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MCLA: New Art Lab Installation 'Puff'
10:12AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— A new window installation is on display now through Dec. 9 at Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts (MCLA) Art Lab in North Adams by artist Lorenzo Baker.     The installation "Puff" coincides with Baker's virtual exhibition and year-long collaboration with MCLA titled "February: An Exploration into Black History," which transverses representations of Black History and technology.    According to a press release, the installation "Puff" draws inspiration from the first Anthology of African American Literature, "Les Cenelles: Choix de poésies indigènes." Published in 1845, the


SVMC Hosts Online Cooking Class
08:45AM / Wednesday, November 16, 2022
BENNINGTON, Vt. — We know that including plant-based meals into our diet supports our health, but actually incorporating those healthy recipes into our routine can seem difficult, especially during the holidays.   That's why Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has invited its experts to show those interested in cancer prevention how to increase the enjoyment of healthy plant-based meals for the holidays and beyond.   The event is called Healthy Holiday Recipes for Cancer Prevention and Support. It is scheduled for 6 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, via Zoom online meeting software. It is free and open to all.   SVMC Executive Chef Laura LaCroix will


Louison House Planning Youth Housing on Bracewell Avenue
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
02:00PM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Housing support center Louison House hopes to turn 111 to 113 Bracewell Avenue into six apartments for unaccompanied youth. 


According to plans presented to the Planning Board Monday, the building, currently split into two units, would be converted into five studio-style apartments with a bathroom and kitchen and one two-bedroom apartment. The interior of the building will be redesigned, including replacing electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and life safety systems, to accommodate the new layout. 


"That would fit the need for a lot of our younger folk who just need a small space, but they need permanent housing," said Kathy Keeser,


nbCC to Host the Annual Neighborlies
10:45AM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) will host the Neighborlies, an annual community recognition celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 5:00 to 7:00p.m. at the MCLA Church Street Center in North Adams.    This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and light refreshments will be available.   According to a press release, throughout the year, nbCC's Northern Berkshire Neighbors welcomes residents to consider people of all ages who have performed acts of kindness or made a positive difference in their lives, in their neighborhoods or in their community. Anyone may recognize individuals or groups in one or more of the following


CHP Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioners
10:12AM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) has expanded its primary care team in Great Barrington and North Adams with the addition of two family nurse practitioners.   Dawn Kohanski, FNP, completed her family nurse practitioner master's degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) Institute of Technology, and she also holds a master of science in nursing and health care administration from the University of Phoenix. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from SUNY Institute of Technology.   Most recently, she was a hospitalist nurse practitioner at Berkshire Medical Center, where she coordinated adult acute care in the hospital setting. She


What to know about sustainable investing
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:24AM / Tuesday, November 15, 2022
You may have heard about "sustainable investing."  But if you're not familiar with it, you may have some questions: What does it involve? Is it right for me? Can I follow a sustainable investing strategy and still get the portfolio performance I need to reach my goals?   Sustainable investing can be defined in different ways, with different terminologies. However, one way to look at a sustainable approach is by thinking of it as investing in a socially conscious way which may involve two broad categories: environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and values-based investing.   As its name suggests, ESG investing incorporates a broad range of


Baseball in the Berkshires, Infield Present Meet the Pros Day on Sunday
09:40PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Baseball in the Berkshires museum and The Infield will present a "Meet the Pros" event with six Berkshire County residents who have played in major and minor league professional baseball on Sunday, Nov. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. at The Infield at 10 Lyman St.   Meet and greet former professional baseball players, get autographs and take photos.   The lineup includes:   John Raifstanger of Great Barrington, an infielder and outfielder in the Red Sox organization from 1994-98.   Rafel Luberes of Pittsfield, a pitcher in the Brewers organization from 2004-11.   Ryan Cameron of Williamstown, a pitcher in the Rockies, Red Sox and Phillies


Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires Giving Back Guides
04:17PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
GREAT BARRINGTON — The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC) is distributing 15,000 Giving Back guides in time for the holiday giving season.   The Giving Back guide contains a directory of Berkshire nonprofits by category, and over 100 nonprofit profiles that detail ways people can help. 14,000 copies were delivered to Berkshire Eagle subscribers in October, while the remaining 1,500 copies are currently being placed in coffee shops, retail outlets, libraries, and other community gathering places.    "We've been producing the Giving Back guide for seven years now," said Liana Toscanini, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires.


Some Snow Predicted Midweek in the Berkshires
12:00PM / Monday, November 14, 2022
With cooler winter temperatures moving through the Berkshires this week,  some snowfall is predicted Wednesday, Nov. 16.   But today, Monday, Nov. 14, temperatures should stay in the low 40s with partly cloudy skies. Expect a cold night with a low of 17, according to Accuweather.   Expect the same Tuesday, Nov. 15 with a high of 43 and a low of 26.    Accuweather predicts that snowfall could begin overnight, and the Weather Channel predicts a wintery mix overnight.    On Wednesday temperatures will likely stay just below 40. There is a high chance of snowfall reports Accuweather.    Accuweather predicts that snow will continue to fall throughout


SVHC Weekly Health Update: Nov. 11
08:51AM / Monday, November 14, 2022

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McCann School Committee Gives Superintendent Positive Evaluation
By Brian Rhodes, iBerkshires Staff
05:06AM / Monday, November 14, 2022

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The McCann School Committee gave Superintendent James Brosnan high marks in his bi-annual evaluation, commending him for his efforts for the district over the last two years.  


The committee's evaluation graded Brosnan's performance from the start of July 2020 to the end of June 2022. The grading considered two goals Brosnan set for himself, as well as four standards: instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community, and professional culture. In addition to the numerical evaluations, the committee members provided written comments with each section. 


"Noteworthy evidence and data demonstrates that


North Adams Swears in Four New Firefighters
Staff Reports,
05:02AM / Monday, November 14, 2022

Morgan Goodell, a Clarksburg firefighter, is the first woman to join the North Adams department. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire Department last week welcomed its newest firefighters, including its first woman.   Morgan Goodell, Michael Jordan, Mitchell Maselli and Ranen Rothman were sworn in at Tuesday's City Council meeting.    They recently graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's 50-day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program, all earning certifications in Firefighter 1 and 2.   Mayor Jennifer Macksey asked that they would always have a concern for others and have the strength to bear whatever burdens placed upon


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