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North Adams Library Hosting Home Movie Showings
08:38AM / Thursday, October 13, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The North Adams Public Library will host a Home Movie Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 7 to 10 p.m.   Home Movie Day is an annual celebration of the historical and cultural value of amateur film. Screenings are held in communities throughout the world, and residents are encouraged to bring their films to share.   Participants may show up at 7 p.m. with their films. Qualified volunteers will inspect for condition. Projection formats include 8mm, Super 8, and 16mm.   This is the fourth Home Movie Day event in North Adams and Williamstown. Local host Rich Remsberg says past screenings have brought to light family films from Kenya, a student film from an

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Woodlands Partnership Votes to Approve Name Change
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
04:48AM / Thursday, October 13, 2022

SHELBURNE FALLS, Mass. — After a final vote from its entire board on Tuesday, the Mohawk Trail Woodlands Partnership has changed its name to the Woodlands Partnership of Northwest Massachusetts. 

 

"The background of the name change is that there have been a number of comments over the past several years by members of the board about the appropriation of the name 'Mohawk Trail' as it applied to our public body," said board Chair Henry Art. 

 

The partnership's executive committee voted at its meeting last month to bring a proposed name change to the full board. In addition to changing the name, the partnership is requesting the

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Pediatric Cancer Researcher
09:05AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The next guest on Medical Matters Weekly is Mariella Filbin, MD, PhD, a leading researcher working to find a cure to children's brain tumors.    The show airs on Facebook Live at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19.   The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can view on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download as a podcast on svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.   Dr. Filbin is the co-director for Research for the Pediatric-Neurooncology Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston

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Fire Prevention Week: 'Fire Wont Wait. Plan Your Escape'
08:22AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
STOW, Mass. — Fire Prevention Week marks its 100th anniversary with a theme that reflects a challenge in modern fire safety: "Fire won't wait. Plan your escape."   "Modern residential fires burn much faster than they did in past decades," said State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey. "Changes in building construction, manufacturing, and furnishing mean you could have less than three minutes to escape a fire at home today, compared to 15 minutes or more in the 1970s. That's why it's so important to have working smoke alarms and a practiced escape plan that includes two ways out." Smoke Alarms "Over 60 percent of Massachusetts fire

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McCann MCAS Scores Keep Pace with Pre-pandemic Numbers
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:17AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — After two years of remote and hybrid learning, Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests at McCann Technical School have kept up with pre-pandemic numbers. 

Ninety-four percent of students at McCann are either partially or fully meeting expectations in mathematics and English language arts. For science, technology and engineering, 88 percent of students fully or partly met expectations.    "The bottom line is, our kids are passing the MCAS at a higher rate than the state average," said Principal Justin Kratz. "We'd love to see a little bit more of a bump up in the exceeding expectation categories."   The total

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North Adams Officers Recognized With Governor's Office Citation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:25AM / Wednesday, October 12, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A half-dozen police officers were recognized on Tuesday night with citations from Gov. Charlie Baker.    The presentation at the City Council meeting was done at the initiation of James Holmes, a retired teacher and former School Committee member.    Holmes had invited the Police Department to become involved in the public school forensic course he taught, among several other collaborations.    "In my 20 years of teaching, I thought it was important to students and their families, that the Police Department interact with them and get to know them on a basis other than a police call," he told the council. "I worked hand

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SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Oct. 7
01:07PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2022

October 7, 2022

Medical Matters Weekly: Breast Cancer Research

Medical Matters Weekly Host Dr. Trey Dobson caught up with Linda Vahdat, MD, MBA, of Dartmouth Cancer Center, on the most recent advances in breast cancer treatment.  

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Big Y Program Will Raise Money For Breast Cancer Support Groups
01:02PM / Tuesday, October 11, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — In order to continue to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets will be raising funds for 31 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.     In Berkshire County, Berkshire Medical Center's Women's Imaging Center will receive funds.   Since 2007, the chain has raised more than $2.7 million dollars for the program, Partners of Hope.   Customers can donate directly to Partners of Hope here, or they can purchase a $1 ribbon at each register.   "Thousands of women and many men are impacted each year by breast cancer," said Big Y CEO, Charles D'Amour.

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McCann Tea Room Opens for the Semester
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
10:24AM / Sunday, October 09, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Students in McCann Technical School's Culinary Arts Department opened the McCann Tea Room for its 61st year on Thursday morning, with plans to open the kitchen several more times throughout October, November and December.

The tea room operates on select days inside the school from 10:45 a.m. to noon each semester. Students serve a small menu, currently offering three appetizers, a daily dessert and two choices each for salads, sandwiches and entrees. Culinary arts instructor Patrick Cariddi said the program allows students to get practical experience working in a restaurant environment.

"When the students come in, and they actually have a live customer

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Sculptor Kent Mikalsen Begins His New Artistic Journey
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
06:27AM / Saturday, October 08, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Artist Kent Mikalsen hopes to find a new home for his artwork where they can be viewed by a majority of individuals and enhance the viability of the community or business.    "It's been found that public art in the community actually enhances the viability of the community as far as bringing in new business … because they want to see that the municipality…has the consciousness around culture. Because when people come in with their families, they want to know that the town they're coming into has a level of culture that they can enjoy," he said recently.    "Since I'm starting from scratch, I'm

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Weekend Outlook: Artwalks, Haunted Houses, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
11:58AM / Friday, October 07, 2022
Continue the fall season this weekend with these entertaining events including artwalks, haunted houses, pumpkin shows and more.   First Fridays Artswalk Downtown Pittsfield, Pittsfield   It's the first Friday of the month, which means a First Friday Artswalk. The walk runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features a dozen art shows and exhibits on view at venues around downtown Pittsfield. Most of the art being on display throughout October.   During the event, participants will have the opportunity to meet the artists. Participants can download the Downtown Pittsfield Inc. app from the Google Play or App Store to get a virtual walking tour.    Participating venues include

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North Adams Public Schools Marketing Open Positions
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:48AM / Friday, October 07, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public schools are hoping to fill open positions throughout the district through a marketing campaign.    School system currently has about 30 open full-time, part-time and stipend jobs open.   The district will also be working on morale building following a staff survey that found many teachers don't feel valued for their work.    "One thing that we recently did is installed a billboard on Route 2 near Stop & Shop," said Emily Schiavoni, community outreach coordinator. "We also worked on our website in hopes that people would be able to easily find our job openings listed on our website. And we also purchased

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