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SVHC to Host Special Vaccination Clinics for Children Ages 5 - 11
12:36PM / Thursday, November 04, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has scheduled two COVID-19 vaccination clinics for ages 5 – 11 from 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 at their COVID Resource Center at 982 Mansion Drive in Bennington.    The clinics are only for children. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Scheduled appointments are preferred, and a limited supply will be available for walk-ins. Families should go to https://vermont.force.com/events/s/selfregistration to make an appointment.   "I highly recommend that every eligible person get vaccinated," said Trey Dobson, SVMC's Chief Medical Officer. "And I

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Public Health Officials Urge COVID-19 Vaccinations for Children
Staff Reports,
11:19AM / Thursday, November 04, 2021
BOSTON — State officials are encouraging parents to vaccinate their children now that the Pfizer-Biotech vaccine for COVID-19 has received emergency authorization for ages 5 to 11. This is the best way, they say, for the state and schools systems to get back to normal.    More information about how to schedule a vaccine appointment can be found here.   Gov. Charlie Baker, speaking Thursday at Boston Children's Hospital, said pediatric doses have already been received and he did not anticipate any supply issues, such as those that hampered the rollout for adult vaccinations earlier this year.    "We continue to lead the way in vaccinations here in the

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Becket, Peru Awarded $2M in MassWorks Grants
11:32AM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
BECKET, Mass. — Several Berkshire towns are getting more than $2 million in MassWorks funding, largely for road repair.    The funds were part of $66.5 million in grant awards to 50 communities announced last week by the Baker-Polito administration. The administration also kicked off the first series of grant awards made through the Community One Stop for Growth program, which total a combined $88 million for projects in 122 communities across the commonwealth, including MassWorks awards.    "MassWorks and the programs accessed through One Stop support local infrastructure projects that spur housing, workforce development and private investment," said

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Opening reception of 'EXPOSED'
09:01AM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — "EXPOSED" opens at the Eclipse Mill Gallery Saturday, Nov. 6 from 5 to 8 P.M.   "EXPOSED" is an exhibition by artist Martin Landau of varied media, painting, drawing, found object, charged content, sometimes inappropriate.    According to a press release, the gallery is fitted with imagery sure to challenge the viewer. Sound accompanies the exhibit.    There will be an artist reception on Saturday Nov. 6, 2021 from 5 to 8 pm in the gallery. Refreshments will be served.   

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Thanksgiving Meals for Northern Berkshire Seniors
08:12AM / Wednesday, November 03, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Thanksgiving for Seniors program will be sponsored by All Saints Berkshire Episcopal Church and from community donations for the 37th year.   The program is provided and organized by local volunteers from the Northern Berkshire community and by All Saints Weekend Meal Ministry.   The meal will be a traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, vegetable, gravy, cranberry sauce roll and pumpkin pie. Last year over two hundred meals were delivered to the Northern Berkshire seniors. Various agencies assist with gathering and notifying the seniors in each community. All Saints Berkshire also will take reservations by calling the office, Nov. 8 through Nov.

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Jennifer Macksey Makes History as North Adams First Woman Mayor
Staff Reports,
10:35PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021

State Rep. John Barrett III hugs Macksey. The former mayor had kept in the background of her campaign. Macksey had worked under him in her finance positions in the city.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The results came within minutes of the polls closing on Tuesday and the victor by fewer than 200 votes was Jennifer Macksey.    The city's former treasurer will be the first woman to take the corner office and only the fourth mayor in more than 30 years.    Macksey won in a close vote against Lynette Bond, director of grants at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a member of the Planning Board.    Surrounded by cheering supporters at her victory

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MCLA Men's Soccer, Volleyball Advance in Playoffs
MCLA Sports Information,
10:32PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. -- The MCLA men's soccer team received second half goals from Colin Rousseau and Cola Bean while goalkeeper Sam Edge pitched a shutout to lead the Trailblazers past Mass  Maritime 2-0 Tuesday evening in the MASCAC quarterfinal round.   The fifth-seeded Trailblazers (5-10-1) advance to the MASCAC semifinal round on Friday night against top seeded Salem State.   The game began as the regular season match between these two teams ended, chippy and with a lot of midfield play. Maritime took its opportunities in the first half, taking 11 shots to MCLA's two. Unable to find the back of the net on any of their opportunities the first half featured

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COVID-19 Booster Shots Available Throughout County
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — COVID-19 Booster Shots are available at Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) locations throughout the county.   BHS encourages all eligible residents to take advantage of the opportunity to secure the additional protection from COVID-19 that boosters provide.   The CDC has approved Pfizer and Moderna booster doses for individuals 65 years or older, individuals 18-64 years old who live or work in a high-risk environment, and individuals 18-64 years old who have an underlying medical condition that makes them  more vulnerable to serious infection by COVID-19.    Johnson and Johnson boosters are approved for individuals 18 years or older. Additional

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Fire Officials Reminder: Change Clocks, Check Alarms
04:00PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
STOW, Mass. — With the end of daylight savings time coming on Nov. 7, Massachusetts fire officials issued a seasonal reminder to check smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms when you change your clocks.   "Working smoke and CO alarms are key to surviving a fire or carbon monoxide leak," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "As we 'fall back' this weekend, remember to check your alarms when you change your clocks.  Unless you have newer alarms with 10-year sealed batteries, this is a good time to replace the alkaline batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms or replace the entire device if it's more than 10 years

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NAMI Berkshire County Hires New Executive Director
12:30PM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass.— The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County announced that Melissa Helm has joined the organization as Executive Director.    "Her passion for our mission along with her desire to grow and expand our organization made her the perfect fit to lead NAMI Berkshire County," said board president Ruth Healy. "The three tenets of NAMI's mission are to support, educate and advocate for all those in Berkshire County whose lives are impacted by mental illness. Our niche is helping the family and loved ones of someone suffering from mental illness because they often don't know who to turn to for help in coping with their

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Frost, Cold Forecast for Berkshire Region
Staff Reports,
11:02AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
The moderate fall weather we've had so far is about to take a sharp turn downward.   Frost and snowflakes are in the forecast for the Northeast with Accuweather cautioning that "people who have delayed making their winter preparations will want to expedite them sooner rather than later this week with many northeastern areas forecast to experience their lowest temperatures since April or March."   The temperatures have dipped on occasion over the past couple months but most days have been shirtsleeve or at least light jacket weather. Most of the region has seen temperatures averaging 3 to 6 degrees higher than normal.    Just a few weeks ago, the temperature

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Build your 'cash' account before retiring
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:36AM / Tuesday, November 02, 2021
If you're going to retire in the next few years, you'll want to start thinking about making some changes to your investment portfolio. And one area you may want to look at is whatever type of cash account you might have – because, when you're retired, the amount of cash you have readily available may be even more important than when you were working.   Your cash management account could pay a slightly higher rate than a typical savings account, as well as serving as a holding place for funds that may eventually be transferred to other investments. Furthermore, it can provide you with these benefits: You can pay for emergency expenses. You might be retired, but life

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