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MCLA Annual Senior Art Exhibition Opens Virtually April 22
04:02PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. —MCLA's annual senior art exhibition, #Blindsight2021, will open virtually at MCLA Gallery 51 on April 22 featuring the work of Alex Gaspar '21, Ian Mosher '21, Tala Rousseau '21, Drew Thomas '21, and Ashanti Thomas '21.     "#Blindsight2021" will be open online at https://www.mclaseniorartmajors.com/ and in the Design Lab at Gallery 51 beginning Thursday, April 22, 2021.    Earlier in the day, each senior will present their work via a formal artist talk as part of the annual MCLA Undergraduate Research Conference. Follow the Senior Art Majors online @mclaART on both Instagram and Facebook for links to

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Baker: Pause in Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Shows System is Working
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires.com
12:53PM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
BOSTON -- Gov. Charlie Baker Wednesday said the FDA’s decision to recommend pausing distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was a positive.   “I would argue, in some respects, the decision the FDA and CDC made here based on six cases out of 7 million [doses distributed] to put a pause on this and take a look at it is an example of the system working the way it should,” Baker said. “In an abundance of caution, they put out the word that, ‘We need to take a look at this,’ and that’s what they’re doing.   Baker referred back to an incident earlier this month when problems were reported at a Johnson & Johnson

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Great Barrington Household Bulky Waste Drop-off
07:59AM / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.— Town residents who want to dispose of old furniture, windows, doors or other bulky household items can do so Saturday, April 17 at the town transfer and recycling station on Route 7, from 7 a.m.-3 p.m.   No business waste will be accepted, and certain items are prohibited.   Items accepted include furniture, mattresses and box springs, rugs and carpeting, windows, doors, cabinetry and similar items.   Items not permitted include demolition debris, household trash and household hazardous waste; washers, dryers, refrigerators, computers, monitors and televisions; household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and toasters; tires, auto batteries and

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Rain Expected in Berkshire County This Week
02:36PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
Berkshire County has moved further along into spring with April Showers expected throughout the week.   Today (Monday) looks to be the wettest day of the week. In North Adams, folks can expect rain sporadically through the afternoon and evening, according to AccuWeather.   Temperatures are only expected to reach 50 degrees with continued cloud coverage.   It is the same deal in Pittsfield and Great Barrington,  however, less rain can be expected.   AccuWeather predicts some sun on Tuesday and Thursday. North Adams should see temperatures in the low to mid-60s. It is the same situation in Pittsfield and in Great Barrington, although Great Barrington can expect a high

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Adams Community Bank Announces Promotions
12:52PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Adams Community Bank announced five employee's recent promotions.   Elena Tucker has been promoted to SVP Human Resources and Payroll Officer. Elena started at Adams Community Bank in September of 2012 as the Human Resources Manager. She was promoted to HR and Payroll Officer in 2014 before becoming VP in January 2015.   Michael Gwozdz has been promoted to VP Retail Operations. Michael began his career as a Teller at South Adams Savings Bank in September of 2001. Michael brings a knowledge of banking from the variety of roles he has held, including IRA Coordinator, Sr. Operations Administrator, and Retail Operations Officer.   Tess Sorrentino has been

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BCC Virtual Open House
12:15PM / Monday, April 12, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass — Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold its Spring 2021 Virtual Open House on Wednesday, April 21 at 4 pm, followed by a financial aid session at 5 pm.    The open house takes place during most local high schools' spring break. To register, visit www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse or call (413) 236–1630.   Prospective students will get the opportunity to meet BCC faculty and staff and learn about the admissions process from the comfort of their home. After the open house, attendees can get help filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, or they can explore the Fall 2021 course schedule with an academic

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Great Barrington Appoints New Assessor
08:06AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Ross Vivori of North Adams has been appointed as the town's principal assessor.    "Ross will lead the town through a period of transition as we upgrade and convert our assessment software systems and as we change our tax billing from twice-yearly to quarterly," said Town Manager Mark Pruhenski. "We welcome Ross to Great Barrington."   He began working with the town April 5.   Most recently he worked simultaneously as principal assessor for the city of North Adams and the towns of Clarksburg and Lanesborough. He has departed those positions and will work full-time in Great Barrington.   With over a decade of

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Trustees Rename Monument Mountain Trails to Honor Indigenous Peoples
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
12:28AM / Monday, April 12, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — An organization known for preserving exceptional Berkshires — and beyond — destinations is taking steps toward preserving and honoring the history of indigenous peoples in the county.   On Thursday, The Trustees of Reservations announced that it has officially changed the names of its two Monument Mountain trails as a result of working with indigenous descendants of the Mohican Tribe who first settled in the Southern Berkshires nearly 300 years ago.     "We have worked for a long time with them, and have a relationship going pretty far back," Director of Southern Berkshires Properties Brian Cruey said in regard to the

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Veteran Spotlight: Sgt. Maj. Michael King
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
06:38PM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This week's Veteran Spotlight subject is retired Army Sgt. Maj. Michael King, who now leads the Berkshire Veteran Outreach Center.   King grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and served his country from 1993 to 2015. He enlisted at the age of 18 and was sent to basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala.    "It was definitely a culture shock," he recalled. "I learned about biscuits and gravy from the mess hall, which I found delicious ... remember an obscene amount of heat and humidity."   King's first assignment was at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., where he served in law enforcement as an military police officer. From there, King was

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Local Environmentalists Demand Cleaner Berkshires Power Plants
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
10:39AM / Sunday, April 11, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local environmentalists are taking a stand against air pollution from power plants that are hardly used.   A Berkshire Environmental Action Team campaign "Put Peakers in the Past" is demanding that the three peaking power plants located in Berkshire County revert to only renewable and clean alternatives. "Peaking" plants are used to meet periods of high energy demand.   The decades-old plants at Pittsfield Generating Co. on Merrill Road, the Eversource substation on Doreen Street and the EP Energy plant on Woodland Road in Lee run off fossil fuels such as natural gas, oil, and kerosene. Pittsfield Generating is a co-generating plant

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SVMC: Medical Matters Features Hand Surgeon
01:56PM / Saturday, April 10, 2021
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson" features Dr. David Veltre on April 7.   Veltre is a hand and upper extremity specialist at SVMC Orthopedics and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics. He discusses the most common conditions he sees in his practice and their treatments.   The weekly interactive medical-themed talk show hosted by Dr. Trey Dobson provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on health care, including topics like behavioral health, food insecurity, equitable care, and the opioid crisis.    The show is produced in partnership with Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and is broadcast on

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Berkshire County Experiencing Mild Drought Conditions
04:40PM / Friday, April 09, 2021
BOSTON — Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared that Berkshire County is in a level 1 mild drought.   "In most regions across the Commonwealth, dry conditions have set in again, and it is important that we all take water conservation steps now to lessen its potential impacts on our environment and water supplies, and to take extra precautions when using an open flame or cooking on a grill to prevent wildfires," said EEA Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. "The Baker-Polito Administration will continue to work closely with municipalities, local water suppliers and our federal partners to monitor and respond to the ongoing drought

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