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CHP Names Psychotherapist to Behavioral Health Team
02:45PM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Rachel Duvall, a licensed social worker, has been named to Community Health Programs' behavioral health team.    She will be based at CHP Lee Family Practice.    Most recently employed as a psychotherapist/social worker with Counseling Center in the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Duvall provides individual, family and couples counseling, collaborating as needed with medical and psychiatric professionals on behalf of clients.   At Bard College at Simon's Rock, Duvall was an adjunct professor of psychology, program director of RISE (Rockers for Intervention, Support & Education) and deputy Title IX coordinator.   She has

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Housatonic Earns Upset Win; Adams Aces Stay Perfect
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11:17AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Ryan Shook threw three shutout innings Sunday to lead the Housatonic River Monsters to a 4-2 win over the Great Barrington Millers in the Berkshire Adult Baseball League.   Shook helped his cause with a double and a run batted in at the plate. Jake Simon also drove in a run for Housatonic.   Tyler Spofford went 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Spencer Cookson doubled in a run for Great Barrington.   Housatonic improved to 5-4 this summer.   Over-35-League BBA 11, Berkshire Devils 2 Carter Matthews went 4-for-4, and Hunter Potash was 3-for-4 at the plate to lead BBA.   Christian Robitaille was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for BBA, which got eight strikeouts over four innings from

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CHP Names Dr. Yaman Kana as Associate Dental Director
10:26AM / Tuesday, June 29, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Dr. Yaman Kana has been promoted to the position of associate dental director at Community Health Programs.   Kana will continue to practice dentistry as he assists with oversight of CHP's dental practices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and North Adams.   He earned his doctor of dental surgery degree at Ovidius University of Constanta in Romania. He first practiced general dentistry in private practice in Damascus, Syria and in the Syrian military.   On relocating to the Boston area, Kana he worked in private practice and at Boston University's Dental Health Center. He later worked at the Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, then went

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Great Barrington Little League Hosting District Tournaments
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09:39AM / Monday, June 28, 2021
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- Little League post-season play gets underway on Friday evening at Olympia Meadows.   The Donald Gleason District 1 8- to 10-year-old tournament is the first of three district all-star tournaments to be hosted by the Great Barrington Little League over the next couple of weeks.   The three tournaments will use fields at Olympian Meadows (578 South Main St., Great Barrington) and the Sheffield Town Park (Frederic Lane).   On Friday, host Great Barrington will take on the Pittsfield National League, and Dalton/Hinsdale will play the Pittsfield American League at 5 p.m. in the first games of round-robin play.   After each team plays

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Veteran Spotlight: Cpl. Adam Gonska
By Wayne Soares, Special to iBerkshires
04:26PM / Sunday, June 27, 2021

Gonska served in Kuwait, Qatar and in Afghanistan during a Middle East deployment. Some of his best memories were of the interpreters he met in Afghanistan. OTIS, Mass. — Cpl. Adam Gonska served his country in the Army Reserve as a battalion medic from 2011 to 2019.    He was deployed three times during his service, once in the Middle East and twice to Germany. Growing up in Sandisfield, he was sent to basic training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.    "I was 22 years old at the time and already had a lot life experiences under my belt. The drill instructors were about my age. I had a great deal of respect for them and [they] pretty much left me alone,"

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Q&A: Guardian, Greylock, and Berkshire Bank Reflect on a Year of Remote Work
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
07:08AM / Sunday, June 27, 2021

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Local employers are seeing increases in productivity with work from home models and will take some aspects of this year into the future.

In the 15 months since Gov. Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency, many industries were forced to pivot to remote work almost instantaneously. 

To reflect on the positives, negatives, and what will remain from this year of virtual work, iBerkshires corresponded with three Pittsfield corporations whose operations are currently more than 75 percent remote.

President and CEO of Greylock Federal Credit Union John Bissell spoke on the importance of prioritizing employee well-being and supporting local businesses because

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Lee Earns A Living
08:05AM / Friday, June 25, 2021
LEE, Mass. — The Lee Historical Society will mount exhibit titled "Lee Earns A Living" throughout the month of July in the Scolforo Gallery in the Lee Library, 100 Main Street in Lee.     The exhibit will trace the development of the local business and professional community from the early days of 80-100 years of homespun living to today.    The arrival of peddlers, general stores, professional services and later specialty stores will be shown.    The exhibit will be liberally illustrated with photos, ads and business correspondence.  It will include complete business listings for 1860 (about 40), 1934 (about 100) and 2021 (about

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Pleasant Valley Summer Canoe Trips
04:23PM / Thursday, June 24, 2021
LENOX, Mass. — Audubon's Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary will be running several canoe trips throughout the summer for families or individuals ages 10 and up.   From July 1 throughout August, Pleasant Valley's  off-site paddling programs will tour some of the best spots in the Berkshires.    Watch for swallows, herons, ducks, muskrats, and signs of beavers along the scenic and meandering Housatonic River (Lenox). Explore the coves and marshes of Upper and Lower Goose Ponds in search of eagles, herons, and kingfishers (Tyringham). Or listen for owls, loons, and other wildlife on a moonlit paddle of Buckley Dunton Lake at October Mountain State Forest in

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The Retired Investor: Beware the Delta Variant
By Bill Schmick,
04:01PM / Thursday, June 24, 2021
Airplanes are full, parkways are bumper to bumper, and restaurants are packed. The summer is in full swing, and for many, the coronavirus is a thing of the past. Let's hope it stays that way.   The last thing I want to do is spoil the re-opening party. Afterall, we deserve to feel good, go out, meet family and friends without a mask, even chance a hug now and then. The one fly in all of our ointments may be the onset of an extremely contagious, and virulent coronavirus mutation dubbed the "delta variant."   You have probably read about this super bug and its devastating impact on the population of India. It was first detected in that country in December 2020. To this

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The Berkshire County Headstart Receives Rescue Plan Funds
12:27PM / Thursday, June 24, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass – The Berkshire County Headstart Child Development Program received $379,291 through the American Rescue Plan.   In a press release Thursday, Congressman Richard E. Neal announced over $2.4 million for local Head Start programs. Of this, Berkshire County Head Start Child Development Program received $379,291.   "This investment will help our local Head Start programs continue preparing children in western and central Massachusetts for success, and help parents get back to work to grow our economy knowing their kids are safe and cared for,” said Congressman Neal.   Other programs also received funds. Holyoke, Chicopee, Springfield Head

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14 New U.S. Citizens Sworn In at Naumkeag
By Brittany Polito, iBerkshires Staff
04:09AM / Thursday, June 24, 2021

U.S. District Court Judge Katherine Robertson urges the new Americans to become civically involved in their communities. STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. — Fourteen people from 10 countries became United States citizens on the scenic grounds of Naumkeag on Wednesday.   The naturalization ceremony was held by Berkshire Immigrant Center and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in collaboration with The Trustees of Reservations.     There were smiles and flags waving all around as friends and family gathered in support of the new Americans. They originated from a diverse range of countries including Cambodia, Haiti, Kenya, Somalia, and

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Big Y Hiring Spree
04:29PM / Wednesday, June 23, 2021
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — On Tuesday June 29, Big Y will hold their first ever company wide "monstrous hiring" event at over 75 locations across Massachusetts and Connecticut.    According to a press release, Big Y are simplifying their application process. Every store plus the distribution center will hold interviews and hiring managers will be able to make on-the-spot job offers on June 28 from 3-8 PM   "A future at Big Y means more than stocking shelves. It is an opportunity for personal leadership and growth, an opportunity to belong and contribute to your own vibrant future and an opportunity to connect with others and be part of a community that

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