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BHS Honors Employees With Donation to Berkshire COVID-19 Fund
05:19PM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is giving $50,000 to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Berkshire County, co-led by Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and in partnership with Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest.  

The donation, which was made in honor of all BHS employees and medical staff, will be designated to support two major programs that provide reliable access to healthy food for residents of Berkshire County.  

"From restaurants and small businesses to physicians and hospitals, we are all hurting as a result of COVID-19. After learning about the significant increase in food pantry needs in recent

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Berkshire Immigrant Center Celebrates National Immigrant Heritage Month
09:03AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Beginning June 1, the Berkshire Immigrant Center invites the community to honor the more than 10,000 immigrants in the Berkshires and by joining the annual observance of national Immigrant Heritage Month and helping to launch a $10,000 fundraising campaign for the center.

"During Immigrant Heritage Month, we proudly honor the many ways immigrants make the Berkshires a better place," said BIC Executive Director Michelle Lopez. "This year we are especially grateful for the hundreds of foreign-born doctors, medical technicians, nurses and staff who are caring for people at Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital, and nursing homes, and for local

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MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge Announces Three Winners
08:22AM / Saturday, May 30, 2020

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Although this year's MCLA Innovation & Entrepreneurship Challenge, held May 4-8, was a virtual affair, the college community still came together to view and vote for the three finalists' pitches.

The finalists, all seniors who pitched their business ideas via video, were David Flight, Kimberly Granito and Sierra Lamonde. The students were coached through a series of deliverables — determining the solution to the problem, developing a budget and business plan as the roadmap for the project or business, and presenting before a panel of judges.

Granito’s "Detailing Dream" won first place, which came with a $7,500 award.

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BCC Graduates Recognized in Remote Commencement
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
07:03PM / Friday, May 29, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Any other year, the graduates of Berkshire Community College and their friends and families would be filling The Shed at Tanglewood in Lenox.

  But instead of taking the stage, speakers stood alone in front of a backdrop. And instead of being handed their certificates and diplomas, the more than 200 graduates' names were read as their pictures were shown.    What didn't change was the ceremony's broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television, allowing at least a virtual coming together of the BCC community to mark their significant accomplishments.   President Ellen Kennedy reminded those watching how commencement celebrates not just

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Crane Stationery Leaving North Adams for New York
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
04:09PM / Friday, May 29, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Crane Stationery is pulling up stakes after more than 200 years making paper in the Berkshires.    In a statement released Friday afternoon, company officials said they had made the "difficult decision" to shift operations to parent company Mohawk Fine Papers in Cohoes, N.Y.   The news isn't a surprise: Crane announced a month ago it would be laying off nearly its entire workforce of more than 200 by June 19.   "For almost 220 years, Crane has made its home in the Berkshires. It's an indelible part of our history and our culture, and an enormous point of pride," said Thomas O'Connor, CEO of Mohawk in a statement.

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The Independent Investor: The Culling of America
By Bill Schmick,
04:45PM / Thursday, May 28, 2020
As the death toll attributed to the coronavirus breached 100,000 in the Unites States this week, among the hardest hit Americans are those in the elderly population. The numbers simply illustrate what we all know. Eighty percent of the known fatalities were at least 65 years old. As such, the virus appears to be very good at selective slaughter.   As one of those who are most susceptible to dying from this virus, I have done a lot of soul searching over our future.  Today, I will begin to share some of these thoughts. Aside from the human loss, for example, what potential impact will this pandemic have on health care costs in the future?   Today, according to the most recent

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BMC Cancer Center to Host Survivor Thriver Event on Zoom
12:49PM / Thursday, May 28, 2020

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Medical Center Cancer Center will present its annual survivor thriver event using the Zoom online platform. 

"Celebrate & Thrive: Health and the Rhythm of Life" will be presented by Dr. Mark Pettus, medical director of Population Health for BMC, on Thursday, June 4, from 4 to 5 pm.

Dr. Pettus will discuss healthy hints for thriving through cancer. The event is designed for cancer survivors and their families and is in honor of National Survivorship Day, sponsored by the Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council and Survivorship Committee.

To register for this Zoom event, call 413-395-7992 and leave a message with your email

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North Adams Cancels All Summer Events for 2020
10:54AM / Thursday, May 28, 2020
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The year 2020 was supposed to be a year of celebration for the North Adams to mark the 125 years since it had incorporated as a city.   But the arrival of the novel coronavirus has put all those plans off now — along with a host of beloved summer activities.   The city of North Adams has made the decision to cancel all annual summer events through Labor Day. This includes the Concerts at Windsor Lake series, Movies Under the Stars at Colegrove Park, the Eagle Street Beach Party, Downtown Celebration, and the Motorama Car Show.   "I know this is a disappointing announcement. Our summer events bring people together to spend time with

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Biz Briefs: SABIC Donating to Local United Way to Support COVID-19 Response Efforts
11:10AM / Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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SABIC, a global leader in diversified chemicals, is donating $25,000 to the Berkshire United Way to help serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Aside from $1 million in monetary donations to food banks and community-based agencies in the communities where the company operates, SABIC, whose head office is based in Houston, also is donating approximately $500,000 of its products. SABIC products are used to manufacture personal protection equipment for healthcare workers and medical equipment such as ventilators, patient monitoring devices, face shields, respiratory therapy machines and diagnostic equipment.

The company, which operates the Polymer Processing

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Mahaiwe Changing Up Its Upcoming Schedule
10:54AM / Tuesday, May 26, 2020

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center has cancelled and rescheduled events previously slated for June and July.

"As a year-round stage-and-screen presenter of varied content, the Mahaiwe continues to plan for a live season – now just a little further out on the horizon – at the same time that we use digital platforms and explore other options," Acting Executive Director Janis Martinson said. "In addition to missing the joy of artists and audiences meeting in a welcoming historic space, all of us at the Mahaiwe are concerned about the effects of our temporary closure on the broader community.  Our economic footprint – the

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Know Your Risk Tolerance at Different Stages of Life
Submitted by Edward Jones,
10:32AM / Tuesday, May 26, 2020

As an investor, you will always need to deal with risk of some kind. But how can you manage the risk that has been made clear by the recent volatility in the financial markets? The answer to this question may depend on where you are in life. 

Let's look at some different life stages and how you might deal with risk at each of them: 

• When you are first starting out: If you are early in your career, with perhaps four or even five decades to go until you retire, you can likely afford to invest primarily for growth, which also means you will be taking on a higher level of risk, as risk and reward are positively correlated. But, given your age, you have time to overcome the

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CBS News Inviting Nationwide Participation of Taps
12:09PM / Monday, May 25, 2020
CLARKSBURG, Mass. — Trumpeters and musicians of all ages across the nation are being invited to play taps at 3 p.m. on Memorial Day.   The idea comes from CBS News "On the Road" correspondent Steve Hartman and retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva to keep the spirit of the holiday alive. Parades and observances have been canceled or limited because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.    Instead of gatherings that might spread the deadly and highly contagious COVID-19, buglers and trumpeters are asked to stand alone to play taps to mark the holiday dedicated to the nation's military personnel who have lost their lives.    iBerkshires was alerted

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