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Community Hero of the Month: Lynn DeSanty
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
04:33PM / Saturday, January 27, 2024

Pediatrics nurse Lynn DeSanty prepares a vaccine shot. She's retiring this year after a 42-year career in nursing. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire Pediatrics nurse Lynn DeSanty has been selected for the January Community Hero of the Month.    The Community Hero of the Month series runs for the next 10 months in partnership with Haddad Auto. Nominated community members and organizations have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on their community.    DeSanty has been a nurse for 42 years and during her tenure has built a strong connection with her patients, their parents, and her co-workers.   During an emotional interview, DeSanty

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North Adams Walgreens to Close in February
Staff Reports, iBerkshires Staff
06:18PM / Thursday, January 25, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Walgreens pharmacy store is closing Thursday, Feb. 22.    A spokesperson for the company confirmed the closing on Thursday and said "We will make every effort to place impacted team members at nearby stores."   Pharmacy customers are being told their prescriptions will automatically transfer to the Walgreens at 212 Main St. in Williamstown.    iBerkshires did not get a response on questions about the building being for sale or if other Walgreens in Berkshire County are also being affected.     Walgreens announced last year the closure of 150 stores in the United States; it closed about 200 in 2019.   The

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North Adams Councilors Get Narcan Presentation
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:35AM / Thursday, January 25, 2024

Krystle Kincaid of Berkshire Harm Reduction tells the City Council about finding fentanyl and xlyazine in drug samples.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire County had 47 fatal overdoses in 2022, a dozen of them in North County. Of those, eight occurred in North Adams.    One way to stop the deaths is Narcan, said Krystle Kincaid, prevention services supervisor at Berkshire Harm Reduction. "We're literally trying to give it to everybody."   Narcan is the brand name of naloxone, an over-the-counter drug that can reverse an opioid overdose by blocking the drug's effects within three minutes.   "It's the easiest thing to use. It has no

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North Adams License Commission Reduces Tavern Hours
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:29PM / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Mohawk Tavern will have reduced hours after a string of incidents dating back a year was reviewed by the License Commission on Tuesday.    The commissioners voted to impose a last call at 11:30 p.m. and "lights out" at midnight from February through the end of April, at which time the order will be evaluated.    Their decision was based on a report submitted by interim Police Chief Mark Bailey detailing 15 incidents at or near the bar since an underage serving incident in January 2023.    Owner Alexander "Sandy" Smith told the commission he'd already instituted an 11:30 last call and added a bouncer because

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Treasury bonds: Still safe for investors
Submitted by Edward Jones,
12:24PM / Tuesday, January 23, 2024
You may have read reports about an impending "debt crisis" in the U.S. Should you be worried about investing in Treasury securities?   Part of the concern over debt has been driven by the cost of government borrowing, which has risen because of higher interest rates. But it's worth noting that while interest expenses have risen to nearly 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), this measure had exceeded 3 percent in the early 1990s. So, while the upward trend of federal debt could prove problematic down the road, the claims of a current crisis may be overblown. And Treasury securities are still considered among the safest investments in the world, as they are secured by

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BHS Hiring Event for North Adams Regional Hospital
04:00PM / Monday, January 22, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — As it expands access to inpatient care in North Berkshire, Berkshire Health Systems is holding a special hiring event to fill open positions at the new North Adams Regional Hospital, expected to open in late winter.    The hiring event is Thursday, Feb. 1 from 11 am to 7 pm and will be held in the Clark House Ground Floor Conference Room.     BHS recruitment specialists and managers will be on hand for the event, which will include immediate interviews and possible on-the-spot hiring for positions. The positions include nursing, unit assistants, dietary aides, admitting personnel, physical therapists, case managers, social workers, support

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North Berkshire Waste District Interested In Hydrogen Facility Project
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
02:50PM / Monday, January 22, 2024

ADAMS, Mass.— Members of the Northern Berkshire Solid Waste Management District (NBSWMD) were intrigued by a plan by Local Power to work towards community-wide decarbonization through a waste hydrogen facility in Western Massachusetts. 

In a presentation on Jan. 11,  Local Power President Paul Fenn told the district members that Local Power helps local governments set up community-wide decarbonization with a focus on localization "as a core strategy in an industry defined by centralized energy and capital sources." 

He said the community choice aggregation firm helped usher in community choice power supply programs to many towns and cities in Berkshire

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SVMC Wellness Connection: Jan. 19
08:17AM / Monday, January 22, 2024

January 19, 2024

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

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Often referred to as “the silent thief of sight,” glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide. In fact, more than 3

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BFAIR Promotes Two to Assistant Director
04:22PM / Sunday, January 21, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — BFAIR promotes Deb Harpin to Assistant Director of Employment Services, and Savannah Lysko to Assistant Director of DDS (Department of Developmental Services) Residential Services.    Deb Harpin is now taking on an advanced role and has been promoted to Assistant Director of Employment Services.    As part of her new role, Deb will oversee the Employment Services department and manage all programs, including DDS and MRC Employment Services programs. She will also support the department’s Direct Support Professionals and the agency’s social enterprise, the BFAIR Bottle & Can Redemption Center located on Mass Ave. in North

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Mass Humanities Announces 2024 Funding Opportunities
11:34AM / Sunday, January 21, 2024
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Humanities, the Commonwealth's leading funder of humanities programs, announced upcoming opportunities for its 2024 grant season.    Application materials for Expand Massachusetts Stories (EMS) grants are available now on the website, with the application window opening on February 5.   EMS grants support projects that collect, interpret, and share stories about the Commonwealth. Special consideration is given to humanities programming, events, and creative works that emphasize the voices and experiences of residents that too often go unrecognized, or have been excluded from public conversation and public history.   This year, Mass

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MassWildlife: Why you shouldn't feed wildlife
06:30PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024

Each winter, MassWildlife receives inquiries from the public regarding whether or not to feed wildlife. While people have good intentions, supplemental feeding of wildlife typically does more harm than good.

Most wildlife seasonally change their behavior to adapt to cold temperatures and scarce food supplies. Supplemental feeding can alter that behavior and have detrimental, and sometimes fatal, effects. Wildlife in Massachusetts have adapted over thousands of years to cope with harsh winter weather, including deep snow, cold temperatures, and high winds. 

Supplemental feed sites congregate wildlife into unnaturally high densities, which can:

Attract predators and increase risk of

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Gittens' Late Free Throw Lifts MCLA Men
05:58PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. -- Quentin Gittens made a free throw with 2 seconds left Saturday to give the MCLA men's basketball team an 87-86 win over Pratt Institute.   The Taconic High graduate went 8-for-10 at the line to score 10 points in the win. JoJo Garcia scored 19 to lead MCLA (9-8), which travels to MASCAC foe Worcester State on Wednesday.

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