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BArT Announces Fourth Quarter Honor Roll
11:27AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

ADAMS, Mass. — Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School has announced the students who made honor roll for the fourth 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."

Academic courses at BArT are aligned with the Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks for the appropriate grade level and include all standards deemed necessary for a complete, college-preparatory, middle and high school education.

Grade Six

High Honors: Persephone Clark, Tucker Danylin,

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Summer Reading Programs Abound at Berkshire Libraries
11:18AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

The kids might be out of school, but there are still plenty of opportunities to keep them learning and engaged throughout the summer.

Around Berkshire County, most libraries are participating in the summer reading program "A Universe of Energy." Following are some of the libraries' plans; be sure to check with your town's library, as well:

Adams

Adams Free Library is Hosting Danna Banana on Tuesday, June 25, at 5 p.m. to kick off its Summer Reading Program, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing.  Danna Banana brings his usual wit and wackiness to all things space-related in this year’s summer theme “A Universe of

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Gentlemen, Check Your Engines: Why Men Don't Seek Preventive Care and Why They Should
By Dr. Leigh LoPresti,
10:41AM / Monday, June 24, 2019

Gentlemen: When did you last have a medical check-up?

If you are like a lot of men, you may be skipping this health care ritual of getting "checked out." And if you are a man under 40, you might be missing the opportunity to improve and maintain your health and prevent disease later in life.

As a family practice physician for 33 years, I enjoy treating all the members of a family, of all ages. But I routinely don't see the husbands, dads or male partners unless a health problem arises. Younger men, in my experience, are infrequent visitors to the medical office, and, in general, men are less connected to their health and wellness than women. I sometimes hear my male

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Berkshire Medical Center Achieves Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award
07:28PM / Friday, June 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Berkshire Medical Center is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. 

This is the third straight year BMC has been recognized with this honor, which places the medical center among the top 5 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.

During the study period (2015 to 2017), Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient hospitals demonstrated excellent performance in safety provided for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted

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@theMarket: Stocks Should Move Higher From Here
By Bill Schmick,
04:09PM / Friday, June 21, 2019
It was a good week for investors. The S&P 500 Index hit an all-time high. The Fed indicated that they might cut interest rates sometime soon, and the President is once again optimistic about a China trade agreement. That’s a heady cocktail that could see markets gain another 3-5 percent over the next few weeks.   Of course, the critical caveat to my forecast remains President Trump's next tweet on the progress of a trade deal with China. As you know, with such a big “if” on the table, making future forecasts with even a modicum of certainty is impossible.   In last week's column, I enumerated all the scenarios that could play out, but it really comes

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Summer is Coming: Be Patient
12:27PM / Friday, June 21, 2019

Happy summer, Berkshireites.

Yes, even though the thermometer says 63 in the middle of the day, the calendar says it's now summer, so break out the tank tops and flip flops. What? You've had them out already? And then put them away? Then brought them back out again?

We've been getting whiplash with this last-spring weather for sure.

But let's get through a cool and dark Friday, and a better weekend awaits. The sun is supposed to shine all day Saturday and Sunday, with a temperatures in the 70s - maybe hitting 80 on Sunday, according to AccuWeather.

While that's not super summer weather, it's good enough to get out and do some yard work or go swimming at one of

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Greylock Insurance Agency Staffer Earns Elite Status
11:42AM / Friday, June 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Insurance Agency's Insurance Processing and Systems Manager Rebecca Kelly has earned the designation of CISR Elite after successfully completing extensive examinations in all areas of insurance risks and exposures.

"This certification demonstrates Kelly’s professional dedication and commitment to excellence," said Vice President Lori Goodell. "Our clients know they can count on her and our other agents for thorough, thoughtful and exemplary service."

The Certified Insurance Service Representative (CISR) Program, available to insurance professionals around the world, is distinguished from other programs of its kind by an

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Berkshire County Arc Hires Clinical Director
11:36AM / Friday, June 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Christopher Peltier has been named clinical director of the Berkshire County Arc, a new position that oversees the behavioral and nursing staff for BCArc programs that serve more than 1,000 individuals throughout the Berkshire and Hampden counties.

Most recently he worked for 10 years at the Amherst Public Schools as a behavior analyst and autism specialist. He grew up in Williamstown, Mass., and attended Mt. Greylock Regional High School.

"Our priority is making sure the people we serve have meaningful and happy lives," said Kenneth Singer, president and CEO of BCArc. "Chris has the experience, expertise, and the passion we look for in our

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Family Medicine Physician Joins CHP Lee Family Practice
11:23AM / Friday, June 21, 2019

LEE, Mass. — Dr. Jeremy Stoepker, family medicine physician, has relocated from New York City to join the primary care team at CHP Lee Family Practice.

Stoepker has a special interest in LGBTQ health, alternative/complementary medicine approaches, and holistic attention to caring for individuals and families.

Most recently, Stoepker was a teaching/attending physician at the Center for Family and Community Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center; he also worked as a private practitioner at Westside Family Medicine in New York City.

Stoepker's past positions include assistant attending hospitalist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and

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Community Legal Aid Attorney Named President of Berkshire Bar Association
10:52AM / Friday, June 21, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Community Legal Aid staff attorney Dana Doyle was elected as the next president of the Berkshire County Bar Association at the association's annual meeting, held on May 15. Doyle’s two-year term will begin on Sept. 1.

Doyle, a Pittsfield resident, is a certified mediator, certified conciliator, collaborative law attorney, parenting coordinator, and guardian ad litem investigator, and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1998. Prior to joining the family law unit at Community Legal Aid in 2017, she spent 15 years in private practice as a solo practitioner and an associate at several law firms in Berkshire County.

Attorney Doyle began her law

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Berkshire Medical Center Awarded Recertification for Total Hip & Knee Replacement
09:03PM / Thursday, June 20, 2019

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center has again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement. 

The certification is for Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

BMC underwent a rigorous onsite review on April 24. Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with disease-specific care standards and total hip and total knee replacement requirements, including orthopedic consultation, and pre-operative, intraoperative and post-surgical orthopedic surgeon follow-up

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The Independent Investor: Why FHA Loans Are so Popular
By Bill Schmick,
05:03PM / Thursday, June 20, 2019
Federal Housing Authority Loans have long been one of the most popular types of mortgage loans available. Roughly 20 percent of all mortgage applicants will choose an FHA loan because it makes total economic sense to do so. And the older you are, the more important having an FHA approved dwelling becomes.   To many, that may appear to contradict your understanding of the FHA loan market. Most believe it is a program to assist younger folks, who need a hand to purchase their first home. You wouldn't be far wrong from a historical perspective, but times have changed.   The FHA loan was originally designed during the Depression years to help home buyers, (usually first-time

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