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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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Driscoll Announces $2.8M for Berkshire Communities Hit 2023 Flooding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:34PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
BOSTON — Relief is coming to communities hit by flooding last summer, including more than $1 million for North Adams.   Ten communities will get a total of $2,785,000 out of the first $10 million of disaster relief funding that had been part of the supplemental budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Maura Healey in December.     Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll announced the first $10 million tranche to 37 communities at the business meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association on Saturday.   "We know that this is happening more often," she said. "We know that oftentimes when you're hit with flooding, there's these immediate

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Artic Blast to Hit Berkshires
12:28PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires will be in the Chill Zone on Saturday night as temperatures are expected to dip as low as 15 degrees below zero.   The National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y., has issued a wind chill advisory beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday through 10 a.m. Sunday.    The areas affected include all of Berkshire County, parts of the eastern New York Catskills in western Greene and Ulster counties.   Temperatures Saturday will be in the teens; the breezy frigid conditions will be dangerously cold.    Cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken, according to NWS, plushe the combination of cold temperatures and

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Healey, Driscoll Announce Local Funding, Municipal Empowerment Act
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:30PM / Friday, January 19, 2024

Professor, author and political commentator Eddie Glaude Jr. gives the keynote address on democracy and race. BOSTON — Municipal officials were presented a bounty of new measures and funding designed to help cities and towns weather the changing economic conditions.   The announcement included raises in unrestricted local aid and Chapter 90 road funds and the filing of a Municipal Empowerment Act to that looks to maintain certain pandemic-era relief, address procurement regulations and raise the caps on local tax options   Gov. Maura Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll laid out their budgetary and legislative plans to an appreciative audience Friday at the opening of the

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Weekend Outlook: Live Music, Workshops, and More
By Sabrina Damms, iBerkshires Staff
12:03PM / Thursday, January 18, 2024
Berkshire County is hosting a variety of events this weekend including live music, a talent show, workshops, and more.    Editor's Pick    Talent Show '62 Center For Theatre & Dance, Williamstown Time: Thursday at  6 p.m.    Start your weekend early with Black Arts Council's first annual Talent Show. This free and public event will showcase works from a range of mediums including dance, film, music, fashion, and more.    Complete lineup here.    Friday    Fresh Takes: Emerging Art Historians Explore the Clark Collection The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown Time: noon   Experience the Clark's

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Adams Community Bank Announces Employee Promotions
11:50AM / Thursday, January 18, 2024
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank (ACB) announces the promotions of seven management-level positions.     Tess Sorrentino has been promoted to SVP and Chief Financial Officer. Since beginning her banking career with the Bank 21 years ago, she has held roles as VP Compliance Officer and VP of Accounting. In 2021, she was promoted to VP Accounting and Controller. She then took on the additional responsibilities of the Chief Financial Officer in 2022.   Samantha Tanner has been promoted to VP, Marketing and Digital Strategy. Samantha joined the Bank in February of 2021 as the AVP Branch Officer in Williamstown and Digital Branch Manager. She has been in banking for 18

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North Adams Seeks Extension on MSBA Study Agreement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
05:25AM / Wednesday, January 17, 2024
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The School Building Committee is asking for an extension of the timeline of the $61 million Greylock School project.    The idea of an extension has come up several times over the past year in terms of meeting the design and funding deadlines.    "We will be requesting a feasibility study agreement extension and the logistics of that are being discussed with the MSBA as to exactly how much time we would request," Matthew Sturz of Colliers International, the owner's project manager, told the committee on Tuesday.   The project to build a new Greylock School entered the schematic design module after the feasibility study was

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