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MCLA to Go Fully Remote After Cluster Caused by 'Social Activity'
Staff reports,
01:47PM / Thursday, April 01, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is converting all of its classes to remote learning starting Monday, April 5, and closing its residence halls effective Sunday, April 11.   President James Birge announced the decision to the campus community on Thursday morning, citing a national increase in COVID-19 cases that "has been mirrored across the state and in our local community."   Birge specifically mentioned the outbreak on the MCLA campus that prompted a stay-in-place order for residents in its Flagg Townhouses residence halls.   Since March 22, MCLA has identified 28 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 3.6 percent

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April Fool — Springtime Temperatures Will Give Way to Cold, Snow
Staff Reports,
02:00PM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Here is the Late night Weather Brief on the detailed breakdown of the potential snowfall Thursday...esp well north and west.

as of 11pm. pic.twitter.com/9iM0G12WCd

— Steve Caporizzo (@SteveCaporizzo) March 31, 2021 It's not over yet.   Berkshire County residents can expect some snow Thursday, according to AccuWeather.    In North Adams, snow is expected to start falling around 2 p.m. and continue until about 8 p.m. Temperatures will hover around 40 degrees and drop throughout the day, hitting the low 20s overnight.   Total accumulation should be around an "inch or two."   It is a different story in Central County. According to Accuweather,

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MCLA Green Living Seminar: Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances
08:00AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Dr. Chien-fei Chen, director of education and diversity and research associate professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will give a talk titled "Factors that Influence Household Adoption of Energy Efficient Appliances" as part of MCLA's Green Living Seminar Series at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, 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. Chen is a research associate professor and director of education and diversity program at

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Williamstown's Waubeeka Golf Links Adds to Sculpture Collection
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
04:18AM / Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Arline Peartree's sculpture 'La Traviata' was inspired by curling leaves.   WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Arline Peartree conceived and sculpted "La Traviata" more than 20 years ago when she was living in Averill Park, N.Y.   But she said the apple red metal sculpture is right at home on the 18th fairway at Waubeeka Golf Links.   "After I thought about the sculpture and all the different parabolic curves that it has, it's similar to this beautiful parabolic curve that a golf ball makes," Peartree said as she regarded the newest outdoor installation on the South Williamstown layout. "It just seemed fitting that it would be on a

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Connecticut Motorist Dies in Single-vehicle Collision
04:01PM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
BECKET, Mass. — A 23-year-old Connecticut man died in a single-vehicle collision early Monday morning in Becket.   Nicholas Musco, of Torrington, Conn., died after failing to navigate a curve on Jacobs Ladder Road near Jester Lane early Monday morning. He was traveling northeast in a 2008 Jeep Wrangler when the vehicle left the roadway and ultimately struck a utility pole.   Becket Police, state police, state police detective unit assigned to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, State Police Crime Scene Services and Collision Analysis, and Reconstruction Section, Becket Fire, and Becket EMS all responded to the scene shortly before 5 a.m.   The Office of the

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'Welcome Back Tourism' Pitch Contest
11:54AM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — With the prospect of reinvigorated tourism in Berkshire County this summer, Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is collaborating with 1Berkshire for a "Welcome Back Tourism" Pitch Contest on May 20.   Anyone with an idea for a consumer/tourist-facing business or service in the region are welcome to apply to pitch their idea.  Up to eight participants will be chosen to pitch their business or non-profit idea (2.5 minutes) to a panel of judges and the audience. At the end of the event,  EforAll will give away $2,750 in seed money to help launch ideas in the community. The first place finisher will win $1,000; second place

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CHP To Receive Grants To Assist Area Residents
08:09AM / Tuesday, March 30, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Health Programs (CHP) Family Services to recieve a series of new grants to help area residents financial challenges, including troubles caused by COVID-19.   Awards from Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts, the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts and the Gilson Family Foundation will help CHP Family Services answer a range of client needs.   "Even before Covid, the economic challenges facing some of our area families were quite tough, and COVID-19 has only made life harder for many who have lost jobs, fallen behind on rent, or had trouble keeping the refrigerator stocked," said

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Alzheimer's Association Webinar
12:27PM / Monday, March 29, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Almgren Law Group will present an educational webinar entitled, "Legal, Financial and Care Planning for Alzheimer's Disease," on Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00 p.m. EDT.    The two-hour free webinar is open to the public and offered as part of a series of free virtual educational programs being sponsored this spring by the Alzheimer's Association. The webinar will be hosted by Paula K. Almgren.   Attorney Almgren will discuss:   Asset Protection Estate Planning – Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Documents Medicaid Home Care Rules Medicaid Nursing Home Rules VA Benefits   To register, visit

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Great Barrington Seeking Proposals For Outdoor Concert Series
08:02AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Town of Great Barrington Summer Concert Series is accepting proposals from musicians for outdoor concert performances at the Town Hall Gazebo during the summer of 2021.   All performances will be subject to the state COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor gatherings at the time of the event.   Interested performers are invited to send a brief description of an event proposal, including contact information, to gbbandstand@townofgb.org, or by mail to Selectboard Office, Town of Great Barrington, 334 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230.   Proposals will be accepted until May 1, 2021.

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Berkshire, Barrington Stage Companies Look Forward to Summer Return
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:04AM / Monday, March 29, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The past year of pandemic was a markedly difficult year for the arts, but local theaters are looking forward to COVID-19-friendly programming in the new year.   "It's been a year of trying to understand what a government's role is in taking care of us, not only in terms of our health but in terms of society, justice, and for all of these things to be happening at once," Berkshire Theatre Group's Artistic Director Kate Maguire said. "The only thing I know is that when we do start leaving our houses, we're going to be faced with different realities, and I think we should all be trying to create something really better for the

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Medical Matters Weekly: Telemedicine and Space-Based Lasers
03:11PM / Sunday, March 28, 2021

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's "Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson," a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show,s features Dr. Kevin Curtis.

Curtis the medical director of Connected Care and the Center for Telehealth at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He discussed telemedicine before, during, and after the pandemic and the future of medicine as a guest on the March 24 show. 

The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television and airs live at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Viewers can see "Medical Matters

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Vists BCC Vaccination Site
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
03:43PM / Saturday, March 27, 2021

The chart shows the number of inoculations to date through Berkshire Vaccine Collaborative nearing 20,000. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — State and local officials welcomed U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, to the Berkshire Community College vaccination site on Saturday for a tour of the clinic that has received many positive reviews.   "We need to get as many people vaccinated as possible, not only to prevent them from getting sick right now but also to get people immunized before the variants," Warren said. "This is the best possible use of public money, it's effective, and it's worth it."   Mayor Linda Tyer, North Adams Mayor Thomas Bernard, state Sen.

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