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State Treasurerís Office Makes New Veteran Bonus Available for Those Supporting COVID-19 Crisis Operations
04:27PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Office of the State Treasurer, Veterans' Bonus Division has launched a new $500 Bonus for Massachusetts National Guard members that were activated to support operations responding to the COVID-19 crisis.    Governor Charlie Baker activated the Massachusetts National Guard in March to increase the supply chain resources available to the Commonwealth and its residents.   "Massachusetts veterans and service members always put our safety ahead of their own and we wanted to find a way to thank them for their bravery," State Treasurer Deborah Goldberg said "These bonuses will provide additional support to the National Guard members who

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City of North Adams Seeks Donation of Christmas Trees
01:57PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
City of North Adams seeks donation of Christmas Trees   The City of North Adams is looking for two large Christmas Trees, 25 feet to 30 feet in height, to decorate the downtown area for the holiday season.   Trees will be sought from the Northern Berkshire area from now until the first week of November.    Anyone wishing to donate trees is asked to contact the North Adams Fire Department at 662-3103.   If calling after hours, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.   Autumn Weekend at Hancock Shaker Village Autumn Weekend celebrates culture, tradition, artistry, and nature with over  20 artisans and food purveyors

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Baker: Trump's Transfer of Power Answer 'Appalling and Outrageous'
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
01:19PM / Thursday, September 24, 2020
BOSTON — Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday called President Trump's comments on the possibility of peaceful transfer of power in January "appalling and outrageous."   Baker was given a chance at the end of his regular press availability to comment on Trump's Wednesday response to a question about what he would do if he loses the November election.   Baker pulled no punches in reacting to the comments from the commander in chief and leader of Baker's own Republican Party.   "That peaceful transfer of power is what the people of this country rely on when they go to vote," Baker said. "It is appalling and outrageous that anyone would

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Dalton Community Recreation Association May Day Races Go Virtual
12:38PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
DALTON, Mass. The 43rd annual Dalton Community Recreation Association May Day Races will be a virtual this year.   This year individuals everywhere will have the opportunity to run or walk a 5K or 10K race between Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 4.    Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners of the CRA 5K and 10K course and all registered runners will be eligible for raffle prizes.   Runners are encouraged to run the CRA course, which can be found on the CRA website and the Berkshire Running Center website, but improvised runs are welcome.   In addition, prizes will be awarded to the best running photo and “Farthest Away

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Jacobís Pillow Expands Curatorial Team
12:09PM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
BECKET, Mass. — Jacob's Pillow announced an expansion to its curatorial team with newly established positions, naming Melanie George and Ali Rosa-Salas Associate Curators.    This role is designed to broaden the pool of dance artists Jacob's Pillow supports, strengthen the Jacob's Pillow's ability to identify new voices in the field and increase the perspectives involved in programmatic decision-making at the organization.    "Melanie and Ali are deeply respected experts in the field," Jacob's Pillow Executive & Artistic Director Pamela Tatge said in a press release. "I can't wait to work alongside them as they bring their

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Mass Humanities Awards Massachusetts Cultural Council Funding
11:33AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — Mass Humanities announced the awarding of $224,000 to 56 humanities organizations across Massachusetts through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.    Mass Humanities will provide operating support grants to organizations that primarily serve the most marginalized people in our society, engaging them with the humanities in ways such as exploring their culture or values, sharing and connecting their stories, having conversations about the big questions facing our world, or developing literacy and the knowledge they need to become citizens.   Marginalized communities, and the wealth of culture, knowledge, critical perspectives and civic

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MassDOT Innovation Series Virtual Webinar
11:27AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
BOSTON, Mass. — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will host a virtual transportation webinar on the "Standards & Design for Stream Crossings & Geomorphic Compatibility."     The webinar is scheduled to be held on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 2:00 p.m. via Zoom and will be open to the general public at no cost.   The webinar will focus on the latest technical developments in the MassDOT Highway Division’s approach to stream crossings and resilient design using the principals of fluvial geomorphology.  The members of the panel will discuss experiences that are anticipated to guide future innovations for providing

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NAMI Berkshire County Celebrates 36 Years
11:18AM / Wednesday, September 23, 2020
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County celebrated 36 years of providing support, advocacy, and education programs at their virtual annual meeting held on Sept. 16.   The Eunice Zorbo Award recipients were Amy Alexander, Member of the Year, and Lorraine Scapin, Citizen of the Year. The Silver Ribbon was awarded to Brenda Butler.    The Member of the Year award recognizes a member who contributes enthusiastically to NAMI Berkshire County’s activities in support of its mission to help families whose lives are affected by mental illness.    The Citizen of the Year award is given to someone who has shown

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CDC Releases Guidance for Trick-or-Treating
Staff Reports,
04:01PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Local governments will be taking up the question of Halloween activities in the coming weeks but it looks like traditional trick-or-treating is out this year. And don't think that plastic costume mask is a substitute for the cloth one you're wearing now.    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released its guidance for the candy-flavored holiday with activity levels of low, moderate and high for transmission of the novel coronavirus that has infected nearly 7 million in the United States and killed more than 200,000.   Not surprisingly, going door to door to have treats handed out is among the riskier activities. The same goes for handing out candy from cars lined up

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Financial Moves for Widows and Widowers
Submitted by Edward Jones,
02:24PM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
If you've recently become a widow or widower, you're obviously dealing with an enormous emotional burden, and coping with your grief can seem like a full-time struggle. Unfortunately, the business of life must go on – and the financial moves you make at this time can have a big impact on your life.   So, as you attend to your affairs, consider the following suggestions:   • Don't make hasty decisions. Even though you will need to make some moves in the near future, don't feel rushed into decisions that may prove to be ill-advised. For example, don't immediately sell your home or liquidate all your stocks.   • Consult with your estate

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State Education Commissioner to School Districts: Go In-Person or Face Audit
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
11:08AM / Tuesday, September 22, 2020
BOSTON. — Continuing a pressure campaign against local school districts that began over the summer, the commissioner of education this week sent multiple districts a letter requesting "further information" of those who are beginning the school year with remote instruction.   In a letter dated Friday, Jeffrey C. Riley told more than a dozen districts, including Pittsfield Public Schools, Hoosac Valley Regional and the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, that they have "very low COVID-19 transmission" and that he is "concerned" that their school committees have elected to keep most students remote to start the academic

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Berkshire United Way, Miraval Offer Getaway to Essential Worker
04:11PM / Monday, September 21, 2020
LENOX, Mass. — Berkshire United Way and Miraval Berkshires have teamed up to honor an essential worker or first responder on the front lines of relief efforts in Berkshire County during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Berkshire United Way, which has helped provide relief grants to nonprofit organizations helping the most vulnerable populations throughout the pandemic, has created an online nomination form here. Self-nominations will be accepted and individuals may also request a nomination form by emailing info@berkshireunitedway.org.   Nominations are currently open and the deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Submissions will be pooled together and one

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