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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

BCC Pinning Ceremony Recognizes Practical Nurse Graduates
02:21PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Nineteen graduates of the Practical Nurse certificate program at Berkshire Community College were recognized during a pinning ceremony in the Robert Boland Theatre of the College’s Koussevitzky Arts Center.

Pins and certificates were presented to the following graduates:

Adams: Kaylee Leja

Belchertown: Anne Kimani

Cheshire: Shayla Moquin

Dalton: Taylor Conrow

Lee: Becky Goulet

Pittsfield: Angela Alfonso, Louis Anwobor, Phyllis Arthur-Badoo, Grace Ezan, Valerie Goly, Rosario Hammond, Nicole Kibbe, Kara Kolodziej, Robin Norton, Arpita Patel, Amanda Walton

Sandisfield: Ashlee Downer

South Egremont: Jennifer Lechleitner

Southfield: Michelle


Great Barrington K-9 Unit Receives Health Care Grant
01:57PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Police Department’s K-9 unit has been awarded the “Health Care for K-9 Heroes” grant from Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.

The grant is part of Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc.'s health care reimbursement pilot program, where a total of $10,000 will be awarded to a number of self-funded K-9 units for medical reimbursements.

Vested Interest in K-9s, Inc., is a nonprofit that works to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.

Great Barrington's K-9 unit, which includes Officer Tim Ullrich and his canine Jori, was established


Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media Recipients Named
01:44PM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — The Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center has announced the recipients of the 2016 Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media.

The winners are Benedict Carey, a reporter covering brain and behavior topics at The New York Times; Neal Shusterman, a New York Times bestselling novelist, screenwriter and television writer; and Steve Silberman, an award-winning science writer whose work has appeared in Wired, The New Yorker, Salon and Nature.

The Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, curated by essayist and author Joshua Wolf Shenk, recognizes and encourages writers, journalists and media experts who have produced


Tanglewood, Manchester Music Festival Season Begin
By Stephen Dankner, iBerkshires Columnist
11:42AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Tanglewood opens its classical season this week this Friday, July 8, but there’s still diverse programming, with stimulating concerts in the Shed and in Ozawa Hall.

As always, there’s music to suit every taste: from a brass extravaganza to early music from Africa and the New World; from the Boston Pops featuring writer/director/song stylist Seth MacFarlane to the superlative Emerson String Quartet performing classic Haydn and Berg quartets and much more.

Why go? Simply because the amazing range of great music can, and should, be enjoyed by all music lovers. Here are this week’s listings.

• Wednesday July 6, 8 p.m. in Ozawa Hall: Tanglewood Music Center vocal

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Programs Offer Incentives for Changing Out Old Woodstoves
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10:59AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

BENNINGTON, Vt. — There are now several ways for Massachusetts residents to replace their old woodstoves with more efficient ones - and save them money on heating costs and help protect the environment, too.

But time is running out.

From now through Aug. 22, 2016, Massachusetts residents can apply for the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out program, a partnership between MassCEC, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy Resources, offers rebates to assist Massachusetts residents in replacing non-EPA-certified wood stoves with cleaner, more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves.

Homeowners are eligible for a standard rebate if


Be Aware of Challenges to Managing Retirement Income
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:53AM / Wednesday, July 06, 2016

When you retire, will your cost of living decline? Some of your expenses may indeed drop, but others won’t. Plus, you may have some new ones to consider.

So, all in all, it’s a good idea to think about ways to boost your retirement savings now, before you’re retired. And once you do retire, you’ll need to be adept at managing your income.

But whether saving today or planning for tomorrow, you should familiarize yourself with the key financial challenges you will face during your retirement years.

Specifically, consider these areas:

Longevity: Obviously, the longer your retirement lasts, the more money you’ll need. And you could be retired for quite some


SVMC Health Blog: How to Use Sunscreen
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08:08PM / Tuesday, July 05, 2016

You just read the title of this column and thought, “Well, that’s silly. You just put it on.” Actually, there is more to it than that. 

July is Ultra Violet (UV) Safety Month. UV rays come from the sun and can cause sun burns and skin cancer. Both brief sun exposures all year round and as few as a few severe sunburns in a lifetime can add up to increase the risk of the most deadly type of skin cancer, melanoma.

Sunscreen is a valuable tool, but millions of people are over-relying on their incorrect use of sunscreen to protect themselves and their family members. Here are a few commonly held beliefs and the science to refute them. Follow the tips to make the best use


Soccer Domain Academy Offers Youth Camps
08:05PM / Monday, July 04, 2016
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Soccer Domain Academy is offering position-specific clinics in July and August as well as a five-day soccer camp the third week in July.   The clinics will focus on topics that include ball mastery, striker training, defender training, goalkeeping, and SAQ (speed, agility and quickness).   A monthly pass to all sessions is $90.   The clinics will be held from 9 a.m. to noon July 12-14 and Aug. 9-11 at Fred Garner Park.   SDA will offer 5 Days of Soccer Fun for four different groups -- juniors 7-9, high performance 7-9, youth academy 9-12 and elite training 12-14 -- Monday through Friday, July 18-22, at Clapp Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.   For


Biz Briefs: Berkshire Co-Op Market Accepts BerkShares 100 Percent
08:02PM / Monday, July 04, 2016

Share the wealth: On Friday, July 1, 2016, Berkshire Co-op Market began accepting BerkShares for 100 percent of any in-store purchase. This change in policy represents a major shift for Great Barrington’s cooperatively owned market because the Co-op had previously been accepting only 50 percent of any given purchase in BerkShares.

BerkShares are the local currency for Berkshire County. Citizens can exchange federal dollars for BerkShares at 16 branch offices of the following four local banks: Adams Community Bank, Lee Bank, Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, and Salisbury Bank and Trust Company. At the bank, 95 cents will purchase 1 BerkShare. Citizens may then spend their currency at more


Berkshires Beat: BRTA Makes Summer Route Change
03:37PM / Monday, July 04, 2016

Bus route stopped: The Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA)’s Route 7 and Route 3 Shuttle will stop running for the summer beginning on July 1.

These routes currently operate from September through May to coincide with college students returning to campus.  BRTA's regular Route 3 servicing Williamstown to North Adams and Route 1 connecting North Adams to Pittsfield via US Route 8 will continue to operate all year long.

Specific schedule or route information may be obtained by contacting the operations department at 1-800-292-BRTA extension 1.

Closed: The Christian Center will be closed from Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 11.

Donations will not be accepted


Senate Candidate Hinds Sets Education Priorities
11:59PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Adam Hinds, candidate for the Democratic nomination for state Senate, set forth the following statement on education priorities:

I come from a family of educators. My father was a public school teacher and my mother a librarian in the public high school I attended. Public education prepared me for the world, and I am running for state Senate to protect that opportunity for every child in the district.

 Yet towns now finalize budgets in challenging financial circumstances, forcing difficult choices related to school budgets. This week I released my education priorities with a focus on bolstering schools by fixing funding.

First, update the Chapter 70 funding


CATA Artists on Exhibit at Clark Art Institute
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
12:57PM / Sunday, July 03, 2016

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Clark Art Institute is featuring plenty of exceptional works of art this summer.

Some of it is for sale.

Starting Monday, July 4, the South Street museum presents “I Am a Part of Art,” a collaboration with the Great Barrington-based nonprofit Community Access to the Arts.   "CATA at the Clark" is an expansion of the CATA’s annual summer art show celebrating the works of area artists with disabilities. Part of the show opened on Friday at Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center for the Arts. The North County exhibition will be on display in the Clark’s Lunder Center at Stone Hill through Aug. 14.   Between the two


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