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Finalists Chosen for Berkshire Health Technology Challenge
04:27PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Four Massachusetts companies have been chosen as finalists for Lever's Berkshire Health Technology Challenge (BHTC).    Over the next two months, participants will refine their business plans and will deliver their final pitches to a panel of  judges at the BHTC virtual event on June 10. The winning company will be awarded $25,000.   This is Lever's third BHTC, which focuses on health technology companies with fundable and scalable business models. Dr. Marie Pavini of Healthy Designs won the 2020 BHTC for her movable restraint to keep hospitalized patients from pulling out critical tubes and monitors; Brittney Cappiello, a physical

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Berkshire Agricultural Gives $10,000 Grant To Greenagers
12:33PM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass — Berkshire Agricultural Ventures' (BAV) announces a $10,000 grant to Berkshire-based nonprofit, Greenagers.    The grant will both support Greenagers' second year of apprenticeships ($2,800) at their farm at April Hill Conservation and Conservation Center as well as offset the cost of a pilot year of Greenagers Helping Farm Hands project ($7,200).    "We are happy to be supporting Greenagers training the next generation of farmers through their apprenticeship at April Hil. We also see a big win/win getting young adults working for Greenagers exposed to a variety of farms through the Helping Hands Program, all while giving the

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How will the rescue plan affect you?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:05AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
As you know, President Biden has signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to provide more economic relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. What elements of this legislation will affect you?   Of course, you may have already received the most publicized part of the package – a direct payment. Depending on your income level, you may have gotten $1,400, or $2,800 for joint filers, plus $1,400 for each eligible dependent. If you don't need the money for immediate expenses, you could use it to build an emergency fund, pay down debts or invest it for retirement or other goals.   As for how you might be affected by the rest of the law, it depends somewhat on your

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Green Living Seminar: Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems
08:02AM / Tuesday, April 06, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. Dr. Elizabeth R. DeSombre, Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies at Wellesley College, will give a talk titled "Individual Behavior and Global Environmental Problems" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.    Green Living Seminar Series webinars are free and open to the public; community members can register for each lecture at mcla.edu/greenliving. All seminars take place weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. through April 14.    Dr. DeSombre's recent projects have involved the impact of flag-of-convenience shipping, the regulation of international fisheries,

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BAAMS Holding Fundraiser
12:07PM / Monday, April 05, 2021
ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies is holding a spring fundraising drive.   Berkshires' Academy For Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) is holding an online fundraising drive with a goal of $50,000.   Currently, the academy has raised a little over $3,389.13 to provide free online music programming for Berkshire County youth.    The music academy has been largely pushed online through the pandemic. Instead of offering in-person education, the BAAMS team has created eBAAMS.   The online version of the academy offers live-streamed music lessons for ages 12-18 as well as a library of original play-along tracks and musical

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Whitney's Farm Reopens H.D. Reynolds With Expanded Product Lines
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:10AM / Monday, April 05, 2021

The new H.D. Reynolds showroom is across the highway from Whitney's Farm Market and Garden Center. CHESHIRE, Mass. — The owners of Whitney's Farm Market purchased a fellow well-known, family-owned business, H.D. Reynolds, in August 2019 and officially opened the power equipment retailer's new location across from the farm stand on March 15.   "A lot of our customers at Whitney's as far as contractors, stuff like that for landscape supplies are also customers of Reynolds," owner Eric Whitney said. "So it's convenient for them."   The Route 8 location features an expanded showroom and shops, employs an additional mechanic, and will

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Turkey Vulture Has Landed
By Tor Hansen, iBerkshires columnist
05:07PM / Sunday, April 04, 2021

Turkey vultures have no feathers on their pink-skinned heads. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Of all things that happened! Low and behold as I looked out on my back yard, what did I see roosting on my marble sculpture, but one very curious turkey vulture, apparently quite pleased about sitting on a large stone carving.   It brought to mind World War II, when the Third Reich launched its Operation Eagle Attack against Britain's air force. Germany had the advantage for the early part of the war, when it showed off its air supremacy in fighter planes and long-range bombers. Even at Dunkirk, the British were backed up against the North Sea and only had to wait to be slaughtered. But

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@theMarket: Spring Has Sprung in the Markets
By Bill Schmick,
11:53AM / Saturday, April 03, 2021
New highs on the S&P 500 Index this week gave the bulls more ammunition to forge ahead. Leading the charge were clean energy, infrastructure, and technology stocks. Is this the start of another leg up for the equity averages?   Credit for the advance, in my opinion, was the increase in the rate of U.S. vaccinations (despite the uptick in coronavirus cases over the last week). Second were the actions of the Biden administration in moving rapidly to tackle the needs of the U.S. economy. Possibly even more important, at least in the long term, were their proposed efforts to address the dangerous widening of the income inequality gap in this country.   As readers are aware, the

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MCLA Sets Virtual Commencement Ceremonies for Classes of 2020, 2021
05:41PM / Friday, April 02, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will hold its 121st and 122nd commencement exercises, recognizing the Classes of 2020 and 2021, in two virtual ceremonies on May 15 and 16.     The Class of 2020 had not been able to cross the stage to receive their degrees last year because of the pandemic and it had been hoped that an in-person commencement could be held for both classes this year. However, the pandemic has continued to disrupt routines and the college will close its residence halls on April 11.   Instead, the 121st commencement that recognizes the Class of 2020 will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 16. The 122nd commencement for the

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The Retired Investor: Will Infrastructure Spending Boost Clean Energy Stocks?
By Bill Schmick,
01:21PM / Friday, April 02, 2021
Renewable energy stocks were all the rage last year. This year, however, not so much with clean energy funds taking hits of between 25-50 percent. Will President Biden's proposed $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill breathe new life into this sector?    President Biden ran on a platform that included the build out of an infrastructure plan that would "achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050." By the time of his November election last year, investors had bid up the clean energy sector, which includes everything from electric cars, and clean water to solar and wind power, by over 200 percent in some cases.   New renewable energy exchange

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Berkshire Housing Announces Leadership Transition
12:30PM / Friday, April 02, 2021

Eileen Peltier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing & Community Development, is one of three leads in creating and...

Posted by Change The Story VT on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The board of directors of Berkshire Housing Development Corp. has announced that Eileen Peltier, currently of Montpelier, Vt., has been selected as its new president and chief executive officer effective April 20.   Elton Ogden, who has led the non-profit since 2006, will continue to oversee completion of Berkshire Housing's major real estate development projects and serve in an advisory capacity through September.   Peltier brings 25 years of experience in

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BRPC Favors Pittsfield Location, Reduces In-Office Requirements Post-Pandemic
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:15AM / Friday, April 02, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Members of the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission believe that the agency' s offices should remain in downtown Pittsfield.   Executive Director Thomas Matuszko informed the Executive Committee that BRPC would be going out for bid for office space shortly with a possible deadline in early October. The offices are off Fenn Street, just a couple of blocks away from Park Square.   "I guess one of the things that this committee would be most helpful with for me is getting some input on one of the criteria we had was that we needed to be within a mile, I think, of Park Square and trying to be located in downtown Pittsfield," he said.

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