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BHS Presents Mammography and Breast Wellness Webinar in October
02:04PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Health Systems will present a community webinar focusing on mammography and breast wellness in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   The program, titled "A Closer Look at Mammography and Breast Wellness," will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 6 pm via Zoom.   Dr. Caitlyn Lopez, Medical Director of the Women's Imaging Center at Berkshire Medical Center, will host the program. She is board certified in diagnostic radiology, specializing in breast imaging.   One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, but regular mammograms can help detect cancer early and save lives.

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More Sun Expected This Week, Possibility of Rain On Parade Day
12:00PM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
Fall temperatures will be in full swing this week, and as of Wednesday around noon, temperatures are in the high 50s in North Adams.   Sunny skies can be expected for the rest of the day and there should be a high of 62 in North Adams, according to Accuweather.   The low tonight is 44 degrees.   Similar weather conditions are to be expected in Central and South County.   On Thursday there is a 40 percent chance of rain in North and Central County. Variable cloudiness and scattered showers can be expected. Temperatures should be in the high 50s.   In South County temperatures will be in the 60s. No rain is expected, according to Accuweather.     Partly

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Colorful Bus Stop Installed on Main Street
by TunnelVision 01:33PM / Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Jobs
by bananas2 10:53AM / Sunday, April 01, 2012
Instead of bickering about parking get a industry in North Adams with higher paying jobs than all the service jobs we have now. Is anyone on the commitee out there looking for any industries to come
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Learning Tree Childcare Center Achieves 5 STARS from State Regulators
08:55AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Learning Tree Childcare Center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), has earned 5 stars from Vermont's Step Ahead Recognition System (STARS).     STARS participants include registered home providers, licensed children's centers, school-based pre-kindergarten programs, and school-age programs whose practices and programming exceed the requirements for becoming licensed by the State of Vermont.   "This achievement represents sincere effort and serious commitment from the educators at the Learning Tree," said Kevin Dailey, SVHC's vice president of Human Resources, who

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North Adams Considers Uses for $2M in ARPA Funds
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:13AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Fire Chief Brent Lefebvre was formally sworn in on Tuesday. His promotion to chief was done with a small ceremony in March because of pandemic restrictions. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The city will be seeking public input on the best uses of some of the $2 million it is receiving in federal COVID-19 relief funding.   Mayor Thomas Bernard said his main focus for the funds will be infrastructure, specifically water and sewer, and for local economic recovery.   The City Council on Tuesday accepted $1,902,542 in the first tranche of the federal American Rescue Plan Act funding. The total amount the state is getting for municipalities is $3.34 billion of which North Adams will

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North Adams Housing Authority Approves Vaccination Mandate
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
02:23AM / Wednesday, September 29, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved a policy that would mandate that all employees be vaccinated by Nov. 30.   The authority's attorney Stephen Nary presented a new policy to the commissioners Monday that would mandate that all employees are vaccinated as well as new hires.   "We house a lot of people who are at high risk, and we need to protect them and ourselves," NAHA Executive Director Jennifer Hohn said.    The policy mirrors what the Biden administration intends to roll out. As a federally funded program, NAHA would inevitably be included in the federal mandate.   "It is meant to be a reasonable

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Invasive Spotted Lanternfly Found in Worcester County
04:03PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
FITCHBURG, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) announced Tuesday that a small population of the invasive spotted lanternfly has been found in the City of Fitchburg, close to where a lanternfly nymph was reported earlier this summer.    Agricultural inspectors are in the middle of performing surveys in the area, but currently the infestation is limited to a single cluster of three trees. While MDAR has not been able to determine the origin of the infestation, spotted lanternflies have been known to travel out of infested states on cars, trucks, and trains, during shipments of produce, sheds, and gazebos, trees and shrubs for landscaping, and

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Kripalu Wins Lever Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge
12:52PM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Kripalu won Lever's 2021 Berkshire Intrapreneur Challenge and $25,000 on Thursday, Sept. 23, the first event of the Lever Innovation Summit, which continues Friday, Sept. 24.    A panel of judges declared Kripalu the winner for its plan to bring its sourdough bread and other baked goods to local and regional markets, with proceeds being used to bring yoga to underserved communities.   Other finalists competing in the Challenge were Kripalu, Wellness Concepts, JM Spartan, and The Chamberlain Group. The Challenge was emceed by Gregory Thomas, Executive Director & Lecturer at UMASS Amherst's Berthiaume Center for Entrepreneurship

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School Mask Mandate Extended to November
Staff Reports,
11:01AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
BOSTON — The mask requirement in schools has been extended out another month.    Public school children aged 5 and older and all staff will have to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Nov. 1, with certain exemptions.   The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in August declared "exigent circumstances" and authorized the Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to institute universal masking based on a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the state near the end of July.    The mandate was put in place until at least Oct. 1. On Monday, Riley determined to extend the mask requirement "after consulting with medical experts and state

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Prepare yourself financially for illness just in case
Submitted by Edward Jones,
08:44AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
All of us hope to live long, healthy lives, so we do what we can to take care of ourselves through proper diet, exercise and avoiding unhealthy activities. However, none of us can predict our future, so it pays to be prepared for anything – including a serious physical illness or the onset of some type of mental incapacity, such as Alzheimer's disease.   Of course, you may never face these infirmities, but you should be aware that they could upset your long-term financial strategy and place considerable stress on your loved ones. What steps can you take to head off these threats?   First, make sure you know what your health insurance covers and how much you might have to

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SVMC Cardiology Receives Echocardiography Reaccreditation from the IAC
08:07AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Cardiology has again achieved the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission's (IAC) accreditation for adult transthoracic and adult stress echocardiography.    SVMC, which includes SVMC Cardiology, is one of only five facilities in the state that is accredited in adult stress echocardiography.   "Receiving accreditation and board certification means that patients can be assured that we are following all the standards put forth by the leaders in the field, including high quality imaging equipment and registered technicians," said Scott Rogge, medical director of both Cardiology and the

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North Adams Library Again Seeks State Funding Waiver
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:00AM / Tuesday, September 28, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The public library will again have to apply for a waiver because of shortfalls in the budget, however, the trustees hope to open up a dialogue with the city about properly funding it.   Library Director Sarah Sanfilippo told the trustees last Wednesday that the fiscal 2022 city budget will not cover the state's determined funding level for the library, and she will have to apply for a waiver in order to retain some critical services.   State-certified libraries not only receive state aid but access to services such as the C/W MARS interlibrary loan. Without certification, the North Adams Public Library would stand alone.   To receive these

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BCC Announces New Hires, Promotions
01:50PM / Monday, September 27, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) announced the addition of ten new staff and faculty members, in addition to three promotions.     New to BCC     Chris Bodnar has joined BCC as Director of Procurement in the Administration and Finance Division, bringing 20 years of experience in buying, purchasing, planning and inventory management with KB Toys and a hardware store chain. He has studied business administration at the University of Connecticut, Houston Baptist University, Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT, and Berkshire Community College. A resident of Hillsdale, NY, he lives with his girlfriend Noreen and has three grown

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