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HospiceCare Offers Several Grief Support Groups
01:34PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — HospiceCare in The Berkshires hosts monthly grief support groups around the county.

The loss of a loved one can be difficult and talking with others who have had a similar experience can help ease the burden. Call HospiceCare in The Berkshires at 413-443-2994 for information.

A grief support group for those who have lost a child before the age of 25 meets Monday, Oct. 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at HCIB's main office, 877 South Street in Pittsfield. "Grieving the Death of a Child" is a drop-in group that is free and open to the public.

Also, a monthly grief support group meets at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Ave., in Great Barrington. The drop-in group

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SVMC Seeks Hospital Artifacts, Personal Histories as Hospital Turns 100
01:13PM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BENNINGTON, Vt. — A handwritten letter describing a hospital stay. A nursing school graduation program. A photo taken of employees celebrating a retirement. Nothing communicates history like stories, photos, and objects from the time.

As Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2018, its art and archives department is seeking photographs, memorabilia, medically related antiques, and even patients, long-time employees, and their family members to help document the health system's history.

"We are looking for people who were born here or worked here in the early days and who can share interesting stories and memories or objects from that

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Five Tips for Women Business Owners
Submitted by Edward Jones,
11:58AM / Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Women are an integral part of the workforce, but they have had to overcome many obstacles along the way. Of course, challenges still remain, but women's success in the working world is worth commemorating – which will happen on American Business Women's Day on Sept. 22. Are you a woman considering "setting up shop"on your own? If so, here are five tips to consider:

* Balance your goals. It's possible – perhaps even likely – that your business goals will conflict with your personal financial goals. After all, if you’re purchasing new equipment or services for your business, you've got less money – at least for the time being –

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Letter: Rockwell Paintings Hold Special Meaning for Local Scouts
Letters to the Editor,
08:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To the Editor:

As a lifelong Berkshire County resident and a multi-year Boy Scout leader, I am appalled by the Berkshire Museum's plans to auction off the best of their art collection, including two original Rockwells, gifted by the artist himself.

Scouts were a favorite subject of Rockwell's, and for decades he contributed to the annual Boy Scout calendar. He used local scout models as subjects, including my own niece. This topic hits home for me on many levels.

Over the years, I went on many all age Scout Fun museum day trips. This was an obvious destination for Scouts, and because of it's multi faceted programming and exhibits, they were able to fulfill the requirements

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Guest Column: Why Are Smoke-Free Homes So Important?
, Guest Column
07:00PM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Secondhand smoke comes from a lit tobacco product, like a cigarette, cigar or pipe — and it's not just a nuisance — it's a health hazard and it's dangerous. 

Secondhand smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals and poisons, and at least 50 of these are known to cause cancer. It stays in clothing, hair, furniture, curtains, and carpets even after a cigarette is put out and can harm people who come in contact with it, especially children. Keeping your home smoke free is important to ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, guests, neighbors, and even your pets.

Secondhand smoke is dangerous, even if you can't smell it. Opening a window, sitting in a separate

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Education Task Force Keeps Focus on Creating Opportunities for Students
By Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires Staff
03:54AM / Tuesday, September 19, 2017
DALTON, Mass. — The Berkshire County Education Task Force on Saturday pressed forward less than 48 hours after one school district voted to step back from its participation in the effort.   The committee had a full agenda for its regularly scheduled meeting at Nessacus Middle School, but Thursday's decision from the Berkshire Hills Regional School Committee to withdraw from the task force colored the conversation.   Chairman John Hockridge opened the meeting by addressing the vote head on.   "I just wished they'd put off the discussion for one more meeting to give us the opportunity to tell them where we're coming from," Hockridge said of the

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Healey Told Resources Lacking to Combat Opioid Epidemic
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
06:20PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Paul Hickling of the Brien Center talks about his organization's initiatives, including a new recovery center for new mothers. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Northern Berkshire has been knitting together a wide array of agencies and organizations to combat an opioid epidemic that's devastated communities. Its leaders, including Mayor Richard Alcombright, have played a prominent role in working groups both regionally and statewide addressing addiction and recovery.    But while the partnerships are strong, a lack of resources has left this fragile safety net overwhelmed and with too many gaps for those seeking help to fall through.    "You need help and

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Biz Briefs: Wild Oats Introduces Co-op Cash for Class Program
02:21PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Cashing in: Wild Oats Market, a cooperatively owned natural foods grocery store, bakery and cafe in Williamstown, has unveiled Co-op Cash for Class, a new program aimed at raising money for local schools. To participate in the program, schools must register online. They can then download a customizable flyer to share with parents and students encouraging them to enroll.

It is even easier for parents to participate. Families simply register online and designate up to two schools. As soon as they sign up they will immediately begin to earn points each time they shop. There are no receipts to deal with and every purchase counts. The more families that participate and shop, the more money

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Berkshires Beat: CATA Artists on Display at Pittsfield Guido's
12:23PM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Touring art: Community Access to the Arts will exhibit at Guido's Fresh Marketplace in Pittsfield as part of ​CATA's "Art on Tour" gallery series. The exhibit, featuring artwork created by Pittsfield-based CATA artists with disabilities, runs through Oct. 31, with a public reception on Friday, Sept. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The curated exhibit includes a variety of stylistic expression and techniques in water-based media, such as watercolor, tempera and ink, and feature both abstract and representational work. All works in the exhibit are professionally matted and framed, and all pieces are for sale, with proceeds supporting commissions for individual artists. The

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SBA Honors Red Apple Butchers And Yummy Treasures
By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff
03:55AM / Monday, September 18, 2017

Red Apple Butchers is a nose-to-tail shop that opens its expanded location this week. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — It was about 10 years ago when Beth Carpenter wanted to get rid of some excess jewelry making supplies.   She sold them online and turned a decent income. Sales grew and eventually took over her living room. It got so large of an operation she brought her husband, Greg, on to help run the business.   Yummy Treasures continued to grow from there.   Two years ago, she opened a storefront on Commercial Street.   Now, Yummy Treasures is the No. 1 shop on Etsy for jewelry and crafting supplies and the winner of the Massachusetts Small Business

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Course Record Set at Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon
07:55PM / Sunday, September 17, 2017
LENOX, Mass. -- The Allen Heights Veterinary team won Sunday's Josh Billings RunAground Triathlon in record time.   Biker Josh Lipka, kayakers Tom Keefe and Ben Pigott and runner Steve Monsulick combined to cover the course in 2 hours, 15 minutes, 28 seconds.   The old record, set by a team from High Lawn Farm, was 2:15:55.   On Sunday, Allen Heights finished 11 minutes ahead of runner-up You Doin' the Josh, which finished in 2:26:32 with Jonathan Molk biking, Tim Hudyncia paddling a canoe and Scott Carpenter running.   The event sends bikers over a 27-mile course, includes a 5-mile canoe, kayak or paddleboard leg and ends with a 6-mile run.   The top

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