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Action Plan Developed to Make Berkshires Age Friendly
Secretary for Elder Affairs Alice Bonner said the state is behind the age-friendly effort. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The trends are very clear. In just 12 years, around 60 percent of the Berkshires' population will be older than 50.   "Our population in 2010 was 18.5 percent persons over the age 65. And
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State Representative Mark Preps For State Budget Debate
DALTON, Mass. — State Rep. Paul Mark is looking to create a Berkshire County opioid task force in the budget.   Mark has filed an amendment for $250,000 to start the task force with the Berkshire County sheriff's office, the Berkshire Opioid Abuse Prevention Coalition, and a number of other organizations tackling the
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North Berkshire Coalition Forum Tackles Economic Development
Adams Select Board member Christine Hoyt points to a map laying out the redevelopment sparked by the Berkshire Scenic Railway project in Adams. NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Everyone can play a role in the economic development of the region, local officials and experts said at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition's monthly
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Area Residents Finish Strong at Boston Marathon
BOSTON, Mass. -- More than half the area’s competitors at Monday’s Boston Marathon finished in the top half of his or her respective age division, according to results posted Monday evening on the Boston Athletic Association website.   One of the top performances was turned in by Pittsfield’s Abigail Wright, who
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Central Berkshire Habitat Teams With Lowe's For Women Build
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — For the 11th year, Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's are engaging women nationwide to work together to build Habitat homes during this year's National Women Build Week from May 5-13 and also for an additional five weeks following the national event.   More than 18,000 women construction volunteers
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Berkshires Beat: Thermal Cameras Available at the Milne Library
Picture perfect The cameras show hot and cold spots in homes that are not visible to the naked eye. Just in time for Earth Day, the Milne Public Library is making two thermal imaging cameras available for residents to check out. These cameras, which attach to a smartphone, show hot and cold spots in homes that aren’t
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Legislature Looking at $200M in Chapter 90 Funds; $7.2M for Berkshires
BOSTON – Some $200 million in Chapter 90 road funds have been approved in both houses of the Legislature for fiscal 2019, with about $7.3 million headed for Berkshire County.    The funds are part of a three-year, $600 million Chapter 90 apportionment that passed the State Senate. The House the week before passed a
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Great Barrington Police Investigating Fatal Crash
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A Housatonic woman was killed late Sunday morning in a head-on collision near 200 Maple Ave.    Annemarie E. Bushka, 64, was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries incurred in the crash.    Bushka's motor vehicle collided with one driven by Robert Bacigalupi, 68, who
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Williamstown's Art Runs Boston to Benefit Disabled Runners Group
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Qualified to run his 80th marathon at age 73, Hank Art shows no signs of slowing down.   Unless he wants to.   Art will toe the line in Hopkinton this Monday morning for his 16th Boston Marathon. But one of his most memorable experiences in a 26.2-mile event came a couple of hours to south,
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Youth Conference Inspires Teens To Become 'Tools of Change'
The arts was one of the four tracks students could choose for the workshops. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Zoe Hypolite watched as Hurricane Maria devastated her home country of Dominica.   She knew something had to be done to help. She started fundraising.   "I decided that I am going to do
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