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News and events in South Berkshire, Mass.

'Avengers: Endgame': What the World Needs Now
By Michael S. Goldberger, iBerkshires Film Critic
11:51AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
Y'know how I'm always looking for metaphors and clues in movies that might lead the way to saving our republic from the current rash of misanthropic evildoers? Y'know, those who would replace our democracy with autocracy for their own profit and narcissistic obsession. Well, someday I'm going to just review a movie. But this isn't that someday.   Nah, "Avengers: Endgame," a surprisingly entertaining, jaunty ride to vicarious liberty is simply too rich with the stuff of the Four Freedoms to be treated as just another superhero movie. It celebrates and brims with the very idea of righteousness, replete with an utterly contemptible villain too hateful and too

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County Ambulance looks to Launch Post-Overdose Interventions
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:58AM / Thursday, May 02, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — County Ambulance is looking to launch a new post-overdose intervention program to help its patients connect with rehab and health services.   County Ambulance President Brian Andrews said the idea would be that emergency medical technicians and paramedics on staff will visit those who were transported by the service for an overdose within 24 to 72 hours and connect them with resources.   The hope is to take a bite out of the opioid problem, reduce the number of patients being transported, and improve the overall health of the community.   "Although some of the statistics recently that have come out are suggesting that deaths are down from

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Should You Borrow from Your 401(k)?
Submitted by Edward Jones,
09:44PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019

If you work for a business that offers a 401(k) plan, consider yourself fortunate, because a 401(k), with its tax advantages and variety of investment options, is a great way to save for retirement. But what if you need to tap in to your plan before you retire? Is it a good idea to borrow from your 401(k)?

To begin with, you need to determine if a loan is even available. You can only borrow from your 401(k) if you're still working for the company that offers the plan, but even so, you'll have to check with your human resources area to determine if loans are allowed. If they are, you'll want to weigh the pros and cons before taking action.

On the "pro" side, it's

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BCC Nursing Program Earns Accreditation
06:08PM / Tuesday, April 30, 2019
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College's two-year nursing program is being accredited through 2023, bringing relief to the beleaguered program.    College officials were notified this week that the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing has restored continuing accreditation to the Associate Degree of Nursing program for the next four years. In its notification to the college, ACEN acknowledged that deliberations on the change in status centered on the materials that were submitted to the board following the visit by the peer accreditation team.   In mid-April, BCC announced that it would voluntarily and temporarily suspend admission to the

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BArT Announces Third Quarter Honor Roll
11:04AM / Monday, April 29, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the third quarter of the 2018-19 school year.

Students who earned 80 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "Honors." Students who earned 90 percent or above in all of their classes received the distinction of "High Honors."

Grade 6

High Honors: Jeffrey Bourassa, Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin, Sascha Ehrlich, Darryl Hage, Ryley Schwarz and Alexandria Zustra.

Honors: Natasha Burnell, Efrem Chen, Caiden Davis, Allissa Davis, Evan Hilton, Jayda Kimok, Kaitlyn Milette, Ania O'Leary, Brooke Reynolds and Katelynne

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Berkshires Beat: Children's Artwork Comes to SVMC
10:52AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
Children's artwork

The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Auxiliary welcomes an exhibit of artwork by local school children. This is 40th exhibit of student work.

The show includes pieces selected from works of more than 3,000 kindergarten through grade 12 students. More than 200 students' work represents each of the eight schools in the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union.  

The exhibit is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through June 6. In addition to the Corridor Gallery, the SVHC Auxiliary manages the Personal Emergency Response System operations and independent vendor sales. For information about joining the SVHC Auxiliary, visit the website or call 802-440-4024.

 

Gallop

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Local Schools Receive Olmsted Awards from Williams College
10:32AM / Monday, April 29, 2019

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Williams College has announced its 2019 Bicentennial Olmsted Awards for Faculty and Curricular Development to the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District, the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School, Lanesborough Elementary School, McCann Technical School, Mount Greylock Regional School, North Adams Public Schools and Williamstown Elementary School.

Each entity will receive $5,000 for professional and curricular development projects.

The Adams-Cheshire Regional School District will use the funds to support the creation of a robotics classroom at Hoosac Valley Elementary School, including new equipment for its science facility.

BArT will create an

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Mass MoCA Exhibited 273 Works by High School Students
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:25AM / Monday, April 29, 2019
Amanda Tobin, left, Laura Thompson and Phoebe Pepper at the announcement of artist grants to be awarded in Pepper's name. See more photos here. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Garrett Rhoads was inspired when he looked into a little box on a piano, wondering what it was.    The box held a spool of perforated paper to make the piano play.    "I knew what it was because I have seen them before," the Pine Cobble School eighth-grader said. "I just, I loved how it looked. And so I wanted to do something with it."   He unspooled the paper and liked the movement it made as it fluttered. So he created a waterfall of four pieces with an accent in the

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Mount Greylock Summit to Open May 16
By Jack Guerino, iBerkshires Staff
01:17AM / Monday, April 29, 2019

The Mount Greylock Advisory Committee meets Thursday.  LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Mount Greylock is scheduled to open May 16.   Although there was no quorum, the Mount Greylock Advisory Committee still met Thursday and park superintendent Travis Clairmont said the plan is to open the mountain on May 16.   "Last week, we lost all of the snow," he said. "I went from driving on ice to blowing it off with a leaf blower and here we are good to go."   Bascom Lodge will open that same week.     In other business, the committee discussed the proposed "glamping" center in North Adams and had no real concerns.   "The

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Great Barrington Police Respond to Fatal Hunting Incident
Staff Reports,
10:20AM / Sunday, April 28, 2019
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A 44-year-old Pittsfield man was killed on Saturday during what police say was a hunting accident.    Christopher Puntin had been participating in a youth turkey hunt with two other adults and a juvenile.   According to Chief William Walsh, Police Officers Jonathan Finnerty and Kristopher Balestro, firefighter and EMTs responded about noon to a report of a hunting incident in a wooded area on Monument Valley Road and located the victim.   Puntin sustained a fatal gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured.   An initial police investigation suggests the incident was an

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Naumkeag Daffodil Festival Celebrates Spring
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
02:34AM / Saturday, April 27, 2019

Director Brian Cruey says the 1885 estate is adding more events in the shoulder seasons to attract new visitors.  STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — As if by magic, the woodland trail at Naumkeag is bursting forth with yellow and white blooms that will continue over the next several weeks.    That magic is the result of more than 60,000 daffodil bulbs that were planted last fall in scattered groups along the trail and wooded hillside to mark the return of spring and to entice visitors the historic home during what had been the off-season.   The first annual Daffodil Festival that opened Thursday — and the hugely popular "Winterlights" last December —

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BFAIR Celebrates Opportunities for Clients at Annual Meeting
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:30PM / Friday, April 26, 2019

BFAIR gave its Self-Determination Award to Beth Roberge, a resident of BFAIR's residential home in Northampton, at its annual meeting Friday.

PITTSFIELD,  Mass. — A world traveler, a pageant winner, an actor with the Williamstown Theatre Festival — Brittany Dorwin has never been one to let an opportunity pass her by.

Friday morning, she took advantage of her most recent opportunity, as keynote speaker at BFAIR's 2019 Annual Meeting, to share her secret.

"I have been lucky to experience all I have done so far," the 23-year-old told the crowd at Berkshire Hills Country Club. "Being lucky is about being ready when opportunity comes knocking at

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