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Literacy Network Elects New Board Members
LEE, Mass. — The Literacy Network of South Berkshire has elected Leigh Doherty and Rebecca Riordan to the organization’s board of directors.  “Our board is an unusually close-knit, generous, and hardworking group. Leigh and Rebecca are perfect fits, with deep and long-standing commitments to education, diversity,
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Alcombright to be Honored at MLK Day of Service
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The Martin Luther King Day Committee will hold the annual “Day of Service” on Monday, Jan. 15, this year honoring former North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright with the annual Peacemaker Award. The celebration begins at 8:30 a.m. at MCLA’s Venable Gym with coffee and pastries; there will be signs
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Winter Storm Alert: Cancellations & Closures
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — The frigid weather that followed Thursday's snowstorm has also caused a number of closures and cancellations. This is an updated list of closures and cancellations.   A wind-chill warning is in effect from 1 a.m. Friday through 7 a.m. Sunday. The National Weather Service is forecasting wind chills
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Saturday Features Clash of Berkshire Alumnae at MCLA
Mount Greylock graduate Lucy Barrett is the leading scorer this winter on the Westfield State women’s basketball team.   Barrett, a junior, is averaging 16.5 points per game in 12 starts. Pittsfield High alumna Lauren Carnevale has appeared in eight games off the bench, averaging 6.4 minutes per game for the 6-6 Owls, who
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'The Greatest Showman': For Ladies, Gentlemen & Parentally Guided Children of All Ages
Watching Michael Gracey's "The Greatest Showman," about the life and times of circus visionary P.T. Barnum, it occurred to me that the Trump debacle wasn't just about old white men afraid of losing their foothold. And it also wasn't just about white supremacists afraid of multiculturalism, or about trying to preserve dodo
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The Independent Investor: Beware the Tax Hit From Mutual Funds
Plenty of investors will be faced with an unpleasant surprise. Any day now, one or more of the mutual funds that you own will be sending out their capital gain distributions for the year.   The tax hit could be quite large this year.   Many investors are not aware that mutual fund companies are required to distribute
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Governor Orders State Offices Closed Ahead of Storm
BOSTON — State offices will be closed Thursday ahead of a major snow "hurricane" headed for the coast.   Gov. Charlie Baker made the announcement that non-emergency, executive branch state employees should not report to work shortly after a briefing on the storm and is urging everyone to stay off roadways if
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Wildlife Habitation Grants Awarded to Berkshire Towns
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Nearly $200,000 in grants for wildlife habitat improvement projects are targeted for organizations in seven Berkshire and border towns.   All together, 18 municipalities, organizations, and private landowners across the state were awarded a total of $506,856 in grants from the MassWildlife Habitat
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Berkshires Beat: Fairview Earns National Recognition as a Top Rural Hospital
Head of the class Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Fairview Hospital was named a top rural hospital, one of 18 rural hospitals recognized nationwide, by The Leapfrog Group. This is Fairview's fifth year of being named a top rural hospital in America.   The Leapfrog Top Hospital
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BHS Implements Visitor Changes Due to Influenza Spread
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In the wake of widespread influenza reported across Massachusetts, Berkshire Health Systems has implemented visitor changes to help reduce the potential spread of the flu. The visitor restrictions apply to Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital and the Hillcrest and North Adams campuses of
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