint decisions on major purchases. But some couples like to keep at least part of their finances distinct, perhaps by maintaining separate checking or savings accounts. There's really no one correct solution for everyone, but whatever you decide, you'll want to be assured that

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Reward Offered in Renewed Search for Kim Benoit's Killer
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:12AM / Tuesday, November 16, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — It was 47 years ago today when the body of Kim Benoit was found off a lonely stretch of road in Hoosac Tunnel in the town of Florida.    No one has been charged in her murder and past leads have gone cold.    After a half-century, time is running out.   "We know that there are people out there in the community, in North Adams in particular, that have information about what happened to Kim and who was responsible for her death," said Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington. "Kim's family certainly holds out hope that they are going to get closure and that they're going to know what happened to

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Bernard Wants Barrett Investigated; Barrett Denies Any Threats Made
06:13PM / Monday, November 15, 2021

State Rep. John Barrett III in 2019 urging caution on the sale of the Mohawk Theater. Barrett says his call last week to Mayor Bernard was only to advise him to have the council vote on the proposal.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Mayor Thomas Bernard is asking that the House Committee on Ethics investigate what he said was a threatening phone call from state Rep. John Barrett III last week.    Barrett on Monday denied any implied threats of any kind. The conversation wasn't heated, he said, and he was offering advice on the process for approving the Mohawk Theater deal.    "That wasn't a threat. It was not a heated exchange at all. It was

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Three-Car Crash on Curran Highway Flips Vehicle
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
06:00PM / Monday, November 15, 2021

The collision caused on vehicle to flip over. 

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A three-car accident on Curran Highway on Monday afternoon caused no serious injuries, despite one of the cars flipping during the crash.

The accident happened in front of Uniq Vape at about 4:16 p.m., with police, Northern Berkshire EMS and the Fire Department arriving soon after to assess the crash site and help one of the occupants with minor injuries. An initial collision between two vehicles blocked the northern traffic lane, causing a second crash to occur with the third vehicle.

"It appears that two of the vehicles were traveling southbound. One was stopped to turn into the Uniq Vape shop,"

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December is the Start of Bird Feeding Season
04:14PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recommends that people wait to put up bird feeders until Dec. 1 to avoid attracting bears.    "This may be a particularly good winter for attracting winter birds arriving from Canada, including Evening Grosbeaks and Purple Finches," Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife's bird project leader said. "Black oil sunflower is a good seed choice that will attract a variety of birds, and folks may want to try other seeds or suet to attract certain species.  Thistle, for example, attracts many of the finches.  Gardeners will find leaving late-blooming flowers uncut provides seeds which can also attract

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Letter: Our Collective Future
03:00PM / Monday, November 15, 2021

To the editor:

Nearly two weeks have passed since the North Adams election and I continue ask what I could have done differently and ponder if it was all worth it.

Running for mayor of the city of North Adams was a unique and life-altering experience. Moreover, it is an experience that I know I was privileged to have. First, to run for office takes time. My family was supportive and provided me the space for what my daughter called "mayor stuff." My employer also allowed me to take the time off that I needed, which meant exhausting my vacation and eventually taking leave with pay. I clearly understand that many in North Adams may not have this option. Then, there is the scrutiny

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SVMC is First in Vermont to Receive American Nurses Credentialing Center Practice Transition Accreditation
01:31PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has granted a 4-year accreditation to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), for its Practice Transition Program.    It is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the United States to have received the accreditation.   "This new distinction validates that SVMC is a wonderful place to start your career in nursing," said Pamela Duchene, the chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services at SVMC.  "It shows that we are following evidence-based practice to support our new nurses. That improves

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SVHC Undergoes 'Green Demolition'
12:43PM / Monday, November 15, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Insulation, doors, lighting fixtures, pressure treated lumber, wooden beams, and an antique cast iron sink are among the items being harvested for reuse from The Lodge, a building on the Bennington campus of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).    The building is slated for demolition next week to make way for a $28 million renovation and expansion to SVMC's Emergency Department.   The salvage work was done by Deconstruction Works, a demolition, salvage and recycling service based in Vermont. The business has offices in Brattleboro and Bristol and is co-owned by Erich Kruger and Tom Shea. The

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