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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Bicycling in Berkshire County
04:00PM / Monday, April 11, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Nicholas Russo, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's Senior Transportation Planner, will give a talk titled "Bicycling in Berkshire County: History and Future."   The talk will start at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation, Room 121.     Part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar series, this event is free and open to the public. Masks are required in all buildings on MCLA's campus.    The series is a presentation of the MCLA Environmental Studies Department and MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center.    Presentations will also be

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COVID-19 Fund Partners Award Grants to 'Help the Helpers'
12:44PM / Monday, April 11, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Williamstown Community Chest agreed to Help the Helpers with grants from the Berkshire County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.    “These Help the Helpers grants will ensure that over 380 frontline professionals in nonprofits across Berkshire County are seen, appreciated, and celebrated,” said Berkshire United Way President and CEO Tom Bernard. “The proposals we received were well thought out and focused on the unique needs of each organization and team. I’m grateful to our partners who stepped up and recognized the value and impact of

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Influenza Alert!
Submitted by Meghan Gunn, chair of pediatrics at S,
08:34AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
The most common respiratory illness circulating right now isn't COVID; it's influenza. But most people who come down with the flu don't need medical help. In fact, no test is needed most of the time, and the best treatments are surprisingly low tech. You can easily do them yourself at home. Here's what you should do if you come down with flu symptoms, like fever, coughing, and congestion.   Test for COVID using an at-home antigen test or a PCR test. PCR tests are available at SVHC's COVID Resource Center without an appointment 8 a.m. – noon Monday – Saturday. Many schools are also providing students with at-home antigen tests. If your test is positive,

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: April 8
08:27AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
  April 8, 2022   Medical Matters Weekly: Legislating

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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Announces Spring Grant Deadlines
08:01AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation announced its spring deadlines for grants in Berkshire County.    Apply online at www.BerkshireTaconic.org/Grants.    For Nonprofits   Berkshire Taconic's Arts Build Community initiative supports innovation among Berkshire County's nonprofit arts, cultural and community organizations. Rapid-response small grants are available to test emerging ideas with a fast turnaround from application to fund disbursement. Grants range up to $7,500. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all funds are expended. Funding is still available.      New Grant Opportunity: Berkshire

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In the face of a pandemic, MCLA continues to spur student success
08:00AM / Monday, April 11, 2022
Through the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has continued to receive national recognition and support for its commitment to social mobility and academic success.   MCLA is No. 21 on U.S. News and World Report's list of the 50 public and private "TopPerformers on Social Mobility," which measures how well schools graduate students who receive Federal Pell Grants. These grants are typically awarded to those whose families make less than $50,000. MCLA was also ranked as a 2021 Top Ten College by U.S. News and World Report for the third consecutive year. It has maintained its position in the top ten list for nine of the past 11 years.   Nearly

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1Berkshire Starts Entrepreneurial Material Translation Project
10:00AM / Sunday, April 10, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — 1Berkshire announced that it has begun a several month long project to collect materials and resources in the region focused on entrepreneurial resources and guidance, to then have them translated into Spanish.   This effort, in partnership with the Berkshire Immigrant Center and Berkshire Language Management, aims to help increase the accessibility of key information, resources, and marketing materials for Spanish speaking businesses and entrepreneurs in the region. 1Berkshire has been actively working with the Berkshire Immigrant Center for over 2 years to navigate opportunities and resources to support the needs of this critical group in our

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Northern Berkshire School Union Tiered Focused Monitoring Review
12:53PM / Saturday, April 09, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — During the week of May 9, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of North Berkshire School Union 43 Public Schools.    The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include policies and procedures for student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of

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Clarksburg Pavilion Project Bids Come in Slightly Over Budget
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:24AM / Saturday, April 09, 2022

The slab has become a danger to users. Town meeting last year approved $65,000 for repairs or rebuilding.  CLARKSBURG, Mass. — The bids for repairing the pavilion at Cooke Memorial Town Field came in close to what town meeting has approved for the project.    "I think this is in the ball park for us," said  Commissioner Edward Denault  after the bids were opened by the Recreation Committee on Wednesday night.   Town Administrator Carl McKinney agreed, "It's more than $3,000 over but that's not a bad place to be, actually."   The annual town meeting last May approved the use of up to $65,000 in free cash toward the

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North Adams Police Make Drug, Gun Related Arrests
11:24AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. During the month of March, the North Adams Police Department executed two search warrants within the city for narcotics, with an estimated value of $86,980, and firearm-related offenses.    The North Adams Police Department took to Facebook Thursday to announce the following arrests.   As a result of these investigations, these individuals were arrested: John Bump Nicholas Melendez Troy Dupras Ref Stephanie Rufo Investigators also seized the following narcotics, weapons, and cash:  Approximately 10,500 bags of heroin Approximately 92.9 grams of cocaine 2 illegal possessed handguns $22,912.00 of US Currency Members from the Berkshire

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1.2 Million Meals Donated to Food Banks from Big Y
08:27AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Big Y's annual Sack Hunger campaign provides funds for the four food banks within their 2 state marketing area.    In turn, these food banks support local soup kitchens, food pantries, senior food programs, day care centers and many others of the 2,100 member agencies.    Their goal is to maximize access to nutritious food and other resources that support food security for those at risk of hunger.   For $5, customers supported Sack Hunger a Big Y's 71 supermarkets or Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors. Every $5 donation brings 10 meals to those in need of support. Last year Big Y and their customers donated 2.1 million meals

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Medical Anthropologist Joins Next Medical Matters Weekly
08:11AM / Friday, April 08, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — In common conversation, the words "medical" and "anthropology" are not often found side by side. But, there's actually a whole field exploring how these two concepts overlap. It's called Medical Anthropology.    Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson is pleased to welcome Carolyn Smith-Morris, PhD, one of the foremost experts in the field, at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13.    The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is

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