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Oh Be Thankful Dessert Contest Returns
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02:00PM / Monday, November 21, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Oh Be Thankful Pie Auction returns this year to the American Legion on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m.   The event, organized by Gabriel Abbott Memorial School, benefits the Al Nelson Friendship Food Pantry and the Berkshire Humane Society.    Desserts will be rated by community judges.   Each contestant bakes two desserts: one for the judges to try and one to be auctioned off. Attendees also get to try a small sample.    After the judges rate the desserts, the auction begins.

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Small Business Saturday Celebrated in Downtown Bennington
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12:01PM / Monday, November 21, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Bennington business owners are preparing for Small Business Saturday, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022.   This nationwide initiative, started by American Express in 2010, encourages consumers to shop locally and support small businesses, with the goal of bolstering local economies and keeping shopping dollars in-state.   The first customer at every downtown shop will receive a free "Shop Small" tote bag courtesy of the Better Bennington Corporation. Hidden inside one of those bags will be $25 Downtown Dollars and $10 Downtown Dollars.   "2022 has been an exciting year for Downtown Bennington," said Jenny Dewar, executive

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SVHC Weekly Health Update: Nov. 18
08:30AM / Monday, November 21, 2022

November 18, 2022

Introducing SVHC's 8-Week Healthy Holiday

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Berkshire Food Project Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner
03:45PM / Sunday, November 20, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshire Food Project (BFP) will hold a sit-down Thanksgiving Dinner on Monday, Nov. 21, with seatings at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.   This will be the first time the program has hosted indoor dining since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.    The project will return to its walk-through format on Wednesday, Nov. 23, and then it will be closed the rest of Thanksgiving week.   "This is a great experiment," said Mark Rondeau, executive director. "Everyone is eager to reopen to indoor dining and this Thanksgiving dinner is our first step in getting there."   Cooking the turkey and otherwise helping in key

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North Berkshire Neighborlies Recognize Good Works in the Community
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
12:13PM / Sunday, November 20, 2022

State Rep. John Barrett III and NBCC Executive Director Amber Besaw. See more photos here.  NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — More than 130 groups and individuals were recognized on Wednesday night for there good works in the community.    They ranged from volunteering at the Adams Visitors Center, to providing free legal advice to seniors, to offering baked goods and warm welcomes, to providing social and emotional support to new parents, to cultivating butterfly gardens, to helping neighbors with chores and to keeping the community and schools safe.   The Neighborlies, an award celebration sponsored by Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, was held at the Church

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MCLA Men's Basketball Gets Second Win
08:21AM / Sunday, November 20, 2022
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Mamadou Diallo scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds Saturday to lead the MCLA men's basketball team to a 78-65 win over Clarks Summit.   Jayden Mills scored 13, and Reece Racette finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.   MCLA (2-4) travels to play Elms College on Monday.

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North Adams, Pittsfield Receive Recycling Grants
10:00AM / Saturday, November 19, 2022
BOSTON — To mark America Recycles Day, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $4.2 million in grant funding to 270 municipalities and regional solid waste districts across the Commonwealth including Pittsfield and North Adams.   "One of the most effective measures we can take to reduce the waste stream in communities across the Commonwealth is to support and encourage recycling, diversion, and reuse of waste materials," said outgoing Governor Charlie Baker. "With this funding, we are ensuring that local officials, residents and small business owners can adopt practices that protect our environment and preserve Massachusetts' natural

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North Adams Finance Committee Goes to Bat for Business
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:03AM / Friday, November 18, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Finance Committee on Thursday voted to recommend a property tax split of 1.715, bucking the mayor's request to go to the maximum on the commercial side.    Mayor Jennifer Macksey and Assessor Jessica Lincourt had advised a shift of 1.75 at last week's tax classification hearing, saying this would be an opportune year to relieve some of the burden on residents.   The City Council, however, wasn't convinced this was the right move especially after years of trying to reduce the "absurdly high" gap between residential and commercial rates.    The proposed residential rate would be $17.46 and the commercial rate $38.35

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'Be a Santa to a Senior' Returns for Holiday Season
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
05:19PM / Thursday, November 17, 2022

'Be a Santa' trees are located in all three Stop & Shop stores in North Adams and Pittsfield, as well as Wild Oats in Williamstown and the Plant Connector in North Adams. 

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The "Be a Santa to a Senior" program has returned to Berkshire County, giving residents a chance to provide a customized gift to an older adult who could use some holiday cheer.  

Last week, trees went up in five retail locations with ornaments that have a name and wish list on them.  To be a Santa, shoppers can return an unwrapped gift to the location with the ornament attached.  

Ornaments will be available until Dec. 5 so that the presents can be

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Weekend Outlook: Cider Pressing, Concerts, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:22PM / Thursday, November 17, 2022
Berkshire County and the surrounding areas will be hosting a variety of events this cold weekend before Thanksgiving, including plays, concerts, and more. That includes lots of craft fairs and bazaars; see the full list here.     'Performance of Exit, Pursued by a Bear' Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield   Berkshire Community College stages a performance of "Exit, Pursued by a Bear" by Lauren Gunderson this weekend.    Through the direction of Joseph Sicotte, the audience will watch as Nan attempts to teach her abusive husband Kyle a lesson with the help of her friend Simon and Sweetheart, a stripper.    Nan forces Kyle to watch as

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Finalists selected for Lever's Western Massachusetts Health Technology Challenge
11:37AM / Thursday, November 17, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Finalists have been selected for Lever's Western Mass Health Technology Challenge, open to health technology startups in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, and Hampshire counties.    Five teams will work with Lever to advance their cleantech businesses over the next several months.   The finalists will then compete for a total of $75,000 in grants to be awarded at the pitch finale at the Institute for Applied Life Sciences at UMass Amherst on March 3. The challenge is funded in part by the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, an economic development investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in

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SVHC Introduces Healthy Holiday Challenge
10:57AM / Thursday, November 17, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Richer meals, shorter days, late nights celebrating with friends, and cookies, so many cookies… The holidays can be a tricky time to maintain our healthy routines. That's why Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is launching the 8-week Healthy Holiday Challenge.   "We were looking for a fun way to engage the community about making healthier choices this holiday season," said Pam Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services. "Our staff came together with some great challenges that we think people will truly enjoy."   Every Friday from Nov. 25 to Jan 13, SVHC will release a video

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