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MountainOne Insurance Agency Appoints Commercial Insurance Account Executive
01:37PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Thomas Nowlan has been appointed Commercial Insurance Account Executive, according to an announcement by Jonathan Denmark, MountainOne Insurance Agency's President and Chief Operating Officer.   "We are excited to have Tom join the team at MountainOne," said Denmark. "With his deep roots in Berkshire County and his sales and managerial experience, we are thrilled that our clients will be represented in a professional manner."    As Commercial Insurance Account Executive, Nowlan will be responsible for business development as well as maintaining current client relationships. He holds a Commercial Lines Coverage Specialist

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Greylock Awards $14,500 in Scholarships
12:12PM / Friday, July 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Greylock Federal Credit Union awarded two rounds of scholarships to college-bound high school seniors.   Eighteen awards of $500 each were granted in Berkshire County and one in Columbia County, NY under the Credit Union's annual "Community Enrichment" scholarship program.    Five "Scholastic Achievement Awards" of $1,000 each were also awarded. These awards are available as a part of Greylock's employee benefit package. In total, 24 students were awarded $14,500 toward continuing education.    "Greylock is delighted to recognize our area's outstanding students with these scholarships," said

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BCC Announces Virtual Info Session
08:03AM / Friday, July 23, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. Berkshire Community College (BCC) will hold a virtual information session for its hospitality and culinary programs on Tuesday, August 10 at 12 pm.    Current and prospective students can register for the Zoom session by visiting www.berkshirecc.edu/openhouse and scrolling down to the "Program Info Sessions" section.   After a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, BCC is relaunching its newly revised hospitality and culinary programs this fall. During the virtual information session, James Storey, BCC Faculty & Curriculum Coordinator, Hospitality Management, will review various certification and degree offerings, describe some of the new

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College Notes: Summer & Fall 2021
03:25PM / Thursday, July 22, 2021

Two Berkshire County graduates have been accepted to Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y., as a member of the class of 2025. Gracie Towler of North Adams will be majoring in electrical engineering and Kate Kerwood of Pittsfield will be majoring in aeronautical engineering.

 

Graduations Clark University in Worcester awarded 490 bachelor degrees, 501 master degrees, and 10 doctorates, and conferred three honorary degrees during the university's 117th commencement ceremonies this past spring. Graduates were urged to ask the hard questions, drive change, and even occasionally stir some trouble. Among the graduates were Audriana Esperat, of Pittsfield, earning a master of business

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Building Owner Charged with Arson in Great Barrington Fire
11:50AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Police and State Police arrested Harry Sano, 85, Wednesday night for arson of a dwelling house, presenting a false insurance claim, and burning a building to defraud an insurer in connection with the Stockbridge Road fire.   "Though the building was vacant, the act of setting fire to any structure poses a life and safety hazard to civilians and firefighters alike," said Great Barrington Police Chief Paul Storti. "I'd like to thank the investigative team for working so hard to identify the facts and circumstances surrounding what we allege was a deliberately-set fire."   The arrest is connected to the July 7

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BCC Adds Licensed Practical Nurse Info Session
07:56AM / Thursday, July 22, 2021
  PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Community College (BCC) encourages prospective Licensed Practical Nursing students to apply to BCC for fall registration on or before the deadline of Monday, July 26.    Registrants are required to participate in a virtual information session. A new mandatory LPN Info Session has been added on Friday, July 23 at noon.   Panelists include Lori Moon, Dean of Nursing; Karrie Trautman, Coordinator of One Stop Operations; Tammy Westlake, Student Advising Coordinator; and Eleanore Velez, Admissions Counselor. Participants will learn the basic requirements of the program and get a course overview.   To register, visit

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New Funding Opportunity to Support Air Quality Sensors in Communities
04:08PM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
BOSTON — The Baker-Polito Administration announced that $200,000 in grants is now available to communities to place 10 air quality sensors on homes, schools or businesses to measure fine particle pollution (PM2.5) throughout local neighborhoods.   These small sensors produce data that will be displayed on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's AirNow Fire and Smoke Map online, along with data from PM2.5 monitoring stations operated by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).    "Massachusetts is committed to helping communities affected by air pollution, especially those with Environmental Justice populations," said Energy

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Berkshire Communities Receive Shared & Complete Streets Funding
11:41AM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Five Berkshire communities have received more than a half-million in state grants this week for streetscape improvements, including a $28,000 grant to Williamstown that could turn a downtown street into a parklet.    Adams, Savoy, Sheffield, and Williamstown received in total $126,300 in funding from the Shared Streets and Spaces to implement traffic safety measures, trail connections, bikeshare stations, bus facilities, and areas for outdoor dining and community activities.   Williamstown is considering closing off the lower portion of Walden Street between Spring Street and the western entrance to the public parking lot and turn it into a

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August 12 Deadline for EforAll Fall Business Accelerator
08:04AM / Wednesday, July 21, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) Berkshire County is accepting online applications for the Fall 2021 Business Accelerator, which will begin in early September.     The deadline is Thursday, August 12th at noon.  The application link is:  https://eforall.org/programs/berkshire-county-fall-2021-accelerator/   Up to 15 entrepreneurs will be selected for the free 12-week intensive training program.   The twice-weekly business classes will be offered virtually for the convenience of the students.  Additionally, each person in the cohort will be matched with three community mentors who meet with them weekly

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BRTA Service Update: Reduced Services
04:27PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
PITTSFIELD, Mass. —  Because of a lack qualified drivers to operate Berkshire Regional Transit Authority (BRTA) vehicles, there will be a reduction of transportation services, including fixed bus route and paratransit.    BRTA noted that they too are affected and impacted by the nationwide workforce shortage.    To continue BRTA's service, some weekday routes will be curtailed for a short-term, approximately 6-8 weeks, as they continue to hire and train additional operators. Saturday schedules are not affected.   This will begin on Sunday, July 25, 2021. Monday-Friday Scheduled Bus Service: Route 4: Service will start at 6:05 AM at the ITC,

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No Drought Conditions In Berkshire County
12:03PM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
BOSTON — With precipitation events occurring throughout Massachusetts over the course of the past several weeks, drought conditions in Berkshire County, along with the majority of regions in the Commonwealth, have improved.   Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared Level 0-Normal Conditions in all regions across the Commonwealth, except the Cape Cod region, which remains at a Level 1-Mild Drought.   "Following recent rainstorms throughout much of the state and continued water conservation efforts, most regions of the Commonwealth have made a strong recovery and are now under normal conditions," said Theoharides. "However, Cape

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New Marketing Director Joins Berkshire Welco
11:23AM / Tuesday, July 20, 2021
SHEFFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Welco (The Pass Recreational Cannabis) has hired Jesse Ezekial Tolz as marketing director to continue building a management team to support retail and wholesale operations.    The Pass currently employs 60 professionals in the community.    In this role, Tolz will lead marketing strategy and public relations initiatives for the organization as well as build brand awareness and consumer engagement. He will be responsible for developing communication channels among multiple Pass departments, wholesale partners, and third-party vendors.     "I've wanted to jump into the cannabis industry for years and am

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